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News Brief: Week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2


Beto O’Rourke drops out of presidential race

Beto O’Rourke announced on Friday, Nov. 1 his withdrawal from the presidential race. O’Rourke, who previously ran for governor of Texas, was running for the hotly-contested Democratic bid.

O’Rourke, who represented the Texas 16th congressional district from 2013 to 2019, announced his withdrawal in an email to supporters and a speech in Des Moines, IA, where he was originally to spend four days campaigning. 

“Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,” O’Rourke wrote. “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.”

O’Rourke’s withdrawal comes after he failed to receive an invitation to the next televised debate on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

California congressional representative resigns

Rep. Katie Hill, a freshman Democratic congresswoman representing California’s 25th district, resigned from her position on Sunday, Oct. 27, following an ethics investigation about an improper affair and explicit pictures leaked by her ex-husband.

The California representative had compromising photos and texts which implicated an inappropriate relationship with an aide in her congressional office, which is prohibited under House rules. A right-wing publication and a British tabloid leaked these photos.

Hill released a statement on the same Sunday announcing her resignation and credited her ex-husband for releasing the pictures, claiming he was running a “smear campaign” as a result of his abusive tendencies.

“Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy,” Hill stated. “It’s also illegal, and we are currently pursuing all of our available legal options. [My resignation] is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband.”

Former Georgia cop sentenced to prison for death of unarmed black man

A former Georgia police officer was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday, Nov. 1, for the death of a mentally ill, unarmed and naked black man in 2015.

Robert “Chip” Olsen was called into a neighborhood on March 9, 2015, in response to complaints about a naked man acting erratically and knocking on doors. The man, a 26-year-old Afghanistan war veteran named Anthony Hill with a history of mental illness, charged at Olsen. Olsen called for him to stop before drawing his gun and firing two shots, fatally shooting the unarmed Hill.

A jury acquitted Olsen of murder in September, but found him guilty of aggravated assault, making a false statement and two counts of violation of oath. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson sentence Olsen to a 20-year term, with 12 years to be served in custody.


Community and celebrities rally behind bullied Yukon boy

Two professional fighters took to social media to stand up for a 12-year-old Yukon boy after he was beaten up and videos of the attack went viral. 

MMA fighter Justin Wren and WWE fighter Mick Foley expressed their support for Rayden Overbay, who was beaten by students on two occasions which were both caught on camera. After the videos went viral, a GoFundMe page was created to support Rayden.

Wren tweeted his support for Rayden, saying, “We are doing something about this. I’ve been spending a lot of time with Rayden and his family. If you want to send your love and support via message or video use the #StandWithRayden and #FightForTheForgotten. We will show Rayden and his family some of the best ones.”

The hashtags Wren and Foley shared soon spread throughout Twitter. The GoFundMe has raised over $16,000 as of Monday, Nov. 4.


Homecoming welcomes alumni, crowns winners

Oklahoma Christian celebrated Homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 2, welcoming alumni from across the country to celebrate with basketball games, a parade and the Homecoming musical.

The women of Gamma Rho took home first place for the overall homecoming standings, followed by Iota Kappa Phi, Chi Lambda Phi and Phi Omega Nu respectively. Destiny Grace and Jonathan Holsberry were named Homecoming queen and king.

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