The first full week of November has come and gone, and just as the leaves are falling, so too does the news around the world. Time to see what happened this week outside the bubble.1. Ben Carson – On Friday, Politico posted a piece that attacked Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, with a headline stating that Carson admitted from fabricating a story in which he was offered a full scholarship to West Point Academy. These claims were published in his autobiography “Gifted Hands,” published in 1990. What makes the story strange is not that it is a piece that attacks a presidential candidate over past remarks, as CNN also ran a piece on Carson’s private life the day before. Rather, the curiosity is that Politico was not all correct in their coverage: shortly after the story was published, the headline was changed to say that Carson claimed to have a scholarship offered but never applied. Other changes were made to the content of the story as well. Carson’s campaign blasted Politico for an “outright lie,” and many conservatives blasted Politico for writing what they consider to be a hit piece on the Republican front-runner.
2. Santa Claus – Despite the calendar saying November, the War on Christmas has started early. The Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York came under fire for replacing their traditional Santa meet-and-greet with what was a more inclusive display. Instead of a sleigh and a big Christmas tree, there was a large glacier, which some people stated was more out of “Star Trek” than “Saint Nicholas”
Reaction was swift and critical from the public. After initially making plans to alter the display so that it would include two smaller trees, the owners of the mall finally bowed to pressure and dismantled the display
3. Russia – Following up on a story brought to you by last week’s Outside the Bubble, new information in the wreckage of Metrojet Flight 9268 in Sinai is pointing towards an act of terror being the cause of the worst disaster in Russian aviation history. On November 6, Russian Premier Vladimir Putin announced that all flights between Russia and Egypt, a popular tourist destination for Russians, have been suspended until further notice. Meanwhile, US intelligence is increasingly confident that there was no mechanical failures or pilot errors, and that a bomb was the most likely cause of the accident. ISIS had immediately claimed responsibility for the downing of the plane, but was initially dismissed; should the claim be verified, it would be the terrorist organisation’s first outburst against Russia, who have stepped up their assaults on ISIS positions in recent weeks.
4. Greg Hardy – More than a year after he was brought up on domestic violence charges, NFL defensive end Greg Hardy had his charges expunged from his record on November 5. A day later, however, Hardy came under fire again, this time after Deadspin released photographs and records pertaining to the case, including graphic pictures of his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder. In addition to Hardy, the Dallas Cowboys, who currently have Hardy under contract, have been criticized for allowing him to play against the Philadelphia Eagles after the records of the case were released.
5. Spongebob Squarepants – Everybody’s favorite sponge from the bottom of the sea has saved many kids from boredom, and now has saved the life of at least one child. Brandon Williams, an autistic student at Barnes Intermediate School in Staten Island, was a hero when he performed the life-saving Heimlich maneuver to save a classmate from choking on an apple. Problem is that the 13-year-old never learned the maneuver…at least officially. It turns out that Williams learned it from an episode of Spongebob, where the titular hero saves Squidward from choking on his clarinet. Strangest thing is this isn’t the first time that Mr. Squarepants has taught a child the Heimlich – a similar incident happened in 2010. Watch the video below, which includes the related clip from the cartoon series.