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How humble USB turned engineer into tech 'rock star'

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CNN article is here.

USB survived among the rapid paced computer technology, and it will remain as an important way of transferring data between digital devices for a substantial amount of time, according to CNN.

USB is an acronym of Universal Serial Bus which first came out to the world in the late 1990s.

It is believed that more than 10 billion USB devices are in use internationally its co-inventor, Ajay Bhatt, said.

"I was totally surprised by how it has impacted everybody. I mean, my name became a common name -- at least at schools and in technical communities," Bhatt said.

"USB 3.0 is 400 times faster (than our original USB) and as we go forward I see USB going to 816 times faster," Bhatt says.

From dorm to prison cell

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CNN article is here.
Daily News article is here.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,19, lives in a prison cell that is a 10-by-10-foot cell with a steel door with a hole for food and an observation window, a prison spokesman said Sunday. It is completely different from his college dorm where he partied two weeks ago.

Medical professionals at the prison are making regular rounds to check on Tsarnaev who has been able to communicate with the staffs, spokesman John Colautti said, according to CNN.

If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon suspect, is put to death or get a sentence of life in prison possibly depend on his defense team's ability to show that his older brother, Tamerlan, was the prime mover of the plot, three attorneys told the Daily News.

"The first thing for his defense team to do is to learn everything there is to know about him, and, in this case, his brother," attorney Robert Gottlieb said.

A Racial Divide Closes as Students Step Up

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New York Times article is here.

NY Times reported that after decades of separate proms for white students and black students, Wilcox County will have its first integrated prom.

According to NY Times, Abbeville, the rural county in central Georgia, is one of the last regions that have racially segregated proms.

"Let's face it: It's 2013. Why are we even having this conversation?" asked Steven Smith, the schools superintendent. "It became an embarrassment long ago."


But this weekend, after decades of separate proms for white students and black students, Wilcox County will have its first integrated prom.

Organized by students, it is open to all, and almost half of the school's 380 students have registered. A group of four female students came up with the idea and gathered nationwide attention and support.

Minnesota on the lookout for test cheaters

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Star tribune article is here.

Star Tribune reported that there will be strong protocols in place to prevent cheating, and to reinforce security for online tests. Nearly 90 percent of all Minnesota students take the MCA math tests online.

The Minnesota Department of Education ended erasure analysis in 2009.
Current department officials said the reason for discontinuation was not clear, and added that they believe it is not the best way to identify cheating, especially since more Minnesota students take tests on computers.

"Erasure analysis does not necessarily indicate wrongdoing," said Jennifer Dugan, the department's top testing official. "It indicates more investigation might be warranted."

As Boston reeled, younger bombing suspect partied

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Cnn article is here.
Boston Herald article is here.

CNN reported that the suspect of Boston Bombing, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, was on the campus of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth every day after the attack until late Thursday, according to a university official.Tsarnaev attended classes like any other days, while the rest of Boston reeled.

Boston herald reported that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev face intense interrogation about how the Boston Street attacks were planned and executed, as well as whether more terror was in progress.

"One can only speculate right now whether he'll cooperate," said U.S. Rep. William Keating, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. "Whether he cooperates or not, whether he speaks or not, the investigation will go on."

Hispanics, the New Italians

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NY Times article is here.

There has been a massive flow of hispanic population in recent decades. Latinos make up fully half of the immigration wave of the past century. Many questioned their assimilation to American culture, and the substantial economic issues beyond ethnic stereotypes remained in the society.

They have arrived in this country in great numbers in bad economic, and educational condition, and, in important respects, different from native-born Americans.

One of their "Hispanic challenges", a term set by Samuel P. Huntington, is to afford college tuition.

"These fears about immigrants have been voiced many times in American history, and they've never proven true," Alan M. Kraut, a history professor at American University, in Washington, said. "It doesn't happen immediately, but everything with Latinos points to a very typical pattern of integration in American life in a generation or two."

The second generation significantly lessened the economic gap, and the marriage with different ethnicity whopped to 26 percent that is almost 4 times of the first generation.

The boston victims

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NY Times article is here.

Krystle Campbell
Ms. Campbell worked as a restaurant manager, currently working for Jimmy's Steer House in Arlington, and she went to see the runners at a finish line almost every year. At first, she was misidentified with her friend who stood next to her.

Martin Richard
Martin,8, was standing near the finish line with his family. His mother, Denise, and sister, Jane, were severly injured by the carnage. According to Morrison, a close friend of the family, he had an "infectious smile."

Lu Lingzi
Ms. Lu was in the United States as a graduate student at Boston University, majoring in Finance. She appeared to have a great academic standing, and ambitious in her field of study. The new about her death attracted more than 10000 messages on her twitter account.

Sean A. Collier
In the manhunt for the suspects, Mr. Collier, an university police officer, was ambushed and shot. John DiFava, the police chief at the M.I.T. police department, said, "He was one of those who came on because it was really what he was meant to do with his life."

New York Times article is here.
CNN article is here.

NY Times reported that many residents of Yuxi, located in the southwest China spent Saturday night in tents and temporary shelters instead of their flimsy homes.
CNN reported, based on Xinhua, that the earthquake killed 186 people, and created nearly 8,200 injured victims.

NY Times said that China's prime minister, Li Keqiang, influenced by the criticism of the poor rescue efforts in 2008, flew to the area and slept in a tent in Lushan County. Thousands of emergency workers, rushed to reach the affected zones in the mountainous area, but their effort was hindered by mountain chunks.

Missing River Falls man, 19, found dead in Utah canyon

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Pioneer press article is here.
River Falls Journal article is here.

Riverfalls journal reported that authorities in Emery County of southeastern Utah believe they have found the body of Donovan Alexander Campbell, 19, of River Falls.

Campbell drove his Ford Ranger from his home in River Falls, Wis., and his mother reported him of disappearance on April 5.

Pioneer press reported that the body of the 19-year-old bright college student was found in Eagle Canyon in central Utah on Saturday, April 13. His mother, Cindy Campbell, said authorities told her that it could be a suicide.

Tech firms hire international workers

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NY Times article is here.

Vishal Sankhla, Indian engineer, said the unclear visa status is a constant distraction to his career. New York Times reported that a group of eight senators negotiate details of a comprehensive immigration deal that would be announced early next week.

New York Times reported that Several lobbyists and advocates showed they are optimistic to fast-track green card line for math and science graduates, regarless of their nationality, and a near doubling of the visas for temporary workers.

The controversy is within the potential increase in temporary workers from abroad, as it triggers the fear for increase in wages.

The Senate is considering eliminating the per-country quotas for those who graduate from United States universities with math, science and engineering degrees as they are on heavy demand.

New York Times reported that the prospective measure could nearly double the H-1B visas allotted yearly for temporary workers.

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