News Briefs

The biggest local, national, and international news stories that happened over the summer

Temple Mount Attack

by Tess Alekseev

Temple Mount lies near the Western Wall of Jerusalem in Israel, and it is hailed as a holy place for Muslim and Jewish people alike. On July 14th, there was a terror attack by three Israeli citizens of Palestinian origins who saw the recent surge in Jewish visitors to Temple Mount as an attack on the holiness of the site. After an intense shootout, two Druze cops were fatally shot along with the three gunmen. The attack prompted Israel to close Temple Mount for a brief period of time and to install metal detectors which angered Palestinian visitors. Jordan pressured Israel to take the detectors down. Eventually, Israel complied. Luckily, violence has since died down, and the fears of a third intifada did not come to light.

Mayweather vs. McGregor: Fight of the Decade

by Micheal Bergamo

MMA fighter Conor McGregor came out as a huge underdog for his boxing match with Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Much to the surprise of spectators, McGregor won the first three rounds. As the fight continued, however, he got gassed and took some heavy hits. Mayweather began landing a fury of punches and McGregor started wobbling around when the fight was called in the 10th round. Mayweather improved to 50-0 with the TKO win, but nobody really lost the fight. Just for participating in the fight, McGregor made more than $100 million while Mayweather collected closer to $350 million.

Paris Accords

by Tessa Kipke

On June 1, 2017, President Trump unilaterally decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, an Obama-era agreement to reduce worldwide climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The landmark pact, which in 2015 was signed by 195 nations, committed the U.S. to reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and giving up to $3 billion in aid for poorer countries by 2020. However, the Trump administration’s plan to leave the accord will now trigger a four-year legal process and an official exit on Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the next presidential election. The U.S. will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations in the world not included in the pact. Though other powerful nations remain committed to the agreement, Trump’s decision comes as a major blow because the U.S. is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. This is the most significant of a series of efforts by the Trump administration to dismantle legislation designed to protect the environment.

Hurricane Harvey Wreaks Havoc in Texas

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas late on August 25, becoming the worst disaster in Texas history. Texas is set to get more than 50 inches of rain from the storm and suffer from more than a billion dollars in property damage. According to ABC, over 60 people have died from the natural disaster. Harvey is only the second Category 4 hurricane to ever hit Texas and is the worst hurricane in America since Katrina in 2005. Companies such as Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, and PepsiCo have already donated millions of dollars to help victims.

Chela’s Restaurant Coming to Dexter

By Isabella Franklin

Dexter, which currently has no Mexican restaurants and few restaurants with foreign food at all, may be getting its own Mexican restaurant in the near future.

The nearest Mexican restaurant is Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria located in Ann Arbor, but that will change within the next year. Already having started a second location in Ann Arbor, Chela’s is planning on expanding their locations further by building a restaurant in Dexter Crossing where Foggy Bottom used to be. The restaurant is expected to be open by the end of the year.

Chela’s is an authentic Mexican restaurant with common items such as burritos, quesadillas, and flan on its menu. But to Dexter, the idea of a Mexican restaurant, let alone an authentic one, is completely new. This will provide Dexter with more varied options for where to go out to eat. Not only that, but Dexter will have a restaurant with authentic Latino food, something many residents may not have gotten the opportunity to try.

“I honestly feel like, since we don’t have many minorities in Dexter, it’ll be a taste of something not white and not pizza . . . it’ll be a taste of something that isn’t white culture,” sophomore Jay Richardson said. “Overall, it’s a very good thing.”