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Daily News Recap (2-16-2015)

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By Holly Henrichsen
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Egypt has announced that it has waged 2 airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya today. The airstrikes targeted ISIS camps and weapon storage areas. According to BBC News, the airstrikes were a response to a video released yesterday of Jihadist ISIS supporters beheading 21 Egyptian Christians. Egypt declared 7 days of national mourning after the video was released.

The Calaboose African American Museum here in San Marcos had its grand re-opening and is now back in business. The Calaboose Museum closed its doors in 2012 due to budget cuts and to undergo renovations. Johnnie Armstead, founder of the Calaboose, installed new exhibits, an interactive kiosk, and a unveiled a fresh new look. Many people throughout the community were in attendance including one of Texas State’s first African American Students, Georgia Cheatahm. Cheatahm says that at the time, she didn’t think of the change that she was creating. She said “I just wanted to go to school and get an education, so the historical value of it was not important to me and did not even occur to me until I was older and grown, then I could see what a significance that it made for blacks to be able to go to school here, but at the time it wasn’t important. I guess I was too young to understand.” The mission of the History Museum is to collect, preserve, display, and interpret the history of African Americans in the city of San Marcos and Hays County.

The nation’s skies might be seeing more drones for commercial use in the near future. The Federal Aviation Administration announced new rules yesterday that would make automated flight more common within the next two years. According to the Washington Post the White House also issued a presidential directive that would require federal agencies to publicly disclose where drones fly in the U.S. and what they would do with the data collected from aerial surveillance.

Researchers in Palo Alto, California have developed the most powerful X-Ray laser in the world. According to the BBC, the Linac Coherent Light Source is a billion times more intense than previous generations of lasers. This machine lets researchers see how atoms and molecules move in living systems. Professor Mike Dunne, who runs the Palo Alto facility, says this is a revolution because for the first time researchers can see deep inside an atom on the space scale and time scale.

Texas State Student Government elections have begun. These elections will determine who will be the next Student Body President, Vice President, and senators for the 2015-2016 school year. Polls are open now through Thursday, February 19. The official voting poll is located on the second floor of the Alkek library and is open from 8 am to 5 pm. On-line voting is available daily February 16-18 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 19th.

 

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