Government shutdown expenses add up to $11 billion

Isaiah Spencer | Staff Writer The most recent government shutdown was the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and it cost the economy $11 billion. For 35 days, the federal government went unfunded, causing $3 billion to be lost forever, according to NBC News. With the five-week government shutdown now officially concluded, the additional good news is the economy is projected to gain as federal workers get their jobs back. The negative side of this situation is that this government shutdown is expected to make the economy 0.02% smaller than what it was projected to be in all of 2019, according … Continue reading Government shutdown expenses add up to $11 billion

TSA’s hands full amid government shutdown

Justin Norris | Staff Writer Nam Y. Huh | Associated Press Frequent flyers and Atlanta residents are disturbed and alarmed that a passenger was able to board a plane with an undetected firearm in their carry-on. The incident occurred Jan. 2 on international flight DL295 to Tokyo Narita International Airport. According to WRDW, the incident first became known when the passenger arrived in Tokyo and discovered the forgotten gun in carry-on luggage. The passenger then voluntarily notified Delta Air Lines, who subsequently alerted TSA. TSA confirmed the security blunder, telling CBS News, “TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed … Continue reading TSA’s hands full amid government shutdown

Counterfeit money in Hampton Roads

Cameron Williams  | Staff Writer Although the holiday season is traditionally a time of joy and happiness, it is also a season of fake money. Store owners should keep an open eye out for counterfeit money this December, and customers should watch out, too.  Buying a gift for a loved one can turn into a nightmare if your dollars are phony. “If it doesn’t feel right and doesn’t look right, it’s probably not right,” Hampton Police Detective Brandt Hess said to on Nov. 19. “It is up to each one of us to know what is counterfeit or not.” … Continue reading Counterfeit money in Hampton Roads

Trump’s border order

Isaiah Spencer | Staff Writer Robert Contreras | Associated Press By the end of November, thousands of migrants from Central America had gathered along the border between Mexico and the United States. United States Border Control agents fired tear gas into the crowds to prevent them from reaching it. President Donald Trump has made the security on the United States’ borders a priority since his 2016 campaign; the status of the Mexican-United States border is one of his major talking points. According to a report published by the New York Times, the newly determined President-Elect of Mexico, Andrès Manuel López … Continue reading Trump’s border order

NASA’s InSight lands on Mars

Amirrah Watson | Staff Writer Image is pic of Mars taken by Insight on day 0 of its mission on the planet. Image (per NASA’s request) should be credited to NASA/JPL-CalTech After 205 days, 7 hours, and 47 minutes from its launch at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA’s InSight spacecraft has finally landed on Mars. Formally named the NASA Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), the spacecraft launched from Lompoc, California, in May. InSight’s Nov. 26 landing is the eighth successful Mars landing for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, according to an Associated Press report. … Continue reading NASA’s InSight lands on Mars

Script poll: 2020 presidential choices

Justin Norris | Staff Writer Beto O’Rourke – Eric Gay | Associated Press The 2018 midterm elections have come and gone. The Republicans maintained their control of the Senate, and the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives—which has now changed hands for the third time in 12 years. Although the results of the midterm elections have been decided, people and politicians have begun looking forward to the 2020 presidential election. Some people believe President Donald Trump was elected because people wanted someone different from President Barack Obama. There is a chance that a similar situation will occur in the … Continue reading Script poll: 2020 presidential choices

Norfolk Public Schools Restructuring

Cameron William | Staff Writer Change is coming to area schools whether parents and students like it or not. In what seems like a recent trend, several local schools have decided to merge student bodies or restructure some of their programs. On Monday, Oct. 29, Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) parents and students found out that Poplar Halls and Fairlawn Elementary schools will be shut down. NPS also plans on converting Lake Taylor Middle School to a K-8 building, which would add to the three K-8 campuses already established. According to an Oct. 10 WAVY News story, parents and community members … Continue reading Norfolk Public Schools Restructuring