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Police and emergency response personnel participate in emergency situation tactics and active shooter training.

By Karlee Van De Venter, Arts and Features Editor


Lately, it feels like there is so much going on: in the world, in the news, in our lives. Keeping up with current events was hard enough already, and now we’ve got a lot of information getting thrown at us at all times. Use this breakdown of some current topics to get the basic understanding and what you need to know. 

  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine
    • Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine has been fully approved in the U.S. for ages 18 and older.
    • Distribution began in early March.
    • It is the only vaccine available that is done in one shot and can be stored in the fridge. 
  • Stimulus updates 
    • The stimulus package from last week’s edition must be edited before it can be voted on again.
    • The Senate Parliamentarian decided that the proposed minimum wage increase needs to be removed, based on standards outlined for stimulus packages.
    • The package is still going to Senate vote, just without the proposed $15 minimum wage.  
  • Idaho emergency status bill
    • Idaho House legislators have been trying to alter state legislation since Jan. with a bill proposal.
    • They wanted to define pandemics and epidemics as emergencies only if the death rate is higher than 15%. 
    • This would disqualify COVID-19 from causing an emergency status in the state. 
    • There were other accommodations and changes introduced, but the proposal has been redone at least four times.
    • Idaho’s governor has publicly disagreed with the bill. 
    • The bill was passed by Idaho’s House but still needs further approval. 
  • Washington police reform
    • Washington senate passed several police reform bills, meant to be the first in a series of police reform legislation. 
    • They include excessive force intervention, accountability, decertification, limiting the use of chokeholds, tear gas, K-9 animals and others. 
    • They still need to be approved in the state House. 
    • Additionally, senate approved a bill that would ban open carry at protests, as a response to the Jan. 6 riots. 
President Biden bombed Syria on February 25, 2021. (Keri Kelly)
  • Biden’s executive orders
    • Biden signed an executive order that pushes his team to look at supply chains and push American manufacturing amidst the pandemic. 
    • He also lifted Trump’s ban on green cards. 
    • He revoked a lot of Trump policy, actually. One executive order was reversing or undoing seven of Trump’s actions. 
    • Biden also continued the U.S. involvement in the Middle East, expanding to Syria. The controversial bombing has been defended by the Biden administration as a response to ongoing threats and attacks.
  • Gov. Cuomo investigation 
    • Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo is under investigation for sexual harassment charges from several of his former aides. 
    • When the aides came forward, Cuomo and his team denied all allegations. 
    • As their stories gained traction, Cuomo released a public apology. Without mentioning many specifics, he said it was unintentional and misunderstood, while apologizing for who may have been hurt. 
    • He cooperated with the state’s decision to investigate the incidents independently. 
    • He also hired a criminal defense lawyer. 
  • Mrs. El Chapo 
    • The wife of Mexican cartel kingpin El Chapo, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was arrested in the U.S late Feb. 
    • She surrendered at an airport in Virginia. 
    • She’s been charged with several drug trafficking charges relating to her husband, as well as conspiring his prison escape several years ago. 
    • If she is convicted for each charge, she’d be fined up to $10 million, and sentenced to 10 years to life. 
    • El Chapo is currently serving a life sentence in Colorado. 
    • Coronel Aispuro is waiting for her next hearing. 
    • Rumors are spreading of her intention to sell out the family/cartel in exchange for government protection. 
    • Coronel Aispuro and her lawyer denied that story and claimed it was an attempt at hurting her and her family.