By: Cristina Jaramillo
Massive earthquake kills 1,500 people An earthquake with the magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale hit Algeria, killing nearly 1,500 and injuring more than 7,000 people. Thousands fled their homes and slept on the streets days after the quake, fearing aftershocks.
Bomb explodes at Yale Thankfully, no one was hurt when a bomb went off at Yale University’s law school. The incident occurred a few hours after President Bush-a Yale alumnus- visited Connecticut & the nation’s terrorist alert level was raised to orange. Officials are investigating a possible link with terrorism.
Tough job market for college grads Graduating college students are facing a tough reality; companies are hiring less and less college grads. Last year, corporations cut the number of college hires by 36 percent. Many graduates are settling for part time jobs and even non-paid internships in hopes to eventually be hired as full-time employees.
Smoking verdict goes up in smoke The 3rd district court of appeals overturned the $145 billion class action suit previously won by Florida smokers against the tobacco industry. The court sided with tobacco companies saying that smokers could not group themselves together in a single lawsuit. As a result of the overturned verdict, the award previously granted to Florida smokers was discarded.
New design for $20 bill In an effort to prevent counterfeiting, the U.S. government has redesigned the $20 bill. The new bills will have peach and light blue hues, the words USA twenty printed in the background, and a new number arrangement. Expect to see the new $20 bill in circulation this fall.
DVD burning battle heats up Movie studio giants: Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Vivendi Universal, Disney and others are suing makers of DVD copying software. Movie studios claim the software violates the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In addition, they argue that such software costs them billions of lost revenue from consumers copying and freely distributing films through the Internet. Makers of DVD copying software believe they are protected under “fair use” provisions of copyright law.
Eminem Video Game hits stores this summer You will soon be able to catch The Real Slim Shady on your Playstation. The interactive video game, “Mix TV Presents: Eminem” features four music videos. One or two players must unscramble puzzles formed from the music videos before the song ends. A teen version of the game as well as a more mature version is expected to be released this summer.
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