Written by: Rachel Antony
From Las Vegas to Tom Petty, here's what everyone's talking about this week.
1. Las Vegas Massacre
On Sunday, Las Vegas saw the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history after Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fired on a country music festival crowd killing 59 people and injuring almost 500 more. He used an automatic weapon to shoot the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, he then took his own life. Although its hard to know why he decided to wreak havoc on Sunday, authorities believe Stephen Paddock had been stockpiling weapons and ammunition for decades. Besides the 23 weapons he had in his hotel room, the authorities found more than 50 pounds of explosives and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car in the hotel parking lot. They believe that he intended to survive the massacre and possibly cause more carnage. They will never know his motives but authorities are still investigating his girlfriend and looking for possible accomplices.
2. Edmonton Terrorist Attacks
The province is still reeling from the terrible attacks on the weekend. On Saturday, 48-year-old Const. Mike Chernyk was working at a roadblock outside the Edmonton Eskimos game at Commonwealth Stadium and was rammed into by a speeding car and before he could get up the driver got out and started stabbing him. He suffered stab wounds to the face and head, as well as significant abrasions on his arms but will make a full recovery. The driver, identified as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif fled the scene and later drove a U-Haul van through downtown Edmonton hitting four pedestrians. He has been caught and charged for both horrific attacks.
Mike Chernyk was at the Oilers home opener game last night and was greeted with a roar of emotional support from the crowd.
3. Tom Petty
The rockstar passed away on Monday night at age 66. Tom Petty was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday and died at the UCLA Medical Center on Monday night. Although an autopsy has been conducted, his death is still being investigated and they are waiting on the results of a toxicology screening. Many artists have paid their respects to the rock icon, including Taylor Swift. She told Rolling Stone that Tom Petty was one of the reasons that she picked up a guitar to learn in the first place. The days following his death saw a huge increase in music purchase, download and streaming. He music sales jumped 6,781% with "Free Fallin'" the top song.
4. Google Pixel 2
The most notable feature of Google's new Pixel phone is the absence of a headphone jack; which means Apple was right when they declared it obsolete technology that we could learn to live without. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have emerged as a unique phone, not just a copycat of what Apple and Samsung are doing (aside from the headphone jack). It's a simpler design without the curved glass, face recognition and the other bells and whistles that Apple and Samsung have incorporated. Google is building phones less about the specs and focused more on Google's strengths; the focus is integrating its software and artificial intelligence tech into the hardware. If you squeeze the sides of the phone it will activate the Google Assistant. Google has always been known for its software (think Google search engines, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube) so why wouldn't their phone step up in terms of what the phone can actually do? If you haven't already purchased the iPhone 8, you can pick up the Google Pixel on October 19.
5. NHL Opening Night
The Flames vs. the Oilers; The Flames vs. Connor McDavid. Calgary lost to Edmonton last night in the NHL season opener 0-3, all three goals scored by McDavid. It's the first hat trick on opening night in the entire history of the Oilers, something not even Gretzky managed to do. Unfortunately for the Flames, they were outshot 26-46 and outplayed the whole game. The momentum from last year's playoff run lit a fire under Edmonton and not only do the Flames need to watch out, all the teams need to prepare themselves for the Connor McDavid show. Across the country, the Leafs outscored the Jets 7-2 in a crushing home opener in Winnipeg. Not only were the Leafs on fire offensively, their goalie Frederik Andersen was a major reason why the Jets couldn't catch up.