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Minority student activists protest education cuts

IRVINE, Calif. — If campus activism still brings to mind peace signs, a sea of white faces and liberal strongholds like Berkeley, meet Jesse Cheng. Cheng is a third-year Asian-American studies major at the University of California, Irvine, a campus less than five decades old in the middle of Orange…

Palin compares hacking of her email to Watergate

If Godwin’s Law states that whoever first raises a comparison to Nazis in an online argument automatically “loses,” then there surely ought to be a similar rule for comparisons to Watergate. And if there was one, Sarah Palin would have just lost. Palin was elated on Friday when the college…

Judge assigns anonymous jury for US student’s terrorism trial

A judge ruled Monday that an anonymous jury will hear the trial of an American student accused of lending support to al-Qaida in Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said the seriousness of the conspiracy and material support for terrorism charges against Syed Hashmi, the allegation he has followers and…

Pittsburgh’s Big Ben faces ban: report

UPDATE: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has confirmed reports that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for four to six games for violating the NFL’s code of conduct. The Associated Press reports: Goodell made the announcement a week after prosecutors decided not to charge Roethlisberger after a 20-year-old college…

School district admits to taking webcam pictures

I posted on this when it broke awhile back, so I thought it was a good time to update. Now that they’re facing a lawsuit and and FBI investigation, the Lower Merion School District has decided to come clean and hand over 56,000 photos it took of students by remotely…

Video catches Maryland police beating unarmed student, unprovoked

Officers caught beating student on video had blamed injuries on their horses Three Maryland police officers were caught beating an unarmed student following post-basketball game revelry in a videotape released Monday. The incident, recorded in part by another student Mar. 3 following a Maryland basketball victory, shows several officers in…

House passes final portion of President Obama’s health care overhaul

After more than a year of nearly constant national debate, all the components of President Obama’s ambitious overhaul of the U.S. health care system will finally become law after clearing one final hurdle in U.S. House of Representatives. The health reform “fixes,” which passed the Senate earlier in the day…

Clothing retailers caught throwing out unsold clothes

The Swedish clothing giant H&M, after being caught throwing away (and destroying) unsold clothes by a New York graduate student, will stop tossing its leftovers in the bin. The Associated Press reported Thursday that “the chain said it will instead donate the garments to charity. Graduate student Cynthia Magnus contacted…

Official: Christmas Day bomber ‘was on UK watch list’

LONDON — The Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a US airliner had been placed on a UK watchlist and barred from entering Britain earlier this year, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said on Monday. Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme, Johnson confirmed 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had…

Man pleads guilty to Virginia Tech decapitation

A Chinese man pleaded guilty on Monday to decapitating a fellow graduate student in January at a campus cafe at Virginia Tech university in the United States, court records showed. Zhu Haiyang, a 26-year-old from Ningbo in eastern China, will be sentenced on April 19 for the first-degree murder of…

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