Government Shutdown Eminent

The House passed a bipartisan bill to fund the government into February of next year, but the Republicans in the Senate are currently revolting against Pres. Biden’s vaccine policies and threatening not to pass the stopgap budget bill.

The stopgap funding bill passed 221-212, as lawmakers attempt to prevent a shutdown which will surely occur at midnight Friday if it is not signed by the Senate and the President.

However, Senate Republicans are using Pres. Biden and the vaccine mandate as an excuse not to vote for the funding bill. Senate Republicans are attempting to bargain for defunding of vaccine and testing policies for federal funding. That being said, the actual leaders of both parties have not stated whether they would be willing to allow such amendment.

This could lead to a short-term shutdown this weekend, although both parties have claimed they do not want this; however, if House votes are anything to go by, which includes the fact that most members voted along party lines, it might be that the Republican party for the most part does not care if the government shuts down.

Biden has promised that a shutdown would not occur, but with a 24-hour deadline, it is unclear whether that would actually happen.

The bill itself is supported by both party members. However, Senate members like Ted Cruz seems highly invested in not letting it pass.

These political tactics at the cost of many American government workers is honestly quite annoying if not harmful. A government that does not work for its people seems to be what most Americans are okay with these days, and that’s sad to watch.

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American Cities See Crimes Rise since 2004

Washington D.C. saw its 200th homicide this year, which is the highest threshold for homicide since 2003. A man was shot at a gas station in Southeast Washington just after 10:15 PM. The victim was identified as Dawann Saunders. He was just 30 years old.

Homicide had been falling until 2012 and staggered until 2021, when the homicide rate rose past 2004 levels. However, this trend is not isolated to Washington, D.C.; 29 cities all saw a rise in crime compared with September data from last year, according to Council on Criminal Justice.

FBI reported that killings have increased 30 percent since 2020 across the country. Baltimore for example, saw more than 300 killings for the 7th year, homicides in Philadelphia reached 497 on Monday, which is 13 percent higher than this time last year.

At the moment, reason for the killings is unclear. And as cities are dealing with the shift in priority of seeing crime as a public health emergency rather than police intervention event, it is currently difficult to tell exactly what the correct line of action might be.

D.C. police union attributes the rise in homicides to changes in policing after the 2020 social unrest after the murder of George Floyd. Activists claim that these new policing limitations are preventing police brutality, but critics believe that this limitation is preventing effective crime minimization.

There are also 200 less D.C. officers than last year, as more than half of the 417 members left since June 2020 and did so before being eligible for retirement.

Unfortunately, the rise of gun violence is still concentrated in high-risk groups, and the data continues to confirm this. DC is trying multiple methods such as introducing programs to schools, diverting calls from the police on certain mental health concerns, boosting job trainings for people and investing in housing.

The results seen in DC if improved, could be a model for the rest of the country to follow. Most seem to agree however, that police alone should not be the only ones keeping peace in the city.

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Driver of the SUV that killed 5 in Wisconsin Parade Charged with Homicide

On Sunday, an SUV driver mowed through the middle of a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Driver Darrell E. Brooks Jr. drove through a parade killing 5 and injuring at least 48 injured.

The man was seen at an alleged altercation that included a knife but quickly sped away in the red SUV when the police arrived. He was seen to be acting alone according to the police, and was the only one arrested.

His act has led to the death of Tamara Durand, age 52, Jane Kulich, age 52, LeAnna Owen, age 71, Virginia Sorenson, age 79, and Wilhelm Hospel, age 81.

The County District Attorney’s Office expects to file the charges by Tuesday afternoon.

The FBI is assisting the local authorities in the investigation.

Darrell Brooks Jr. had a criminal record even prior to Sunday, including domestic abuse, violent behavior, and even an allegation that he used a vehicle as a weapon before the parade even occurred. He was in jail because of it and released on bail just the week before.

On Monday evening, a candlelight vigil was held to honor the dead.

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A Loudoun CO stabbing suspect stopped by the victim’s house prior to Sunday murder

On Sunday early in the morning around 4:30 AM, a man kicked the door and broke into a luxury home, killed a man, and injured his fiance in their own house in Leesburg, VA. The suspect stopped by the house several times prior to the incident. According to the Loudoun County sheriff’s office,

The suspect, Melvin H. Wasike (22) from Fairfax County is charged with fatally stabbing Michael Fadely (46) and severely injuring his fiance. Wasike approached Mr. Fadely’s house on Saturday and the deputy stopped him to leave and Wasike told the sheriff that he was looking for someone.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy and the homeowner checked the perimeter of the house and other security measures to make sure the house was secured late Saturday. However, Wasike broke into Fadely’s house with the intention to kill the owner of the home, according to WTOP news.

Authorities had served a search warrant at Wasike’s family’s home Sunday afternoon, Wasike called 911 to turn himself but hung up the call, and turn off his phone. The sheriff’s investigation has started from his phone and found his vehicle in the area of Foxden Lane, and took him into custody without further incidents.

Wasike’s father said to NBC Washington which is affiliated with WTOP, his son has been suffering from a mental disorder for a long time. Wasike is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held without bond.

Fadely’s father said his son was a good man, and that he has taken care of who is needy. He mentioned on the news that his son and the suspect did not know each other.

