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A week in review 10/11/2017
Photo courtesy: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Facebook

By Joseph Rios


Plague sweeps through Madagascar Madagascar is dealing with a deadly plague that has spread and killed at least 33 people. The World Health Organization gave the country over a million doses of antibiotics to fight the disease. The two areas most affected in the country are jails. Madagascar’s health ministry says that about 230 people have been infected by the plague.


Man killed by tigers in India - A man who had only worked at a park in India for a week was attacked and killed by two tigers. The man was attempting to get the tigers into their enclosure, but he didn’t latch one of the enclosure gates correctly. The man’s death sparked anger amongst his relatives as they protested outside the park demanding financial compensation.

Boat capsizes near Bangladesh As many as 12 people (mostly children) have died after a boat filled with Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized. Reports of at 100 people were on board and many are still missing. Officials have reported that the bodies of 10 children, one woman and one man have been recovered.


Boat found carrying millions of dollars worth of cocaine - Authorities stopped a boat between Portugal and the Azores islands on the Atlantic Ocean. The boat was carrying around four tons of cocaine believed to be worth over $200 million. The passengers aboard the boat were mainly from Turkey and Azerbaijan and it is unknown where the drugs were being transported to.

Man drives car onto sidewalk in London - London authorities released a man from custody after he drove a car on to the sidewalk and hit pedestrians near a museum. The incident injured over ten people and the man was arrested for “suspicion of dangerous driving.” He will still be under investigation, but authorities concluded that the incident was not a terrorist attack.

Latin America

Nursery set ablaze in Brazil - A security guard in Minas, Gerais set four children and a teacher ablaze at a nursery. 25 other people, mainly children, were also burned. The security guard, Damiao Soares dos Santos, died in a hospital after he set himself on fire as well. Authorities are investigating the motive, but Brazil media reports Santos was dismissed from the nursery before the attack.

Tropical storm sweeps through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras Tropical Storm Nate stretched through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras leaving at least 22 people dead. The storm destroyed buildings and bridges leaving hundreds of thousands of people without running water. Costa Rica suspended train trips and canceled flights.

North America

Pence walks out of NFL game after protests - During an NFL game in Indianapolis, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis after some of the San Francisco 49ers players didn’t stand for the national anthem. The former Indiana governor stated he couldn’t be at a place where people were disrespecting “our soldiers” and “our flag.” Kneeling and other forms of protest during the national anthem have become more common after President Trump’s comments regarding NFL players who protest.

Protestors back at Charlottesville Richard Spencer, one of the faces of the alt-right, organized a small rally back in Charlottesville, North Carolina where 40 to 50 people rallied by a covered up statue of Robert E. Lee. The statue is covered up while a decision to remove it takes place. The protestors were holding torches and some could be heard chanting “the south will rise again.”

Legendary Playboy Magazine founder - Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91. Hefner was instrumental in the success of Playboy and featured well known stars like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and more on its front cover. Hefner was entombed next to Marilyn Monroe’s remains.

Another American music legend has died - Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a heart attack at the age of 66 on October 8. Petty’s music spanned several decades, with hits like Feel Fallin, a Face in the Crowd, Learning to Fly and more.





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