News Briefs | Issue 15

By James Crowell
February 1, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers remarks at Lanco Paint Co., in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 27, four days before Florida’s Republican primary election on Tuesday, Jan. 31. (credit: mct)


Republican candidates debate before primary

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican presidential candidate, went up against fellow front-runner  Newt Gingrich in the final debate before the Florida primary. Trying to get on the offensive against his fellow candidates, Romney used the audience applause to benefit his debate performance. Among the highlights of the night, Gingrich’s lunar colony proposal was met with a financial rebuke by Romney.

Read the original story on  |  Jan. 26, 2012


Psychiatrists may soon consider grief a mental disorder

By redefining the definition of depression, a new report argues that a change to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM,  would depict grieving as a mental disorder. In the first potential change to the DSM since 1994, the inclusion of depression as a disorder may greatly increase the number of people treated for bereavement with medication.

Read the original story on  |  Jan. 27, 2012


Twitter agrees to censor tweets in certain countries

In an announcement on Jan. 26, Twitter said in an official blog post that it would block specific messages upon request in countries where they were deemed to violate local laws. There was an immediate outcry for a boycott from some users of the popular social network. In its defense, Twitter tried to explain that selective censorship  will be the best way to comply with laws of different countries.

Read the original story on  |  Jan. 27, 2012


Cairo prevents 6 Americans from leaving Egypt

Tensions between Egypt and the United States came to a head last week when Cairo denied six Americans the ability to leave the country. The Obama administration reportedly withheld annual aid to the Egyptian military prior to the detention of the U.S. citizens at Cairo airport. Among the people held in detention by the Egyptian authorities was Sam LaHood, son of Ray LaHood, the U.S. secretary of transportation.

Read the original story on  |  Jan. 26, 2012


Federal Reserve indicates recovery is several years away

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, said that the economy would need help for years to come.  The Federal Reserve then extended the low interest rates in an effort to spur growth until late 2014. The central bank announced last summer that they will keep interest rates near zero through the middle of 2013. The impact of the low interest rates is likely to be modest at best.

Read the original story on  |  Jan. 25, 2012


“Reduction” art exhibit showcases  unique drawings

Christine Palnik will have her artwork showcased at the Grace and Joseph Gorevin Fine Arts Gallery on the second floor of the Holy Spirit Library from Feb. 16 through March 30. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Consisting of 18 drawings in charcoal on rag paper, Palnik illustrates the human body to address the relationship between form and space.

Read the original story on  |  Jan 26, 2012


Cop killer moved from solitary to general population

Mumia Abu-Jamal was moved to general population on Friday, Jan. 27 according to Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Convicted and sentenced to death for the killing of Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, Abu-Jamal’s original sentence was overturned on appeal last year.

Read the original story on  |  Jan. 28, 2012


Philadelphia bars to stay open later under proposal

In order to generate additional tax revenue for city schools, City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown suggested that city bars be allowed to stay open until 3 a.m. Prompt reaction to the idea drew concerns about rowdy, drunken patrons and increased crime rates. During her Jan. 26 announcement, Brown said all parties involved must be “open to the conversation.”

Read the original story on  |  Jan. 28, 2012

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James Crowell

Senior com major at Cabrini College. Technical Director for LOQation. On-Air personality on WYBF-FM. Past News editor for The Loquitur, 2011-12. Passion for videography, tech news & quantum mechanics. Follow me @JamesCrowellJr

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