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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 planned for Virginia Beach Town Center

The City Council will hear plans tomorrow for a new 14-story tower that would be constructed in Town Center. The project, called Phase V would include 18,000 square feet of retail space, 174,000 square feet of office space, an 850-space parking garage and 267 apartments. Two significant tenants for the tower will be announced Tuesday. Construction would start in February 2013 and would be completed by July 2014. (Source)

Al Qaeda’s No. 2 Killed in Airstrike

An airstrike killed al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, Saad al-Shehri, in Yemen along with five others traveling with him in a car today, according to Yemeni Defense Ministry officials. Officials said the missile that killed al-Shehri is said to have been fired by a U.S. operated drone, but this information has not been confirmed. A senior official at the Yemeni president’s office confirmed the attack, but DNA tests must be used to establish al-Shehri’s identity. (Source)

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