Summit Weekly Briefing of 4/25/2022

Your Summit Weekly Briefing

By Ashwath Vimal, Angela Hwang and Ethan Ignatovsky

Staff Writers

 

Disclaimer: Though the Weekly Briefings are no longer tagged in the Opinions section of Summit News and we try to remain as unbiased as possible, our opinions may show through in this article, especially in the “Actions” section.  

 

Content Warning: Mentions of explicit themes occur in the third section of “General News” and in “Actions”. 

Summit: 

  1. The first wave of Advanced Placement (AP) tests is coming up next week so make sure to prepare yourselves as much as possible until then, whether you are self-studying or taking a course! Some resources you can use to study include CollegeBoard, Khan Academy, Marco Learning, etc. 

Here is a list of AP Test Dates this year: 

Monday, May 2: Japanese Language and Culture, U.S. Government and Politics, Chemistry and Spanish Literature and Culture

Tuesday, May 3: Environmental Science and Psychology 

Wednesday, May 4: English Literature and Composition Computer Science A and Comparative Government and Politics 

Thursday, May 5: Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Seminar and Statistics 

Friday, May 6: European History, U.S. History, Art History and Microeconomics

Monday, May 9: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science Principles and Italian Language and Culture 

Tuesday, May 10: English Language and Composition, Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 

Wednesday, May 11: Chinese Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture and Biology 

Thursday, May 12:  French Language and Culture, World History: Modern. Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Friday, May 13: German Language and Culture, Music Theory, Latin and Physics 2: Algebra-Based

General News:

  1. Despite initially calling the position of running the social media platform Twitter a “recipe for misery”, CEO of Tesla and billionaire extraordinaire Elon Musk has started the process to buy the service. He cited his change in mind due to the fact that he sought to preserve the fundamental freedoms of the people by making Twitter an inclusive and trustful platform. Musk offered $43 billion for all Twitter shares about two weeks ago, but the Board of Directors originally resisted, responding with a “poison pill” which allowed other shareholders to buy more shares at a discounted price. However, they have now accepted Musk’s offer (now worth $44 billion) after he threatened to go to the shareholders directly. Among Musk’s goals with his newest acquisition are to “enhance” the platform with new features, “make the algorithm open source to increase trust” and eradicate spambots. The deal is expected to come to a close this year. 
  2. The Kenosha Police Department in Wisconsin has officially requested the FBI look into an incident involving a former off-duty police officer at a public school in Kenosha. Surveillance tapes depict the officer placing his knee on the neck of a 12-year-old girl after breaking up a fight between her and another student, presumably to restrain her from any further aggression until she was put in handcuffs. The request was reportedly made due to the “visual similarities” to what happened to 46-year-old George Floyd. The FBI has not responded as of yet. The girl in question is receiving counseling at this point and their family would like to see the officer be criminally charged. 
  3. 10-year-old Lily Peters of  Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin was found dead this past Monday, the cause of death being strangulation and blunt force trauma. The alleged incident took place after a teen followed her from her Aunt’s home last Sunday where he then physically and sexually assaulted her on a nearby walking trail. A 14-year-old boy with the initials “C.P-B”  was arrested on Tuesday in relation to homicide and rape. Chippewa Falls Police Chief announced that “the suspect was not a stranger, the suspect was known to the victim.” The boy will be tried as an adult and faces a possible sentence of life in prison for the homicide charges alone, with his bail being set to $1 million. All students and staff of the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District have been called on to wear purple in support of Lily and her family this Friday

Covid-19: 

  1. The Biden administration is working hard to make Paxlovid, the antiviral Covid-19 pill from Pfizer-BioNTech, more accessible to the American public according to White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha. The Administration plans to create more places where Paxlovid would be available. This coincides with the “test-to-treat” initiative, where Americans will be able to test for Covid-19, and should the results of the test be positive they can be prescribed antiviral medication free of charge. All 1,200 MinuteClinics at CVS pharmacies across the US have already received antiviral Covid-19 medication. The system is being praised by Doctors and will hopefully be a major positive step in the battle against Covid-19. 
  2. Children who are 5 years old and younger are the last group of Americans to not have a Covid-19 vaccine authorized for them, and it could take even longer now for authorization to happen after test manufacturers failed to submit complete applications to the FDA on Tuesday. Dr. Peter Marks, who oversees vaccine regulation at the FDA, said that the agency is going to be receiving “outside expert review” for the vaccination of this age range. Despite the pressure from parents and Congress to get the 5-year-old and younger vaccine approved, the FDA may not have a ruling until June. Both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are developing vaccines for this age group. 

