Ten Things You Need to Know: January 13-17

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Student Accidentally Shot Dead at High School 

While showing 19-year-old Cesar Cortes a semi-automatic handgun, the trigger was pulled by friend and other JROTC member, killing Cortes. This incident occurred January 14 at Bellaire High School in Texas. According to USA Today, the two students were friends. The shooter was charged with manslaughter due to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg found that it was unintentional. The suspect has been in questioning, but although having told friends what had happened, the police are having a hard time with them cooperating.  

 

Swastikas Found on Lake Zurich Elementary School 

A well-known symbol of Nazism, the swastika, was spray-painted onto Seth Paine Elementary School- along with other crude images, such as male genitalia and various curse words. The Chicago Tribune also reported that “Joe Biden 2020” was found spray-painted alongside the many symbols. It was found that this happened on December 30, which was the last day of Hanukkah. The investigation continues as the police stay looking for footage that will help capture the person or people responsible.  

 

Odell Beckham Jr. Issued an Arrest in New Orleans         

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s arrest warrant was on the grounds of battery from a superdome security guard, according to ESPN. There was video footage taken of Beckham slapping the behind of the security guard. Beckham was also seen handing money out to college athletes. The authorities and Beckham’s representatives have been in conversation about how to ensure that the issue is taken care of. 

 

Potential Tunnel Built Under O’Hare 

Elon Musk, a famous entrepreneur and owner of Tesla, has stated that there may or may not be a tunnel built under the busy airport in O’Hare to help with traffic. The New York Times reported that there would be “electric pods” flying at nearly 150 miles per hour in this 17 mile tunnel. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has only a few months left in office, but expects Musk to start digging for the tunnel next year.                                                                                            

 

Snow Covering the Streets of Antioch 

Although it has been a fairly green holiday season in Antioch, the snow finally found its place all over town. According to Fox News, there will be a large snow-storm coming to the midwest soon. This may affect ACHS students that have to drive to school due to the many accidents that are caused by snow.

“It’s definitely super dangerous because my car isn’t good for snow,” senior Valerie Rasmussen said. “It’s easy to get into an accident.”

Students who park at the high school are encouraged to educate themselves on how to prevent getting harmed whilst driving.     

 

Avalanche Devastates Pakistan

At least 77 people were killed and 94 injured after an avalanche struck Northeastern Pakistan on January 14. According to BBC News, the region of Kashmir was hit the worst and Neelum valley comes close in the second-worst hit region. Both areas are prone to natural disasters and terrible weather, the current death toll is one of the deadliest in modern history. Rescue teams have been sent to aid the citizens of these regions, but most to all routes to access the valley are blocked restricting them from passing through.

 

House Votes on Impeachment Articles 

The House of Representatives voted to pass the articles of impeachment along to the Senate for President Trump’s impeachment trial, on January 15. According to NBC News, these articles charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the seven House Democrats to attend the impeachment trial next week as “managers”, at the same meeting. The exact numbers regarding the vote were: 228 to 193, with only one Democratic voting against the articles.

 

Queen’s Response to Megxit 

Queen Elizabeth II has ruled Britain for sixty-eight years but has not seen anything as severe as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving. According to Forbes magazine, the Queen voiced her opinions in a five-paragraph dispatch, which states she would’ve loved Meghan and Harry to remain full-time royals. All in all the Queen and her family respect their choice to live a more independent lifestyle while staying connected to the family.

 

Russians hack Ukrainian Gas Company

Employees of Ukranian Gas Company, Burisma Holdings, were manipulated into giving up their computer credentials through fake websites created by Russian hackers. According to CNN It is not clear what information the hackers were seeking, but the timing of this attack in relation to the 2020 election is concerning. The company’s CEO, Oren Falkowitz, found links between the hacking and the 2020 election based on patterns from this campaign and previous campaigns.

 

Winterfest Tickets Soon To Go On Sale 

Winterfest is coming to Antioch Community High School on January 31. Student council is in charge of coordinating all details for this event, this includes selling tickets. Ticket sales start next week: January 22 to January 23 tickets will be sold for $20 and students will be entered in a raffle for a VIP ticket, January 24 through the 30 tickets will be $25, and on January 31 tickets will be $30. “They will be sold during all lunch periods.” Student Council’s Spirit coordinator Paytin Rasmussen stated. “At the door [the tickets] are $30.” Winterfest is relatively new to students at ACHS, making its first appearance last year, but students seem to love the casual event.