The Weekly Grind: Oct. 28-Nov.3

 

Drink in the week’s most important stories — all in one place. In the time it takes to drink your first cup of coffee, we’ll help you get caught up.

UNL professor’s Facebook reaction to vandalized sign angers Fortenberry campaign

UNL professor Ari Kohen liked a Facebook post featuring a defaced campaign sign for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, but Fortenberry and his campaign staff weren’t so amused. Fortenberry’s chief of staff, Dr. William “Reyn” Archer III, asserts that Kohen’s “like” was him supporting vandalism, but Kohen disagrees. The UNL professor believes Archer is abusing his authority, while Archer credits this to a lack of civil discourse in local, state and national politics. (Lincoln Journal Star)

 

UNL Jewish community reacts to Pittsburgh shooting

The Jewish community at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln came together following a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27. Community members believe Americans need to stand up to hate and would like to see civil forms of speech on campus. (Daily Nebraskan)

UNL political clubs get ready for midterm elections

Democrats and Republicans engage with University of Nebraska-Lincoln students to provide information about registering to vote and what candidates to vote for ahead of the 2018 midterm elections on Nov. 6. Both the UNL Young Democrats and College Republicans believe that voting is an important civil duty. (Daily Nebraskan)

 

Former defense secretary Hagel questions Trump’s motive for placing troops at border

Former defense secretary Chuck Hagel accused President Trump of using U.S. troops as pawns, in response to Trump’s announcement that he would deploy as many as 15,000 military personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border. Hagel denounced Trump’s suggestion of firing on the members of the caravan if the migrants throw rocks at soldiers, saying it’s an “incitement of unnecessary violence.” (The Washington Post)

U.S. sees job increase in October; unemployment rate holds steady

U.S. employers added 250,000 jobs in October, and confidence in the economy remains high among consumers and business leaders. Even though the employment rate stayed at 3.7 percent, sidelined workers are actually finding work. President Trump called the newly released numbers “tremendous.” (The New York Times)

Birth control still an issue for Trump Administration

The Trump administration is working to revise birth control exemptions, fearing more setbacks after losing in two federal courts. The details of these changes are still vague, but administration officials are hoping it will appease the judges’ objections without completely altering the purpose or the effects of the rules. The rules state employers can deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious or moral beliefs. The Obama administration provided studies that showed the use of contraceptives went up, and the percent of unintended pregnancies went down, but Trump’s administration says these studies are not correlated. (The New York Times)

 

Glasgow, from ‘murder capital of Europe’ to ideal crime cutting model

Glasgow was named the “murder capital of Europe” in 2005 by the World Health Organization. In 2004, there were 83 homicides in the Glasgow region. During this time, everyone in Glasgow was aware of gangs booze-and-blades culture and knew not leave their house after dark. Over the past decade, there has been a 60 percent drop in homicides and violent crime; making this a historic low. (The Washington Post)

At least 8 dead, 13 wounded after gunman attacks bus in Egypt

A gunman opened fire on a bus in Egypt on Friday, Nov. 2, killing at least eight and injuring 13 others. The bus was carrying Christians returning from a remote Coptic Christian monastery in northern Egypt. This is not the first time Christian pilgrims traveling to the same monastery have been attacked. In May 2017, a gunman killed 28 people on a bus carrying worshippers. (The Washington Post)

Climate Change: now affecting your wine

Livio Salvador observed a change in his vineyard five years ago. He’d walk through his vineyards and notice browned and desiccated patches of grapes. After talking with other growers and winemakers in the region, they realized the damage was primarily on the outside bunch — the part most exposed to the sunlight. The grapes were being sunburnt. Hotter summers are shortening the growing seasons. The grapes are developing sugars faster, which ferments into alcohol. These grapes won’t build the same acidity. Salvador plans to try a new growing method in 2019. (The Washington Post)

Welp, internet we’ve been duped

The entire internet was up in arms after this photo of Justin Bieber was released. But, it’s all fake – that’s not even Bieber…yeah! The universe has been pranked, by Taylorparker – a sock company and Yes Theory – Youtubers. They were on a mission to show the world how easy it is to make fake news go viral and they did just that. Most of – if not the entire internet – was fooled and believed Bieber really ate a burrito as corn-on-the-cob. You can watch the video of how they faked it here. (Cosmopolitan)

A Justin Bieber look-a-like sits on a park bench while eating a burrito. (Reddit)

Mysterious duck catches New Yorkers by surprise

A rare bird native to east Asia and some parts of Europe has found its way to the Big Apple, and nobody knows how it got there. A brightly colored Mandarin duck has been living in Central Park since early October. Social media was abuzz with pictures and videos catching the duck’s striking appearance . The duck was also named “New York’s most eligible bachelor” in New York Magazine’s dating column. (CNN)

A Mandarin duck floats on the water at Central Park. (CNN)

Midterms – Nov. 6 – get out and vote

The 2018 midterm election is coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The general election will decide whether Democrats will gain control of Congress or if the Republicans maintain the hold of the legislative branch. The general election determines who controls the Senate and House. Here’s a breakdown of how senators have previously voted. Democrats need 28 seats will senate; Republicans only need nine. (The New York Times)

Take a break from studying, watch something new on Netflix

Cozy up with your favorite hot beverage, stay inside and watch some Netflix. Here’s the list everybody wants to get their hands on – everything coming to Netflix – and, sadly, everything leaving Netflix this November. Expect a lot of new Netflix originals this month. The one I’m personally most excited for is “House of Cards,” season 6, what drama will unfold next? However, we will be losing some great movies, like “Jurassic Park” and “Up in the Air.” (Digital Trends)

 


Curated by Jamie Gilliam and Rafe Parker

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