NM Ranks Among Biggest Drug Problem
By: Mariah Tso '21
New Mexico is ranked the 6th state in The United States for the biggest drug problem. It was also ranked number the 3rd in the state for the highest percentage of teenage drug use and numbered 14th in the state for adult users. It is ranked 13th in the state for overdose.
In 2016, New Mexico was ranked second in the state for overdose. In the year of 2016, just under 500 Mexicans died from overdose and the year of 2015, 540 people died from overdose. WalletHub determined which states have the biggest drug problem and ranked them to three categories the first one is Drug Use and addiction. The Second one is Law Enforcement. The third one is Drug health issues and rehab.
All the categories were evaluated 20 metric including the drug use problems which included with teens with adults. Also, the federal drug spending control has increased over the years from 2013 to 2017. In 2013 it was $23.8 million and for 2017 it increased to $27.5 million.
The ranked states 1-10 of biggest drug problem:
The first state is District of Columbia. The second state is Missouri. The third state is New Hampshire and the 4th state is Michigan. The 5th state is West Virginia. The 6th state is New Mexico. The 7th state is Indiana and the 8th state is Rhode Island. The 9th state is Kentucky. The final state is Pennsylvania.
Speaker of the Weak
Megaton's MMA instructor, Angelo Lincoln is speaker of the week. His goal is to teach students how to protect themselves and have self-control.
Hey! It's Your New Editor!
Hi Ambush readers,
My name is Meche’ Williams; I attend Gallup High School as a junior, but once next school year starts, I’ll be a senior (class of 2019). I started off writing for the former Associate Editor Lucia Kezele. Now I am the new editor of Southwest Interests.
Since the new change in Editors the style of how we run the newspaper will change, but more specifically speaking for Southwest Interests section. I plan to add more diversity by having more articles of the cultures in the region, publishing events that go on (locally, statewide, on the navajo reservation, etc.), as well as students and adults recognized throughout the region for their outstanding performance.
My goal for this section is to have one story a week from each reporter published every Friday. I would like to thank the former editors from each section for helping me grow as a person and a writer; they helped me see that there's different perspectives to each story, to be aware of other people's ideas/morals, make sure you can back up your story, you must have reliable sources, and make sure you’re unbiased. As an editor I hope to carry on the teachings they taught me onto the new reporters.
Sincerely, Meche' Williams
Hello Ambush Readers,
My name is Mariah Tso and I am an ambush reporter. I am a Freshman at Gallup High School and next coming school year I will be a sophomore. I will be graduating from the Class Of 2021. I wrote for the sports, arts and culture section before, but I mainly wrote for the southwest interests. I will continue my position as an ambush reporter. I will be writing for each section and provide new stories every week. I want to inform you, the ambush readers what's going on around the world. I would like for you as readers to keep reading. I support our motto “New Student Want New Student Write”. We, the ambush staff, will be publishing every Friday, just as before and we want you to keep reading.
Sincerely, Mariah Tso
Nurses Training to Help Sexual Assault Victims
by Meche Williams '19
In Albuquerque, New Mexico a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) named Alejandra Casarrubias, whose job is to answer calls to meet a sexual assault survivor. Casarrubias meets the survivor in an interview room at the Family Advocacy Center in downtown Albuquerque. With Casarrubias’s friendly and caring manner she listens to the survivors story while they sit in the room fully stocked of cloths, hygiene kits, and refreshments. During the time they spend in the family room the nurse will conduct the examination, collecting DNA samples and taking photos of injuries and clothing. Once the nurse is done with the examination the survivor can take a shower in the adjoining bathroom. Since Casarrubias has been a nurse the youngest person she had to examine was three years old and the oldest was eighty-six. The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Program has centers located all around New Mexico and has been up since 2004. You can find these centers in ten places: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Clovis, Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, Sante Fe, Silver City and Toas. The Coalition Program trains nurses who want to become a SANE so they know how to properly examine a sexual assault survivor. A SANE, in addition to their primary jobs, also do specialized work; the SANE’s are on call for twelve hour shifts and during that time they respond day or night to examine the survivor when they are summoned to conduct an exam on. Monohan, the state coordinator for the coalition program, says the burnout rate is high because of the demand of the work cna take a toll on them emotionally and physically.
