Week in Review, Dec. 22, 2016

The Star Wars Trilogy continues on with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being released last Thursday night. Last year, only two days later on Dec. 18, Disney released Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Star Wars VII was one of the most hyped movies in the last decade, earning a gross profit over $935,000,000 just in the U.S. which leaves Rogue One some big boots to fill. Rogue One has a domestic gross total over $190,000,000 in just 5 days. Rotten Tomatoes rates the new blockbuster at 84 percent compared to Star Wars VII at 92 percent. Disney plans to release its next movie, Star Wars VIII, in December of 2017. (Submitted by Deryk Wedde)

The San Pablito fireworks market, located 40 kilometers north of Mexico City, had become engulfed in flames on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Over 30 people were killed and over 60 people remain hospitalized. Eighteen of the patients at the hospital have been released since the incident while five of the patients are in serious condition. Many of these people were shopping for holiday fireworks before the travesty occurred. This is the third time in 11 years that San Pablito’s market has had an explosion which has caused damage to the market and injured shoppers. Authorities have not yet said what has caused the explosion (Submitted by Zach Woyak)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the proposal of delisting the Texas Oklahoma song bird, the black capped vireo, from the 1987 Endangered Species Act. In the late 1980s only about 350 birds were known to be in existence. After listing them on the 1987 Endangered Species Act, Oklahoma, Texas, the U.S. Army, private landowners, and non-governmental organizations started to protect and recover this species. There are now more than 5,200 known birds and possibly as many as 14,000. The decline of the black capped vireo was due to the loss of habitat and nesting parasitism by brown-headed cowbirds that trick the vireos into raising their chicks resulting in death for the vireo’s own young. Today partners are addressing and reducing threats to the vireo through prescribed burnings, conservation easements, managing brown-headed cowbirds, and protecting important vireo habitat and breeding grounds. (Submitted by Justin Wisinski)

On Sunday, Dec. 18 Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown and celebrated by jumping into the big red Salvation Army kettle bucket. Since Sunday, the Salvation Army has noticed a 61 percent increase in online donations. It’s not no coincidence. Many of the donations had been $21, an obvious nod toward Elliot as his number is 21. (Submitted by Brady Woyak)

On Dec. 19 around 8:00 p.m. a truck plowed through a holiday market in Berlin, Germany. At least 12 people were found dead and 48 injured. Police soon detained a man thought to be behind this but he was later released. During the investigation a second man was found shot dead. This Polish man was the initial driver of the truck. Isis soon claimed that this attack was of Isis inspiration. The man driving the truck has not yet been found. (Submitted by Kayla Wimme)

According to CNN, police in Little Rock, Arkansas are offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who shot 3-year-old Acen King. The child’s grandmother was at a stop sign and the man behind her was upset with her driving so he got out of his car and shot once into her car. That one shot hit Acen who was taken to a hospital and later died. (Submitted by Gus Turner-Zick)


This fall, the meat from nutria, a large, orange-toothed rodent also known as coypu or river rats, is being served in gourmet foods. It is currently available at restaurants in Moscow in dishes like burgers and sausages. Head chef and restaurateur Takhir Kholikberdiev said, “It’s a really clean animal. Not only is it a herbivore but it washes all its food before it eats. And it’s very high in omega-3 acids. A lot of doctors and dietitians recommend it.” The chef has incorporated the animal into a series of different menu items including a hotdog, dumplings and has them wrapped in cabbage leaves. (Submitted by Sarah Weed)