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News Briefs: Aldi moves to Seminary Street

Aldi moves from Main to Seminary

GALESBURG — A new Aldi is set to open this Friday in the Gale Village development on North Seminary Street. The current Aldi, located on Main Street since 1992, will close on Thursday and have its inventory transferred. The new store will be larger and feature some modernizations such as energy-efficient lighting. Some residents have expressed concern about the shift, particularly elderly residents without cars who used to walk to do their grocery shopping. There have reportedly been a number of inquires about the soon-to-be-vacant Main Street storefront, but no official word as to what sort of business might eventually fill that space. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will held at 9 a.m. on Friday. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)


Boston mob trial nears completion

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors recommended consecutive life sentences, plus five years, in the case of notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. Bulger, 84, has been convicted of  31 separate counts, including drug-dealing, extortion and 11 counts of murder. On the run for 16 years after a tip in 1994 that authorities were closing in on him, the aging mob boss was finally caught in 2011 and found guilty in August of this year. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly told the court that Bulger was “a sociopath.” Bulger had ordered his lawyers not to participate in the sentencing and has referred to the entire trial as “a sham.” (Source: Reuters)


Chinese president consolidates power

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the formation of a new committee that centralizes control of the state’s powerful military and security apparatuses into his hands. The committee, loosely modeled on the American National Security Council, will allow for a quicker Chinese response to any regional crisis, something that has often been a problem in a country where military and civilian leaders have rarely coordinated effectively. The move reverses the tendency of Chinese officials to favor dispersal of power among high-ranking Communist Party members since the death of Deng Xiaoping in 1997. The six other members of the Politburo Standing Committee will lose influence over foreign policy decisions as a direct result of this decision. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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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