Week in Review September 24-28

By Isabel Funk and Hannah Whobrey

MIHS News:

  • The new OSPI-conforming schedule was put into practice on Monday, September 24.
  • Commended scholars were announced.
  • Homecoming royalty voting opened on Wednesday, September 26. The court will be announced next week.
  • The post-game mosh pit was converted into “Fifth Quarter” on Friday, September 28, following safety concerns from the district’s liability lawyers. According to the new rules, students cannot intentionally touch during Fifth Quarter.

Mercer Island News:

  • October’s Rotary Islanders of the Month are Brandon Hill and Hannah Whobrey.
  • Councilman Tom Acker, who was elected November 2017, resigned from his position on Saturday, September 29.
  • Convivial Cafe finally opened on the North End.

Washington News:

  • Oyster farmers’ requests to use pesticide against shrimp were denied on Thursday, September 27 by Washington state’s Department of Ecology.
  • 98 goats were released into the North Cascades this week as part of a government-led relocation effort. The state aims to both revive goat populations in the North and remove goats from nonnative areas.
  • The Central Washington State Fair continued in Yakima. The fair will close on Sunday, September 30.
  • Shake Shack announced that its new Seattle location will open Saturday morning, October 6.

National News:

  • Flooding in North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence has spurred a mosquito plague in the area.
  • First Lady Melania Trump announced on Wednesday, September 26 that she is leaving next Monday to tour Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. She plans to learn about child-related issues while abroad.
  • Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing for his Supreme Court nomination was on Thursday, September 27. Both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testified before Congress about his alleged sexual assault. There was a national “Believe Her” movement, which supported Ford by wearing black and walking out.