The Scavenger Hunt

For the scavenger hunt, I had to look for two things: a knock knock joke and a thick rubber band. I looked all over for a thick rubber band but I couldn’t find one anywhere. When I asked Morningside junior Grace Rassmussen if she had a rubber band she replied, “no”. While writing this my Professor Ross Fullsang handed me a rubber band and said, “don’t say I never did anything for you.” The knock knock joke was much easier to come by. I found Olyvia Shelby in the arts building sitting by some of her classmates. She offered to tell me a joke she heard from another one of my own classmates nearby. She said, “knock knock?”, “Whose there?” I replied, “Duane” she replied back, “Duane who?” I asked. “Somebody help Duane the bathtub I’m drowning!” This was very funny to me.

Final Draft Story #1

There have been over 283 mass shootings as of September 1st according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. This means there have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year. Some are worried that this may be becoming a big issue in the U.S. and think stricter gun control laws should be implemented. Others say there is nothing wrong with the current process and present alternate solutions. After examining three articles that all took an in-depth look into the recent number of mass shootings and the details surrounding them,

The Los Angeles Times investigated shootings dating back to June 18th 2015. it’s a timeline beginning with very recent mass shootings like the Odessa Texas shooting that occurred August 31st 2019 and the Dayton Ohio shootings that occurred Aug. 4th. The article provided a brief summary of the tragedy along with how many people were injured and sadly murdered. This timeline helps keep track of notable mass shootings from recent years and helps show how they have become more and more common place as the years’ have progressed.. The LA newspaper also presents how mass shootings are defined. They stated that, “Some media outlets use three fatalities as a baseline for a mass shooting; others four. The topic is widely debated.” They end up deciding to use four as their article’s baseline. The timeline included two shootings from August alone, which is discussed in the next article.

According to the New York Times, 53 people died from mass shootings in August alone. This article is another timeline, which is similar to the last article that was examined. The difference is that they define a mass shooting as 3 or more deaths not including the shooter. They take a look at different mass shootings and provided a brief summary of what occurred and the death toll. The author starts off the article by providing some of his own opinion into the mix by stating, “The month of August ended as it began: with a shooting rampage and a significant death toll.” If you believe in gun control this statement is probably something you agree with and find very alarming. Both timelines describe mass shootings as either three people being killed, or four people being killed. Whether this is important is highly argued about. A mass shooting should probably have a universal definition in terms of how many people are killed. Whether it’s three or four is up for debate. 

The next article titled, US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks, delves into the issue of mass shooters legally purchasing guns. Anti gun control supporters always point out that most of the shooters are crazy and shouldn’t be allowed guns and that they always find ways to get guns even if more laws were put into place. This article contests that theory by giving examples of shooters who acquired guns legally The article also states that some of these guns were able to be purchased thanks to mistakes by the FBI that would’ve been picked up had there been more laws or requirements in place. For example, “Devin Patrick Kelley purchased four guns from federally licensed dealers in Texas and Colorado. The military veteran passed the required background checks because the Air Force never informed the FBI about an assault on his wife and her child that led to a court-martial, a year of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.” 

Are mass shootings becoming a bigger issue in modern times? This is the question people have started to ask. Some say strict gun control is the only effective way to control this issue, while others say there are better alternatives to the issue. The issue also could be considered an issue of the constitution. If gun control is issued, then the constitution may be obsolete. The issue of mass shootings and gun control hasn’t been resolved yet. If more and more shootings occur, then we may see a resolution to this problem sooner rather than later.

Arizona Trooper Arrested on Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping Charges

An Arizona state trooper has been charged with 61 charges which include sexual extortion and kidnapping to name a few. State trooper Tremaine Jackson was found to be sexually abusive to women he pulled over by offering to let them go free if they participated in sexual favors with him. The article goes on to provide even more detail into the alleged accusations and also compares Tremaine’s case to similar cases of abuse by police officers. I found the article to be very descriptive and informative, which helped me understand the case as a whole. I really think this man should be in prison for the rest of his life and that he should never be allowed to work in a position of a authority again.

Mass Shootings in the year 2019

Mass shootings in America have become very prevalent this year with a high number of them occurring. There have been over 283 mass shootings as of September 1st according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. This means there have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year. This is becoming a huge issue in America with more tragedies occurring every month. After examining three articles that all took an in-depth look into the recent number of mass shootings and the details surrounding them, you will more easily understand why this is becoming such an issue.

