News Roundup 02/07/18
By: Amalia Escobedo
1. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch
On Tuesday February 6th Buzz Aldrin also known as one of the first men to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 space launch joined the famous 90’s scientist, Bill Nye the Science Guy to celebrate the SpaceX’s rocket launch.
Bill Nye tweeted a photo of the two with the caption, “Celebrating the launch with Buzz Aldrin (he walked on the Moon, Y’know…)”.
The SpaceX Falcon was launched from the Kennedy Space center located in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is the first rocket launched with a $100,000 Tesla roadster loaded on it. In the front driver seat a mannequin named “starman” is said to be guiding the car along Mars orbit.
Source: USA Today
2. South Korea’s First Winter Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea beginning on February 9th. This will be the first time South Korea will hold the winter games. The Last time the Olympics visited South Korea was in the late 90’s for the summer games. There will be 15 sports featured that will include 102 events. It will also feature first-time records occurring during this season, including the breaking event of having more than 100 medal events. Also, North Korea will be sending some of it’s Olympians to participate in the games.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News
3. Gerber’s First Poster Baby with Down Syndrome
In 2010 Gerber held a contest to find their new baby face. They have concluded the contest and have found their new face in 2018. Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old baby boy from Dalton, Georgia with Down syndrome was chosen from 140,000 contestants. This is the first time Gerber has chosen a baby with down Syndrome. The CEO and president of Gerber, Bill Partyka explains their decision with this statement, "'Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber's longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,' said Partyka. 'This year, Lucas is the perfect fit,'".according to Today.
4. Federal Judge Orders a Halt on Orange County Homeless Evictions
U.S. federal judge David O. Carter granted a temporary restraining order against the evictions taking place on the homeless encampment in the Santa Ana area. The eviction was set to clear an estimated 1,000 individuals living along the river. According to The Orange County Register, Carter filed the lawsuit after learning that police forces were, “arresting people living at the encampment on trespassing charges if they didn’t permanently leave the area”. The court was concerned that the law would make homelessness a crime. The restraint will hold until February 13 once a court hearing can be held.
Source: The Orange County Register
5. Chemical Irritant Causes Evacuation at Grand Terrace High School
Grand Terrace High School students and staff members were evacuated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning after two employees complained of minor respiratory problems. The San Bernardino County Fire Department went in to investigate but could not find any chemical spills. The officials declared that it was a chemical irritant and began to ventilate the school. The students were released and allowed to go home with their guardians.
Source: KTLA 5