By SAUL MENDEZ
There was one question that was going around in regards to president Trumps Puerto Rico agenda, and that question has been answered. In the middle of “Hurricane relief efforts” Trump is set to meet with the mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz. “I will use this opportunity to reiterate the primary message: this is about saving lives, not about politics,” Cruz said in a statement.
Cruz, who has criticized the Trump administration on several occasions in regards for the pace of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, announced that she will be attending a short briefing with the president. Cruz has previously called on the president to speed up the delivery of food, water, medicine and fuel to the storm destroyed island. She also argued against a statement from Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who said the U.S. government’s response is a “good news story” due to the success of its relief efforts. ¨Damn it this is not a news story” Cruz told reporters last Friday.
By BRIANNA SMITH
Officer Floyd East Jr. lost his life after the arrest of Hollis A. Daniel, a 19 year old student, who was busted for drugs at Texas Tech University.
East, 48, had worked at the university for almost three years. Police said he was married with two children.
Campus police searched Daniel’s dorm, where they found what they called “drug paraphernalia.” Soon after the cops’ arrival, Daniels returned to the room, was arrested and taken back to the campus police station.
As he was being processed he “pulled his gun”, and shot Officer East in the head. Many police documents that were filed noted that Hollis was not handcuffed when left in the briefing room.
Police had found the officer with his body cam missing. Daniels had fled on foot and was later found near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. He was charged with capital murder of a police officer.
The school has held a memorial service in memory of East, and also launched a fund to support his family.
By JENESSA SANCHEZ
On October 7th, two teenage girls were arrested in Visalia after crashing a stolen vehicle and fleeing from the scene.
Visalia Police spotted a stolen vehicle near Houston Avenue and Burke Street where they tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to pull over. Police continued on a short chase with the stolen vehicle before the chase was called off due to high traffic and pedestrians in the area.
Officers continued to patrol Visalia, while keeping their eyes out for the vehicle. Shortly after the chase officers found the car in a field near McAuliff Street. As the officer was approaching the scene at least three teenagers in the vehicle fled on foot. The officer was able to detain two females, but could not locate the male. The females were booked into Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility where they were booked on suspicion of auto theft, evading police, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.
By ARJAN BATTH
Everyone replace your maps and make space for a new country! Worldwide, there are 195 countries in the world, and a new separatist movement may make this number 196. Catalonia, a province in Northwestern Spain and home to the great city of Barcelona, may soon be their own autonomous country. Its citizens, Catalans, have finally put the independence movement into actions.
Catalans want to break off for many reasons: Catalans don’t consider themselves Spanish and they have a different culture, history, and language from the rest of Spain. Additionally, Catalonia is a very wealthy region of Spain compared to the rest of Spain and their wealth goes straight to the Spanish government to support other parts of Spain. Lastly, the Spanish government gave Catalonia more power and control over its own government but took those rights away four years later.
On October 1st, Catalonia had a referendum or vote whether or not to split from Spain. The central Spanish government claimed that the referendum would be illegal and unconstitutional because of a law that does not allow the breaking off of a province. The main reason for Spain’s objection is that it would have negative implications on their economy. Despite the law, Catalonia proceeded with the vote. As a result, Spain deployed many police to Catalonia to stop the vote from happening. They were very violent. Police closed down hundreds of polling stations. They were seen beating people, using batons, and rubber bullets to stop people from voting. As a result hundreds of people were injured. To defy the Spanish government, people had hidden ballot boxes, took doors away so they couldn’t be sealed, and even put tractors in front of polling stations to ensure that people could vote. Two million Catalans voted.
The result was that 90% of Catalans voted for independence. Catalans have condemned Spain for their violence and has sparked many protests in the province. The Catalan government said it will attempt to declare independence in the next few days.
By Claudia Villegas
Tom Petty (October 20, 1950-October 2, 2017) was an American icon who lead the well-known band as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers(recorded 1974-2000). Petty, who has sang and produced some of our favorite songs, has recently passed away. This Monday on October 2nd Petty was found at home in full cardiac arrest and later that day he died at the UC Los Angeles Santa Monica Hospital. This was confirmed by his manager Tony Dimitriades and The Petty family. Only 18 days away from his 67th birthday Tom Petty passed. A few well known songs he sang are “Free falling” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” with a voice that gave happiness to the ear. His longtime friend Bob Dylan said to Rolling Stone magazine, “I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and i’ll never forget him.” Greatly loved by family and friends he rests at peace, remembered by his family.
