‘Je suis Charlie’: Paris on alert after attacks

By: Richard Meyer ~Copy Editor~ The city of Paris fell victim to Islamist terrorist attacks, which left 17 people dead and many more injured. The attacks began on Jan. 7 at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo when two masked gunman entered the headquarters and opened fire. The attack left 12 dead and 10 injured. The attack on the magazine likely occurred because it has often printed satirical material about Islam, including illustrations of the Prophet Muhammad, which Islamic law forbids. Charlie Hebdo is known as an anti-religious, leftist magazine that frequently uses satire to comment on religious, political and cultural matters. A 2012 issue included cartoon drawings of Muhammad posing nude. The spread put editor- in-chief, Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, on al-Qaeda’s … Continue reading ‘Je suis Charlie’: Paris on alert after attacks

No indictment in Michael Brown shooting

Protest, riots erupt across the country after grand jury chooses not to indict officer Darren Wilson By: Richard Meyer ~Copy Editor~ Police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury on Nov. 24 following a three-month trial that debated his role in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August 2014. The killing comes two years after the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012, which began a national conversation on the issue of police brutality and racial profiling. The man accused in Martin’s shooting, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of all charges in June 2013. The 12 people sitting on … Continue reading No indictment in Michael Brown shooting

ISIS kills American in act of ‘pure evil’

By: Richard Meyer ~Copy Editor~ The Islamic State militant group called ISIS released a video on Nov. 16 showing the beheading of a dozen Syrian soldiers as well as the beheading of 26-yearold American Peter Kassig, also known by his Islamic convert name Abdul-Rahman. Kassig was an aid worker in Lebanon and Syria and was captured in October 2013. He was also a former U.S. Army Ranger. The video is one of four in a series that has been released since August 2014. The prior videos, which have been released periodically, featured the beheadings of British natives David Haines and … Continue reading ISIS kills American in act of ‘pure evil’