Man Set to be Executed for Birthday Shooting
by Shawn McCraith '18
Erick Davila is set to be executed on April 25th for a birthday party shooting that left two dead back in 2009. The two victims were his rival gang member’s mother Annette and his 5-year-old daughter Queshawn. His case was heard by the US Supreme Court but it was rejected last year which was originally argued against but now he is set to die. Erick Davila, age 31, has been on death row for nine years now and is set to be executed on Wednesday for shooting at a Fort Worth household which was hosting a birthday that resulted in two deaths. Davila asked to stop the execution because of new claims about drug use during the murders and a conflict of interest within the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
Davila has been continually fighting his sentence by saying he only meant to kill his rival who was Jerry Stevenson and not 5-year-old granddaughter or his 47-year-old grandmother.The court had to figure if Davila’s intentions were to kill more people than just the two victims for him to be eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors argued that Erick Davila meant to kill more people referring to his statement of trying to get “the guys on the porch” and the “fat dude.”
In a statement written to the police Davila said,”I wasn't aiming at the kids or the woman and don't know where the woman came from.” The question of intent is what led to Davila’s case being sent to the nation’s highest court in the spring of last year. The jury found Erick Davila guilty and it would not have been so if someone else was hurt, not the grandmother or the girl. Now that the case in the US Supreme Court if he is found guilty he will be executed after 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 6th.
Last Week's Poll Results!!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they thought logging was the most dangerous job: 100% said yes.
Documentary: Teenage Love
by Shawn McCraith '18
Documentary: The Superman of Councilors
by Meche Williams '19
3 Most Dangerous Jobs in California
by Mariah Tso '21
The deadliest job in California is being a logger.A logger is a person who cuts down trees. Another word for a logger is a lumberjack. The California Department of Industrial Relations said during the time of 2012 and 2016 that 15 loggers died. Being a logger is a risk because you don't know if you will get injured or even worst. It's a risk because a tree could easily fall on you or even a branch. There's a risk of dying or getting severely injured being a logger.
The second most deadly job is being an Aircraft Pilot. Being an Aircraft Pilot can be dangerous because of the weather conditions. For example, if its raining the plane could possibly get struck or hit by lightning. During 2012 thru 2016 there were 30 deaths on the job. According to the Sacramento Bee there are 12,890 aircraft pilot in California.
The third most dangerous job in California is being a Truck Driver. There were 265 deaths that occurred during 2012 and 2016. They drive across the nation to deliver items to other places which they have a certain day to get there and it will take days if the shipment is in Florida and needs to be in California in so many days. They also can get sleepy. But in the state of California a logger, aircraft, and a truck driver are the top 3 most dangerous jobs.
Last Week's Poll Results!!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers what they thought about the teachers walking out: 100% of poll takers said that they support the teachers.
Will Arizona Teachers Walkout?
by Meche Williams '19
Arizona teachers are the apart of the lowest paid in the nation and has started “weighing whether” or not they are going to walk out of their classrooms and demand more funding after seeing it happen in other states. The Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has offered teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020 after that the walkout vote will start. But teachers in grass-roots groups say the plan does not address the other needs for supplies and rasis for support staff. The walk-out movements started in West virginia; their strike “garnered” them a raised, eventually Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Colorado have joined in on the movement.
