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Shark Scoop - November 29, 2021

Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.


Countries Rush to Stop Spread of Omicron Variant

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was identified on November 25, 2021 by scientists in South Africa. (Photo: Reuters)

A new COVID-19 variant called Omicron has been identified by scientists in South Africa. So far, the COVID-19 variant has been detected in South Africa and Bostwana, as well as in travelers to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Hong Kong. Following this news, many countries including the United States have begun to impose travel restrictions from numerous African countries. Regarding the Omicron variant, President Biden said the situation is "cause for concern — not a cause for panic."

Native American Tribes Gather in Plymouth to Mourn Thanksgiving

Supporters of Native Americans during a prayer during the 38th National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2007. (Photo: Lisa Poole/AP)

A group of Native American tribes gathered in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled, not to give thanks, but in mourning of Indigenous people who have suffered centuries of mistreatment and oppression. The town of Plymouth has held a National Day of Mourning observance on Thanksgiving day for the past 52 years. One member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes stated that their goal is to educate people so that they can understand the real truth behind the pilgrims arrival and how it has devastated the Native American community.

Malcolm X’s Daughter, Malikah Shabazz, found dead in her Brooklyn Home

Shabazz, 56, was the daughter of Black Civil Rights Activist Malcom X. (Photo: Getty Images)

According to police, Malcolm X’s daughter, Malikah Shabazz, was found dead in her Brooklyn home at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23. Shabazz's death follows the recent exoneration of the two men who were held responsible for the death of their civil rights activist father. At this time the police have stated that her death is not suspicious and that they are “absolutely not” looking for a suspect. Police said her death appeared to be due to natural causes.

Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Stephen Sondheim was considered one of the most important figures in 20th century musical theater. (Photo: Yousuf Karsh)

Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter behind many landmark musicals including, “Company," "Follies" and "Sweeney Todd," has passed away at 91. Over his astounding career Sondheim has won six Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, five Olivier Awards and the Presidential Medal of Honor. Following his passing, President of The Broadway League Charlotte St. Martin stated, “It is nearly impossible to measure Stephen Sondheim's impact on the world of musical theatre. It is hard to imagine Broadway without him, but we know his legacy will live on for many years to come…”

Michigan Football Beats Ohio State for the First Time in a Decade

A.J. Henning, wide receiver for the Wolverines, celebrated after a touchdown against Ohio State. (Photo: Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

Many Ohio State Buckeye fans were left shocked as the Michigan State Wolverines beat them with a score of 42-27 on Saturday, November 27. Michigan's big win against Ohio State since 2011 will send the Wolverines to the Big Ten championship game. Michigan won under coach Jim Harbaugh who was brought back this season despite a rough 2020 season. This win helped prove that Harbaugh still has what it takes to produce a winning team.

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