Community / International / National / News / May 29, 2013

News Briefs: Galesburg hit by torrential rains

Galesburg deluged with historic amount of rainNews briefs

GALESBURG -A sudden downpour dropped three inches of water on the Galesburg area in a mere 90 minutes Tuesday, leaving at least 30 stranded motorists and flooding areas of the city. City emergency services were forced to put additional members on duty to deal with an influx of calls, although there were no reported injuries. Tuesday’s storm likely means that the area will break its record for wettest spring in nearly a century. At least three more inches are expected to fall over the next week. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)


Women main breadwinners in 40 percent of families

WASHINGTON -A new report from the Pew Research Center reveals that almost 40 percent of American households with children have a woman as the primary breadwinner. Though the trend has been present since the 1960s, the last decade witnessed the most dramatic acceleration. The report’s authors attribute this increase to a number of factors, including rising education levels for women and the growing number of households headed by a single mother. The disproportionate effect of the recession on male wages was also cited as a cause. Americans are ambivalent about the trend, with the survey showing both support for mothers working outside the home and concern about the effect it has on children. (Source: The Washington Post)


Deadly new virus continues to spread worldwide

PARIS – The death of a man in France brings the total number of worldwide victims of a deadly new virus to 22. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, called the SARS-like virus “a threat to the entire world.” The virus was first discovered in humans in September and has since infected 44 individuals in nine countries, with most cases having occurred in the Middle East. Although it has shown the ability to move from human to human, French authorities are not instituting additional health measures at the moment beyond warning travelers to the Middle East to take extra precautions while abroad. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


Religious mob violence spreads in Myanmar

YANGON, MYANMAR – Violence between Myanmar’s majority Buddhists and minority Muslims continued to spread as a Buddhist mob burned down a mosque, an orphanage and several other buildings after reports spread of a Buddhist woman set on fire by a Muslim man. The western state of Rakhine has seen 140,000 flee their homes since sectarian violence broke out last year. The government has vowed to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice, but at the moment, only Muslims have been arrested in relation to the violence. (Source: ABC News)

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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