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Tip-off at the Duke / UNC basketball game at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina February 7, 2006. (Wikimedia Commons)

It’s hard for college athletes to juggle classes and the demands of participating on a sports team, but the University of North Carolina allowed many of their athletes to take the easy way out, according to an independent report.  For almost two decades the university has allowed student athletes to take fake African American Studies classes keep them eligible to compete, according to the report.  The athletes are among over 3,000 students implicated, making the scope of the alleged fraud wider than previously alleged. “These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible,” said Kenneth Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor who was hired by the university to tackle academic fraud. Read more.


Boko Haram Terrorists Reportedly Capture More Girls

Although many were relieved to hear that Boko Haram had reached a truce with Nigerian officials, there are questions surrounding the validity of the agreement to free more than 200 of the women who were taken hostage last April. In a recent attack on a northeastern Nigerian town, suspected Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped about 25 more girls. “We are confused that hours after the so-called ceasefire agreement has been entered between the Federal Government and Boko Haram insurgents, our girls were abducted by the insurgents,” said John Kwaghe, a man who’s three daughters were abducted. “We urge the government to please help rescue our daughters without further delay, as we are ready to die searching.” The government will reportedly talk with a Boko Haram representative this week to discuss releasing the girls who were taken away. Read more.


Mali Discovers Its First Case of Ebola

New York City wasn’t the only area that was recently hit by Ebola for the first time. Mali discovered its first case of Ebola last night, bring the number of West African nations affected to six. The virus was found in a two-year-old girl, who came to the country from Guinea. “The condition of the girl, according to our services, is improving thanks to her rapid treatment,” said Mali’s Health Minister Ousmane Kone. “The sick child and the people who were in contact with her in Kayes were immediately identified and taken care of.” The child is being treated at a hospital in the Malian town of Kayes. Read more.

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