Cheat Sheet: December 8-9–Weekend Roundup

Mandela Admitted to Hospital

According to government sources, former South African president Nelson Mandela was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for "medical attention." The current President, Jacob Zuma, released a statement ensuring the visit was no cause for alarm and simply the result of the former president's old age. (Source)

U.N. Extends Kyoto Protocol

There will continue to be one legally binding climate plan in the world. The United Nations climate talks in Doha have ended with an extension to the Kyoto Protocol, meaning there will continue to be one legally binding climate in the world. The plan, which was set to expire this year, legally obligates 35 nations to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions. Additionally, the U.N. formed a new agreement stating that wealthy nations should begin compensating developing nations who suffer losses due to climate change. (Source)

Cowboys Player Killed in Crash

Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was charged with manslaughter Saturday after the car he was driving crashed and kill teammate Jerry Brown Jr. Police say Brent, 24, was intoxicated when his vehicle "barreled into a curb," causing it to flip. Brent failed the administered sobriety test and was immediately taken to Irving Jail. Brown was pronounced dead at a hospital that night. (Source)

First WA Same-Sex Couples Wed

Couples celebrated Washington state’s first same-sex marriages early Sunday morning. Courthouses in some counties opened at midnight to accommodate the couples, and judges conducted ceremonies pro bono at Seattle City Hall. In November, Washington, Maryland, and Maine became the first states to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage by popular vote. (Source)

Twitter Aims to Release Photo Filters in Time for the Holidays

Following the acquistion of Instagram by Facebook earlier this year, Twitter has plans to release a series of photo filters to be used inside the official Twitter app before the end of the year, according to sources. In an effort to encourage users to use the new filters, Instagram photos will no longer appear in Twitter steams. (Source)

Food trucks in Norfolk get yellow light

A group that’s been pushing the city to allow food trucks downtown received a mixed response from the city’s planning department last week The city’s planning staff is recommending the food trucks be allowed; however, the recommendation comes with several stringent limitations. The city’s planning staff wants to permit food trucks only in public spaces–different from public property–such as Scope Plaza, The Plot or existing parking lots. (Source)

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