200 Horses Found Dead in Arizona

By ARJAN BATTH

Staff Writer

 

In Arizona, 191 wild horses have been found dead on federally reserved Navajo land. It is believed that the horses suffered nearly fatal levels of exhaustion and dehydration. As the herd was on its way to a stock pond or dried up water hole, they were accidently burrowed in mud. Due to the large amount of malnourishment the horses had suffered, they didn’t have the energy to eject themselves out of the mud.  As a result, some large horses were found submerged all the way down to the neck. Several officials put hydrated lime on the horses to make their bodies decompose quicker.

The death of these horses highlight the brutal conditions hitting the Southwestern United States, which has been battered by a terrible drought. This is because of a dry winter and not much runoff water. The Navajo Nation reservation has experienced the worst of this situation with not even having a potable water source. The reservation in total has tens of thousands of horses, and are looking for ways to properly manage their horses, so less die.

Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth To Baby Boy

By JUSTIN EVANS                    

Staff Writer           

 

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a new prince who is fifth in line to the British throne Monday Morning.

The duchess and Prince William drove to St. Mary’s hospital in London early in the morning, and the 8 pound, 7 ounce (3.8 kilogram) boy was born at 11:01 a.m., with royal officials declaring the birth to the world about two hours later.

In the afternoon, elder siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived  to meet their baby brother. Around 6 p.m., Kate emerged alongside her husband, wearing a red dress and holding the tiny royal highness wrapped in a white lace shawl.

Prince William announced the couple “very delighted” to the new addition to the family.

News of the royal birth came through announcements on Twitter, and also proclaimed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace with a framed notice perched on a golden easel.

 

Disney Disaster

By KIMBLEY BATES

Staff Writer

 

A Disney trip meant for 6,500 high school students was in jeopardy on the 18th of April, when a trailer loaded with Disney California Adventure tickets was stolen.

 

The trailer was set to travel from the office of the California Future Farmers of America Foundation, in Galt, to Anaheim, where the 90th annual California FFA leadership conference was taking place the next week. The four-day event for high school students includes job skills training, agricultural visits and a private event for attendees at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

 

But the foundation’s surveillance camera captured a man entering the group’s parking lot at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Bradley said. The man cut the lock on the trailer, attached it to his own dark, extended-cab pickup truck and drove away. The stolen trailer is a white, double-axle Wells Cargo trailer with the license plate 4KJ1127, he said.

 

Disney has voided the 8,000 stolen tickets and reissued new ones for the conference.

It’s not clear that the thief was looking for Disney tickets in particular. Reports say the man didn’t look inside the trailer before taking it.

 

The wristbands and the tickets were worth about $800,000 before they were voided. The trailer also contained AV equipment worth between $15,000 and $20,000 and FFA-branded merchandise including mugs, sweatshirts, picture frames and shirts worth about $12,000, she said.

 

The Disney tickets are now worthless, so people should be wary of buying resold admissions to the theme park.

 

“We recommend that guests purchase tickets only from Disneyland resort or an authorized retailer,” Jaeger said.

 

Luckily, the 90th state FFA Conference went on as expected and the FFA members still enjoyed a day at the happiest place on earth.

Egg Recall

 

eggs

By ARJAN BATTH
Staff Writer

 

Over 206 million eggs have been recalled across the United States from fears of salmonella. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that in certain conditions can be lethal, and causes diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pains. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heard reports of a small outbreak and tried to trace back the source. They discovered that the eggs were produced by Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County, North Carolina. This plant produces 2.3 million eggs every day.  The company claims that this is the first time it has contaminated eggs and worked compliantly and transparently with the FDA. These eggs were sold all over the continental US: Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and California. They were sold under the brands of Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, and Great Value. So far, 22 illnesses have already been confirmed on the East Coast. This is a relatively small number of infected because this type of salmonella is unorthodox, and could easily and quickly be isolated. This is the largest salmonella outbreak in the United States since 2010.

