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The big story…
At least 281 have died in a tsunami in Indonesia caused by an undersea landslide. More than 1,000 people have been injured and hundreds of buildings destroyed in the wave that arrived without any warning. Indonesian officials blamed the country’s lack of preparedness on their technology, claiming they only have a warning system for earthquakes and not for volcanic activity which is what likely cause the landslide. As the country continues assessing the damage and counting the dead, residents worry that another tsunami may be on the way.
Although all government employees will have today and tomorrow off, many will have to continue work without pay until Thursday or even longer due to the partial government shutdown. The shutdown also includes agencies that support higher education research, which means if the shutdown continues into the new year certain faculty and research institutions may be affected. However inconvenient the shutdown, NORAD has promised to keep tracking Santa for us.
In the Supreme Court…
The news is that 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and about after undergoing surgery to remove lung cancer. RBG has had a tough couple months, but she really knows how to bounce back.
Last Thursday, the Senate passed what’s known as the FAFSA Act. This piece of legislation is going to help streamline applications for need-based student financial aid by allowing the IRS and the Education Department to share taxpayer data, which was previously not allowed. This bill will automate income verification, hopefully allowing at least an additional eight million FAFSA applicants to meet the deadline.
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Last but not least…
From global politics to local campus stories, 2018 was a big year with a lot of big headlines. We’ve gone through all of our coverage of the year and found the stories that we think really stood out. Read them here.
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