November 8, 2012

In the news: What you missed while you were in class

Bus accident in Carroll Co. kills 2

A school bus carrying nine pre-school children and two adults flipped over and crashed into a tree, killing two children at the scene and sending four more to various hospitals. The cause of the accident, which occurred the afternoon of Oct. 29th as the bus carried children home from a Head Start program, has not been determined, but police believe there was not another vehicle involved. Two children and one adult remain hospitalized as of Nov. 3rd. Carroll County was the site of another bus crash. In 1988, 24 children and three adults were killed when a drunk driver going the wrong way on I-71 struck a bus being used for a church amusement park trip, making national news.

Disney purchases Lucasfilm

With an announcement that had fans blowing up the Internet, Disney bought Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars in cash and stock shares. The buzz around this announcement, released last Tuesday, is that with control of Lucasfilms, Disney is now planning a Star Wards Episode VII to come out 2015, and be followed by two more Star Wars films. Disney stated they have many plans for the Star Wars franchise, which may include more television shows. This deal also gives Disney the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise.

Band No Doubt apologizes for offensive music video

No Doubt’s latest music video for their second single, “Looking Hot”, has caused controversy because of its Native American costumes and Western theme. In the video, singer Gwen Stefani is dressed in Native American garb, dances around a teepee and battles cowboys, actions that received backlash from many Native Americans,  who said the video was offensive to their culture. No Doubt pulled the music video from YouTube and issued an apology on their website, saying “We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.”

Fatal Meningitis outbreak continues

More people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis, making the current count of cases 404, in 19 states across the U.S.  The fungal meningitis outbreak that has been linked to contaminated steroid injections has now killed 29 people. This fungal meningitis cannot be transmitted person to person, only people who received a contaminated steroid injection are at risk.

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