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. 7, American Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris engaged in the vice presidential debate of 2020. Pence and Harris discussed a variety of political issues in their one and only debate of the year this past Wednesday evening in Salt Lake City, Utah. The debate topics included the competitors’ running mates, race, foreign policy, COVID-19, the Supreme Court, economy, and the election. Political commentators are viewing the vice presidential debate as much more civil than the initial presidential debate. After the debate, both Republican and Democratic parties claimed victory.
On Oct. 8, Federal Judge Dan Polster blocked a new order from Ohio’s secretary of state concerning ballet drop boxes. Ohio’s Republican state secretary, Frank LaRose, released an order on Monday restricting the number of drop-off ballot boxes to one per county. LaRose’s order maintained that drop off boxes only be placed at the county’s election office in an attempt to eliminate voting fraud. However, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster heatedly opposed and blocked LaRose’s order, arguing that one ballot box is not enough in larger counties like Cuyahoga. LaRose will appeal.
On Oct 8, Yankees baseball pitcher legend Whitey Ford passed away. Ford, who was born and raised in New York, played on the Yankees team for 16 years. He is a six-time World Series champion and became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. As a left-handed pitcher with about 17 different pitches, Ford possessed a very unique and strategic style. When he retired, Ford had a 236-106 game record. When Ford was inducted into the Hall of Fame, he stated, “I was a Yankee fan since I was five or six years old. To think when I was 21 years old I’d be playing with [Joe] DiMaggio and [Yogi] Berra against guys like Stan Musial and Roy Campanella, it’s just something I can’t fathom. It’s just been great.”
On Oct. 9, Hurricane Delta tore through Louisiana. The category two storm touched down around 6 p.m. on Friday evening. It landed just short of 20 miles where Hurricane Laura was a few weeks ago in August. Delta is the 10th named hurricane this year in America. Though not as powerful as Laura, Delta still left Louisiana with flooding and uprooted trees. To find out more about the storm’s impact, click here.
On Oct. 10, the President held his first public event since contracting COVID-19. The gathering was held on the South Lawn of the White House, and President Trump addressed the crowd from a balcony. He spoke for less than twenty minutes, discussing protesters and law and order. President Trump announced that he is excited to get back on his traveling campaign trail and plans to be in Sanford, Florida this Monday. To watch President Trump’s speech, click here.