Robertson’s Reportings: Texas Shooting, New Killer Whale Species

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Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! In a 113-page ruling, Federal District Court Judge Robert Pitman sided with the Biden administration to pause the strict new Texas abortion law which bans nearly all abortions across the state. Pitman concluded, “This court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.” This decision is only temporary, as a more permanent court ruling is currently being decided.

As school started, national COVID-19 cases steadily increased, but over the last two weeks cases and deaths from the virus have started to decline. Deaths have decreased by approximately 12%, a significant jump in only two weeks. According to recent figures, more than 76% of Americans over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 66% are fully vaccinated.

On October 7, high school student Timothy Simpkins Texas opened fire in a school after a fight escalated to Simpkins pulling out a gun from his backpack. He injured four people: two students, a teacher, and a pregnant woman. One of the students is in critical condition. Simpkins’ family came to his defense, as a family spokesperson stated, “Due to the fact that [his family was] blessed financially, he was able to get things that other children or teenagers could not have. And so because he wore nice clothes and because he drove nice cars and because he had the things, he was like a target.” The spokesperson called him a “target” due to claims that he was being bullied, but even if he was bullied due to his wealth, this is in no way an excuse to attempt murder. Simpkins was released on bail shortly after the assault.

A new species of killer whale was discovered off the West Coast of the United States. These animals have been referred to as “outer coast transient whales” that prey on large sea mammals including baby grey whales. In order to study these animals, researchers have analyzed 100,000 pictures of 150 members of the group. Canada’s National Observer called the situation “very, very complex and exciting” since scientists are “just starting to scratch the surface” of understanding an entirely new species.

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