Friday, Dec. 15, 2017|2 a.m. The Senate election in Alabama, net neutrality and the Republicans ‘tax plan controlled the news this week. Here’s a chance to check your knowledge about other happenings.
– Nevada Republican Senate prospect Danny Tarkanian turned up in a New York Times story stating that which of the following groups considered him an “excruciating” general election prospect and would actively oppose him in the primary?
A. The American Civil Liberties Union
B. Mitch McConnell and his allies
C. The Center for American Progress
Answer: B. The story, released after the Alabama Senate election Tuesday, was headlined “Alabama loss exposes Republican fissures amidst a Democratic rise.” An excerpt: “With their majority reduced to a single seat, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, and his lieutenants stay uneasy about what anti-establishment forces might do in next year’s main races and have determined at least two extra projects where they think Bannon-backed prospects might weaken the celebration.
“McConnell’s allies plan to intervene as aggressively as needed in Arizona, where Kelli Ward, a reactionary former state lawmaker, is seeking the seat that will be left by Sen. Jeff Flake, and in Nevada, where Danny Tarkanian, a seasonal candidate who has actually branded himself as a Trump cheerleader, is challenging Sen. Dean Heller in a Republican primary race.”
– Fill out the blank in this heading Tuesday from The Motley Fool: Why _______ Is the Hottest Casino Stock
A. Wynn Resorts
B. Penn Gaming
C. Caesars Home Entertainment
Response: A. The monetary services company reported that shares of Wynn stock were up 84 percent in 2017 and 131 percent given that the start of 2016. Key aspects are a boost in VIP gaming in Macau, a location where Wynn excels, and the development potential the business is taking pleasure in after opening Wynn Palace in Macau last year, recently starting building and construction of Wynn Boston Harbor and working toward an early 2018 start on building and construction of its advancement on the premises of the existing Wynn golf course.
– Real or false: The Reno Aces minor-league baseball team got its shorts in a knot this week after it was announced that Las Vegas’ WNBA group would be called the Aces.
Response: Real. The Reno Aces published several snitty tweets after the statement, mentioning that they ‘d had their name for several years. Sample: In reaction to a tweet from KLAS-TV sports anchor/reporter Kevaney Martin stating, “Las Vegas: house of the Aces!,” the Reno Aces tweeted, “nah. Reno has been the home of the Aces for 10 years. #JustGoogleIt.”
– In a brand-new research study, the Center for American Entrepreneurship found that what portion of the leading 35 companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list were begun by immigrants or their children?
A. Less than 20 percent
B. About one-third
Response: C– 57 percent.
– It was revealed this week that the 500th episode of “Pawn Stars” would air in January on History. Which of the following TV series aired more episodes than the Las Vegas-based reality program?
A. “Gold mine”
C.”Law and Order”
D. None of the above
Answer: D. “Gold mine” aired 430 episodes in 14 seasons starting in 1959, “Dallas” aired 357 episodes in 14 seasons starting in 1978 and “Order”– the original series– aired 456 episodes in 20 seasons beginning in 1990.
– Fossils of an ancient penguin were discovered today in New Zealand. How high was the bird?
A. As tall as a crested penguin
B. As tall as an emperor penguin
C. As tall as a Pittsburgh Penguin
Response: C. Well, sort of. The bird would have had to do with 5 feet 10 inches when swimming, with its neck stretched out and its beak pointed forward. Basing on land, it would have been 5-3. Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby is noted at 5-11. Emperor penguins are about 4 feet high, and crested penguins have to do with 2 feet tall.
– On Thursday, the Sheriffs Association of Texas responded to a tweet from the Philadelphia Police Department by saying, “It might take us a while to get there, however let us understand if y’ all require someone to show you how it’s done.” What was the Sheriffs Association talking about?
A. Offering training for Philadelphia’s new mounted authorities team
B. Corralling a runaway cow
C. Buying boots
Answer: B. Twice, Philadelphia police needed to find a cow that escaped from a church’s live-animal Nativity scene. “If you remain in the location of Fourth and Market, beware of traffic hold-ups. A cow is loose. Once again. No, we can’t believe we’re tweeting this either,” the authorities department tweeted.
– On Tuesday, the FDA provided an alerting about the threats of smelling which of the following substances?
A. Bath salts
Response: C. The caution was associated with a powdered snortable raw chocolate that is on the market. The product, which likewise includes energy drink ingredients, apparently gives the user a blast of brain-boosting energy. The FDA says it can trigger asthma attacks and cause other medical problems.