Important election upcoming for vacant Common Council positions
A possible shift in power may occur in the Syracuse Common Council, as two of the most influential councilors will be vacating their positions. Democrats Stephanie Miner and Van Robinson, who have both reached their term limits, will be pursuing other positions in the election this fall.
Miner was recently chosen as the Democratic mayoral candidate for the important election coming up this fall. Robinson has chosen to run unopposed for council president.
President Obama becomes the third sitting American president to win the prize.
President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, nytimes.com reports. The honor comes after the president was only in office for nine months.
The award, which was announced in Oslo early Friday morning, recognizes the president for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” and his efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Obama and team discussing how many troops needed in Afghanistan
According to CNN President Barack Obama will begin discussing how many troops are needed in Afghanistan tomorrow with his security team. General Stanley McChrystal, the lead commander in Afghanistan, called for an additional 40,000 troops for the effort. Conservatives are urging the president to move forward with this surge of troops.
High water levels in the reactor cause the Nine Mile Point 1 nuclear power plant to shut down today.
The Syracuse Post-Standard has reported that the Nine Mile Point 1 nuclear power plant in Scriba, N.Y. closed down today. Operators had to manually shut down the plant because of high water levels in the reactor. The plant closed around noon today.
The United States will withdraw 4,000 more troops from Iraq by the end of October, said the U.S. military commander in Iraq today during a congressional hearing. CNN.com reports that U.S. Gen. Ray Odierno spoke to the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee about the troop withdrawal and a decrease of violence in Iraq.
More people are getting treatment for H.I.V. and AIDS around the world.
NYTimes.com reports, the amount of people being tested for H.I.V. has doubled in several countries over the past year. This has contributed greatly to not only the detection of AIDS, but to people being treated.