Here is what you missed this week: October 8-12, 2018
- Hurricane Michael wiped through Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina. As of right now, there have been 11 fatalities.
- Washington state abolished the death penalty. Washington State’s Supreme Court unanimously voted the death penalty unconstitutional. A study showed that black convicts were 4.5 times more likely to be sentenced to death in Washington than white inmates. The ruling claimed the death penalty “fails to serve any legitimate penological goal”, and is “invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner”. Debate about capital punishment continues.
- Kanye West met with President Donald Trump for lunch. They spoke about their friendship, welfare, North Korea, and Kim Kardashian’s visit regarding prison reform. Though cameras were not allowed during their lunch, a press conference later showed West and Trump hugging and professing their appreciation for one another.
- 30 million Facebook accounts have been affected by a security breach. Hackers were able to access data from 29 million Facebook members. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s Vice President of product management, said, “For 15 million people, attackers accessed two sets of information – name and contact details (phone number, email, or both, depending on what people had on their profiles)”. Hackers still remain unidentified. The company said that it would notify accounts if affected by hackers.