In Brief

Posted By Horizon Staff March 28th, 2013 in News : 0 COMMENTS

Evan Bradford
Staff writer

Oxford, England
Oxford Librarian Calypso Nash was fired this week after a “Harlem Shake” video broke out during one of her shifts. Students are calling for Nash to be reinstated to her job, as she had no idea of the video until after it had happened. Esther Gosling, a student involved in the dance, said of the situation: “She knew nothing about the dance and we don’t see how she could have prevented it happening; neither is it her position to do so.” Students were punished for the disruption, some receiving fines of 30-60 pounds ($45-$90 American dollars). One student in the video holds a sign reading “Free Pussy Riot,” referencing the Russian punk rock band that was arrested and imprisoned in 2012 after releasing an anti-Putin music video that was filmed inside a Russian Orthodox Church. Nothing has been said about the sign in the video. (Huffington Post)

New York City, New York
After sustaining damage during Hurricane Sandy last fall, the Statue of Liberty will reopen on July 4. This will not only be a patriotic moment for all of America, but also a needed stimulus for New York’s economy. In his announcement of the scheduled reopening, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar referenced a report from the National Park Service indicating that in 2011 the Statue of Liberty attracted 3.7 million visitors, generating $174 million and providing 2,218 people with jobs. Senator Charles E. Schumer said of the reopening of the park, “July Fourth is the perfect day to reopen a symbol of our nation’s freedom, and speaks volumes about New York’s resilience. Lady Liberty was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, but just like New York, she will be back-and stronger than ever.”  (The Global Dispatch)

Ascot, England
Boris Berezovsky was found dead in his home in England this week. The reason for his death is unknown. Berezovsky was a successful businessman in Russia who fled the country after a fallout with Vladimir Putin, in which he blamed the Kremlin for the mysterious poisoning of a former Russian spy. According to CNN interviews with Russian citizens, there were mixed opinions over the death of Berezovsky, who was found in his house by one of his body guards. (CNN)

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