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Students question local college’s procedures after San Bernardino shooting


The San Bernardino shooting made national headlines Wednesday when two suspects opened fire at the Inland Regional Center, where county health officials had rented space for a holiday party, according to Vox.

14 people were killed and over 20 were injured at the center, but the horror did not stop there. A car chase occurred around 3 p.m., four hours after the initial shooting took place. Bombs were also left at the center and at the time, police did not know if there were other bombs placed at other locations.

While all of this was going on, many local schools were on lockdown, including the San Bernardino Community College and Loma Linda University. Yet, one college 8 miles away from where the shooting took place did not close for the day and classes were still on normal schedule.

The University of Redlands, a private school located in the city of Redlands, handled the situation by sending out an email as well as posting a message on Facebook, stating that the shooting did not pose a threat.

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Multiple People Dead in Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic


Two individuals and a police officer were killed in a shooting that occurred Friday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, according to The New York Times.

The shooting was in Colorado Springs and injured 9 other people. It started at about 1:30 p.m. ET and lasted around six hours in a standoff with police.

People in the nearby buildings were on lockdown for hours, including in a shopping center close by. Police told them to take shelter wherever they were located during the shooting.

The suspect is in custody has been identified as 59-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. His motives are unclear at this time and it is unknown if the clinic was his intended target.

Police are now investigating several objects that the suspect brought into the clinic to see if they are explosives. His car is also being examined.

The police officer killed was identified as Garrett Swasey, who worked on the University of Colorado police force for the past six years.

This event has come soon after a controversy from Planned Parenthood that involved videos of officials from the organization discussing the use of fetal organs for research.

The controversy has led to a bill in Congress that will defund Planned Parenthood for at least the next year. This bill, according to the text, can be cited as the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.” It passed The U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 241 representatives supporting the bill on September 18 of this year. If the bill passes the Senate vote and is signed by the president, it becomes law.

At the moment, police do not know of any connection between the controversy and the shooting.

Click here to see graphics by The New York Times involving the shooting.

Multiple Tragedies Occurred the Day of the Paris Attacks


On the night of Friday, Nov. 13, multiple coordinated attacks occurred in Paris. There were hostages at a concert, suicide bombers near the local soccer stadium and mass shootings at restaurants. However, the Paris attacks overshadowed many other events that occurred on that Friday, and the day before, as well.

In Baghdad there was a funeral bombing the same day of the Paris attacks. It killed at least 18 people and injured 41 others. The funeral was for a pro-government Shi’ite Muslim Fighter, part of the Hashid Shaabi group that helps to fight against the Islamic State, who claimed the attack as one of their own.

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Colorado Students Spread Nude Photos Using App


Authorities say some students at Cañon City High School have been part of a large sexting ring.

300 to 400 nude photos had been circulating around the high school and the ring involved over 100 students, some of whom may be in middle school. In a town with only 16,000 people and a high school of 1,000 the sexting ring has become a big deal for local authorities.

Most of the students involved are part of the high school football team, the Cañon City Tigers. Due to players’ involvement in the ring,  the Tigers had to forfeit their last football game of the season. A separate meeting was held for the parents of the team and for other students involved in the scandal, according to the New York Times.

The students involved used “ghost apps,” applications with secret vaults used to hide anything from photos to notes, which was why no one initially found out about the sexting ring. The applications are also called vault apps, and can appear to look similar to the calculator app on phones.

Courtesy of the New York Times
Courtesy of the New York Times

There was also a point system used for students who collected photographs. Different point values were assigned to different students, according to the New York Times. Students would gain points by adding the photos to their collections.

Some students have already been suspended, but officials don’t exactly know how to proceed. Usually, students would be charged with child pornography charges, but most of them are minors themselves, which makes the question of how to go about disciplining students tough to answer.

Yet, this high school is not the only place where teenagers are sending nude photographs to classmates. 54 percent of teens under the age of 18 surveyed said that they have sexted before, according to Time Magazine. This is a growing national trend, and officials in the small Colorado town are astounded at how large the sexting ring became.

Drugs and Needles found in Halloween Candy Across the Nation


Halloween might be fun for children of all ages, but after the initial trick or treat tradition, parents have to then worry about what exactly was given to their child. Children with allergies, such as the peanut allergy, are the most at risk of receiving candy that can hurt them. However, this past Halloween, there were incidents that frightened parents of children who usually aren’t at risk of having a reaction from Halloween candy.

Drugs were found in children’s candy in the town of Poughkeepsie, NY. The Poughkeepsie Galleria, the local mall of the town, hosts an annual event where children (and others) can go trick or treating at vendors. This year, parents were in for a surprise when the event was cancelled midway through after a report to police of a pink pill inside of a Snickers bar. Joanne Turner called in the report after her 13-year-old daughter discovered a tampered Snickers slit in half, with the pill sticking out. Police are still investigating the incident.

