News Roundup 10/23/18
By: Amalia Escobedo
1.Sandra O’Connor Reveals Dementia Diagnosis
On Tuesday October 23, Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Supreme Court justice revealed that she has the beginning stages of dementia. O’Connor was the first female Supreme Court justice nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. She retired from her position in 2006 and became an Alzheimer’s disease advocate. O’Connor also created a website to encourage youth to learn about civics called iCivics. Since her diagnosis she has stepped down from the public eye and her role with this statement, "It is time for new leaders to make civic learning and civic engagement a reality for all,"(CNN).
2.U.S. Announces Saudi Agent’s Penalties For Journalist Death
On Tuesday October 23, Mike Pompeo Secretary of State announced that the Saudi men responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi will have their visas revoked. According to the Washington Post Pompeo stated, “These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States… We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those responsible accountable”. The State Department stated that the penalties would affect 21 Saudi Individuals.
Source: The Washington Post
3.Hurricane Willa Threatens Mexico’s Coast
Hurricane Willa hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast with winds of 120 mph and dangerous waves threatening the nearby villages, resorts and beaches. On Monday October, 22 the hurricane had been classified as a category 5 storm. Since the announcement Willa has weakened to a category 3. The U.S. National Hurricane Center is warning the public that the storm will be bringing in heavy winds and rain that could be life threatening. According to Adrienne Bard reporter for CBS, Willa is expected as one of the most dangerous storms to hit Mexico since Hurricane Patricia.
4.Mega Millions Reaches $1.6 Billion
The Mega Millions Jackpot has reached an all-time record of 1.6 billion. This is the second highest record since the 2012 jackpot according to KTLA. Gordon Medenica director of the Mega Millions Group stated, “Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record”. People were lined up a block away from the Blue Bird Liquor store located in Hawthorne to purchase their lottery tickets. The numbers for the lottery tickets will be drawn Tuesday tonight, October 23.
5.Tabular Iceberg Photo Taken By NASA
On Tuesday October 23, NASA released a photo of a rectangle shaped iceberg drifting in the middle of Antarctica in Weddell Sea. According to BBC, NASA believes the iceberg had recently broken off from the crumbling Larsen C ice shelf. Kelly Brunt a glaciologist compares this phenomenon to the growing of a finger nail. When the nail grows to long it eventually cracks and breaks off. The Iceberg is 1 mile across and it became a sight to capture because of the straight edges and flat surface that almost looks like a perfect square.