Top headlines for the week ending October 17, 2020
Tropical Storm moves towards Bermuda
The 26th name tropical storm of the 2020 hurricane season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, according to the Weather Channel. As of Monday, Epsilon was located 700 miles southeast of the island, commonly known as the Onion Patch. It is expected to intensify into a hurricane before tracking close to Bermuda late this week. Meteorologists expect more tropical depressions to form this hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.
Colorado, Utah fight wildfires
Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and buildings in Utah and Colorado Sunday after a string of wildfires broke out in the states this past week. As of Sunday, about 9,000 acres were ablaze near the Rocky Mountains, one of the state’s largest wildfire in its history. A new set of fires have burned more than 200,000 acres near the city of Fort Collins and caused mandatory evacuations Friday night. More than 8.3 million acres have burned across the country this year, according to CNN.
Ice Cube clears up rumors of Trump support
After receiving backlash from Black Americans, Ice Cube shut down the rumors that he met with President Donald Trump’s campaign to help devise its plan for Black Americans. On Tuesday, the Trump Campaign tweeted that he helped develop the plan, but Cube said the campaign took parts of his plan he developed in July for Black Americans. Cube’s 13-part plan calls for police and prison reform and economic equity. Cube told CNN that he doesn’t openly support either presidential candidate.
Justice Department cracks down on white supremacy groups
The U.S. Justice Department has cracked down on alleged organized crime by white supremacists. Members of Utah-based white supremacist gangs have been arrested for selling drugs and firearms around the state, BuzzFeed reported. Federal officials charged 21 white supremacists in an organized scheme in Utah, which resulted from a 16-month investigation. The justice department has also charged 24 other alleged white supremacist gang members in Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky for many crimes, including illegal use of firearms, trafficking and murder.
#MyNameIs is trending, and here’s why
Several people have posted the meaning of their names on Twitter after Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia mispronounced Sen. Kamala Harris’ name ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally in Macon, Georgia Friday. The hashtag #MyNameIs has been trending since then. Many of the tweeters who used the hashtag believe Perdue mocked the vice-presidential candidate’s name when he announced it as Kamala-mala-mala. However, Perdue’s campaign said he mistakenly mispronounced Harris’ name. One of the nation’s top-producing companies, Perdue Farms (after being lumped into the controversy on Twitter), put out a statement announcing it had no ties to the senator with the same name.