Articles by Carly Cundiff

OurView: Left Out in the Cold

You all might want to sit down for this truth bomb I am about to drop on you. Ready? Okay.   It’s cold outside.   Like, really cold.   Like, sub-zero tundra. Like, oh-look-there’s-a-yeti kind of cold.   Shocker, right?   For those of you like me who have grown up in this area, you…

Jordan retaliates against Islamic State group with airstrikes

    After the Islamic State group killed a Jordanian pilot, the Jordanian military retaliated by launching airstrikes against the militants. In addition, the Islamic State recently claimed an American hostage was killed by the airstrikes in Syria, according to USA Today.   The Islamic State released a statement saying Kayla Mueller was killed in…

Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill

  The U.S. Senate passed the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill on Jan. 29, following a five-year fight through the legislative branch. President Barack Obama previously said he will veto the bill in the first confrontation between Obama and a Republican-controlled Congress.   The senate voted 62 to 36 in favor of the pipeline, including…

Sex scandal rocks royal family

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, addressed the world in a speech on Thursday, Jan. 22, vehemently denying allegations about having sexual relations with an underage American girl in 2001, according to USA Today. The allegations emerged about two weeks previously in a long-running Florida lawsuit.   Virginia Roberts, a 31-year-old mother of three, claims she…

Al-Qaida takes credit for attacks on Paris magazine

  An al-Qaida sect located in Yemen claimed responsibility on Wednesday, Jan. 14 for the attacks that took place throughout France at a satirical magazine, a printing business and a Jewish supermarket, according to CNN. Seventeen people were killed over the course of the first week of January.   Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi carried…

Anger-fueled protests rock the United States

    Citizens of all races and creeds have taken to the streets to protest – both peacefully and violently – against the recent killings of unarmed black men, as well as the decisions not to charge the white police officers that killed them.   Protestors marched with signs during the first week of December. Gathering…

Revenge porn law implemented in California

    Los Angeles native Noe Iniguez, 36, was the first person sentenced to jail under California’s new “revenge porn law” after posting a photo of his topless ex-girlfriend on her employer’s Facebook page.   In the context of this law, “revenge porn” refers to posting an intimate photo of someone on the Internet with the…

Ottawa gunman allegedly connected to Syrian extremist

    The gunman who shot and killed a reservist guard on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Canadian capital of Ottawa may have extremist ties, according to the Canadian foreign minister.   Michael Zehaf-Bebeau shot and killed Nathan Cirillo, 24, outside of the National War Memorial before stealing a car at gunpoint and driving to the…

SCOTUS allows same-sex marriage in five states

    The Supreme Court decided against hearing any cases arguing the constitutionality of five states’ bans on gay marriage on Wednesday, Oct. 8. According to CNN, the states seeking same-sex marriage bans were Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Couples in some of those states began applying for marriage licenses just hours after the Supreme…

Protestors refuse to vacate central Hong Kong

Thousands of pro-democracy protestors filled the streets of Hong Kong’s central business district during the first weekend of October, clapping and cheering even after they were given an ultimatum by the government: let city workers back into their offices, or else.   The activists, led by student groups, are demonstrating for universal suffrage in Hong…

U.S. slams Middle East with continuing airstrikes

  In addition to the ongoing U.S. airstrikes against ISIS targets, on Thursday, Sept. 25 the FBI identified the ISIS militant responsible for beheading four hostages.   According to the NewYork Times, this announcement came as the U.S.-led coalition bombed ISIS targets in Syria for a third straight day.   FBI Director James Comey would…

Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom

History was made on Friday, Sept. 18 when Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom in a decision that produced a huge sigh of relief for London and averted an uncertain future for Scotland.   According to CNN, 55 percent of Scottish voters voted against independence.The margin was greater than expected by…

Father admits to killing five children

    Authorities announced on Thursday, Sept. 11 that Timothy Ray Jones, Jr. will be charged with the murders of his five children, ages one through eight. Jones confessed after spending two days in jail.   The 32-year-old computer technician told neighbors he was taking his children out of their home in Lexington County, South…

Ferguson police facing official investigation

  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Department of Justice will begin an investigation into the Ferguson, Mo. police department after the shooting of Michael Brown. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white, six-year veteran of the police department.   The shooting spurred riots…