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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (March 25 – March 31)

In Economy, Hillary Clinton, International, Political, Top Ten, Uncategorized on April 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

2in china bird flueTwo in China are first-known deaths from H7N9 bird flu

USA Today – March 31, 2013

Two Chinese men are the first humans to die from a lesser-known strain of bird flu. A third person also has contracted the disease and is in critical condition. There is no sign the three contracted the disease from the same source and no sign of human-to-human transmission according to Chinese officials. The H7N9 strain is considered a low pathogenic strain that cannot be easily contracted. The majority of individuals who contract bird flu have the H1N1 strain.


south africa praysSouth Africa prays for Mandela’s recovery

AlJazeera – March 28, 2013

At age 94, Nelson Mandela, ­is reported as “responding well” to treatments for a recurring lung infection. The anti-apartheid icon, who also served as South Africa’s president for five years, has received much national and international support as he ages on various social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, where supporters have been wishing him well and to be discharged soon.


7000 warned7,000 warned of potential HIV, hepatitis exposure

CNN – March 28, 2013

After the discovery of multiple health violations at a local dentist’s office in the Owasso suburb of Oklahoma, some 7,000 patients are being notified that they could have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis over the past six years. Dentist W. Scott Harrington voluntarily stopped practicing after the onset of the investigation.

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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Feb 10 – Feb 17)

In Economy, Egyptian Islamists, International, Political, Top Ten, Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

egyptian court bans Egyptian Court bans YouTube for a month

Saturday an Egyptian court banned the use of YouTube in the country for one month citing that the site hosted an American made anti-Islam video and failed to remove it. This video is the same that sparked violent protests throughout the Middle East, criticizing the prophet Mohammed. The judge who presided over the case said that the ban may apply to other social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. It was not clear when the ban would come into effect and the court’s decision also can be appealed.


kerry doesnt commit Kerry doesn’t commit on Keystone Pipeline

The Keystone Pipeline was one of the main items on the agenda while new Secretary of State John Kerry hosted his Canadian equivalent in Washington. Although Kerry did not discuss the merits of the project, he said that the state department would have its review of the project completed in the “near term.” This review would include an environmental evaluation of the plan that would send oil from the Canadian tar sands from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of the U.S.


curiousity rover Curiosity rover completes 1st drill into Mars rock

The Curiosity rover, a recent and incredibly successful rover that has landed on Mars, has accomplished an impressive milestone as the first Mars rover to drill into the terrain and obtain a sample – one of the first steps for scientists in analyzing the building blocks of life. This powdery substance will be transferred to the onboard laboratory for research to determine its chemical makeup. Curiosity will be traveling to a mountain for the next nine months while on the planet.


panetta gets a send of Panetta gets a send-off but he’s not yet out the door

 CNN – Feb. 9, 2013

On Friday, February 7, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was given his ceremonial goodbye, even before his planned successor, former Senator Chuck Hagel, was announced. Various political and military leaders were in attendance. Panetta has faced a fair level of criticism concerning the Benghazi terror attack, the rise of Islamic extremists in Mali and the gas plant siege in Algeria, however his stepping down ceremony was graceful and respectful. Before Panetta stepped down, he warned that sequestration, $50 billion annual spending cuts within the next 10 years, should be the country’s main concern.

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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Jan. 27 – Feb. 3)

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm

france says maliFrance says Mali mission ‘succeeded’

Al Jazeera – Jan. 31, 2013

Jean-Yves le Drian, French defense minister, stated, “the French intervention has succeeded,” on Thursday January 31st, just as at least two Malian soldiers were killed by a landmine leftover from fleeing fighters. There have been various “acts of vengeance” occurring throughout the country by the Malian population. French politicians have been calling for peace talks to negotiate a north-south dialogue for the country and set up elections for July. France agrees to speak with the Secular Tuaregs of the National Movement for the liberation of Azawad (MNLA), however, refuses to meet with any representatives from the three al-Queda groups that previously seized northern Mali.


new york times hackingNew York Times, Wall Street Journal say Chinese hackers broke into computers

CNN – Jan. 31, 2013

The New York Times reports that Chinese hackers, stealing passwords from certain reporters and other employees of the paper, have carried out extensive attacks on their computer systems. The Times does not believe that these attacks are an attempt for commercial advantage, nor a method of stealing customer information. The efforts appear to target monitoring the newspaper’s coverage of China. In response, China has blocked the English- and Chinese-language websites in mainland China, in an effort to manage the flow of sensitive information about the country after a recent story The Times published investigating the wealth of the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao.


Hackers Targeted Twitter User Data

Wall Street Journal – Feb. 1, 2013

Twitter announced on Friday that it had detected unauthorized attempts to access information from the messaging service that is used by over 200 million people worldwide. In a company blog post, Twitter acknowledged that hackers may have gained access to Twitter user names, e-mail addresses and passwords for 250,000 users. The company said that it would notify users whose information had been compromised via e-mail.

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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Jan. 21 – Jan. 27)

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

obama offers lib visionObama Lays Out Liberal Vision at Inauguration

NYTimes – Jan. 21, 2013

Obama’s inauguration on Martin Luther King Day opened with an assertive Inaugural address encouraging collective action to preserve individual freedoms with emphasis on expanding opportunity. The points he declared included advancing gay rights, overhauling immigration policy, sustaining the social welfare safety net, and taking steps to stop climate change. Obama urged progress and to not delay decisions. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in celebration, though far less than four years ago.


east quadEast Quad to offer inclusive living spaces upon opening 

The Michigan Daily – Jan. 16, 2013

It was recently announced that the University of Michigan is planning on integrating an inclusive living space at the newly renovated East Quad next year for gender non-conforming students. It is a huge step, not only because it creates a safe and supportive environment for students who do not identify with the gender binary, but for universities and colleges around the world. This Open Housing Initiative is a starting point for pursuing change at the university level and brings to light issues of comfort, support, and inclusion throughout the nation.


progun rallies heldPro-gun rallies held in US state capitals

Al Jazeera – Jan. 20, 2013

After the tragic shootings in Newton, Connecticut in mid-December, Obama has unleashed a string of new bans to make the purchase and ownership of guns much stricter. Firearm owners have been gathering in various cities throughout the country in support for their right to own a gun. However, with multiple shootings throughout the nation occurring in hindsight, as well as, many accidental injuries from firearms, Obama and gun advocates are beginning a strong push to ban assault weapons.

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