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Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Dec. 11-15

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1. Attempted terrorist attack in New York City subway

Yesterday during the morning rush-hour, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah set off a homemade explosive device in a New York City subway. The attack was an isolated event and left five people, including the attacker, injured. Ullah claims the attack was inspired by Christmas terror attacks in Europe. For more information on the attack, click here.

 

2. Alabama holds special election to fill empty Senate seat

Alabama’s race for Jeff Sessions’ senate seat ends today. The campaign has gotten national attention due to allegations against controversial Republican candidate Roy Moore, as several women have come forward accusing him of sexual misconduct. If Democratic candidate Doug Jones wins, Republicans will have a senate majority of just one seat. For more information on the election, click here.

 

3. California still engulfed in wildfires

Firefighters are still battling the Thomas fire in Southern California. The conflagration is still larger than New York City and has destroyed over 1,000 buildings. But, with winds dying down, the flames are more easily neutralized. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire, the blaze is 20% contained as of today. For more information on the fires, click here.

 

4. Band and Orchestra play at Parcells Middle School

On Friday, Dec. 15, members of the band and orchestra will perform at Parcells Middle School. The full orchestra will play “Sleigh Ride” and a “Star Wars” medley. The symphony and jazz bands will play songs from the Phantom of the Opera” and “A Fresh Aire Christmas.”

 

5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the next installment in the franchise, hits theaters this Friday. It features classic characters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) meeting up with the newest generation of heroes — Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) — for an adventure that will reveal secrets of the past. For more information on the movie, click here.

 

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