The Arizona Education Association supports the #RedforEd movement which began in grass-roots and turned into Arizona Educators United group; they have informed the 20,000 members of thericks they’ll be taking by doing a state wide walkout. There is no law banning a teacher strike but a statewide strike is illegal under common law and the participants could lose their teaching credentials. The association President Joe Thomas said, “We’ve been telling our members that for six weeks, and they understand it and it doesn’t seem to faze them. That shows how upset they are. They’re willing to take this risk for their students.” In weeks since it started the rallying has brought forward stories of teachers working multiple jobs, living with their parents, teaching in poor facility infrastructure and out-of-date materials. Thomas adds, “We’ve never had a situation as dire as what we have right now, and that’s what’s truly unique, These aren’t teachers and support staff and counselors who are frustrated with their district, they are frustrated with their state governor and their state Legislature.”
Former San Antonio Lawyer Faces Trafficking Charges
by Shawn McCraith '18
A former lawyer of San Antonio was sentenced to 80 years in prison for forcing clients to have sex with him so he could provide them with legal services. The jury in Wilson County gave their judgment after about six hours of thinking it over. The case was moved from Bexar County because of its notoriety. Mark Henry Benavides aged 48 was convicted on Tuesday the 3rd of April, 2018 with six counts of continuous trafficking of persons. The attorneys of Benavides filed an appeal in the case.
Benavides still faces charges from other cases, court records show that he has two counts of sexual assault of a child, a single count of sexual assault and multiple counts of continuous trafficking of persons. As reported by the San-Antonio Express, Benavides mouthed the words “I love you” to his wife after Friday’s sentencing.
WOAI-TV reported that Benavides targeted drug addicts and prostitutes as victims which would only make their accounts less credible. He talked them into having sex with him so they wouldn’t be put into jail and he recorded the encounters. 250 DVDs of the sexual encounters between Benavides and the victims were confiscated from Benavides’ home and some were shown during the trial. A video of rough sex caused a juror to faint. The argument of whether the sex was sensual was said to be real as testified by Benavides but the prosecutor said that the cries of pain during the sex was real.
Meredith Chacon told the Express-News that,”This is human trafficking, he transported, coerced, threatened and made them feel they had no choice. This jury understood that.” The attorneys of Benavides didn’t comment on the sentencing. Mark Henry benavides was expected to run to be a district judge in bexar County but resigned from the state bar in 2016. Benavides will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years of his sentence.
Documentary: The Meaning of Baseball
by Lucie Kezele '18
Oklahoma Teachers Walk-Out
by Lucia Kezele '18
There is no doubt that teachers are some of the most important people within a child’s life. They not only teach children the basic fundamentals that they need to know to succeed but they also serve as role models for kids throughout the world. They not only spend eight hours a day teaching students but they also spend countless hours of their own time as well as their own money preparing for what their students need. Right now the country is being shaken by arguments about raising teacher’s salary. The walk-outs started in West Virginia and have since traveled to Oklahoma where the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) presented their state legislature with a list of demands for what they want to see happen within their state in regards to fair teaching wages. The current starting salary for teachers in Oklahoma is set at $31,600 (set by legislators) a year yet the salary can vary from district to district.
On March 9, 2018 the OEA approached their Oklahoma legislature with demands from the teachers. The legislature was given three weeks to approve these demands or else teachers across Oklahoma were threatening to walk out of their schools. These demands totaled to about $800 million in additional funding. This funding would not just apply to teacher’s salary but also to staff’s (custodians, secretaries, etc) salary as well as additional classroom funding. According to newsok.com, the demands request a $10,000 salary increase for teachers and a $5,000 increase for staff. The OEA stated that this raise did not have to happen within one year but that the legislature could stretch the raise over three years as long as the teachers received a raise of $6,000 in the next fiscal year. Senator Mike Schulz of Oklahoma said that a $10,000 pay raise would be tough but manageable however, he then went on to say that a $5,000 raise would be much more obtainable thus cutting the teacher’s demands in half. The rest of the demands include raises in health care funding as well as funding for public schools.
