Friday: Thanksgiving break

Happy Friday, Oak Park. Here’s what you need to know to wrap up your week and begin your Thanksgiving break:

This week: Cross-country at southern section finals

Winter sports had their final clearance Monday, Nov. 14. Their seasons will begin soon.

Cross-country will compete at the Southern Section Finals Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Riverside City cross country course.

Girls’ basketball will have their annual lock-in tonight, Nov. 18, in the gym.

Next week: Thanksgiving break

OPUSD schools are closed for the week of Thanksgiving.

Beyond Oak Park: controversy sparked over Turkish proposal to ‘protect child marriage’

The Turkish government recently proposed overturning the convictions of men who have sexually assaulted a child if they marry said child Thursday, Nov. 17. In the words of the motion, if the act was committed without “force, threat or any other restriction on consent” and if the aggressor “marries the victim,” the sentence will be postponed. Though the ruling party says that the proposal will protect those who are too young to marry legally, critics accuse it of encouraging child rape. Read more from Al Jazeera America.

More beyond Oak Park:

  • Donald Trump has offered the position of national security adviser to General Michael T. Flynn, 57, a retired intelligence officer who has said that Islamist militancy poses a large threat to the U.S. Read more from the New York Times.
  • Additionally, Trump has chosen U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general, and Representative Mike Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The three conservative loyalists underscore Trump’s campaign promise to confront Islamist militancy and c