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9.19 things you missed due to llamas and a dress

#1 Net Neutrality
In a precedent setting move, the FCC voted 3-2 to approve net neutrality yesterday. Net neutrality would ensure that companies could not charge different prices to different consumers who have identical internet usage. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it was a red-letter day; however, instead of celebrating this achievement, the internet decided to explode with llamas and dresses.

 

#2 Fire in K-State Parking Garage20150226_132528
Yesterday early afternoon, a student vehicle went up in flames in the K-State parking garage. The 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix was totaled. According to a press release, the parking garage was not structurally harmed.

 

 

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#1 Legislators Create Public Forum on Kansas Education Standards
Kansas lawmakers are looking for public input on education. So, they created “Join the Conversation!” an online tool where people can read about education standards and suggest changes. The tool will be online until October 30th.

 

harriswittels#2 Parks and Recreation Writer and Co-Executive Producer Dies
Harris Wittels was found dead by his assistant in his Los Angeles home. Police were called to the scene on a possible drug overdose. The cause of death has yet to be announced by a coroner.

 

#3 The Latest Snowden Leak

Edward Snowden’s latest leak speaks of the NSA and its British equivalent stealing codes from a data chip manufacturer, which allows the agencies to spy on mobile phones worldwide. There is no evidence to support a claim that either agency used the codes for non-valid intelligence targets.

 

#4 Kansas Senate expected to pass bill to outlaw a specific type of abortion
The bill up for a vote in the Senate in the today would outlaw the dilation and evacuation procedure and reclassify it as dismemberment abortion. 25 of the senate’s 40 members sponsored the bill. Abortion rights supporters say the dilation and evacuation method is many times the safest method for second-trimester abortions.

 

#5 Car Bomb in Libya kills a minimum of 30
The attack seems to bear the marks of Islamic militants who have battled the Libyan army for months. Libya has asked the U.N. to lift its arms embargo in order to defend itself against the Islamic State, but the U.S. and Britain are worried about selling weapons to an already fractured country.

 

#6 The Science of NASCAR SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

NASCAR has announced that it will be promoting STEM inside and outside classrooms. The organization is giving a nod to the often overlooked science behind racing. The initiative is focused on the three D’s of speed, which are downforce, drafting and drag.

 

#7 License Plate Renewal Postcards Suspended
State officials have indefinitely postponed planes to change from sending a letter to sending a postcard to let people know when they need to renew their vehicle tags. When the change does go into effect, officials hope to save about $560,000 per year.

 

#8 Rebel troubles in Ukraine
Despite the cease-fire, separatist fighters in Ukraine are continuing to fight. According to a Ukrainian military spokesman, the rebels fire on Ukrainian positions over 50 times per day.

 

#9 Snarky Facebook Comment Gets a Maryland State Employee fired
Michael Allred was a police liaison with Maryland’s government accountability program. He was fired for posting “Visiting the Prisons … haven’t been groped this much since the flight on the honeymoon… and this is just the guards!” A spokesperson has confirmed that the post was the reason for Allred’s termination.

 

#9.19 Scientists Discover Cause of Munchiesmunchiess
A team of Neuroscientists studied why cannabinoids like those in marijuana give you the munchies. In effect, they confuse receptors which tell you that you’re full. This created a feedback loop that constantly tells you you’re hungry.

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Here are 9.19 things that happened this week that your co-workers may not know:

#1 Facebook now recruiting dead people
Apparently Facebook isn’t content with the 7 billion people who are currently on the planet. The social media site will now let people become a “legacy contact” which means that you can appoint a relative or friend to continue to update your social media profile after you’re gone. Legacy contacts can still add friends and post statuses.

#2 U.S. wary about Ukraine peace deal
Earlier this week, a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia were reached through multinational negotiations. However, the U.S. government doesn’t trust either Russia or the Ukrainian Rebels to stick to their agreement. The U.S. could still increase sanctions on Russia or provide Ukraine with munitions if the deal goes bad.

#3 Al-Jazeera journalists on bail from Egyptian prison
Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are on bail in Egypt after 411 days in jail. The two journalists have been granted a retrial after a high court overturned a guilty verdict in which the two men were accused of helping the outlawed Muslim brotherhood. The journalists’ next hearing is on February 23rd.

#4 David Carr passing
New York Times Media Columnist David Carr died at 58. Carr was an inspiration for both journalists and recovering addicts alike due to the fact that he fought his drug addiction and became an unlikely name-brand columnist. Carr collapsed in the New York Times newsroom and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

#5 NASA celebrating 50 years of spacewalking
NASA is planning three Extra Vehicular Activities for February to commemorate the 50th year of spacewalking. All three EVA’s are expected to last around 6.5 hours.

#6 New particles found at the Large Hadron Collider
Two new particles have been discovered using the machine that found the Higgs Boson. The two particles are about three times as massive as protons. The particles do not yet have formal names, currently scientist call them DS3*(2860)¬- and DS1*(2860)-.

#7 Jon Stewart’s retirement
Jon Stewart is ending his long run with the Daily Show later this year. According to a Comedy Central media release, the show will continue on without him. Nothing has been released yet about Stewart’s replacement.

#8 Kansas Transport budget
The Kansas House Transport Budget Committee voted to keep $280 million from being transferred away under Brownback’s budget transfers. Brownback wanted to transfer a total of $724 million to fill projected budget shortfalls in 2016 and 2017.

#9 Regents reviewing impact of same-sex marriages on universities
The Kansas Board of Regents has appointed a committee to look at the effect of same-sex marriages on state universities. One member believes that the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that state’s must at least recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Universities would then need to consider issues like health insurance and housing policies.

#9.19 Ruth Bader Ginsburg may not have been completely sober during state of the union
The Supreme Court justice decided this year that she would stay away from the wine during the dinner before the speech. However, when another justice brought a bottle of fine wine, Ginsburg couldn’t help but enjoy a few glasses with her meal. Later the other two justices were seen nudging Ginsburg in an attempt to keep her awake.

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