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LAUSD Shuts Down in Wake of Terror Threat (or Terror Hoax?)

On Tuesday morning of December 15th, all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District shut down after receiving a terror threat from a ‘credible source’ according to LAUSD officials and the Los Angeles Police Department. Shortly after this news, LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines stated at a press conference that the threats were against several schools in the district and involved the use of “backpacks and other packages.” According to Congressman Brad Sherman, the threat was sent by email, and the threat appeared to be sent by “an extremist Muslim who has teamed up with local jihadists.”
However, Congressman Adam Schiff stated that the threat is actually a hoax: “Something designed to disrupt school districts in large cities. The investigation is ongoing for finding where the threat originated from and who was responsible.” After a closer look into the email, there is evidence that there is a strong sense of ignorance to the Islamic religion, such as not capitalizing ‘Allah’. NYPD Commissioner Bratton believes that the email contained references to Showtime drama Homeland because it contained several references to recent episode plotlines.
There are approximately 900 schools in LAUSD and this potential threat required the proper procedures to maintain the safety of the staff and students in each and every school. Though this may appear to be a hoax as of writing, it is best to take these “rare” threats seriously.

 

Paris Climate Change Summit a Success

On Saturday, December 12, there was a Conference of the 21 Parties (COP21) summit in Paris, France to discuss the global threat of climate change. This agreement involves nearly 200 countries and is the first-ever consensus for all involved countries to cut carbon emissions. Though many world leaders have released press statements regarding an imperfect deal, “this does not prevent us from marching historical steps forward,” according to Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief negotiator. The deal calls for an agreement to keep the global temperature increase to below 3.6°F (2°C), a plan to begin by 2020 that would give $100 billion per year to finance combatting climate changes in developing countries, and an effort to reach peak carbon emissions as soon as possible. Every five years, the countries will band together to review progress. This deal will officially come to fruition when at least 55 countries responsible for 55% of global emissions have agreed to the treaty.

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