McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic
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McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic

Focus on prescribing and help for recovery Richmond – Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several bills on Feb. 23 that will help fight the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. “Abuse of opioids continues to kill Virginians,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We recognize that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing, and our proposals for this … Continue reading

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks
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UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks

GENEVA (AP) — Playing down expectations, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Wednesday that he’s not expecting a breakthrough in the first U.N.-mediated peace talks between government representatives and the opposition in 10 months, rather hoping to build momentum toward peace after nearly six years of war. Staffan de Mistura spoke a day before convening … Continue reading

Norfolk State honors Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Friday, Feb. 24
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Norfolk State honors Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Friday, Feb. 24

February 17, 2017 To the University Community: Please join me in wishing Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch well as she retires from Norfolk State University. Over her more than 40 years of dedicated service, she has distinguished herself among her professional peers in the STEM field, at Norfolk State and throughout the community. Dr. DeLoatch has … Continue reading

Fake news: Tips on how to distinguish it from the real thing
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Fake news: Tips on how to distinguish it from the real thing

Teachers from elementary school through college are instructing students on how to decipher fact from fiction when it comes to online news, after an election season that saw made-up stories abound. Many of those lessons involve these handy tips. URL look odd? That “com.co” ending on an otherwise authentic-looking website is a red flag. When in … Continue reading

Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduate
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Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting through college isn’t easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk. Researchers at Georgia State University spent four years analyzing students’ grades, test scores and other information in order to identify … Continue reading

Old farmstead’s history runs from John Brown to James Brown
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Old farmstead’s history runs from John Brown to James Brown

DARGAN, Md. (AP) — From John Brown’s raid to James Brown’s wail, a stream of hot-blooded American history runs through a 19th-century farmstead in the Appalachian foothills of western Maryland. The John Brown connection is well known. The restored log farmhouse near Dargan is where the abolitionist launched his ill-fated, 1859 seizure of a federal … Continue reading

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GOP lawmakers to meet with leaders of black colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are planning to meet with leaders of historically black colleges and universities in the nation’s capital to discuss ways to help the schools survive in challenging times. The meeting, spearheaded by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, will bring leaders from the nation’s 100-plus HBCUs … Continue reading

Spartan Report for the week of Feb. 13
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Spartan Report for the week of Feb. 13

Marisa Grey from the Norfolk State University Office of Communications and Marketing offers this Feb. 13 installment of the Spartan Report. In this week’s report, the university tells about the appearance of the Spartan Legion marching band in a Super Bowl commercial, NSU’s own connection to one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures,” and a UNCF grant. Continue reading

President Moore issues statement on travel ban
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President Moore issues statement on travel ban

February 20, 2017 To the University Community: The White House issued a Presidential Executive Order (“Executive Order”) on January 27, 2017, which impacts members of the Norfolk State University Community.  The Executive Order suspends the “entry into the United States” for 90 days (and possibly longer) to nationals from seven countries:  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, … Continue reading

Governor hosts luncheon for college journalists
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Governor hosts luncheon for college journalists

by Tiana K. Allen On Feb. 1, Virginia Governor Terrance McAuliffe hosted a luncheon, alongside Virginia’s Secretary of Education Dr. Dietra Trent, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion where he spoke with several college newspaper journalists regarding Virginia’s job opportunities, President Trump’s new immigration policy and many other topics. He said that he’s had great success in … Continue reading

Take a peek inside the new Brown Hall
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Take a peek inside the new Brown Hall

Faculty from the mass communications and journalism department at Norfolk State University toured the new Brown Hall on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, to learn more about the facilities that will be available to them and their students next fall. This video is provided through the courtesy of the Spartan Echo and the NSU chapter of … Continue reading

Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
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Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in … Continue reading

Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players
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Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players

JERUSALEM (AP) — It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. But in an embarrassing fumble by the Israeli government, only five of 11 NFL players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit. … Continue reading

Hezbollah leader says ‘idiot’ Trump makes him optimistic
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Hezbollah leader says ‘idiot’ Trump makes him optimistic

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group says the world will benefit from having an “idiot” in the White House. Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Sunday that his group is much stronger than when it was created in the early 1980s and should not be concerned about threats from the West. … Continue reading

Jordan commander: IS expands hold in border camp for Syrians
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Jordan commander: IS expands hold in border camp for Syrians

JORDAN-SYRIA BORDER (AP) — Armed Islamic State extremists are expanding their influence in a sprawling camp for displaced Syrians on Jordan’s border, posing a growing threat to the U.S.-allied kingdom, a senior Jordanian military commander said. Brig. Gen. Sami Kafawin, chief of Jordan’s border forces, spoke to The Associated Press during a tour of the … Continue reading

Trump urges Israeli premier to ‘hold off’ on settlements
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Trump urges Israeli premier to ‘hold off’ on settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Israel’s prime minister to “hold off” on building Jewish settlements in land the Palestinians claim for their future state, yet held back from explicitly endorsing support for a future independent Palestine. After weeks of dancing around the issue of expanded Israeli settlements, Trump made the request … Continue reading

Swiss ease citizenship for ‘third-generation’ foreigners
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Swiss ease citizenship for ‘third-generation’ foreigners

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Voters in Switzerland decided Sunday to make it easier for young “third-generation foreigners” to get Swiss citizenship, agreeing to extend to about 25,000 people under age 25 access to the fast-track process now available to foreign spouses of Swiss nationals. The national statistics office said the “naturalization of third-generation immigrants” initiative … Continue reading

More than 1.5 million are refugees from South Sudan, says UN
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More than 1.5 million are refugees from South Sudan, says UN

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country’s civil war, according to the United Nations. South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013 and roughly 3.6 million people have fled their homes or become refugees, according to the U.N. … Continue reading