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Price increase of 6.2% since last October

The largest price increase in the past 30 years has been seen, with a price increase of 6.2% in October versus October of last year. Gasoline prices are up 49.6 percent, and the higher energy costs are pushing prices of all other goods equally, according to Washington Post.

The shortages and higher prices had been limited to certain industries, but it is now overtaking other industries such as shelter, food, and new vehicles.

In fact, the price increase has tied with the biggest one-month increase since the Great Recession. Only airlines and alcohol saw price decrease.

In fact, the pandemic cannot be blamed as the sole reason for the increase, as those that were “short” had been replenished.

The Biden Administration has promised that it would get the inflation under control, although the $2 trillion spending bill for infrastructure does not seem to be helping to assuage those fears.

Even items such as eggs or meat are seeing sharp increases. Rent continues to rise, and while the wages are rising, not rising fast enough to catch up to the inflation.

Households and businesses are struggling, as some stated that the prices change on its way to the end user. This can be a problem if the households begin to behave as if inflation is likely to be a long term haul.

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Tomb of the Unknowns Opens to Public for the First Time

The Arlington National Cemetery opened its Tomb of the Unknowns to the public for flowers and procession for the first time, as it marked its centennial. The event takes place between Tuesday and Wednesday, November 9-10 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Those of the public must register to attend the event, to commemorate the establishment of the tomb 100 years ago.

The procession proceeded quietly, most leaving flowers in front of the tombs. They were generally told to keep the line moving.

The memorial was established to honor those perished in World War I, one of the most unprecedented and devastating wars. For example, at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, more than 19,000 British soldiers were killed in a single day, within the first 30 minutes for most of the deaths.

In 1921, folks lined up to watch horse-drawn casket carry remains of an unknown American soldier through the city, over the Potomac, and into the cemetery.

The procession continues Wednesday. Participants are asked to register at Eventbrite and must have government-issued identification. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own flowers but complimentary flowers will be available.

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Jeff Bezos Loses lunar lander suit; NASA will proceed with SpaceX

Earlier in the year, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, Blue Origin, and the current owner of the Washington Post, attempted to offer NASA money as an incentive to break the contract with SpaceX for the lunar mission and establish contract with Blue Origin instead.

A federal judge ruled against Bezos’ Blue Origin’s lawsuit to overturn NASA contract with SpaceX, which would fly astronauts to the surface of the moon.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX had won the bid to work with NASA for this mission.

Blue Origin had attempted to force another contract with NASA but had failed and even complained to the Government Accountability Office with no avail; the GAO decided that NASA had not erred in its decision.

Blue Origin teamed up with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper. However, this didn’t pan out for Blue Origin, as NASA awarded SpaceX the bid of $2.9 billion instead, which is half of Blue Origin’s proposed charge.

NASA did promise additional opportunities in the future for other competitors.

NASA and SpaceX hopes to get its Artemis astronauts on the Moon by 2024, although based on the the tie-up with Blue Origin and NASA’s work stoppage, likely will be too ambitious of a goal at this time.

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Republicans Sweep Virginia

On November 2, 2021, the majority chose to vote for first-time runner Glenn Youngkin rather than re-elect Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Governor position. Just a year ago, Virginia had voted for Biden in the presidential election.

Many pundits suggested that this showed a swing back to Republican preference for many, possible signaling of the shift of power from the current Democrat-majority branches of the government to that preferring more Republican representation. However, Biden administration rejected such interpretation.

Instead, Pres. Biden said that the party needs to “produce for the American people,” and that while he wanted to pass the infrastructure deal and social and climate programs totaling nearly $2 trillion, he did not believe this was connected to the loss in Virginia.

However, Biden also highlighted the win of children ages 5-11 becoming eligible to begin receiving vaccines.

Pres. Biden refused to see the off-cycle elections as being significant. Whether they are not will be determined next year.

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Pastor from Rock Church in Virginia Beach Arrested for Solicitation of Minor

Virginia Beach police’s sting operation brought about an unexpected criminal: Pastor John Blanchard of the Rock Church located at Kempsville Road was found to be soliciting prostitution of a minor over the age of 16 online.

Authorities said that the perpetrators arranged to meet with the “minors” who were really undercover cops for sexual relations, and were arrested upon arrival. The operation was performed last week. He was released on bond.

Mr. Blanchard had been the senior pastor at the Rock Church since 2013.

The Rock Church refused to provide any comments.

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Truck-or-Treat Halloween Spooktacular for Kids at YMCA in Koreatown, LA

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The Anderson Munger YMCA Truck-or-Treat Halloween Spooktacular will be held between 5:30 to 8:00 PM on October 29, with timed entry at 5:30 PM, 6:20 PM, and 7:10 PM. The event is to provide underserved family with a free and safe experience. The events will include experiences like trunk-or-treat, carnival games, costume parade, pumpkin carving contest and thriller dance.

YMCA will be holding the event with the help of local Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, and two local restaurants.

Those interested should go to:

Anderson Munger Family YMCA in Koreatown, located at 4301 W. 3rd Street, LA 90020. Anyone interested should contact Rae Jin, the executive director of the Anderson Munger YMCA.