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The student media organization of California State University Northridge

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The Top Five: Tragedy, equity, ennui & alms

Four Americans killed by Somali pirates

Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey were sailing their yacht off the coast of Oman with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay when they were taken captive by pirates Tuesday.

A U.S. warship negotiating the captives’ release was fired on by the pirates and then more shots rang out from the yacht.

Navy SEALs closed in, killing two pirates and capturing 13 but the hostages were already beyond help.

The Adams had been sailing since 2004 and were attacked only after they left a larger group of ships.
In the study with the candlestick

In a sort of “duh” moment Wednesday, Libya’s former justice minister told a Swedish reporter Muammar Qaddafi ordered the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people.

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but it’s nice to have confirmation.

In related news, because the Libyan justice minister quit because of Qaddafi’s use of violence against his own people, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Middle East leaders shouldn’t use violence against protesters.

Yeah, good job, d!*&.
Gold at the end of the rainbow

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, Wednesday, that his office will no longer defend Defense of Marriage Act lawsuits in court.

The DOMA defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but it seems to finally have become clear to the Department of Justice and the Obama administration that closer scrutiny will show these cases as discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Queue the Weather Girls.
Study shows 40 percent of college students drop out because of depression and loss of financial aid

I had dinner with a good friend of mine once when he told me he was dropping out of school one month before he was going to graduate.

I looked at his girlfriend in disbelief, but she actually backed him up.

“He’s just too tired,” she said.

I was barely able to restrain myself from leaping over the table and stabbing her in the teeth with my fork. How could she allow this?

Financial difficulties are a legitimate reason.  But how much of this depression is genuinely debilitating and not some Linkin Park level of depression brought on by your roommate using two packets of frosting on one Pilsbury Toaster Strudel?

You know what’s really depressing?  Accruing several years’ worth of college debt with nothing to show for it.
Does this taste funny to you?

Ever see someone eat or drink something and say, “Man!Try this, it’s awful”?

Michael Kevin Lallana of Northwestern Mutual Finance Network admitted to masturbating at the office, but y’know, nothing weird like in front of people or anything.

Then OK yeah, he admitted to ejaculating in a co-worker’s water bottle. Twice. But not for any weird reason like because “her lips touched it” or anything.

Alright, well maybe for that and sure, he should have thrown the bottle out afterward, but he didn’t because he didn’t want anything to appear out of place on her desk.

Well, she drank it.  Twice.  Maybe just to be sure.

Lallana is now charged with two helpings of misdemeanor battery and assault, with a side-order sentence-enhancing  allegation of committing a crime for sexual gratification.

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