Top 10 Important World News Stories of May 2013

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We are nearing the halfway point of 2013 and what a year it has already been!  For some, May has been frighteningly traumatic due to deadly tornadoes and the conviction of Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt of the genocide of more than 1,700 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-1983 rule in the first time that a head of state was tried for genocide by his country’s own judicial system.  For others, well, they won millions of dollars in one of America’s biggest lottery jackpots ever, a woman was even found alive in the rubble of last month’s Bangladesh building complex collapse and crews are working to extract her and three women missing in separate cases were found together in Cleveland.

One of the women called 911 after breaking out of the house where she had been living.  “Help me; I am Amanda Berry,” she said, her voice distraught in an audio recording of the call.  “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years.  And I’m here and I’m free now.”  Berry and Gina DeJesus were in their teens when they disappeared in 2003 and 2004, WEWS reported.  Michele Knight vanished in 2002, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Moreover, for better or worse, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon terror attack, was buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, near Richmond, a source close to the investigation told CNN.  The body went unclaimed for nearly two weeks after Tsarnaev was killed April 19 following a police chase.  His uncle claimed the body but had trouble finding a cemetery that would bury Tsarnaev.  Police said the remains had been entombed thanks to a “courageous and compassionate individual.”

The police did not give a location for the grave.  Speaking of the aftermath of terrorist attacks, construction workers bolted a 408-foot spire into place atop One World Trade Center, symbolically capping New York’s comeback from the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.  The spire brings the iconic building to a height of 1,776 feet — an allusion to the year the United States declared its independence.  It also makes the building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.  With so much having occurred in just thirty-one days, we at TopTenz.net would like to reflect on May 2013 by counting down the top ten most notable world news stories of the past month.

10.  The Powerball jackpot rose on Friday, 17 May 2013 to $600 million, making it the second largest lottery jackpot in United States (U.S.) history.

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The drawing was scheduled for Saturday.  The jackpot, with a cash value of $376.9 million, marks the largest in Powerball history, surpassing a $587.6 million jackpot split by winners in Arizona and Missouri in November.  The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012.  Much to our disappointment and immense sadness, the author of this list was NOT one of the winners… L  Instead, one winning ticket sold in Florida for record Powerball jackpot of more than $590 million, lottery official said.  Oh well…

9.  Orb won the 139th Running of Kentucky Derby on a muddy track, while Oxbow Won Preakness Stakes

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On Saturday 4 May 2013, Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, finished first in 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.  Nineteen horses competed in what is known as the “Run for the Roses.”  On Saturday, 18 May 2013, Longshot Oxbow, ridden by Gary Stevens, won the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.  The winner led from wire-to-wire at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.  Race favorite Orb came in fourth, dashing hopes for a Triple Crown.  The horse was ridden by Joel Rosario, who guided the 3-year-old to victory in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.

In addition to the Kentucky Derby, other major competitions not involving horses occurred later in the month.  Tony Kanaan of Brazil won the 97th Indianapolis 500 and Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, correctly spelling “knaidel” to clinch the title.

8.  A new CNN/Time/ORC International Poll indicates four in 10 Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism, and suggests worries about terrorism have edged up after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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The national survey shows that concerns about terrorism are up slightly, with 40% saying they worry that someone in their family will become a victim of terrorism, up 6 percentage points from a 2011 CNN poll conducted on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.  The survey also indicates that support for government monitoring of the Internet is down 8 points from right after 9/11, although there is still majority support: 55%; however, there is growing approval of the use of surveillance cameras in public places, with 81% saying they are in favor of it, nearly a 20 point jump from 2001.

7.  Rhode Island Okayed Gay Marriage

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On Thursday, 2 May 2013, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage after the state legislature approved the measure.  The law made Rhode Island the 10th state to give same-sex couples the right to wed.  Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state Senate approved the measure and Governor Jack Markell signed it into law.  Meanwhile, The Boy Scouts of America announced that it will allow openly gay youths to join, following a vote at the organization’s annual meeting in Texas, although The Boy Scouts will maintain a ban on openly gay adult leaders.

