Weekly Buzz: October 8th, 2013

Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab threatens more attacks in the future
Al-Shabaab, the terrorist organization that attacked the upscale Wesgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, several weeks ago, has stated the attacks are “not over.” Dozens of people were injured in the massacre, and 67 people were killed. There is evidence that some of the victims were tortured before they died. Kenyan forces claim they have killed at least five members of Al-Shabaab and taken 11 members of the group into custody.

Obama speaks by telephone to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
President Obama spoke with Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, last week about a resolution regarding Iran’s nuclear program. This is the first time since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 that the two countries have spoken directly. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned President Obama “not to be fooled by overtures from Iran that have led the administration to pursue talks aimed at resolving the standoff over the country’s nuclear ambitions.”

Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
The International Academy of Spiritual Unity has nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in stopping a United States air strike in Syria earlier this year. The letter stated, “Being the leader of one of the leading nations of the world, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin makes efforts to maintain peace and tranquility not only on the territory of his own country but also actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.”

Tropical storm Karen forms off the Gulf of Mexico
A tropical storm has formed off the Gulf of Mexico, causing hurricane warnings from Louisiana to Florida. This is the first tropical storm of the season. The storm is located 485 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

Road rage incident involving SUV and motorcycles leaves one man seriously injured
Video of the incident shows the motorcycle group assaulting the driver of the SUV in front of his wife and child. The driver then tries to escape, but during the escape runs over one of the bikers, who is now in serious condition at a local hospital and may never walk again. Some of the bikers are from a group called Hollywood Stuntz, which holds an event to ride through Times Square on an annual basis. They had no permit this year, and the NYPD received over 200 calls of reckless behavior by the group prior to the incident.

National Toy Hall of Fame
My Little Ponies, the Magic 8 Ball and Fisher-Price Little People are among others have been announced as finalists in this year’s competition to make it into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. Each year, this organization recognizes toys that have “engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover their play.” Two winners will be announced Nov. 7.

PFD day
The first of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividends were issued last week through direct deposit. State officials say the roughly 593,000 Alaskan’s received the direct deposit of the $900 check and another 86,000 Alaskans will receive a paper check later in the month.

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Anchorage crime rate has risen
The FBI has reported that the number of serious crimes reported in Anchorage has risen in 7 out of 8 categories since last year. There has been a recorded increase in murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and larceny.

Former Tatitlek Village president guilty of stealing money
Former Tatilek Village President, Lori “Sue” Clum, 45, of Anchorage has admitted in U.S. District Court of stealing over $100,000 from the village. Funds were distributed to herself and her brother James Edward Kramer, 48. The thefts occurred between 2008 and 2009.

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