Body of Missing Soccer Player Emiliano Sala is Found

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 2/8/19

After nearly two weeks of investigation, the body of 28-year-old professional soccer player Emiliano Sala along with the body of the pilot in their private plane was found on the bank of the English Channel. Sala was flying to Cardiff, England from Nantes, France, as he was being traded from Nantes FC to Cardiff City FC for $15 million.

Text messages revealed that Sala reluctantly got on the plane. WalesOnline uncovered text messages between Sala and a close friend before and during the flight. Sala said that he preferred to travel the next day in a commercial plane, but his father, who was organizing the trip, insisted that Sala travel Monday night on the private plan rather than the next commercial flight Tuesday morning, as his first training session with the team was Tuesday afternoon.

More text messages revealed that Sala was worried about the plane mid-flight, and that it was “falling apart”. An investigation after the crash found that there was an ice build up on the wings, and that the crash was unavoidable. Cardiff City FC, the team he was supposed to be playing for, canceled team training sessions in memory of Sala, but their next game is still on against Southampton tomorrow.

Sources and Pictures: BBC, WalesOnline, Twitter, Wikimedia Commons

PG&E Files for Bankruptcy After California Wild Fires

By Nick Baum

TUESDAY – 1/29/19

PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) filed for bankruptcy early this morning as claims grew of the 2018 California wildfires, or Camp Fire, being started by them. They announced that they were filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the amount of money they had to pay off in reparations for the disaster, going from the largest power company in the state to a now bankrupt business.

In a statement, PG&E CEO John Simon said that the company will work “to create a more sustainable foundation for the delivery of safe, reliable and affordable service.” They’ll file for bankruptcy under the Northern District of California, but have to wait through a 14-day process in order for it to be official.

The Camp Fire, which PG&E are claimed to be the starters, killed 86 people and destroyed over 14,000 homes. The company announced that bankruptcy is the only way they can fully pay off the reparations, and that they were currently seeking approval of a $5.5 Billion financing agreement.

Sources and Pictures: Wikipedia, CNN, Brainer D Dispatch, CNN Business

Dam Collapse in Brazil Kills 58

Photo by Washington Alves/Reuters

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 1/28/19

A dam collapse in southeastern Brazil has left over 58 dead and over 300 missing on Friday.  Spokespeople for the state of where it happened, Minas Gerais, said that they have only identified 8 of those 58 killed.

Of the 300 missing, ABC News reports that 240 were employees of the nearby Vale Mining Company, who had employees around the area and operated the dam. Vale is the largest mining company in the country, and their employees were on their lunch break when the dam collapsed.

Despite the 300 missing, the country’s civil defense stated that they rescued 366 people from the wreckage. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) flew into Brazil yesterday to help the recovery act as well as search for survivors.

Sources and Pictures: Reuters, ABC News, CNN, IDF

EXCLUSIVE: Remembering George H.W. Bush

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 12/3/18

Just days ago, 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush was pronounced dead by family sources. Bush was the youngest Navy pilot in World War II, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, CIA director, Vice-President of the US and then President of the United States from 1985 to 1989.

He has died at age 94, and is currently being transported to Washington. Two funerals will be held, a private family included one at his home church of Saint Martin’s, and a national funeral with a larger invitation of guests, that will be at the Washington National Cathedral, a high honor where only past Presidents have had their funerals.

Notable politicians have voiced their condolences and thoughts after Bush’s death, including messages from his sons, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and 43rd President George W. Bush, both of which will be speakers at his national funeral. Current US President Trump canceled his G20 summit meeting, and also had Air Force One transport Bush’s casket to Washington.

Sources: CNN, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times

 

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying on Russia Probe

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 11/30/18

Former Trump Campaign Attorney Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty for lying under investigation for an alleged Trump Tower project in Moscow. Many prospects and journalists are calling this a major decision of Robert Mueller, head of the investigation into the Trump Campaign’s ties with Russia.

Months ago, Cohen had a testimony in front of Congress under oath for allegedly cooperating with the Russians in an effort to finalize a deal to build another Trump Tower in Moscow, and later admitted to Mueller that he had lied under oath about said deal.

As the Mueller investigation itself is drawing to a possible closure, there are still many questions that are still to be answered, including whether Trump himself or another closely related staffer or campaigner worked with Russia. President Trump tweeted, “This is an illegal Hoax that should be ended immediately,” late yesterday, as both sides of the aisle are voicing their opinions on the matter.

Sources and Pictures: CNN, Wikipedia, CNN Politics, Flickr

Northeast to get Hit by Snow

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 11/15/18

The northeastern United States is predicted to see its first snowfall of the year, and it’s only halfway through November! Weather.com predicts the possibility of snow starts at 12:15 and then will turn into a rather cold, icy rain mixed with snow, creating slush.

Despite being turned into rain later on and throughout the morning, Winter Storm Avery, the name of the snowstorm that is expected to hit states from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, all the way up to New Hampshire and Maine, is said disrupt travel and commerce in the area.

Although it is very likely there won’t even be an inch of snow due to the rain and area of snowfall, experts say this snowstorm could be the gateway to a very cold and snowy winter, and to exercise caution while in the snow today.

Sources and Pictures: Weather.com, Flickr, Google Weather

Wildfires Continue to Spread in California

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 11/12/18

Wildfires in North California have continued to spread west as hundreds of acres have been completely destroyed. So far, 31 are confirmed dead and over 200 missing in what’s considered “the deadliest fire in California history”. The fire, known as “Camp Fire” after the nearby creek where it originated, continues to worsen in the California heat.

As of right now, the fire is spreading towards Chico, California. A city with a population of about 100,000 where many citizens who’ve lost homes has come to. Currently, traffic jams have clogged many roads leading out of the fire, and that includes around Chico, which is where the university California State Chico is located.

Among those that lost their homes include notable individuals like Miley Cyrus, Niel Young, and Gerard Butler. Through an on pour of donations and help, certain areas originally covered by the blaze have been uncovered, but other areas are in severe danger.

Sources and Pictures: Wikipedia, CNN, The New York Times