6.  Another Month of American Tragedies

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A series of tragedies afflicted the world’s most powerful country in May 2013.  It literally felt like one disaster after another at times.  First, The Senate approved an idiotic Internet sales tax proposal, moving the legislation a step closer to law and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases.  New Orleans police searched for three suspects after at least 12 people were injured in a shooting during a Mother’s Day parade.  Next, Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of killing three babies, has agreed not to appeal and will not be sentenced to death, district attorney’s office said.

Gosnell, 72, faced four counts of first-degree murder, accused of killing four babies by using scissors to cut their spinal cords.  Authorities alleged that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.  He also faced a count of third-degree murder in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who authorities say died during a second-trimester abortion.  Gosnell also was charged with conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks of pregnancy, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.

On Friday, 17 May 2013, two rush hour trains collided and derailed near a Fairfield, Connecticut, train station and there are preliminary reports of injuries, a Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad spokesperson said.  Sixty people were taken to hospitals with injuries — five in critical condition — after a commuter train collision during rush hour, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said.  Amtrak reported it had suspended travel between New York and Boston. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said travel headaches could persist for weeks.  The future of NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space observatory was in question after a part that helps aim the spacecraft failed, the U.S. space agency said.

5.  May’s Terrible Tornados!

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Later, on Thursday, 16 May 2013, officials said at least six people were killed when a spring tornado outbreak devastated parts of North Texas.  Then, on Saturday, 18 May 2013, an emergency official said about 50 to 60 people were injured after a car drove into a group of hikers at a parade in Damascus, Virginia, a police dispatcher told CNN.  Of those injured, there were at least five or six “trauma victims,” the dispatcher said.  The accident occurred during a parade at the annual Trail Days festival in the town near the Virginia-Tennessee border.  Worst of all were the deadly wave of tornadoes as the month drew to a close.  At least three tornadoes touched down in two states on Sunday, 19 May 2013 as severe weather swept the region.  The twisters swept through parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and possibly Iowa and Missouri.  A large “violent and extremely dangerous” tornado was spotted on the southwest side of Wichita, Kansas, the National Weather Service said.

A second confirmed tornado was seen near Edmond, Oklahoma, said the weather service.  A third tornado touched down near Wellston, Oklahoma, taking out power lines and damaging several homes, according to video from CNN affiliate KFOR.  A storm system that spawned tornadoes in Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa killed at least one person in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  Later, areas of metropolitan Oklahoma City appeared to be in shreds after a massive tornado moved through the region.  “The houses are destroyed … completely leveled,” a helicopter pilot for CNN affiliate KFOR said.  “People are trapped.  You are going to see the devastation for days to come,” Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for Oklahoma Highway Patrol, told CNN.  Interstate 35 in Moore was closed as a result of debris from the tornado.

Moore Medical Center was evacuated after sustaining damage, a hospital spokeswoman said.  The mayor of tornado-ravaged Moore, Oklahoma said he will try to get an ordinance passed requiring storm shelters or safe rooms in new housing projects. “I have six councilmen and I need four votes to get it passed,” Mayor Glenn Lewis told CNN on Wednesday, 22 May 2013.  The mammoth EF5 tornado with winds up to 200 mph swept through Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas and killed 24 people, including 9 children, and wrecking 2,400 homes.  At least seven of those children were killed at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, police said.  Emergency personnel continue to scour the school’s rubble.  At least 145 people were hospitalized in the area, said hospital officials.  Insurance claims for damage caused by the tornado will likely top $1 billion, Kelly Collins of the Oklahoma Insurance Department told CNN.  That would exceed the insurance cost of a 1999 tornado that killed 36 people in the same area.

The tornado that killed at least 24 people was 1.3 miles wide with an estimated peak wind speed from 200 to 210 mph, the National Weather Service said.  Few residents had access to a storm shelter.  “Probably less than one tenth of one percent” of the houses in Moore are built with basements, said Mike Hancock, president of Basement Contractors in Edmond, Oklahoma, but Hancock and other experts say affordable shelters are feasible.  An above-ground shelter runs $8,000 to $10,000; a small basement would cost $15,000 to $20,000; and a concrete cellar built during new-house construction would cost as little as $2,200, said Mike Barnett, a custom home-builder in the area for thirty-seven years.

