Headlines leading up to the Super Bowl

In the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Starr’s Mill has had some exciting events. On Tuesday we had a false alarm for a snow day. All classes and after school events were cancelled for the day, yet Tuesday was met with sun. Additionally, most of the spring sports are back and rolling. And best of all, we have some headlines. With the arms deal with Russia coming to an end, a polar vortex moving through, and a ticked fraud, the Prowler has the stories.

Three killed due to the tornado in Havana (1/28)

From Sunday to early Monday, a tornado hit eastern Havana. The tornado killed three people and injured 174 people. Photos of crushed cars by fallen lampposts and others trapped in floodwaters were posted on Twitter by Cuban news outlets and Havana residents.

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez posted on Twitter the pictures of himself and rescue workers next to an overturned vehicle. The tornado destroyed the capital with powerful winds and heavy rains. Also, the incident caused a blackout in many Havana neighborhoods.

In the Regla area, the concrete roof of an apartment building was damaged. The roof dumped into an alleyway which trapped the residents in their homes. Along with the concrete roof, metal sheeting was ripped off the roofs of buildings and pieces were blown into the air.

Polar vortex claims 8 lives as snapping cold hits the Midwest (1/29)

Throughout the week, one of the coldest winter storms on record affected roughly 250 million Americans. Along with this, nearly one third of Americans experienced temperatures of 0 degrees fahrenheit or below. This winter storming has already cost the lives of 8 people, as well as sending many people to the hospital for frostbite and cold related injuries.

Most of the casualties were a result of people getting stuck outside in the extreme cold for elongated periods of time. The storm also brought on an auto accident that led to the death of a couple in Indiana. In Chicago earlier this week, a elderly man was hit with a snow plow resulting in his immediate death.

According to meteorologists, the city of Chicago may break its 1985 record of -25 degrees fahrenheit. With the unpredictability and very harsh weather as of recent, those in the United States should be cautious when leaving the house, as well as take any precautionary measures.

Care for Fayette County cats (1/30)

This coming March through October is kitten season, and some Fayette County cats need help. The county is trying to reduce the population of stray cats. But some of the programs that help with managing the problem are at risk.

The Fayette Humane Society says that the shelters and pet shops are in need of some volunteers. They need people to help spay and neuter in the shelters. Outside they need help with adoptions, managing the calls and e-mais, transporting cats and the cats supplies, and running the social media accounts.

If people are interested in helping out the shelters the first meeting is 5-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Peachtree City Library, 201 Willowbend Road. The second is 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Inman United Methodist Church, 151 Hills Bridge Road in Fayetteville. Information can be found at 404-547-9400 or 703-975-5988.

Arms deal with Russia to come to an end (1/31)

During the Nixon administration the U.S. and Russia found common ground in the midst of the Cold War and halted the arms race that had plagued the two superpowers for twenty years prior. Now, however, that one agreement of peace may come to an end and the arms race may resume.

This Friday, President Donald Trump will announce to the nation if the treaty that stopped the building of nuclear weapons between the two nations will cease to exist. If it does the arms race that affected the nation during the Cold War may resume, creating tensions between the two nations.

While not much is known about the President’s announcement House Armed Service chairman Adam Smith, believes withdrawal is intimate. More to develop when the President makes his speech.

Super criminal (2/1)

The Super Bowl taking place in Atlanta is a sure way for Georgia residents to kick back and have some fun. The event has also provided criminals with an abundance of opportunities to partake in their illegal agendas. One popular way for criminals to make money by selling fraudulent imitations of Super Bowl tickets.

Law enforcement officials in Gwinnett county are underway with a manhunt for Lawrenceville resident Ketan Shah. Shah, now on the run with three-quarters of a million dollars, has gone as far as scamming friends, neighbors, and his own mother for $5,000 a ticket.

Because Shah sold counterfeit tickets, he is not in any serious legal trouble until the kick off. However, he is still wanted by the state in hopes that he will come forward and reimburse all of his buyers. While there is still time to make things right, not many of Shah’s victims have faith in his return.