April 16th – April 22nd

Welcome back! Unfortunately, nothing too uplifting happened over the weekend so we’re starting off with some dispiriting stuff. Former first lady, Barbara Bush, has been and continues to be in failing health, however on Sunday it was released that she is no longer seeking treatment. The 92-year-old beloved mother of former president, George W. Bush, and first lady to former president, George H. W. Bush, has been treated for years for her Graves disease, a thyroid condition, but recently has decided to live out the rest of her days with the focus on “comfort care.” However, on Tuesday night, one of America’s most beloved first ladies passed away. Our deepest condolences go out to the Bush family, who said their souls can finally rest now because they know Barbara’s has.  

Now, as you draw your always reliable Starbucks nonfat, no-whip, sugar-free, cinnamon, over-priced, dolce latte closer to your lips here’s a story to shake up this caffeine empire. Two black men were arrested in Philadelphia last Thursday. What for? Absolutely nothing. The two men asked to use the restroom, but since they hadn’t purchased anything the employee refused to let them, asking that they leave immediately. The two men refused to leave, claiming they had done nothing to justify this request, so the Starbucks employee called 911. When the police officers arrived, they too asked the two men to leave the premises, but they still refused, and were then escorted out in handcuffs. Even bystanders in the Starbucks cafe were protesting the arrest as it was occurring, asking the police officers their reasoning behind arresting the two men, and other eyewitnesses fervently stating that the two men “didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing.” The two men’s attorney later released that the pair of them had come to Starbucks to wait for a business meeting, and simply wished to use the bathroom before the meeting began. Starbucks CEO offers their deepest apologies to the two men and is looking further into what actually happened. As a twenty-year-old, white female, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into a Starbucks and used their bathrooms without buying a drink, and I have never been questioned once. I guess it’s true what they say, one-step forward, two-steps back…

It wouldn’t be a true “week in review” if we didn’t ride the Trump train at least once. Remember the FBI seizing documents from Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney? Well, Monday was his time to shine in court. It was released there that Cohen had only worked with two other clients in the past year other than Trump, one being the former RNC deputy chair, Elliott Broidy, who resigned after it came out that Cohen arranged a settlement with a woman he got pregnant, and the other had been kept a complete secret until stated in his court date on Monday: (Surprise!) It’s Fox News host Sean Hannity. This comes off as shocking to a lot of people because Cohen has made a couple of appearances on Hannity’s show and yet Hannity never once disclosed working with Cohen. Hannity claims that Cohen has never represented him and that the only interaction they’ve had was the occasional ‘brief’ conversations about legal questions, or the few times that Hannity was looking for input and perspective. Nevertheless, things are heating up in the President’s legal affairs, and we’re all waiting patiently to see how this pans out. 

As a journalist, I feel as though it’s my responsibility to share the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes winners with you. For those of you unaware of the Pulitzer Prizes, Wikipedia defines it as “an award for an achievement in American journalism, literature, or music. There are thirteen made each year.” Anyways, here are the highlights for you guys. The New York Times and The New Yorker won for their Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo coverage. Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win the prize in music for his album “DAMN.” The Washington Post got an award for its coverage of Roy Moore. Reuters photographers also won for coverage of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Overall, it’s been a good year for journalism.

For any students who’s got finals coming up and feel like your life is about to crash and burn, you’re not alone. Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday after an engine blew out at about 30,000 feet. One women died and several were injured. Former NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), John Goglia, said investigators will be taking the Southwest engine apart to understand what happened, and will look at maintenance records for the engine. To anybody flying Southwest within the next couple weeks, be careful and stay tuned for more information.

Mercury is finally out of retrograde, which means big changes are happening! For example, President Raúl Castro stepped down as Cuba’s president this Thursday and passed the torch over to VP Miguel Díaz-Cane. This is a landmark event in Cuban politics,  because it’s the first time in more than 40 years that a non-Castro has become the president of the Communist country. The Cuban public is disappointed but not surprised because apparently Díaz-Cane’s rise to power has been foreshadowed for years. It’s okay, Cuba, we’ve all been there

Remember that old Amazon and Best Buy fued? The one where Best Buy refused to work with Amazon, because Amazon beat Best Buy in being the brand that people used most when wanting to buy the next ‘hot’ or ‘it’ product. Well, as I said before, change is in the air. Apparently, Amazon recruited Best Buy to help them sell their new Amazon smart TV’s. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said the retailer will sell 11 Amazon-powered TV’s, also Best Buy will become a merchant on Amazon’s website and get exclusive rights to sell these Amazon Fire TV’s. The first Fire TV Edition goes on sale at BestBuy.com this summer and future models are expected to be released later in 2018, so keep an eye out for this new power couple.

Here’s an update on the whole North Korea situation. Quick back story for those of you who don’t know what’s been going on with good ol’ Kim Jong-Un. So, North and South Korea have technically been at war for the past half century, and America has been keeping troops in South Korea just as a safety precaution, and during this time, North Korea has been stocking up on nuclear weapons. However, recently, Kim Jong-Un has been making an effort to patch up North and South Korea’s messy past, mainly by ending his nuclear program, under a few conditions, like the US pulling out their troops from South Korea. Or at least that was one of his conditions, now Kim is withdrawing the pre-condition. No one knows why, which is usually the case with North Korea, but as for what’s next with this story, the two Koreas have plans to meet next week. If this actually works out then it would be a huge breakthrough for a conflict that has gone on for too long.

For those of you who decided to be healthy this week, and chose the salad for lunch, I hate to be the one to break it to you but, big mistake. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just recently announced an E. coli outbreak connected to chopped romaine lettuce that has been present in 16 states already. At least 53 people have gotten sick around the country, and investigators believe the contaminated lettuce may be from Arizona. The CDC strongly encourages you to stray away from Romaine lettuce for the time being, even if it’s been washed, because the bacteria can grow inside the leaf as well as outside. So why don’t you use this opportunity to toss the Romaine lettuce away, and really treat yourself, like maybe a nice spinach mix.

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