By Clarissa Toll |Staff writer|
Heads served for dinner in Nigeria (Feb. 7)
A Nigerian restaurant was shut down due to the discovery of two human heads wrapped in cellophane wrap.
According to Yahoo news, authorities claim the restaurant was selling dishes made of human meat. Eleven people were arrested in connection with the restaurant.
Government can switch off your phone (Feb. 7)
A smart phone “kill switch” legislation was proposed to provide a way to make the phone inoperable if lost or stolen.
This legislation would require all phones sold in or shipped to California have the “kill switch” ability, according to The Huffington Post.
The bill has been proposed in hopes of slowing the thefts of iPhones and other smart devices.
“That’s a good and bad thing. It would be good for (reducing) theft, but I would want to be able to contact my phone if it were lost,” said student Briana Zavala.
Giraffe slain in front of public (Feb. 9)
A healthy giraffe was publicly shot and killed at a zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The giraffe was slain due to concerns of inbreeding in regard to an international breeding law.
The killing has sparked controversy world wide.
It was reported that the giraffe was killed by rifle and zoo patrons were allowed to watch as the animal was skinned and then dissected.
“Wow. I am disgusted. It is one thing to put down an animal, but it should be done peacefully. Isn’t Denmark supposed to be one of the most peaceful places on earth? Yet, this is how they treat their animals,” said student Yessenia Smullen.
Suicide bomber blows up his class (Feb. 10).
A suicide bomber blew himself up along with 21 others while conducting an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorist training camp, according to The New York Times.
The bomber allegedly “accidentally” used a belt pack with explosives in the training.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria formed as a new system of Al Qaeda.
“It’s fortunate that the explosive was unable to be used on innocent civilians. And hopefully, instances like this will hinder the abilities of terrorists in the future,” said student Beatrice Longshore.
New fossil bed found (Feb. 11)
Researchers have found 50 species within the recently discovered Marble Canyon Fossil beds in Canada.These Fossil beds are located 40 kilometers, about 25 miles from Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park where eight new species were found in 2010, according to CBC news.”That’s crazy cool,” said student Meagan Josephson. “It’s amazing that we are still finding new species and creatures and discovering new things.”
Elephant deaths soar (Feb. 12)
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), 60 elephants are killed per day in African nations.Sixty-five percent of the forest Elephants’ population has been slain for their ivory tusks.The Obama Administration recently announced new rules on banning the imports of items that contain ivory.”It is a good thing. That way if we buy the ivory, it is illegal,” said an anonymous CSUSB staff member.
Russia bans adoptions from same-sex couples (Feb. 13)
Russia has banned the adoptions of local children by foreign same-sex couples and those unmarried living in states or countries that allow same-sex marriage.Russian authorities believe this ban will provide adoptive children the opportunity for a full development without the possibility of “unwanted influence,” according to the government’s website.This ban comes along side the country wide adoption ban that Russia placed on the United States in 2013.”I think that it would be good for them (children) not to (be adopted by same-sex couples) because you don’t know if that child will be going home where they are a same sex couple,” said student Thiam Cheatwood.
Belgium legalizes mercy killing legislation (Feb. 13)
Terminally ill children in Belgium now have the right to request to be euthanized.Belgium became the first country to legalize mercy killings for children.The legislation requires children to be tested for understanding on the task and the act will also require parental permission. The “right to die” legislation has been met with severe controversy.According to Reuters.com, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders around Belgium denounced the bill. The leaders also called for days of prayer and fasting.