Community / International / National / News / February 27, 2013

News Briefs: Galesburg Chamber of Commerce investigates tech scam

News briefsGALESBURG — The Galesburg Chamber of Commerce is warning both residents and non-residents of a fake business by the name of First Choice Design that falsely claims to be located on Main Street. The company claims to be a Microsoft certified partner offering programs such as Microsoft Office, but customers who purchased products on First Choice Design’s website received invalid download keys and were not able to obtain refunds. The Chamber is concerned that this scam could unfairly tarnish Galesburg’s reputation. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI gave his last public address as head of the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday to a crowd of tens of thousands. Commenting on his papacy, he said there were both “many days of sunshine” and also “times when the water was rough … and the Lord seemed to sleep.” Benedict officially steps down on Thursday and the conclave to select a replacement will be held soon after. He will still be known as Benedict XVI and will carry the official title “pontiff emeritus.” (Source: CNN)

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN — Talks resumed for the first time since June between Iran and the so-called P5+1 about the Islamic regime’s nuclear program. The P5+1, comprised of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as Germany, offered the Iranians a new proposal for resolving the ongoing concerns about the program. Details about the content of the proposal were not given by a spokesman for the P5+1. The current round of talks, which are taking place in Kazakhstan, ended Wednesday and the next round is slated for mid-March. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice as the next Secretary of Defense, was confirmed by the Senate in a 58-41 vote. Four Republicans crossed party lines to approve Hagel in what was the smallest margin for a defense secretary since the position was created in 1947. Close votes are highly unusual, and there is generally near unanimous support for nominees. Republicans had been unhappy with Obama’s pick for a variety of reasons, including Hagel’s positions towards Israel. (Source: The New York Times)
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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