By SAUL MENDEZ
An upsetting discovery was made Monday in Paris, France when French police arrested five people after a bomb was discovered near a soccer stadium. It comes nearly two years after three suicide bombers hit the Stade de France when France played Germany. A Paris prosecutor launched an anti-terror investigation after a local resident found two gas cylinders inside a building, then two more cylinders were found outside the arena. The device was made of four gas cylinders covered in Petrol and was found near a stadium that was set to have about 50,000 visitors that day. The bomb was quickly diffused on sight with all five of the suspects in custody. This discovery is coming less than a month after a ¨bomb factory ” was found in a Paris suburb. The country of France has been in a state of emergency since 2015 when the death toll from terror related incidents since the start of 2015 was 241.
By JENESSA SANCHEZ
On Sunday October 1st, 2017, 22,000 people attended a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. During Jason Aldean’s performance people started to hear loud pops. Then what sounded like a machine gun. No one could figure out where the shots were coming from. Everyone feared for their lives as they starting running for help.
The gunman was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada. Paddock was found dead on the the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Authorities believe he killed himself before they entered the room. When police entered Paddocks hotel room they discovered 23 different firearms. Paddock killed 59 people and over 500 were injured in this mass shooting. Authorities claim he was working alone in the shooting.
Officers went to Paddock’s home where they discovered 19 more firearms. Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley – who was out of the country at the time of the attack – has claimed to know nothing about any desired acts of violence.
Many people lost their loved ones in this violent attack. Some of the victims were teachers, nurses, firefighters, and officers.
By SAUL MENDEZ
After Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria last week, a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds the island has been left in shambles. After suffering wide power outages thanks to Hurricane Irma the week before, 1 million Puerto Ricans were left without electricity. 60,000 still haven’t gotten power when Maria brought a total island power outage, and severe shortages of food, water, and other supplies. There’s still no power on the island except for a handful of generators powering priority buildings like hospitals. Due to the blackout, many residents are relying on small gas-fed generators, and oil is running out but oddly enough authorities in Puerto Rico insist that it’s a distribution problem, not a shortage. Puerto Ricans are waiting in six-hour lines for fuel, while many stations have run completely dry,and the island most likely won’t have full power for another half a year. In most of Puerto Rico there’s no water either, that means no showers, no flushable toilets, and no drinkable water that’s not out of a bottle. In some of the remote parts of the island, rescue workers are barely beginning to arrive. Nearly every problem typically faced in the wake of natural disaster will be amplified in Puerto Rico thanks to long existing financial and environmental problems and far fewer rescue and relief workers.
By JORGE SALAZAR
Trump and his administration have announced that travel from Venezuela to the United States will be banned. The new restrictions on travel will begin next month.
Trump tweeted Sunday night saying, “Making America safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those in our country we cannot safely vet”. This tweet came right after the travel ban was announced to the public.
Venezuela’s restriction is that entry of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as nonimmigrants on business and tourist visas are suspended and unable to enter the country. Along with Venezuela, a total of 8 countries will be affected by the new travel restrictions.
Venezuela’s government fired back Monday morning stating, “These types of list, it is worth underlining, are incompatible with international law and constitute in themselves a form of psychological and political terrorism”.
However, the ban will not be in effect till late October with a total of 8 countries in effect.
By ARJAN BATTH
September 24th was an unusual Sunday for people attending a church service at Burnette Chapel Church in Antioch, Tennessee. In the late morning, shooter Emanuel Kidega Samson, came in the parking lot. There, he shot and killed his first victim, 39 year old, Melanie Crow-Smith, who was walking to her car at the time. From there he interrupted the service and began shooting at people, and as a result multiple people were injured. Most victims were of older age. Witnesses have described the feeling in the church as very tumultuous and chaotic as people began to panic and look for cover.
Robert Engle, the church usher, is being called the hero in this deadly event. During the shooting he quickly ran to his car to retrieve a gun. He came back and engaged in a struggle with the shooter. Accidentally the shooter ended up shooting himself in the conflict. The usher then ran to his car a second time to get a pistol to make sure the shooter would stay on the ground until police arrived. All of the victims were in mostly stable condition at their times in the hospital after the shooting.
Emanuel Kidega Samson the shooter is a Sudanese immigrant and Christian, and has done questionable things in the past as well. On one occasion, his father called the police because he was considering committing suicide. Twice he has had a conflict with a woman too. He believed she was cheating on him and refused to let her leave his presence. Later, the man told police that she would not leave her alone.
Surprisingly, the churchgoers said that the shooter has attended the church in years past and didn’t seem very suspicious. Recently, he has admitted to committing the crime and faces a trial without bond. Several vigils have been held as well as an outcry of support for the church from the community. This shooting shows a community coming together after a devastating event.