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Jul 3, 201304:35 PM

Cheat Sheet: July 3, 2013

Lack of change forces Egypt to the brink

Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi stood firm against the 48-hour deadline issued by protesters and the military Wednesday. Morsi’s opponents argue his regime has done little to change the after the country’s first public elections last year and that Morsi and his staff are pushing for an Islamic Egypt—one many Egyptians do not want. However, Morsi still has great backing in government and many supporters, as thousands from each side clashed in the streets of Cairo for the second week. A large outbreak of violence was located in Giza, where 16 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in front of Cairo University, raising the death toll from protests to 39. All of this has affected gas prices in the US, which have reached $100 a barrel this week. (Source)

Dapper duck dons digital digits

Buttercup is a domestic white duck hatched last year in a high school science class. The class got a little more than they bargained for, as Buttercup’s left foot was backward and had to be amputated. The school passed the duck to Mike Garey, a volunteer at Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Arlington Tennessee. Because Buttercup’s leg would bleed if he tried to walk on it, his foot was amputated in February, and Mike began the search to find alternatives for the fowl. His quest landed him with NovaCopy, a 3-D printing solutions center, where its employees volunteered their time, services and resources to creating a duck-foot prototype mold, which was then used to create a foot. The new foot worked perfectly, and Buttercup is now scurrying along the sanctuary. The project garnished media attention and earned Garey and the Sanctuary a $3000 donation from Aflac, a national insurance company with a similar white duck mascot. (Source)

Fourth of July Festivities

Naval Station Norfolk has been waiting an unusually long time for this homecoming. After 11 long months the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower finally docked in time for the holiday. The crew and family of this ship have had to deal with an extraordinary schedule, after leaving in June 2012 for an expected but long 9-month cruise. But when the ship that was scheduled to relieve the Eisenhower, the USS Nimitz, had to be shut down for repairs in December, the Navy decided to bring the Eisenhower back for two months over the holidays and redeploy for another 4.5 months. The amount of time spent to sea has top Navy brass ringing bells before the House Armed Services Committee, citing that extra time deployed, a shrinking fleet and a tighter budget are adding strain to an already stretched naval force. (Source)

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