1. How many suspects were arrested after disrupting a memorial at Georgia Institute of Technology?
2. At least ________ buildings were damaged or destroyed following Mexico’s earthquake on Sept. 22.
3. President Donald Trump’s latest tweets were directed at which sports association on Sept. 23?
4. Which White House secretary position is rescinding Obama-era guidelines on sexual assault?
A. Secretary of State
B. Secretary of Health and Human Services
C. Secretary of Education
5. How many countries were originally on the travel ban? How many are on it now?
A. 16, 7
B. 12, 4
C. 10, 5
6. What is one requirement to be in the “conservative Dream Act” program?
A. Proof of income
B. Medical examination
C. Credit score
1) B. Three Georgia-native suspects were arrested and put in the Fulton County jail after disrupting the memorial for Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old student shot and killed by a campus police officer on Sept. 16 on Georgia Tech’s campus. The three suspects were Vincent Castillenti, 31, of Decatur; Jacob Wilson, 22, of Atlanta; and Andrew Monden, 20, of Marietta. They did not know Shultz or one another prior to the protest.
The charges on the suspects included assaulting a police officer and vandalizing police vehicles. The Fulton County jail granted them bonds ranging from $20,000 to $107,500, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
2) A. Nearly 3,000 buildings were damaged while search parties were looking for the last possible survivors from Mexico’s 7.1 earthquake, The LA Times reported. Numerous structures are uninhabitable, with more than 20,000 homes and 186 schools having been destroyed.
Rescue teams worldwide are aiding Mexico, including those from the U.S., Israel and Japan. Nearly 2 million Mexicans signed a petition asking National Electoral Institute, a public organization that organizes federal elections, to donate about $7 million to help with the crisis.
3) C. According to the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 23, President Trump tweeted his disgust toward NFL athletes who chose to exercise their first amendment rights by “taking a knee” instead of standing for the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest last season has led more athletes to join him. Non-supporters of this protest feel it’s disrespectful to the American flag and the armed forces.
4) C. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos plans to rescind Obama-era guidelines on colleges’ responses to sexual assault that prodded more aggressive investigations on sexual assaults in campus. This decision is leaving women’s groups concerned that sexual assault victims will lose protections or be intimidated to become silent, the LA Times reported.
The new guidelines will give schools more flexibility for the standard of evidence used to solve cases, though critics say a higher standard would constitute “clear and convincing evidence.”
5) A. The Trump Administration implemented a new travel ban on most travel to the U.S. from seven countries: North Korea and six others in the Mideast and North Africa. After the original ban expired on Sept. 24, this new version will take effect on Oct. 18, according to The LA Times.
The 16 countries who were originally on the travel ban were found in violation of U.S. requirements, which included a country’s willingness to share information about travelers’ criminal histories or any ties to terrorism, among other things. Most of the 16 countries worked with administration officials to meet U.S. requirements, but the seven remaining ones could or would not cooperate, officials said.
6) B. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, introduced a new bill nicknamed a “conservative Dream Act” on Sept. 25 that would provide a path to citizenship for as many as 2.5 million undocumented immigrants who pass a medical examination. The process would be long and would involve extreme vetting.
Unlike other merit-based proposals, this proposal would limit who can remain in the country based on their years of American education, work experience or military service. According to the Star-Telegram, applicants must pass a medical examination, go through three separate rounds of security and background checks, not have any criminal history and pose no national security threat.