Week in Review, Sept. 19
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 21:09
- After more than a week of picket lines, the teachers of Chicago agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom. The stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel began over issues such as teacher evaluations and job security, two topics at the heart of efforts to reform the nation’s public schools. Union delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike after discussing a proposed contract settlement that had been on the table for days. Classes were to resume Wednesday.
- Galen Grier Hopper, daughter of late actor Dennis Hopper, inherited a trust fund of $2.25 million cash and $600,000 worth of property from the “Easy Rider” actor’s estate. Legal documents reportedly stipulate that Galen’s mother and Hopper’s estranged wife Victoria Duffy have no access to the money.
- NASA astronaut Sunita Williams completed the first triathlon in space, running, biking and “swimming” along with athletes in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon held in Southern California over the weekend. Williams is the U.S. commander of the Expedition 33 crew aboard the space station, which is orbiting Earth about 240 miles (386 km) overhead. She used exercise equipment, including a stationary bike, treadmill and strength-training machine specially formulated for weightlessness, to simulate the triathlon experience in space.
- Russia forced the United States to close its aid mission in Moscow, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, in a blow to U.S. efforts to improve ties and a step that may aid the Kremlin’s crackdown on pro-democracy groups. Russia gave the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) until Oct. 1 to cease operations after two decades and more than $2.6 billion spent to combat disease, protect the environment, strengthen civil society and modernize the economy.
- Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man seen in a surveillance video trying to leave a convenience store without paying for two packs of beer in Boynton Beach, Fla. Police say the suspect grabbed the beer from a cooler last week and put it underneath his shirt. He then walked up to the front counter and asked the clerk if he could “slide’ and not pay for the beers. The clerk said no, but the suspect left the store with the beers. When the clerk chased after him and told him he called police, the suspect head-butted him and took off.