FBI LOOKS INTO LOUISVILLE METRO GOVERNMENT
The FBI has begun looking into any potential misconduct in the Louisville Metro Government. The agents have said that they are looking into any possible issues in the government, and that there was currently no ongoing investigation. Ethical issues and use of monetary funds have been cited as possible reasons for the FBI visits and interviews.
SOCHI OLYMPICS CONCLUDE
USA ended up second in the medal rankings as the 22nd Winter Olympics ended this past Sunday, taking home a total of 28 medals (Gold: 9; Silver: 7; Bronze: 12). Highlights from the final week of competition include the US women’s hockey team losing the gold-medal match to Canada, four athletes being disqualified for testing positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine, and the US men’s hockey team losing the bronze finals to Finland.
U OF L FRYBERGER TAKES PLACE
Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon both extended their Fryberger winning strikes at the 77th Annual Ferberger Greek Sing. Their themes, “Mirrors” and “SigEp Soliders” respectively, earned top honors. Other highlights include the announcement of the Fryberger scholarship winners, as well as the Greek man and woman of the year.
WHATSAPP HAVING ISSUES
Just days after social media giant Facebook acquired the mobile texting application WhatsApp, for a highly-publicized $16 billion, WhatsApp is already experiencing issues, crashing for two hours on Feb. 22 due to “server issues.” Many took to Twitter and Facebook to discuss the crash while WhatsApp attempted to get back up and running. Service to it’s 450 million users was restored at 10:48 p.m. Saturday.
SOCHI OLYMPICS START
The 22nd Winter Olympics began this past Friday in Sochi, Russia. Highlights of the games this far include the opening ceremony, Shaun White pulling out of the slopestyle competition and fifteen-year-old Russian ice skating prodigy Yulia Lipnitskaya made waves with her performance. At the time of press, Norway led the medal count with two gold, one silver and three bronze. The United States were in third with two gold and two bronze. The games will continue until Feb. 23.
ABORTION RATES DOWN
U.S. abortion rates are at their lowest since 1973. A recent study says that the national abortion rate is down to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women in 2011, compared to 29.3 in 1981. The researchers are unsure what caused the dip, but noted that the study concluded prior to a “major surge in state-level abortion restrictions” that began in 2011. While the overall rate went down, the number of early medication abortion procedures increased by 17 percent since 2008.
A&S DEAN SEARCH BEGINS
The first candidate for dean of Arts and Science will be coming to campus this Thursday. Robin Roberts from University of Arkansas will be available to talk to students in an open forum Thursday at 2 p.m. in Chao Auditorium. Roberts is the first of multiple finalists visiting campus in hopes of becoming the next A&S dean.
ROBBERY BY HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS
University police said that there was a robbery on Hancock St. near the Health Sciences campus this past Wednesday. The victim was not affiliated with the university. His wallet was stolen by force, and the suspect left in a black Honda CRV Hatchback. The suspect was described as a black male, 6” feet tall with a medium build. If you have any information, call University police at (502) 852-6111.
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ACTOR FOUND DEAD
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday. He was 46. The cause of death was an apparent drug overdose, and was found by screenwriter David Katz. At the time of press, law enforcement stated that they were investigating a death at his address. Hoffman was best known for his Academy-Award-winning performance in “Capote.”
SETH MEYERS LEAVES SNL
Seth Meyers has left Saturday Night Live. He leaves after working there for 12 years, five of those being on “Weekend Update.” Many of the show’s alumni, including Amy Poehler, returned for his final episode. Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of “Late Night.”
U OF L STUDENT WINS MISS BLACK KY
U of L senior LaPrecious Brewer has been named Miss Black Kentucky USA 2014. Brewer, a communication and Pan-African studies double major, was selected for the title after an application and interview process. She will go on to compete in the Miss Black USA pageant in Miami, Fla. this August.
PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL SAYS SIX MORE WEEKS
Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter this past Sunday. The rodent saw its shadow early this past Sunday, signaling that winter will continue for six more weeks. The tradition has been going on since 1887, and gained popularity with the 1993 film “Groundhog Day.”
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