What You Might Have Missed

Category:  News & Politics
Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
What You Might Have Missed by Mike Iverson
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World

Hope for Ebola treatment found in survivor

The weekend saw the relative success of ebola treatment in medical centers both in France and Germany, as well as the full recovery of an American doctor in Liberia by way of a plasma donation. Health care officials in the international community speculate that these cases may show potential for hope in finding more consistent treatments of the disease that may be implemented to curb the advance of the epidemic in West Africa.

 

Full article at www.npr.org

 

Mass graves found in Mexico, near place where 43 students went missing

As of Sunday, police in the town of Iguala, Mexico have reported the discovery of mass graves following the disappearance of a number of students last weekend. Though no substantial link has yet to be established between the disappearances and the discovery of the graves, speculations are being made as to their possible relation. However, all of this comes on the heels of recent attempts by the Mexican government to crack down on police corruption throughout the country.

 

Full article at www.npr.org

 

National

California voters decide on sending fewer criminals to prison

 

In an effort to curb historically problematic rates of incarceration in the state of California, voters are looking to a national referendum that seeks to lessen the penalties for nonviolent felonies by converting them to misdemeanors. Said conversion would allow such crimes to be punished by shorter jail sentences, rather than adding bodies to already overflowing state penitentiaries. These efforts have seen widespread support from California voters, and are even in some cases uniting politicians across party lines.

 

Full article at www.nytimes.com

 

Yes to marijuana ballot measures

 

Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia are set to vote on several initiatives to reform marijuana laws in their regions. Though each legislature is taking a varied approach to the issue, all are unified by a concerted effort to institute measures that will seek to improve the statutes for both regulation, consumption, and possession, as well as address more specific concerns of the legal age permitted by these measures.

 

Full article at www.nytimes.com

 

Regional

Program helps jail inmates earn GED diplomat

The Armstrong County Jail in Kittanning, Pennsylvania has recently undertaken efforts to administer GED tests to inmates. Previously, prisoners have had to wait until the end of their sentence to attempt to take the test at various open-site locations throughout the county. The hope with the current plan is to encourage inmates to officiate the completion of their education before their release, thereby increasing the overall number of released inmates who have obtained their GED.


Full article at www.goerie.com

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The endangered Piping Plover makes its way back to Erie after a 50 year absence.

Erie still getting its Sister Act together

Dispatches from an American in Cuba 

Award-winning woodcarver, Fredy Mallqui connects history and passion

 

Familial vibe keeps annual fest alive

IN THIS ISSUE

Erie still getting its Sister Act together

Dispatches from an American in Cuba 

Award-winning woodcarver, Fredy Mallqui connects history and passion

 

Familial vibe keeps annual fest alive

The chance to see Galactic Duo's Tony Grey and Ian Maciak should not be missed.

The Playhouse has planned a weekend of festivities to celebrate their 100th anniversary. 

Fleet Foxes hasn’t really skipped a beat since their first record in 2011.

The Erie Reader's list of top 10 favorite releases from the year so far.

Thick Skin

The tragedy of Trump’s decisions