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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…

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…

GOP considering new spending bill

 
 
Republicans in the House of Representatives are currently considering a bill that will fund the government through the end of 2014 in order to prevent another government shutdown.
 
Congress must pass a bill to fund the government by Sept. 30, or the government will be at risk of another partial shutdown, much…

Fixing a broken system

 
As many of us in Northeast Ohio know, T.J. Lane escaped from prison for approximately six hours on Thursday, Sept. 11. Lane was sentenced to three life sentences in 2013 after murdering three high school students in a school shooting.
 
Personally, it gave me cause to make sure all of my doors and…

Obama outlines strategy to overcome ISIS

In a nationally televised event on Sept. 10, President Obama addressed the nation concerning recent threats posed by ISIS, a terrorist organization located in the Middle East.
Nearly a month ago, ISIS released a video of the beheading of James Foley, an American photojournalist who was abducted in Syria in 2012. Just two weeks later,…

Violence Continues between Russia and Ukraine

 
In light of the current conflict between the Russian and Ukranian governments, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization  (NATO) finds itself returning to its origins in facing the growing territorial conflict between the conflicting governments.
 
Founded in 1949, its purpose was to preserve freedom and combat the growing threat of the Soviet Union. Today,…

Choosing reason over panic

 
Several weeks ago, I was perusing my Facebook feed and saw one of my friends had posted a status regarding the recent Ebola outbreak. He stated the American government made a thoughtless decision to allow Ebola survivors Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol back into the United States and if the outbreak continues, the…

ISIS initiates mass slaughter in Middle East

 
The Middle East is currently facing conflict with border conflicts, air strikes, hostages and militant groups. ISIS, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, guided by leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is causing much of that extreme havoc in the Middle East.
 
The primary goal of the terrorist organization is remapping…

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…

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…

Time’s 100 most influential people of 2014–editor’s picks: Profile of notable figures included in Time Magazine’s annual ranking

TITAN: Pony Ma
After graduating from Shenzhen University’s department of computer science, Ma began a career in computing at Runxun Communication Development Co., Ltd. In 1999, he founded Tencent Inc., an instant messaging service, which is currently valued at over $65 billion and is the fifth-largest Internet company in the world.
 
TITAN: Tony Fadell…

SCOTUS upholds Michigan’s ban on racial preference in college admissions

 
A 6-2 ruling by the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ability to enact a law that would prohibit “all sex and race-based preferences in public education, public employment and public contracting.”
 
The ruling overturned a federal court of appeals decision saying the law would unconstitutionally strip minorities of their rights and violate the Equal…

South Korean ferry carrying 376 passengers capsizes

A South Korean ferry carrying a reported 376 passengers capsized on Wednesday, April 16 while headed to Jeju Island, off the coast of South Korea. As of Sunday, April 27, the death count totalled 187.
 
The majority of the 376 passengers on board were high school students going on a field trip to the…

Pistorius to take stand in murder trial

 
Olympic and Paralympic track superstar Oscar Pistorius took the stand as a witness in his own defense on Monday, April 7 in the trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp, his 29-year-old girlfriend, four times in his bathroom on Valentine’s Day last year.
 
Pistorius apologized to Steenkamp’s family while stifling…

SCOTUS overturns political donation limit

 
The Supreme Court of the United States reached a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, April 2 in McCutcheon v. FEC to end limitations on the number of candidates, political party committees and combined donations that individuals can donate during a two-year election cycle.
 
As another election season is about to begin, this decision will…

Underpaid? I think not.

 
Last week, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told reporters from CQ Roll Call, “Members of Congress are underpaid,” saying the $174,000 salary does not afford congressmen to live comfortably in Washington, D.C.
 
President Obama implemented a salary freeze for congressmen earning more than $100,000 in 2009 near the end of the Great Recession. At…

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…

Six fatalities reported in northern Chile after 8.2 magnitude earthquake

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday, April 1. The size of the earthquake triggered multiple landslides, a power outage in the surrounding areas and a massive tsunami. Only six people have been reported dead, but authorities have not ruled out the possibility that others could have been…

Severe mudslide devastates Washington state

A major mudslide devastated an area four miles east of Oso, Wash. when part of a hillside collapsed early morning Saturday, March 22. The mudslide was reported to have reached one square-mile, destroying everything in its path. More than 30 homes were demolished by the slide as the mud and debris blocked a one-mile stretch…

Bin Laden’s son-in-law convicted of terrorism

 
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son in-law of Osama bin Laden, was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans, and other terrorist charges, on Wednesday, March 26 by a federal jury in a United States civilian court. He was the first and highest-ranking terrorist to be tried in a U.S. civilian court since the Sept. 11…

Congress passes $1 billion Ukraine aid bill

 
 
United States lawmakers voiced immense support for a $1 billion bill to provide aid to Ukraine and further impose sanctions on Russia.

On Friday, March 28, several members of the House and Senate announced the legislation will not become law until next week, as the final version of the bill has not yet…

Turkish government blocks Twitter, YouTube

 
 
 
Following a ban on Twitter on March 20, the Turkish government banned access to YouTube after audio of a confidential conversation among top government officials leaked Thursday, March 27.
 
For several weeks, social media and broadcast stations have been the main source of the leaked recordings of phone calls between Turkish…

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…

Importance of Accuracy

 
 
In the last two years of preparing to be the World News Editor of The Carroll News,  I have spent a lot of time contemplating the power and sanctity of the press. I believe in the glory of the printed word. Unlike the spoken word, there is a sense of preservation and permanency…

Fred Phelps, controversial preacher, dies at 84

 
Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died of natural causes last Wednesday, March 19, at age 84.
 
Phelps founded the church known for its anti-gay picketing at military funerals in 1955 in Topeka, Kan. The controversial church, consisting mostly of those related to Phelps either by blood or marriage, has picketed…