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The Echo

California Lutheran University's Student Newspaper Since 1961

The Echo

News Briefs: On Campus, Across the Nation & Around the World

GOP complain of liberal bias in debate

The Republican presidential candidates met on Nov. 1 after complaints of liberal bias and other issues from all of the GOP candidates. They met to discuss these problems and come up with a plan to improve the situation.

According to an article on, “all of the GOP candidates have complained about the debate Wednesday, citing a list of grievances, from the moderators seeming to lose control of the situation to questions that appeared to have liberal bias and designed to spark fighting – not policy debate.”

The debate in February that is  set to be hosted by NBC has been suspended after the GOP candidates’ complaints. The plan to resolve these issues involves coming up with better questions and a way to allow all of the candidates to be heard equally.

Needle-like-objects found in kids’ candy

Multiple reports have been made to police of needle-like objects found in candy passed out to trick-or-treaters this Halloween in Philadelphia. These objects were found inside wrapped candy bars and resemble sewing needles.

According to, “the tampered candy was discovered when a parent of one of the children saw a Facebook post from an unknown source who described finding a chocolate bar with a needle in it. When the alarmed parent decided to check on his own children’s candy out of abundance of caution, he found needles in Twix snack-size bars.”

No injuries have been reported and investigators have sent in the tampered candy for further examination.

Former U.S. senator dies of lymphoma

Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator and actor died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 73.  According to an article on, “Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma, his family said in a statement Sunday. He was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma more than a decade ago.”

Thompson served as a minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation with the Watergate scandal. He’s appeared in several films such as “The Hunt for Red October,” “Die Hard 2” and “In the Line of Fire.” He also ran for the 2008 presidential election.

Chipotle closes 43 restaurants in northwest

Chipotle closed 43 of its restaurants in Washington state and Oregon. Health officials investigated an E. coli outbreak that is allegedly linked to Chipotle.

According to, “As of Saturday, there were three cases of E. coli in Oregon and at least 19 in Washington, said state officials. One-third of those sickened were hospitalized, officials said.”

Certain types of E. coli are transmitted through contaminated water or food and can cause diarrhea and vomiting. According to the article, “Minnesota health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 45 [people] and that they believe is connected to Chipotle restaurants in the state.”

New assaults on ISIS in Iraq and Syria

ISIS  strongholds and oil fields are being targeted south of Hasakah city. According to an article on, “At the same time the new U.S.-backed alliance in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces, has announced a new offensive has begun to liberate areas of Hasakah province occupied.”

Thick black smoke surrounds the Iraqi Syrian border near the town of Ash Shaddadi in Syria’s Hasakah province. The article also mentioned, “Coalition airstrikes and land offensives led by Kurdish forces on both sides of the border are aimed at interrupting ISIS supply lines, retaking territory the group has held for over a year and putting pressure on critical towns such as Deir Ezzor.”

Shaleena Bautista
Staff Writer
Published November 4th, 2015

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