Forest fires sweep Yosemite; Obama administration considers military action against Syria’s chemical weapon attack; 12 workers killed by the Afghan Taliban; and Zimmerman to claim state funding on legal bills. Meanwhile, the VMAs are still the talk of the town, with ‘NSync and Miley Cyrus performances as big talking points.
-Maura + Ally
Crews get first break against Rim fire, http://rtvote.com/1aM6SIo
Forest fires in Yosemite National Park reach their tenth day, charring nearly 161,000 acres. On top of the already tremendous damage, the fires are threatening groves of giant sequoias and historical structures in the park. Firefighters state that this is the hottest and fastest burning fire in Sierra Nevada history.
After Syria chemical allegations, Obama considering limited military strike, http://rtvote.com/1aM75eN
As a punishment for the use of chemical weapons, and as a deterrent, President Obama considers a short-term military strike against Syria, lasting only a few days. This response would keep United States from deep involvement in the Syrian Civil War.
Afghan Taliban kill 12 ‘government’ workers, http://rtvote.com/17jzJPa
The Taliban executed 12 Afghan workers who were seen “cooperating with the government.” These workers were engineers and trainers working on a World Bank-funded program to improve local project management. Negotiations were scheduled, but they were killed before the negotiations could begin.
George Zimmerman will ask state to cover $200K-$300K of his legal bills, http://rtvote.com/17jAcAU
Since George Zimmerman was acquitted in his trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, he is allowed by state law to request state coverage of thousands of dollars in legal bills. His motion asking the payments to be authorized “is in the works.”
At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice, http://rtvote.com/17jDSmn
As a new generation of teachers enters the classroom, we are finding that they stay for shorter time periods. This is especially true in charter schools. Education professionals have mixed opinions on this trend. While turnover means more passionate, less burnt out teachers, longtime teachers are also better able to build ties to communities, which is equally important.
Madonna Tops Forbes 2013 List Of The Top-Earning Celebrities, http://rtvote.com/17jA3NO
‘N Sync Reunion Tour? “I’m Not Gonna Say It’s Never Gonna Happen,” Says Chris Kirkpatrick, http://rtvote.com/1aM9w15
Paula Patton, Robin Thicke’s Wife, Was Fine With Miley Cyrus’ Twerking, But His Mom Wasn’t, http://rtvote.com/1aMc2UV
Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute Brings Back Some Original Cast Member, http://rtvote.com/1aMroZJ