Some weeks are slow news weeks. I don’t think we’ve had a slow news week in 2020. The past week is no exception.
Each week, members of The Sting’s editorial team put together a “synopsis” of what happened in the week prior, including local and national headlines, as well as goings-on around campus.
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Now onto the news –
Trump’s Tax Returns Finally Released
Perhaps the biggest story of the week came yesterday, when The New York Times revealed that President Donald Trump only paid taxes in five of the last 15 years. In 2016, he paid just $750 to the IRS.
Since his candidacy announcement in 2015, Trump has been quite adamant about keeping his financial records private. Critics of Trump say these newly-released documents will hurt his standing with many working-class Republicans with the presidential election just over a month away.
Amy Coney Barrett Nominated to Supreme Court
On Saturday, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court.
The nomination of Barrett was expected, with many media outlets breaking the news on Friday. Barrett is likely to pass the Senate confirmation process easily. If confirmed, Barrett will be President Trump’s third SCOTUS nominee in just his first term.
A staunch conservative, Barrett would give the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority, potentially putting LGBT rights, Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy, though The Sting editor-in-chief Leonard Robinson believes that Justices Roberts and Gorsuch will side with liberals on these issues.
Coronavirus in Maryland
Maryland’s coronavirus numbers showed significant improvement over the past week, with the Maryland Department of Health reporting a record low positivity rate of 2.5% for the first time. Johns Hopkins, who calculates the positivity rate with a different formula, saw their percentage dip below 5% as well. This comes roughly three weeks after Governor Larry Hogan further loosened restrictions on businesses, moving into stage 3 of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.
The Hapless Orioles Aren’t So Hapless Anymore.
The Baltimore Orioles finished up their shortened season last night with a 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays last night. Baseball was one of the first sports to return in the COVID-era, and the Orioles were expected to finish in dead last following disappointing performances over the past two seasons. Somehow, the Orioles managed to finish in fourth place in the American League East with a somewhat respectable 25-35 record on the 60-game season.
From The Sting
Editor-in-chief Leonard Robinson wrote an excellent piece memorializing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and analyzing the SCOTUS confirmation and court battles ahead. As mentioned above, Robinson writes that the crisis we now find ourselves in is a result of years of hypocrisy by both major political parties.
Staff writer Kopper Boyd gave some insight on UB’s new Vice-President of Enrollment, including her background and what she brings to the table. Coming from the University of Hawai’i, Roxie Shabazz is looking forward to helping UB improve, with the pandemic threatening to hurt schools’ enrollment for years to come.
Tony Sheaffer is managing editor for The Sting.