Robertson’s Reportings: ISIS Leader Dead, Massive NC Fertilizer Plant Fire


Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! On Thursday, ISIS Leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was killed in a bloody raid in Syria. He detonated a suicide bomb, killing not only himself but also his wife and children in an act of “desperate cowardice.” President Biden spoke about the raid on Thursday morning: “Thanks to the bravery of our troops this horrible terrorist leader is no more.” Fortunately, no U.S. troops were harmed.

Wake Forest was forced to cancel classes from Wednesday to Friday as a massive fire continues to rage in the Weaver Fertilizer Plant, a company based in Winston Salem. Almost 7,000 in the area people were evacuated, and despite rain, unsafe conditions still remain. All 36 workers at the plant have been accounted for, but the exact cause is unknown, especially considering the plant had recently been inspected.

After 22 years playing in the NFL, Tom Brady announced his retirement: “I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.” Brady has played in the Super Bowl nine times, winning seven of these games. Currently, he is 44 years old and one of the oldest NFL players. 

Dirty Dancing was a popular film in the 80s and 90s, so many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are excited to visit the “Dirty Dancing Hotel.” Mountain Lake Lodge, a hotel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is now offering “Dirty Dancing Weekends” which include activities inspired by the movie such as guided tours of film locations, scavenger hunts, and screenings of the movie. For fans of this film, visiting the hotel is a great way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Dirty Dancing debut.

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