An Oakland fire broke out Saturday night, Dec. 3, during a concert. The building was a warehouse home to artists who cannot afford rent. The housing was scheduled to be inspected in the few weeks before the fire. The fire has resulted in so far, thirty-six deaths. This fire is believed to be the deadliest fire in Oakland, California history.
At the time of the fire, there were fifty to one hundred people in the warehouse. The warehouse lacked sprinklers and clear exits. The cause of the fire is believed to be something related to the construction that was going on in the building. The city had not approved any construction and, they had no permit. A former resident reported that they stayed in the warehouse and were surrounded by drugs and filth. Mack, another former resident stated, “It’s that we lived in there in uninhabitable conditions. It looks nice. It makes for nice pictures. But that place is a death trap.” Given these reasons, the police are reporting that there will be possible charges from manslaughter to murder in this case.
Cirque du Soleil is known worldwide as one of the best circus shows. They incorporate different stories and myths into their intricate and difficult acts. Cirque du Soleil rarely has any major injuries or accidents due to their many safety precautions, but sometimes things do not go the way acts are planned. In 2013, a former Olympian, who was due to perform on stage with the circus, broke her vertebrae and her arm from a ninety-four foot drop. It was told that a safety wire had become detached due to her rapid descent. That was three years ago, but recently another accident occurred from the backstage crew. A man named Olivier Rochette was killed when preparing for a show in San Francisco. He was hit by a telescopic lift and was immediately taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, he died at the hospital. He was no ordinary crew member; he was the son of one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Gilles Ste-Croix . Daniel Lamarre, who is the CEO of Cirque du Soleil, said, "I am heartbroken. I wish to extend in my name and in the name of all Cirque du Soleil employees my sincerest sympathies and offer my full support to Gilles and his family. Olivier has always been a member of our tight family and a truly beloved colleague.”
Is there a pattern here? Cirque du Soleil is the ultimate place you want to work if you are in the acrobatics and entertainment industry. The world of trapeze, balancing, unicycles, and many more used to be a safe sport with all the safety precautions taken these days, but now with machinery malfunctions is this a safe career to for working? Is this going to affect future generations? This is a very important question to those who are looking for a potential career in this industry. The answer to that is yes. It can definitely affect people in the future because now safety depends on technology and machinery. People will have to trust technology that may or may not malfunction with their lives, so this accident can have people reconsidering this future career path.
After months of protesting where thousands of peaceful protestors and millions of people have spoken out against the North Dakota pipeline, the Army Corp of Engineers announced that they will be looking for a different route. After this was announced, the thousands of dedicated protesters cheered, played the drums and chanted.
Tribal leaders from the Sioux Tribe and supporters were fighting for months to protect their land from the hazardous pipeline that could damage the people’s water supply. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, said “People have said that this is a make it or a break it, and I guess we made it.” The tribe leaders are beginning to worry that the the Army Corps Engineers will not keep their promise of rerouting the pipeline. Some of the members of the Army Corps are saying they should continue with the pipeline. The tribe leaders also give much gratitude for the help and support of the many organized groups that took part in this protesting.
All the way across the Pacific in Japan, some Domino’s restaurants, an international pizza chain, had a pretty wacky idea this holiday season: reindeer delivering pizzas. Certain sections of Japan are expected to get large amounts of snowfall this winter, which will make delivering pizzas by bike a hassle. To combat this, Domino’s is attempting to train reindeer to deliver pizzas in the harsh weather conditions. Domino’s has stated that they will have to do some test runs before making a decision on whether or not they will go through with this plan. Obviously, training reindeer to deliver pizza is not an easy task; reindeer do not tend to listen and do not follow directions very well. Domino’s is aware that training reindeer to deliver pizzas is not easy, but it seems that they underestimated just how challenging it would really be. First, they attempted to place pizza boxes on the reindeers’ backs, but they kept sliding off too easily. Their next idea was to have the reindeer pull big red sleighs filled with pizza, which worked a lot better. However, there are still many difficulties with training the reindeer to actually deliver pizzas.
There is a famous quote from the Mean Girls where the character Janis says,“Oh, I love seeing teachers outside of school. It's like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.” It is often that students forget that the same teachers who inspire and fuel our ambitions have ambitions of their own. One example is the proud entrepreneur Ms. Gage who has ventured out to creating her own bakery business. So far, we knew her as the much appreciated English teacher who pushes her students to be the best that they could. From now on, we will also know her as the charismatic businesswoman who is spreading joy with the creation of her baked goods.
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Sweet was officially born two years ago out of a love for feeding others. My mother was home for years with my siblings, and she and I was always baking. I remember the smells and family fun in the kitchen and centered around food. I want my children to have those memories. I also know how life gets crazy for everyone. My thought was ‘who wouldn’t enjoy breakfast on their porch in the morning?’ Not just any breakfast, but a homemade breakfast that has been chosen by you and made with no additives or preservatives. The idea of delivered bakery boxes was born. When an order is placed, the customer indicates what should be included and gives me a date(s) for delivery. I bake and package and deliver on the chosen date early in the morning.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, is a disease that weakens muscles, breaks down the nervous system, and currently has no cure. Although it has no way to fully rid someone of the disease, a doctor at Duke University is testing a new drug called Lunasin, due to it showing signs of reversing the effects of the disease.
When someone is diagnosed with ALS, they begin to lose the connection between the brain and muscles, which leads to loss of motor skills and weakness of the arms, legs, and mouth. When one has the disease, they are gradually unable to move, walk, talk or swallow. This loss in simple abilities lead to debilitation, and no one has ever fully recovered.
A terrible tragedy shocked the world Tuesday when LAMIA Flight 2933 holding seventy-seven people crashed into the side of a mountain in Medellin, Columbia. On board were players and coaches for Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team along with twenty journalists ready to cover the soccer team's journey to the Copa Sudamericana, South American Cup, finals. When investigators got to the scene, they only found six survivors and reported that the other seventy-one passengers had died.
Over the course of the past couple weeks, areas in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee have dealing with tragic wildfires that have destroyed an extraordinary amount of wild life, have also burned down numerous communities, and even killed people. The fires have mainly spread into areas of Tennessee, Some highly populated areas of Tennessee, including the city of Gatlinburg. There has been a reported fifty-three fire-related injuries and seven fire-related deaths in the Gatlinburg area. Strong winds that forced the fires into the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge has caused both of those areas to be evacuated