News Briefs | Issue 20

By James Crowell
March 14, 2012

A young girl prays for victims on Sunday, March 11, in Fukushima, Japan, during a tribute to the estimated 19,000 people killed from last year’s earthquake and tsunami. (Credit: MCT)

Many mourn, remember those lost in Japan

Grieving families across Japan gathered to mark the oneyear anniversary of the major disasters that ravished the island nation.

The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami affected the Northeastern Coast, killing almost 20,000 people and causing a massive nuclear radiation leak at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.  To this day, there is still a 12-mile ‘exclusion zone’ set up around the nuclear plant.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com  |  March 11, 2012

 

New iPad touts high-resolutution display, 4G data connection

Apple updated its tablet computer on Wednesday, March 7, with a high-definition screen,  faster wireless connection and new processor.

The iPad will operate on the fourth-generation cellphone network technology known as LTE.

Apple said the iPad would go on sale on March 16, starting at  $499 for the baseline version.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com  |  March 7, 2012

 

US economy continues to add jobs, improve steadily

After weak economic growth, the U.S. economy has had three consecutive months of solid employment growth, lifting the mood slightly of some consumers and the unemployed.

The economy added 227,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported Friday, March 9.

The unemployment rate has held steady at 8.3 percent.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com  |  March 9, 2012

 

Fighting continues between Syrian activists, government

Opposition forces in Syria said on Monday, March 12, that pro-government individuals had rounded up groups of civilians in Homs overnight, then assaulted men and women, killing dozens of them, including children.

Opposition groups continued to call for international military action and arming of the opposition activists. Syria denied any and all responsibility for the attacks.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com  |  March 12, 2012

 

U.S. Army sergeant kills 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan, sparks anti-American hostility

An army sergeant was accused of methodically killing at least 16 civilians, nine of them children, in southern Afghanistan early on Sunday, March 11.

The killings reportly happened in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province of Afghanistan.

This event comes after a period of deepening public outrage, spurred by the Koran burning by American personnel last month.

Read the original story on NYTimes.com  |  March 11, 2012

 

Future of Pa. turnpike features all-electronic tolling, no booths

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is planning to have  all-electronic tolling in the next five years.  However, there will be a 76 percent surcharge for motorists who don’t use E-ZPass devices.

The turnpike will demolish  all toll booths and instead charge drivers as they pass at highway speed under overhead gantries equipped with electronic readers and cameras.  According to the turnpike officials, all-electronic tolling would improve safety, reduce travel time and reduce air pollution.

Read the original story on philly.com  |  March 12, 2012

 

Playground shooting in Logan section of Philly

Philadelphia police said they received a call for a shooting on the playground at Belfield Recreation Center, located at 21st and Conlyn streets, just after 5:30 p.m.

The 43-year-old victim suffered at least two gunshot wounds to the neck, one to the face and one to the head, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read the original story on philly.com  |  March 12, 2012

 

Montco DA to receive 2012 Ivy Young Willis Award

Risa Vetri Ferman, district attorney of Montgomery County, will receive the 2012 Ivy Young Willis Award in a ceremony at Cabrini College on Thursday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. Elected in November 2007, Ferman is the first woman to serve as district attorney of Montgomery County. Everyone is invited to attend.

Read the original story on cabrini.edu  |  March 12, 2012

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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