Revised Travel Ban


Staff Writer

President Trump’s claims of authority in the first hearing on his revised travel ban, escalated into an intense oral argument, where the judges could strike down parts of the executive order that sought to suspend travel and refugee admissions from certain Muslim countries. The main issue is whether the ban violates the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and 14th Amendments, and the ban on nationality discrimination of immigrant visas contained in a 65 year old congressional law.


The issue has become a major test of presidential power, mainly in the area of immigration. The case was held in Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and is the first of two public judicial hearings on the revised presidential order. A San Francisco based federal appeal court will separately review the issue late next week.


The White House frames the issue as a strictly temporary move involving national security. A coalition of groups in opposition call the order “blatant religious discrimination”, since the six countries involved have mostly Muslim populations, which are: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.


A majority of judges on the court brought previous statements by then candidate, Donald Trump on “preventing Muslim immigration” to question his motivation for issuing this revised executive order. “Would anything but willful blindness prevent the court from considering the president’s campaign?” asked Judge Henry Floyd. “He never repudiated what he said the Muslim ban,” said Judge Robert King.


Other judges questioned whether some of the plaintiffs challenging the ban, including relatives of those denied entry to the U.S. had “standing,” or a basis to bring lawsuits challenging multiple parts of the ban. Some judges on the bench grew frustrated with the ACLU lawyers answers. “Who makes the national security determination in this case, the risk I am addressing?” asked Judge Dennis Shedd. When attorney Omar Jadwat began to answer, Judge Paul Niemeyer jumped in; “You have a problem?” saying the president as “commander-in-chief” has power over keeping Americans safe.


Ten of the thirteen judges hearing the case were nominated by Democratic presidents, two other full time 4th Circuit judges recused themselves, both of whom were named by Republican presidents.

This is the White House’s second effort to impose a travel ban. An order issued a week after Trump took office also was quickly blocked from taking effect. Nationwide protests were held in many cities and airports. The administration issued its revised order March sixth, which included removing Iraq from the original list of banned countries. It also lifted the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, many fleeing a years long civil war there.


Officials say the new executive order only applied to foreign nationals outside the U.S. without a valid visa. “Unregulated, unvetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake.” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly stated. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said, “the latest version was no better than the original,” calling the order “mean spirited and un-American.”


A major issue for the judicial panel will be figuring out how much discretion the president really has over immigration. Throughout history, courts have been known to be very careful in this area, being immigration, and presidents including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama have used it to deny entry to certain refugees and diplomats, including nations such as Iran, Cuba, and North Korea.


The Trump administration strongly denies this is a “Muslim ban”, but the statements the judges cited Monday included a December 2015 Trump campaign press release calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”. And challengers to the law say Trump has taken this power to major extremes by banning basically an entire population from multiple countries. The case is now named “International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump”. There was no timetable on how quickly the judges would issue a ruling, or when it could be appealed to the Supreme Court.

California Beach Shark Attack

BY Aubrey Rebelo

Staff Writer

Leeanne Ericson lost part of her right leg in a shark attack while swimming at a popular Southern California beach. Ericson was listed in critical condition Monday at the hospital. She was rescued Saturday by a couple of Camp Pendleton beachgoers, including one who used a surfboard leash to stop the bleeding. She was flown to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where a hospital spokeswoman Janice Collins said she was in critical condition, but declined to release further details. “The whole back of her leg was kind of missing,” Thomas Williams said, who was one of several witnesses who pulled the woman ashore. He said a veteran surfer, Hunter Robinson, suggested using a surfboard leash to stop the bleeding until the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base emergency personnel arrived. The shark attacked at a beach known as Church on the northern tip of the base.

Ericson is a single mother of three young children, according to a GoFundMe page put up to raise money for her recovery. The page had raised a little more than $23,000 by Monday afternoon which is 8 hours after the news was first released. The page was created by Christine Mcnerney Leidle who is a member of Ericsson’s family, but declined to give any information of her relation to the victim. Other members of Ericson’s family could not be reached.

Authorities also immediately shut down a three-mile stretch of shoreline extending from a mile north of Church to nearby San Onofre and San Clemente state beaches. The area is expected to be reopened Wednesday to swimmers and surfers.

