News Briefs

By Meghan McSloy
October 11, 2010

National & Global

Republicans expected to make gains

In this year’s election, it appears that Republicans are positioned to take over the majority of governors’ seats in the country.

This shift is due to a number of issues, mainly the new health care law and new presidential policies. Currently, Democrats hold 26 governorships while Republicans hold 24. Republicans hold the upper hand in many of the crucial battlegrounds this election.

Read the original story on | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010

Chilean miners escape freed after 66 days

After two difficult months, the drill working to free 33 Chilean miners struck air.

The miners have been trapped for 66 days, the longest period of time that miners have survived a collapse. This latest breakthrough was an important step in the efforts toward freeing the men.

The country of Chile has caught much of the world’s attention over the past few months.

Read the original story on | Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

Supply line attacked

A number of tanker trucks destined for Afghanistan for NATO troops were set fire in western Pakistan. This marked the third attack on supplies since the border between the two countries was shut down last week.  As a result of the latest attack, the U.S. government extended an apology to Pakistan. Read the orignal story on | Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Oversight leads to U.S. attack

Afghan forces with ties to the Taliban have been hired to protect American military bases in the country, causing a surprise attack on U.S. forces. The oversight from the Pentagon on the Afghan forces is nonexistent, leading to violent insurgency in the country. Read the original story on | Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

Imprisoned activist receives Nobel Prize

Liu Xiaobo, a literary critic and political essayist, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize despite being repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his efforts. Xiaobo was awarded the prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Read the original story on | Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

Boaters found alive

Six boaters who were missing were found alive in their boat, which was disabled 120 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J.  Due to how far off the coast the boat was, officials say it may take the boat several days before it is back on shore. Read the original story on| Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

Region & Campus

Concrete business on trial for fraud

A conspiracy involving a concrete business and a Filipino man’s minority status is ending its run after 15 years of being unraveled.
The concrete business used the man’s status to win contracts from clients and over time became Pennsylvania’s most beneficial recipient of the U.S. government’s disadvantaged
business program.

Read the original story on | Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010

Lower Merion district settles

Students and legal representatives will receive $610,000 in a settlement reached between them and Lower Merion School District.

The settlement puts an end to a suit filed against the district in regards to members of the district spying on students through webcams on computers provided by the district.Read the original story on | Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010

Man arrested for streaking

The man who was arrested for streaking at President Obama’s rally in Germantown was trying to win a $1 million prize offered over the Internet. The prize was offered to the first person who could successfully streak in front of the president, with a certain website URL written on their chest. Read the original story on | Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

Spencer Studios offers senior portraits

Senior portraits will be offered from Oct. 25-29. Spencer Studios will be on hand during those days to take both casual and formal portraits of seniors. To register for a session, visit the SEaL office or email

Meghan McSloy

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