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

12 Dead in Thousand Oaks, California Shooting

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 11/9/18

Over the night of Wednesday, the seventh, reports came in that shots were fired at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular venue for country music and dinner in Thousand Oaks, California, north of Los Angeles. Now after the shooting, twelve have been confirmed dead including multiple college students from nearby California – Lutheran as well as a police officer, although it’s uncertain whether he was on duty or not.

The shooter was later identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a veteran of the US Marine Corps who lived with his mom just minutes away from the bar. In fact, witnesses say that Long used to frequently travel to the bar, stating that “he was part of the community.” Long also had a marriage in 2009 but divorced in 2011 and later dissolved the marriage in 2013.

Long’s neighbor noted that his mom “lived in fear” of Long, as the neighbor noted, “it took half a day for the police to get him out of the house.” FBI agents confirmed after the shooting that Long took his own life after killing 12 others. The FBI also stated that there are no other dangers in the area and that service dogs and personnel will be deployed to help survivors.

Sources and Pictures: CNN, FBI, Wikimedia Commons

ABC Creates New Roseanne Spinoff “The Conners” Without Roseanne

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 6/22/18

ABC has announced that they will be created a brand new spin off TV series based off of the original Roseanne series, which was unexpectedly cancelled after main actress Roseanne Barr tweeted racist comments on Twitter.

The show was reported to feature all of the feature stars from the original Roseanne show, just without Roseanne herself. Other than the plans on the show, there is not much known about what will be occurring in the new show, or what the premise is, but many speculate it will not involve the original Roseanne.

In the original show, Roseanne was a Trump supporter, and every episode featured a different premise and different stance that she would argue about with other people. The show brought mixed reactions, with some applauding explaining how Trump supporters aren’t included in talks of diversity, while others called it out saying “it isn’t right” and should be about something else. However, the new spinoff series will be temporary, with only ten episodes being included, one per week and with the possibility of a second season.

Sources: CNN, ABC

Guatemala Volcano Eruption Kills 25

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 6/4/18

Just hours ago, the famous Volcán de Fuego, an active volcano in Guatemala, erupted killing 25 people and injuring 20 more, according to the country’s disaster relief agency CONRED. Its last eruption was March 25, 2017, and the volcano has been deemed active for many years. The surprise eruption sent ash and fumes into nearby villages, as well as the country’s capital, Guatemala City.

Immediately once the eruption began, the lava stream switched directions and instead came barreling down to a small village called El Rodeo. The incoming river of lava and ash buried the town, killing unexpecting residents in the process. After, the eruption invaded a nearby village, San Miguel Los Lotes, and once again completely burying the town.

Just minutes later, the ash and clouds shifted direction once again, and spread the ash to Guatemala City, the largest city and capital in Guatemala. However, no fatalities were reported in Guatemala City, and the eruption has passed. Guatemalan President Jimmy Moralez called for “three days of mourning” in response to the surprise eruption.

Sources: CNN, CONRED, Wikipedia