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Discovery Depot plans for renovation

GALESBURG — The Discovery Depot is launching a three-year $750,000 renovation set to “update the entire exterior and interior,” director Denise Bradburn said. She also indicated that the last update to the facility, an outdoor playground in 2008, doubled attendance. A Chicago-based consulting firm working with Discovery Depot indicated that the attendance, estimated to be 20,885 for the current year, could see a similar jump following the completion of the renovation. The project includes adding new exhibits aimed at older children, general interior updating and exterior projects to make the building look more inviting. New marketing strategies include the creation of an “Off the Train” program in coordination with Amtrak and a greater emphasis on drawing field trips from more schools, up to 50 or more miles away.  (Source: The Register-Mail)

Romney rallies in weekly Gallup poll

UNITED STATES — In a Gallup poll of likely voters in the general election, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney received 49 percent of votes with President Barack Obama receiving 47 percent of votes. This is a one-point swing for each candidate since last week’s poll, which showed each at 48 percent in the same poll. (Source: Gallup Politics)

Sandusky sentence at least 30 years

BELLEFONTE, Penn. ­— On Tuesday, Judge John M. Cleland handed down a sentence of 30 to 60 years to Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted in June of 45 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys. In a post-sentencing comment, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach maintained his claim of innocence and went on to reassert that he was the victim of a “veteran accuser” who started the conspiracy. The minimum sentence of 30 years is effectively a life sentence for the 68-year-old Sandusky. (Source: Washington Post)

Greeks protest Chancellor Merkel visit

ATHENS — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Athens was met with 40,000 Greek protesters on Tuesday, who expressed their disapproval of her austerity measures. Merkel indicated that she was visiting as a “good friend and a real partner,” and not in the capacity of an adviser. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is in the process of considering whether to agree on a 13.5 billion euro austerity package, one of the preconditions of a 31 billion installment of aid from Greece’s foreign lenders — the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. The austerity package would include spending reduction and tax increases, placing a strain on the already struggling middle class. Merkel’s visit was taken by many to be a positive sign of renewing European solidarity after years of isolation following the start of the debt crisis in 2009. However, many Greeks, who have seen their economic status drop from middle class to impoverished, disagreed. (Source: The New York Times)

Winds ground record breaking sky dive

ROSWELL, N.M. — Heavy gusts halted the record-breaking skydiving attempt of Felix Baumgartner on Tuesday. The 500-foot-tall helium balloon, set to take him upwards of 120,000 feet, was ruined by the wind and postponed the attempt. The technical project director, Art Thomson, relayed that one backup balloon remains and that weather conditions will determine when the next attempt will be scheduled. Baumgartner indicated that he was disappointed that the attempt was thwarted, but agreed with the need for favorable conditions. The record attempt will come at great risk to Baumgartner, who will be jumping from the ascent capsule to then fall at speeds upwards of 690 miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier in nothing but a space suit. He intends to travel 115,000 feet in approximately five minutes, deploying his parachute 5,000 feet from earth. The previous record is 102,800 feet, set by Col. Joe Kittinger during a U.S. Air Force mission in 1960. (Source: CNN)

Julian Boireau
Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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