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News Briefs: District 205 Board of Education to allow advertising on school property

District 205 allows advertising on school propertyNews briefs

GALESBURG — The District 205 Board of Education voted unanimously to allow advertising to be displayed on school property. Committee chair Troy McCrery said that the move could raise as much as $10 million for Galesburg schools. Some members of the board expressed concern despite their affirmative votes, citing concerns about tradition as well as ads becoming eyesores. “This has to be done right, [and] if it’s done right, I think the people who win are the students of (district) 205,” McCrery said. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Former British prime minister Thatcher dies at 87

LONDON — Margaret Thatcher, the longest-serving British prime minister of the century, died on Monday at age 87. The first woman to lead Great Britain as prime minister, she was a polarizing figure because of her unabashed embrace of free-market capitalism. She also cut taxes and engaged in pitched battles with Britain’s powerful labor unions. In foreign affairs, she retook the Falkland Islands by force from Argentina in 1982 and helped preside over the end of the Cold War in Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement, “I believe she will go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.” (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Audio clip links Syrian rebel group with Al-Qaida

DAMASCUS — A major Syrian rebel group declared their allegiance to Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in an audio clip posted to the Internet. Al-Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani also took pains to distance his group from an Iraqi Al-Qaida affiliate who had recently announced a merger of the two groups without prior consultation with the Syrians. This move could make it harder to convince Western nations already lenient of supporting the rebels to commit more aid to the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad. (Souce: Reuters)

Panel of experts recommends Pell Grant revamp

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A panel of experts has recommended that the federal government revamp Pell Grant aid in order to better serve low-income adults over the age of 24. A focal point is new spending in aid for career counseling to help the newly unemployed quickly retrain for new fields where they can find work more easily. These new students would have to qualify under different eligibility standards than the younger students who have traditionally received the most aid. The Pell Grant program totaled $34.5 billion for the last school year and affected some 9.4 million students. (Source: USA Today)

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