Spring break is over and student’s are now switching their attention to the end of the year. And the end truly is near. There are only six weeks left until summer break starts, freeing seniors from high school forever. But more news and Mill events are yet to come, so don’t check out of school just yet. Instead, check out the headlines below. With an attack in Afghanistan, a black hole image taken, and low crime rates in Fayette County, The Prowler has the stories.
Bomb in Afghanistan kills four Americans (4/8)
On Monday, a bomb exploded near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, killing four American service members. The Defense Department said that three additional troops were wounded in the incident. They were relocated and are being treated.
The explosion was part of an attack on a convoy of trucks transporting American service members. The Taliban are believed to be the ones behind the attack. The fight between the American troops and the Taliban has continued in recent weeks despite the ongoing negotiations to end the war.
The Pentagon did not state whether the service members killed were Special Operations troops, who are about half of the 14,000 American soldiers in Afghanistan. Following the incident, President Trump has expressed his desire to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.
Capturing a black hole (4/9)
Space, the final frontier, is home to some of the most anticipated questions known to the human race. As man continues the search for more answers to the endless plane containing a vast variation of planets, stars, and darkness, the questions only seem to grow and reach a new level of complexity. Now, with the right technology, there is no telling how many unanswered questions will arise with the first photograph of a black hole.
Today, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration released the possibility of capturing an image of an authentic black hole as soon as tomorrow. While a picture is only visual evidence of the black hole phenomenon, the ability to view Sagittarius A, a black hole 26,000 light years into the abyss of space, is revolutionary in space exploration.
New discoveries in space exploration happen everyday. With each new discovery, the endless void people know as space seems to be understood just a little more, but with infinite discovery comes infinite unpredictability.
Sanders promises medicare for all (4/10)
Possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a new update to his already popular “Medicare for All” plan. The United States senator released his new ideas to the public despite the unlikely odds of getting his act passed.
Sanders plans to create a society in which no individual would walk the streets without medicare. “Together we are going to end the international embarrassment of the United States of America,” Sanders said. “Our great country, being the only major nation on Earth not to guarantee health care to all as a right.” While this idea may seem effective in the eyes of the average American family, there will always be drawbacks.
If Congress decides to go through with Sanders’ plan, the United States will be easily susceptible to trillions more in debt. In addition to this, there is a possibility that it could cause the country to go into an economic deficit. Sometimes risks need to be taken to advance forward in society, but other times, the stakes may be too great. Ultimately, it is up for the American people to decide.
Crime rates in Fayette County decline (4/11)
Crime in Fayette County is significantly lower than other parts of the region. The reports from the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics showed that the rate in Peachtree City and Fayetteville are lower than the rest of the area.
Peachtree City Police Chief Janet Moon said that the the city responded to about 60,000 calls in 2018. Serious crimes in the county are called Part 1 crimes, these include murder, non-negligent homicide, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and arson. Peachtree City had the least amount of called in Part 1 crimes, with a total 503. The Fayetteville number is not behind with a total of 520 called in crimes.
These numbers also stood out to the other parts of the region. LaGrange had 1,633 Part 1 crimes reported, along with Newnan and Dalton having 1,250 and 1,380 reports, respectively.
Fayette County shows that their average response time is five minutes on a busy day.
Mother accused after infant found dead (4/12)
Parenthood is a responsibility. However, not all parents do their duty, and it results in problems and catastrophes. For example, 25-year-old Elba Maureen Santiago has been accused of murdering her three-month-old infant.
The child was not responding to her environment when the police and others arrived at the residency. After a week in the hospital, the infant succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. According to the doctors, the injuries were synonymous to evidence of child abuse.
Cornelia, Georgia, in Habersham County is a metropolitan area of less than 5,000, and events or cases like these are not of the norm. Police are appalled by the series of events, along with all others involved with it. As for the accused, Santiago was “charged with murder, first-degree child cruelty and two counts of aggravated battery.”