4-13 Beyond Baltimore

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Stories compiled from The Huffington Post


The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which is responsible for leading the state’s efforts in attracting and retaining businesses in the state, has hired Porter Novelli, a global public relations firm, to help the The Hoosier State’s image. The firm has been tasked with branding Indiana as “a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.”

The hiring of the firm comes in light of national criticism that state politicians were behaving with hostility toward the LGBT community.

Lagos, Nigeria

A UNICEF report, released Monday, has revealed information that says an estimated 800,000 children have been forced from their homes by Boko Haram, a terrorist group operating in parts of west Africa. The report also indicates an estimated 1.5 million people have been made homeless during the uprising. Since 2007, the number of children not in school in the country has risen from 8 million to 10.5 million – the largest number in the world. Boko Haram seems to have made a habit of targeting education: they’ve attacked over 300 schools and killing 314 students and 196 teachers.

The report emphasizes that children have become deliberate targets in Boko Haram’s uprising. The group, in addition to attacking children, has begun using children as human bombs and making them fight in armed conflict.


Los Angeles, California 

As the exceptional (rated as more serious than an extreme or severe) drought continues in southern California, one of the largest water providers in the state has proposed reducing the amount of water they deliver to over 24 cities and 19 million people. This is the fourth year in a row that California has experienced some form of drought. Earlier in the month, Governor Jerry Brown called for a mandatory reduction in urban water usage – a 25 percent cut compared to usage in 2013.

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