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Pipe bombs similar to this one have been sent to prominent Trump critics in the past week.

Pipe bombs sent to left-wing associates

News broke Wednesday morning that pipe bombs were sent to various prominent members of the Democratic party, including the Clintons and the Obamas, and to CNN headquarters in New York City.

The reporting of these incidents stirred up confusion, as authorities said they were unsure if these bombs were a hoax. They were also initially unsure of the bombs’ potential damage and any possible casualties. 

According to CNN, a bomb meant for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was intercepted at a mail screening facility in Maryland and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received what he said was a device at his New York office.

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With the midterm election just two weeks away, tensions are on the rise and these incidences are only adding fuel to the fire.

Many have emphasized the commonality between these pipe bomb victims: they are all objects of ‘right-wing’ criticism. This lead to the belief held by some individuals that President Donald Trump, or a subordinate, committed these crimes.

However, police arrested suspected bomber Cesar Sayoc in Florida on Friday and now have him in custody.

Thankfully no one was hurt, but nonetheless, Trump has used this ‘act of terror’ to call for unity.

Adenovirus plagues children at New Jersey facility

The potentially lethal viral infection, adenovirus, has just taken its seventh life at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey. This medical center has experienced a total of 18 adenovirus cases, authorities said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus can cause various symptoms that include but are not limited to: a common cold, neurologic disease, pink eye, etc.

Typically, parents turn to vaccinations for preventative measures. However, there is no vaccine for adenovirus at this time. Alternatively, the CDC suggests avoiding close contact with people who are sick, refraining from kissing others, washing your hands often, and more.

Some may wonder what the facility housing this outbreak is doing to prevent further casualties. In a public statement that the Haskell Center released, the spokesperson made their objective clear.

Adenovirus / Dr. G William Gary, Jr. / Pixnio/ CC0
Adenovirus under a microscope shows individual, viral molecules.

“We took immediate and comprehensive action to implement all available infection control and prevention measures. We are also actively connected to all disease control authorities at the state and local level in order to implement aggressive protocols and procedures to treat impacted individuals and prevent the spread of infection,” representatives from the center said.

Additionally, a statement was released by Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) President Debbie White on the adenovirus outbreak. White spoke on behalf of all 70 nurses represented by HPAE that work at Wanaque.

“Nurses have reported a shortage of nursing staff which may lead to poor infection practice that can put patient safety at risk,” White said.

Hospital staff continues to offer their condolences to the families who have lost their children to this outbreak and are committed to get to the bottom of it.

Actress Jessica Alba pulled over for driving with ‘cellphone in-hand’

The 37-year-old Hollywood sensation, Jessica Alba, was pulled over by the police as she was driving through Beverly Hills as she had her ‘cellphone in-hand,’ said the officer who stopped the Dark Angel actress.

In California, the law prohibits all motorists from using a cellphone while driving, except when used in hands-free mode, according to Driving Laws.

When news broke, many were not surprised to find out that Alba received minimal punishment, due to the actress’s frequently commented-on beauty. However, the acting officer told Daily Mail that he did not know that he was speaking to Jessica Alba, or who she is for that matter.

Additionally, some urged a harsher punishment, as 1 out of 4 car accidents in the U.S. occur because of texting-and driving, according to the National Safety Council.

When asked about the incident, Alba told People magazine that “despite my apparent ease as a mother, I am not perfect.”

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Julia Rhodie
Julia Rhodie, Staff Writer
Julia Rhodie is a senior at Carlmont High School and has been a member of the journalism program for two years. She is passionate about politics, social justice, legal studies, and philosophy. In her free time, she enjoys watching the news, playing with her cat, and exploring nature.

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