News Briefs | Issue 18

By Kevin Durso
February 22, 2012

Chart showing price per gallon for self-serve regular gasoline in the U.S. from 2008 to present day. (Credit: MCT)

Republicans fueled to attack Obama as gas prices rise

Rising gasoline prices may allow Republicans to call out President Obama on a faultering economic recovery as the United States continues into another general election cycle.

House Speaker John Boehner instructed his fellow Republicans to “embrace the gas-pump anger” that exists among their constituents as they return to their districts during the Presidents’ Day recess.

The price of oil has moved to more than $103 a barrel amid Iranian threats of oil disruption.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com | Feb. 18, 2012

 

Congress plans to auction off public airwaves

Congress plans to use the sales of public television airwaves to create an expansion of wireless Internet systems.

Smartphones, iPads and other wireless devices should see a speed increase if the bill is passed.  The effect will be felt particularly in major cities, as the concentration of people is greater there.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com | Feb. 16, 2012

 

New Jersey assembly passes gay marriage bill

The New Jersey Assembly successfully passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of New Jersey on Friday, Feb. 17.

New Jersey is the third state to legalize same-sex marriage, after New York and Washington.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoed the marriage bill on Saturday, Feb. 18 after pledging to do so.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com | Feb. 16, 2012

 

Santorum says federal government has no place in education

Republican presidential  candidate Rick Santorum said that  President Obama’s agenda practiced a “phony theology” during a campaign trip in Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Santorum further commented on Obama’s stance on education, calling the idea of schools being run by federal or state governments “anachronistic.”

Read the original story on NYTimes.com | Feb. 18, 2012

 

Both houses of Congress agree to keep payroll tax cuts

Congress members from both parties within the House of Representatives and Senate reached a tentative deal to preserve a payroll tax reduction that would increase the benefits of those unemployed on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The agreement was scheduled to be subject to a vote on Friday, Feb. 17, prior to a one week recess for members of Congress.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com | Feb. 14, 2012

 

Several Philadelphia elementary schools win their appeals

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the fates of several elementary school appeals challenging their potential closing or merging on Friday, Feb. 17.

Of the 24 schools to appeal the Blue Ribbon Commission’s decision, 18 won their appeals.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput also announced the postponement of his decision on the appeals of the four high schools to Friday, Feb. 24.

Read the original story on philly.com  |  Feb. 17, 2012

 

Local news sources finalize sharing of newsrooms

Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and their website, Philly.com, finalized an agreement that would bring the two newsrooms together.

The goal of the move is to consolidate the news between the two papers, so that they share stories and coverage.

The Inquirer and Daily News have been under the same ownership since the 1950s, but have never shared a newsroom until now.

Read the original story on philly.com  |  Feb. 17, 2012

 

Cabrini goes national for undergraduate education

A new initiative program will allow Cabrini students  to expand and deepen their theological and intellectual explorations.

Cabrini is one of 13 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to join the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education as a founding member.

Read the original story on cabrini.edu  |  Feb. 15, 2012

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