News Briefs Issue 05

By Starlene Soler
October 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protests fight for economic equality

A group of activists stood up against greed, corporate influence and social inequality during late September.

A large number of police officers were sent to the streets near Zuccotti Park, at Broadway and Liberty Street, where protestors had been camping during their protest.

The “leaderless resistance movement” have gained traction, but are short on specific demands or a long-term strategy.

Read original story in NYTimes | Sept. 30, 2011

Day 13 of Occupy Wall Street begins with a march through the streets of lower Manhattan on Sept. 29 with the One World Trade Center construction site in the background.

A better way to plea bargain

In an attempt to reduce the number of court cases that make it to trial, decades have been spent creating laws to make sentencing for criminals tougher and stricter. This helps prosecutors gain better leverage to extract guilty pleas from defendants.

Often, threats of harsher charges and mandatory sentences with more serious penalties are used. Less than one in 40 felony cases actually makes it to trial according to statistics.

Read original story in NYTimes | Sept. 25, 2011

Apple releases new iPhone

Tim Cook unveiled the newest iteration in their iPhone line on Tuesday, Oct. 4th.

Tim Cook unveiled the newest iteration in the iPhone line on Tuesday, Oct. 4th.

In lieu of the expected iPhone 5, Apple instead decided to release the 4S, an update of the 2010 hit. The 4S will offer updated internal specs and deep voice command integration.

The iPhone 4S will be released on three major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint for $199 starting on Oct. 14th.

Read original story on | Oct. 4, 2011

Gov. Christie will not run in 2012 presidential election

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced that he will not partake in the 2012 election after the possibility of an eleventh-hour campaign.

“Now is not my time,” Christie said.

Elected governor in 2009, Christie  at one point joked that he would have to commit suicide to convince people he was not running.

Read original story on | Oct. 4, 2011

House of Representative Approves Spending Bill, averts shutdown

The House of representatives approved the government spending bill on Tuesday, Oct. 4, preventing a government shutdown until mid-November.

The bill was passed by the House by a vote of 352 to 66 and was sent to the White House for President Obama’s approval.

Read original story on | Oct. 4, 2011

A Cat With 9 Lives and Extra Features

A rescue cat with two faces, two noses, two mouths and three eyes was just listed in the 2012 Guinness World Records. The cat was given one name for each face, named Frank and Louie.

Read original story on Philly.Com | Spet. 24, 2011

Gay Pride and Anti-Gay Protests Banned in Serbia

Last year about 100 people were injured, shops were robbed and destroyed and cars were burned in a dispute between police officers and the anti-gay, far-right extremists, in Belgrade, Serbia.

This year, authorities have banned a march for gay pride as well as an anti-gay protest that was planned in the nation’s capital this weekend. The ban was claimed to be an attempt to avoid violence.

Read original story on Philly.Com | Spet. 30, 2011

National Depression Screening Day

Held during Mental Illness Awareness Week each October, this event is designed to call attention to the illness of depression on a national level, educate the public about its symptoms and effective treatments, offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for depression, and connect those in need of treatment to the mental health care system.

Screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings point out depressive symptoms and provide a referral for further evaluation if needed. You should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional if you experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks.

Read original story on Philly.Com | Oct. 6, 2011

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