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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 6 – Feb 12)

In International, News, Obama, Political, Top Ten on February 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Scotland likely to hold a vote on independence from Britain

The Los Angeles Times-February 9, 2012

A referendum is likely to be held in 2014 as the long-standing political battle between Scotland and England ensues. The Scots have long discussed complete secession from the English government and becoming an autonomous, independent state. However, in an increasingly globalized, economically weak world, doing the responsible thing for the Scottish people is called into question. Scotland is weary of whether they would be able to survive independently. Thus, a policy of maximum devolution – conveniently nicknamed “devo max” – has become an attractive alternative. In a policy of devo-max, Scotland would form a type of self-rule that stops just short of secession, but gives the government of Scotland powers such as taxing and spending.  The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron encourages this referendum to take place in 2014. Only time will tell whether a historic secession between the English and Scottish will result.

Greece must do ‘whatever it takes’

CNN-February 10, 2012

In response to looming bankruptcy and a potential default on a €14.5 billion bond redemption, Greek Parliament is set to vote on austerity reforms required by the European Finance Ministers to qualify for a second economic bailout this Sunday.  These austerity reforms are only the first of many requisites set by the European Finance Ministers, who were not satisfied with last Thursday’s reform package that Greece must fulfill before receiving the bailout.

California Proposition 8 same-sex-marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

The Washington Post-February 7, 2012

California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in 2008, was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeal panel by a vote of 2 to 1 Tuesday. Both proponents and opponents of Prop 8 hope this development will lead to discussions of same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court, which is the only place they believe this divisive social issue will be resolved.

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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Jan 30 – Feb 5)

In Economy, International, News, Political, Top Ten, Uncategorized on February 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Cuba Mulls Over Changes To Communist Party at Conference

Fox News Latino – January 28, 2012

In a two-day conference of Cuba’s Communist Party, Raul Castro has announced the possibility of requiring all officeholders’ terms two two, five-year terms. This is due in part to Castro’s distress at the lack of able-bodied politicians to take over offices after their predecessors leave or retire.

Militant group kicks aid group out of regions in Somalia

CNN-January 31, 2012

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is responsible for providing food relief for countries in need, has been banned in certain areas of Somalia. Al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group linked to al Qaeda, says the Red Cross has provided them with expired food on more than one occasion.

Pfizer Recalls Birth Control Pills

BBC – February 1, 2012

Pfizer recently recalled fourteen lots of Norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol and fourteen lots of Lo/Ovral-28 due to a packaging error. About one million packages have been recalled in the US because of this error. The error resulted in a number of packages containing pills with the incorrect dosage.This means that women with any of the affected prescription have been advised to visit their doctors and return their prescriptions immediately.

Romney wins Florida Primary and highlights GOP upcoming primaries before
Super Tuesday

CNN – February 1, 2012

Mitt Romney won Tuesday’s Florida primary with a significant 46% victory. He was followed by Newt Gingrich at 32%, Rick Santorum at 13%, and Ron Paul at 7%. Many consider Romney’s victory an important one because of the role it may play in the upcoming primaries, including Super Tuesday. Frontrunners Romney and Gingrich have been gaining momentum this election season, and victories in the upcoming caucuses could create a pattern heading into Super Tuesday.
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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Jan 16 – Jan 22)

In Economy, International, News, Political, Top Ten on January 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

In Fight Over Piracy Bills, New Economy Rises Against Old

New York Times – January 18, 2012

The legislative battle over the two worlds of “old media” and “new media”—with the support of Internet activists—ultimately resulted in the loss of support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect I.P. Act (PIPA). With the overwhelming number of calls made to Congressional offices, it appears that Congress will heed to the “netizen revolt.” The powerful world of old media notably included the support of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the motion picture lobby. The new world included Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, and many others.

Sharp clashes at Republican debate ahead of vote

The Chicago Tribune – January 19, 2012

At the recent Republican Debate in Charleston, S.C. Presidential Nominees Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul gave their arguments as to why they deserved the nation’s highest elected position. With Rick Perry withdrawing from the race and giving his support to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney refusing to release his tax records until April the environment of the Republican Nomination has become very uncertain.

Detroit teeters on the brink despite autos comeback

CNNMoney – January 18, 2012

Detroit will run out of money to pay its bills by April unless Mayor Bing can convince the city council and municipal unions to agree to steep spending cuts. If the city is unable to pay its bills, the state of Michigan may take over the city, which would allow for Detroit to file for bankruptcy- Detroit would be the largest US city to ever do so. While Detroit automakers are showing their best profits in years, the city of Detroit has seen little benefit. Even though General Motors (GM) has headquarters in downtown Detroit, it doesn’t rank among the city’s top 10 largest employers.

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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Nov 28 – Dec 4)

In Economy, International, News, Political, Top Ten on December 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hillary Clinton Burma visit: Suu Kyi hopeful on reforms

BBC-December 2, 2011

After talks with U.S. Secretary of State, Aung San Suu Kyi said that she is hopeful that Burma can get on the road to democracy, but is still not on that road yet. She said that more needs to be done and political prisoners must be freed. But still, new reforms have let her party stand in elections. The democratic leader, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, had a morning of talks with Mrs. Clinton. The two discussed upgrading diplomatic ties, and the U.S. will support some modest changes in Burma’s status in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Clinton is the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit Burma since John Foster Dulles in 1955. Clinton urged for momentum behind the reforms, and was thrilled to see her free after many years of house arrest. The U.S. has maintained tight restrictions on senior Burmese leaders, which was ruled by a harsh military junta from 1962-2010.

Decade later, state Senate passes anti-bullying bill

Michigan Daily-December 1, 2011

On Tuesday, November 29th, the state senate passed Matt’s Safe School Law, a bill that requires all Michigan school districts to have anti-bullying policies. Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill next week. The passing of the bill marks the end of the struggle that lasted weeks over the specific terms of the bill. State legislators denounced Jones’s Senate Bill, passed in the chamber November 2, for a clause that did not consider bullying to include when a student has, “a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil or a pupil’s parent or guardian” The House rejected Jones’s Senate bill, and began working on November 9th on a new bill-Matt’s Safe School Law- that would resolve differences between Republicans and Democrats. The House passed the rewritten bill without enumerations included on November 10. This bill passed Tuesday without amendments.

Nigerian Senate Approves Anti Gay Marriage Bill 

NPR- November 29, 2011

On Tuesday, the Nigerian Senate voted to outlaw gay marriage, gay advocacy groups, and public displays of affection from same-sex couples. The bill still must be passed by the house and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan before becoming a law, but public sentiment is in favor of the restrictions in the highly religious country.
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