Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor

Local:

Following last week’s local elections, St. Charles and East St. Louis communities voted to replace their incumbent mayors with new candidates.

Sally Faith, the former St. Charles mayor who served for two terms, was beat out by Dan Borgmeyer, a retired business executive, who clenched over 55 percent of the vote.

Emeka Jackson-Hicks, the former East St. Louis mayor, was defeated by Robert Eastern III, a city councilman, who obtained about 50 percent of the vote while Jackson-Hicks obtained only about 32 percent.

One unusual case took place in the results of the Hillsboro ballot where a write-in candidate gained the overwhelming majority of votes. Buddy Russell, a retired welder turned community volunteer, was elected mayor of Hillsboro after obtaining about 71 percent of the vote. The former mayor, Dennis Bradley, obtained only about 9 percent of the vote.

National:

Concerns about national security have increased recently as a result of an alleged security breach at President Donald Trump’s private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, in late March.

News of this first broke April 3 as federal prosecutors filed charges against the suspect. The suspect, Yujing Zhang, was carrying two Chinese passports and illegally entered Mar-a-Lago by telling a U.S. Secret Service agent she was going to the pool and after showing her passports, she was allowed in. Zhang also claimed, “a friend had asked her to fly from Shanghai to the club to try to speak to a member of Trump’s family about economic relations between the U.S. and China, according to the complaint.”

Mar-a-Lago staff soon became aware of Zhang’s presence as she referenced she was there to attend two separate, fictional events. Zhang spoke to a receptionist where she stated she was attending the “United Nations Chinese-American Association” event and later told agents she was attending the “National Chinese-American Association” event, both of which were nonexistent.

On April 5, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that Zhang had a flash drive containing malware and that this security breach is “an example of the threat Beijing poses to the U.S.”

International:

In hopes of comprehending the origin of the solar system, Japan’s space agency is attempting to use explosive charges and create a crater in an asteroid in order to collect samples.

The asteroid, an estimated 195 million miles away from Earth, is around 3,000 feet wide. To accomplish their task, the Hayabusa-2 probe was deployed to create an artificial crater with an explosion detonated by a plastic explosive carried by the probe.

Following the placement of the explosive, the probe moved to a safe distance before the explosive went off.

If successful, the probe will return to the asteroid to collect the rock samples.