Your Summit Weekly Briefing
By Jovani Contreras, Ethan Ignatovsky, Diana Morales and Sean Quigley
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”.
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For the class of 2023-2024 the SAT is going digital. Future exams will be completely online, however, students will still have to take them in person at a testing sight.
This is not the first time that the College Board has made significant changes to the tests, and it won’t be the last. The shift to an online format will involve some major changes to how the students take the tests and how certain questions are formatted
- A Michigan man was fatally shot by police after killing his wife and wounding his daughter. On Sunday at 4:11PM, a 25-year old woman called 911 claiming that her father had shot her In Walled Lake. When authorities arrived at the location, the man, named Igor Lanis, walked out the front door with a double pump shotgun and opened fire on the authorities. No Walled Lake Police and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department officers were harmed, but Lanis was killed by return fire from both departments. The daughter was taken to a local hospital and put into emergency support. Officials found the man’s wife and family dog dead inside the house, having been shot multiple times each. Officials are still trying to determine a motivation behind the event. The man’s second daughter, Rebecca Lanis, stated that her father suffered from mental health issues due to online conspiracy theories, stating that her father expressed interest in Qanon.
- Accounts have been made of torture and killings perpetrated by Russian troops during occupation after liberation by the Ukrainian military. A man named Artem, a resident of the city of Balakliya in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, stated that he was held for 40 days and tortured via electrocution by the Russian military. Balakliya was occupied for more than six months before being liberated on the 8th of September. Artem claimed that he could hear the screams of other prisoners held in the Balakliya’s police station, which was taken over by the Russian military. Artem alleged he was detained due to carrying a photo of his brother, a soldier in the Ukrainian armed forces, in uniform. Artem also claimed that a man was kept for 25 days by the military for possessing a Ukrainian flag. Ukrainian police officers claimed that there were as many as eight men contained at a time in cells meant to hold two people.
- Enterovirus D68 (EvV-D68), a family of viruses which the highly infectious disease polio falls under, has had a resurgence in the U.S., with more cases this year among children than in the past three years combined. EV-D68 generally causes respiratory illness and muscle weakness, and can lead to acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which weakens the nerves in the neck and/or spine. There have been 13 cases of AFM this year as of the beginning of September, with 84 cases of EV-D68 between March and August of this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) usually predict spikes pf EV-D68 every other year, however, due to mask-wearing and social distancing, the last spike was in 2018. Now, though, kids are back in school full-time, many not wearing masks, which is a likely reason for the spike occurring now. Additionally, one severe case of polio called acute flaccid paralysis was discovered in July and the same virus was found in multiple areas of wastewater in New York. However, the spike in cases are not much of an anomaly, as in 2018 there were even more cases reported. The situation should not become worse than in previous years, says Dr. Keith Van Haren, an assistant neurology professor at Stanford University.
- GOP senator Lindsey Graham proposed a bill to congress that would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill introduces more severe restrictions just as democrats seek to elevate the issue of abortion rights this November. The bill is a more stringent version of a proposal introduced last year by Graham and other republicans that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The new proposal features exceptions including when the birth of a child would kill the mother or when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. Graham has stated that the proposal will bring the US in line with most European nations that limit abortion. Grahams proposal comes after the supreme court’s decision to unwind the constitutional right to abortion.
- The New Hampshire primary has set up competition for the senate majority. The last primaries of 2022 are coming to a close over a key seat in the evenly split congress. Voters are currently active in three states – New Hampshire, Delaware, and Rhode Island, but the biggest election is currently the republican primary to go against Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire. The race pits state Senate President Chuck Morse against retired Army general Don Bolduc, who has long led the primary polls. Millions of dollars have entered the race from both GOP super backer PAC supporting Morse and from a Democratic super PAC attacking Morse. Bolduc has embraced the theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. Trump himself has sat out the race, with the former president praising Bolduc in a radio interview and meeting with Morse recently.
- Major League Baseball released a list of rules on Friday that will go into effect for the 2023 season. The biggest change is limiting defensive shifts; before, defenders were able to position themselves anywhere on the field to create an advantage and create a better chance to get the batter out, but now there are some restrictions. Now, infielders must stay on the infield, they can no longer position themselves on the outfield grass, in addition to that, the third basemen and shortstop must stay on the left side of second base, and the second and first basemen must stay on the right side of second base. The next set of new rules where made with the goal of speeding up the game, there is now a 30 second timer between batters, an 8 second timer for the batter to be in his stance and prepared for the next pitch, a 15 second timer between a pitcher receiving the ball and starting his motion with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners on base. The punishment for batters breaking these rules is an automatic strike, and the punishment for pitchers is an automatic ball, the timers are reset if there is a runner on base pitcher attempts a pickoff, or steps off the pitching rubber, however now stepping off the rubber itself is counted as a pickoff attempt, this is important as now pitchers are only permitted to attempt to pick a runner off three times during a plate appearance (the counter is reset if the runner advances a base during the plate appearance), and if the pick off attempt fails on the third try the runner automatically moves up a base. The last change is first, second and third base increasing in size from 15 square inches to 18, this is done to primarily avoid collisions between defenders and runners, although the MLB hopes the change increases base stealing attempts aswell. Baseball in 2023 will certainly look a little different, and it will be interesting to see how the changes pan out.
