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News Briefs: Galesburg police cars soon to be available on eBay

GALESBURG — It may soon be possible to bid for a used City of Galesburg police car on eBay. The Galesburg Police Department recently acquired a new set of vehicles and is looking for ways to sell their old ones. City purchasing agent Kraig Boyton found that the popular online auction site may be the best option. Possible buyers include small-town police forces looking for cheap options for their own forces, or possibly collectors who specialize in rehabbing old police cars. The city hopes to receive between $3,000 and $5,000 for each squad car. The city council would have to authorize listing the cars online. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

 PRETORIA — Oscar Pretorius, an Olympic athlete who made international headlines by running with two prosthetic legs in the London Games, was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, after he shot her four times in the couple’s home on Valentine’s Day. Prosecutors maintain the murder was premeditated, while Pretorius insists he believed a robber had broken in and he shot her accidentally. The track star, dubbed “The Blade Runner” by world media, is being charged with murder. (Source: The New York Times)
BEIJING — An American security firm released a report detailing the involvement of the Chinese military in a series of cyberattacks on companies in the United States. Since 2006, 141 separate companies, 115 based in America, have fallen victim to hackers from a single location that the report names as a unit within the People’s Liberation Army. Information technology, aerospace and telecommunications were among the most-targeted sectors. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense said the allegations were “neither professional nor in accordance with facts.” (Source: The Washington Post)

SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford University became the first university to raise $1 billion in donations in a single year. A report released by the Council for Aid to Education ranked the school first in its annual survey of higher education’s top fundraisers for the eighth straight year. American schools raised $31 billion last year, but $5.3 billion of that went to the top 10 schools on that list. Total fundraising numbers are still down from their pre-recession high of $31.6 billion, reached in 2008. (Source: The Associated Press)

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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