News Briefs

The biggest local, national, and international news stories from the past month

Excellence for Dexter Students

by Isabella Franklin

An individual group named “Excellence 4 Dexter Students,” or E4DS, is trying to raise $100,000 in donations this school year to improve Dexter Community Schools. Their current goals are to send all 6th graders to Eastern Michigan University’s Explorer Camp, expand the math and science departments, and, most prominently for high school students, hire a part-time internship coordinator. An internship coordinator at the high school would give students more opportunities to learn outside of school and gain valuable experience in the workforce.

Mark’s Carts Closing

by Isabella Franklin

A 73-year-old entrepreneur, Mark Hodesh, runs a food cart court, known as Mark’s Carts, in Ann Arbor. Due to his age, Hodesh is retiring and close or sell his businesses, such as Downtown Home and Garden. The food court, where many small businesses gained traction, is planned to officially close in late October.

Equifax Hacked Twice

by Isabella Franklin

Equifax, a consumer credit reporting company, announced on September 7th that it had been hacked on July 29th. The hack compromised the names, birthdates, addresses, social security numbers, and credit card numbers of 143 million people. Customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada were affected. Another hack occurred in March 2017, which Equifax also neglected to announce until September 7th. Equifax continues to be investigated and lose business as the situation develops.

Trumps Ends DACA

By Isabella Franklin

On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration enacted an immigration policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It allows undocumented immigrants, called Dreamers, to defer action on their presence in America for two years at a time. To qualify for the DACA’s protection, one must have arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and have no criminal charges or misdemeanors. According to NPR, Trump recently ended DACA, saying that “we are a nation of laws” and we need to put “hard-working citizens” first. The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, claimed that hundreds of thousands of naturalized Americans were put out of work by this act, though there is no evidence supporting this claim. DACA is no longer accepting new applications, and won’t allow any renewals after March 5, 2018. DACA’s end and surrounding controversy raises the difficult question of what defines being an American.

Massacre in Las Vegas Kills 59

By Tessa Kipke

On Sunday, Oct. 1, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot into a crowd of concert-goers in Las Vegas from his hotel room window, killing 59 people and injuring approximately 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The crowd of about 22,000 people was gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an outdoor country music concert. Witnesses said that the festivities were disrupted by the sound of gunfire. Paddock fired from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where police later found 23 weapons, including multiple rifles with scopes.

Additionally, authorities found 19 more firearms, explosives, and several thousand rounds of ammunition after searching Paddock’s home and car.

Police reacted quickly after the shooting started, locating Paddock’s hotel room soon after the first 911 calls. However, Paddock is believed to have killed himself before he could be apprehended.

Though his motives thus far are unknown, Paddock is thought to have acted alone and with no connection to any international terrorist groups, according to the FBI.