Friday, February 15, 2013

News briefs: Feb. 15, 2013

 Briefs compiled by Alison Haywood and Kelsey Mejlaender.

National

Feb. 12

Obama gives State of the Union address

President Obama gave his State of the Union address Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
He addressed controversial issues, including immigration, budget negotiations and climate change, taking a populist stance and pushing for growth of the middle class. He called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 per hour and promised to bring 34,000 troops home from Afghanistan within the year.
Parents of victims of gun violence were in attendance, and Obama repeatedly emphasized the need for gun control to prevent future tragedies.
Source: The New York Times

International

Feb. 10

Bahrain princess on trial for torturing doctors

Princess and defendant Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa faces charges of torture in court. The alleged crimes occurred during the Arab Spring when Bahrain’s own “Pearl Revolution” threatened the security of al-Khalifa’s family.
Al-Khalifa works as a police officer — it is common for royal family members to hold ordinary jobs in Bahrain — and is accused of personally torturing doctors.
These doctors were arrested for aiding wounded protestors of the revolution. They were then tortured to force a confession of crimes.
Al-Khalifa first appeared in court over the summer and has continuously denied the charges. However, she has made no public announcement concerning the issue.
Source: Fox News

PLU

Feb. 7
Hong Hall plagued by underwear thief

Several pairs of men’s underwear, belts and ties have disappeared from the Hong laundry room and various residents’ rooms. Resident Director Nicole Sheer sent out an e-mail Feb. 7 saying she would offer amnesty if the items were returned before last Monday at 5 p.m.
As no one has stepped forward, ResLife is encouraging students to lock their doors and to return items they may have accidentally taken from common rooms immediately.
If you have any information on this, contact your RA or Campus Safety.


Local

Feb. 13

Eatonville teen with “Kill List” charged

Pierce County charged a 13-year-old boy who created a “kill list” with four counts of felony harassment on Monday. The list featured five names of students who attended Eatonville Middle School with the teen.
He made no secret of the list, telling students who angered him that he had added their names. Though he refused to give school officials the list, it was later found in a recycling bin in the boy’s math classroom.
Though some students said they remember the teen laughing about the list, others said he could be very angry when threatening others. He did have access to his family’s hunting guns.
Source: The News Tribune