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Police outside the U.S. Post Office Royal Palm Processing & Distribution Center, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Opa-locka, Fla. Reportedly, at least some of the mail bombs recently sent to former President Obama and others may have been sent through the facility. (C.M. Guerrero/Miami Herald/TNS)

By Jack Hervela

The Collegiate will be highlighting national and local news each Friday in The Week in 5. Here, readers will get a rundown of the week’s most important national and local news. Check back every Friday for the week’s news briefing. 

Pipe bombs mailed to various Democrats

Beginning late Tues., Oct. 23, homemade pipe bombs were mailed to various Democratic politicians and influential critics of President Donald Trump.

Former President Barack Obama, 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and actor Robert DeNiro were among seven other high profile Democrats who were sent bombs.

CNN’s New York outpost was evacuated around 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 as a package for analyst and former CIA Director John Brennan arrived in the building via courier.

None of the bombs exploded.

No person or organization has claimed responsibility, with the FBI investigating the packages, “as an act of terrorism,” according to Reuters.

With little more than the packages as evidence, no clear motive has been established either.

CNN has been keeping an updated account of all new findings as more details emerge.

Record high Mega Millions ticket drawn

A lone lotto player from Simpsonville, South Carolina found themselves $1.6 billion dollars richer after Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing.

With the numbers 5, 28, 70, 62, 65 and Mega Ball 5, the winner beat one in 300 million  odds, raking in record profit.

The $1.5 billion is the largest win by a single lotto player while falling second to a 2016 jackpot of $1.586 billion split three ways.

Michigan saw two lucky individuals take home $1 million each, with tickets sold in Grandville and Mount Pleasant.

South Carolina gives lotto players the opportunity to collect their winnings anonymously, helping spare unwanted attention to Simpsonville’s sparse 20,000 residents, let alone America’s newest billionaire.

Body of missing Grand Rapids man found

The body of Justin Brown, a 39-year-old Grand Rapids man missing since Oct. 13 was found Tuesday in the Kalamazoo River.

Brown was last seen at the Coral Gables resort in Saugatuck, not far from where his body was recovered.

Authorities reported finding the body Tues., Oct. 22, more than a week after his disappearance.

“There were no signs of injuries that would indicate foul play,” said Allegan County Undersheriff Micheal Larsen in an article from WOOD TV8.  

Area law enforcement is still investigating the death as no leads have surfaced as of yet.

As migrant caravan nears border, Trump scrambles for blockade

A migrant caravan of Central Americans has been working its way north through Mexico in search of asylum on American soil.

President Donald Trump announced at multiple points Thurs., Oct. 25 plans to send 800 troops to various points along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Following 2017’s travel ban on certain Muslim countries, Trump alluded to enacting another such order.

“President Trump is weighing a plan to shut the U.S. border to Central Americans and deny them the opportunity to seek asylum,” reported a Washington Post article published Oct. 25.

The 800 troops would assist around 2,000 National Guard soldiers already deployed to the border, yet legality concerning the role of the troops is still up in the air.

Drake breaks over 50-year record

Canadian rapper Drake broke an over 50-year Billboard Hot 100 record previously held by The Beatles.

M.I.A. by Bad Bunny featuring Drake landed at No. 5 leading up to the week of Oct. 27, nabbing the artist his 12th Top 10 hit this year.

The Beatles put 11 Top 10 singles on the charts back in 1964, having held that record to this point.

Early July also saw Drake become the first artist to gain 50 billion streams across all platforms.

2018 has been a big year for Drake, including the release of his fifth studio album, “Scorpion,” back in June.