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Monday April 14, 2014

By Bailey Cole and Brooke Beirhaus

 Bombing in Nigeria

More than 70 people have been killed in a violent bomb blast at a bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. The explosion happened as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work. Head of the Abuja Emergency Relief Agency says there have been a confirmed 71 people dead and 124 injured.

KC Shooter in custody

And an update on the anti-simitic shooting that happened in Kansas yesterday. 73 year old Frazier Glenn Cross is being held in custody as a suspect after yesterday’s shooting at two Kansas Jewish resource centers. Law enforcement officials said Cross is a former Ku Klux Klan member, currently serving as “Grand Dragon” of the group, he is said to have a strong history of violent anti-semitism and racism. The shooting resulted in the death of a 14 year old boy and his grandfather who were in the parking lot of a Jewish Community center and then proceeding to a Jewish Faith retirement home nearby. After Cross was apprehended at an elementary schools, he was said to be shouting “Heil Hitler!” from the back of the cop car.

Thankfully he is now in custody and steps are being taken in the Kansas community to recover from the hate crime.

Awards galore

2014 Pulitzer Prizes announced, and some of the winners come as no surprise to those in the journalism. The Washington Post and The Guardian won in the Public Service category for the coverage of United States surveillance efforts based on National Security Agents and Agency documents. The Boston Globe was awarded the Pulitzer in breaking news after covering the Boston Marathon bombing.

For a complete list of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners you can check out the link on our Facebook page.

And for all you ladies out there who missed out on the coverage of the MTV Awards show last night, you basically just missed out on the fact that Zac Efron was not covered. After he won the award for “best shirtless performance”, Rita Ora snuck up behind Efron as he was making his acceptance speech and ripped off his button down shirt. The rest of the award winners from the varied catergories, aren’t even worth mentioning after Efron’s shirtless appearance.

 

Time for entertainment

And if that’s not entertaining enough, the SFX Entertainment known for its production of Electronic music and events such as Tomorrowland, Voodoo Experience, and Electric Zoo has officially announced yesterday that it has bought React Presents, Chicago’s most active dance promoters and primary bookers of the Spring Awakening Festival, the Mid, the Concord Music Hall.

“React Presents enhances the nationwide network of promoters for SFX and brings two new and highly successful festivals into our U.S. repertoire,” said Robert FX Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of SFX Entertainment.

“React Presents is a dominant player in the Midwest, so it was strategically important for us to join forces. React’s ability to put together and promote so many quality productions that excite so many fans will greatly add to our success and growth.”

Threat of Bears

A Florida woman is recovering after being attack by a bear who entered into her open garage and dug through her garbage cans in search of food, sheriff’s deputies said Sunday. The woman said as many as five bears “of various sizes” were rooting around her trash when she walked into the garage. A black bear dragged her from the garage out into her driveway, leaving her with scrapes and cuts to her face and legs. The woman escaped and ran back into her home, where her husband called 911, she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Master Bubba

Bubba Watson, the 2014 Masters winner, can add another green sports coat to his closet. Bubba claimed the men’s golf Masters Tournament title yesterday. This is his second win in the last three years, and guess where he’s planning to celebrate his win….Waffle House! I hope he doesn’t get that new sports coat dirty while enjoying some waffles though!

Beat those allergies

And for all you out there suffering through allergy season, use these natural remedies to beat allergies once and for all. Bragg’s natural Apple Cider Vinegar is a superstar when it comes to fighting off illnesses and allergies. Holistic doctors recommend 1 tsp mixed with distilled water in the morning. The nutrient naturally found in broccoli, onions, green teas and citrus fruit, is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine and helps to naturally control allergy symptoms. Basically it’s a cure all for allergies, so look in your local health market for capsules.

Jean Lloyd-Jones

50:50 in 2020, who, what, where, when, why?

Jean Hall Lloyd-Jones was born in Washington D.C. on October 14th, 1929. She attended the University of New Mexico and Northwestern University, earning her B.S. degree in 1951. She received a M.A. degree in History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the University of Iowa in 1971, and another M.A. degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University in 1997. She has served in both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate, and as President of the League of Women Voters of Iowa. Jean’s husband, Richard Lloyd-Jones, is a retired University of Iowa Professor of English. Jean and Richard have four children and four grandchildren.

Just a reminder, check out the lunar eclipse tonight, the moon will be turning an orangish to blood red color just after midnight and should be a sight to see!

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