This past Monday, April 2, 2018, at least 20,000 people swarmed the Capitol to protest teacher salaries. Tuesday, protesters entered the Capitol, reaching number in the 100s, to “chant” while outside of the Capitol teachers booed the lawmakers as they adjourned from their meetings. Teachers have received massive backlash from their protesting, some people even going as far as to say that these teachers do not care about their students. I approached the Assistant-Principal of Union High School in Tulsa, OK to see what she had to say about why teachers and staff are walking out. Mila Gutierrez-Trujillo, Assistant-Principal at Union High School had this to say; “Class sizes are too big, students are needing more attention. If it means getting disciplined and getting the attention in the office.” These teachers are now receiving backlash from their own legislators. State Representative Kevin McDugle even went as fair to start a Facebook live video in which he berated the actions of these teachers and said that he “is not voting for another stinking measure when they are acting the way that they are acting.” He went on to delete the video and issue a statement saying that he simply did not agree with actions that were taken at the Capitol (actions he presumed to have come from teachers) and claimed that multiple legislators have received death threats.
Teachers have tried for years to get the legislature to increase their salaries. However, the House could not come to a decision. Democrats endorsed tax and budget cuts while republicans endorsed tax raises. The legislature requires a ¾ majority for a bill to pass and they just haven’t been able to come to a consensus on this issue. This year is different; teachers have all banded together and stuck with what they threatened. If the demands presented by the OEA were not met then there was a planned walk out for March 28th, and another for April 2nd if nothing was done. Last week teachers did, however, receive a raise that averaged to $6,100.
On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the teachers were on their third day of striking. However, not all teachers were still in the process of “walking out.” Some districts ordered their teachers to return to schools and begin teaching. The schools still participating in the walkout lie within the ten largest school districts in Oklahoma. These districts include the two largest cities in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City (pop. 579, 999) and Tulsa (pop. 391, 906). Teachers have said that they plan to continue their walk-out until something is changed while some teachers have decided to walk from their hometowns to the capitol, they should arrive there by Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
Nonprofits Depend on Arizona Give Day
Meche' Williams '19
The Arizona Gives Day Organization is formed by Arizona nonprofits and Arizona grantmakers that started in 2013 and has raised more than $10.1 million for nonprofits state wide. In Arizona the first Tuesday during the month of april has been important to small nonprofit organizations because they’re getting support and money from “Arizona Gives Day.” Jennifer Purcell the director of community engagement for the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits said, “With Arizona Gives Day, we are really trying to build a spirit of philanthropy in the state. We have lots of people who live here part-time, and because of that, they often give in their home states. We need those people, along with those living here year-round, to understand that their dollars are helping to make Arizona’s community as strong as it can be.” Over 1,000 nonprofits participate in Arizona Gives Day hope to have a record breaking amount in 24-hours since the donation opened. The whole idea behind Arizona Gives Day is “empowering nonprofits”, “paying it forward”, and “giving flexibility.” So far there are 1,053 different nonprofits you can donate to, of a wide range “representing diverse interests”: animals, art, children, community development, education, the environment, human services, seniors and more. The sanctuary www.hoofsnhornsfarm.org has been a non profit since 2013: majority of the animals they take in have special medical needs and specialized care. The Founder and CEO Shelby Brawley said, “Lots of the animals that come here have no other options: We are the last stop for them. Many rescue organizations can recoup fees by rehabbing animals and finding them homes, but we don’t have that option. We are somewhere between a hospital, hospice and retirement home. Often you feel like you are competing with so many big nonprofits, but a rescue partner said that Arizona Gives Day has really helped them and other small nonprofits, so we are thrilled to be able to participate and hopefully get our name out there.” If you’re interested to see the total amount of donations check out https://www.azgives.org/ and it will give you the amount and details of the nonprofits they help.
