The Weekly Rundown

ON CAMPUS

• Isabel Atkin ’21 became Britain’s first Olympic medal-winning skier with a bronze medal in the freestyle event. (NBC)

• Class registration timelines have changed—registration will now occur by semester. (CC)

 

C-SPRINGS

• Five Colorado Springs area athletes won state wrestling championships. (Gazette)

 

COLORADO

• A 75-megawatt solar farm was approved by Arapahoe County. Once built, it will be the second largest solar farm in Colorado. (AP)

• Denver is eliminating caps on building height for affordable housing. (AP)

• Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced he will stop blocking Justice Department nominees over revoked protections for states with legalized marijuana sales. (ABC13)

 

U.S.A

• The White House unveiled a plan to allow offshore drilling along 90 percent of U.S. coastlines. (Sierra Club)

• John Kelly, the current White House Chief of Staff, told officials he is willing to step down after mishandling the domestic abuse accusations against now defunct White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. (NYT)

• Republicans passed a large budget bill in the middle of the night after shutting down the government for three hours. It raises spending on military, funds infrastructure projects, and reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It is predicted to raise the debt ceiling by $131 billion. (NYT)

• The official portraits of the Obamas were released last Monday, marking the first time presidential portraits have been painted by African-American artists. (Politico)

• Last Wednesday marked the 18th school shooting this year, leaving 17 people dead and 14 wounded. The killer was a member of a white supremacist group. Survivors announced a national march against gun violence to take place on March 24. The White House came out in support of more intensive background checks and a bump stock ban this week. Trump also suggested bonuses for trained and armed teachers. (CNN/Politico/BBC)

• 18 Russian officials were indicted in Muller’s investigation, leading President Donald Trump to tweet his response over the course of nine hours. (NYT)

• Pennsylvania congressional districts were redrawn after a Supreme Court decision ruled them unconstitutional. (NYT)

 

WORLD

• Marvel’s “Black Panther” had the fifth-highest opening for a film ever and the highest grossing February opening weekend ever. The film had a four-day worldwide gross of $427 million and a domestic gross of $242 million. (VanityFair)

• The Winter Olympics continue. The medal count is led by Norway, followed by the U.S. in fourth. (Forbes)

• Israeli and Syrian military forces clashed in a series of strikes, possibly signaling a new phase in the Syrian war. Fighting is picking up again with the entry of Turkey and Israel. In the past few days, 250 civilians were killed in a bombardment by Syrian government forces. (NYT/ALJ)

• The Israeli police recommended the indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over claims of bribery and corruption. Several of his friends, confidences, and top executives at Israel’s largest telecommunications company were arrested this week. (AP/NYT)

• Opioid producer Perdue says they will no longer promote their drugs to doctors. (ABC)

• A Nigerian court released 475 Boko Haram suspects, citing a lack of evidence. (AlJ)

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte is a first-year from New York City. After getting a glimpse of the great events at Colorado College her first semester, she decided the best way to experience them was to write about them. Charlotte is fascinated by current events from campus to Congo. Her go-to's for news are the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post.

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