News Briefs

By Meghan McSloy
September 27, 2010

National & Global

Fraud alleged in recent Afghan elections

One voter submits his ballot in Afghanistan during their second parliamentary election. Due to attempted fraud and insurgent attacks, voter turnout was low. --MCT

There is strong evidence that there was fraud involved in the recent Afghan elections.

Video clips show evidence of ballot stuffing as well as the unlawful detention of election workers. In some instances, election workers have come forward admitting involvement in the fraud accusations. Read original story on | Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

South African unemployment still troublesome

Graphs of South African economy --MCT

Amidst the longest running unemployment streak South Africa has seen, there are no sure signs that the economy is looking up. For over 10 years, the rise in unemployed people in the country has ranked South Africa one of the worst in the world. Due to the high unemployment rates, there has been a rise in crime, inequality and social unrest. Read original story on | Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Obama presses China on their currency reform

President Obama is continuing to press China to reevaluate its currency.

In a recent two-hour meeting, the president sent a firm message to China saying, “if the Chinese don’t take action, we have other means of protecting U.S. interests.”

The U.S.  also challeneged China to their claims of disputed land. Read original story on | Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Democrats begin running negative ads

Across the nation, there has been an increase in negative political campaigns aimed at Republicans. Negative ads are used in almost every election but never this early. A number of democrats are using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau as well as divorce records as weaponry against their political opponents. Read original story on | Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

G.O.P focuses on tax cuts and health care

Republicans in the House of Representatives are issuing a new legislation called “A Pledge to America.” Hoping to become the majority by November elections, the goals outlined in the pledge include extensions of the Bush-era tax cuts and a repeal of the recent health care law. Read original story on | Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Regional & Campus

New SERVE initiative introduced

To increase service and volunteerism in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter introduced SERVE. Through this new organization, Nutter is seeking help from Philadelphians to get involved with afterschool programs, such as the Green Philly Initiative and several other areas. Read original story on | Monday Sept. 27, 2010

Vick speaks on dogfighting

Vick speaks to students about dog fighting and second chances --MCT

Michael Vick, newly named  starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, spoke to a group of Philadelphia students about dogfighting.

“Not everyone gets a second chance—they just don’t,” Vick said.  “But like me, if you mess up and get a second chance, defend it at all costs.  Stay focused and stay determined.”

Vick commented on his life choices, both of what it took to get to the NFL and how he became “involved in something [he] never should have been involved in.”

When Vick asked how many students had seen a dog fight, 80 of 300 raised their hands. Read original story on | Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Phila. schools receive federal funding

Almost $10 million in federal funds was given to Mastery Charter Schools and several high schools within the Philadelphia School District.

The Obama administration has stated it will continue to give federal aid for Philadelphia schools. Read original story on | Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

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