News Roundup 8/29/19

1. Vaping and Second Hand Smoke

Compared to recent years more middle and high schoolers have been exposed to vape pens and e-cigarettes. Even though vaping does not release emissions during use, according to The Daily Science, the nicotine levels in these pens are high enough to cause exposure to second-hand smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency published list of symptoms caused by second-hand smoke, which include: coughing or wheezing, respiratory infections, throat inflammation, reduced lung function, worsened asthma and allergies. To reduce risks of second-hand smoke, people should find ways to ventilate the area where others

2. The Hollywood Ripper 

Micheal Gargiulo, the "Hollywood Ripper" was found guilty of attempted escape from the law, murder and attempted murder. His first murder victim was Tricia Paccacio in 1993. Gargiulo was most known for the murder of Ashley Ellerin in 2001, who was dating Ashton Kutcher at the time; Kutcher testified in the trial. In 2005 Gargiulo murdered Maria Bruno in her home. In 2008 he attempted to murder his neighbor Michelle Murphy, but she was able to escape. Using the ruse of being a plumber, Gargiulo would go to women's homes and attack them.

3. Changing In the British Pound

Due to the Brexit turmoil, the British Pound has seemed to lose its value. According to the National Public Radio, the pound has been seen as a rich cultural symbol. Since the late 1990's there have been many debates about the forms of currency that could bring Europe together. With this change, there would be freedom with currency and traveling, and would eliminate the need to exchange currency when traveling to other countries. England is the only country that does not want to comply with the change, and it seems to be due to having a lot of pride according to the National Public Radio.

4. Invader Zim returns to Netflix

"Invader Zim" was a show on Nickelodeon from 2001-2004, and was most known for the character Gir. This show was unique for its time and was not popular amid the age group it was trying to target. The show gained more popularity once it was off the air. According to the National Public Radio the show was remembered more for its shock value rather than the actual writing. The show had been aimed at teens in their later years and merch had been sold at Hot Topic. "Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus" is a one-hour-long special now airing on Netflix.

5.  African Swine Fever infecting pigs 

Swine Fever has been known to be the cause of several epidemics over the last few years. In China there is a current epidemic of swine fever. According to the National Public Radio, China is the world's biggest pork supplier. By the end of 2019, Christine McCracken, a senior analyst at RaboResearch a food and science research place, as predicted that the world's pork supply could be cut in half. African Swine Fever is not the same as the 2011 swine flu outbreak, and humans cannot spread it. It can be spread through contaminated pork and from the clothes of farmer workers.

NewsTori Malley