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September 2012

10/01/12

Cheat Sheet: September 29-30--Weekend Roundup

Environmentalists Planning Protest against Dominion Activists are busy planning five days of protests outside Dominion Virginia Power’s headquarters in Richmond this week. Environmentalists claim that the company has “ripped off” ratepayers for $76 million. The goal behind the protest is to urge changes to state rules intended to encourage development of wind, solar and other green energy. However, these rules, known as the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, or RPS, have done little in the way of cleaner energy supplies but instead have allowed the state’s largest electric utility to earn a bonus by buying cheap credits from out-of-state energy firms and by accounting for power generated at a few existing in-state facilities, some of which are decades...

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09/28/12

Cheat Sheet: September 28, 2012

Sand Sculpting at the Neptune Festival This weekend, the 39th Annual Neptune Festival returns to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The North American Sandscultping Championship will be a highlight of the festivities until October 7th. Offering 32 sculptors from 10 different countries, the Championship has an admission fee of $3 and children can enter for free. The Neptune Festival will also have live music, fireworks, and an 8K and 5K run. (Source) Use of Race in University Admissions University of Texas is currently facing backlash from Abigail Fisher, a white woman that claims she was denied admission to the college in 2008 because of her skin color. Fisher claims that University of Texas unfairly favors African Americans and Hispanics over Whites and Asian Americans,...

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09/27/12

Cheat Sheet: September 27, 2012

Obama at Farm Bureau Live today President Obama spoke in front of a crowd of about 7,000 today at Farm Bureau Live this morning. In his speech for re-election, he outlined his plan for economic recovery, which would include outsourcing fewer American jobs, investing in wind and solar energy, improving education by keeping tuition costs low and hiring more teachers and cutting the deficit “without sticking it to the middle class.” He mentioned in his speech that change takes time and that it will take a few more years to solve challenges that were building up over decades. (Source) Cyber threat to banks A hacker group in the Middle East who has identified itself as Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters has disrupted the electronic banking operations of...

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09/26/12

Cheat Sheet: September 26, 2012

American Soldiers Train Afghan Allies with Caution With the American Troop Surge in Afghanistan coming to a close, it’s now extremely important that American soldiers adequately train their Afghan allies to fight and defend themselves. However, this poses a danger to U.S. soldiers, as the Afghans have proven themselves to be violent and hostile toward Americans. This hostility has intensified since a film and cartoons surfaced that mocked Prophet Muhammad. Afghan soldiers have raised many complaints against their American teachers, claiming they treat the Afghans like children and bully them. Despite this tension, the Afghans are not prepared to fight on their own and need American help in order to strengthen their forces....

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09/25/12

Cheat Sheet: September 25, 2012

FBI agent accused of ties with Philippine prostitution Undercover FBI agent Sergio Santiago Syjuco and two Philippine nationals were charged with conspiracy for utilizing U.S. taxpayer dollars on Philippine prostitutes while on a weapons probe last year. Nearly $15,000 were linked to the "entertainment" spent at brothels, "Air Force One" and "Area 51" as well as other investigation-related expenses. Earlier this year authorities sought out Area 51, rescued 60 sex-trafficked victims and arrested at least seven. (Source) Amtrak breaking the speed limit Test runs for the Amtrak began on Monday evening. The current speed limit is 150 mph, but Amtrak is hoping to extend the limit to 160. Testing will be conducted in 135 and 150 mph limited areas...

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09/24/12

Cheat Sheet: September 24, 2012

Foxconn Plant Closed Foxconn Technology, a major supplier to some of the world’s biggest electronics companies, including Apple, has closed one of its largest Chinese plants Monday after police were called in to break up a fight among factory employees that escalated into a riot involving more than 1,000 workers late Sunday. The cause of the disturbance is still under investigation. A Foxconn spokesman declined to specify whether the plant made products for the iPhone 5. (Source) Virginia Beach woman charged with child pornography Adrienne H. Harris, 22, a Virginia Beach woman, has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for her role in the production of child pornography that used a 1-year-old child. Harris pleaded guilty on June 6. Court documents show that in the...

