Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Nov. 23-28

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By Emma Puglia, Web-Editor-in-Chief


1. Belgium charges

suspect involved in Paris


Authorities charged another subject involved in the recent Paris attacks. This individual was one of 21 people detained for the 29 raids in the capital, Liege and Charleroi. The city of Brussels tightened security on Saturday, shutting down the metro system, closing school until Wednesday and urging citizens to avoid crowded areas in lieu of terrorist threats. To learn more, click here.


2. Adele releases new album

The new, widely anticipated Adele album 25, which released Friday, Nov. 20, has already shipped 3.6 million physical copies in the U.S., making it the most shipped new CD in the past decade. The soulful singer was a guest star on last week’s Saturday Night Live, alongside host Matthew McConaughey. Want to hear more about her album? Click here.


3. State Department issues worldwide travel alert

The U.S. State Department issued a rare release on Monday, Nov. 23 warning travelers to take precautions while traveling for safety from future ISIS terrorist attacks or copycat bombers, especially during the crowd-heavy holiday season. December 2014 was the last time a worldwide alert was issued and this travel alert will last until Feb. 24, 2016. To read more about the alert, read here.

4. Ahmed Mohamed seeks $15 million in damages

Formerly arrested for bringing in a homemade clock to school (mistaken for a bomb), attorneys for the Irving High School student Ahmed Mohamed are demanding $15 million in damages from the city of Irving and the school district itself. Attorneys claim Mohamed’s civil rights were violated, and threaten to take civil action if the demands aren’t met within 60 days. Click here to read more.


5. Grandson of former University of Michigan

football coach dies of cancer

After a tragic fight with a rare, inoperable form of brain cancer, 5-year-old Chad Carr, grandson of former University of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, died. The hashtag #ChadTough united University of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, who all wore the phrase on their helmets while playing their respective games as a tribute to the young boy. To read more, click here.