Week-ends (01/27/18)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Jovanna Calzadillas

James Meiergerd…


VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Larry Nassar

The NFL

The flu

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I’ve just signed your death warrant. I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir. If [the U.S. Constitution] did, I have to say, I might allow what [Nassar] did to all of these beautiful souls ― these young women in their childhood ― I would allow some or many people to do to him what he did to others.”
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina as she sentenced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to 175 years in prison at Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan. Over 150 victims explained how Nassar had taken advantage of them sexually, some of whom were Olympians. Before the sentencing hearings, Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, Simone Biles, and McKayla Maroney all released statements explaining how Nassar had abused them.

“Fake news, folks. Fake news. A typical New York Times fake story.”
President Donald Trump responding to the New York Times story that he ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June but changed his mind when White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to quit

Despite Americans’ waning confidence in the media, a majority still believe the press plays a “critical,” or at least a “very important,” role in our democracy. They are the unofficial Fourth Estate, after all.

But what happens to our society when the media fail to fulfill their duties, when the “watchdogs” become the ones who need to be watched?

Perhaps the next time the media go to point fingers at Republicans and the Trump administration for undermining our democracy and drawing a wedge between fellow Americans, they should take a look at what they are doing to our nation first.
Erika Haas of Townhall.com

Sometimes I just want to tell the gut-wrenching, honest truth after an unsuccessful open house, like “Can we get rid of talkative grandma for the next open house? I don’t think she’s caught up with the current racially appropriate terminology.” Or “How about not cooking fish five minutes before I get there?” or “No, they didn’t think the shower in the dining room was a bonus feature” or “Can you please remove the satanic poster, black candles and dried goat head from your son’s room?”

[In that case] it was a teenager. The whole room was painted black. I don’t actually know if it was a goat—it could have been a deer. It was something with hair. The rest of the house was like Pottery Barn.

I said to the dad, “Could we take the poster down? It would be better if it was more mainstream.” That was a challenge, because he didn’t want to hurt his son’s feelings.

One house, [the owner has] a stripper pole. Every time I show the house, people think there are structural problems, because why else would you put a pole there? I always explain it as an “exercise pole”—it’s a class, like Zumba.
GiGi Malek, real-estate agent at Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty, Forest Hills, N.Y., telling the Wall Street Journal her pet peeves

And these quotes from Gov. Walker’s State of the State Address

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

See The NFL above

The fact that some are outraged about Judge Aquilina

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

This study

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Speculation about marital strife in the White House

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Candy or marijuana?

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