National & Global
‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal falters
By 56 to 43, the Senate voted against the annual Pentagon authorization bill that had a provision attached that would repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.” This ploicy does not allow gays or lesbians to openly serve in the military.
This is the first time in 48 years that defense bill has not been approved. Read original story on NYTimes.com| Saturday, Sept. 21, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/us/politics/22cong.html?scp=2&sq=’don’t%20ask,%20don’t%20tell’%20repeal&st=cse
Food bill in the freezer
Fixing the nation’s food safety system in the wake of recalls of everything from spinach to peanut butter is still a priority of President Obama and politicians across the spectrum.
Yet a bill in the Senate vowing to protect consumers has been stalled despite the House passing its own version.
The bill, which received the rubber stamp of both consumers and the industry, still sits because of a tight Senate schedule, disputes over costs and an internet campaign taken off by advocates of farmers in Congress.
In its current state, the bill may have to wait until November to be voted on.Read original story on NYTimes.com|Saturday, Sept. 18,2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/health/policy/19food.html?pagewanted=1&ref=us
Missing California women and children found
Five women and eight children who belonged to a California religious group were found safe Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010.
The group originally went missing Saturday, Sept. 18 and raised concerns of a mass suicide after the women’s husbands brought letters to authorities that contained wording that hinted suicide.
The women and children were all found unharmed praying on blankets at a park in Palmdale, Calif.
The cult members were immigrants from El Salvador and their presumed leader Reyna Marisol Chicas, 33, allegedly never passed the fifth grade.Read original story on NYTimes.com|Sunday, Sept. 19,2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/us/20cult.html?hp
Iranians want trade for American
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadineijad is demanding that eight Iranians detained by the U.S. be released after Sarah Shourd was returned to the U.S.
Region & Campus
New Jersey N.A.A.C.P. calls legislators to vote down scholarship bill
A bill in the New Jersey legislature allowing students in failing school districts the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend other public or private schools is not receiving the support of James Harris, the president of the New Jersey N.A.A.C.P.
According to Harris, the proposal would not allow adequate state funding to provide for inner city schools in which the majority of the student body is either African American or Hispanic.
The bill, called the Opportunity Scholarship Act, was presented in May of 2010 and was approved by the Economic Growth Committee.
“It would be interesting to see how many of these predominantly white school districts will welcome students from districts like Camden,” Harris said in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Read Original Story on Philly.com|Saturday, Sept. 18th, http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20100918_N_J__NAACP_calls_on_Legislature_to_vote_against_scholarship_bill.html
Cabrini College’s new mascot shines
Cabrini’s new mascot was unveiled at new student move- in on Aug. 19. The mascot made its rounds with the Philly Phanatic, increasing morale among new students, their families and returning students and staff.
The new Cavalier was the creation of two Cabrini graphic design graduates, Brian Birdsall, ’10 who designed the mascot costume and Anthony Casazza, ’10, who created the new mascot logo.
The new Cavalier designs follow the redesigned Department of athletics and recreation logo created in 2007.
Read Original Story on Cabrini.edu|Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2010, http://www.cabrini.edu/News-and-Events/News-Releases/News-Articles/2010/Cabrini-Unveils-ReDesigned-Athletic-Mascot.aspx