Life outside of Lock Haven

Kyra Smith-Cullen

Though it may be easy to get caught up in the small world of LHU, there are numerous things happening in the world around us – both nationally and globally. Here’s a brief summary of the important things going on.

National News reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the bombers at the 2013 Boston Marathon, was found guilty on all 30 counts, including murder, conspiracy, using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a public place. 17 of those could mean the death penalty, but sentencing will occur at a later date.

Michael T. Slager, a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina was charged with murder. According the New York Times, the charge was brought down after a video was released revealing that he shot a seemingly unarmed man, who was running away and later died from his injuries.

Seven people died in a small plane crash in Illinois. reports that among them were two members of Illinois State University’s basketball department who were returning from the NCAA basketball tournament final.

After improved relations with Cuba, the State Department has recommended that the White House remove the island from the America’s terrorism list, as reported by This has been a stumbling block in repairing relations between the two countries. reports that the White House is considering creating a federal law that would ban conversion therapy on the LGBTQIA community. Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett wrote that “Scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.” Jarrett also advised states to follow New Jersey and California’s level and pass such laws on the state level.

International News

The Associated Press reports that over 200 Yazidis were released from ISIS captivity on April 8. The majority of the freed captives had been abused and neglected before being set free. The groups had been imprisoned for approximately eight months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and offered to work together on energy or industrial matters, but didn’t comment on whether it would lend Greece the money it needs to finance it’s debts with other members of the European Union, according to the Associated Press.


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