This week in news: 11/17-11/24

As the semester draws to a close, students are scrambling to get their work done in order to have a relaxing and peaceful Thanksgiving break. With their heads in the books, it might have been hard to keep an eye on what’s happening in the world. Lucky for you, the Red Fox Report has you covered on any major news you might have missed. This week included an immigration speech from President Obama, a massive snowstorm, a shooting at FSU, a massacre in Jerusalem, the troubles of Bill Cosby, and Katniss Everdeen’s return to the box office.

1. President Obama attempts to reshape immigration policy

President Obama announced his plan to reshape the current immigration policy in a speech to the American public this past Thursday night. The next morning, Obama signed two executive actions that would delay deportation for millions of illegal immigrants.

The executive actions created a new deferred action program that will give millions of illegal immigrants the chance to apply for work authorizations. These authorizations would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States for at least three years, saving millions from deportation. However, it does not make the illegal immigrants official citizens.

Watch Obama’s speech below.

Obama dared Congress to try and rescind his new legislation throughout his speech because of the immense criticism he has received from the Republicans, who now have the majority in Congress.

President Obama said, “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”


2. Snow storm devastates the Buffalo region

This past week, the Buffalo region in upstate, New York was home to one of the most devastating snowstorms to date. Many towns and cities faced up to eight feet of snow, which resulted in 13 known deaths.

The storm led to thousands of power outages and stranded many people inside their homes for days. The storm was so bad that the Buffalo Bills were forced to move their home game against the New York Jets to Detroit because players could not reach the team’s facilities.

Workers remove snow off of a post office in Lackawanna, New York. Courtesy of Reuters/Aaron Ingrao.

However, there is no sign of a break as temperatures could reach as high as 60 degrees in the area to go along with heavy rains this week. This can be detrimental to the community because it can lead to severe flooding and drainage problems from the melting snow. If the snow begins to melt at a rapid pace, the roofs of many homes are in danger of collapsing.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the area a state of emergency and criticized the National Weather Service in the process, stating that their predictions for snowfall were way off.

“No one had an idea that it was gonna be that much snow that fast. Snow coming down at the rate of about five inches an hour. No one had an idea. The weather service was off,” said Governor Cuomo.

To see how you can help out the victims of the snowstorm, click here.


3. FSU shooting brings shockwaves across the campus

Three Florida State University students were injured when a gunman opened fire inside and outside of the school’s library this past Thursday morning.

Myron D. May, the identified gunman, fired a .380 semi-automatic weapon in a crowded Strozier Library. Police officers were able to gain control of the library after they shot and killed May upon entry. Farhan “Ronny” Ahmed, Nathan Scott, and Elijiah Velez were the three identified victims of the shooting.

May was a graduate of FSU and a licensed attorney. After moving to Texas after graduation, authorities believe that May returned to Florida over three weeks ago in a state of paranoia. According to his social media accounts, May stated that he was a targeted individual, which is believed to be someone who feels the government is attacking a person through mind control or invisible weapons.

The police stated that May was diagnosed with ADHD, but he recently developed a new, severe mental disorder.

On a brighter note, classmates of Ahmed, who is now paralyzed from the waist down, started a fundraising website to pay for the family’s medical expenses. The website has raised over $34,000. To view the website, click here.


4. Tragedy in Jerusalem

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues to worsen.

Five Israelis were killed and eight were injured after two Palestinian men attacked a Jerusalem synagogue in Har Nof, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, this past Tuesday morning.

The two attackers, cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, used meat cleavers and guns to wreak havoc on the Israelis during their Tuesday morning prayer. Police officers were able to gun down and kill the two assailants.

Three of the dead victims held dual US-Israel citizenship. Their names were Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kopinsky, and Kalman Ze’ve Levine. The fourth victim was a British-Israeli citizen and the last one was a police officer.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prayers as Israeli rescue workers clean the scene of a shooting attack in a Synagogue in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Courtesy of Ariel Schalit, AP Photo

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prayers as Israeli rescue workers clean the scene of a shooting attack in a Synagogue in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Courtesy of Ariel Schalit, AP Photo

Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, promised that Israel would “respond harshly to the attack.” In fact, Netanyahu moved forward on his promise today as he approved a bill to legally define the country as a Jewish nation, which will only lead to increased tensions between the Arab citizens and the Jewish citizens.


5. Sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby continue to increase

The downward spiral of Bill Cosby carries on as more news about his sexual assault claims continue to surface. As of now, there are 18 alleged sexual assault victims between 1965-2004. Last Friday, an ex-NBC employee, Frank Scotti, said that he used to send money to the assaulted women on Cosby’s behalf in order to buy their silence.

Former Playboy Playmate Victoria Valentino recently spoke to the Washington Post about her interaction with Cosby.

“He came over to me and sat down on the love seat and opened his fly and grabbed my head and pushed my head down. And then he turned me over. It was like a waking nightmare,” said Valentino.

Cosby has been accused of sexual assault violations before, but it was not until a failed Internet promotion when accusations began to gain some serious steam. Cosby asked his fans to “meme” him on Monday, November 10. However, many Twitter users used the promotion as a way to expose the alleged wrongdoings of Cosby.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby first tweeted this out as an internet promotion.



As you can see, the idea back fired for Cosby as people used this stage to express their disgust over his rape allegations. Courtesy of Daily Mail.

As you can see, it did not go so well, and Cosby quickly deleted the original post.

Due to public outcry and pressure, NBC has decided to end their proposed pilot about Bill Cosby, which would chronicle the comedian’s life over the years.


6. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1” dominates the box office

Katniss Everdeen is back on the big screen as “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1” earned a whopping $123 million at the U.S. box office this past weekend. “Mockingjay-Part 1” now holds the title of the biggest opening weekend at the box office this year, as it beat out the $100 million opening posted by “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

However, $123 million is a huge dip from the first two films, which both opened to over $150 million in their opening weekends. However, many experts blame the studios for setting increasingly high expectations.

Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarbedian said the franchise has nothing to worry about in an interview with Variety.

“If $123 million isn’t a good number, I don’t know what is,” said Dergarabedian. “These franchises raise the bar so high that suddenly we have a situation where if they don’t exceed the previous installments, the sky is falling.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1” currently holds a certified fresh rating of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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