Community / International / National / News / April 23, 2014

News Briefs: New fire in Galesburg

House burns down on W. South Street

GALESBURG-Galesburg firefighters are calling a house at 683 W. South Street a total loss after a massive fire broke out on Tuesday night. The Galesburg Fire Department responded to the fire at 10 p.m. and took over two hours to bring the blaze under control. There were no reported injuries and officials have not commented on the cause of the fire. At the present time there has been no link established with the fires on Academy Street or Main Street last week, which are being investigated as possible cases of arson. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Court upholds affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court voted to uphold Michigan’s 2006 decision to end affirmative action in college admissions by a 6-2 vote, giving new support to opponents of the controversial practice while not going as far as some proponents had feared. The court recognized the legitimacy of asking voters their opinions about the matter through ballot initiatives the way that Michigan did, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the practice in general. The decision was unusually divisive for the high court, with both conservatives and liberals on both sides. Many colleges and universities in the United States factor race into their admissions process in some way, although eight states have banned it in their public universities. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


Palestinians to form unity government

RAMALLAH-Hamas and Fatah, the two largest Palestinian political parties, reportedly signed a reconciliation agreement to form a unity Palestinian government, throwing ongoing peace talks with Israel into doubt. The two factions split apart violently seven years ago, with moderate Fatah controlling the West Bank and radical Hamas in charge of the Gaza Strip. A unity government is expected to be formed within five weeks and new elections should follow six months later. The United States signaled that it will only recognize the new government if it renounces violence and accepts the legitimacy of the state of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the Palestinian government had “chosen Hamas over peace.” (Source: Haaretz)

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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