It’s time for this semester’s first addition of Outside the Bubble, where the Red Fox Report gives a quick overview of the news of the week. This week’s hot topics range from celebrity break ups to politics to the royal family to yet another senseless shooting. Take a look.
1. Angelina Jolie officially files divorce from Brad Pitt
One of Hollywood’s most distinguished marriages is over.
On Monday, it was shockingly announced Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple married in 2014 and has been together since 2004. Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, have six children together: Maddox, 15, and Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, and Vivienne, 8, Shiloh, 10 and Knox, 8. Jolie has asked for physical custody of all six children.
Jolie Pitt has so far remained silence on the matter, but Brad Pitt has spoken out about his divorce in a CNN statement, “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.” Brangelina became a hot topic of speculation in 2004, when they co-starred in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” At the time, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston. Jolie was previously married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
The Hollywood romance will be remembered for its wide and far presence, from their presence on the red carpet, their roles both on and behind camera, to their extensive philanthropy work and global humanitarian efforts.
2. The highly anticipated first presidential debate kicks off tomorrow night
Tomorrow night, for the first time in this election season, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take the stage together for the first general election presidential debate of 2016. The first debate will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Monday, September 26. The debate will start at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time and run for 90 minutes without commercial breaks on all of the major television networks, as well as websites for major cable news channels and C-SPAN. Lester Holt, who anchors “NBC Nightly News,” will be the moderator.
The first face off between Trump and Clinton is expected to set new television audience records, with some commentators forecasting Super Bowl-sized television views of around 100 million Americans viewers.
The topics of the debate will be: the Direction of America, Achieving Prosperity and Securing America. Given the incredible unpredictability of this election season, it is hard to say what the American people can expect from this first debate. Commission On Presidential Debate co-chairman Frank Fahrenkopf told NPR on Monday, “It’s clear that there’s no love between them. And how they will present themselves to the American people is anyone’s guess.”
3. Prince William and Kate Middleton begin second official visit to Canada
Britain’s Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton and their two children little Princess Charlotte and Prince George, arrived in Canada on Saturday for their first official trip overseas as a family of four.
The royal couple met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is continuing to meet with other Canadian leaders. This week, they are scheduled to visit Downtown Vancouver, a highly impoverished addiction ridden area, and have tea with residents at Sheway, a support program for pregnant women and new mothers dealing with addiction and other challenges. Prince William’s mother Princess Diana was working with the program when it first opened in Glasgow, Scotland in 1991. They will then visit an immigrant welcome center, where they will meet with a newly arrived refugee family from Syria.
The public will only see the children once at their departure on October 1st and the media will only see the kids a few times during their visit. The airport welcoming ceremony was closed to the public. Still, royal watchers have gathered at British Columbia Parliament buildings, armed with bouquets of flowers and toys for the children hoping to just to even stand in the presence of British royalty.
4. Authorities arrest suspect Arcan Cetin after 5 people fatally shot at Washington state mall
On Friday night, just a week after the stabbing of 10 people in a mall in St. Cloud, Missouri, a man carrying a rifle entered a Macy’s store at a mall in Burlington, Washington, killing four women and a man.
Chaos and confusion quickly surfaced amongst mall goers when people heard gunshots in Macy’s and began to run in all different directions. Law enforcement quickly responded and evacuated the mall, loading people on a bus to seek safety at a nearby church.
Last night, authorities arrested 20-year-old suspect Arcan Cetin, who according Chris Cammock of the Oak Harbor Police Department was “zombie-like” when he was taken into custody. Right now, there is no confirmed motive for the attack or any connection the suspect has to the victims.
5. Thousands march in Mexican cities against marriage equality
This week, thousands of people marched in several Mexican cities in opposition to a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.
The marches were called by the National Front for the Family, a coalition of civil society organizations and various religious groups. Demonstrators chanted, “Children need a father and a mother!” and “Wake up and defend the family!” They also chanted slogans against government-mandated sex-education programs.
Same sex marriage is legal in Mexico City, as well as in several states including Coahuila, Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Nayarit, Chihuahua and Sonora. Currently, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is proposing nationally legalizing same sex marriage. Gay marriage is still banned under local laws in many of Mexico’s 31 states. Nieto hopes Congress can debate and settle the issue of gay marriage in his country.