National Voting Practices in Georgia Accused of Being Discriminatory
One of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates, Brian Kemp, was sued for voter suppression on the basis that his “exact match” law violates multiple voting rights laws. This law has put many voter registration applications on hold or into the trash because the information that applicants file does not match government records, which can be erroneous especially with the names of minority groups. In a heated debate against his opponent, Stacey Adams, Kemp claimed that Barack Obama was to blame for the number of registrations pending. The two candidates are neck and neck.
This issue is not unique to Georgia, though. Texas, Tennessee, and many other states are facing scrutiny over voting practices.
Politics Elizabeth Warren Takes DNA Tests in Response to Being Called Pocahontas
After being accused of leaning on her Native American heritage to gain support, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took a DNA test that proved she could possibly be 1/1024th Native American, less than the typical white American. The Cherokee Nation responded by noting that tribal nations have their own systems for determining citizenship. She now says that she took that test to rebuild more trust in the government.
World Journalist Killed and Dismembered in Saudi Consulate
The day before his wedding, Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen again. Khashoggi was a Washington Post journalist known for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s politics. Saudia Arabia initially denied any involvement but new evidence reveals the possibility of a premeditated murder by the officials at the consulate. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is suspected of involvement. However, President Trump intends on following through with his arms deal with the country regardless.
Finance The Downfall of Sears
The 130-year-old department store company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday after accumulating $11.3 billion in liabilities. The business, which dominated the mail-order industry at one point, saw its stocks plummet to below a dollar over the years and its assets, such as Craftsman, sold in an attempt to keep itself afloat in the face of a changing retail landscape that favors online shopping. The filing will allow for the company to restructure and hopefully re-emerge though it is unsure whether it will last the holiday season.
Arts and culture The Scramble for Billions of Dollars
So many people were paying for the 1 in 302.5 million chance of winning $1.6 billion, one of the largest prizes in history, that Mega Millions was starting to run out of unique numbers. The reason why jackpots have been increasing is due to the company’s recent strategy of worsening the odds of winning. Tuesday’s drawing resulted in one winner from South Carolina, but that person may never be known because he or she may choose to remain anonymous.
Sports Eagles Start Off Strong at NCS Playoffs
American’s girls’ volleyball team beat Windsor 3-0 in their first match in the NCS playoffs. Their next match is against Carondelet on Saturday.
Science Rocket Failure Delays Flight to Space Station
On October 11, after 92 successful human spaceflights to the International Space Station, Russia’s Soyuz rocket malfunctioned and the two astronauts were ejected safely back to Earth. The two plan on attempting to reach the ISS again in December.