Politics: 

  1. French President Emmanuel Macron has been reelected as of Sunday. He faced a “historic” opposition in the form of challenger Marine Le Pen, but won with 58% of the votes. However, not long after the results were released, his rivals urged voters to “deny him a parliamentary majority”. If the president does not come out on top in the June 12 and 19 elections, he will have much difficulty inducing a change in France.
  2. Orrin Hatch has died at 88. The Guardian reports he was the “longest-serving Republican senator in history”. No cause of death has been announced. He was a conservative who pushed for limited abortions and “helped shape” the Supreme Court, though he also helped Democrats with their issues at times. He retired in 2019.
  3. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the Remain in Mexico policy Trump put in place. They appear divided so far. USA Today reported Chief Justice John Roberts said, “You’re in a position where the facts have sort of overtaken the law,” to Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar. “But in that situation, what are we supposed to do? It’s still our job to say what the law is.”
  4. The Minneapolis Police Probe launched after the killing of George Floyd results suggested the police department has been discriminating based on race for many years. Read the original report here.

Sports: 

MLB:

  1. The “Yankee letter” has finally been unsealed. The letter, which allegedly detailed how the New York Yankees stole signals from opposing teams during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, was ordered to be unsealed by a federal judge earlier this month. The violations took place before MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s 2017 memo to teams regarding sign stealing in the sport, however, so no punishment was dealt. After the 2017 memo, the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox have both faced varying levels of penalization for technology-assisted sign-stealing. The Yankees’ efforts to keep the letter sealed raised some eyebrows but the letter in fact shows what most already assumed. 

NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1

  1. The Boston Celtics (2)  have swept the Brooklyn Nets (7) in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. Each game was close with the biggest difference in each team’s final score being just 7 points, yet Boston came out on top every game thanks to their young stars and great defense. Jayson Tatum was the leading scorer for Boston this series, with the 24-year-old rising star averaging 29.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 7.3 APG. The Nets were hurt by bad performances by Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons not playing a single game for his new team. 
  2. The Miami Heat (1) beat the Atlanta Hawks (8) in five games to move onto the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. Miami’s defense really shined, with Atlanta star Trae Young having a terrible series and the rest of the Hawks’ offense not being able to pick up the slack. Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro came up huge with great offensive showings to help the Heat this series, but it was team leader Jimmy Butler who was the most impactful despite missing Game 5, with 30.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 5.3 APG.  
  3. The Golden State Warriors (3) have moved past the Denver Nuggets (6) and made it to the second round of the playoffs in their first trip back to the playoffs since 2019. Nuggets superstar and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic couldn’t surmount the deeply talented Warriors roster. Stephen Curry came off the bench for all but the final game of the series as he was coming back from injury. Despite this, he led the warriors in the scoring department with 28 PPG along with 3.4 RPG and 5.4 APG.
  4. The defending champions the Milwaukee Bucks (3) are moving to the second round after beating the Chicago Bulls (6) in 5 games. Despite losing Kris Middleton for an extended period of time, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks dominated the Bulls, who in all fairness, lost key players as well. Following an MVP caliber regular season, Antetokounmpo had 28.6 PPG, 13.4 RPG and 6.2 APG in this first-round matchup. 
  5. The Philadelphia 76ers (4) beat the Toronto Raptors (5) in 6 games. After falling  3-0, the Raptors rallied to win 2 straight to avoid elimination, but couldn’t make it 3. James Harden didn’t have the best series but Joel Embiid was able to lead the 76ers with 26.2 PPG, 11.3 APG and 2.3 APG.
  6. The Phoenix Suns (1) have defeated the New Orleans Pelicans (8) in a 6 game series. Devin Booker returning for the 6th game and Chris Paul’s very good series performance were the main reasons the 1 seed was able to move on, but the Pelicans gave the Suns a good run for their money.  Chris Paul was the leading scorer for Phoenix with 22.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 11.3 APG. 
  7. The Dallas Mavericks (4) were able to get past the Utah Jazz (5), and will play the Suns in the second round of the playoffs. The series went to six games, Jalen Brunson was extremely impressive in them with 27.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG and 5.3 APG, picking up the slack while Luka Doncic was out. 

