SUN SUNI KHABAR FEBRUARY 17TH, 2016
CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO HAND OVER STUDENT RECORDS
A parent group suing the state of California is to receive the contents of 10 million student records. Fewer than 10 people are to receive the records, with the attorneys keeping the data confidential. Immediately after they have outlived their use, the records are to be returned or destroyed. The data includes addresses, Social Security numbers, and health records. However, privacy advocates express concern over a lack of control once the records have left the Department of Education. Steven Liao, Danville parent and IT professional, says “where is confirmation it’s destroyed?”
POPE FRANCIS TO VISIT JUAREZ, MEXICO
When we think of Pope Francis, a smiling, kindly man normally comes to mind. However, that demeanor left him on Tuesday, when he was momentarily stunned by a person who tried to pull him into the crowd. An announcement was later made, requesting worshippers to be careful. The Pope’s visit to Juarez, Mexico, the former murder capital of the world, right across the Rio Grande, is said to not have any political undertones. However, Reverend Timothy Kesicki believes it will be difficult to maintain that stance, given the current climate surrounding immigration in the United States.
SUSPECTED ISIS MEMBERS CHARGED IN RUSSIA
Attacks similar to the ones in Paris on November 13, 2015 may have happened on the streets of St. Petersburg had Russian officials not detained 7 suspected ISIS members on February 7th. According to Russian officials, the detainees had a bomb lab, grenades and guns, in preparation for a high profile terrorist attack. Reports from the FSB, successor to the KGB, say that the prisoners were charged Wednesday for suspected terrorism.
OBAMA TO SENATE REPUBLICANS: DO YOUR JOB
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died recently, opening up a new spot on the bench of the highest court in the United States. An appointment to this post would be for life, leading Republicans to urge Obama to not choose a successor, as the President is in his final few months of office. However, President Obama has dismissed the threats that his choice will be blocked, saying that he has a constitutional duty to appoint a replacement. He added that this appointment was too important to get stuck in political gridlock.