News Briefs- October 18, 2012
Brix Hahn/Sun Star Reporter
October 23, 2012
Boy Scouts of America gets serious
On Thursday, Oct. 18, Boy Scouts of America released a list of more than 1,000 people who were banned from the organization. These people have been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with young scouts. The list contains names of black listed members from to 1965 to 1985 as well as recent cases. The list will not contain the names of any scouts or witnesses. The Oregon Supreme Court gave permission for the list to be released.
Rwanda voted into United Nations
Argentina, Australia, South Korea, Luxembourg and Rwanda have been officially voted into the UN Security Council as of Thursday, Oct. 18. The countries now hold a temporary seat on the council for a two-year term. Rwanda will fill South Africa’s Chair beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
Average student loan: $27,000
According to the Institution for College Access & Success, in 2011, approximately 66 percent of all university students graduated with loans. The average for these loans was- $26,600. That number is up 5 percent from the previous year. The study found that people with a college degree are twice as likely to find a job than those without one.
Newsweek goes strictly digital
The American magazine Newsweek announced last week that the 80-year-old print magazine will change to an all-digital medium in January 2013. The online magazine will have a mandatory subscription fee for readers. Some content will remain free of charge on The Daily Beast, Newsweek’s partner online magazine.
-The Daily Beast
Court order to remove beard
Maj. Nidal Hasan of the U.S. Army has been ordered arrive in court clean shaven as a part of military dress code. The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals made the decision to force Hasan to shave his beard for court. If Hasan refuses he may have his beard forcibly removed. In 2009, Hasan murdered 13 people on the Fort Hood military base in Texas and is facing murder charges in court. Hasan said he began growing the beard because he is Muslim, yet the U.S. Army has a specific ban on beards and few exceptions made for religious affiliation.