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Fall weather is finally KIC-ing in within the bubble and Starr’s Mill is beginning to be filled with warm clothes and cold students. Also within two days, Starr’s Mill experienced three car crashes involving students, one of which included a school bus. All this while the midterm elections are full swing, which could potentially change the futures of Starr’s Mill’s students. With a migrant caravan moving toward the United States, the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport building a new pedestrian bridge, and Starr’s Mill with extremely high ACT scores, The Prowler has the stories.

President Trump trumps migrant caravan approaching the States (10/22)

President Donald Trump battled the oncoming illegal immigrant crisis. With around 5,000 Central Americans making their way to U.S. borders, “[I]t looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergency. Must change laws!” Trump said in a tweet at 8:37 a.m. on Oct. 22.

While Trump plans to enforce U.S. policy on immigration with military action, members continue to push through the journey despite injury and threats from the U.S. President. One source, Red Cross official Ulises Garcia, stated to the AP that caravan members have sustained injuries such as lacerated, infected feet, and injuries to ankles and shoulders from the extremely strenuous journey.

With a nation already housing an estimated 10 to 11 million illegal immigrants, officials in the White House refuse to ignore the  possible trespassing caravan. Because “Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S,” Trump stated. “We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.” The President has spoken and laws are in place to prevent the caravan from moving forward. However, even just a little hope to the foreign people can be enough to walk them all the way across Central America.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to build bridges to accommodate pedestrians (10/23)

New pedestrian bridges at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were announced to the public this week. Constructions is expected to be completed by February of 2021. According to officials of Atlanta’s most prominent airport, the bridges are expected to cost a grand total of $55 million.

The blueprints of the bridges suggest that the structures will be built connecting domestic terminals to parking decks. Ultimately, this addition to the already large infrastructure will make navigating the airport much easier. The bridges will allow pedestrians to successfully avoid traffic and provide a more fluent passage for cars, buses, and any other vehicle needing to drive past the airport.

Although the original project was estimated to be $20 million and approved to be built in 2018 by the Atlanta City Council, it is vital for the the the airport to receive petition for another $35 million in funds. While the cost of this project has exponentially grown, it is essential to the circulation of people, cars, and luggage that the facility is updated.

Fayette County schools score in the top one percent in Georgia on the ACT (10/24)

The graduating Georgia high school class of 2018 has proven yet again that Fayette County students are academically sound before venturing off to college. As the results and averages of last year’s ACT scores are revealed to the public, it is now evident to educators, parents, and students in neighboring counties that the “golf cart capitol” has an above average education program.

While Georgia is home to 378 high schools, each having their own collage preparation test scores, Starr’s Mill students averaged 21st, McIntosh 15th, Whitewater 33rd, Sandy Creek 91st, and Fayette County High 175th in the state. In total, “All five high schools landed in the top 46 percent of Georgia high schools,” Fayette County School System spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said.

The scores of all but two of the county’s schools have increased. These changes range from two-tenths of a point to eight-tenths of a point. 

Chelsea Clinton mulling a run for political office — if someone ‘steps down or retires’ (10/25)

At one of Chelsea Clinton’s children’s-book-promoting appearances, she alluded to the fact that she might end up with a political career. “I think if someone were to step down or retire and I thought I could do a good job and it matched my talents, I’d have to think if it’s the right choice for me,” Chelsea Clinton said.

She discussed the circumstances in which she might end up running for a political office, her mother’s rumored presidential bid, and her position of vice chair at the Clinton Foundation. Her latest book, “Start Now! You Could Make a Difference” addresses the issues of climate change, health, endangered species, hunger, and bullying and is aimed at children ages seven to ten. It encourages children to make a change.

“It’s at the national level where I disagree deeply with President Trump on, l think, everything practically. But I like my City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, I like my senators, and I love my public advocate Letitia James who I hope is the next attorney general. For now, I am really focused on trying to make the change I want to see in the world through my work in the foundation, my writing, and my teaching,” Clinton said. 

Suspect arrested in Florida in connection with suspicious packages sent to Democrats (10/26)

This morning a male suspect was arrested in Florida in connection with the packages sent to important Democrats around the world. Officials are fairly certain that this man is one who had something to do with the sending of these packages earlier this week. The Attorney General stated in a press conference shortly after the arrest that Cesar Sayoc a 56-year-old from Aventura, Florida, faces five federal charges and up to 58 years in prison.

This, however, is not the first time Sayoc has had trouble with the law. Sayoc, a registered Republican, had been arrested and accused of threatening to use a bomb in 2002 against the Florida Power & Light Co. saying he would blow up their headquarters, “worse than September eleventh.” Since his arrest, Sayoc has been sent to a secure facility.

Shortly after his arres,t President Trump, at the 2018 young black leadership summit, praised the FBI for their quick work in finding the man. After the scare of suspicious packages being sent to people, many can rest easy knowing that the man responsible has been caught.