Entertainment:

  1. Apple TV+’s docuseries “They Call Me Magic”, which depicts the journey of NBA Hall-of-Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson as he begins his calling as a professional basketball player, was released last week on the platform. From his high school career, his first NBA title win as a rookie, his HIV diagnosis and his achievements as a businessman, this series provides a very realistic take on the life of Magic Johnson. While the focus does not stray too far from basketball, it is clear that basketball was not the only thing that characterizes him. The main negative of “They Call Me Magic” is that compared to other series focused on the Showtime Lakers and Magi, such as  “Winning Time”, it may not be as captivating at times as much less drama (exaggerated or not) is included. However, it seems as though former Lakers players and management, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic himself, have given the series their stamp of approval, unlike with “Winning Time”, considering interviews with them are included. Former President Barack Obama, hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg and more also appear. 
  2. Netflix may not hold the top spot in the streaming platform industry much longer as people across the globe cancel their subscriptions due to a variety of reasons. Hundreds of thousands of users have already canceled in 2022 alone, with its share price dropping rapidly. Some reasons Netflix users have cited as to why they have unsubscribed or are considering it includes fan-favorite shows being taken off the platform, not enjoying its original shows, price increases, etc. The possibility of cracking down on passwords is the newest of these reasons, with some saying that people will not pay for their own accounts if password sharing is banned and that they will simply just “walk away”. Additionally, with streaming services such as HBO Max and Disney+ creeping up on Netflix, its longevity is in question.
  3. Snippet: Popular Puerto Rican music artist Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, known through his stage name “Bad Bunny”, has been cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as El Muerto, a character from the Spider-Man comics.

Weather:

Atlas and Sierra (Seattle): Highs this week will fluctuate. 60℉ on Friday, 56℉ on Saturday, 63℉ on Sunday, 54℉ on Monday, 60℉ on Tuesday and 66℉ on Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady this week: 48℉ on Friay, 43℉ on Saturday, 47℉ on Sunday, 45℉ on Monday and Tuesday and 48℉ on Wednesday. It will rain on Saturday and Monday and be cloudy the rest of the week.

Summary: Highs in the mid 60’s, lows in the mid 40’s, rain and clouds.

 

Olympus (Tacoma): Highs will fluctuate this week: 61℉ on Friday, 57℉ on Saturday, 64℉ on Sunday, 54℉ on Monday, 61℉ on Tuesday and 67℉ on Wednesday. Lows will still fluctuate this week, but less: 48℉ on Friday, 43℉ on Saturday, 46℉ on Sunday, 44℉ on Monday and Tuesday and 48℉ on Wednesday. It will rain on Saturday and Monday and be cloudy the rest of the week.

Summary: Highs in the mid 60’s, lows in the mid 40’s, rain and clouds.

 

Denali (Sunnyvale): Highs will hold relatively steady this week: 72℉ on Friday, 71℉ on Saturday, 73℉ on Sunday, 68℉ on Monday, 77℉ on Tuesday and 75℉ on Wednesday. Lows will also hold pretty steady this week: 49℉ on Friday, 48℉ on Saturday and Sunday, 47℉ on Monday, 50℉ on Tuesday and 49℉ on Wednesday. It will be mostly sunny this week, though there will be a few clouds.

Summary: Highs in the mid 70’s, lows in the upper 40’s, sun and clouds.