 

NBC Apologizes to South Koreans for Offensive Comments

SK

 

By ARJAN BATTH

Staff Writer

In the Pyeongchang Opening Ceremony, reporter Joshua Cooper Ramo discussed the significance of the games to Korea with Katie Couric and Mike Tirico, but offended many in his attempt. He said,”every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.” This comment raises so much controversy because of the brutal treatment inflicted on Korea from Japan’s harsh colonial and imperialist rule. Not only is it offensive, but called inaccurate by many other viewers. In response, thousands of people signed a petition demanding an apology from NBC news. This same topic has sparked controversy among Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who almost didn’t attend the Olympics because of Japan’s refusal to apologize for their ruthless actions to Korean women. This is not the only remark the commentator made that caused an uproar. He also said that these next few Olympic games will be an opportunity to experience “Asian cultures”, referring to these games in South Korea, the 2020 games in Japan, and the 2022 games in China. Some see this as inaccurately portraying that all Asian cultures are similar, just because they are Asian. To some, it seems to undermine the complexity of these different cultures. Consequently, Joshua Cooper Ramo has been reassigned.

Cyril Ramaphosa Confirmed as South Africa’s New President After Zuma Resigns

new pres

 

By JUSTIN EVANS                    

Staff Writer             

 

Cyril Ramaphosa was confirmed Thursday as South Africa’s new President hours after scandal-plagued leader Jacob Zuma resigned. Ramaphosa, 65, the chairman of the ruling African National Congress party since December, was the only candidate nominated during a conference of the South African Parliament.

 

Some lawmakers in the National Assembly in Cape Town acknowledged the announcement on Ramaphosa, though members of the opposing Economic Freedom Fighters party walked out of the chamber in protest during the debate. “I truly feel humbled to have been given this great privilege of being able to serve our people,” Ramaphosa stated in an address to Parliament moments after he became President. He pledged to act as a “servant of our people” and mentioned that he intended to lead with “humility, faithfulness and dignity.”

 

“I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said.

Supporters of the new leader sang and danced outside the National Assembly after his speech.

Ramaphosa’s elevation caps a dramatic week that saw Zuma, plagued with corruption allegations for years, effectively departed from office by his own party. Zuma denies all the corruption allegations against him.

 

Parliament had been due to hold a no-confidence vote Thursday to remove Zuma from office.

But in a nationally televised address on Wednesday night, Zuma declared his resignation, saying he had been disturbed about what he described as “instances of violence” outside the party’s headquarters. “No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the republic with immediate effect,” Zuma said. “Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.”

God’s New Angels

By Violet Verver

Staff Writer

 

17 lives were taken by a gunman named Nicholas Cruz. Families are ruined and worldwide hearts are broken. Everybody should know who Nicholas Cruz murdered.

Alhadeff

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Alyssa, 14, was a student at Stoneman Douglas and a soccer player for Parkland Travel Soccer.

Lori Alhadeff, Alyssa’s mother, told HLN she dropped her daughter off at school Wednesday and said, “I love you.” When the mother heard about the shooting, she hustled to school, but was too late.

“I knew at that point she was gone. I felt it in my heart,” she said. “Alyssa was a beautiful, smart, talented, successful, awesome, amazing soccer player. You’ll be greatly missed, Alyssa. We love you so much. You’ll always, always be in our hearts.”

“Alyssa Alhadeff was a loved and well respected member of our club and community,” Parkland Travel Soccer said on Facebook. “Alyssa will be greatly missed.”

 

 Beigel

Scott Beigel, 35

Beigel, a geography teacher, was killed as he tried to usher students back into his classroom when the shooting broke out.

Kelsey Friend, one of Beigel’s students, told CNN in an emotional interview that he was shot outside the classroom door and that he saved her life.

“Mr. Beigel was my hero and he still will forever be my hero. I will never forget the actions that he took for me and for fellow students in the classroom,” she said. “I am alive today because of him.”

Kelsey said the teacher was an amazing person and his memory would live on with her.

“If I could see him right now … I’d give him a huge teddy bear to say thank you. But unfortunately I can’t do that,” she said.

Duque

Martin Duque Anguiano, 14

Miguel Duque mourned the loss of his younger brother, Martin, and set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for funeral expenses.

“He was a very funny kid, outgoing, and sometimes really quiet. He was sweet and caring and loved by all his family. Most of all he was my baby brother,” Miguel said on the page.

“My family and I have no words to describe the event that’s has happened on this date, all my prayers to the lost ones. My family and I will appreciate anything that we can get helped with. R.I.P Martin Duque.”

