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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…

Ebola virus hits the United States

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, remains in critical condition in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

According to NBC, Duncan is a Liberian native who was traveling to the United States to marry his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his 19-year-old son.…

Attorney General Eric Holder to resign

 
 
United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday, Sept. 25 after leading the Justice Department for six years. As the first African-American Attorney General of the United States, Holder worked passionately on voting rights and LGBTQ issues.
 
President Obama noted Thursday that Holder “rooted out corruption and fought violent crime.”…

A rejuvenated church

Pope Francis has received a great amount of praise since his appointment for promising to tackle the issue of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
 
Less than one month after being elected to the papacy, he demanded that the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith “act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse…

Pope dismisses bishop in Paraguay

Pope Francis removed a bishop in Paraguay on Thursday, Sept. 25 amid accusations the bishop sheltered a priest accused of molesting seminarians in multiple countries.
 
According to The New York Times, the Vatican released a statement saying Pope Francis dismissed Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este “to preserve the…

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…

Arrest Made in California King Fire

Police determined that one of the 12 wildfires running paths of destruction across California was allegedly ignited by arson. The wildfire is known as the “King Fire” and is increasing in size at the rampant rate of 4,000 acres every 12 hours just northeast of San Francisco, according to NBC.

“There are a lot of…

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…

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…

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…