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The student-run online newspaper for Starr's Mill High School

The Prowler

The student-run online newspaper for Starr's Mill High School

The Prowler

Cramming for KICs

I don’t know about you, but I have been swamped with work. The PSAT next week isn’t going to make that easier on me either. While I try to find a better work-life balance, check out this week’s KICs. This week includes a Mexican church collapsing, an emergency alert hitting phones, a questionable house fire in Atlanta, an elderly couple getting scammed, and investigations surrounding President Biden.

World – Mexican church collapses leaving many fatalities

Sunday mass in a Mexican church left nine dead and 40 injured. Throughout the night, rescuers urgently searched for the 30 people that are suspected to be trapped in the debris.

Emergency services used search dogs and earth-moving equipment to reveal the survivors of the fatal tragedy. The victims were taken to nearby hospitals. Local businessmen are praised for supplying equipment to help clear the wreckage and help the harmed.

Social media showed footage of gray smoke rising into the sky after the roof tumbled down. Bishop Armando asked other townspeople to pray for the harmed.

National – Emergency alert to hit phones on Wednesday

On October 4 at 2:20 p.m. EDT, the distinct, startling electronic warning tone of an emergency alert should be broadcast on every TV, radio, and cell phone in the United States. Merely a test, really.

To test the Wireless Emergency Alerts and the Emergency Alert System, there are two components to the national test that take place concurrently. The test is formally known as the Nationwide Emergency Alert Test. It comes with an explanation of the test, so you know it is a test and not a true emergency. 

Almost everywhere will hear and see the message. Radio and television stations, cable networks, satellite radio providers, and cellular networks are all taking part in it. According to federal emergency management coordinators, the national alert system must continue to function as a reliable means of informing Americans about emergencies, natural disasters, attacks, and accidents on a national scale.

 State – Atlanta house fire raises questions

Wednesday morning before 2:30 a.m., a house on Church Street caught on fire. The one-story apartment was not able to be saved, but no one was hurt. 

Officials have since been investigating the house fire and have called it “suspicious.” Previously the house had been burned and left uninhabitable. So far the fire is believed to be started by a squatter who had been living in the abandoned house.

The cause of this fire is still currently under investigation. Firefighters say that this house fire is not the first one they have seen in the area.

Local – Elderly couple gets scammed out of $800k 

A pop-up ad came up on the elderly couple’s computer, telling them they had supposedly been hacked and needed to call a phone number as soon as possible. The couple called and the hacker convinced them that their bank account was being hacked. 

The criminals had the couple scared, so the couple wired them money over the course of three months. Police later informed the couple, who are in their 80s, that they should have just turned off their computer.

The police said do not text or call any number you see online or this could happen to you.

Politics – Investigations surrounding President Biden continue despite House Speaker vacancy

House Republicans’ investigations concerning the Biden administration are continuing despite the vote to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday. McCarthy was voted out in a 216-210 vote.

Multiple House committees are conducting thorough investigations. These investigations include President Biden’s border policies and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan along with how his climate agenda may benefit China. 

His son Hunter’s business dealings are proceeding with their oversight. All of these things will continue to be investigated, and will not stop because of the vacancy in the chamber’s top office.

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