Russian Bombers in the United States


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On Monday night, two Russian bomber planes flew about one hundred miles off the Alaskan coast, the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent warplanes so close to the United States. The air force base sent American jets up that flew alongside the Russian bombers for several minutes. The Russian planes broke off and headed back to their base in eastern Russia, a Lieutenant reported. Again, Wednesday night a pair of Russian spy planes flew near the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea area staying in the U.S. Air Defense Zone for a couple hours before departing back to their base in Russia. Thursday night, a pair of long-range, nuclear-capable Bear bombers flew near Alaska and Canada staying in the United States and Canada’s air defense zone for hours. Other than the first incident, the U.S. Air Force did not fear their safety and send any fighter jets or airborne warning planes (AWACS). The Russian jets in all three incidents remained in international airspace, due to it not being immediately clear how close they came to mainland Alaska.

Russia now has flown bombers or spy planes near Alaska for four consecutive nights this week, the Russian action came less than a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump said U.S./Russian relations had reached a “low point”. It was confirmed that the last time Russian bombers came this close to the U.S. was on July 4, 2015 when a pair of Russian bombers flew 40 miles off the coast of California.

Safe Sleeping Habits for Babies


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A friend of a woman named Jernica Quinones, experienced the death of her infant with down syndrome by SIDS, on New Year’s Day. This is why Quinones’ 4-month-old son has spent most of his life so far sleeping in a cardboard box.

This mother has taken part in a program in New Jersey that promotes safe sleeping habits education through “baby boxes.”

This is a box that the government gives to expecting mothers who receive a prenatal checkup. It is a box with clothing, blankets, and other supplies.  These boxes include a firm foam mattress and tight-fitting sheet, along with breastfeeding accessories, a onesie, diapers, and wipes. Instead of being a prenatal incentive, it is being used to deliver a postpartum safe sleep message to mothers all around.

Alabama joins Ohio and New Jersey in making free baby boxes available to families all around. Parents will watch videos online about SIDS and then take a short quiz. They then can pick up the box from a local distribution or can have it mailed to them.

States hope to see fewer babies dying now. There are about 3,500 infant deaths a year in the U.S.. Women now have to get a health check before the end of their fourth month of pregnancy. This helped the country have one of the lowest infant mortality rates. The box is a great hook and safe for sleeping education. Making it safer for babies.

Fast Thinking


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A McDonald’s worker located at Pennsylvania working the drive-thru was alerted of Steve Stephens, the Facebook live killer, and contacted the police once he realized who he was. As the suspect was waiting on his change, he noticed that something was up due to the long wait and the employee was currently calling the police. Once Stephens received his food, he sped out of the drive-thru without knowing the police were close behind him. During the police chase, a trooper rammed into his car and once Stephen saw that he was trapped, he pulled out a pistol and shot himself. The police are very proud of the McDonald employees for making that call and taking a risk in order to save more people.

Fresno Rampage Shooting


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On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, went on a rampage in Downtown Fresno. At 9:30 am, Muhammad shot a security guard multiple times at a Motel 6 in Fresno. The 25-year-old security guard, Carl Williams, later passed away in the hospital. Later that day at 10:30 am, Muhammad shot at a PG&E work truck. He shot the employee in the passenger seat; his co-worker drove the passenger to the police station. The passenger died on the way there. Muhammad kept walking and shot at the man, but missed. He reloaded and killed another man at a Catholic Church parking lot. Muhammad ran into an officer who arrested him as he shouted, “Allahu Akbar”.

Fresno has not released who the victims are. The only information that has been released is that the PG&E worker was a 34-year-old man. This was his first day in the field. The family of the second victim has released his name and age. He was 37-year-old Mark Gassett. He was leaving a Catholic Church with a grocery bag. He was a father. Another victim was 58-years-old. Police said he might of been a client for the church. Chief Dyer said he does not believe this was a terrorist attack. He thinks it was a hate crime because all the men Muhammad killed were white. Chief Dyer called the FBI to help with the investigation.

