A/N: I’m overjoyed to introduce our newest weekly News segment View From The Slope, giving busy Cornelians a comprehensive update on the top headlines affecting the world each week.
Typhoon Haiyan: One of the biggest to hit the Philippines
By: Katrina Okano
Last week on Friday, November 8th, one of the biggest typhoons ever recorded hit the Philippines, cutting down telephone lines and blocking roads in the center of the country. Just shortly before the typhoon actually struck the country, the local weather estimated that winds were 195 mph, making it one of the strongest typhoons in many years. Now, five days later after the hit, shortage of food and supplies is becoming an even bigger problem, as victims are growing desperate and frightened for their lives. Unfortunately, many who want to help are stuck waiting in airports because flights into the country are getting cancelled due to the perilous weather conditions. For this reason, phone companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, are allowing free calls to the Philippines for those trying to reach family and friends. In addition, relief efforts are being made and the United States has contributed by committing $20 million in humanitarian aid. Stay tuned for more updates later on View from the Slope.
London Airports To Lift the Liquid Ban
By: Katrina Okano
We all know the procedure of airport security when it comes to liquids. Passengers can only carry on 3.4 ounces of liquids, gels, and aerosols packaged in a 1-quart clear zip-top bag. However, European officials are planning to lift the liquid ban by using a new procedure to stop airport security threats. Beginning in 2014, airports in London will be required to implement a liquid-scanner technology that can scan and detect anything potentially harmful in less than 10 seconds. The reasoning behind this new procedure was the fear that the right mixture of any gel or liquid could be explosive, regardless of how little the amount an individual was carrying on. Whether or not this new technology will be employed in American airports is up for question, but for now, changes to our security procedure are unlikely to be made anytime soon.
‘Soopergroop’, ‘60 Minutes’ to Rupture, and the Showtime Scandal You Definitely Haven’t Heard About
By: Katie Graves
Copious amounts of video content and media related articles pop up each time you refresh your Facebook newsfeed or Yahoo! Homepage (yes I still have Yahoo! set at my Homepage.) Here are a few treats that you may have slipped through the cracks. Bonnaroo music festival and YouTube network Indmusic launched a documentary series “Soopergroup”. The eight episodes were released on YouTube this past Tuesday, all at your disposal for binge viewing. The series follows Soul Khan, Black Violin, Knower, and Jeni Suk, all musicians of various genres who performed at popular music festivals this past year. Check out the trailer if you’re intrigued: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up0KdLPGDnw&list=PL_bQFTKFRM5j7ZhYNrIuL4i0kAj9orFqq&index=1
CBS News owned up to an error made on “60 Minutes” on October 27th, concerning a report about an attack made on a US diplomatic complex in Benghazi, Libya. Questions were raised concerning the validity of the report soon after its initial release. CBS News is taking full responsibility, and dealing with a lot of criticism. But, at least the renowned News source is stepping up to the plate.
Showtime kept its own Ray Donovan-esque scandal under wraps. Bryan Zuriff, executive producer of Showtime’s novel show Ray Donovan, briefly resigned from his position after pleading guilty to his role in an online high stakes gambling ring tied to the Russian Mob. Although Zuriff was indicated back in July, he will learn if he has to endure jail time on November 25th. Close friend Judd Apatow, and Showtime personnel have “penned letters” to the judge in Zuriff’s defense. Zuriff, who is extremely remorseful, has realized that he was leading two parallel lives… And who said life can’t imitate art? The irony. (I apologize for those of you who are not familiar with Ray Donovan. Hopefully Tim Goodman’s review of the show can shed some light: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/ray-donovan-tv-review-566413)
Former Boston Gangster Locked Away for Life
By: Kyla Kudlak
Sighs of relief emanated throughout the court room on Thursday morning as the two-month trial of the infamous Boston gangster, James “Whitey” Bulger, finally came to a close. Bulger, the former head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, was sentenced to 2 life sentences plus 5 years. In August, Bulger was convicted of 31 counts, including murders, extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges that he committed during the 1970s and ‘80s. Bulger’s partnership with a corrupt FBI agent enabled him to reign over the Boston criminal world, spending 16 years on the FBI’s most wanted list. His life of brutal violence, greed, terrorization, and vengeance served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film, “The Departed.” Families of the many victims of Bulger’s gruesome crimes are deemed to receive $19.5 million in restitution, and are reported to be satisfied with the sentence.
Michigan Man Charged with Murder of Renisha McBride
By: Kyla Kudlak
On November 2nd, 19-year-old Renisha McBride was shot and killed on the front porch of a home in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. McBride had reportedly been seeking help after getting in a car accident. Theodore Paul Wafer, 54, was charged with manslaughter and the possession of a firearm during a felony. A toxicology report revealed that McBride had a blood alcohol level of .218 when she died—twice the legal limit—but is not begin weighed on the charges against Wafer. There was no reported disorderly conduct or force of entry into Wafer’s home, therefore ruling out the possibility of lawful self-defense.
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–Kyla Kudlak, Katie Graves, and Katrina Okano: “View From the Slope” creators and writers.