News in Brief: Week of 2/27/15

Abe Kenmore, World & Nation Editor
February 27, 2015

Brazil Truck drivers have blocked a number of main roadways in Brazil to protest high fuel and toll costs, according to the BBC. The protest has slowed traffic of agricultural goods, particularly soybeans, to major ports such as Paranagua and Santos. Soybeans are one of Brazil’s major exports, and... Read more »

Chapel Hill shooting sparks outrage

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Allison Stalberg, Staff Writer
February 27, 2015

On Feb. 10, just an hour away from Guilford College, the city of Chapel Hill was rocked by a devastating tragedy. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were all shot in the head by Craig Hicks in their home in Finley Forest Condominiums... Read more »

Pollution from coal ash spill stains Dan River

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Sommer Fanney, Staff Writer
February 20, 2015

It has been a little over a year since a storm water drainage pipe under Duke Energy’s coal ash storage pond in Eden, North Carolina collapsed, allowing 39,000 pounds of coal ash to spill into the Dan River. Since then, residents of communities along the river, scientists, Duke representatives, state... Read more »

Colleges making efforts to be more trans-friendly

Thor Tobiassen, Staff Writer
February 20, 2015

The cause for transgender rights still faces a long journey, but on many college campuses, policies are changing to remove gender identity barriers from campus life. The University of Vermont recently announced that it will become the latest among a growing number of colleges which allows students to... Read more »

News in Brief: 8 trends to watch out for this year

Abe Kenmore, World & Nation Editor
February 20, 2015

The rise of India: India’s economic growth, according to a recent story in The Economist, may surpass China’s in the next year or two. Last year, their gross domestic product grew by 7.5 perecent. China’s GDP, on the other hand, grew only 7.4 percent, its slowest growth in 24 years, according to... Read more »

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