News Briefs: Sept. 23, 2013
Sun Star Staff Report
Sept. 23, 2013
Wrecking the wrecking ball
Several Grand Valley State University students have been photographed and videoed swinging on an on-campus pendulum sculpture doing their best impersonation of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video, in which Cyrus swings naked on a wrecking ball. At least one of the students caught on camera was naked.
GVSU removed the sculpture because the swinging was causing the cable to fray and become a safety hazard.
Students at the university have protested the removable, and the associate vice-president said an engineer will assess the sculpture’s support structure in hopes it will be able to be re-installed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a 114-page report last Monday estimating that 23,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. The report also cited antibiotics given to animals due to industrial animal farming as one of the reasons. These animals are given approximately 70 percent of antibiotics available in the U.S.
–The New York Times
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics recently released a report stating that in 2012, Americans spent most of their money on transportation, food and housing. The study concluded that individuals in poverty are less likely to have better incomes in the future because they have so little money that emphasis is placed on the day-to-day.
Shooting in Chicago
Last Friday, 12 people were shot at a park near a basketball court in Chicago. One of the victims was a 3-year-old. The child and ten other victims are reported to be in critical condition.
–The Chicago Tribune
Free to like
Liking things on Facebook is now considered to be free speech and is protected under the First Amendment, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court on Wednesday. The ruling overturned a lower court’s decision that liking something is not actually speech.
$900 in the bank
The Permanent Fund Dividend was announced to be $900 on Wednesday. The checks will be mailed or direct deposited to most Alaskans on October 3.
– Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
iOS 7 released
Apple released iOS 7 on Wednesday. The update to the mobile operating system looks completely different from iOS 6 with a flatter design. Some other features of the new operating system include a brand new control center, iTunes radio and upgrades to some of the standard apps that come with each device.
Stocks and bonds
The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it will continue to buy $85 billion worth of bonds per month until it sees sustained economic improvement. The US stock market jumped as a result with both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 closing at record highs.
Eating through school
University of Wisconsin student Eric Dahl is paying for college by eating. Dahl began competitive eating in 2011 and has earned almost $20,000 by eating large amounts of food. Dahl is ranked third in the world of competitive eating.
Hockey is back
The Scotty Gomez Hockey Association is taking over the Anchorage School District’s ice hockey program for high school girls. The program was cut last spring due to low participation. Gomez’s association will run the program for three years.
–Anchorage Daily News
Lots of layoffs
Blackberry announced on Friday that it is planning to fire 4,500 employees as it anticipates losing $1 billion in upcoming months because of low sales.