News Briefs

By James Crowell
November 14, 2010

Global & National

Security duties transferred to Afghans in areas

In hopes of ending combat missions in Afghanistan by 2014, the Obama administration plans to transfer security duties to Afghanistan’s forces in certain areas within the country.

Taking the strategies from the Bush administration for removing troops from Iraq, one American official who wished to remain anonymous said, “Iraq is a pretty decent blueprint for how to transition in Afghanistan.”

However, the key will be constructing an Afghan force that is truly capable of taking the lead in stabilizing the country.

Read the original story on | Saturday, Nov 13, 2010

Agreement reached in Iraq

Iraq’s leaders strike deal to keep Maliki in power.

A tentative agreement was achieved to keep Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki in power and to create a unity government late Wednesday night.

Such a unity government intends to embrace the Iraq’s major ethnic and religious factions.  This deal ends an eight-month political impasse stand-off that allows Maliki to return for a second term as Iraq’s leader.

Read the original story on | Thursday, Nov. 13, 2010

Obama hopes to reignite peace talks in Israel

The Obama administration is unsure how to reignite talks between Israelis and Palestinians after they stalled last month.

President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Israeli settlements when releasing statements recently.  Palestinian officials state that Israel’s latest announcement threatened the talks and may prompt a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.

Analysts said that Netanyahu has been emboldened to push back harder against the Obama administration due to the Democratic losses in the recent midterms.

Read the original story on | Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2010

Cuts expected in state budgets

With the federal deficit the worst it’s been over the last 20 years, a commission featuring both parties will work to cut the debt with projections into 2019 aiming for a projected low of $700 billion. --MCT

Newly elected Republican leaders promise to slash deep state budget deficits across the country.

Coming off of the Nov. 2 election, GOP leaders hold a commitment to smaller government.

The Republican Party has gained a large control over state governments and that may impede the policies that the Obama administration pushes forward.

Another way to cut budgets may be to privatize services that are now carried out by public employees. In the next fiscal year, Pennsylvania faces a $5 billion budget deficit.

Read the original story on | Monday, Nov. 7, 2010

Region & Campus

Pickup truck flips and crashes in Philadelphia

A 22-year-old man was killed on Nov. 14 after his pickup truck flipped and crashed on a street in northeast Philadelphia, police said.  The driver’s 21-year-old passenger was hospitalized.

While heading eastbound on Morrell Avenue near Frankford Avenue around 12:12 a.m., the pickup hit a curb and flipped over, and the driver was ejected. Officer Tanya Little said the driver was pronounced dead on the scene minutes later.

Read the original story on | Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010

Philly’s top court clears 19,400 fugitives

Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams urged the closure of criminal cases and cancellation of fugitive bench warrants for thousands of accused drunken drivers, prostitutes, sex offenders, burglars and other suspects dating back to 1998 and earlier.

Read the original story on | Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

Fall Open House held

Students who want to come to Cabrini College next fall came to explore the campus. They got a taste of how college life is like by attending a Fall Open House event held by Cabrini Admissions.

The schedule of events included welcoming remarks by Dr. Anne Skleder, provost and vice president for academic affairs and Dennis Kelly, vice president of enrollment management, as well as parent & student panels, open house lectures by major and campus tours.

Read the original story on | Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010

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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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