Robertson’s Reportings: 12/4 – 12/10

Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! At the age of 18, Brandon Bernard was put into jail for his involvement in the murder of a pastor and his wife. Bernard was put on death row, and his death took place on December 10 by lethal injection. In the days before, thousands of Americans rallied around him because many do not support the death penalty while others support him due to his young age during the crime. This year, 13 people are scheduled to be, or have been, put to death. The death penalty has not been used in 17 years, but this year was different, as President Trump sped up the process before Biden, who is against the death penalty, takes office in January. Bernard’s last words were an apology to the family of the murdered couple.

During a test, an unmanned SpaceX ship exploded when it tried to land. Even though the ascent and most of the descent were successful, the ship turned over and made impact with the ground. Luckily, Elon Musk, the SpaceX CEO, got all of the data that he needed and figured out why the ship exploded. He later Tweeted, “Mars, here we come!!” In the meantime, Vice President Mark Pence announced that the first two Space Force bases were installed in Florida.

A recent report suspects that Fang Fang, or Christine Fang, is a Chinese spy. Fang targeted California’s Representative Swalwell and others in the area from 2011-2015, but she left the country when the investigation began. She posed as a college student, and successfully attempted to cozy up to various politicians. Now, more information regarding the investigation is coming out, making Fang look much more guilty.

A memorial in Idaho for Anne Frank, a young Holocaust victim, was plastered with papers with swastikas and the words “We are everywhere.” In 2017, graffiti at the memorial cost $20,000 in damage. However, Idaho rallied around the memorial this week, donating flowers, notes, and money for a security system. The founder of Chobani even donated $20,000 to the cause.

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