The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 3, 2012

Quote of the day.
"This is not so much our triumph as a triumph for people who have decided that they must be involved in the political process in this country." - Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese pro-democracy leader, in a victory speech at her party headquarters following parliamentary elections in which her party won all 44 seats it contested.
(Al Jazeera)

1. Seven dead in shooting at California Christian university.
A former student at a small Christian university had gone to the building to find a female administrator and opened fire when she was not there, killing at least seven people, police said Tuesday.
(Associated Press)

2. The poor among you.
They are the working poor—people who may work more hours a week than the average salaried employee, but they do it at a cobbled-together assortment of part-time jobs without benefits.
(Associated Baptist Press)

3. More than 3,100 immigrants arrested.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Monday that they had arrested more than 3,100 criminals and others living in the country illegally, the largest such effort in the agency’s history,
(Washington Post)

4. Supreme Court upholds jail strip searches.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that those arrested for even minor violations may be strip-searched before being admitted to jail, saying safety concerns outweigh personal privacy rights.
(Washington Post)

5. 1940 census goes online.
The federal government unlocked a treasure trove of U.S. history Monday, allowing researchers, genealogists and the public free online access to detailed information from the 1940 census.
(Los Angeles Times/McClatchy)

6. U.S.-Canada-Mexico talks.
Tackling drugs and reducing trade barriers topped the agenda when President Barack Obama hosted talks with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.

7. Chinese insider offers rare glimpse of U.S.-China frictions.
The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble,
(New York Times)

8. Syria agrees to Annan's peace plan deadline.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to start implementing a peace plan by April 10, but UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan told the UN Security Council that there has been no progress yet in halting the bloodshed.
(Al Jazeera)

9. North Korean rocket launch preparations.
Satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show a mobile radar trailer and rows of what appear to be empty fuel and oxidiser tanks, evidence of ramped-up preparation for what Washington calls a cover for a long-range missile test.

10. School protest postpones pipeline hearing.
The federal review of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is set to resume Tuesday after the hearings were abruptly cancelled on the heels of a protest organized by the community school.
(Toronto Globe & Mail)

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