A Contrasting Spot on Jupiter


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On April 10th, an online report came out from the Geophysical Research Letters that identified a newly detected great mark on Jupiter. It was spotted in the northern aurora in the planet’s atmosphere, and it is believed that the spot is much more cold and is twice the size of Earth.

Coauthor Tom Stallard, who is a planetary scientist at the University of Leicester in England, stated, ¨We can’t be exactly sure how the spot forms. But we are sure it is there because we observed it numerous time.¨

The great spot was detected by a Chile telescope by Stallard and his colleagues. They were analyzing hydrogen ions and mapping the atmosphere of  jupiter when they noticed a sudden drop of 71 degrees celsius while the area around it remained the same temperature. Then, they went to compare the data with the NASA infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii. They discovered that the spot has actually been there for more than 15 years.

Also, another interesting thing that the group of scientists discovered is that the mark remains in the same spot, but changes from being a big spot to other sizes and shapes. Scientists theorize that this occurrence happens because of the abundance of energetic particles in the atmosphere from the Jovian moon showers which help generate the aurora.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a Planetary Science Institute researcher in Maine, is baffled by this phenomena because contrasted auroras in planetary systems usually disappear quickly. However, this has lasted for quite some time already. Scientists will continue to plunge into this phenomena to hopefully get some answers.

Mummies Unearthed In 3,500 Year Old Tombs


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On Tuesday April 18, 2017, in the country of Egypt, Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, ten colorful sarcophagi, and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs. The tombs were found during an Egyptian archaeological mission in the Dra Abu Naga necropolis near Luxor in southern Egypt. The main T-shaped tomb belonged to a city judge by the name of Userhat and is typical of New Kingdom noblemen tombs. The Ministry of Antiquities, who were in charge of the mission, removed four hundred fifty cubic meters of debris, revealing the entrance of the main tomb and two joint tombs. Since the findings, excavation work is in full swing to reveal the secrets of the two tombs. According to the ministry, the inner chamber of the main tomb houses a collection of sarcophagi from the twenty-first dynasty and mummies wrapped in linen. The archaeologists also discovered ushabti funerary figurines made of faience, terracotta and wood as well as a collection of clay pots. In another room, the mission found “a collection of ushabti figurines, wooden masks and a handle of sarcophagus lid was unearthed ,” the statement said.

11-year-old boy commits suicide after girlfriend faked her death


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Tysen Benz from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula hung himself just two hours after receiving messages that his 13-year-old girlfriend committed suicide. The girl, whose name will not be released, has been charged with malicious use of telecommunication service and using a computer to commit a crime. The incident happened on March 14. The boy’s mother, Katrina Goss, said nothing seemed unusual that day when Tysen returned home from school that day. Tysen seemed happy and very proud of himself, because he went to his tutoring session without being reminded. Once after dinner, Tysen had went to his room. Then shortly after 10 pm, Goss went to tuck in her sons. Tysen had locked his room, but Goss was able to open it with her key.

At first she thought Tysen was playing a trick and being silly since he was not in bed and eventually found him in his closet. “I tried to hurry up and lift him up. I was screaming. I told my oldest son to call 911. My littlest one was bawling.” She told the post. The paramedics were able to revive Tysen. He was hospitalized for three weeks before he died on April 4. Tysen often used Snapchat. On the night of Tysen’s death he was said to be talking to the 13-year-old girl, who was using someone else’s account when she told Tysen that his girlfriend had died. However, no one warned her son that it was a prank. Goss said “I want him to be the face of the cause. It’s a serious issue that I feel is completely skirted.”

Oklahoma City Bombing


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Timothy McVeigh, the perpetrator of the bombing in Oklahoma City, one of the most horrific acts of terrorism in the country, was later convicted and executed in 1995. The families and friends who were victims and suffered losses due to the Oklahoma City bombing gathered to remember the past incidence. Many placed wreaths, photos, and balloons to remember those hundred sixty-eight people who had lost their lives in the year of 1995.

On Wednesday, a crowd assembled at the memorial and museum built at the original area of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to remember those that lost their lives and for the 22nd anniversary of the incident. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) lost thirty-five employees due to the attack; Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD, reflected in his speech about the significance of the terrorism aftermath which should bring unity instead of fear and distrust to the future generations of America.