Weekly Update: a plane crash, a national crisis, and many tornadoes

S. Crawford '20, Writer

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Boeing 737 Crash

A Boeing 737 airplane carrying 157 crashed in Ethiopia Sunday, killing everyone on board. This is the second Boeing 737 crash in recent months, after a plane of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October.


The cause of the crash is under investigation, but China and Indonesia have grounded all Boeing 737 flights.


For now, families of the victims take time to mourn and make plans for their loved one’s funerals.


Manafort Sentenced

Last week, Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, was sentenced to 47 months in prison on charges of tax fraud. Reports questioned this sentence, some claiming it is too light.


This week, Manafort will face a second judge who has the opportunity to give him a harsher sentence- up to 22 years in prison.


No matter what the second judge determines, Manafort will have to live out his 47 month sentence, unless pardoned by President Trump.


Crisis Continues in Venezuela

The civil crisis in Venezuela continued last week as a blackout hit the country hard. Venezuela lost all electric power, causing increased looting, protests, and deaths.


This comes after weeks of protests following corrupt elections that named Nicolas Maduro as Venezuelan president. The country faces a divide as some recognize Maduro as president, while others recognize his opposition, Juan Guaido.


There is no end in sight for this disagreement; in fact, conditions for citizens get worse everyday as doctors struggle to treat patients and Venezuelans find themselves desperate for food.


Internationally, many developed countries, including the US, have publicly recognized Juan Guaido as the Venezuelan president.


Tornado Outbreak Hits the South

Southern states such as Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and more face severe weather as tornado season looms.


A tornado in Alabama killed 23 people last week and damaged residential and commercial buildings. Arkansas saw similar effects when a tornado with wind speeds of 105 mph hit the state.


In South Carolina, the state with the fourth most active tornado area, decided to prepare their citizens with mandatory tornado drills later this week to prevent as many injuries and deaths as possible.


No matter how many drills are held, tornadoes will still cause great damage with incredible economic effects. Alabama knows this firsthand as they begin repairs and remembrances for the tornado victims.

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