The Short List

The top new stories from all over the world as
collected, curated and composed by Katie Skogen

A bad day for journalists
The writer of The Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus,” Sabrina Erdely, will not be fired. Despite the fact that she was reckless in investigating facts and defamed an entire fraternity, she won’t be fired. The story was pulled and The Rolling Stone apologized. Really Rolling Stone? Don’t let bad journalists get away with it. It hurts all journalists. (The Washington Post)

F**k the po-po
Corey Smith had it right y’all. Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager was arrested Tuesday on a murder charge for killing Walter Scott. His termination was announced Wednesday after the video of Slager shooting unarmed Scott went viral online. The video was turned over to the Scott’s family because the man who shot the video said he “would have liked to know the truth.” Slager had originally claimed self-defense until the video was brought to the police. (WYFF-TV)

Girls run the world
The NFL hired the first female referee Wednesday. Sarah Thomas is one of nine new officials named to the league. When asked about her new position, Thomas said, “I am a female, but I don’t look at myself as just a female. I look at myself as an official.” Way to break the stereotype and be professional, you go girlfriend. (ESPN)

Boston marathon bomber brought down
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing. The 21-year-old was convicted on 30 counts against him, including conspiracy and deadly use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen counts are punishable by death. Whether or not Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty is still being deliberated. The 12-member jury must have a unanimous vote to receive the sentence. The other outcome is life in prison. (The Associated Press)

Bobcats on the map
The one and only Georgia College & State University (Not Georgia State. Not UGA.) has submitted an application to be considered to host one of the 2016 Presidential Debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates will choose the four 2016 locations at some point in the fall. (GC Front Page)

Burger-King wedding
In oddity news this week, Burger King will be paying for the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of a couple from Illinois — Joel Burger and Ashley King. The couple said they have been known as “Burger-King” since they had class together in the fifth grade. They announced their engagement recently with a photo next to the sign at a local Burger King restaurant. Although having someone pay for my entire wedding sounds great, I don’t know if I could theme “the happiest day of my life” after someone whose claim to fame is chicken fries. (The Associated Press)

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