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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WVU chapter.

Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court Justice

After a partisan debate that divided the country, Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn into a seat in the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting three women in the eighties. After a grueling process consisting of senate hearings and FBI investigations, Kavanaugh won the vote. This is a huge victory for Trump, considering his unwavering endorsement of Kavanaugh. Protests broke out all over the country after the decision was made. The country is once again at a battle with each other. The supreme court is expected to have a right tilted supreme court bench after this.

South Carolina shooting

One officer was killed and six other officers were wounded after a man abused the deputies. Fred Hopkins, the shooter, has been charged with one count of murder and six other counts of attempted murder. The police were executing a warrant in Florence for Seth Hopkins, Fred Hopkins’ adopted son, when the shooting happened. Police were investigating Seth Hopkins for sexual assault.

Someone tried to poison President Trump

On October 3rd, the pentagon received a letter addressed to Donald Trump containing the highly toxic compound, Ricin. Ricin is extracted from castor beans and can be used in the form of powder, a pill, a mist or acid form. If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding and then continues to shut down all major organs and can cause death. The letter never made it to the White House but has been linked to several other letters received by the pentagon.

Wedding limo crash left 20 dead

A limo failed to stop at an intersection when it crashed into another car, killing twenty people, making it the deadliest automobile accident in nearly a decade. The limo was carrying a group of couples to a birthday party in upstate New York, killing all 18 people in the limo including the driver, and two pedestrians.

Nigerian School Girl will be executed this month if demands are not met

Nigerian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu has been held hostage by Boko Haram, a terrorist group in Africa. Leah Sharibu was one of many to be held for ransom, and most were released but Leah, who refused to renounce her Christian faith. Negotiations are proceeding through the Nigerian government.  

Maura is a senior at West Virginia University, studying honors journalism and leadership. She was the president of Her Campus at WVU from 2018-2019, interns with ESPN College GameDay and works as a marketing/communication assistant for the Reed College of Media. On campus, she has written opinion for WVU's Daily Athenaeum, served as the PR chair for WVU Society of Professional Journalists and was a reporter for WVUToday. She teaches leadership classes for the Honors College and is an active member of both the Honors Student Association and Helvetia Honorary. Maura is an avid fan of The New Yorker, (most) cities and the first half of late-night talk shows.