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HC Wake-Up Call: Part of the East Coast Experiences an Earthquake, Undocumented Immigrant Found Not Guilty in 2015 Shooting of a Woman & Applebee’s to Sell $1 Long Island Iced Teas This Month

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits the U.S. East Coast

Just as hurricane season has winded down, a surprise but small earthquake hit a portion of the American Northeast on Thursday afternoon. The Huffington Post reports that the earthquake originated near Dover, Delaware, and was also felt in parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The New York Times additionally says that the quake was felt as far south as Virginia, covering an area of the United States that rarely experiences earthquakes. Registering as a 4.1 magnitude event, the earthquake reportedly caused no injuries or noticeable damage. 

An Undocumented Immigrant Is Not Guilty in 2015 Shooting of a Woman

CNN reports that a jury has found undocumented immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in the July 2015 death of Kate Steinle. Originally charged of murder and involuntary manslaughter, Garcia Zarate became a key name in the discussion surrounding the country’s immigration policy when he shot Steinle with a .40-caliber handgun in San Francisco in 2015. While prosecutors argued that he intentionally shot the victim, his defense lawyer argued that the act was accidental. 

The jury’s choice has caused mixed reactions. While the House of Representatives passed “Kate’s Law,” a ruling on increased maximum prison penalties for immigrants repeatedly entering the States illegally, earlier this year, many conservatives have cited San Francisco being a sanctuary city for the trial’s outcome. “When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

While Garcia Zarate was found guilty on murder charges, he was still convicted for “being a felon in possession of a gun,” The Hill says. After being deported five previous times, U.S. immigration officials have said that they will begin the deportation process for Garcia Zarate again. 

Applebee’s Will Offer $1 Long Island Iced Teas All December Long

We know that Applebee’s is probably a go-to place for you and your hometown friends over the holidays, and now there’s an even greater reason to hit up the restaurant chain this December. Delish reports that after the the fall promotion of Applebee’s $1 margaritas, the restaurant will now sell $1 Long Island Iced Teas, or a Dollar L.I.T., for the entire month of December. “The Dollar L.I.T is kind to your pocket book and a great drink to share with old friends and new ones this holiday season,” said Applebee’s vice president of beverage innovation Patrick Kirk in a press release. Say no more, I’m there. 

What to look out for…

Today is World Aids Awareness Day, which commemorates calls for people worldwide to unite in their support of HIV victims and the fight against the disease. Wear red to honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illness or purchase an official red ribbon to show your support. 

Kristen Perrone is a Siena College Class of 2018 alumna. She studied English during her time at Siena.