Current Events Updates: Week 1

Current Events Updates are a compilation of news stories posted every Friday. They are researched over the school week by Journalism staffers. The Crimson is not responsible for any factual inaccuracies in the stories reported.


from Rylie Pepper

Over Labor Day weekend, Chicago hit 500 homicides, the deadliest year in two decades. There are about 82 shootings a week, and Chicago’s unemployment rate is 5.5%. One of the main factors of the high homicide rate is distrust between Chicago residents and the police force.


from Saryn Mandak

The California State Senate passed a bill to jail reporters who film undercover footage on Planned Parenthood on Wednesday the 7th. It is expected to be sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk soon. The bill is to stop whistleblowers and journalists from conducting undercover investigations of any “healthcare providers”. The Center for Medical Progress’s undercover video project did a lot of damage to Planned Parenthood in revealing the abortion giant’s body parts operation. Planned Parenthood is trying to stop them from exposing more information.

from Lindsey Keith

On Wednesday, President Obama visited a remote mountain town in Laos to tour a centuries-old Buddhist temple in order to gain a worldview that he hopes will disseminate a more accepted view of outside cultures.

from Carly Truscott

The iPhone 7 came out on Wednesday. It is now waterproof, without a headphone jack (relying on bluetooth headphones called Airbuds instead) and a more powerful camera.


from Mikaila Barker

NASA launched an asteroid probe from Cape Canaveral to intercept an asteroid in space on Thursday. The asteroid is deemed potentially dangerous, and taking samples will give more information about the risk.

from Crystal Sung

Thursday night, North Korea claimed to have carried out their fifth nuclear test to mark the anniversary of its founding. A large seismic event was detected near the site. The country now claims to have the capability of mounting a nuclear device on ballistic rockets.


from Rachel Howard

The House of Representatives passed a bill Friday morning allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia as a means of supporting families. President Obama has promised to veto the bill because he is afraid of lasting international consequences.