GALESBURG —Galesburg High School announced a ban on purses in classrooms, citing safety concerns. According to Principal Roy Van Meter, purses are making it hard to get around in classrooms already filled with coats and backpacks, and many students are placing them on their desks to hide the fact that they are texting in class.
Purses are not banned from the building, but students are now required to place them in lockers during class time. Students expressed irritation at the inconvenient nature of the new policy. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)
WASHINGTON—Unemployment fell to 7.2 percent nationwide as the economy added 148,000 jobs in September, a marked slowdown over the job growth the economy was achieving earlier in the year. Major gains came in the construction and retail sectors. Losses were greatest in federal government and leisure and hospitality.
About 11.3 million workers were not counted in the statistics because they had stopped looking for work. Incorporating these workers would bring the unemployment total to 13.6 percent. The numbers do not include the effects of the federal government shutdown. This is somewhat disappointing, as the economy added 193,000 jobs in August. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
PARIS — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied allegations of widespread wiretapping of French citizens, an accusation that is causing outrage in the European nation. French newspaper “Le Monde” recently published an article based on leaked documents from National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden that say the NSA listened to over 70 million French phone calls over a 30-day period.
France joins a growing list of American allies angry at alleged NSA snooping, including Brazil, Mexico and Germany. President Obama spoke with Franois Hollande, his French counterpart, on Monday in an attempt to smooth over the situation. (Source: Time)