Dworet

Nicholas Dworet, 17

Nicholas, a 17-year-old senior, was killed in the shooting, the University of Indianapolis confirmed. He was recruited for the university swim team and would have been an incoming freshman this fall.

“Nick’s death is a reminder that we are connected to the larger world, and when tragedy hits in places around the world, it oftentimes affects us at home,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

“Today, and in the coming days, I hope you will hold Nick, his family, all of the victims, as well as the Parkland community and first responders in your prayers.”

Feis

Aaron Feis, 37

Feis, an assistant football coach, was killed when he threw himself in front of students to protect them from oncoming bullets, according to football program spokeswoman Denis Lehtio. Feis, 37, suffered a gunshot wound and died after he was rushed into surgery, Lehtio said.

“He died the same way he lived — he put himself second,” she said. “He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero.”

Colton Haab, a 17-year-old junior who had a close relationship with Feis, told CNN he saw the coach running toward the sounds of gunshots.

“That’s Coach Feis. He wants to make sure everybody is safe before himself,” he said.

“(He) made sure everyone else’s needs were met before his own. He was a hard worker. He worked after school, on the weekends, mowing lawns, just helping as many people as possible.”

Chad Lyons, a student and football player, said Feis was there for him when he was going through leukemia treatments.

“He guided me through them. He would send me prayers. He would send me Bible scripts and just stuff to cheer up my day. Funny memes,” the player said.

“He was just an amazing person to be led on and taught by, and I’m thankful enough to even be in his presence, just going through high school.”

Guttenberg

Jaime Guttenberg, 14

Jaime, 14, was among the victims, according to a Facebook post by her father, Fred.

“My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer Bloom Guttenberg and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school. We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister.

“I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family gets through this. We appreciate all of the calls and messages and we apologize for not reacting to everyone individually,” he added. “Hugs to all and hold your children tight.”

Skidmore College, where Fred Guttenberg attended, released a statement saying their hearts go out to Jaime’s parents and others affected by the tragedy.

“There really are no words to lessen the suffering that the families of victims are feeling at this moment, but perhaps knowing that we stand with them can provide some small measure of solace,” the college said.

Hixon

Chris Hixon, 49

His widow, Debra, was telling CNN that he was “probably the best man that I … ” when she couldn’t go on.

She had just described Chris Hixon — who was the school’s athletic director — as an awesome husband, father and American.

“Every one of those students he thought of as his own kid,” she said earlier.

Hixon, 49 would give students rides or lunch money and, if they needed it, open up his home to them. “He just loved being around kids and giving back to the community,” Debra Hixon said.

A Naval reservist, Chris Hixon deployed to Iraq in 2007.

“He loved being an American and serving his country and he instilled that in our kids,” she said.

Hixon was also the school’s wrestling coach, something that was his passion.

Hoyer

Luke Hoyer, 15

The killing shocked Luke’s close-knit family.

Grandparents Eddie and Janice Stroud in Simpsonville, South Carolina, learned about the news of the shooting from TV reports, they told CNN affiliate WYFF in Greenville.

“The day went by and we didn’t hear anything about Luke. We kept hoping they would find him wandering around in shock,” Janice Stroud told the station.

“By 7 o’clock, I said, ‘I don’t like this. This is not good,’ ” her husband said, according to WYFF. “Finally, (police) called us at 1 a.m. and said Luke was among the students that had been killed.”

Janice Stroud said, “He was a good kid. He … never got in trouble. He was the last of my daughter’s children who still lived at home.”

Cousin Grant Cox called Luke “an amazing individual. Always happy, always smiling. His smile was contagious, and so was his laugh.

Another relative, Mary Beth Stroud-Gibbs, posted on Facebook that the family is “very close” and it is “devastated by this senseless shooting.”

“Our Luke was a precious child.”

Loughran

Cara Loughran, 14

Cara danced at the Drake School of Irish Dance in South Florida.

“Cara was a beautiful soul and always had a smile on her face,” the dance studio said in a statement. “We are heartbroken as we send our love and support to her family during this horrible time.”

Danny Vogel, a neighbor, posted condolences on Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart and much regret that I write these words. Our next-door neighbor’s daughter was one of the lives taken (too) soon by a senseless act of violence at Stoneman Douglas High School.

“RIP Cara, and fly with the angels. You will be greatly missed, and we will always love you and celebrate your beautiful life.”

