‘Mayor for Life’ Marion Barry Dies at Age 78

Nov 24, 2014, 3:06 pm EST

Marion Barry, also known as Washington D.C.’s “Mayor for Life”, died on Sunday at the age of 78.

Marion Barry died at the United Medical Center just after midnight. Pior to this, he had been released from the Howard University Hospital on Saturday. During his third term as mayor of D.C. in 1990, he was caught by the FBI doing crack cocaine, reports The New York Post.

Marion Barry served as the mayor of D.C. for four terms. He started his first term in 1978. Following his arrest and conviction in 1990, he served six months in jail. After getting out of jail, he joined the D.C. Council and was elected to his fourth term as mayor in 1992, The New York Post notes. Read 

NTSB Says FAA Has Right to Regulate Drones

Nov 19, 2014, 3:11 pm EST

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now has the right to regulate drones as drones are considered to be aircrafts. Source: Power Up

The ruling was made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following an incident where a man flew a drone around the University of Virginia campus.

Raphael Pirker appealed a $10,000 fine issued by the FAA after he used an Amazon drone for commercial purposes. He claimed that the drone was not an aircraft and the fine was overturned by the judge. Read 

USPS Names First Female Postmaster General

Nov 14, 2014, 1:50 pm EST

The US Postal Service (USPS) has named Megan J. Brennan as the first female Postmaster General. Source: Flickr

Brennan, USPS chief operating officer, will take over on Feb. 1 when current CEO and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe retires. Donahoe has served under that title for four years.

Brennan is currently in charge of USPS operations, including mail processing, transportation, delivery and more. She has been working with the Postal Service since 1986. Read 

The Most Popular Politician on Facebook Is … Hillary Clinton

Nov 10, 2014, 4:21 pm EST

Hillary Clinton is the most popular politician on Facebook (FB).

The social media site released data that analyzed the popularity of politicians on the network based on the number of interactions between their pages and other Facebook users.

The site is calling it the “Senti-Meter 2016 Snapshot,” which looks at how many likes, comments and shares each politician combined for. Hillary Clinton topped the list with 312,000 interactions between Oct. 26 and Nov. 5. Read 

President Obama Asks for $6.2B to Fight Ebola

Nov 5, 2014, 5:23 pm EST

President Obama wrote a letter to Congress, requesting more than $6 billion to fight Ebola in the US.

POTUS and the White House believe $6.18 billion is an appropriate amount to contain and fight the epidemic. $4.64 billion would be used for immediate needs, while the other $1.54 billion would be used to gather the necessary resources to respond to the Ebola outbreak.

“My foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of Americans, and this request supports all necessary steps to fortify our domestic health system and prevent any outbreaks at home,” said Obama in the letter. Read 

Amendment 2: Florida Voters Reject Medical Marijuana

Nov 5, 2014, 3:22 pm EST

Amendment 2, which sought to broaden the use of medical marijuana in Florida, was rejected by voters on Tuesday.

Amendment 2 needed 60% of the votes to pass in Florida, but it only received 58% of them. The state already allows for a low-potency version of the drug to be used for medical purposes. However, supporters of the amendment claimed that more illnesses needed access to the drug, reports WFTV.

Those that rallied against Amendment 2 and ultimately won the votes on Tuesday said it wasn’t specific enough. These supporters said that the amendment didn’t have strict enough wording. They argued that this would allow medical marijuana to be used for more than its intended purpose, WFTV notes. Read 

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