"Suitcase Killer" Executed
by Shawn McCraith '18
The “Suitcase Killer”, known as Rosendo Rodriguez III, was executed in Huntsville, Texas on March 28th when Rodriguez’ attorney made one last attempt to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court to stop the execution from happening. As reported by the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal Rodriguez, who is 38, was convicted and sentenced to death for killing and raping 29-year-old Summer Baldwin in 2005 in Lubbock. While Resendo was strapped into a gurney on the evening of March 28th he said “stop the death penalty” to “ save his brothers from death row” and urged people to contact the inmates on death row and “get to know them” which was also reported by the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal.
Rodriguez became the fourth inmate this year to be executed at 6:46 pm on Tuesday. The prosecutors discovered evidence that Rosendo had beaten, raped, and killed 10-week pregnant Summer Baldwin by suffocating her in a suitcase. The suitcase was then thrown into the trash. Workers found the suitcase in September 2005 only to find the remains of Baldwin inside. A testimony at Rodriguez’ trial in 2008 revealed that Baldwin may have still been alive when she was stuffed into the suitcase.
Rosendo Rodriguez was a former United States Marine reservist who was in Lubbock for training. He was linked to several other sexual assault cases including the confession of killing a 16-year-old girl who was reported missing; her remains were found mummified in a suitcase at the city dump. These cases were shown by court records that were obtained from The Associated Press. Assistant Texas Attorney General Tomee Heining said that the appeal was a “last ditch effort.” The appeal was denied thirty minutes before Rodrigues was scheduled to be executed.
AZ Governor Suspends Driverless Ubers
by Meche Williams '19
Arizona state's governor, Doug Ducey, announced Monday that they are suspending Uber testing vehicles after one of their vehicles hit a pedestrian. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle across an intersection late in the evening on March 18 when the autonomous vehicle hit her. Due to the extent of her injuries she died at a local hospital. There is a video released showing the 2017 Volvo XC90 SUV striking the women in Tempe, near Phoenix. After watching the video Ducey wrote, “I found the video to be disturbing and alarming, and it raises many questions about the ability of Uber to continue testing in Arizona. As governor, my top priority is public safety.” The Governor also said it raises questions about the ability of Uber to continue their testing in the state of Arizona because the video shows that it doesn't slow down or alter its course to avoid the pedestrian. The Uber company said, “We proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities immediately following the tragic incident last week. We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the governor's office to address any concerns they have.” As of now there are currently twenty-two states that have passed laws for the use of autonomous vehicles according to the National Conference. Uber posted a statement on Twitter saying it has already suspended testing of self-driving vehicles in four cities: San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Toronto.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident to find out if Uber can continue and what caused the accident and how to better prevent it.
Last Week's Poll Results!!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers whether they thought the state champion wrestler mentioned should be in the male or female division: 100% of Poll takers said that the wrestler should have to compete in the male division.
Arizona Law Requires Disclosure of Need for Abortion
by Shawn McCraith '18
Lawmakers in Arizona have reviewed a law that requires a woman having an abortion to disclose the information as to why she will be having an abortion. The Senate Bill 1394, introduced by Nancy Barto from Phoenix, which requires a doctor to obtain the information that cause their patients to want an abortion and that information would be reported to the Arizona Department of Health. Some possibilities to choose from would be “rape”, “abuse”, “separation”, “divorce” and “extramarital affairs”. The bill has been passed by the Arizona Senate and was presented to the House Committee for Judiciary and Public Safety on Wednesday afternoon. A Democrat from Tucson by the name of Kirstin Engel said that the law is invading the privacy of women and that government will now be involved with doctor-patient relationships.
The bill was developed by Cathi Herrod, who supports anti-abortion and whose Center for Arizona Policy has been adding more laws for abortion over the past years which is making it tougher to obtain one. In the United States the mortality rate is the highest in the world. Jodi Liggett the vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Arizona said “It's a bad joke to ask women about the reasons for their abortions when you have no intention of ever addressing any of those needs, now or in the future.” A reason that there may be so many abortions is because the slashing of funds to welfare programs so women would feel like they can’t support the baby if it was born. The Arizona Public Health Association, the Arizona Medical Association, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have opposed Senate Bill 1394.
