This week in news


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Jovani Rubio, senior in mechanical engineering, holds up a sign with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. during a multicultural open forum Sept. 14. The sign was ripped by a woman Saturday during protest against Donald Trump. 

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Here is a brief rundown of the week’s biggest news stories you may have missed. Make sure to take a quiz to test your knowledge here.

Flash flooding in the West

Cities across the West braced for flash flooding throughout the week, as towns stricken by drought conditions for most of the year saw massive amounts of rain in a short period of time.

At least eight people were killed and five were missing when water swept away two cars along the Utah-Arizona border.

Four people were killed at Zion National Park in southern Utah as flash floods barreled through a narrow canyon way in the park.

GOP debate

Republican candidates for president gathered at the Reagan Presidential Library in California to debate for the second time. Most wondered if Donald Trump would steal the show again, but the other GOP candidates piled on early and often to dismiss Trump’s celebrity status that has been dominating the news.

The debate also set records, just as the first FOX News debate did, with 22.9 million viewers tuning into the primetime debate. The undercard debate, featuring the bottom four candidates in the polls, drew 6.3 million viewers.

Trump protester sign ripped

Ames was the center of attention in the world of politics this past weekend as Republican candidates used the annual Cy-Hawk game to meet voters while tailgating.

Republican candidates Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul all appeared at the event, but the most attention was given to Trump.

Tailgaters protesting Trump gathered near the Republican tent, holding signs protesting bigotry and comments made my Trump. A video captured at the event showed a woman rip the sign of one of the protesters.

Shelby Mueller, 20, from West Des Moines, was identified as the woman who ripped the poster. She is not an ISU student, but she did issue an apology for her actions.

Tony Romo’s last second pass

With just seven seconds left in Sunday’s NFL game between the Cowboys and Giants, quarterback Tony Romo was able to find tight end Jason Witten for an 11-yard-touchdown that put the Cowboys over the top, 27-26.

#IStandWithAhmed goes viral

Social media blew up Wednesday after news was released that police arrested Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student in Texas, for bringing a homemade clock to school.

Police said they thought the clock was a “hoax bomb,” but later said they would not pursue charges for the teen who was wearing a NASA shirt when he was put in handcuffs.

An outpouring of support came over Twitter, including a tweet from President Obama inviting him to the White House.