Montalto

Gina Montalto, 14

Gina was a member of the winter guard on the school’s marching band.

The Winter Guard International mourned her death Thursday, saying, “Unfortunately, one of the victims in yesterday’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a member of the school’s winter guard.

“No student should ever go to school afraid,” the group said.

One of her middle school color guard instructors told The Miami Herald that Gina “was the sweetest soul ever.”

“My heart is broken into pieces. I will forever remember you, my sweet angel,” Manuel Miranda told the paper.

Shawn Sherlock, Gina’s aunt, posted a tribute on Facebook, describing her niece as a gifted artist.

“I know somewhere in the heavens she’s designing the latest and greatest trends and has her art book she always carried with her as well,” she wrote.

Oliver

Joaquin Oliver, 17

Joaquin was born in Venezuela, moved to the United States when he was 3 and became a naturalized citizen in January 2017, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Among friends at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he was known as ‘Guac,’ a moniker that appeared on his Instagram account. His interests: football, basketball, the Venezuelan national soccer team, urban graffiti and hip-hop,” the paper said.

An Instagram post dated December 31 was his final social media post — a message to his girlfriend, the paper said.

“Thank you lord for putting a greater blessing than I could ever imagine into my life this past year,” he said. “I love you with all my heart.”

Petty

Alaina Petty, 14

Alaina’s family said she was vibrant and determined. She had volunteered after Hurricane Irma hit Florida in September.

“Alaina loved to serve,” the statement from her family said.

She was also a part of the “Helping Hands” program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“While we will not have the opportunity to watch her grow up and become the amazing woman we know she would become, we are keeping an eternal perspective,” her family said.

Alaina, 14, was also a member of the junior ROTC at her school, a leadership program taught by retired Army personnel.

Pollack

Meadow Pollack, 18

Meadow, 18, had been accepted at Lynn University in Boca Raton, spokeswoman Jamie D’Aria said.

“Meadow was a lovely young woman, who was full of energy. We were very much looking forward to having her join our community in the fall,” D’Aria said.

Condolences were posted on an online guestbook kept by Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel.

“Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter, Meadow. May she rest in peace. Your family is in my continued prayers,” said Alisa Thomas of Youngstown, Ohio.

Friend GII Lovito said on Facebook: “Please say a prayer for the family of an amazing girl I got to call my best friend growing up Meadow Pollack … her life was taken way too soon and I have no words to describe how this feels. Rest In Peace my beautiful angel.

“You are and forever will be loved.”

Ramsay

Helena Ramsay, 17

“My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting,” Curtis Page Jr. said in a Facebook post about Helena, who would have started college next year.

“Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone.”

Page said he hopes others can be inspired by Helena’s “life well lived, no matter how short.”

Fena Cooper, identifying herself as a cousin, said in a Facebook posting, “Valentine’s Day will never look the same for my family.

“Helena, we miss you dearly and are so incredibly sorry that your life was cut short. You didn’t deserve this. We love you so much and will miss you greatly.”

Schachter

Alex Schachter, 14

Alex participated in the school marching band and orchestra, playing baritone in the former and trombone in the latter, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“I felt he really had a bright future on the trombone,” Alexander Kaminsky, director of bands at the Parkland high school, told the paper.

A Go Fund Me page was set up by Alex’s family as a scholarship fund.

“In an effort to continue his memory, this scholarship is being created to help other students experience the joys of music as well as fund increased security at schools. Please help keep Alex’s spirit alive,” the page said. “The money raised will be sent to the Stoneman Douglas Marching Eagles.”

Schentrup

Carmen Schentrup, 16

Carmen was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist.

“Marjory Stoneman Douglas had 10 students qualify as semifinalists for 2018, which is the second year in a row 10 students have qualified,” the Eagle Eye student blog said.

Carmen was mourned in the community and on social media.

“Rest In Peace Carmen Schentrup,” one tweet said. “You family is forever in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry.”

Rest In Peace Carmen Schentrup ❤️, your family is forever in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry.

Wang

Peter Wang, 15

Peter had been a member of the junior ROTC program, and his parents owned a restaurant in West Palm Beach, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Kelsey Friend, who shared a culinary class with Peter, said she “started screaming and crying” when she found out about her friend’s death by looking at images on Google of those who had died.

“I am wearing my culinary shirt right now, to remember him,” she told Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.

