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News Briefs: Orpheum Theatre has new president

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GALESBURG — The Orpheum Theatre has a new leader after Kevin L. Maynard was elected as president and managing director by a 5-0 vote by the Civic Center Authority Board. Maynard fills the position left vacant by Josh Damewood, who is currently facing criminal charges related to an allegedly improper relationship he had with an underage employee of the theater. Maynard will be responsible for a wide variety of responsibilities, including marketing, fundraising, public relations and fiscal oversight for the Orpheum. His plans to commemorate the theater’s upcoming hundredth anniversary, which are not public knowledge at this time, were a major factor in propelling him ahead of other candidates. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Charges filed against three more over Boston attacks

BOSTON — Criminal charges were filed against three friends of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The three, two Kazakh nationals and one American citizen, are charged with attempting to impede a federal investigation because of their attempts to cover for their friend. They are not assumed to have known about the bomb plot before it happened. The three were students at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where they met Tsarnaev. If convicted, they face between five and eight years in prison. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Suicide rates rise among the middle aged

NEW YORK — Suicide rates have risen sharply among the middle-aged nationwide over the last decade, according to a new report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are now 17.6 suicides per 100,000 Americans aged 35 to 64 years, an increase of 30 percent since 1999. The statistics also show a strong gender disparity, with men four times more likely to kill themselves than women. The CDC declined to conclude what was driving the increase, although possible reasons suggested include increased economic uncertainty and easy access to prescription medications. (Source: The New York Times)

Wave of violence in Iraq over past month

BAGHDAD — April was Iraq’s deadliest month in nearly five years, according to new statistics from the United Nations. “Terrorism and acts of violence” claimed the lives of 712 Iraqis and injured 1,633, with civilians comprising the majority of those killed. Baghdad, the capital, saw the most violence. The report blames the increase in violence on rising sectarian tensions between the Shiite-dominated government of Nuri al-Maliki and Sunni protesters who feel marginalized. Many fear a return to the near civil war-like conditions of several years ago. (Source: CNN)

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Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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