Robertson’s Reportings: 5/17 – 5/23

Sophia Robertson, Staff Writer

Welcome to the final Robertson’s Reportings of the 2018-2019 school year! After eight years of filming, Game of Thrones, a popular television show, has come to an end. The finale aired on May 19, but many viewers have been left with unanswered questions. The show originated from a book series that was written in 1996, and the author, George R.R. Martin, blogged in response to the questioning of if the final episode will end like the books, “ Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”

On May 20, a man who climbed up the Eiffel Tower in Paris was taken into custody by authorities. Thousands of visitors were forced to leave the site so that the man who was nearly 1,000 feet in the air could be rescued. He entered as a visitor, went to the second story, began to scale the building, and stopped just before the third story for over seven hours when he finally surrendered. His motives have not been identified. The tower reopened on Tuesday.

In the Long Island Sound, a great white shark has been spotted for the first time. This fish, weighing about 500 pounds and being nearly 10 feet long, was seen in the waters on North Carolina’s coast. The shark has been named Cabot and, after many sightings of the shark across the world, his size has finally been recorded. The people that tracked the shark are very excited to see it in the area because they believe that he traveled there because of improved conditions after recent efforts to clean the water.

The City Council of Venice has created new regulations relating to their well-known canals. No visitor is allowed to dip or sunbathe in the water. Punishments for violating these regulations include being kicked out and banned from returning or having to pay a fine of nearly $600. Earlier this month, another rule was put into place stating that any visitors to the city that are touring are required to pay five to ten dollars as a “landing tax.” Other regulations are also being planned for the future. For example, beginning in 2021, all bags and containers used at businesses must be biodegradable. These rules have been put into place so that the environment, particularly the beautiful canals, can stay clean.

Statesville, a city in North Carolina, has sued Camping World for keeping a 3,200 square foot flag in the air. The city claims that this is much larger than one of their ordinances permits. C.E.O. Marcus Lemonis tweeted, “The flag isn’t coming down. It’s the only thing I know for certain. I know I’m going to die. I know I’m going to pay taxes. And I know I’m not taking the flag down.” The lawsuit seeks $50 for each day that the flag has flown since October of 2018. A flag of the same size flies in nearly 200 cities.

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