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Beyond Baltimore: March 2

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

Stories compiled by The Daily Beast


Ferguson, Missouri:

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department is expected to release a report alleging that some members Ferguson police use racial bias when making traffic stops. The fines paid during such traffic stops are then used to balance the city budget, according to the Times.

Ferguson Mayor, James Knowles III said last week that he did not know what the Justice Department had found or would conclude, according to the Times.

The Ferguson Police Department was first scrutinized in August when officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed at the time.



A United Nations report released Monday counts that more than 6,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting intensified in April.

In the report, the United Nations blamed Russia for the area’s conflict escalation.

“Credible reports indicate a continuing influx of heavy and sophisticated weaponry to armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as foreign fighters, including from the Russian Federation,” the report states.



Almost a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its 239 passengers disappeared, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia are ready to test a new method of tracking airplanes, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday, March 1.

Airservices Australia, a government-owned agency, will work with Malaysia and Indonesia to trial a new means of tracking planes every 15 minutes using technology already installed on most long-haul aircraft. Now, locations are typically determined every 30 to 40 minutes.

According to the BBC, Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss called the new system is a “world first.” He claims that this new technology would not have guaranteed an answer to the Flight 370 mystery.

University sends out measles warning

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

University officials sent out a campus-wide email Wednesday morning alerting students to the renewed national presence of measles. No recent cases have been reported in Maryland.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, the disease “starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body.”

The disease is highly contagious but preventable through vaccination or prior exposure.

“The measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly effective and is administered in two doses, once after 1 year of age and again between the ages of 4 and 6,” the email read.

Failure to receive the complete series can result in lack of protection from the disease.

Students in need of the vaccine, or who are unsure of their immunity, have been encouraged to contact their individual healthcare provider or call the TU Health Center at 410-704-2466. Immunity can be determined through a blood test.

According to the advisory email, students on campus who believe they have measles alert the Health Center and make plans to return home.

TU instructors, students acknowledge National Adjunct Walkout Day

By: Nilo Exar, Staff Writer


On Wednesday, Feb. 25, adjuncts at Towson from the English Language Center hosted a walkout in accordance with the first “National Adjunct Walkout Day” nationwide.

Faculty from Towson’s English Language Center, which provides classes and support for international students, began the walkout in the Loch Raven room of the University Union before marching with signs through the Liberal Arts building and into Freedom Square.

Adjuncts were protesting a lack of “equal pay, job security and higher salaries,” according to Monica Dominguez, an adjunct instructor in the English Language Center.

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FCC votes 3-2 to uphold net neutrality

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief


The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality last Thursday that will restrict Internet service providers from giving special access and higher speeds to certain companies and websites.

Net neutrality, which FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said will ensure “that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” passed by a vote of 3-2.

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Beyond Baltimore: Feb. 23

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

Stories compiled by The Daily Beast



An 18-month-old Berlin child not vaccinated against measles died of the affliction, German health officials announced Monday. Berlin, which suffered an outbreak of measles in October, has since seen 600 cases of the infection.

Vaccination is not mandated in Germany, but a spokeswoman for the German health ministry said that the institution is taking the situation “very seriously.”

The spokeswoman also said that, “If [raised vaccination rates don’t] help, then [the health ministry] will have to discuss other measures.” Since the start of 2015, the United States has seen 154 cases of the measles. In 2000, the U.S. had declared measles eliminated due to vaccination efforts.

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Cook Library hosts The Big Read

By: Kristen Zdon, Staff Writer

Cook Library is hosting The Big Read this semester as a part of a nationwide grant Towson received from the National Endowment for the Arts, Research and Instruction Librarian Laksamee Putnam said.

“[The Big Read grant] is trying to get communities to read a single book and do lots of programming around a single book, so encouraging people to read a lot of the classic books or encourage reading in general,” Putnam said.

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Vigil held for victims of Chapel Hill shooting

By: Nilo Exar, Staff Writer

The Muslim Student Association hosted a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Feb. 17, for the three Muslim students killed in a shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that occurred the week before.

Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the Loch Raven Room of the University Union for a vigil that included thoughts and prayers from members of the university and nearby communities.  Representatives and honorary members of the Muslim Student Association also spoke.

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Beyond Baltimore: Feb. 16

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

Stories compiled by The Daily Beast


In Germany:

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 accounts of accessory to murder after allegedly serving as a Nazi guard at the Auschwitz prison camp in Poland from 1942 to 1944.

The defendant, whose name has not been released in accordance with privacy restrictions allegedly supervised incoming prisoners to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the area of the complex where most of the victims were killed.

The man admitted his presence at Auschwitz, but has denied involvement with that part of the complex and the killings. 

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Urban Farm cultivates involvement, vegetables

By: Caitlin Wolfarth, Staff Writer


On Wednesday, Feb. 11, members of the Towson University Urban Farm, or TUUF, club gave out cardboard valentines in Freedom Square to promote their work and the farm. Situated on campus behind the Administration Building, the plot measures 100 square-feet and is tended by students.

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