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.
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- A woman was hit by a train after being left in a Colorado police car. 20 year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez was seriously injured in the Sept. 16. collision, where she lost multiple teeth, breaking an arm, fracturing multiple ribs and suffering injuries to her head and legs. Rios-Gonzalez was under arrest for a road rage incident at the time and was in a Platteville patrol car when the incident took place. Two officers had assisted in stopping Rios-Gonzalez, who was believed to have had a firearm, and detained her on suspicion of felony menacing charges before placing her into the back of a patrol car. The patrol car was parked directly on train tracks as Rios-Gonzalez’s vehicle was searched by officers. Subsequently, the car was struck by a northbound train. In a video recorded from police body cameras and dash-cam, officers can be heard shouting at Rios-Gonzalez to put her phone down and put her hands out of her vehicle. As the officers searching her car discussed whether or not Gonzalez had a firearm, a train horn can be heard in the distance. All officers at the scene fled from the train, leaving Rios-Gonzalez alone in the vehicle. Jonathan Stine, Rios-Gonzalez’s attorney, states that he plans on suing the officers on her behalf for negligence.
- A gunman opened fire at a Russian draft office amid anger over partial mobilization. The gunman opened fire in the city of Ust-Ilimsk in Russia’s Siberian region, seriously injuring a recruiting officer. A video online shows people running for cover and screaming as the gunman fired. The shooter, whose identity has not been confirmed, was taken into custody according to the Irkutsk division of Russia’s top investigative body, with an investigation into the incident having been launched. The incident highlights growing objection amongst the Russian public toward partial mobilization, which was announced by Putin last week. Said mobilization has led many to either protest or flee the country, resulting in more than 2,300 arrests to date. Neil Melvin, the director of international security studies at the Royal United Service Institute, believes that Putin’s mobilization has broken a social contract with the Russian people, with them ignoring the war as long as it did not affect them.
- A new study published in e-Life shows that researchers from the Wenzhou Medical University in China found that taking calcium supplements is beneficial to reducing the chance of osteoporosis when taken by people under the age of 35. Professor John Marie Lappe, PH.D, RN, an associate dean at the College of Nursing Research at the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University who was not involved in the study told told Medical News Today, “Younger persons need adequate calcium intake to build and maintain strong bones. In the analysis, both calcium supplement and dietary calcium studies were included. Dietary calcium is the best source, but supplements should be taken as needed to achieve the recommended intake level…there is no specific age recommended to start supplements. Guidelines [in the US] recommend calcium intake by age group, 1000 milligrams per day for those ages 19 to 50 years and 1200 mg per day for those over 50. Supplements should be used at any age if adequate calcium is not obtained from food”. The study did have some limitations, there was no minimum age, and results where not distinguished between males and females. Still, at the very least the study reiterates that calcium is important for our bone health.
- Experts are saying that the rise in Covid-19 cases in the UK could mean bad news for us here in the US. Dr. Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College London and the man behind Zoe Health Study saw a 30% increase in reported Covid-19 cases this past week, and told CNN; “Generally, what happens in the UK is reflected about a month later in the US. I think this is what I’ve sort of been seeing… Our current data is definitely showing this is the start of the next wave”. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), had different data but also reflected an upwards trend, 13% raise in new cases, and 17% raise in hospitalizations. There is some thought though that it is just a blip for the UK and could be avoided in the US as there is not one specific variant leading to the rise in cases, and UK citizens recommended to get booster shots are slower than US citizens when it comes to getting the booster. With immunity waning and people putting Covid out of their mind, this is a good reminder to get boosted and stay aware.
- Governor Ron DeSantis and his office are under a lot of pressure after hurricane Ian ravaged the state of Florida. DeSantis’s policies are under a public microscope as the state is in dire need of recovery policy. DeSantis has outlined a plan for “quick recovery”; the state will set up “insurance villages” to assist with the influx of insurance claims in response to damage caused by hurricane Ian. “Make sure if you’re looking at claims on your property, you document that. Take photos, make sure you have it. We want you to be able to be made whole as quickly as possible,” DeSantis stated. President Biden plans to visit Florida today and is open to meeting with his potential 2024 election rival DeSantis.
- Thousands of British subjects are calling for Liz Truss to resign after a ruthless media blitz on the prime minister. Truss replaced Boris Johnson who officially resigned on Sept. 5. The United Kingdom’s market has seen turbulence the past week under Truss, the pound has fallen to historic lows and interest rates are skyrocketing. An emergency meeting was held between Truss and Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday in which they laid out a “mini budget” This plan aims to help the British economy recover from its current instability.
- New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris for the single-season American League home run record with his 61st big fly of the year on Wednesday in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Judge’s home run was hit into the Blue Jays’ bullpen in left field and gave the bronx bombers a 5-3 lead which the Yankees were able hold onto for their 96th win of the year. The ball was recovered by Blue Jays coach Matt Buschmann, and was eventually handed over to Yankees reliever Zack Britton who gave the ball to Judge, who eventually presented it his mother, Patty, who was in the stands to watch the game. Patty was joined by Roger Maris Jr, who has been attending Yankees games as Judge started closing in on his fathers record. Maris Jr. has previously stated that he believes his father’s record is the overall MLB single-season record due to the allegations of steroid use by the players ahead of Maris on the leaderboard. Judge, who is the fan of the official record-holder, Barry Bonds, disagrees, however. Either way, Judge tying the record is an extremely impressive feat, as Maris held it for 61 years. before Judge came around and hit 61 himselfs. Judge will have the opportunity to break the American league record as the Yankees play every day (twice on October 4th) until October 5th when their regular season ends.
