Round-Up Friday: Week of December 2, 2016

Fires In Tennessee rage on while 11 are confirmed dead

Many wildfires sprung out in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge on Monday, resulting in 80 injuries and countless other damages in the affected areas. According to the most recent numbers, the death toll has risen to 11, but officials are not giving up hope. “We’re never going to give up hope. I will always hang onto hope that there’s a chance of rescue,” said Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller at a midday news conference. “But now, we are at hour 65 from the beginning of the fires. We have to come to a realization that the potential is great that it could be more of a recovery than a rescue.”

Plane Crash in Colombia that killed 71 due to lack of Fuel

The horrific plane crash in Medellin, Colombia that occurred Monday and took the lives of 71 people has been found to have been the result of low fuel. According to the article that, “investigators were considering a shortage of fuel as a significant contributor to Monday’s crash, according to a person familiar with the early stages of the inquiry.” It continued to say that, “The lack of apparent fire damage among the wreckage of the British Aerospace Avro RJ85 strongly suggest the jet’s fuel tanks were dry when it hit the ground.”

Death of Fidel Castro incites mixed reactions

In the late night of Friday, November 25, 2016, news broke that Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba had passed away at the age of 90. While moods were jubilant for Cuban exiles of the dictator in the Miami Straits, those in Cuba are currently undergoing a nine day period of mourning. According to the source, it quotes one man as having said, “This is a celebration, but not a celebration of death, but a beginning of liberty that we’ve been waiting for many years. The hope is … that it opens up Cuba a little bit more.”

Donald Trump Picks General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense

In news that broke Friday, it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump picked General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense. According the article, “Mattis is a tough talking retired Marine general who during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 famously led the 1st Marine Division’s rapid drive into Baghdad. Among his peers, Mattis has a reputation as a blunt military strategist.” The move is being praised by many conservatives.