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Sep 23, 201304:33 PM

Cheat Sheet: September 23, 2013

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood

Today an Egyptian court banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group’s funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi. The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood’s funds and administer its frozen assets. The Islamist group has said to have a million members, and this is the toughest crackdown in decades on the group. (Source)

Pussy Riot member goes on hunger strike

In an open letter to The Guardian, imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova explained that beginning today, September 23, she will begin a hunger strike in protest of the brutal conditions at Penal Colony No 14. In her letter, she discussed conditions including high levels of security, long workdays and violations of human rights. She says, “In the colony, the inmates in charge of the brigades as well as their senior members are the ones tasked with depriving fellow inmates’ rights, terrorising them and turning them into speechless slaves—all on the order of the administration.” (Source)

Eastern Shore man gets 25 years for dealing cocaine

Jarrid Cropper, a 42-year-old Eastern Shore drug dealer was sentenced today to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. According to court documents, Cropper brought cocaine from Norfolk, broke it down into smaller quantities and distributed it on the Eastern Shore. One witness told investigators he sold Cropper more than 14 kilos in one year. (Source)

Public meetings held on Tide expansion

Tonight the first of three public meetings on extending the Tide to Virginia Beach will take place. Officials will take questions, give an update to the plans and listen to concerns. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms says this first phase of the plan would include extending the Tide from Newtown Road to Rosemont Road and would cost about $440 million. He says the city doesn’t have the money yet, but when it does, the plan is to extend the Tide to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, which would bring an estimated 5,000 to 8,900 riders daily and would cost in excess of $1 billion. (Source)

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