A lot is happening in our world right now! Make sure you stay informed by reading about five of the top news stories from this week.
On Oct. 11, the final round of the playoffs for the Baseball World Series started. This year the World Series changed its rules. Instead of ten teams, sixteen baseball teams made the World Series playoffs. They are being eliminated by playing through three different rounds which narrow the teams from sixteen (first round) to eight (second round) to four (third and final round). Sunday was the first day of the final round in which the Braves, Astros, Rays, and Dodgers are competing to face off in the world series. The Astros and Rays are playing each other and the Dodgers and Braves are playing each other. One team from each pair will make it into the World Series by winning four games against their opponent, so the teams can play up to seven games. The Rays won their fourth game yesterday, cementing their spot in the World Series. The Dodgers and Braves are playing their final game tonight.
On Oct. 12, Amy Coney Barrett began her three days of confirmation hearings. Barret underwent many hours of questioning this week in her hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine her eligibility for the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the past few days, Barrett has been praised for her calm demeanor while exhaustively discussing an array of topics. The panel scheduled their vote for next Thursday (the 22nd). After that date, the whole Senate will cast their vote. To watch Barrett’s full hearings, click the following: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.
On Oct. 16, the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected a 14-day extension for absentee ballots. The extension had originally been ordered and encouraged by lower Michigan courts and democrats who hoped to lengthen the time during which absentee ballots would still count toward the presidential election vote. However, the Michigan Appeals Court blocked the order. Courts have also tried to create extensions on Wisconsin and Indiana which have been similarly blocked.
On Oct. 16, President Trump participated in the NBC town hall event. Town hall is a political open interview where voters can personally ask questions of the candidates running for President. Biden and Trump both engaged in separate town halls. Trump’s town hall was hosted in Miami and mediated by Savannah Guthrie. What was supposed to be a calm opportunity for the American people to ask questions quickly turned into an small debate, with Guthrie attacking many of Trump’s points throughout the event. Rather than smoothly moderating questions from American citizens, Guthrie posed a series of her own questions which took up about twenty minutes of the one-hour event. To watch the event, click here.
A man opened his home to about 300 dogs when they were threatened by Hurricane Delta. As Hurricane Delta moved toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, animal activist Richardo Pimentel boarded up his animal shelter to prepare for the storm. This left many animals without a home, so Pimentel took them all back to his house, where he and his family could provide for them. Fearing that the storm may lead to food shortages, Pimentel posted on Oct. 6 about his situation and asked for donations. As the storm continued advancing, Pimentel started receiving a startling number of donations. He brought all the animals inside to keep them safe, and Pimentel’s house has now become a home to a few hundred dogs as well as chicks, bunnies, sheep, cats, and a hedgehog.