This week in news: 10/5-10/12

As students at Marist College are seemingly finding more and more routine within their weekly schedules, the world around us continues to change and supply unpredictable yet impactful stories. Looking back over the past week, there have been major headlines in the news that have affected a lot of people all over the world. The course of our history can easily be altered in a single day. On this week’s Red Fox Report, Outside the Marist Bubble will take a look and recap the news of the world that has now become apart of our history.

  1. Major League Baseball Postseason underway

The 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Playoffs started on Tuesday October 6th with the American League Wildcard game taking place. In that game the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros by a score of 3-0. This knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs, and now without a World Series Championship for a sixth straight year. The National League Wildcard game was Wednesday night the 7th. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Chicago Cubs 4-0, which resulted in Pittsburgh being eliminated. The Divisional best of five game series have since began. The Toronto Blue Jays are currently trailing the Texas Rangers two games to one. The Houston Astros are leading the Kansas City Royals two games to one. The New York Mets are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers at one game each. The other series going on is the Cubs against the St. Louis Cardinals, and that series is also tied at one game. The MLB Playoffs will continue to take place for the rest of October until there is only one team standing.

Some of these teams always seem be in the playoffs. Teams such as the Yankees, Cardinals, and Dodgers have had an abundance of success in their team’s respective histories. The Mets, Cubs, and Blue Jays are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They are in unchartered territory. The Pirates and Royals are two teams that have had success in recent years. This  is the  first Postseason since 2006 that both the Mets and the Yankees have made. The last time the Cubs reached the Postseason was 2008. The Blue Jays hadn’t reached the Postseason since 1993 before their run this year. All in all, the 2015 Major League Baseball Postseason is unique because it includes some of the major power house franchises in baseball and some franchises that haven’t fared nearly as well.

Postseason Schedule:

Postseason Bracket:

2. Multiple mass shootings happen around the United States

Two weeks ago there was a shooting in Oregon on the campus of Umpqua Community College. The gunman was a 26-year-old male by the name of Christopher Harper-Mercer. The gunman murdered nine people while several others were severely injured. Harper-Mercer died soon after when he decided to turn a gun on himself after being injured by a police officer in a shootout. Many people were shocked at hearing about this. President Obama reacted and conducted an emotional response while the nation listened.

However not everyone got the message. Another despicable incident of shootings took place in South Baltimore over the weekend. Three people were shot in two shootings. A 25-year-old woman and a 17-year-old male were shot around midnight. Tabitha Holtman, the older of the two, was declared dead at the scene with multiple gun wounds to her back. Fortunately, the boy only suffered a graze and has been sent home from the hospital. A 29-year-old male was also shot in the back around 2:15 A.M. in South Baltimore. The man is now being held in the hospital and being treated.

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At Texas Southern University, an 18-year-old freshman was found dead and another person seriously injured after a shooting took place on Friday around noon. The scene took place in a parking lot outside of a student housing complex. This had been the fourth shooting on or near the campus since August. Police are currently questioning two suspects and looking for a third.

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On the same day, just a couple hours earlier, a freshman at Northern Arizona University shot four people and killed one near a residence hall. Eighteen year old, Steven Jones, was the one who opened fire after two groups of students got into a heated dispute.

Following the Dallas Cowboys versus New England Patriots game on Sunday, a fan was shout outside of AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The man was in his early fifties and suffered the gun wound to his head.The victim was airlifted to a hospital and his injuries aren’t life threatening, but they are very serious. The suspect is now in custody but he did say that he was motivated and told to shoot the man by the surrounding crowd.

3. Bombing in Turkey

During the past week, there was a bombing in Turkey that has killed nearly one hundred people. The Islamic State (IS) group is the primary suspect in the Ankara bombings. The government notes that they believe two male suicide bombers were the ones behind it all. The two explosions took place outside one of a main railway station near the Turkish capital. The Turkish people were very upset that the government was unable to stop the attack especially because it was so major. Through DNA tests, the authorities say that they are close to identifying one of the suicide bombers and this will lead to help finding out which group is responsible for the attack.

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4. American journalist found guilty for espionage in Iran

Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, was found guilty of espionage and three other charges late Sunday night. Rezaian was the Tehran Bureau Chief. He was arrested in July of 2014 and spent several months in jail before his trial took place on August 10th. He had been detained in Iran for over a year.

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It is still unclear what Rezaian was found guilty of though. He faced four charges but it is still unknown whether he was convicted of all charges or only some. Born in California, Rezaian can potentially face a sentence of up to ten or twenty years in prison. It isn’t even clear if Rezaian had been informed of what he was convicted of.

5. U.S. delivers ammunition to Syria rebel groups

Late Sunday night, fifty tons of ammunition was sent over to rebel groups in Syria. The U.S. military airdropped the arms ammo and grenades using four C-17 aircrafts. The pallets of ammunition were for M-16s and AK-47s and were successfully retrieved by friendly forces. According to sources, this was the first step in the Obama Administration to support these groups.

Tweet regarding the U.S. delivering ammo to Syria.

6. Why do people want to lose weight?

A recent poll found on the Health and Fitness page asked people what motivated them to lose weight. The results were quite interesting and somewhat shocking. The six answer choices that MSN provided were the scale, the mirror, self-esteem, better health, an important event, or a significant other. What do you think the most popular answer choice was? If you said the mirror, you would be correct. Out of 7,481 recorded responses, the mirror received thirty-nine percent of the votes. Better health was the second leading vote getter with twenty percent. Third was self-esteem, which received eighteen percent of the votes. The scale was fourth at twelve percent followed by important event at six percent and significant other at five percent. The results were a bit shocking as I figured more people would be motivated to lose weight in order to attain better health.

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