Times change, news remains

This week started with a time change, allowing students and faculty to get an extra hour of sleep. Due to this time change, the sun has started to rise earlier and set later, so students get to enjoy the sun being up while they get to school but have to deal with the darkness during their afternoon extra-curriculars. Unlike the time change, one thing never changes — the continuous news. With a veteran hospital shut down, an officer assault, and a new candidate for the Democratic party, The Prowler has the stories.

Veteran hospital in Atlanta undergoes temporarily shutdown (11/4) 

Routine surgeries at the Veterans Administration hospital in Decatur have been suspended for the last six weeks. The hospital has only been performing emergency surgeries since Sept. 24. However, the hospital promised to return to its regular schedule at the end of October.

The hospital shutdown in September because there is a lack of staff, supplies, and possible contamination in surgical instruments. During October surgeries, staff were found reviewing procedures and policies which also led to a shutdown.

The Veterans Administration is the largest hospital in the southeast that attends care for military veterans. The hospital has currently been struggling with low patient scores, poor management, and mishaps. To keep surgeries ongoing patients have been sent to adjacent hospital to perform procedures.

Resource officer facing charges for harassing a student (11/5)

After grabbing a teenage girl and slamming her to the ground by her throat, a school resource officer in Florida is facing major charges. Deputy Willard Miller is facing child abuse charges after this event along with embarrassment to the school he has worked at since 2016. 

In the surveillance footage released to the public, viewers can clearly see the child walking around a room and not talking or harassing Miller in any way. The attack was completely out of nowhere. Since this school had a special learning program, it is unknown if he had any other motive toward his attack.

The officer was suspended immediately after the school was notified of the situation. Currently, the officer is facing a court case, but it is still unclear if he is still being held in custody. 

Woman arrested after assaulting an officer for busting a party(11/6)

A Fayette County woman has been arrested after continually assaulting a police officer when he came to her home. After being called to investigate possible drug use and underage drinking, the woman’s reaction to the officer was unexpected. 

As soon as the police arrived on the scene, many teenagers fled the premises and the woman, her husband, and son came to talk to them. Both parents said that they were unaware of the drinking. The son began to walk away after the police told him to stay, and this resulted in the woman hitting the officer. 

The mother and son were arrested, but the son was released with minor charges into his father’s custody. The father was cited for a hosting ordinance while the mother received multiple battery charges against an officer.

New York Mayor plans to run for President (11/7)

New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg plans to officially submit his campaign into the presidential running. He planned to enter the presidential race in 2016, but later dropped out. Earlier this year he withdrew his nomination for the 2020 election. Re-entering the race could disrupt the status of the Democratic party’s front runners. 

Since he is well funded, has a good platform, and knows the political world, he could hurt former Vice President Joe Biden’s chances of becoming the party’s candidate. Biden had indirectly been the one to convince Bloomer to not run earlier this year. But now, Biden has had trouble funding and defending his ideals. 

Nevertheless, Bloomer will have a challenging time in the Democratic party due to him being former Republican. His stance on economic inequality offers more to the party’s rising populist wing, which could go badly for him since it is led by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Japanese women protest for the right to wear glasses to work (11/8) 

Businesses all over Japan are currently enforcing a no glasses policy in their dress code for their female employees. After a Japanese television show revealed a number of establishments prohibiting eyewear for women, a movement has taken root on Twitter.

This is not the first time Japan has been home to gender discrimination in the 21st century. Not even a year ago, a protest regarding women having to wear heels to work was brought to the national government. However, despite having a petition signed by over 21,000 citizens, the change was dismissed by the Japanese minister. 

It is uncertain how the Japanese government will respond to the demand for yet another dress code related policy for women, but what is known is that Japan remains at the bottom of the World Economic Forum’s most recent global gender gap report at 110 out of 149.