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09/24/12

Cheat Sheet: September 22-23--Weekend Roundup

No change at Chick-Fil-A  Despite rumors that Chick-fil-A has changed its anti-gay marriage stance, Mike Huckabee confirmed Friday that this is not the case. Huckabee received a statement from the chain that he has posted on his website, which reads, "There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions." Huckabee is associated with the chain after declaring a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in response to its CEO's statements on gay marriage. (Source) National Zoo newborn panda dies The newborn panda cub at the National Zoo, which was born Sept. 16, has died. The cause of death...

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09/21/12

Cheat Sheet: September 21, 2012

33,000 Surge Troops Withdrawn from Afghanistan In December 2009, President Barack Obama ordered an increase of American surge troops into Afghanistan. Almost three years later, the troop surge is finally over. Leon Panetta, the American Secretary of Defense, stated that the surge completed its goals of reversing Taliban momentum on the battlefield and strengthening the Afghan National Security Forces. The troop withdrawal has been a gradual effort over the past five to six months. 68,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan. (Source) Protests Turn Violent in Pakistan In response to an anti-Islam film that was directed and produced in America, the Pakistani government declared Friday "Love for the Prophet Day" and encouraged peaceful protests against the...

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09/20/12

Cheat Sheet: September 20, 2012

Judge votes for anti-Muslim film clip, Innocence of Muslims, to stay on YouTube Cindy Lee Garcia appeared in the film clip that sparked violence in the Middle East and deaths in seven countries. Garcia claimed she was lied to upon agreement to the film and said the script she read did not contain Muslim or Prophet Muhammad references. She is unable to produce the film agreement with Nakoula Basseley Nkoula, who is responsible for the trailer and has kept a low profile since the outrage. Despite requests from Garcia and the White House, YouTube, owned by Google, refused to remove the film. Cindy Cohen, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said, "The law protects Google here because they aren't the producers of the film. You don't want a situation...

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09/19/12

Cheat Sheet: September 19, 2012

Republicans Push Bill to Keep Foreign Scholars in the U.S This past Tuesday, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that would increase the number of permanent resident visas for graduating foreign students that study science and/or technology. Republican leaders are hoping to pass this bill in order to improve legal immigration before the election in November. At this time, foreign graduating students must either leave the country or dive into the world of temporary visas, which do not always lead to permanent visas. (Source) Life in Hampton Roads is Improving, Poll Says 1 Old Dominion University recently took their third annual survey of life in Hampton Roads, and the results were nothing but positive. Two-thirds...

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09/18/12

Cheat Sheet: September 18, 2012

Romney Campaign Set Back by Leaked Video In a leaked video published by Mother Jones Magazine, Romney speaks to a private audience of campaign donors. In the video, he says that Obama supporters will vote for the president “no matter what” and that these voters account for “47 percent of voters.” Because of this he does not “worry about these people.” The Republican presidential nominee also tells the donors that the pursuit of Middle East peace is likely to remain “an unsolved problem” because the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever” in reaching a peach agreement with Israel. However, the Republican Party platform clearly expresses support for “two democratic states–Israel with Jerusalem as its capital...

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09/17/12

Cheat Sheet: September 17, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Anniversary Today marks the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street where hundreds of protesters took to the Financial District of New York, leading to police barricades and camp being set up at Zuccotti Park. Today hundreds have taken to the streets of New York again in remembrance of what happened a year ago today and possibly to give new life to the movement leading up to November’s election. (Source) Kate Middleton topless photos to be published in Italian magazine After a French magazine, Closer, was responsible for publishing topless photos of Kate Middleton while she was sunbathing in France, the royal family was furious. However, that hasn’t stopping an Italian magazine, Chi , from publishing a 26-page spread of grainy,...

