News Roundup 10/04/2017


By Sydney Vargas

1. FBI Questioning Marilou Danley :

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of mass murderer Stephen Paddock, was interviewed by the FBI in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Danley was in the Philippines when photographs of her went viral on the interent, labeling her a person of interest. A person of interest, does not necessarily indicate that the person is suspected of committing a crime. Danley has not been charged with any crime, and told her family she has a clear conscious. Her family believes Paddock bought her a ticket to Southeast Asian Islands to keep her in the dark about his plans to kill. She has now returned to the U.S for her questioning.

In questioning, she stated “It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone, I am a mother and a grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones." She said that she had no warning something so horrible was going to happen and that she would continue to pray for those who were harmed.

Source: New York Times

2. Hurricane Nate Could Hit Gulf Coast:

The 16th cyclone of the season formed in the Southern Caribbean Wednesday morning. It is predicted to be a weaker category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the U.S. Coast. The storm could bring high winds, storm surge and heavy rain. Forecasters say the Gulf Coast to Louisiana should keep watch for the next several days. With five named storms since August 30th. Of the five, three were lethal, and storms Harvey, Irma and Maria formed within a 30 day time frame.

Source: Miami Herald

3. Murphy’s Abortion Scandal:

Congressman Tim Murphy, an antiabortionist, suggested his mistress receive an abortion. This news was released during the process of divorce from his wife. Murphy represents the 18th congressional district in Pennsylvania. Murphy is a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, and voted against abortions after 20 weeks. Murphy met privately with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan according to GOP sources, regarding his plan to retire. A number of Republicans also want Murphy to step down.

Source: Politco

4. Feinstein Advocates Gun Control:

Senator Feinstein, in response to Las Vegas Massacre, is launching a push to combat gun violence. Feinstein has a long history in advocating for gun control. This time she is targeting accessories that make it possible for a semi-automatic weapon to fire rounds as if it was automatic. Feinstein has gotten assault weapons bans passed before. Her most recent ban expired in 2004, and was not renewed by congress at the time. Feinstein plans to reach out to Trump about her bill, encouraging the possibility of Republicans opening up to the possibility of gun control.

Source: CNN

5. Texas City Fined for Violating Latino Voting Rights:

Leaders of a city near Houston approved paying $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the city of crafting voting plans in 2013 that weakened Latino voting power at the polls. In January, District Judge Lee Rosenthal ruled that Pasadena, Texas intentionally violated the voting rights of its growing Hispanic and Latino population. Rosenthal ordered Pasadena to return to eight single-member districts, and be under federal oversight through June 2023. On Tuesday, The Pasadena City Council approved the settlement with some Latino residents. The residents were represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Pasadena will pay the group's legal fees and drop appeals in the settlement recommended by current Mayor Jeff Wagner.

Source: AP News