West Virginia town tries to move past Michelle Obama post
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West Virginia town tries to move past Michelle Obama post

As a small West Virginia community tries to move past the backlash of a racist Facebook post that targeted first lady Michelle Obama, a council member had some inviting words for outsiders who look down on her town. “Come see us,” Joyce Gibson said. “Spend a day with us. If I knew you would come, I … Continue reading

NY music festival founded by Pete Seeger is returning
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NY music festival founded by Pete Seeger is returning

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — Organizers say a New York music festival founded by the late folk legend Pete Seeger will resume next year. Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival will return to the village of Croton (KROH’-tuhn)-on-Hudson, New York, on June 17-18, 2017. The Beacon, New York, based environmental group Hudson River Sloop Clearwater canceled this … Continue reading

Thank you 24,000+ visitors!
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Thank you 24,000+ visitors!

The Spartan Echo website had 24,242 visitors this semester, January through April, and published 1,332 stories which had 31,093 views.  Essentially, this means Spartan Echo’s 24-thousand-plus visitors came into the site to read a specific story.  That’s probably because Spartan Echo content is shared on Twitter and Facebook and draws readers into the website as … Continue reading

North Korea now blocking Facebook, Twitter, other websites
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North Korea now blocking Facebook, Twitter, other websites

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has officially announced it is blocking Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites in a move underscoring its concern with the spread of online information. The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications announcement was posted this week at the country’s main mobile service provider, Koryolink, and other places serving … Continue reading

Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia
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Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has apologized after being accused of making a racist joke during a solo concert in Australia. Thomas apologized on Facebook following the Saturday, Feb. 20, night show in Melbourne, where he made a joke about dealing with jetlag by drinking. “And then I drink until I think I’m … Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg on philanthropy: Move slow and build things
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Mark Zuckerberg on philanthropy: Move slow and build things

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to “hacking” philanthropy and “disrupting” old models for funding charity. Not so Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who isn’t afraid to take a more conventional approach to giving. Local officials … Continue reading

Spartan Echo lights up Facebook and Twitter with free news
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Spartan Echo lights up Facebook and Twitter with free news

Norfolk State prepares students for commercial marketplace with student newspaper If you’re a Facebook friend or Twitter follower of Norfolk State University’s student newspaper, the Spartan Echo, then you probably wonder how students are producing as much (if not more) news through these social media outlets as most commercial news organizations. The answer is simple: they’re being … Continue reading

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Filipino in Singapore jailed for sedition through Facebook

SINGAPORE (AP) — A Filipino nurse working in Singapore was sentenced Monday to four months in jail for describing Singaporeans as losers on his Facebook, and subsequently providing false information to police investigators. Ello Ed Mundsel Bello, 28, pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility under the country’s sedition act, … Continue reading

High court throws out conviction for Facebook threats 
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High court throws out conviction for Facebook threats 

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony … Continue reading