Issue 22 | News Briefs

By James Crowell
March 29, 2012

People gather for a rally for slain teenager Trayvon Martin in Washington, D.C., Saturday, March 24. Many wore hoodie sweatshirts to show solidarity with Martin. Martin was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. (credit: Submitted by Cathy Yungmann)


Social media highlights Fla. teenager’s death

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, 28, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., yet his death did not reach the national stage until several weeks later.  Social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter spread details of the shooting in the following weeks.  The first national attention came from CBS News, on March 8, after the network’s Southeast bureau, based in Atlanta, was tipped off.

Read the original story on  |  March 25, 2012


Arguments of health care law begins in Supreme Court

Three days of Supreme Court arguments, that began Monday, March 26, are discussing the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law.  Paul D. Clement, the lawyer representing the 26 states challenging the law, said the length of the arguments the court will hear and the variety of topics to be addressed will be daunting.

Read the original story on  |  March 25, 2012


Obama visits demilitarized zone, warns North Korea

During a recent visit, President Obama warned North Korea on Sunday, March 25, that its millitary provocations would deepen their international isolation and jeopardize the resumption of American food aid.  “They need to understand that bad behavior will not be rewarded,” Obama said at a news conference with Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s President.

Read the original story on  |  March 25, 2012


Can employers legally ask for Facebook passwords?

Democratic senators Charles E. Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews violates federal law.  On Friday, March 23, Facebook warned employers not to ask job applicants for their passwords, as it violates their terms of service.

Read the original story on  |  March 25, 2012


Mystery remains over identity of victim in Bales case

The identity of the newest Afghan victim in the murder case against Staff. Sgt. Robert Bales continues to elude officials.  Recently, an Afghan police official asserted that a pregnant woman’s fetus was also among the dead.  Bales was formally charged with murder, assault and attempted murder in Kandahar Province on March 11.

Read the original story on  |  March 26, 2012


Philadelphia Archdiocese superintendent to resign

Mary E. Rochford, the first woman to serve as superintendent of schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will step down on Saturday, June 30, after nearly four years at her post.  Rochford said she was resigning to provide physical care for members of her family who could not care for themselves.  Rochford worked closely with a Blue Ribbon Commission that recommended closing several schools as part of broad restructuring plan of Catholic education in the diocese.  The Archdiocese said the Office of Catholic Education has begun a search for her successor.

Read the original story on  |  March 26, 2012


Tire slashings occur in oxford circle section

On Sunday, March 25, police responded to a call around 1:35 a.m. of a woman walking near the 1200 block of McKinley Street discovering that tires had been slashed on nine vehicles near her.  Nine vehicles were vandalized on Thursday, March  22.  Since October, tires have been slashed on 70 to 80 vehicles according to police.

Read the original story on  |  March 26, 2012


Radnor Conservancy  presents painting to college

Radnor Conservancy representatives presented college President Dr. Marie Angelella George with a painting of the Woodcrest Mansion.

Read the original story on  |  March 21, 2012

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James Crowell

Senior com major at Cabrini College. Technical Director for LOQation. On-Air personality on WYBF-FM. Past News editor for The Loquitur, 2011-12. Passion for videography, tech news & quantum mechanics. Follow me @JamesCrowellJr

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