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4.  A Second Top IRS Official Would Leave Over Scandal

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In mid-May, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered an investigation into Internal Revenue Service political targeting of some conservative groups, he announced.  The IRS has admitted that members of its Cincinnati office engaged in such activity, but documents suggest at least three other IRS offices did the same.  Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller said his agency has pinpointed two “rogue” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for “overly aggressive” handling of tea party requests for tax-exempt status over the past two years, a congressional source told CNN on Wednesday, 15 May 2013.

According to a report by the IRS inspector general released yesterday, the agency developed and followed a faulty policy to determine whether the applicants were engaged in political activities, which would disqualify the groups from receiving tax-exempt status.  The controversial practice began in early 2010 and continued for more than eighteen months, the report said, declaring that “the IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.”  President Obama said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has requested and received the resignation of acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller.

The president vowed new safeguards to ensure that such targeting is not repeated at the IRS.  President Obama will appoint Danny Werfel as the acting IRS commissioner, the White House announced.  Werfel is currently the controller of the Office of Management and Budget.  Internal IRS memo says Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency’s tax exempt and government entities division, will retire on 3 June in wake of scandal on targeting of conservative groups.  Then on Thursday, 23 May 2013, IRS official Lois Lerner, who oversaw the unit that singled out conservative groups, was placed on administrative leave, Fox News confirmed according to congressional sources in both parties — a day after she refused to testify at a congressional hearing.

3.  The Dow and S&P 500 finished at record highs as investors cheered the latest report on the U.S. job market.

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Now, for some positive news!  The U.S. economy is on stronger footing than a year ago, but Ben Bernanke wants to be careful not to squelch the recovery now.  “A premature tightening of monetary policy could lead interest rates to rise temporarily, but would also carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery and causing inflation to fall further,” the Federal Reserve chairman told the U.S. congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, 22 May 2013.  The Federal Reserve has kept its key short-term interest rate near zero since December 2008, and expects it to stay there for a “considerable time” as the recovery strengthens, Bernanke said.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 140 points and closed below the 15,000 level that was crossed for the first time earlier Friday, 3 May 2013.  The S&P closed above 1,600.  The rally caps a solid week and a good start to May for stocks.  The Dow made history, hitting 15,000 after a strong jobs report.  The S&P 500 topped 1,600 for the first time. U.S. employers continued to add jobs in April, at a pace above forecasts but still relatively slow.  The Labor Department reported Friday that 165,000 jobs were added for the month, and that the unemployment rate fell to 7.5% from 7.6%.  The jobs number is an improvement over March, when employers added 138,000 jobs.  A fourth straight week of gains sent the Dow and S&P to record highs, boosted in part by rising optimism among American consumers.  All three major indexes have gained roughly 16% this year on a combination of gradually improving economic data and continued support from the Fed.

U.S. stocks surged again in early trading on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 as investors digested stellar economic data that appeared to put the housing and financial crises far in the rearview mirror.  One of the reports powering the markets showed that U.S. home prices posted their strongest gains since 2007.  According to the S&P/Case-Shiller national index, prices rose 10.2% in the first quarter.  In another report, consumer confidence surged to a five-year high in May, fueled by increased optimism about an improving job market. The Consumer Confidence Index, which gauges how consumers feel about the economy each month, rose to 76.2 in May — its highest reading since February 2008, according to research firm the Conference Board.

2.  FDA to make the morning-after pill available with no prescription regardless of age

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On Wednesday, 1 May 2013, The Department of Justice appealed a federal judge’s ruling that directed the FDA to make the morning-after pill available with no prescription regardless of age.  The move came a day after the FDA authorized a drugmaker to market the emergency contraception without a prescription to females fifteen and older.

1.  Three Additional Suspects, Friends of Boston Bombing Suspect, Taken Into Custody in Boston Bombing Probe and Charged

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A man fatally shot by the FBI in Orlando, Florida, was being investigated for a possible connection to the Boston Marathon bombings, a U.S. law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the case told CNN.  Ibragim Todashev knew both of the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, the official said.  The FBI shot Todashev in self-defense in an incident at Todashev’s house, the official said.

