What You Missed This Week

February 20, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018

Shaun White wins his third Olympic Gold

On Valentine’s Day, Shaun White won the gold medal in halfpipe, making it his third one for the sport. He won the gold in halfpipe in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, but missed a podium finish in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. However, in the press conference following his win, he dismissed previous sexual harassment allegations against him as “gossip.” He apologized in a later interview, acknowledging that “it was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today” and that he was “overwhelmed” by his win.


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Super-G Upset Loss for Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn lost her first Olympic race of this year’s Olympic Games on Saturday, when a mistake late in the course turned costly. Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who was hoping to make history by competing in both snowboarding (her professional sport) and skiing, took away the ‘shock gold.’ She was competing on skis that had been borrowed from Mikaela Shiffrin.


Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold in Giant Slalom, Misses out on Alpine Slalom

On Thursday, after multiple weather delays for the Giant Slalom, Shiffrin finally won her first gold of this Olympics. Expectations have been high for her, and Thursday’s win only added to the voices that were asking for five golds from her. In a unexpected turn of events, Shiffrin did not make podium in the Alpine Slalom. Shiffrin was the favorite for the event - she’s won seven of the nine slalom events this year. She later acknowledged that she was “out of sorts throughout the day,” and she was exhausted from the previous day’s win.


National News

New Budget Proposal sent to Congress

The 2019 budget proposal by the Trump administration was released on Monday. The budget outlines the administration’s priorities, stating that funding will be cut from the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the State department in order to pay for the costs of the border wall, defense spending, and an infrastructure plan. The Washington Post has descriptions of the budget proposals for each federal department, with more details.


Photo: Associated Press 


Parkland, FL

A former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring multiple others on Wednesday. The suspect, 19-yr old Nikolas Cruz, was in custody within an hour of the shooting. He had been expelled from the school for unspecified reasons prior to the shooting. This is the second most deadly school shooting after Sandy Hook, when 20 first grade students and six teachers were killed in 2006. This has reopened the debate on gun control, sparking outrage and breaking the composure of news anchors. While President Trump did mention mental health in his press conference after the event, he did not mention anything about gun control. He did, however, visit the hospital where most of the victims were treated on Friday.


2016 Elections Meddling

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed two new indictments. The first was charging 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations with illegally disrupting the American election process. The second was against Mr. Pinedo, a computer enthusiast from Santa Paula who pleaded guilty to one count of identity fraud, and he has been cooperating with the special counsel ever since.


International News

Israeli Police Recommend Indictment of President Benjamin Netanyahu

President Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted in two corruption cases involving bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, say the Israeli police. President Netanyahu said this would end in “nothing” while the police spokesperson said their case was solid and based on 80 witness interviews. It was charged that Netanyahu and his family had received “hundreds of thousands of shekels” from Arnon Milchan and his supporters, in exchange for supporting the Milchan Law which would exempt returning Israelis from paying taxes for ten years.


Ethiopia President Surprises Everyone, Resigns  

Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn resigned on Thursday, stating that it was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.” In the past three years, hundreds of people have died in protests against the government. Following a ten month national state of emergency, which did not stop protests, the government released thousands of opposition supporters. Mr. Hailemariam said that he would stay on as a “caretaker Prime Minister” until the parliament accepted his resignation and chose a replacement.


 Photo: Associated Press 


Survivors of Mexico Earthquake killed in Helicopter Crash

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City on Friday, followed by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Some residents found it safer to sleep in open fields rather than buildings. However, a military helicopter trying to assess the damage crashed into them, after losing control while trying to land, killing 13 people and injuring 16 others. Everyone aboard the helicopter survived with minor injuries, including the Interior Secretary, Alfonso Navarrete as well as the Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat. The incident was followed by criticism, and it is the latest embarrassment for Interior Secretary Navarrete.


My name is Pankhuri Kumar. I'm a 23-year old graduate student, majoring in Journalism and Computer Science. I'm a nerd about technology and hope to make the world a more informed place with data. I'm obsessed with Indian food, The Office, and Harry Potter.

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