National News

Missouri University Chancellor Resigns Hours After MU President Resigns Amid Racial Tensions
Former University of Missouri-Columbia president Timothy M. Wolfe and university system Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin have resigned amidst student protests against administrative mishandling of racial bias in the university system. Graduate student Jonathan Butler ended his hunger strike demanding the removal of Wolfe upon news of the president’s resignation. The protests began on Sept. 24, a week after Butler released a statement discussing recent incidents of bias and discrimination, calling them unacceptable. The students protested the University’s failure to address Butler’s concerns.

Small Charter Jet Crashes into Apartment Building, Killing All on Board
Two crew members and seven employees of Florida real estate company Pebb Enterprises died Tuesday after their private jet crashed into a small apartment building in Akron, Ohio on its approach to Akron Fulton International Airport. No one was present in the building at the time and there were no further casualties. The plane also struck power lines during its descent, causing a blackout in the area. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently investigating the crash.

President Obama Visits Arlington National Cemetery to Honor Veterans
President Obama gave a speech at the Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran’s Day to honor veterans of American wars and reinforce the impact of their contributions. In his speech, Obama said thousands of veterans are unemployed and around 200,000 veterans return to civilian life every year. He also placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to honor those who have died in combat but whose remains have not been identified.


International Spotlight

Protests in Afghani Capital Develop over Demands for ISIS and the Taliban to Leave
Protestors carried the coffins of seven beheaded Hazaras, a central Afghani, Persian-speaking people, through the streets of Kabul Wednesday to speak out against atrocities committed by ISIS. The protesters held up signs that read “Death to the Taliban” and “Death to the Islamic State” and called for the resignation of President Ashraf Ghani’s coalition government. The protestors accused Ghani of incompetence in his handling of deteriorating security, marching in solidarity with those who have been killed by militant groups in the country.

Montreal Begins Massive Sewage Dump into St. Lawrence River
Montreal began to dump a planned 2.1 billion gallons of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River Wednesday. The Canadian city’s controversial decision was made to allow for a part of the sewage infrastructure to be serviced. After the dump is complete, workers will replace a snow chute, a large funnel to direct water from melting snow to a sewage treatment facility. Officials have said that this will have minimal effect on the river’s fish and it won’t affect the city’s drinking water supply.

Relatives of Venezuelan First Lady Charged With U.S. Drug Law Violations
Efrain Campos and Francisco Flores, nephews of the Venezuelan first lady, were extradited from Haiti and will be arraigned Thursday in a federal court in New York. This follows a pattern of the U.S. cracking down on high-ranking members of Venezuela’s military, police and government officials over their alleged role in allowing narcotics go through the country and to the U.S. and Europe. The two were arrested in a sting operation in which they unknowingly agreed to get on a plane with an undercover agent to fly drugs to Honduras, a popular smuggling destination for cartels operating in Venezuela. These drugs would have eventually made it to U.S. shores.

A version of this story appeared on p.8  of the Thursday, Nov. 12, issue of the Daily Nexus.