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Hurricane Patricia Weakens As It Goes Through Mexico


Just a few days ago, Hurricane Patricia was a Category 5 storm and the strongest ever recorded at sea with winds of over 200 mph. Mexico was right in its path and mass destruction was predicted to occur.

Courtesy of NASA. Hurricane Patricia from space.
Courtesy of NASA. Hurricane Patricia from space.

However, once the hurricane reached Mexico on Saturday, it slowly became weaker. After 12 hours on land, it no longer ranked as a tropical storm.

What could be even better news? The official death toll from the storm in Mexico currently stands at zero. Yet, don’t think that Mexico missed out on the hurricane’s wrath.

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Affordable Housing Project in College Park Faces Scrutiny From City Council


A proposed affordable housing project for College Park has hit roadblocks for the second time after discussion at the Oct. 20 city council work session.

The Branchville Crossing Development would have 72 units available for renting on a 2.02-acre site on Branchville Road, according to public documents. This project was submitted by the Cruz Development Corporation and could house 300 people.

Courtesy of College Park City Council public documents
Courtesy of College Park City Council public documents

“Staff have looked at the information available and made a number of notes on issues that they have seen on the project,” said Terry Schum, Director of Planning.

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Three New York Inmates Beat Harvard Debate Team, Show that Education in Prisons is Beneficial


Three prisoners at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York surprisingly defeated the nationally ranked Harvard debate team back three weeks ago.

The prisoners, Carl Snyder, Dyjuan Tatro and Carlos Polanco, are part of the Bard Prison Initiative where inmates at six New York prisons can enroll in a college program offered by Bard College.

This program is highly selective, in part because the inmates who are chosen to take part in the program receive an actual degree from Bard, which is hard enough to achieve without being in prison. 10 inmates apply for each spot available. The program is also lucrative because it is free for the inmates (the cost is covered by private donors), and professors from Bard actually go to the prisons and teach the inmates in 60 courses that are offered by the college.

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UMD Revamping College Application Process Together With Over 80 Schools


Starting next year prospective students will have two applications to choose from when applying to the University of Maryland.

According to an article from the Washington Post, “the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success plans to unveil an online application that will be an alternative to the widely used Common Application.”

This new application will benefit low-income students and over 80 schools have already signed onto the platform, diverging University of Maryland from its previous path of being independent with their application.

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Why the Pope is Coming to D.C. and What to Expect


Citizens of the United States are anticipating what to expect after the Pope arrived in Washington, D.C. late Tuesday afternoon. Many are getting excited and the man that has stood outside the Apostolic Nunciature (the Vatican Embassy) every day for at least 17 years calling the Catholic Church cowardly is probably ecstatic as well.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday from Cuba at 4 pm at Joint Base Andrews, amid a crowd of spectators.

On Wednesday the Bishop of Rome, as Pope Francis likes to call himself, will meet with President Obama in the morning. Next on the schedule is the Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall at approximately 11 a.m. This is where everyone who wants to see the Pope will most likely get a chance to catch a glimpse.

Courtesy of the Washington Post
Courtesy of the Washington Post

Next up is a midday prayer with the bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s Cathedral followed by the canonization of Junipero Serra, a priest who founded missions all across California in the 1700s. This canonization is under scrutiny by some who believe that Serra unfairly enforced Christianity on Native Americans living in the state during that time.

Thursday is the Pope’s last day in D.C. before he embarks to New York. He will start the day by giving an address to the Joint Meeting of the United States Congress meaning he will address both the House and the Senate. His last activity in this city is a visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. By 4 p.m., Pope Francis will depart from his point of arrival, Joint Base Andrews.

Alisa Zacharia, a member of the University of Maryland Catholic Student Union, is excited for the Pope’s visit.

“I’ve been waiting and preparing seven years for this. I got tickets to greet the Holy Father at Andrews Air Force base and witness the canonization mass on Wednesday,” she stated.

Bridget Pacheco, a Catholic student at the University of Maryland but not part of the Catholic Student Union, is also anticipating the visit by the Pope: “I am so excited! My little sister is going to see him.”

This will be Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States, unlike the past two Popes, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, who traveled to the US before rising to the papacy, according to the New York Times.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Washington National’s Stadium in 2008 Courtesy of Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Washington National’s Stadium in 2008.
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This is mainly due to his cultural background. He is from a South American country (Argentina) with an Italian background, speaks Spanish but does not speak English very well. Pope Francis, after 78 years of avoiding the US, is most likely visiting due to the fact that this country has the fourth largest Roman Catholic population.

Expect traffic delays, huge crowds, but a Pope that is just as nervous as the US is for his arrival.

Check out these websites established solely to give information regarding the Pope’s visit.