Family of Four Found Deceased in Van
by Meche Williams '19
Written on March 16, 2018
A family of four was found dead in a van on March 15 around 8:40 p.m. The officers were dispatched at 8:35 p.m. to 12031 Brookhurst St. to investigate a suspicious car. The officer arrived at a CVS drug store parking lot in Garden Grove and found a family of four dead; out of those 4: 2 of them were children believed to be under the age of 4, a boy and girl. A woman told the police that as she walked nearby the van she smelled a foul odor. The van had the windows covered with a blanket and a sunscreen; the four family members have not yet been identified. But there were two females and two males inside the van; the cause of death is unknown and there has been no appearance that they suffered any noticeable trauma. It was also suggested that they were homeless and the witness that discovered the victims said the white Honda van has been sitting in the parking lot for several days, Whitney said. Officer Whitney said, “It is an officer’s worst nightmare to come across a family who appears to have died together, it’s sad for everyone involved.” Friday morning the van was towed away by the Orange County Sheriff's Department crime lab for processing.
NM Students Fight For School Safety
by Meche Williams '19
Wednesday, March 14, 2017, students attending Sandia, La Cueva, Eldorado, and other surrounding schools in New Mexico took part in a peaceful protest by walking out of class early Wednesday afternoon. They planned to leave for 17 minutes; each minute for all 17 students that were killed in the Stoneman Douglas shooting. Eldorado High School’s message was “enough is enough” that can be found online by the looking up “#enough”. The students decided to meet up in the courtyard at 10 a.m. and used snapchat to remind the students of the walkout; they did their 17 minutes of silence then used there remaining time to rally on about school safety with speeches, chants, and solutions. The students at Eldorado plan to stay involved and participate in the community-wide rally March 24. Eldorado students are not the only ones staying involved and planning to continue their participation for safer schools and stricter gun laws, Cibola and La Cueva students are as well. Cibola Junior Joliana Davidson said, “I think that the NRA is an extremely powerful company that is paying off our government, and I think they need to work harder to change things and care more about our livelihood over the money.” Highland High School students put together a “sit-in” Wednesday at their school, filling the hallways in “solidarity of the Parkland Shooting.” Volcano Vista Principle Vickie Bannerman planned to have a fire drill at 10 a.m. because it fulfilled their monthly fire drill and allowed her students to take part in the national remembrance for the Stoneman Douglas High Victims. Bannerman had the faculty monitor the students; students released 17 balloons at 10:17 a.m., gave speeches, and let a special bell ring for 17 minutes. The principle was satisfied with the way the students and staff handled things. The national march for gun control and school safety is also planned for March 24.
Transgender Wins State Title 2 Years in a Row
by Meche Williams '19
Written Friday, March 9, 2018.
18-year-old Mack Beggs is a transgender wrestler from Texas. Mack Beggs was born as Mackenzie Beggs, a female, but identifies as a male; who won the state title in the 6a-110 pound division twice. He attends Euless Trinity High School as a senior and entered the Texas state tournament with a perfect record. The championship match was on sunday february 25th and he was against Chelsea Sanchez and he beat her for the title. Once he was named as the state champion for the 110 pound division the crowd had a mixture of boos and cheers. Beggs said, “It definitely felt different” to the Dallas Morning News. Mack wanted to compete in the men's division but do to University Interscholastic League rules they forced him to compete in the girls division because the rules state the athletes must compete in the gender division that's is shown on their birth certificate. Beggs has not undergone gender reassignment surgeries yet but since his freshman year he's been taking small doses of testosterone injections prescribed by his doctor. The competitors feel that it's unfair that Beggs is competing in the girls division because he’s been taking testosterone injections since freshman year and it gives him an advantage. One parent from Texas High school has filed to sue UIL, but the UIL still stands firm with its rules. Even still when more than a dozen other states and NCAA allow the athletes to compete in the gender they identify themselves as.