Agents were led to Todashev, who had once lived in Boston, “through investigative leads,” the official said. Todashev was from the Chechnya region, as were the Tsarnaev brothers.  Todashev not only confessed to his direct role in slashing the throats of three people in the killings in Waltham, Massachusetts, he also fingered Tsarnaev in the deaths, the official says.  Earlier in the month, three additional suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were taken into custody, Boston police said on Wednesday, 1 May 2013.  Three fellow students of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court accused in the dumping of his laptop and a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev previously were accused of carrying out the attack.  The twin blasts at the Boston Marathon on 15 April killed three and wounded more than 260 others.  Tamerlan died after a shootout with police, and Dzhokhar is in custody.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s death certificate says he died of gunshot wounds and blunt trauma, said Peter Stefan, the owner of the funeral parlor that holds Tsarnaev’s body.  Tsarnaev died April 19 after a shootout with police; authorities have said he also was run over by his brother, Dzhokhar, who was later captured.

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon attack indicated that the bombing was retribution for what he called U.S. attacks against Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq, a law enforcement official said.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made remarks about the bombing in a makeshift message found in the boat where he was captured in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home.  Tsarnaev scribbled that the Boston victims were collateral damage as Muslims have been during war, and that an attack against one Muslim is an attack against all of them.

By Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, author of Banned From The Internet


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  1. I find it laughable that this article is titled “Top World News Stories” when every single entry is about U.S.A. While the U.S. problems can have a big effect on the world, they are certainly not the only country worth recognizing as important. There are far more important things happening around the world than a Powerball draw and to ignore them is ludicrous.
    A disappointing article to say the least.

  2. I don’t know how to feel about this Top Ten list. It seems like there are much more important things going on in our country than portrayed in this list, especially the way these topics are put in order. Example the Kentucky Derby being #3 and tornados that devasated parts of the country are only #6 ?!

      • I’m not 100% sure which other topics to include as I do not stay completely up to date with current events/news, but I still think its appropriate to judge the importance of this list. I think that the powerball reaching the “2nd highest ever” is basically worthless on an importance level… In my opinion that and Orb winning the Kentucky Derby are about as important as The Fast and The Furious 6 releasing in theatres. In other words, I dont think things involving entertainment unless they undoubtedly will be remembered a long time in history should not be put on a pedastool (or list) over natural disasters and tragic events that caused people to lose their lives.

        • Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS on

          I see where you’re coming from and personally agree that loss of life is more important than entertainment things; however, I suspect, for better or worse, the wider audience of history will remember winners of sporting events longer than individuals who lost their lives in tragedy, regardless of whether or not that is right or wrong. Similarly, consider the media coverage in America, for example, of the powerball than say the Civil War in Syria. Of course what is happening in Syria is far more historically important, but in terms of news coverage, we get much more talk of the powerball or IRS scandal at least from CNN, MSNBC, and Fox than we do about a war that has cost tens of thousands of lives. As such, were the list about the top 10 actually most important events rather than the top 10 most important events of the month based on news coverage, then the rankings and even what is included in the list would be potentially considerably different. For example, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/may/01/scientists-ageing-process for an interesting article from a British news site. I personally think this discovery is much more significant for humanity than the winner of a horse racing event; however, just doing a Google search for mice aging hypothalamus turned up 705,000 results versus 1,760,000 results for orb Kentucky Derby. So again, in terms of the actually most important events of last month, yes, I am definitely with you that there are others that I would include instead, but in terms of news stories, it is different. in terms of how the media has devoted coverage and how the broader public has shown their interest via what they have researched online for, blogged about, etc. For future lists would you prefer we instead have Top 10 Most Important World Events of May 2013, for example, instead of these ones focusing on news stories? Also, regarding that mice link, do you think anything will come of that, i.e. do you think scientists will find a way to slow down aging by a significant percentage? What would be the consequences of us living longer? Would there be any negative consequences of people living longer?

        • Dr. Zarzeczny,
          I can not get past the word “Important”. I totally understand where you are coming from as these stories did have the most coverage and popularity amongst the public as you said, but the list is titled “Top 10 Important World News Stories of May 2013” which in itself is misleading (I know you answered why it only covers the US). This title also means that no matter how much coverage or publicity a news story received, it had to be super important to be the list. I just feel like there has to be more important things, regardless of how many people viewed them. Some people may even look at the rescuing of a family in a burning house a more important event in May than the horse race.

