Issue 24 | News Briefs

By Robert Riches
April 17, 2012


11 Secret Service agents relieved of duty after scandal: 11 agents of the Secret Service were relieved of duty after accusations of misconduct involving prostitutes. The misconduct was alleged to have occurred in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to President Barack Obama’s arrival for the Summit of the Americas.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin M. Donovan said in a statement that the agents have been recalled and that they will be replaced with other agents. However, Donovan did not mention anything regarding prostitution.

Read the original story on | April 14, 2012.


Taliban attack an effort to deliver message: In a complex attack on Sunday, Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers raided the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The attacks began in three Afghan provinces at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday and continued until 7:30 a.m. on Monday, concluding at the Parliament. It is reported that 17 attackers, 17 police officers and 14 civilians have been killed; however, precise figures are unknown at the time.

Read the original story on | April 15, 2012.


Summit of the Americas ends after debate over Cuba: The first Summit of the Americas since 2009, held in Cartagenas, Colombia, ended Sunday after the United States and several Latin American nations debated on whether or not to exclude Cuba from the summit.

While no major achievements were made at the summit, President Obama and Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos still consider it to be a success.

Read the original story on | April 15, 2012.


Tornadoes ravage Midwest: 122 confirmed tornadoes were reported to have touched down in parts of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa over a period of 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday.

Despite enhanced warnings sent out several days in advance of the tornadoes, five people were reported to be killed in the rural town of Woodward, Okla.

Read the original story on | April 15, 2012.


Native American tribes to receive billion dollar settlement: The United States Department of Justice has agreed to pay a settlement of $1.023 billion to 41 Native American tribes.

The settlement has been reached after the federal government failed to properly oversee conditions that companies could exploit resources such as oil and timber on Native American lands.

Read the original story on | April 13, 2012.


Region and Campus:


Arson not cause of Radnor fire: Don Wood, Radnor Township fire marshal, stated that arson was not the cause of a fire that burnt down a famous mansion on April 4.

There is no definite cause of the fire, but it is believed that it may have been an electrical fire. An investigation of the blaze is still ongoing.

Read the original story on | April 17, 2012.


Mass transit ridership increasing: SEPTA, New Jersey Transit and PATCO have all reported increased ridership over the past year.

A multitude of factors have been responsible for the surge in ridership, with increased gas process being a major factor. The American Public Transportation Association concluded that a Philadelphia-area commuter could save an average of $983 per year by taking mass transit to work instead of driving.

Read the original story on | April 17, 2012.


College partners with Norristown Friends for art exhibit: The College has partnered with the Norristown Friends to present “Spirit of the Arts” at the Norristown Friends Meetinghouse.

“Spirit of the Arts” featured photography from students, as well as residents of the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center in Norristown. Two events were scheduled, including a presentation on April 15 and a family-oriented event on April 22.

Read the original story on | April 2, 2012.

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