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News Briefs – Dec. 6

White House Shooting

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is the man charged with trying to assassinate President Barack Obama with an AK-47 assault rifle at the White House on Nov. 11. Police arrested Ortega on Nov. 15 in Pennsylvania. If convicted, he could receive life in prison. Ortega said President Obama “needed to be taken care of,” according to FBI special agent Chris Ormerod. Court documents showed that Ortega called Obama “the devil” and the “anti-Christ.” However, President Obama and the First Lady were in no harm when the shooting occurred. Both were out of the White House.

Gingrich soars

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is one of the front-runners in the Republican presidential primary. According to a recent USA Today Gallup Poll of likely voters, Gingrich has 23 percent and Mitt Romney is close behind Gingrich with 21 percent. However, problems are already showing for Gingrich. He reportedly made $1.6 to $1.8 million from mortgage company Freddie Mac, a government-controlled company he heavily criticized Democrats for supporting. He made comments during the CNN national security debate on Nov. 23 that suggested a more moderate stance on some illegal immigrants, sparking criticism from the other Republican presidential candidates.

Pepper spraying at UC-Davis

The University of California-Davis is under fire for how university police controlled protesters on its campus. On Nov. 18, police pepper sprayed student protesters in the face at point-blank range. According to university officials, nine protesters were pepper sprayed and two protesters had to be hospitalized. The protesters were pepper sprayed because they refused to disperse after police told them. Two officers have been placed under administrative leave. The UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi called the video “chilling” and said, “I feel horrible for what happened Friday,” referring to the pepper spraying incident. Protesters and the school’s faculty association are calling for her resignation.

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Nick Fiorillo
Nick Fiorillo, Editor-in-Chief

Nick Fiorillo is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hawkeye and This is Nick's second year of serving as editor. Last year, he led the Hawkeye in one of the organization's most dramatic transformations in decades, replacing the broadsheet newspaper with a feature based newsmagazine and an emphasis on online content.

Prior to serving as editor-in-chief, Nick was the local news editor during his sophomore year and was a staff reporter during his freshman year.

Nick was named as the 2014 Free Spirit Scholar from Washington state, and traveled to Washington, D.C. as the Washington state delegate to the 2014 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. He has received several state and national awards for journalism, including several JEA National Write-off Competition Awards. He was recently awarded the rating of "Superior" for Editorial Writing at the Spring 2014 JEA/NSPA High School Journalism Conference in San Diego, Calif.

His interests include journalism, politics, public policy, law and education. He plans on attending a four-year university and majoring in political science and social policy.

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    Will KhadiviDec 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Third story, it’s “protesters”, not “protestors” 🙂