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Week in Review: Veterans Day, Vote Counting, and California Fires

Week in Review: Veterans Day, Vote Counting, and California Fires

 Photo from Stripes.com

Photo from Stripes.com

This Week in Review was written by Senior Editor Jake Whitfield

1.       Sunday November 11th was Veterans Day, and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. World leaders, including President Trump, France’s Macron, the UK’s May, and Germany’s Merkel, gathered in France to celebrate and remember the war to end all wars. It’s incredible to think of how the world order has developed in those 100 years. Today, it is hard to imagine a situation when the countries that fought against each other in World War I would be enemies.

2.       Votes continue to be counted from last week’s election. Georgia and Florida’s gubernatorial races, Arizona and Florida’s senatorial races, and numerous House races were not called until this week (with some still yet to be called). The Democrats continue to pick up seats in the House, while picking up the the Senate seat in Arizona. Republicans picked up the Florida senate seat and the Florida and Georgia governorships. For as advanced as we are as a country, it should not take a week to count votes.

3.       Fires continue to rage in California. CNN reports that over 600 people are still missing on top of the 63 that have already died. More than 230,000 acres have burned in California in the past week. The increase in forest fires has been attributed to, in part, a lengthened fire season due to climate change. Whatever the reason, California, and the United States, cannot afford the devestation.

4.       We lost the legendary Stan Lee this week. His contribution to American society is unfathomable. From comic books, movies, video games, and T.V. shows, Lee contributed a huge portion of modern American media and culture. A life like Stan Lee’s is incredibly rare, and he is deserving of all the praise that has been given on his behalf.

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