Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigned after being caught in a scandal involving his excessive use of a private plane. Because taxpayers foot the bill for such travel, Price apologized and said he would pay back some of the money, but none of his offers seemed to
fly. Price resigned so as not to be “a distraction” to the administration.
Speaking less than an hour before the resignation was announced, Trump
the optics of the matter, which he said obscured what otherwise had been a cost-saving tenure.
– CNN.com (Sep 29, 2017)
Tragedy struck at a country music festival in Las Vegas when a heavily-armed gunman opened fire into a crowd of concertgoers. 58 people were killed, and more than 500 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.
A gunman at a Las Vegas hotel rained a rapid-fire
on a huge outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, sending thousands of people fleeing.
– The New York Times (Oct 2, 2017)
These words are from President Trump’s address to the nation after the Las Vegas shooting.
But we can take
knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.
– The New York Times (Oct 2, 2017)
Three scientists at American universities won the Nobel Prize for Physics this week. The prize was awarded to Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish for their work confirming the existence of gravitational waves. Gravitational waves were predicted by the work of
, but only now does the scientific community have concrete data to confirm their existence.
It took nearly a century to confirm these distortions exist, a feat that required huge
in two locations to detect an ultra tiny ripple in fabric of space.
– The Washington Post (Oct 3, 2017)
died on October 2, 2017 at the age of 66. With his band The Heartbreakers, Petty found success with a sound that was at once modern and classic. Songs like "Refugee" and "Free Fallin'" are among his many unforgettable hits. Petty’s career spanned five decades, and he continued to find ways to put a new spin on the tried-and-true rock and roll formula of straightforward lyrics and great guitar riffs.
Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
Tell me why you want to lay there,
revel in your abandon
- Refugee, by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Ohio State University announced this week that, beginning next year, the institution will fill in any financial aid gaps for state residents so that middle and low income students won't be prevented from attending due to an inability to pay tuition and fees. The cost of a college education became an issue during the 2016 Democratic primary, and while a few schools have started to experiment with solutions, Ohio State’s program is the largest to date.
President Trump traveled to Puerto Rico this week as the island continues to recover from Hurricane Maria. Prior to the president’s arrival, he criticized Puerto Rico in general and the mayor of San Juan in particular, and the mood of the visit was tense at times. President Trump handed out paper towels and other supplies to a crowd gathered in a church and met with several local officials. He congratulated these officials on the relatively low death toll.
Trump came face to face Tuesday with the “politically motivated
” he slammed on Twitter just days before, landing in Puerto Rico after spending much of the past week boasting about a wildly successful response effort that hasn’t matched the reality of the hurricane-ravaged island — and after picking a fight over the weekend with the San Juan mayor.
– Politico.com (Oct 3, 2017)
Justin Bieber was in the news again this week. He wants to rent a home in Beverly Hills, but he and his
entourage have such a bad reputation that no one will rent to him, so the poor guy is stuck living in a luxury hotel. These are the consequences of living a rock star lifestyle and refusing to pay for the damage when you destroy other people's stuff.
But he and his
have a reputation of trashing his rental homes and then being difficult where it comes to paying for the repairs.
– pagesix.com (Oct 2, 2017)
An NPR staffer’s personal blog was accidentally posted on the station’s site for all to see this week. The blog was full of cuteness but short on details and left many wondering,
is Ramona a cat? Thousands of people took comfort in these anecdotes during a tough week until the mistake was caught and the blog removed. Public outcry was so great that the staffer felt compelled to give a "Ramona update" the next day. Ramona was, in fact, a human baby.
Ramona gets a hug:
momentarily, squirms to be put down.
Weeks after the revelation of the Equifax breach comes startling new revelations about a previous breach at another huge company entrusted with sensitive personal data. We now know that in the Yahoo! breach of 2013, everyone who had a Yahoo! account was at risk of having their personal information stolen. That amounts to 3 billion accounts. These revelations have come to light now because they affected the sale price of Yahoo to Verizon and nearly
derailed the deal altogether.
But the deal was nearly
by the disclosure of the breaches and $350 million was cut from Verizon’s original offer for the internet company.
– The New York Times (Oct 3, 2017)
was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this week, one year after the man he calls his hero,
, won the same award. Ishiguro is the author of such novels as
The Remains of the Day
Never Let Me Go
. His work combines a classical English sensibility with a modern, and sometimes futuristic, perspective.
The English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, known for his spare yet emotionally resonate prose style and his inventive
of literary genres, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.
– The New York Times (Oct 5, 2017)