President Revives Space Command By Neo Mongeau September 13, 2019
The United States Space Command has been on a 17-year hiatus, until August 29th when President Donald Trump unveiled a new and improved Space Command. The new and improved Space Command is a division within the Defense Department. This is due to the fact that a new branch of the armed forces requires congressional approval. The Space Command traces its roots back to 1982. It was a division in the Air Force. Space operations were its primary and original mission. The original Space Command had space and missile system centers join the command. The new and improved Space Command that falls under the Defense Department now directs all national security operations in space. The leadership of the new command has been given to Joseph Dunford, a General for the Air Force. Gen. Dunford led the Air Force Space Command for three years. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, “to ensure the protection of America’s interest in space, we must apply the necessary focus, energy, and resources to the task - and this is exactly what Space Command will do.” Gen. Dunford is a part of this focus and energy. Secretary Esper also spoke on how the Space Command is a step towards an additional armed service. He says, “As a unified combatant command, the United States Space Command is the next crucial step towards the creation of an independent space force as an additional armed service.” The President and Vice President are very set on getting an efficient space force.
Milpitas Shooting Scare By Camila Saenz September 6, 2019
On August 25, a shooting scare occurred inside the Great Mall of Milpitas. A smash and grab robbery was mistaken for gunshots. At around 7:45 emergency dispatchers began to receive calls from people claiming to hear gunshots in the mall. Soon after the call, the mall was evacuated. Two search teams arrived at the premises looking for evidence of gunshots. At 10:54pm, they declared that there was no evidence of gunfire and named the case a smash and grab robbery of Vatial Jewelers. Amayrani Gomez, a victim of the scare, says it all happened so quickly that there was no time to think of what it was. Gomez claims that after the distant yell, the sound of broken glass followed and everyone ran towards the exits. This was not the first scare the mall has had this month. On August 17, four teenagers attempted to rob clothing From Victoria’s Secret. They knocked down several stands in the store. People nearby began to run but soon realized the four teenagers were caught by mall security. The three suspects from Sunday evening have not been caught . Security cameras show them wearing dark clothing. Police are still on the lookout and have posted their pictures online.
Amazon’s Fires Continue to Heat Up Our Environment By Kamea Bailen September 6, 2019 The record-breaking fires continue to spread through the Amazon forests. The ecosystem becomes troubled as 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is affected by the spread of fires killing nature and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In Brazil, the amount of fire has dramatically increased during July and August, the driest months of the year. It is said that the possible causes of these fires are due to farming and ranching. Although, President Jair Bolsonaro stated that he thinks that this was set up by the non-governmental organizations in response to funding cuts. Since August 22, more than 2,500 fires have been active. So many states are affected that smoke is visible from space as it expands over the forests. In response to our affected ecosystem, many countries have taken part to help decrease the fires and save our planet. But, on August 27, Bolsonaro declined the offer of $22 million from foreign governments and sent 43,000 troops instead. According to USA Today, the Amazon absorbs two out of 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide. As the fires continue to increase, the greenhouse gas increases as well. Globally, without the Amazon forests, our climate will change and temperatures will rise. In order to prevent further forest fires, taking more control of deforestation is necessary, as well as trying to sustain our agriculture.
Background Checks on Ammunition, Prop. 63 By Neo Mongeau August 29, 2019 On July 1st 2019, the state of California passed Proposition 63. Prop. 63 is a law that requires ammunition vendors in California to run background checks on individuals purchasing their ammunition. Vendors were overwhelmed before July 1st as people came rushing into stores to buy as much ammo as they could before the law went into effect. After the tiring days before the law went into effect, vendors were still overwhelmed. State ammunition vendors had to learn how to conduct the background checks. This caused long delays for ammunition purchases. Some purchases took longer than 15 minutes. The wait times would increase if an individual was not in the computer system, up to several days. Mandatory background checks are not the only new addition to the ammunition purchasing system. California residents are no longer able to purchase ammunition out of the state. Residents cannot bring ammunition out of the state as well. Some Citizens are reporting that these restrictions are unnecessary. Governor Gavin Newsom disagrees with these citizens. He pushed for Prop. 63 to keep residents safer. He says, “I championed Prop. 63 because it is beyond time that we take common sense actions such as these to keep deadly ammo out of the wrong hands and protect our communities.” Governor Newsom has a lot of people backing these new changes as Prop. 63 was approved by voters back in 2016. As of now, only time will tell if this law was an unnecessary addition or a law that actually benefits California residents.