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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“An absolute monster. All indications are it’s going to hit very hard and it’s going to be very big.”
President Trump compared Dorian to Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Florida in 1992
“All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts. As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant. Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
“I feel helpless because the whole coast is threatened. What’s the use of going all the way to Georgia if it can land there?”
Josefine Larrauri, a retired translator, went to a Publix supermarket in Miami only to find empty shelves in the water section
“I just moved here, so I’m lost. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Lauren Harvey, 51, in Vero Beach, said this was her first hurricane alone in Florida and that she felt unprepared
“I’ve been in Florida 66 years. It don’t bother me.”
William McDougle commented as he filled up several gas cans as Floridians were busy preparing for a possible hit from Hurricane Dorian
“First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you. Call balls and strikes on you. My job, Mr. President, our job here, is to keep the scores, not settle scores.
“It is called being fair and balanced, Mr. President, yet it is fair to say you’re not a fan when that balance includes stuff you don’t like to hear or facts you don’t like to have questioned.”
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted President Trump after Trump tweeted that “Fox isn’t working for us anymore”
“He’s showing signs of mental confusion. And he’s looking and acting way too old for his political aspirations. If I could talk to Biden, I’d tell him the truth everyone knows but doesn’t have the heart to say out loud: ‘Joe, face reality. It’s time to get off the stage. You don’t need any more of this campaign crap. It’s time to quit while more people still love you than feel sorry for you. While you still have a little dignity left. While you still have time to spend with your family’.”
“The fundamental dynamics of election 2020 are that Democrats have a solid base equal to just over 40% of all voters. Republicans have a solid base just a few points less than 40%. The other 20% includes some who lean in one direction or the other but are far from committed to either party. There are a few more Republican leaners than Democratic leaners (including some GOP voters who aren’t sold on President Trump).
“These fundamentals suggest that if both parties manage to hold on to both their base and marginal voters, we will have a close election. In that case, the outcome will wind up in the hands of political neutrals that activists can’t really understand.”
Scott Rasmussen, political analyst, author, public speaker and columnist
“He robbed me of my dreams, of my chance to pursue a career I adored. The fact I will never have a chance to face my predator in court eats away at me. They let this man kill himself and kill the chance for justice for so many others.”
Jennifer Araoz, who has accused Jeffrey Epstein of raping her in his New York mansion when she was a 15-year-old aspiring actress. Sixteen of Epstein’s accusers stood before a judge and took advantage of an opportunity to be heard in court after his jailhouse suicide denied them the chance to testify against him at his sex-trafficking trial.
“He is a coward. Justice has never been served in this case.”
Courtney Wild, who has said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Florida at 14. The question before the judge was whether to throw out the indictment because of the defendant’s death, a usually pro forma step undertaken without a hearing. But the judge offered Epstein’s accusers their day in court.
“But the end is here, and here I stand, feeling more powerful than he will ever be.”
Teala Davies, taking deep breaths to steady her voice, said she was 17 when she was victimized. She said she thought Epstein was the most powerful person in the world.
“His contract is up in January. He has not been offered a new contract, and there is significant speculation that he is going to be fired.
“I’m guessing Tom Barrett wants to have a chief who does what he’s told. Every mayor wants the police chief to do what he is told. Every mayor is going to want that. The problem with that is, it is inherent in the nature of the position it never works out that way because once you give someone a contract, they don’t have to do what they’re told anymore.”
News/Talk 1130 WISN-AM radio host Mark Belling suggested Mayor Tom Barrett might fire Police Chief Alfonso Morales
“Under the leadership of Chief Morales, both homicides and non-fatal shootings are down for the second consecutive year.”
Mayor Barrett said he supports Morales
“As the current chief of the Milwaukee Police Department, I am focused on the safety and security of the members of this agency, the citizens we swore to protect and preparing for a successful 2020 Democratic National Convention.”
“I think they’re badass. I think young people are more informed and dynamic than their predecessors. I think they’re profoundly courageous, because they’re willing to puncture more taboos and have conversations that, frankly, older generations sometimes struggle to have.”
Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised her fellow youths as more “informed” and “willing to go to the streets” than such generations as the Boomers who stopped the Vietnam War and pushed the civil-rights laws and the Greatest Generation, who survived the Depression and won World War II
“How many members of the true Greatest Generation fought and died so
@AOC and her generation could have the peace & prosperity they enjoy today?”
Scott Walker’s reaction to AOC
“Even when I was on vacation, I woke up in the middle of the night at 3:30 in the morning, um, just concerned about climate change … It really, like, freaks me out and it can be really, really scary. I’m 29-years-old, I really struggle sometimes with the idea of how to be a policymaker and potentially have a family in the time of climate change.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on climate change
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
New polling shows that nationally, 58% of Hispanic Democratic voters and 53% of black Democrats support charters, while only 30% of white Democrats do. The same poll found that overall support for charter schools has climbed to 48%, from a low of 39% in 2017.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Singer Tayor Swift called for passage of the Equality Act, which would provide legal protections for LGBTQ people against discrimination at work, home, school, and other public accommodations
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK