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Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

Elevator to the Moon: Soon to Come or Just Science Fiction?

How exciting would it be to be able to go to the moon, especially if you didn’t have to travel in a rocket? Imagine having an escalator or elevator that took you straight there. Just step into the chamber and let the elevator transport you. Well, that concept is closer to a reality than you may think. Scientists have predicted we will be able to do just that as early as 2050. NASA, along with space agencies in China and Japan, have been working on this idea for years. In fact, in 1959, Russian engineer Yuri Artsutanov proposed the first concept.

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Hurricane: A Fine Canine Recognized for a Job Well Done

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” One canine is basking in the recognition of his fight to protect the First Family of the United States.

Meet the brave and loyal pooch, Hurricane, a black Belgian Malinois and US Secret Service canine officer who was on duty with his handler, Officer Marshall Mirarchi, at the White House October 22, 2014, when a stranger breached security.  A man had vaulted the north lawn fence, darting across the lawn, and towards the family residence.

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The NBA Caves to China

The National Basketball Association has been in the news lately because of a controversy over some comments made by one of its managers. This story is an example of how other countries can sometimes infringe on the rights and values of Americans.

Daryl Morey, the owner of the Houston Rockets, recently said that he supported the activists who are fighting for their rights in Hong Kong, which is ruled by the Chinese government. His comments angered the People’s Republican of China, and the country threatened to stop doing business with the NBA. Currently, the basketball league has an agreement with China to broadcast games to the Chinese people. This deal has enabled the NBA to make a significant sum of money.

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Nobel Prize: Rewarding Contributions to Peace Since 1901

The Nobel Peace Prize is a prestigious award given to people or organizations that have demonstrated an extraordinary effort to improve the world. This year’s award went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmend Ali “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.”

Ali was recognized for many other reasons, as well. In his first 100 days as Prime Minister, he managed to lift the country’s state of emergency, granted amnesty to thousands of political prisoners, dismiss military and civilian leaders who were suspected of corruption, discontinue media censorship, legalize opposition groups that had been outlawed, and increase the influence of women in the political and community life.

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Columbus Day, Indigenous People’s Day – What’s in a Name?

Columbus Day is celebrated each year on the second Monday in October. It is in honor of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who brought Europeans to the Americas. It is also a celebration of the growth of our nation since the Pilgrims first arrived and began eking out a life in the new land.

Although Columbus first landed in America on October 12, 1492, the first celebration of this day did not happen until 300 years later, in 1792. The first Columbus Day celebration happened in New York as part of the 300-year celebration of the nation. Since Columbus was Italian-Catholic, Italian communities started organizing annual ceremonies and parades in the explorer’s honor.

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