Kelsey said Peter had been excited about the Chinese New Year, which fell on Friday.

“Me and my family celebrated it for him, eating Chinese,” she said.

Kelsey said the two of them were close.

“It’s hard to not have him in the hallways anymore because me and him used to laugh with each other. He used to make me smile. And now he’s gone.”

Kelsey and other friends said Peter was shot while holding a door open to let fellow classmates get to safety. Thousands of people have signed a White House petition asking for him to be buried with military honors.

“His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area,” the petition says.

Jesse Pan, a real estate agent in Parkland, posted images of the boy on Facebook, including a couple of him wearing his ROTC uniform.

“Rest in Peace Peter!!!” he said.

Two Shot Near Visalia Middle School

shooting

 

By JENESSA SANCHEZ

Staff Writer

 

Monday February 19th, around 10 pm, officers were dispatched to a home in the 1600 block of North Mooney Boulevard. Witnesses reported hearing many shots ring out down the street from Green Acres. When officers arrived they learned that the woman with the rifle was shooting in self defense.

Abraham Medrano, 47 went to his girlfriends home where a fight broke out between two women and Medrano. Medrano then pulled out a gun and and shot one round. He fled on foot and returned within an hour. When he returned the women were armed with a rifle. Medrano tried taking the rifle away and it accidentally shot off injuring the other woman. She was rushed to Kaweah Delta Medical Center.

Medrano was struck by the gun because the women feared for her life. After Medrano was medically cleared he was booked into Tulare County Pretrial Facility on suspicion of attempted homicide.

US airstrike in Somalia kills more than 100 al-Shabaab militants

US

 

By JUSTIN EVANS

Staff Writer

 

More than 100 al-Shabaab radicals were killed Tuesday in a US airstrike on a camp in Somalia, US Africa Command said in a statement, the current in a series of strikes against the al-Qaeda-affiliated group and ISIS fighters in the country that is war-torn. The strike on an al-Shabaab training camp was carried out by a manned aircraft, according to a US defense official.

Africa Command, which supervises US troops on the continent, said it took place 125 miles northwest of the capital of Mogadishu. US Defense officials told CNN about the strike earlier on Tuesday.

The Defense Department now has 500 personnel in Somalia including military, civilians and contractors, more than double the 200 personnel that had been reported to be in Somalia in March 2017, according to US Africa Command.

US troops have initially operated in Somalia to provide training and assistance for local forces. But US special operations forces also continue to rotate in and out of Somalia, conducting counter terrorism operations according to defense officials.

Early November saw an increase in US airstrikes in Somalia. Africa Command and the Pentagon claim the series of airstrikes are simply due to the ability to identify targets and not as a direct result of a number of recent immense deadly suicide attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a double truck bomb attack in October that killed hundreds. “We’ve always stressed the importance of putting pressure on the network,” said Samantha Reho, an Africa Command spokesperson. “The opportunities presented themselves with the right conditions and are purely coincidence.”

 

The increase in strikes in Somalia as well as Libya and Yemen, is driven by the intelligence that is gathered, according to officials: “I think as we constantly assess the battle space, when targets present themselves that are actionable and within the law of armed conflict, we’re going to strike those targets,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff told reporters.

There have been 29 strikes recognized by the Pentagon so far this year. Seven of those strikes took place between November 9 and 14.

London City Airport Closed After WW2 Bomb Discovered

store

 

By Jorge Salazar

Staff Writer

 

London Airport was closed on February 11, 2018 due to construction workers finding a World War 2 bomb. After the unexploded bomb was discovered, the airport canceled all flights and put an exclusion zone in place. The airport is hoping to reopen to the public on the 13th of February, according to the airports twitter account. They even encouraged passengers to contact their airlines for more information.

 

The bomb was confirmed as a “500 kg tapered end shell measuring approximately 1.5 meters”, according to the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police. They have also confirmed that the bomb would be removed within a day.

 

The exclusion zone was set to 214-meters by the Royal Navy to “ensure that the ordinance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public”, the police statement said. Because of such a big exclusion zone, officers are going to the homes of residents near it letting them know of any safety arrangements.

 

London City is an international airport that is located in Newham (East London). During World War 2 this area was heavily industrial and highly populated. Which may have been a reason on why the bomb was in this location.