Current Events Cheat Sheet: Yes, There Is Other News Besides the Hurricane

After months of bloody fighting, Libyan rebels swept into the capital city Tripoli and claimed victory. The former leader of Libya, Moammar Gadhafi, has finally been defeated after 42 years of tyrannical rule. But… where is the guy? His whereabouts are a total mystery. Even though the rebels couldn’t find him, they did get a look at his possessions: a $130,000 electric Fiat 500, gay porn, an elaborate mermaid couch, and a thick album filled with pictures of his diplomatic crush Condoleeza Rice were found at his place. Gadhafi’s fate isn’t the only thing that’s up in the air — now that Libyan rebels have won, nobody is quite sure what will happen next. Will war break out between the rebels? Will there be enough resources for Libyan citizens? And will Libya become a stable nation? Let’s hope the answer to the last question is yes — Libyans have dealt with enough over the past year.

Steve Jobs resigned from his position as CEO of Apple. Jobs was more than just a CEO for the mega-successful company. He was the face, the brains, and the legend that propelled a small, underestimated start-up into the iPhone, iPad-creating business richer than the U.S. government (which doesn’t sound like much nowadays, but it is). Jobs has been suffering from health issues since 2003 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but you wouldn’t have known it from the creations he’s released over the past few years. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will be taking over, but will Apple still be, you know, Apple without Jobs? I have my doubts.

Astronomers discovered a new planet made largely of diamond. Not even Kim K or Katie Middleton could boast a rock this big — it’s about 34,175 miles in diameter. We won’t be harvesting it for engagement rings any time soon, though. The as-of-yet unnamed planet is about 4,000 light years away. In fact, astronomers aren’t quite sure what outer space’s new bling even looks like yet. Travis Metcalfe at the National Center for Atmospheric Research said that “it’s highly speculative…  [but] if you shine a light on it, I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t sparkle like a diamond.”

Only days after a rare earthquake rattled East-coasters, Hurricane Irene descended. The 5.8-magnitude earthquake was felt from Georgia to Canada, but there was barely any damage. Unless, of course, you count the damaged pride of us frightened Easterners- Californians loved mocking our freak-out over such a minor quake. The West Coast was definitely not laughing at the other natural disaster that hit the opposite side of the country this week, though. The much-hyped Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage along the coast, and as of last night the death toll was at 20. Here’s hoping that number stays put. Irene makes 2011 the most expensive year of natural disasters. Did someone say global warming?

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A new, $120 million monument honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. was unveiled in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Even though the dedication scheduled for Sunday — 48 years after King’s “I have a dream” speech — was cancelled because of Irene, visitors showed up anyway to see the 30-foot statue. Some critics claim that MLK looks “too white” and “a tad pouty” in the piece. What do you think?

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