News from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2

Sometimes it's hard to stay up to date on the latest news, so here's a quick recap of some important events that occurred from Aug. 24 - Sept. 2

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In case you missed it, here are some important news stories from the past week and for the upcoming week happening worldwide and in your own backyard.

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Aug. 24 – Three American Service Members Who Disarmed Gunman on Train Are Awarded Medals in Paris, France. On Friday, Aug. 21, three American service members on a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris heard a gunshot and broken glass when they jumped to subdue a gunman armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, handgun and a knife. Spencer Stone, a U.S. Air Force First Class member reached the gunman first as he put him in a chokehold while Alex Skarlatos, an Oregon National Guardsman seized the handgun. Anthony Sadler, who is childhood friends with Stone and Skarlatos and traveling with them, joined the two as they beat down the attacker and subdued him. These three American heroes, along with Briton Chris Norman who was also involved in the endeavor, were honored by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace with the Legion d’honneur. Two other unnamed passengers will also receive the same honor at a later date.

Aug. 24 – North Korea and South Korea Continue Military Standoff. On Saturday, Aug. 22, a meeting between North and South Korea “failed to reach a compromise over the terms under which South Korea would withdraw 11 batteries of propaganda loudspeakers from the border. The North calls the broadcasts by the speakers, which include criticism of its political system and its leader, Kim Jong-un, an ‘act of war,’” reported the New York Times. As negotiations continued, North Korea raised the stakes by increasing military force at the front line. On Monday, South Korea President Park Geun-hye vowed to not back down on this military standoff “even if the North continues to escalate the provocative situation and threaten our security, as it often has in the past.” She also stated, “In order to stop the repeating cycle of provocations and anxiety, we need a clear apology and commitment from the North that these things will not happen again.”

Sept. 2 – School is Back for Montclair Students. At Montclair State University, classes are set to begin for the Fall 2015 semester on Sept. 2, while Montclair Public Schools have their first day on Sept. 8. At MSU, students will see the construction of the new School of Communication and Media building, as the project is expected to continue through the end of December 2016. According to an article issued on the MSU website, “The new building will be equipped with a leading-edge, multi-platform ‘newsroom of the future,’ along with a 150-seat presentation hall, broadcast studios, integrated media lab, film screening room, and acting and dance studios.” Both Montclair Public Schools and Montclair State University are ready to start a new school year and are excited for future developments to come.

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