 

Everest and Prep (Redwood City): Highs will fluctuate a bit this week: 69℉ on Friday and Saturday, 70℉ on Sunday, 66℉ on Monday, 73℉ on Tuesday and 71℉ on Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady this week: 50℉ on Friday, 49℉ on Saturday, 50℉ on Sunday, 48℉ on Monday, 50℉ on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be mostly sunny this week, though there will be clouds.

Summary: Highs in the low 70’s, lows in the upper 40’s, sun and clouds.

 

K2 (El Cerrito): Highs will hold relatively steady this week: 70℉ on Friday, 71℉ on Saturday, 70℉ on Sunday, 67℉ on Monday, 74℉ on Tuesday and 70℉ on Wednesday. Lows will also hold pretty steady this week: 51℉ on Friday, 49℉ on Saturday, 50℉ on Sunday, 49℉ on Monday and 51℉ on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be mostly sunny this week, though there will be clouds.

Summary: Highs in the low 70’s, lows in the low 50’s, sun and clouds.

 

Tam (Richmond): Highs will hold pretty steady this week: 71℉ on Friday, 72℉ on Saturday, 71℉ on Sunday, 68℉ on Monday, 76℉ on Tuesday and 71℉ on Wednesday. Lows will also hold pretty steady this week: 51℉ on Friday, 48℉ on Saturday, 49℉ on Sunday, 48℉ on Monday and 50℉ on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be mostly sunny this week, though there will be clouds.

Summary: Highs in the low 70’s, lows in the low 50’s, sun and clouds.

 

Shasta (Daly City): Highs will hold pretty steady this week: 61℉ on Friday, 60℉ on Saturday and Sunday, 59℉ on Monday, 64℉ on Tuesday and 61℉ on Wednesday. Lows will follow a similar pattern: 49℉ on Friday, 47℉ on Saturday, 48℉ on Sunday, 47℉ on Monday and Tuesday and 48℉ on Wednesday. It will be very windy on Friday, Saturday and Monday and the rest of the week will be sunny, with some clouds. 

Summary: Highs in the low 60’s, lows in the upper 40’s, wind, sun and clouds.

 

Tahoma (San Jose): Highs will fluctuate a bit this week: 74℉ on Friday, 73℉ on Saturday, 76℉ on Sunday, 71℉ on Monday, 80℉ on Tuesday and 78℉ on Wednesday. Lows will hold more steady this week: 48℉ on Friday and Saturday, 49℉ on Sunday, 48℉ on Monday, 51℉ on Tuesday and 50℉ on Wednesday. It will be mostly sunny this week, though there will be clouds.

Summary: Highs in the upper 70’s, lows in the low 50’s, sun and clouds.

Cooking: Horchata

By Charbel Barker on My Latina Table

Serves 7

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 1 cup sugar adjust depending on how sweet you want – 2/3 cup of sugar if you want it less sweet.
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 Can 12 ounces Evaporated milk
  • 1.5 cups of milk or almond milk
  • 1 Liter of water
  • Ice

 

Instructions:

  1. Start by soaking the rice, cinnamon, and almonds in a bowl of water all night, or at least for 5 hours so that the rice softens slightly.
  2. Strain the water from the cinnamon, rice, and almond mixture that were soaking, disposing of water.
  3. Blend the cinnamon, rice, and almond mixture with evaporated milk until a smoother mix is formed and the grains of rice are completely ground.
  4. Strain the resulting liquid into a pitcher, and add the sugar, vanilla, and milk. Mix well until everything is well combined.Add a liter of water, and serve with ice. Enjoy!

Actions: 

Editor’s note: The “Actions” section includes petitions to sign, prompts and scripts to write officials with as well as other opportunities to engage in your local, national and global communities.

 

This Actions section will be focused on sexual assault due to the tragic death of Lily Peters and in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

  • Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) if you are someone you know who has gone through such an encounter 
  • Visit RAINN, the operator of the National Sexual Assault Hotline if you need help understanding sexual assault and its warning signs, if you want to donate to help them provide resources for survivors, if you ned help with eh aftermath of a sexual assault whether it is you or someone you know, etc. 
  • Visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to learn about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and what YOU can do to help diminish sexual violence in America. 

Always remember, there are many people that WANT to help you get through this traumatic experience. You are not alone.

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