- The New York Mets are calling up Francisco Alvarez, the top prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com. The 20-year-old catcher signed with the Mets as an international prospect out of Venezuela during the 2018-19 international signee period. Alvarez started the 2022 season in Double-A, slashing .277/.368/.553 with 18 home runs in 67 games, which earned him the call up to Triple-A. Triple-A hasn’t come as easy to Alvarez as Double-A, which was to be expected, but he still slashed a respectable .234/.382/.443 in 45 games. Coming off of injury, the Mets feel Alvarez can help them in a neck and neck race against the Atlanta Braves for the NL East division crown.
- As the MLB season comes to a close more teams are clinching playoff berths. The New York Yankees, Cleveland Guardians, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers have all won their respective divisions. The New York Mets and Braves have both clinched spots in the playoffs, but only one of them can win the division. The Toronto Blue Jays have also clinched a playoff spot, but as a wild card team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets agreed to an eight-player trade Thursday evening which will have the Thunder sending 12-year veteran Derrick Favors along with Ty Jerome, Moe Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second round pick via Atlanta to Houston for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the news, explained via Twitter that the move is cap-centric for both teams: “Thunder gain two trade exceptions and drop about $10M under luxury tax. Rockets get a second-round pick for taking on $1M in salary”.
- Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered head and neck injuries after a second-quarter sack from Cincinnati Bengals tackle Josh Tupou on Thursday night. Tagovailoa’s arms appeared to seize up as he laid on the ground. After around ten minutes, he was taken off the field in a stretcher. Tagovailoa was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where it was said that he was conscious and had movement in all extremities. At the time of writing, Tagovailoa is expected to travel back to Miami with the team which is a positive sign. This incident happened a week after Tagovailoa underwent concussion protocols following a heavy hit in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa passed the protocols and returned to the game, stirring up concern after seeing him stumble. The NFL Players Association is investigating that incident, but the Dolphins and Tagovailoa claimed that every evaluation was passed, and the stumble was caused by a back injury.
- Cleveland Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has been issued a citation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for “failure to control his motor vehicle” in the aftermath of his single vehicle crash on Monday, where his Porsche flipped several times. The Highway Patrol also revealed that Garrett’s speed (65 MPH in a 45 MPH zone) contributed to the crash, not drugs or alcohol. Thankfully, Garrett and his female passenger only suffered relatively minor injuries. Garrett has passed league concussion protocol, and could play Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons.
- Los Angeles Chargers star edge rusher Joey Bosa will have to undergo surgery to repair a groin tear he suffered in the first quarter of the Chargers game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Losing Bosa, a four time pro-bowler, is a big hit to the Chargers defense, but Coach Brandon Staley is anticipating Bosa will return later in the season. Coach Staley told ESPN; “It’s going to be a ways, but we expect him to come back… he’s in a really good frame of mind. It’s never easy when you have an injury like that”. Chris Rumph and Kyle Van Noy are expected to be Bosa’s replacement
- Netflix plans to open a video game studio in Helsinki, Finland. The streaming company had previously bought three studios to make mobile games and hired executives from gaming companies. The studio will be led by Marko Lastikka, a former executive at Zynga and Electronic Arts. Lakstikka most recently worked at Zynga’s Helsinki branch on the Farmville series of mobile games. Netflix stated it chose Helsinki due to its proximity to gaming talent such as Next Games, a studio Netflix acquired earlier this year. Netflix has increasingly become more intertwined with video games, with adaptations of games such as League of Legends and Cyberpunk 2077 being featured on the streaming service. Netflix has stated that it plans to add 50 games to its platform by the end of the year. They added that it would not include advertisements in its games and that they would be available to Netflix streaming subscribers. Analysts have noted that Netflix’s move into the video game industry came after the streaming service lost nearly 1 million subscriptions.
- The video game ‘Trombone Champ’ has started to gain traction — much to the surprise of its creator. Dan Vecchitto is the creator of the game, where players emulate playing the trombone. It was a weekend passion project and side hustle for the Brooklyn-based web designer who never expected the game to go anywhere: “I didn’t expect the game to blow up to this degree, or even a fraction of this degree. It’s been kind of insane,” Vecchitto told “As It Happens” host Nil Köksal. Some of the game’s appeal comes from its accessibility. The only thing required to play the game is a mouse and keyboard. It is a rhythm game, with the player following along with one of many songs in the games library, mostly national anthems and classical music. Moving the mouse downwards lowers the note played while moving the mouse upward does the opposite. The game is intended to be difficult, with the creator stating his intent to make it impossible to do well.
Cooking: Pasta With Bacon And Peas
Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 20 min Total time: 25 min
- 8 oz. pasta*
- 6 oz. bacon
- 1 small onion
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and continue to boil until the pasta is tender (7-10 minutes). Reserve about a half cup of the starchy pasta water before draining the pasta in a colander.
- While the pasta is boiling, cook the bacon. Add the bacon to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until brown and crispy. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate with a slotted spoon. Drain most of the bacon grease from the pan, leaving about 2 Tbsp.
- While the bacon is cooking, finely dice the onion. Add the diced onion to the remaining bacon grease and sauté until tender (about 5 minutes).
- Add the frozen peas and about ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir until the peas have heated through.
- Add the drained pasta to the skillet, stir to combine, and remove from the heat.
- Top the pasta with Parmesan, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and crumbled bacon. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
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