GALESBURG – Knox post-baccalaureate Zachary Paluch’s cell phone has been recovered and a Galesburg man has been charged with theft for possession of the phone. William Grant, 24, was arrested at his apartment on West Simmons Street after police traced him using subpoenaed phone records.
Galesburg Police Chief Dave Christensen emphasized that the police do not believe that Grant knew Paluch or had anything to do with the incident that left him unconscious. It is unknown if anything on the phone had been altered, although it is confirmed that there was no SIM card in it when police recovered it. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)
Supreme Court to rule on affirmative action
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court took up the contentious issue of affirmative action in college admissions on Tuesday, deciding whether Proposal 2, a Michigan law that ended affirmative action in public school admissions or state contracts, is constitutional.
The question at hand is whether affirmative action laws such as Prop 2 are covered by the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees all citizens equal protection under the law. The decisive vote likely rests with Justice Anthony Kennedy, as much of the court’s views on the matter are already known. A decision is not expected until June of next year. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
Iran prepared to make deal on nuclear program
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Iran has agreed to scale back its enrichment of uranium in exchange for relief from economic sanctions according to diplomats present at the six-power talks in Geneva. Although details were not released, participants described a new sense of optimism that progress can finally be made in the years-long debate over Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran maintains it is enriching uranium solely to generate electricity and medical isotopes, although it is widely assumed to be pursuing the development of a nuclear weapon. The next round of talks is scheduled for early November. (Source: Reuters)