The Los Angeles Times recently published an article that gives a timeline of recent mass shootings, dating back to June 18th 2015. The article presents very recent mass shootings like the Odessa Texas shooting that occurred August 31st 2019 and the Dayton Ohio shootings that occurred Aug. 4th. The article provided a brief summary of the tragedy along with how many people were injured and sadly murdered. It’s meant to serve as a way to look at all of the notable mass shootings throughout recent years and show people how many have been occurring and how big of an issue it is becoming. Another highly-debated topic the L.A. Time’s brings up is how mass shootings are defined. They stated that, “Some media outlets use three fatalities as a baseline for a mass shooting; others four. The topic is widely debated.” They end up deciding to use four as their article’s baseline. The timeline included two shootings from August alone, which is discussed in the next article.

According to the New York Times, 53 people died from mass shootings in August alone. “53 people died from mass shootings in August alone” is also the title of their article. This article is another timeline, which is similar to the last article that was examined. The difference is that they define a mass shooting as 3 or more deaths not including the shooter. They take a look at different mass shootings and provided a brief summary of what occurred and the death toll. The author starts off the article by providing some of his own opinion into the mix by stating, “The month of August ended as it began: with a shooting rampage and a significant death toll.” He is trying to show the reader how much of a problem this issue is becoming by trying to scare the reader with data and factual evidence. This is effective and really helps bring the problem to light. Another big difference with this timeline is that it only brings up shooting from this year going back all the way to February. 

The next article titled, US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks, delves into the issue of mass shooters legally purchasing guns. Anti gun control supporters always point out that most of the shooters are crazy and shouldn’t be allowed guns and that they always find ways to get guns even if more laws were put into place. This article contests that theory by giving examples of shooters who acquired guns legally The article also states that some of these guns were able to be purchased thanks to mistakes by the FBI that would’ve been picked up had there been more laws or requirements in place. For example, “Devin Patrick Kelley purchased four guns from federally licensed dealers in Texas and Colorado. The military veteran passed the required background checks because the Air Force never informed the FBI about an assault on his wife and her child that led to a court-martial, a year of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.” Overall the article brings up some very interesting points.

Jeffrey Epstein: Over 1,000 People Connected to Him in Address Book

This story is pretty interesting and also disgusting. Jeffery Epstein is a despicable human being and reading the accusations against him is awful. The article was written in a very informative way and the author seeks to give you new details on the Epstein case. An address book could expose thousands of people associated with Epstein and an anonymous person on the list moved for the information to not go public. I think that the information should be released and that this article may have influenced me to think this. It really made me heated and I overall I really enjoyed reading it.

Jeremy Lin, Out of N.B.A. Options, Is Headed to China

Jeremy Lin has decided to leave the NBA to play in China for a more lucrative deal. He has signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks and has stated that he is very excited to play in front of his Chinese fans. Jeremy Lin has always garnered many Asian and Asian-American fans. At 31 years of age he has left a mark on the NBA as one of the best modern day Asian-American players currently playing. He is an inspiration to people all over and will continue to be wherever he takes his talents.

This move shows a trend that has been occurring in the NBA. Lots of veteran players are deciding to make the move overseas for lucrative multi-year deals. They would rather make more money and have bigger roles than to make the league minimum. A good example of this is Stephan Marbuary. Once a middling NBA player, he decided to make the move overseas sometime ago. He is now considered a legendary Chinese player and has built an amazing brand over there.

Riley Collins, an Investigation

“Travis Scott is a god among men.” exclaimed Riley when he was asked about who he looked up to most. He said the first time he ever listened to his music he “transcended reality” and “hasn’t been the same since”. Riley may have been saying things this way to make a more entertaining story, but these statements show who he is as a person.

Riley Collins can turn a dull conversation, into a humorous and entertaining experience in an instant. He likes to play video games and listen to music. These simple questions were answered in a very entertaining and humorous way. Along with his hobbies, Riley is very passionate about sports as he is on the Morningside Football team.

Riley grew up in Sioux City and wanted to continue to contribute to the city by staying close for college while simultaneously saving money by doing so. As for what he wants to do in the future, he isn’t to sure yet.

In Andrew Luck’s Retirement, Football’s Consequences Weigh Heavily

The Indianapolis Colt’s star quarterback shocked the entire National Football League by retiring at the age of 29 a mere two weeks before the start of the season. A lot of people all around the league are wondering why a young Quarterback in his prime would retire so suddenly. Luck himself states that constant injuries were the deciding factor in this decision. Luck has suffered various painful injuries throughout his career which most likely took a huge mental toll on him.

Andrew Luck’s decision to retire is a show of the new trend of players choosing their health over millions of dollars. Andrew Luck left over 127 million dollars on the table by retiring before his five year contract was up. His most recent injury, a lingering calf injury, was the final straw for him. Surgeries and rehab were “miserable” for him. He promised himself he would never put himself through that sort of process again.

So will this continue to be a trend? Players may well decide that leaving for the good of their current and future health is worth more than the huge salary they receive. I believe that NFL players need to take notice of Luck’s decision. The potential dangers of the sport should be taken into account. Overall, I think that this is a sign of things to come.