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Weekly Wind Down

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The Past Week in History

Written by: Fabiana Gadillo

Published: October 28, 2021

A fatal explosion occurred on November 1, 1955. United Airlines Flight 629 had just crashed in a field in Longmont Colorado. Forty-four people, ranging from 13 to 81 years old, had lost their lives in this tragedy.

When the FBI and local investigators searched among the debris, they recognized

some abnormalities in the crash. They have found unusual sheets of metals and smells in the

crash. Investigators immediately became suspicious of sabotage and did background

research on each passenger. The passenger Daisie E. King caught investigators' interest. In

what is assumed to be her personal handbag, there were many personal letters and

newspaper clippings about her son, Jack Gilbert Graham. In these newspaper clippings, it

showed that Jack Graham, was charged with forgery by the Denver County District Attorney

and was placed on the “most wanted” list in 1951. Upon further investigation, it was

discovered that Daisie King had three different life insurance policies. Jack Graham was the

beneficiary of these policies that were worth $37,500. Jack Graham was soon arrested and

confessed that he used dynamite to blow up the plane. He tried to plead not guilty by reason

of insanity but each of the four psychiatrists deemed him as legally sane. He was prosecuted

for murdering his mother and sentenced to death in the gas chambers. This crime is

considered the first confirmed case of sabotage against a U.S commercial airline and also

the first time that television cameras were allowed to film in court.

Written by: Written by: Ashley Arleen Avila

Published: October 28, 2021

In the afternoon of October 28th, 1904, New York unveiled its very own rapid transit system: the Subway. Throughout the rapid urbanization of American society during the 19th and 20th century, there had been no major modes of rapid mass travel, making it difficult to house and employ all the people who were moving into city centers. This subway is the largest subway system in the United States, as well as being the most well known and influential. There are large lists devoted to films, television, and music that have tried to capture the spirit of the New York Subway. While only a short part of the scene was technically filmed on the New York subway (most of the scene takes place on an elevated platform, of which there are none on the New York subway), many of us fondly remember the Spiderman-2 Subway scene where Peter Parker and Doc Oc fight on the roof of the train. It helps to show that the New York subway is quintessential to the overall character of the city.

The Past Week Locally

Written by: Alex Sanchez

Published: October 28, 2021

This upcoming Saturday, October 30th Tucson will be having a Dia de Los Muertos

event on 750 N Kolb Road from 1 pm - 7 pm. There will be over 40 vendors, possibly

Mariachis, and many, more fun events. You may be thinking this all sounds great, but what is

Dia de Los Muertos? Dia de Los Muertos, also known in English as “the Day of the Dead,'' is

a holiday that is generally celebrated on November 1st. It “honors the dead with festivals and

lively celebrations and is a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec

ritual with Catholicism''. It is an opportunity for families who have lost a loved one to celebrate

their deceased by participating in activities that they loved while they were alive. “On Dia de

Los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep

to share celebrations with their loved ones”. If you have some extra time this weekend and

would like something to do, attend the Day of the Dead event this Saturday here in Tucson!

The Past Week Nationally

Written by: Rhiannon S. Cox

Published: October 28, 2021

Records were broken across Northern California as substantial rainfall occurred across the area. 5.44 inches of rain fell in Sacramento, which broke the previous record for one day rainfall from 1880 (NPR) while San Francisco had their fourth wettest day on record with 4 inches of rain. The rain is much appreciated after California has spent nearly two years in a drought (Smith). This past summer, hydroelectric power plants were forced to shut down due to receding water levels. In addition to the drought, the state has also been experiencing catastrophic wildfires. For over two months, the Caldor Fire has been raging in Sequoia and King National Parks, while simultaneously the Dixie Fire has burned nearly one million acres across several counties. Although due to the sudden increase in rain, both fires are now fully contained.

However, this does not mean that wildfire season is over, as more rain is needed to

cement that status. Similarly, experts say that just one storm is not enough to end a years-

long drought. Even though the rainfall has been helpful to the environment, it can be

detrimental to those living in the area. The weather has caused flash floods as well as

landslides. These incidents increased traffic and created road hazards for the drivers

involved. And for those not on the road, thousands of homes were without power. Hopefully,

the rain continues at a level that is helpful for the environment and safe for the people.

The Past Week Internationally

Written by: Sophie Carlisle

Published: October 28, 2021

On Tuesday, October 27, 2021, the wedding of Japanese Princess Mako to lawyer Kei

Komuo took place. After a years-long wait, the couple finally tied the knot in an

an unceremonious event in Tokyo, forgoing the traditional mainstays of a royal wedding

(CNN, 2021). Mr. and Mrs. Komuro are headed to New York City, where Mr. Korumo practices

law, to begin their new life together separate from the Japanese Royal family (CNN, 2021).

The wedding has sparked much debate about gender equality in Japanese society. As a princess marrying a commoner, Ms. Komuro was required to renounce her royal title. This rule applies only to female members of the royal family with no exceptions (The New York Times, 2021). Ms. Komuro is not the only former royal princess to make an exit from palace life. Following World War Two, the Japanese Royal family had sixty-seven members; now, there are just three men eligible for succession: “The emperor’s 85-year-old uncle, Prince Masahito; his brother, Crown Prince Fumihito, age 55; and his nephew and Princess Mako’s brother Hisahito, age 15, Bloomberg reported (Bloomberg, 2021). The inability for women to ascend to the throne places immense pressure on the dwindling number of men in line for succession. For the royal line to continue, the young prince Hisahito must bear a son in his lifetime, or, Japan must change its laws.

However, fundamental change to a system that has prevented women from ruling seems unlikely. In 2020, the World Economic Forum reported that Japan’s “gender gap is the largest among advanced economies” (World Economic Forum, 2020). Changing traditional roles associated with the nuclear family may help encourage more equality, but most activists agree that action to propel gender equality must happen on the national level. Nonprofit organizations like No Youth No Japan aim to uplift young, diverse voices in politics to fight for issues such as gender equality.

For more information on the above stories visit the links below:


New York Metro



Press, The Associated. “Record Rainfall Drenches Drought-Stricken California and Douses Wildfires.” NPR, NPR, 26 Oct. 2021,

Smith, Hayley, et al. “Record Rains Transform a Parched California, but Ending Drought Remains Elusive.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021,


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