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5 Things You Need to Know: Monday Sept. 9

1. Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian has been leaving people homeless and without vital resources since it formed off the coast of the Caribbean on Aug. 24 and is traveling towards the East Coast.

According to The National Hurricane Center, for storms to be considered a Category 5, the most severe category, winds must reach above 157 mph. Dorian has reached nearly 185 mph, classifying it as a Category 5 storm. Dorian almost reached the speed of Hurricane Camille, the fastest hurricane traveling at 190 mph.

The hurricane formed north of Brazil and has been hitting islands in the Caribbean, including the Bahamas. Junior Carson Holmes has a house in the Bahamas that was damaged by the hurricane.

While Holmes has not seen the damage done to his house, he heard their dock, deck, pool and garage were all destroyed. The house windows didn’t get blown in and their house didn’t receive any water damage from the storm. Holmes was lucky his house wasn’t hit as hard as the majority of the islands.

CNN predicts that Dorian will continue primarily through the Atlantic Ocean, skimming over part of North Carolina and a portion of the Canadian coast.

Dorian has already caused seven deaths in the Bahamas and dozens more are still being rescued from the floodwater.

The storms winds have been winding down, impacting the United States and Canada less than it did in the Caribbean and leaving nearly 70,000 Bahama natives homeless.


2. Renovation Sensation

SHARE, East’s program that connects students with volunteer opportunities around KC, will be holding their 15th annual Renovation Sensation fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. 

Renovation Sensation is a tour of homes in Prairie Village, Leawood and Mission Hills. Tickets are $30 and include a walk through tour of five newly built or remodeled homes.

The Patrons’ Party, a gathering to honor the tour homeowners and patron supporting the SHARE program, will be held at Hogan family’s house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. Entrance passes for the party are $75, separate from the $30 house tour fee. At the party, patrons can enter into different raffles to win prizes, such as Sporting KC suite and field tickets and KU basketball tickets. 

All proceeds from the house tours and Patron’s Party go to support the SHARE, a program at East that connects students with volunteer opportunities around KC.


3. Royals new owner

David Glass, owner of the Kansas City Royals since 2000, sold the team to local businessman John Sherman on Aug. 30 for $1 billion.

“The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family,” Glass said in an interview with USA Today. “Our goal, which I firmly believe we’ve achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward. In John Sherman we have found everything we were looking for in taking ownership of this franchise.” 

In addition to being a Royals season ticket holder, Sherman has been heavily involved in the baseball world as a minority owner of the Cleveland Indians. According to USA Today, Sherman holds a good reputation so Indian’s owner Paul Dolan and other owners recommended Sherman for the position.

While Glass has not specifically said his reason for selling the team, it’s speculated that the sale was partially related to his current, private health issues.


4. Colleges visiting East

College admissions representatives have started visiting East the first few weeks of school to give presentations on tips for the college admissions process as well as information about their school.

Included in the presentations are application requirements and information regarding scholarships. They also discuss important dates students need to know for application and decision deadlines.

21 colleges have already visited, and Boston University, Baylor University and The University of Iowa are scheduled to come the week of Sept. 9 to 13. 

In order to attend these events, students must go to the counselor’s office and sign up to speak with representatives from the specific schools they would like to learn more about.

The purpose of these presentations is to guide students through the college process as well as allow students to meet with colleges they’re interested in without visiting them yet. The representatives give advice to students on how to make final acceptance decisions and recommend campus visits eventually to see if students enjoy the campus environment.


5. Apple releasing new iPhone

The newest generation of iPhone will be launched on Sept. 10, with preorder available on Sept. 11 and public release scheduled for Sept. 20.

The phones that will be available for purchase are predicted to be the iPhone 11, iPhone 11R and iPhone 11 Max, although these names have not been confirmed by Apple.

Apple hasn’t released the majority of  information regarding the new phone — including the price. All three models will be equipped with the newest update, iOS 13, and this will be available for all other iPhones.

One of the main changes expected in the new phones is the camera upgrade. The phones are expected to have three sensors on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max, and just two on the iPhone 11R.

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