1. Derek Jeter finishes with a bang: During his last home game at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter wanted to finish his 20-year career in the major leagues strong. He did just that, hitting a walk-off single to right field that scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jeter’s final at-bat came against the Red Sox, and he managed a single that scored one of his teammates. With his extraordinary career, there is no doubt that Jeter will be enshrined in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeter finished with an astonishing 3,465 career hits, placing him sixth overall on the all-time hit list.
2. Rutgers student’s unknown death cautions others: While the cause of death for Rutgers student Caitlyn Kovacs is still unknown, the situation warns other students to be careful when it comes to looking for fun on the weekends. At a party, Kovacs appeared to be in distress and was taken to the hospital. Reports from The New York Daily News state that Kovacs had been consuming alcoholic drinks and was intoxicated, but she was able to function. Although Kovacs was taken to the hospital as soon as her friends noticed something was wrong with her, it was already too late as Kovacs was pronounced dead at the hospital only 20 minutes after her problems became known.
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3. University of Virginia student still missing: On Sept. 13, Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student, went missing after a party. Two weeks have passed and no one has heard from her. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., the suspect in the case and the last person to be seen with her on the day of her disappearance, fled the state but was later arrested. Police are now saying that there is a link between the disappearance of Graham and a former case from five years ago, where a student in the same area had gone missing and Matthew was the suspect. Matthew attacked the person in the case five years ago, whose body was found in a field three months later, and his DNA also matched the DNA found from a 2005 sexual assault case.
4. Campus comes together: The students and faculty of Waynesburg University are fundraising for RJ Tonks, a student with mobility problems that stem from an accident when he was young. T-shirts are on sale for $15 with the slogan “Rise up for RJ” printed on the front. There are numerous students on campus who are selling the T-shirts. All of the students are encouraged to wear their RJ shirts at a black-out football game. Tonks wants to be able to walk during the graduation ceremony this coming spring.
5. Japan volcano: On Saturday, Sept. 27, Mount Ontake in Japan erupted without warning. Due to the volcanic ash, clouds that came pouring across the land after the eruption, the people that were climbing in the area were hit with the effects of the eruption. CNN reported: “Police said the people were in a state of "cardiac arrest," meaning that they were discovered without a pulse and weren't breathing but hadn't been declared dead by a doctor.” A day after the eruption, CNN reported there are at least 31 presumed deaths. Because of toxic gas in the ash clouds, the area became so hazardous the rescuers had to stop their efforts because they were endangering themselves.
6. Al Qaeda states they are going to take action: After the United States and Arab allies first bombed ISIS’s home in Syria last week, Al Qaeda leader Abu Mohammed al-Golani recorded an audio statement that threatens the actions the United States has taken. NBC reported that Al-Golani said, “And we will use all possible means to achieve this end,” he said, without offering more details. He went on to warn Western nations, saying of the airstrikes, “This is what will cause the battle to be transported to the hearts of your own homes.” President Obama has stated he does not want to put American troops on the ground and that if ground forces are needed, then he would like the Arabian allies to send in their troops.
7. Protests break out in Hong Kong: People in Hong Kong have formed massive protest groups to show their strong dislike of the interference of China’s rules. The protestors have forced Hong Kong officials to “abandon newly declared powers to weed out any candidates in upcoming Hong Kong elections.” According to the Washington Post, many on the streets proclaimed they are fighting for something even bigger: preserving a vision of Hong Kong promised 17 years ago when it reverted to Chinese rule. The Daily Beast reported that, “Violence seeped into the protests only when police tear-gassed students on Sunday, which failed to disperse the crowd, but did cause dozens of injuries and almost 100 arrests.” Workers and teachers are all joining the protest that originally started with students. With all of the protesting going on and the temperature being high, some schools were canceled. The transportation of the students is being affected by the protests as well.
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8. Ebola makes its way to America: The first case of Ebola in America was reported in Dallas on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The infected person had been in Liberia last week before coming home and becoming ill. After a visit to the hospital, it was declared that the individual had contracted Ebola. As reported by The Dallas Morning News, “the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa.”
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9. Man runs through White House: Two weeks ago, a man jumped over top of the fence in front of the White House and ran through the building. Going right through the front door, Omar Gonzalez took down a security guard before being taken out himself by an off-duty security guard. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has been receiving numerous questions. The Washington Post headline read, “Secret Service director promises full security review after White House breach.”
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10. Historic bridge suffers minor collapsing: On Monday, Sept. 29, a tanker truck that was going across the Pollocks Mill Bridge caused the area of bridge at the back of the truck to slightly collapse. Built in 1878, the bridge is located in Clarksville. The Observer-Reporter reported that the driver “reportedly told police he jumped out of the truck when he felt the bridge give way under his back wheels, and then dumped the load of fresh water the truck was carrying.” The bridge was shut down as soon as the incident occurred. No word has been released about when the repairs are to be fixed and the bridge will be reopened.