Bombing in Mogadishu

According to the New York Times, more than 270 people were killed, and hundreds were wounded, in a double truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia. This happened on October 15, 2017. Senator Abshir claimed that it is one of the most deadliest incident since the 90’s.

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Security officials believe that this was caused by a Somali terrorist group, and that they created the bomb. According to the Guardian website, one of the security officials has said that the explosives has been hidden under rice, sugar, and other goods in the truck. They were about 4 miles away from Mogadishu. The bomb then exploded near a hotel on a busy street, which caused many people to die, and wrecked buildings.

Also according to the Guardian website, a woman named Zainab Sharif lost her husband in the bombing, and she said that she lost everything they had. Another woman, named Muna Haj, said that she lost her son during the bombing, and she said that her son doesn’t deserve to die right now, and that the killer deserves to get punished. So many women lost their loved ones and want to know who started the bombing. The group killed innocent civilians and children too.

Many Somali people protested against this and want justice. Many people, including Somali people here in the U.S., are donating money to their families and to the Somali government.

MLB World Series 2017

Unlike last year’s World Series, the 2017 World Series isn’t such a heartbreaker, once in a lifetime event, with a team who hasn’t made a World Series in 100+ years. This year’s World Series includes the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The Dodgers finished with a regular season record of 104 wins and 58 loses and a .642 winning percentage. The Astros finished with a regular season record of 101 wins and 61 loses and a .623 winning percentage.

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At the end of the regular season, and going into the playoffs, the Dodgers and the Astros both were being looked at as teams that could go to the World Series. The Dodgers having the best record in the MLB, and the Astros having the third behind the Cleveland Indians; they both were contenders for the final game.

The Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks, and won their series in three games 3-0. Then they matched up against the Chicago Cubs for five games, and won the series 4-1.

The Astros played the Boston Red Sox for four games, and won the series 3-1. They next played the New York Yankees for seven nail biting games, but came out with the series victory to play the Dodgers in the World Series.

In the first game of the World Series, the Dodgers took a 3-1 win riding behind pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a total of seven innings, had 11 strikeouts, three hits allowed, and only a single run allowed.

In game 2, the Astros came out with a 7-6 win and were able to hold on through the 11th inning, and set a record for most home runs hit in a World Series game (which was seven, but after game two it became eight).

Game 3 was a less dramatic game, with the Astros winning a crowd loving game, 5-3 over the Dodgers.

Game 4 was a better game for the Dodgers, with a 6-1 lead in the ninth inning that lead to a 6-2 win over the Astros.

Game 5 of the series was a hard battle for both teams. The game lasted almost 6 hours, and was the most watched telecast since Super Bowl LI in February. It went back and forth with the game tied in the 7th, to the Astros up in the 9th 9-12, to a tie game in the 9th at 12-12. But at last, the Astros came around to win with a final score of 13-12.

Game 6 had the Astros up 3-2 in the series and the Dodgers needed to win to force a game 7. The Dodgers were ready to bring everything they had to bring one last game home, and bring a World Series home to Los Angeles. Game 6 was a pitchers battle, and it all came down to the pitchers being able to throw strikes and make plays. In the 7th inning, the score was 3-1, and the Dodgers were looking clear for the win if they can hold on. The Dodgers ended up holding on and forcing a game 7 to decide it all.

In game 7, the Astros won the final game in an easy 6-1 win. The Astros are now your 2017 World Series champs, and all us MLB fans are looking forward to next year’s season.

Sports schedule for: Nov 6-11

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of November 6-11

Monday Nov. 6:

Tuesday Nov. 7:

Wednesday Nov. 8

Thursday Nov. 9:

Girls Swim Section Prelims 5pm @ South View Middle School, Edina

Friday Nov. 10:

Varsity  ‘Blades’ Girls Hockey vs. Owatonna @ Phalen Arena 7pm

Girls Diving Section Finals 6pm @ South View Middle School, Edina-

Saturday Nov. 11:

Girls Swim Section Finals 1pm @ South View Middle School, Edina

Go Scots!

The opioid crisis and President Trump’s reaction

In a speech given on October 26, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a “nationwide public health emergency.” This is not just a description, as it may seem, but a legal act which allows the allocation of a certain number of funds towards combatting the crisis, through the Public Health Services Act (CNN). However, that number is pitifully low; only $57,000, according to the Washington Post. President Trump could have declared the crisis a national disaster, another type of national health emergency declaration which holds more weight and makes more funding available (CNN). Because of this, and other comments, Trump’s reaction to the opioid crisis has been highly controversial.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids are a class of drugs including legal drugs such as common prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), codeine (cough syrup), morphine, etc., and illegal street drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. Opioids are especially popular among young people, and were the cited cause of death of an estimated 62,497 Americans in 2016, according to Vox. As shown in the graph taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of opioid-related deaths has been rising steadily since 2000.

The opioid crisis began in the late 1990’s, according to NIDA, when pharmaceutical companies began promoting opioids as non-addictive painkillers (which was false), and doctors began prescribing them more liberally. Also, as reported by Medpage Today, during this time, popular medical philosophy changed in ways that may have exacerbated the crisis. Treating pain came to be seen as almost as important as treating illnesses themselves. Medical organizations such as the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and the Joint Commission officially recognized pain as the “fifth vital sign,” on par with body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate.

Despite this, some have pointed out that prescription opioids may not be the leading cause of the crisis. According to the New York Post, most opioid-abusers (more than 75% of pill users, most heroin addicts) were never prescribed pain medication for an injury or illness, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and emergency room records show only 13% of opioid-overdose victims began using opioids because of pain according to the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Also controversial, has been President Trump’s promise of an aggressive anti-drug (specifically anti-opioid) campaign targeted at youth as a primary strategy against the crisis. The New York Times article “Just Say No to Opioids? Ads Could Actually Make Things Worse” explains how campaigns like these in the past were actually ineffective or even detrimental. The authors cite a study of 200,000 youth aged 9 to 18 that shows that those exposed to more anti-drug campaigns were actually more skeptical about the harmfulness of marijuana and that they should avoid it. The New York Times explains that more subtle add campaigns such as “truth.” which made drugs seem “uncool” were actually more effective than those that made them seem scary. However, the New York Post article “Deadly myths of the opioid epidemic,” provides other statistics that say otherwise. Graphic, aggressive anti-smoking ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “cut smoking among youth and convinced 400,000 smokers to quit for good.”

Whether or not you think prescription drugs are the primary cause of the opioid crisis, or whether anti-drug ad campaigns should be graphic or social (or should not exist at all), it is apparent that it will require more than $57,000 in allocated funding to defeat the opioid crisis. Now is the moment for all branches of the government to show with their actions, not just rhetoric, how serious they believe the opioid crisis to be.