In Case You Missed It

Category:  News & Politics
Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
In Case You Missed It by Mike Iverson
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World 

Putin Remains Defiant On Crimea, Ukraine At Annual Press Conference

Russian president, Vladimir Putin, doesn’t seem to be making any new friends in the international scene as he continues to deny issues with the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine. Just last month, Putin stepped on the toes of many world leaders as he left a U.N. summit in climate change in a huff, and it seems troubles with the Russian president continue. Most recently, Putin defended Russian action in Ukraine, and failed to present a strategy for fixing his own country’s financial woes.

Full article at  www.npr.org

 

In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With U.S.-Cuba Thaw

While many are celebrating President Obama’s recent efforts to mend relations with Cuba, it seems there is still some unrest on the international. In particular, analysts speculate that Venezuela may feel the odd man out in regards to these developments, as the country has been a close ally to Cuba for years and has been a vehement critic of U.S. foreign policy. Only time will tell how developments in U.S.-Cuba relations will influence the political landscape of Latin America as a whole.

Full article www.npr.org

 

National

Administration Won’t Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House

Many questions are being raised as to the particulars of the Obama administration’s efforts to mend relations with Cuba, and among them is the possibility of President Raul Castro coming stateside for a visit. While this sort of proposition might seem a bit hasty to some, the White House announced today that it would be open to the idea of such a visit, and sees the inherent value of such a gesture to fostering stronger ties with Cuba.

Full article at www.npr.org

 

U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

This year has seen a number of developments on the front of civil rights issues, and as 2014 draws to a close it seems lawmakers aren’t finished yet. As of Thursday the U.S. Justice Department has announced plans to provide expanded protections for transgender people in the workplace. This comes as part of a holistic effort to ensure the fair and equal treatment of types of demographics in the work environment.

Full article at www.npr.org

 

Local

Gamblers Bet $22.5 Million On Slots At Erie Casino

Presque Isle Downs Casino has seen a good deal of success in recent years as it has managed to attract both local and out of state gamblers, as well draw a variety of live entertainment. As the casino moves into the new fiscal year, reports show that $22.5 million was spent on slots alone at the casino within the past year. These profits, in addition to the take from table games, dining, and entertainment, add up to a profitable year for the casino, and are hopefully indicative of a bright future.  

Full article at www.goerie.com



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Dancing Wheels bring a world premiere to Mercyhurst.

IN THIS ISSUE

Now serving up good vibes on State Street

Fighting for change in our most vulnerable communities.

Running into a blazing building can be ‘terrifying,’ but some choose to do it, anyway. 

Here are three good opportunities to lighten up as the nights grow longer.

Dancing Wheels bring a world premiere to Mercyhurst.

Shapeshift With Me, relative to the band’s spectacular catalog as a whole, is certainly one of their less powerful studio albums.

Grate every road in downtown Erie all at once.

Some ‘multigrain’ bread has a little more protein than you’d like. 

Don’t just dream it. Be it!

If De Palmas trip down memory lane whets your appetite, come back to the museum for one of his most underrated movies a week later.