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09/17/12

Cheat Sheet: September 15-16--Weekend Roundup

Google Will Not Remove Anti-Islam Film Clip Google told the White House Saturday that it will not take down the anti-Islam video that sparked demonstrations across the Muslim word, stating that the Innocence of Muslims clips falls "clearly within our guildlines." However, the company is restricting the Youtube video in some ways: Google has blocked access to the clip in Libya, Egypt, Indian, and Indonesia, citing "very sensitive situations." (Source) Japan To End Nuclear Power by 2030s The Japanese government announced a dramatic change to its energy policy Friday, vowing to end nuclear power in its country by the 2030s. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda noted that the majority of Japanese citizens support the elimination of nuclear power from...

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09/14/12

Cheat Sheet: September 14, 2012

Virginia Beach Sports Arena Vote Postponed Mayor Will Sessoms has stated that the proposed vote on the $350 million arena planned for the Virginia Beach Oceanfront will be pushed back to next year, with no specific date commitment.  Originally planned for the end of October, the vote will be for an 18,500-seat arena that is intended to attract a major-league sports team to Virginia Beach. Sources have hinted that the NBA’s Sacramento Kings are the city’s target team.  (Source) HRT Light Rail Holds Informational Open Houses HRT will be holding several public meetings to inform Hampton Roads citizens of the proposed light rail extension to Virginia Beach. The first open house will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on September 29th. Mayor...

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09/13/12

Cheat Sheet: September 13, 2012

"Innocence of Muslims" promoted by man in Virginia The anti-Muslim film, "Innocence of Muslims" that ignited the riots in Libya, Egypt and Yemen and death of U.S. Ambassador, Chris Stevens, was promoted by Coptic Christian leader Morris Sadek who resides in northern Virginia. The video, which was produced in the U.S., perceives the Prophet Muhammad as a "pedophile" and a "deceiver". Coptic Christians are outraged by the video and fear it could worsen Muslim sentiment toward Coptics in Egypt. Sadek had established a hate for Islam. Though rejected, Sadek frequently sent out e-mails attacking Islam to Coptic groups in the Washington area. "He just wants to keep insulting Islam. He does not represent Copts, and we have excluded him from...

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09/12/12

Cheat Sheet: September 12, 2012

Apple introduces iPhone 5 Today Apple unveiled the much-awaited news that the iPhone 5 would be released on September 21. The new phone is the same width as the old one but taller and thinner. The added screen length gives the Home screen room for a fifth row of icons. Other upgrades to the phone include a faster processor with 4G LTE (faster Internet in select cities), an eight-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and better battery life. (Source) Libya attack likely to have been planned U.S. officials believe that the attackers who stormed a U.S. Consulate in Libya, killing an American ambassador, may have terrorist links and were not solely members of a spontaneous mob demonstration. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said there was a “high...

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09/11/12

Cheat Sheet: September 11, 2012

Virginia’s first West Nile death Nine reports of the West Nile virus have affected Virginians in the last year, but it is confirmed that an adult in the northwest part of the state has died as a result of the virus. Maryland reported 21 cases and one death, and D.C. reported one death and another confirmed case of the virus. The number of cases has already set a record with the highest year-to-date count since its discovery in 1999. (Source) Museum Agreement reached 11 years after September 11 Today marks the 11th year since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Yesterday an agreement was reached to confirm the construction of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum to honor the fateful day. The museum was expected to open this month, but due to funding disputes...

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09/10/12

Cheat Sheet: September 10, 2012

Chicago teachers strike Thousands of teachers walked off the job today in Chicago’s first school strike in 25 years. Teachers began setting up picket lines after talks with public school officials ended over the weekend without resolution. The strikes are dealing with subjects of teacher evaluations and benefits, among other topics. School board President David Vitale says the district had changed its proposal 20 times over the course of talks and didn’t have much more to offer. The walkout by 26,000 teachers and staff affects nearly 400,000 students. Chicago Public Schools has put its contingency plan in effect, opening 144 schools to students from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but parents are being urged to use the schools only as a last resort. (Source) New tower...

