Weekly Rundown

ON CAMPUS

• The 2018 Annual Colorado College Arts and Crafts Sale will take place Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2. Artists from CC and the Colorado Springs community will sell hand-crafted works in Worner Campus Center. (Colorado College Communications)

• Governor Kasich spoke at CC on Nov. 12 as part of the Midterm Election Symposium. The final event of the symposium was the Colorado Politics Panel that took place on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Worner.  (Colorado College Communications)

 

C-SPRINGS

• Outside of the Colorado Springs’ new homeless shelter construction site is an informal tent city of approximately 45 tents. The city is racing the winter weather to construct the shelter, which will provide 260 beds. (Gazette)

 

COLORADO

• A group in the South Platte basin thinks it can develop a regional plan to store water from the South Platte River. Currently, an average of 142 billion gallons of water escape Colorado into Nebraska. Front Range water managers have interest in saving this water for Colorado. The current proposal includes three new storage facilities and a pipeline to Denver. This plan is likely to cost billions of dollars. (Greeley Tribune)

• Denver City Council approved plans to open a supervised injection site for users with sterile, private booths, and staff standing by with an opioid overdose antidote. The plan depends on Colorado Congress passing state legislation that would allow criminal immunity at the site for those using drugs. (Colorado Sun)

• The two polar bears are leaving the Denver Zoo due to increased stress caused by antiquated and cramped habitats, identified by a federal animal-welfare inspector. The bears will be relocated to Ohio and Alaska. (Colorado Sun)

 

USA

• President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller’s investigative probe into Russian collusion. Cohen, who arranged the payoff of Stormy Daniels, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in his role of negotiating the construction of the Trump Tower in Moscow. (Politico)

• A major federal study conducted by The National Climate Assessment says climate change is damaging the U.S. and will have drastic health and economic affects. According to the report, if warming is kept to a moderate level, by 2090 the effects will cost the nation $280 billion. If greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the resulting “extreme” warming will cost $500 billion a year. (Summit Daily)

 

WORLD

• He Jiankui, a Chinese scientist, claims he is the first to create a genetically modified baby using the gene-splicing technology, CRISPR. The scientist performed “gene surgery” on the embryos of twin baby girls to make the girls immune to HIV. The ethical implications of genetic modification of human babies has many worried; a local medical ethics board is investigating Jiankui. (NPR)

• National security advisor for the Trump administration, John Bolton, met with Brazil’s new president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has proposed to follow the lead of the U.S. and pull Brazil out of the Paris climate agreement. In his meeting with Bolton, he also proposed moving Brazil’s embassy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. (Democracy Now)

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