Utah Students Walkout to Protest Gun Violence
by Mariah Tso '21
In Salt Lake City, Utah thousands of students walkout to join their friends in a nationwide protest against gun violence. Students walked out at 10:00 am. It was one month since the tragic shooting in Florida took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The students who walked out stayed outside or on school property for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim who lost their lives on February 14, 2018. At Brighton High School students walked out to the football stadium and read one name of each victim each minute and sat in silence to show respect. Also at Syracuse High and Timpview High dozens of student walked out and gathered together with school staff while security looking over them. Many are calling for stricter gun laws and improved school safety. Hundreds of students from multiple Utah high schools, junior high schools and even elementary schools participated in the event. At Salt Lake's Bryant Middle School, students walked out of school and tied orange ribbons to a chain-link fence on the south side of the school campus also wrote messages promoting peace and kindness at school on pieces of orange paper, which were linked in a paper chain. But in Parkland, Florida they bowed their heads in honor of the dead for the 17 victims they also carried signs with messages like “Never again” and “Am I next?’ They also repeated over and over “Enough is Enough”. In a wave of protests one historian called the largest of its kind in American history, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand action on gun violence and school safety.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they had ever used Uber: 67% said no while the other 33% said yes.
Teen Brings Homemade Bomb to School
by Mariah Tso '21
A student at a southern Utah high school has been charged with bringing a homemade bomb to the school. It was discovered in a backpack emitting smoke and prompted an evacuation said police. This incident happened on March 6th 2018. The boy was arrested Monday night. After Pine View High School was evacuated for two hours that afternoon while the FBI and a bomb squad investigated. The boy name has not been given out the police have refused to give the boy identity and his age.
Police said no one was hurt and no damage was reported. The school reopened Tuesday morning. Police did not describe the homemade bomb in detail but said it "had the potential to cause injury or death." According to police, the homemade bomb had enough explosives within it to possibly cause serious injury or death. The teen had been researching ISIS and showing interest in promoting the organization. Police also said more charges are pending as a suspect in raising an ISIS flag on a pole at another school last month. That happened on February 15, a day after a mass shooting at a school in Florida. The authorities though putting up the flag was a school prank.
Independent Uber Trucks Deliver Goods Across AZ Border
by Shawn McCraith '18
Uber, for the past year of 2017, has been contracting with trucking companies to use their autonomous Volvo big rigs to travel across Arizona for transporting goods. The self-driving trucks meet with human truckers to transfer loads and meet another conventional human trucker on the other side of the state where the human trucker can then deliver the goods to a big city. With this new technology Uber could get rid of long haul drives that are completely autonomous and have no one at the wheel of the trucks. Another scenario is Uber could sell this new technology to trucking companies so that driver’s can sleep while the self-driving truck takes care of the long distance driving which would allow the jobs of truckers to be accomplished much quicker. Alden Woodrow the lead of Uber’s self-driving truck effort said that “the big step for [them] recently is that [they] can plan to haul goods in both directions”, meaning the ability to coordinate drop offs and pickups.
Uber Freight is an app that matches loaders and shippers utilizing the Uber’s ride hailing technology. The technology to make the autonomous truck happen is still in a young age and has to be regulated by the government. A truck that would allow sleep during the long hauls would be profitable but investments would have to be made for the trucks as well as trust would need to be built upon the self-driving trucks. Woodrow does not believe that the company will own many of the trucks because it would mean buying them from other companies. The Uber program driving the trucks only stays on the highways because of the difficulty of driving in urban traffic. The Volvo trucks receive loads at weigh stations. The Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group has self-driving car testings in Arizona, Pennsylvania and San Francisco.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they though gun laws needed to be stricter within the United States; 50% said they thought the laws needed to be a little stricter while the other 50% said that the laws need to be made stricter.