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09/10/12

Cheat Sheet: September 8-9--Weekend Roundup

Record numbers deported in 2011 According to number released Friday by the Office of Immigration Statistics, during the 2011 discal year, U.S. authorities deported 391,953 foreign-born individuals. Ninety-three percent of those deported came from four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The figures are down slightly for the 2012 fiscal year--with one month let, the United Stated has deported approximately 366,000 undocumented civilians. (Source) At least 77 dead in Aleppo At least 77 people are dead in Syria after government forces used shelling and air raids to bombard Aleppo on Saturday. As a result of the fighting, pipes responsible for delivering water to several hundred thousand people in the country were ruptured, leaving certain areas with no...

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09/07/12

Cheat Sheet: September 7, 2012

Escaped Newport News prison inmate captured at apartment Escaped prison inmate, Eric Fling, spent more than eight hours on the run before he was captured at the Meridian Parkside Apartments in Newport News this afternoon. Fling had been discovered missing from the facility around 6 a.m. this morning, and the jail was immediately placed on lockdown and searched. There were sightings of Fling across Hampton Roads throughout the day before police located Fling and took him into custody. (Source) Bombing in Iraq kills at least eight people Iraq was hit by six bombs today, killing at least eight people and wounding lots more. The bombs were targeted to Kirkuk, a city in the country’s disputed north. The blasts hit during prayer time at Shiite mosques, suggesting...

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09/06/12

Cheat Sheet: September 6, 2012

Newport News Shipbuilding offers severance program In order to reduce their company’s salaried workforce and remain competitive in the marketplace, Newport News Shipbuilding is offering a voluntary severance program to 1,200 eligible employees. Those interested in participating will be able to apply now through September 28. Salaried NNS employees in Hampton Roads who will be 60 or older by the end of the year are eligible to apply. (Source) Young girl found alive among dead bodies in France A British family that had apparently been vacationing in France was found murdered on Wednesday, with the exception of two young girls, one age 7 who was had been injured and was nearly unconscious and caught the attention of a British cyclist. The British cyclist discovered a...

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09/05/12

Cheat Sheet: September 5, 2012

Spice investigation at IOW Tobacco Shop On Thursday a nine-month investigation in Isle of Wight County ended. After receiving many reports, undercover authorities said they successfully purchased the drug at the Carrollton Tobacco Shop. At least four young people required medical help after using the drug. Two people have already been arrested in connection of the sale and distribution of the drug spice “Spice” at the store, while authorities continue to search for the third. (Source) Obama’s Convention Speech Moved Indoors Although Obama was scheduled to accept the nomination at the open-air Bank of America Stadium in “rain or shine,” the entire program will now take place indoors, along with Joe Biden’s speech. The events will now be...

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09/04/12

Cheat Sheet: September 4, 2012

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies at age 54 Michael Clarke Duncan, known as a gentle giant died Sunday from complications from a recent heart attack. The actor was beloved and best known for his role in The Green Mile. (Source)   DNC prepares full house for Obama Organizers for the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina have arranged to bus in college students and other spectators for the president’s appearance on the final night of the party’s rally in Charlotte, all in an attempt to ensure a full house for President Obama. (Source)   McDonald's to go vegetarian?  McDonald’s will try to increase its presence in India when it opens its first and only meat-free location in the north of the country. While most...

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09/04/12

Cheat Sheet: September 1-3--Weekend Roundup

Norfolk native hurdled over inequality and into the Supreme Court On August 20 Norfolk native Wilhelmina Wright, 48, was appointed as the first black woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. During the ‘60s equal education was still budding. Undoubtedly Wright’s mother pushed for her to attend the gifted program at Granby Elementary, a majority white school. Her parents, both educators, always stressed the importance of equal opportunity and education, and Wright took their advice to heart and excelled in academia. After graduating high school from Lake Taylor in Norfolk, she graduated Yale and Harvard Law School. (Source) Ex-Marine killed 2 and self at NJ supermarket Three years ago, ex-Marine Terence Tyler, tweeted: “Is it normal to want to kill...

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