          Concerning the mice. Wow! That seems much more important than some of the things on the other list (haha). I think it’s amazing but I remain skeptical. My typical view on these “lab-rat findings” is that it always fails, and if it ever succeeded they (government/scientist/important people) would hide it from the public for a long time not necessarily to hog it but to test it further. I believe that if people lived longer our natural resources would go down the drain. We are already overpopulating at an alarming rate (I think) and that would raise the average age of death over 80. Pretty interesting stuff to think about.

        • On the scale of “Important World News Stories”, the derby and lottery are laughably insignificant. I completely agree with your point on that.

  3. I believe that the IRS scandal should be in the top three because it caused a rift between parties as well as doubt from US citizens in their own government. Some people blame Obama, others blame Democrats, and senators call for someone to be jailed over this scandal. The IRS scandal just gives people another reason to say that the government is too big.

  4. As an Oklahoman I am frankly offended to see the devastating tornadoes, which killed 36 people in my state, was only ranked #6, behind the Kentucky Derby, That is shocking, ridiculous, and insensitive. Yet another poor monthly ranking of the news

  5. Alissa Bambarger (TA) on

    To the HS 202 class: What do you think was the most important event of the year thus far?

    • I think that the bombings of the Boston Marathon was a very significant event of 2013. It’s scary to think that something that should be celebrated (i.e. the accomplishment of running/completing a marathon) can become something filled with terror. While the story was horrible and there are still questions left unanswered (Events 1 and 8 of the above list), I also found it to be a true, inspiring testament of the human spirit: many people from all over came together to support a hurting city and those affected by the tragedy.

  6. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS on

    Regarding the recent events in Oklahoma, I have come across a number of news stories about charities from http://www.wave3.com/story/22396701/louisvilles-catholic-charities-donate-to-ok-tornado-victims to http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22464016/comedian-raises-money-for-tornado-victim-to-prove-atheists-care-too showing that people of fairly diverse religious beliefs have been helping out. It is always encouraging to see our fellow people assisting each other and given that we had a list on http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-fundraisers-set-up-for-the-boston-marathon-bombing-victims.php would you like to see a similar list for Oklahoma? If so, what charities do you believe are reputable enough for inclusion on such a list? For the Boston list, both I and the site owner personally donated to some of the entries on that list, and I have donated to and written on a fairly wide variety of charities over the years from everything from Ohio Basset Hound Rescue to flood relief in Germany, among others, so I am frequently looking for ways to help others. If anyone has some ideas on relevant Oklahoma charities they would like to post here or if you would like us to prepare a list in the manner of the Boston bombing list of charities, please post that as well.

  7. Jeff Sustarsic on

    It’s interesting to me that individuals are willing to give up some of their civil liberties in exchange for, potentially, better national security. Not to be overly pessimistic, but I question the effectiveness of such measures, and I always wonder how people could abuse such power. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any method with which it is possible to find out whether such measures are statistically significant.

  8. I think this is a great list of things that occurred in May that are “news paper” worthy and other interesting things that have occurred this month that I didn’t know about, such as the blurb about the lottery, cool! The section I took most interest in, and feel is the most important thing that occurred in May is that gay marriage was “okayed” in Rhode Island. I think this is important because our country strives for equality yet not everyone receives it. There was a big uproar when woman were given “equal rights” yet that passed quickly, so this is just another small uproar over same sex marriages. It is strange to me that individuals who follow the bible are upset about this because it says God loves all his children yet they practice this books teachings. “America the brave still fears what we don’t know”

  9. While I agree with many of the other comments as to the validity of some stories in comparison to others, I think it is important to remember that all news in American contains a considerable amount of “fluff” stories. Without funny, heartwarming, or triumphant entertainment segments, most Americans would not be willing to sit through the news, or read a newspaper completely. So, I agree that the order may not be correct in this particular aricle. I would love to see a future list on the Oklahoma charities. I would also love to see a list about which states have made the move to give our LGBT citizens some of their much-deserved, basic human rights back!

