Hurricane Harvey heads the week’s headlines

After four weeks of school, the students at Starr’s Mill are ready for their first break. The three-day weekend, courtesy of Labor Day on Monday, is a small gift for the students who have been hard at work during the first chunk of the school year. But before the first break of the school year begins, one more round of news must be reported. With the hurricane in Houston continuing its wrath, North Korea launching another missile, and the next Kenyan Presidential election, The Prowler has the stories.

Hurricane Harvey floods Houston (8/28)

Hurricane Harvey, described as the worst hurricane since Katrina made landfall in 2005, still ravages Texas after entering the state on Friday. The worst affected area was the city of Houston where the storm has caused much destruction, flooding, and death. Torrential rains, tornadoes, and strong winds are just some of the destructive measures that are causing the dangerous happenings in Texas three days after the storm made landfall.

Currently in Houston, civilians have been advised to get on their roofs to avoid the rising flood waters. They also were told to stay out of their attics so search helicopters can spot survivors and rescue them. So far, the death count is two and both people were victims of the storm. One woman drowned in the flooded roads and the other victim died in a house fire. Rescue workers are doing their best to save as many people as possible and prevent any more major casualties.    

North Korea launches long range missile over Japan (8/29)

On Tuesday, North Korea launched a long range missile over the northern Hokkaido island of Japan. Japanese president Shinzo Abe called an emergency U.N. meeting in response to the launch. Many global authorities are now on high alert and are open to military options in order to end the threat that North Korea poses.  North Korea claimed that the missile launch was the “first step in a Pacific Operation.”

“Patience is over,” the White House said, amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

Over the next few weeks, the conflict with North Korea is expected to develop even more and the White House claims that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” in case of further conflict. Until then, people around the world are waiting anxiously for what will happen next.

Pythagorean Triple or Babylonian Triple? (8/30)

Archaeologists have discovered what may be the world’s oldest trigonometry textbook. Australian scientists recently decrypted a 3,500 year old clay tablet from Babylon. This tablet is believed to be the earliest study of trigonometry. The discovery contradicts previous evidence that indicated Greeks were the first to study trigonometry. The tablet was found in Iraq in the early 1900s but until now archaeologists have been puzzled by the tablet.

The tablet is known as Plimpton 322 and contains a series of patterns known as Pythagorean Triples. The table offers many opportunities for our mathematics as well, as many mathematicians agree that Babylonian trigonometry is much simpler than ours. There are still an abundance of Babylonian works to be studied, as only a fraction have received attention so far. A study of the tablet has been published in the Historia Mathematica.

Pete Rose will not return to Fox Sports amid accusations (8/31)

Former Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose, who has been accused of statutory rape from a now grown woman, has lost his broadcasting job with MLB on Fox Sports. Rose, an analyst for Fox since 2015, was fired by Fox Sports immediately after allegations released from the lawsuit were made public. Rose is also known as being one of the baseball greats of history, but his downfall was a gambling scandal that discredited all of the years that he played.

Rose, however, was scheduled to return to Fox Sports in March to cover baseball for the MLB Network. With this allegation, Rose will never be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, and the Philadelphia Phillies canceled a ceremony honoring Rose during their Wall of Fame induction. Fox Sports has declined comment.

Kenyan presidential election annulled (9/1)

On Friday, the Kenyan Supreme Court annulled last month’s presidential elections for the country. Until now, the Kenyan Election Commission declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as the next president of the country. Kenyatta reportedly won by over 1.4 million votes. The opposing candidate Raila Odinga claimed that the election was “rotten,” and believes that foul play was involved.

This is not the first time that elections have been annulled and canceled in Kenya, but this is the first time that a presidential election has been annulled. President-elect Kenyatta says that he will respect any decision made by the court, while at the same time, branding the judges as “crooks.” A re-election is scheduled for last month and the true winner of the original election will be named.