Ghoulish happenings and headlines

While the students at the Mill were having a normal week of education, the writers on The Prowler, had their own adventure. On Wednesday, The Prowler staff members journeyed to the University of Georgia for the annual Georgia Scholastic Press Association fall conference. The event taught useful skills that will be used to improve certain sections of the paper. However, fear not — no field trip can prevent the news from being reported. With women lost at sea, Trump’s staff being accused of working for the Russians, and a new Egyptian discovery, The Prowler has the stories.

House of Cards’ production halted following Kevin Spacey allegation (10/30)

As of Monday, Netflix decided to end production of “House of Cards” after the main actor, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexual assault. With this decision, the show will not be able to finish the very anticipated 7th season. The allegation goes back to a party in 1986 in which actor Anthony Rapp, then 14, says that Spacey had made sexual advances toward him.

Stacey claims that he has no recollection of the night and that if something like that did happen, that it would have been a drunken and poorly thought out choice of his. He accepts responsibility of what might have happened, but as of now, there is no proof other than the testimony of Anthony Rapp himself.

Hawaii women were lost at sea for five months – or were they?  (10/31)

Last week, two women and their two dogs were rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy. They claimed to have been stranded for five months, having planned a voyage to Tahiti that went awry. As the Coast Guard investigated this tragic event, they discovered that the women had an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon that they never activated. When questioned as to why, the women explained that they were never in threat of dying, so they chose not to activate the beacon.

So what happened? The women claim that they survived thanks to their onboard water filter and a storage of food. They also claim that they had radios, satellite phones, GPS and other emergency gear, but all of it failed. They chose not to use their distress beacon, but they claim that they would have been dead within a day, after having been at sea for five months without running out of food. This tale of survival may be what it seems – or it may be a great big lie.

Trump’s staff officially charged for being in cahoots with Russia (11/1)

The evidence is out and the charges are in. Special counsel Robert S. Muller III announced that three of Trump’s campaign advisers, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, and Rick Gates. have been charged for conspiring with Russia to take down Hillary Clinton.

Even more damaging than the charges themselves, Papadopoulos has admitted guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the initial investigation. According to Muller’s team, these charges are only the beginning of a very large investigation of the Trump staff.

Papadopoulos admissions and a series of emails released have made it clear that the Russian government offered to help the Trump campaign, and they were more than willing to accept the help. Investigators also plan on continuing to look for information that could link the Tump campaign staff to the Russians hacking the election.

Cosmic rays used to discover secret tunnel in Egyptian pyramid (11/2)

Tiny cosmic rays rain down from the atmosphere every day, and much like how doctors can use x-rays, physicists can detect these rays to see through otherwise impenetrable surfaces. In Egypt, scientists are using these rays to investigate the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids. Deep within Khufu’s pyramid, a 100-foot cavity has been discovered using these rays.

This discovery came about as part of a joint initiative between Cairo University and the Heritage Innovation Preservation called ScanPyramid. Despite knowing of its existence, researches know little about the mysterious space. There have been no comments on whether or not there are plans to access the hidden room. Physicists are still trying to determine whether it would be possible to safely enter.

Islamic State loses two major cities in same day (11/3)

On Friday, the Islamic State lost control of two major cities. The cities were Deir al-Zour in Syria and al-Qaim in Iraq, and have both been occupied by the Islamic State for more than three years. These are only a string of cities that have been recaptured in the past couple of months. Only last month, Syrian forces backed by the United States took control over the city of Raqqa.

Along with that, in July, Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, was retaken by the forces there after months of fighting. There are still soldiers that are finishing off the last of the Islamic State in the cities, and even with these two victories, there is still a long road ahead to defeat ISIS.