    Thanks again for an interesting list, as always!

  10. John Connick on

    I think the IRS scandal was the most important story of the month. An agency with such power and outreach cannot discriminate. They must handle themselves with professionalism and a non-bias attitude. And in my opinion, you cannot say you did nothing wrong and then refuse to testify. If you did nothing wrong then you should be willing to testify to clear your name.

    “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth, are the people with something to hide.” -Barack Obama, August 21, 2010-

  11. I would have to say that the Boston bombings have been the biggest buzz of 2013 so far. The amount of “hype” that the coverage received was of proportion to none other this year so far. I had friends come over and we just sat and watched the news and let each other know the updates of what was happening and when the suspects were found each time. I woke up the one morning when the news about the suspects being found and one being shot and by 6 a.m. when i showed up to football workout the entire team knew about it already. It is astounding how fast news can travel because of twitter and facebook and online newspapers, etc.

    As far as news from June thus far- I am not thinking of any news off of the top of my head but I am a huge sports fan. I am a Notre Dame football fan and to see their freshman quarterback get kicked out of school for not following academic problems (although it upsets me as a fan) is a good thing to see because it restores my faith that there are people there that make those kids have to work for their degree, and not turn their head if they see them cheating or having someone else do the work for them just because they are an allstar player for a good team.

  12. I have to agree that the Oklahoma tornados were the biggest story of May.I predict that the most important news story in June will be some new development about the situation in Syria. Also, I saw today that Vladimir Putin and his wife are separating. She has kept an extremely low public profile. She was not seen in public for quite some time and that is sure to be a big news item because not only is he the President of Russia, he is an extremely dominating personality in the country.

    I agree with those who say that this list compiles infotainment- particularly the Powerball being such a large amount of money. I saw that it did not include that Minnesota had also legalized Gay Marriage. When reading any sort of list like this, one often wonders how they decide how to rank what. The Biggest story of the year so far in my opinion has to be the Boston Bombing not only because of the media frenzy behind it, but of the issues it brought up for Americans.

  13. Jonathan Kapus on

    I did find the articles/events in this article to be very interesting. However, I think its hard to say that some of these are the top stories of the year so far. A lot of them have been fairly recent and thus have not reached their peak in information and analysis of the events. I personally think that the most important event was the Boston Bombing. Its the most prevalent terrorist attack reported and carried out on U.S. soil that I can think of since 9/11. If I am wrong someone please let me know. The proceeding information that is going to surface relating to the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trail and the trails of the students who supposedly helped cover up Tsarnaev’s involvement in the terrorist attack.

  14. I believe the Boston Bombing was the most important event of the top ten list thus far. This event, just like 9/11 will sadly change America’s view and fear of the “other”. Security will be enhanced in public places. Many people will be skeptical to go to major events that were once revered as peak experiences of indivduals lives.

  15. Ann Profeta on

    All of these topics I feel are very interesting. The one that caught my attention however was the fact that Plan B is now available over the counter for any age. I think that this is something that will possibly decrease the amount of teenage pregnancies, which to some is a good thing. I think that allowing all age girls to have the option of Plan B is ground breaking for the reduction in young teenage pregnancies. It may not be the most important of these topics, however, it sure caught my attention.

    Also, which I found interesting was the power ball story. I have never played the lottery, but since then I actually participated in this past week’s power ball lottery for the first time-but I am not surprised to say that I am not a winner.

  16. Being biased that they are minutes from where I live, I believe that the Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus/Michelle Knight being found should also have been on the list. The three women have been in captivity for as long as 10+ years. When they were first taken, I was in grade school and was not allowed to go to the mall, movies or go anywhere by myself or even with my friends. It was a very scary time as a young adult as well as a mother of a young adult. Miracles are rarely seen but with the three women being found it was very evident in May. It was a miracle that they were found, Amanda was able to have her baby, and that the three women were safe.

    Other than that I do not agree that Plan B should be available for any age. This only promotes unsafe sex because they can just get Plan B over the counter. The rules were that a person was supposed to be 18 years of age in order to get the pill and I think that it should have stayed as that.

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