By Emma Purinton, Staff Reporter
WIRed is a week-in-review series, summarizing the biggest topics in the news each week. This week in the world…
The Roseburg, Ore. community dealt with aftermath of the shooting last week at Umpqua Community College that killed nine people. Background information about the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, was discovered through his family. Online evidence revealed that Harper-Mercer’s family was pro-guns, and he could have been exposed to them from a young age. His mother also shared her belief that her son had Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism.
Moviegoers have been flocking to the number one movie of the week, The Martian. The newly-released sci-fi feature stars Matt Damon as an astronaut accidentally abandoned on Mars. The plot follows the astronaut’s life attempting to survive on Mars until he can be rescued. The Martian has already raked in over $65 million, gotten rave reviews and has been praised for its scientifically accurate approach to the story. The movie’s huge success this past week is expected to carry it into a second week in the number one spot.
The US is being investigated for war crimes after an air strike in Afghanistan destroyed a hospital. The only hospital in northern Afghanistan for Doctors Without Borders, an organization that gives medical care to any person that needs it, was evacuated after US bombs were dropped on it, killing 22. The US is defending the air strike, claiming that the hospital was accidentally hit while US forces were trying to protect troops in the area who were under fire. Afghan officials believe that militants were hiding in the hospital, which leads to some of the confusion surrounding the circumstances of the hospital bombing.
Hurricane Joaquin in South Carolina
Although the Philadelphia did not experience any serious effects of Hurricane Joaquin, South Carolina was hit with full force. In parts of the state, over 18 inches of rain fell in just 24 hours, and one foot of rain in Charleston broke the record as the city’s rainiest day. The huge amounts of rainfall resulted in mass flooding, forcing many residents to evacuate. President Obama officially declared South Carolina in a state of emergency, sending the National Guard to help with rescues and enacting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help coordinate relief.
McDonald’s all-day breakfast
After resisting for years, McDonald’s finally began serving breakfast all day. The all-day breakfast menu is a shortened version to make the task less complicated, but most popular items are being served. The biggest complaint to appear so far is a divide between North and South, with the North getting McMuffins on the menu, and the South only having biscuit sandwiches as an option. However, the change has been well received overall, although there is speculation as to whether all-day breakfast will help McDonald’s sales or have an adverse effect on the company.
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