Articles by Ciara Crossey

Pennsylvania gunman charged with terrorism

Matthew Eric Frein, a self-claimed survivalist who shot and killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured another, was charged with two counts of terrorism on Thursday, Nov. 13. Frien, who was captured near Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 20, 2014 after a seven week manhunt, told police he planned the attack to “wake people up,” according…

Cuyahoga County Council, District 10: Anthony Hairston, the silent campaigner

  County Councilmember Anthony Hairston UPDATED (Please scroll down for a response from Councilman Anthony Hairston)   Anthony T. Hairston, a 27-year-old graduate of Cleveland State University, was sworn in as the District 10 representative for Cuyahoga County Council last March 11. He was selected to replace former councilman Julian Rogers, who resigned to accept…

U.S. experiences isolated Ebola cases

    As the Ebola virus continues to sweep through West Africa, a few isolated cases have begun to appear in the United States, raising concerns throughout the country about quarantines and protocol for potentially infected people.   Dr. Craig Allen Spencer recently returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Guinea. He was placed…

St. Louis teenager killed by police

  A police officer shot and killed Vonderrit Deondre Myers, an 18-year-old male who reportedly opened fire on the police on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The incident occurred in St. Louis, about 16 miles from where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9, according to USA Today.   According to CNN, Myers…

Boston Bomber’s trial to be held in Massachusetts

A U.S. district judge denied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s request for a separate hearing in regard to the decision to move his trial out of Massachusetts on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Tsarnaev is one of the alleged masterminds behind the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The defense team continues to argue the improbability of finding 12 unbiased…

ISIS executes British Aid Worker David Haines

      The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video on Sept. 13, which showed the beheading of David Haines, a British aid worker who was kidnapped in March 2013.   According to CNN, the executioner directly addressed British Prime Minister David Cameron, stating, “Your evil alliance with America, which continues…

Doctors work to find Ebola cure

The Ebola virus that brought West Africa into the world’s spotlight this past August is the most deadly outbreak ever recorded, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC statistics show that as of Aug. 31, 2014, there have been 3,707 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola. Of those 3,707 cases, 1,848 people…

Iraq military veteran open fires in Fort Hood military base

  For the second time in five years, a gunman entered Fort Hood on April 2, killing three people and injuring 16 others.   Army Spc. Ivan Lopez entered an administration building at the Killeen, Texas army base and opened fire. He then proceeded to get into his car and fire from the vehicle before…

President Obama and Pope Francis meet

  President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis on March 27 in an effort to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Roman Catholic Church. This was the first meeting between Obama and the pope since Francis took over for Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013.   The meeting – which took place…

Conflict continues in Crimea following annexation

  After the staggering 95.5 percent vote to leave Ukraine in favor for Russia, held on March 16, things seemed to briefly return to normal in Crimea. The barricades were removed, and people began to return to their daily lives. Just two weeks later, however, Russia is making it known to the rest of Ukraine…

Ukraine gains new president following protests

  On Feb. 23, the Ukrainian parliament voted in a special session to temporarily hand over presidential power to speaker Oleksandr Turchinov. This comes after the impeachment of President Yanukovych the day prior. The vote to impeach Yanukovych was made by “an overwhelming majority of parliament,” according to ABC News.   Yanukovych, who has fled…

Situation in Central African Republic declared a genocide

  On Wednesday Feb. 12, Amnesty International announced that an ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic had begun. In a report,  Amnesty International stated that “militia attacks have led to a Muslim exodus of historic proportions.” BBC News reports that attacks on Muslims began last year after the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebel…

Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

  The Al Jazeera network is a Qatari-owned news broadcasting channel based in Doha, Qatar. Recently, the network has been making headlines themselves due to the fact that five of its journalists are being detained in Egypt. These journalists, along with an additional 15 whose names were released on a charge sheet by Egyptian police,…

Protests erupt throughout Ukraine

Pandemonium is erupting in Ukraine as protests escalated this past week. According to CNN News, protests began back in November after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign a European Union trade agreement, choosing instead an agreement that favored strong economic ties to Russia, despite the people’s objections.   Protesters are now demanding that the…

U.S. Army soldier remains captive in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama has continued to stand by his plan to begin the removal of all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan, stating that by the end of 2014, America’s longest war will finally end. But for Bob and Jani Bergdahl, the war will never be over until their son is safely home. U.S. Army Spc.…