- Future Hall of Famer and current St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols moved into fourth place on the all-time homerun leaderboard Sunday after hitting his 697th career bomb which passes Alex Rodriguez. Pujols, who will be retiring at the end of this season, is now just three homeruns away from joining Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762) as the only members of the 700 homerun club.
- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022 was inducted on Saturday, and was headlined by Tim Hardaway and Manu Ginobili. Hardaway, now 56, was selected 14th overall in the 1989 draft by the Golden State Warriors, during his time with Golden State, Hardaway, along with Chris Mullins and Mitch Ritchmond formed a big three which was known as run TMC, and although they never one a championship, Hardaway believes the group was good enough to do so. Hardaway did accomplish many things though, he was a member of the 1989-90 All-Rookie team, a five time All-Star and five time All-NBA player. Ginobili, is widely regarded as one of, if not the best, 6 men of all time, and the Argentinian played a crucial role in the 1999 to 2007 San Antonio Spurs dynasty after joining the team in 2002. Ginobili’s accolade list includes four NBA championships, a member for the 2002-03 All-Rookie team, the 2007-08 Sixth Man of the year award, and during his time as a starter Ginobili was a two time All-Star and two time All-NBA player. Hardaway and Ginobili where joined by Swin Cash, Larry Costello, Hugh Evans, Del Harris, Lou Hudson, Bob Huggins, George Karl, Radivoj Korac, Theresa Shank-Grentz, Marianne Stanley, and Lindsay Whalen.
- Week one is officially in the books. The Bills looked explosive (as expected), on the other hand, the Cowboys are in a world of trouble. And the Seahawks got the better of Russell Wilson. You can thank the Seahawks for spoiling Russell Wilson’s return with a big night from Geno Smith and Pete Carroll’s defense. His job certainly isn’t in actual jeopardy right now, but after botching the final minute of the Broncos‘ 17-16 loss to the Seahawks by wasting time and refusing to rely on Russell Wilson in favor of a 64-yard field-goal try. Denver’s first-year coach will be under a a microscope in the next game against the Texans
- This Monday on September 12, Rapper PNB rock was fatally shot during a robbery at Roscoe’s Chicken ‘N Waffles in Los Angeles, police say. The robbery was on West Manchester Avenue at 1:15 p.m., where police found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. LA Board of Police later identified on Tuesday as Rakim Allen, known by the rapper name PNB Rock. There is proof of Allen’s girlfriend or friend posting on social media enjoying their meal together as well tagging the location. The suspect is a black man that attacked Allen and demanded for his jewelry. After the exchange, the suspect shot Allen multiple times and drove away. Allen was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m.
- This Tuesday, Rapper Offset who is apart of the Migos rap group, spent 50k on a private jet to make it to his son Kody’s first football game. Offset has been very busy these days because he will be dropping new solo music. But, he did not let his work interfere with his “fatherly duties”. Offset stated that his family is a priority and “can’t miss these moments.” He wants to be a role model for his kids, that he always made time for them no matter what other events came up or work.
Atlas and Sierra (Seattle): Expect partly cloudy skies on Thursday followed by high chances of rain on Thursday and Friday; temperatures will remain in the mid-60℉ range. Friday will see the sun come back out; temperatures will spike in the low to mid-70s.
Olympus (Tacoma): Temperatures will reach the high 60s on Thursday with a light decrease following on Friday and Saturday; temperatures will remain in the low 60℉ range. Sunday will reach temps up to 68℉
Denali (Sunnyvale): Thursday, Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy; temperatures will remain in the low-mid 70s. Expect light rain on Saturday; temperatures will drop to the low 60℉ range.
Everest and Prep (Redwood City): Thursday will be the hottest day of the week at 68℉; temperatures will see a slight drop on Friday, 72℉. Saturday will see a steeper drop as temps lower to the mid 60s. Expect rain on Sunday; 67℉
K2 (El Cerrito): Skies will be partly cloudy on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with temperatures remaining in the mid 70s. Prepare for light rain on Sunday; temperatures will drop to 66℉
Tam (Richmond): Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will see partly cloudy skies with temperatures remaining in the mid 70s. Prepare for moderate rain on Sunday; temperatures will drop to the high 60s.
Shasta (Daly City): Temperatures will remain in the low 60s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday will see light rain.
Tahoma (San Jose): Temperatures will remain in the mid 70s all week. Expect moderate rain on Sunday.
Cooking: Easy Orange Chicken Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1/2 tsp chili-garlic paste, plus more to taste
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Fit a rack in the center position. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with nonstick baking spray.
- Toss the chicken breast pieces with salt and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Arrange the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the chicken in the oven on the center rack, until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- Start to prepare the orange sauce: In a small bowl form a slurry by combining the cornstarch with the water until smooth. Add in a small saucepan the orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, chili-garlic paste, sugar, garlic, and rice wine vinegar, and combine.
- Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce, stir to combine, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Once the chicken is fully cooked, pour the orange sauce over the chicken and toss until the chicken is fully coated.
- Serve over white rice or cauliflower rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.
Nutrition Information Per Serving
- 263 CALORIES
- 35 g PROTEIN
- 9 g CARBOHYDRATES
- 9 g TOTAL FAT
- 87 mg CHOLESTEROL
- 489 mg SODIUM
- 6 g TOTAL SUGARS
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