GALESBURG – Knox is signing on with a new movie service called SWANK Res Life Cinema starting in the fall that will allow a group of students to select 10 movies for the entire campus for 60 days. The company will set up servers on campus for the purpose of avoiding streaming problems. The college or student groups will be able to place messages to the campus before each movie and students will be able to share films they have made with the rest of the student body as well.
PHOENIX – President Obama has dispatched a top aide to look into allegations that as many as 40 veterans died because they were lied to concerning wait times at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility in Arizona. One high-ranking official has already resigned in the scandal and many Republicans have been calling on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to step down as well. The Obama administration has increased funding for veterans’ health care in recent years, but new eligibility guidelines and the return of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have increased participation in the veterans affairs health care system by 16 percent since 2008, increasing the burden on the system. (Source: The Washington Post)
CAIRO – An Egyptian court sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of embezzlement for diverting $17 million in government funds towards renovations of his private residences. Mubarak’s two sons were also given four-year sentences for their involvement. In 2012 the ex-president was given a life sentence for ordering the killing of protesters during the revolution that threw him out of power, but that decision was overturned and is now being retried. Mubarak, 86, has been in a state of deteriorating health and was flown to a military hospital immediately after the verdict. (Source: The Voice of America)