Robertson’s Reportings: Taiwan Fire, Blue Origin Rocket Launch


Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to Robertson’s Reportings! A fire in Taiwan killed at least 46 people, injuring many others. A 13-story residential building caught fire on Wednesday night. Witnesses claim to have heard an explosion around the time that the fire began, but the cause remains unknown. Over 10 bodies were sent directly to the morgue while others were sent to the hospital in hopes that signs of life would appear.

Blue Origin launched a rocket with four passengers, none of which are trained astronauts. The passengers included William Shatner, the actor who played Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek.” Shatner is 90 years old, so his trip to space broke the record for the oldest person to reach the boundary of space. The launch took place on Wednesday morning and lasted approximately 11 minutes. The crew reached an altitude of 62 miles before they safely landed in the desert.

In Norway, five people were killed in what appears to be a terrorist attack. The suspect shot random, unknowing people with a bow-and-arrow. The victims ranged from ages 50 to 70, with four women and one man being killed. The domestic security agency stated, “Attacks on random people in public places are a recurring modus operandi among extremist Islamists carrying out terror in the West.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot passed legislation that requires all police officers in the city to update their vaccine status by midnight on October 15, causing uproar within the community. Many officers are fighting back, refusing to update their status while risking having their pay suspended. These officers and other Americans have called the Lightfoot administration a “dictatorship.” In response, Lightfoot went to court against a local police union, but the police union also took its own legal action. The court has not made any decisions yet, but a verdict is expected soon, as all city of Chicago workers must be fully vaccinated by October 15.

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