This week in the news: 10/28 – 11/3

While everyone was busy prepping for Halloween this weekend Red Fox Report readers may have missed out on what was going on in the news. A lot happened this past week in the world from sports to global issues and a lot of controversy. We had the World Series, a very controversial death, new Ferguson news and more.

National News:

1. Audio recordings reveal no-fly zone over Ferguson was to keep the media out.

During the Ferguson riots in August the federal government agreed to issue a no-fly zone for 12 days restricting about 37 square miles of airspace over the area. At the time this was said to be for safety concerns, keeping commercial flights out of the air space so police helicopters could safely fly through the area. However, audio recordings reveal that the only purpose of the no-fly zone was to keep away news helicopters during the violent street protests.Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 9.11.46 PM

The tapes show that the police did not care if commercial flights flew through the air and it had noting to do with safety, they just wanted to make sure the media could not get in. At the time police officials said they only requested the flight restriction in response to shots that were fired at a police helicopter, but have now confirmed that there was no damage to their helicopter and cannot even provide an incident report of the alleged shooting.

The Associated Press obtained the recordings that reveal this information under a Freedom of Information Act request. The Federal Aviation Administration defends their decisions by saying they never actually banned the media from covering the events of Ferguson and acted on behalf of safety issues. Though it is clear in the recordings that they knew what the police were really trying to accomplish.

2. Brittany Maynard, right-to-die advocate, ends her life. 

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding 29 year-old Brittany Maynard’s death. After being diagnosed with a stage four-brain tumor, Maynard and her family moved from California to Oregon where she would be able to legally end her life with medication prescribed under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act.

Maynard released a video on social media sites after making her decision to die to advocate the right to die peacefully. She described how she would die from the brain tumor and the suffering she would experience because of that. Maynard’s plan was to die on November 1st, two days after her husband’s birthday. After suffering severe seizures and head pains days before she decided to go through with her plan.

By releasing the video on social media sites Maynard has changed the audience involved in the right-to-die debate, opening it up to a younger generation and gaining a lot of support. Many religious groups have spoken out against her death and the right-to-die movement saying that it is God’s decision when we pass on, and that suffering is an important part of life, and though many people are moved by the Maynard story and are happy she was able to pass in a peaceful way surrounded by family others still stand by their beliefs that suicide is wrong.

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World News:

3. Iraqis Prepare ISIS Offensive, With U.S. Help

The U.S is preparing to help Iraqi military train more than 20,000 troops to fight off ISIS occupants. According to American military officials, the goal is to break the Islamic State’s occupation in northern and western Iraq, and gain control over Mosul, the countries major roads and its border with Syria by the end of 2015.

The U.S began carrying out air strikes back in August, but have remained quiet on further plans, until now. Both Iraqi and American officials have began providing details about their current strategy, which will continue to become more clear. As of right now the basic strategy is to isolate ISIS fighters in their certain areas like Mosul. This will cut them off from supply lines in Syria and weaken their defenses, making it easier for the local military troops to defeat them.

It is not clear yet how involved the U.S military will be in the training, as well as if they will accompany the Iraqi troops into battle, though history suggests they will likely need the help of American military leaders.


4. Giants beat Royals in Game 7.

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series, making that the third world series win for the Giants in the past five years. The World Series was held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. This makes the Giants the first team since 1979 to win a Game 7 on the road, but the third time the Giants won a series on the road.

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The Giants had a rough start of the season and were not expected to make it into post season at all. After securing their spot as a wild-card team they progressed through the playoffs and into the World Series.

25 year-old Madison Bumgarner was named most valuable player of the 2014 world Series after his performance as pitcher. He has also been talked about as the one of the best pitchers in World Series history.

5. Kenyans sweep at the New York City Marathon.

Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany won the NYC Marathon this past Sunday, November 2.

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This was Kipsang’s first NYC Marathon. He set out to run it as a challenge for himself. Being used to flat courses and running with a pacemaker, Sundays hilly course and lack of pacemaker would sure be a different experience for Kipsang. He was able to strategically pace himself and take the first place spot in the end, making this his third major marathon win in the past 13 months.

Keitany won for the women’s race beating her opponents by three seconds, making this the closest race in history. She took a different approach to this race than she had to previous ones, and held back until the end where she pulled ahead to finally get that first place spot after coming in third her past two attempts.

Over 50,000 people took part in Sundays race, which provided less than ideal weather conditions for a marathon. The wheelchair race had to start three miles in because it was too windy for them to go across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Pop Culture:

6. Lena Dunham receives backlash for things published in her recent book.

Actress, writer and Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham’s recently published book Not That Kind of Girl, discusses several situations where as a child she acted in a questionable way toward her sister. Dunham describes a situation where at age seven she was curious and looked at her one year-old sisters vagina. She describes in another excerpt how she used to bribe her sister for her affection, and was happy when bad things happened that would cause her to seek comfort in Dunham.

Two conservative columnists have accused Dunham of sexually abusing her younger sister and admitting to it. Dunham responded to the allegations via a twitter rant, slamming those who accused her of these actions.

“The right wing news story that I molested my litter sister isn’t just LOL – it’s really f—king upsetting and disgusting. Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back the f—k up bros. I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. I bet you have some too, old me, that I’d rather not hear. Also I wish my sister wasn’t laughing so hard,” tweeted Dunham.

Her twitter rampage defending herself against the accusations sparked a major debate on social media where some claim she flat out admitted to molesting her sister and others turned this into a feminist issue.Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 12.56.32 PM

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