Egging in Weston Causes $800 in damages

At around 3:15 on the morning of June 5th, 2018, an Opal Creek security guard, whom wished to be cited anonymously, states that he saw and engaged with a Red Honda Accord. The car, he claims, was piled with teens who he believes are responsible for the crime committed to the Azhar residence. Multiple eggs were thrown at Azhar’s vehicle, and a banana was found clogged in the rear pipe of his Blue Honda Civic.

“The driver in the vehicle acted convincingly as a Postmates worker,” the Opal Creek Security guard said. “They seemed like decent, well-mannered kids. We spoke for a few minutes, the driver handed me his Postmates referral code, flashed his I.D., and I let them in, not at all thinking that I would wake up regretting the approval.”

Azhar’s oldest son seems to be the individual of intent of the “pranks”, as it was his car that was targeted. Azhar’s tailpipe saw it’s combustion gas chambers burst, and it’s engine waver for several minutes until it completely shut down.

At the present time, authorities are actively searching through surveillance, tips, and eye witnesses to identify the individuals responsible. This incident appears to be connected with the events that transpired in Wellington, Florida, last week, but confirmation has not been announced.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at at 954-431-2200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-471-TIPS (8477).


U.S. continues Niger investigation

The United States military is still investigating the events that occurred in Niger two weeks ago when four U.S. soldiers were killed during an ambush, apparently by a regional branch of the Islamic State. Tensions have risen in the region

U.S. Army Green Berets are stationed in Niger as part of an operation to help train the country’s military and assist in counter-terrorism efforts. Specifically, the neutralization of ISIS in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) is a main priority of the military endeavor.

ISIS in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) was founded in 2015 after the group’s leader, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, split from an al-Qaeda group and pledged allegiance to ISIS.

According to two U.S. defense officials, the Pentagon’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) has dispatched a team to Niger to verify and investigate the details of what happened. The Pentagon officials are cautious to label this dispatch as an investigation. However, they maintain that the events of Oct.4 are unclear.

Tropical Storm Nate on path for Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the anticipated landfall of Tropical Storm Nate, which has killed over 22 people so far in Central America.

Currently moving northward and strengthening in the Caribbean sea, Nate is expected to make landfall east of New Orleans on Saturday night as a category 1 hurricane. In the past two months,  Nate will be the third hurricane to have hit the United States.

Storm surge watches have been issued in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where officials have urged residents to gather supplies and abide by any local evacuation notices.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Nate will shower the affected areas with between 3 and 12 inches of rain, and storm surges of 4 to 7 feet are expected.

Trump’s response to Puerto Rico

Trump’s response to Puerto Rico has been heavily criticized by both sides of the aisle. While there are not many things that Democrats and Republicans agree on, one of them is that Trump has handled the situation poorly. Not much action has been taken yet, with Trump and his administration claiming that it is too hard to reach Puerto Rico or that there are too many obstacles to helping. However, most people claim that these are simply excuses. Trump’s recent visit to Puerto Rico has also been disappointing, with him staying shorter than expected and making what most consider to be derogatory remarks at the citizens there. However, those that defend Trump argue that aid has been and will be given to Puerto Rico.

Trump to do away with Iranian nuclear deal

Having critiqued the Iranian nuclear deal since his 2016 campaign, President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States “must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.”

The accord between Iran, France, China, Russia, the UK and US was signed in 2016 under President Obama. Intended to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, the deal allows for a limited amount of uranium enrichment for energy and research purposes.

Trump’s decision to eventually decertify the Iranian nuclear deal could be a precursor for the reimplementation of economic sanctions against Iran. Furthermore, such a move could alienate the other partners in the agreement, hindering multilateral relations.

President Trump is expected to deliver a speech elaborating further on his strategy concerning Iran and the Middle East sometime next week.

Russian Probe Continues as Senate Intelligence Committee Searches for Hints of Collusion

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) stated that the Intelligence Committee is continuing to search for any hint of evidence they could find.

The Intelligence Committee’s report clearly discusses Russia’s role in attempting to undermine the 2016 Presidential Election. Russia strived to spread false, negative stories of Secretary Hillary Clinton while promoting then Candidate Donald Trump.

According to Burr, over the past eight months the committee reviewed over 400,000 pages of transcripts of interviews with over 100 officials, reviewed 100,000 pages of classified documents, and has interviewed members of the Obama Administration Cabinet.

Burr noted that the issue of collusion between the Trump Campaign and the Russian Government is still up for investigation. The committee also looked into the change of the GOP platform which softened its stance on Russia.

Inverstiagtors are examining Russia’s social media spread of ‘fake news’ on Facebook, Twitter, and Google.


Opinion piece: We need to talk about gun control

Gun control laws are necessary in this country. This was evident after Columbine, after Sandy Hook, and after Pulse. It is evident once again after Las Vegas. And yet, the odds that something will actually happen are close to zero. The same frustrating sequence of events happens every time a tragedy like this happens. Everyone offers thoughts and prayers for victims and families, insisting it is not time to politicize the event. Then, everyone moves on slowly. When the “mandatory mourning period” is over, the issue is no longer salient, or there is another pressing problem that needs taking care of. This is the incredibly effective tool of the Right to stay away from gun control laws that are clearly needed.

The problem is, there is no legitimate reason not to implement gun control laws. There are lots of rights that are restricted for the good of the general public. For example, free speech is limited when it comes to obscene things that could upset other people. Rights do not stay intact when they interfere with the wellbeing of the general public. There is no reason why the second amendment should be exempt from this, except the Right and groups like the NRA seem to think that any intervention into gun ownership is a gross violation of our rights as Americans. The common misunderstanding is that the reform many call for is not complete abolishment of guns, just limiting of who can purchase a gun, making the purchasing period longer, and banning the purchase of things such as high powered assault rifled. This is reasonable. Longer waiting periods and more thorough mental health assessments are necessary and not harmful, and no one needs a high powered assault rifle for anything except to, oh right, hurt people. Every claim by gun enthusiasts about why those death machines are necessary are easily debunked by statistics and common sense.

We need reform, and we need it now. Anyone who refuses to let that happen has blood on their hands. There have already been hundreds of shootings this year. I urge our policymakers: do not let it continue.

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