So What Did Gen. Petraeus Do, Anyway? [Current Events Cheat Sheet]

OMG you guys, football! There must be some exciting things going on because I can hardly think or type right now thanks to the guy down the hall who loves to scream at the TV when football games are on! And he claps louder than I thought was humanly possible. Are my eardrums bursting? I don’t know! But some other stuff happened this week, so here it is…

At Home

General David Petraeus, a highly decorated four-star general, stepped down as Director of the CIA after the FBI uncovered evidence that he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. It only got more scandalous from there – members of Congress are upset that the FBI didn’t reveal the evidence to them sooner, and it was revealed that an FBI agent got himself into hot water after sending shirtless photos to another woman involved in the case.

New York City will demolish about 200 homes in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The buildings were determined to be hazardous, and many were already partially burned down. About 500 more structures are still being evaluated.

Jared Loughner, the man who went on a shooting rampage in 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona, was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences in prison, plus 140 years. His shooting killed six people and injured 13, including former Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

The World

The Israel Defense Forces and Hamas militants in Gaza have been exchanging rocket fire, wounding hundreds of people. World leaders are calling for a cease fire, but many fear that a ground war could begin any day.

10,000 people in Ireland protested the death of Savita Halappanavar, a woman who died after being refused an abortion even though it was clear she was miscarrying.

Around 49 people, most of them children, were killed when a train crashed into a school bus in Cairo, Egypt.


Some stuff happened in college football.

The NHL and its locked-out players’ union will return to labor talks this week.

Hot on the Web

Straight guys, listen up. These gay men have a message for you: if you don’t open your minds a bit and support gay marriage, they’re going to marry the crap out of your girlfriends. See the viral video here, and let us know what you think. Just perfect, or too many stereotypes?

Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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