Weekly Update: College admissions scandal begins as Mueller investigation ends

While everyone talks about Special Counsel Mueller and Aunt Becky, New Zealand makes major changes and Mozambique faces hardship.

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Weekly Update: College admissions scandal begins as Mueller investigation ends

S. Crawford '20, Writer

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Mueller says, “no collusion”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Trump’s campaign two years ago. He looked for signs of Russian collusion by reviewing campaign documents, conducting interviews, and investigating the actions of Trump’s closest allies.

Now, at the close of the investigation, Mueller’s final report has one key take away: there was no collusion.

Attorney General William Barr described Mueller’s conclusion in a letter to lawmakers on Sunday. Mueller’s full report has yet to be released, but it is clear that President Trump will not be facing charges of collusion.

Society’s elite fall in light of college scandal

Nearly two weeks ago, Americans were shocked to learn of the largest college cheating scandal in history. This scandal includes of 50 people who lied and cheated to get their kids into elite colleges such as USC, Georgetown, and Yale.

Many famous faces were attached to the scheme, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. According to reports, parents paid college prep pro William Singer thousands of dollars to cheat on standardized tests and have children recruited for sports they did not play. Over the course of the scheme, Singer made $25 million.

The parents of the children involved and the masterminds of the scandal face charges of racketeering and will face a judge in federal court.

New Zealand reforms gun laws

Following a white supremacy terrorist attack that killed 50 people last Friday, New Zealand has reformed their gun laws. Politicians have agreed to ban semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, and high capacity magazines in the country.

This decision came less than a week after the attack on multiple mosques in Christchurch, leading to widespread praise, but also shock, from people around the world.

While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now. Our gun laws will change.”

— Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

 

Leaders are currently working on writing these official laws, and plan to bass new bills enforcing this ban as soon as possible.

Cyclone hits southern Africa

A major cyclone struck Mozambique in southern Africa last week, destroying countless buildings and homes. 750 people are confirmed dead tonight, and hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes.

Men, women, and children tried to find safety in trees and on rooftops as they waited for helicopter rescues to come.

As the country still digs out of the ruin, it is clear that this destruction will take years to repair.

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