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Civil Rights activist dies at 98

Dorthy Height, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, died of natural causes at the age of 98 in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

President Obama referred to her as "the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans". She has known has known every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to USA Today.

Height worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, in which she was apart of major national projects during the Civil Rights Movement. She helped coordinate the March on Washington in 1963, according to USA Today.

She was considered by most an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement, being overshadowed by Dr. King and other male leaders of the movement, according to The New York Times.

Height was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1994. She has also received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bush in 2004. Those two honors are the highest achievements any civilian can attain, according to The New York Times.

Man swallows marijuana joint

Police watched and arrested a door-to-door salesman, who swallowed a marijuana joint, in Tennessee Monday.

Robert Sherk, 30, who is a meat salesman from Cleveland, was charged with tampering with evidence and resisting arrest, police officials said, according to The Washington Post.

Police say that he resisted arrest when they tried to approach him after he had swallowed a half-burning marijuana joint. They also questioned him about not having a permit to sell meat door-to-door, according to the Star Tribune.

Sherk is currently being held on $5,000 bond. No attorney has been hired for him, according to the Star Tribune.

7 dead in mine explosion

An explosion killed 7 people at a mine in West Virginia on Monday, 19 people are still missing.

This is the second major disaster that the Massey Energy Company has experienced in as many years. In 2009 they received around $900,000 in fines for over 500 safety violations, according to USA Today.

The blast occurred at the Upper Branch Mine in southern West Virginia, according to USA Today.

"Our top priority is the safety of our miners and the well-being of their families," the Massey Energy Company's chairman, Don Blankenship said, according to The New York Times.

At least one miner was evacuated from the blast site, Michael Mayhorn, emergency dispatcher for neighboring Boone County, said, according to The New York Times.


A change to the future of student loans

President Obama signed a measure Tuesday that changes the government's role with student loans.

The news rules state that the government lend money directly to students who take out loans for higher education. Banks are not going to be the "middlemen" of that process anymore, which ceases them from gaining money through interest on student loans, according to USA Today.

Obama says that this new plan will save will save $68 billion in the upcoming years. It will also reduce repayment rates of student loans down to 10 percent of a borrower's discretionary income, instead of the current 15 percent, according to The New York Times.

Pell Grants, which are aimed towards students from low- and moderate-income families, be saving more than $40 billion of the $68 billion, according to USA Today.

The new law also helps out the community colleges. Over the next four years $2 billion will be invested into education and career training programs for workers who are eligible for Trade Adjustment aid, according to The New York Times.


Tiger needs to open up

Arnold Palmer told reporters on Wednesday that Tiger Woods should be honest and let the nation know about his recent sex scandal.

Palmer considers opening up about the recent scandal is the first step to redemption for Woods, according to Espn.

"My opinion, as I said . . . I was going to keep to myself. But I suppose the best thing he could do would be open up and just let you guys shoot at him. And that's just my thought," Palmer said, according to USA Today.

Woods has only given two interviews since the Thanksgiving night car accident, which leaked surprising facts of his personal life, involving the sex scandal, according to USA Today.

It is highly unlikely that Woods is going to take Palmer's advice. The only time the two have spoke since Woods' incident was this past week when Woods told Palmer that he was not going to play in Palmer's Bay Hill Invitational, according to Espn.

Woman indicted for suspected terrorism

A Pennsylvanian woman was indicted Tuesday on suspicion on having ties with terrorists in connection with an assassination attempt on a Swedish cartoonist.

Colleen R. LaRose is suspected of plotting an assassination attempt with seven other conspirators against Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist, according to The New York Times.

Police charged LaRose with conspiring with jihadist fighters and pledging to commit murder in the name of a Muslim holy war, according to USA Today.

LaRose, 46, is expected to appear in court March. 18 for her indictment hearing, according to USA Today.

"It shatters any lingering thought that we can spot a terrorist based on appearance," Micheal L. Leavy, the United States attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania, said, according to The New York Times.

LaRose will be joining just a handful of U.S. women who have ever been charged with terrorism, the Justice Department said, according to USA Today.


Mail might get the weekend off

The U.S. Postal Service announced on Monday that they are going try to to reduce the mail delivery days from six days to five days a week, cutting out Saturday.

The proposal was announced, due to the recent financial troubles that the Postal Service has gone through. Since 2007, the Postal Service has lost money every year because of the economic downfall that the nation has faced, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Post Master General John Potter will submit the proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission by the end of the month to seek approval to reduce the mail delivery days starting in 2011, according to USA Today.

If the proposal is approved, the Postal Service will save $3 billion a year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"We can right this ship," Potter said to reporters on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Cheney has a heart attack

Former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered a mild heart attack earlier this week, but is expected to be released in the next few days.

Cheney was admitted into the George Washington University Hospital on Monday. He told the medical staff that he was experiencing chest pains, according to The New York Times.

This is the fifth heart attack that Cheney, 69, has experienced. The first one happening when he was 37 years old, while serving on Wyoming's lone house seat, according to USA Today.

In 2001 Cheney had a pacemaker installed, which came months after he suffered a heart attack after the 2000 elections, according to USA Today.

The latest update on Cheney is that he is doing well and expects to be released from the hospital in the next few days, according to the New York Times.

IRS building hit by plane

A pilot crashed his small airplane into the side of the Internal Revenue Service building in Austin, Texas on Thursday killing himself and one other person.

Joseph Stack, a 53-year-old software engineer and pilot, apparently crashed his airplane into the side of the building because of issues that he had with the IRS, investigators said, according to USA Today.

"The whole building shook; it felt like a car hit our building," said Camille Ziegelhofer, who works in a nearby building, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The attack killed Stack and one other person, who was believed to be an employee of the IRS. Thirteen other people were injured and two people were taken to a local hospital for critical injuries, according to USA Today.

Stack's action against the IRS is considered a criminal attack and not a terrorist plot, Police Chief Art Acevedo said, according to The Wall Street Journal.


Disagreement with autopsy report

An autopsy report that ruled Daniel Kerrigan's death a homicide is false, according to the Kerrigan family.

Kerrigan's death was ruled a homicide by a Massachusetts state medical examiner on Tuesday, according to Espn .

"The Kerrigan family is extremely disappointed that the medical examiner would release a cause of death without having all of the relevant facts," said Tracey Miner, who is the family's attorney, according to Espn.

Kerrigan, who was the father of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, died on Jan. 24 from complications that occurred after a struggle with his son, Mark, according to USA Today.

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