3/14/19 -
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Airline Tragedy ✈️
Boeing in trouble

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers on board. The aircraft was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which is a model flown by 26 different airlines across the world. President Trump issued an emergency grounding order on Wednesday for all 737 MAX 8 aircrafts in the US.

Two too many

This is the 2nd 737 MAX to crash in the last 5 months. Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in Indonesia last October killing all 189 passengers on board. At least 10 countries and the EU have joined a growing list of governments that have grounded the 737 MAX aircrafts.


The left builds a narrative around the government shutdown having an impact on the delay from Boeing, and the FAA resolving the issue with the software update. They quote Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee, who claimed that the FAA’s failures were worsened by the shutdown. The left also highlights that a coalition of 61,000 pilots sent several letters to the government, claiming that the shutdown had greatly reduced supervision at the FAA.


The right focuses their reporting on pilots’ complaints regarding the 737 Max 8. They claim there were at least 5 official complaints from US pilots related to flight-control in the months leading to the recent crash. The right also highlights that the pilot of Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that crashed reported to air traffic control that he having flight-control problems shortly after take-off.

Safety first

Despite the two recent airplane crashes that have been widely covered in the media, airline safety has continuously improved over the years. In 2018, there were 0.39 fatal accidents per 1 million flights. The odds that a commercial flight results in a fatal crash are less than 1 in 1 million compared to the 1 in 160,000 during the 1970s.

To anyone worried about an upcoming flight: It's gonna be okay.

Whodunit!? College Edition 🕵️

College admissions scandal

Outlets erupted this week with news of a widespread American college admissions scandal. While there are still a lot of moving parts, the most significant development so far includes high profile parents and their kids. Actress Lori Loughlin, for instance, allegedly paid USC $500,000 for admissions for her two daughters.

Who's responsible here?

Though it appears that institutions, coaches who feigned recruiting college admittees to help them gain admission, and a guy named “Rick” Singer also contributed to the scandal, much of this week’s coverage focuses on the parents who paid bribes – as well as their kids, who reaped benefits from those bribes. Should the kids receive punishment?


Those who argue that the kids who benefited should receive expulsion argue that the kids must have known, and cite examples of their knowledge. (For example, they say that kids who were falsely admitted as athletes and subsequently had to pose as athletes had to know something hinky happened in their admissions process.) These outlets also reference that some kids gloated about beating the system.


Those who are unsure argue that multi-hundred thousand dollar bribe negotiations and payments fall above any kid’s understanding, regardless of whether or not they felt something fishy was occurring. The above pieces claim that in one case, a kid who received fraudulent “athletic” admission arrived at campus and felt confused when people asked him about the track team.

So should the students be punished?

Each student's case should receive individual attention, if possible, as each one contains unique circumstances, making it unwise to set an all-encompassing standard. What is for sure, however, is that this scandal begs for wider, systemic questions – and answers – about what role money, race, and class should play in admissions.    

Aunt Becky, what happened??
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Extra extra...✨📰✨

Capital punishment. California Governor Newsom announces he will put a freeze on executions in California via executive order (AP)

No deal Brexit. UK Parliament votes against leaving the EU without a deal (BBC)

Global ban? 18 leading scientists publish a document asking for a temporary moratorium on genetically edited babies, to allow time to debate the topic (Science News)

3 month trial. Verizon will begin rolling out 5G to customers in Chicago and Minneapolis for an additional $10 a month (CNN Business)

Recall. Fiat Chrysler agrees to recall over 863,000 cars in the U.S. due to noncompliance with EPA emission standards (Fox Business)

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