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Galesburg High bans purses in classrooms

 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)

 

Unemployment rate shows slight drop

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)

 

French angry over NSA allegations

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 Franois Hollande, his French counterpart, on Monday in an attempt to smooth over the situation. (Source: Time)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.




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