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Despite Losing Season, Gameday Traditions Strong

By: David Cote

Although the Boston College football team has struggled with a 1-4 record this season, the gameday experience remains an integral part of many students’ typical fall weekend. The traditions and celebrations associated with gameday continue to fill the stands of Alumni Stadium with hundreds of Superfans each Saturday afternoon.

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Manresa House Props Doors Open to Vocation

By: David Cote

 

Though hundreds of Boston College students walk down College Road every day, far fewer of them examine the cozy, homely buildings which line it. Manresa House, at 58 College Road, for example, is as unassuming as the buildings which surround it. A smallish, three-story, brick home, with a short set of steps and a welcoming doorway.

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Troy Davis Executed After A Brief Stay

By: David Cote

Troy Davis was executed at 11:08 p.m. last night by lethal injection. The execution of Davis, who was accused of killing an off duty policeman in Georgia in 1989, was delayed for four hours last night by the United States Supreme Court. The execution could have been postponed for up to one week.

The family of MacPhail were present in the front row of the execution.

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Davis’ Execution Postponed One Week

By: David Cote

The execution sentence of Troy Davis, who was accused of killing an off duty policeman in Georgia in 1989, was delayed last night by the United States Supreme Court. The execution will be postponed for at least one week.

Davis was scheduled for execution at 7 p.m. Wednesday night, but the Supreme Court granted a temporary reprieve after considering arguments by Davis’ legal team and the state of Georgia.

Davis was indicted for the murder of Georgia policeman Mark MacPhail on November 15, 1989. In April 1990, Davis pleaded not guilty. In a hearing in November 1990, the judge excluded evidence from the case, stating that Davis’ mother did “not freely and voluntarily grant the police the right to search her home” to look for the evidence.

In August of 1991, the district attorney serving the state of Georgia sought the death penatly for Davis’ case. After ensuing arguments, a jury composed of 7 blacks and 5 whites found Davis guilty of murder in under two hours. On August 30, 1991, Davis was sentenced to death.

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Advertising and PR Will be UN Courses Beginning Fall 2012

By: David Cote

The communication department has announced that beginning in the fall of 2012, a number of advertising and public relations classes will be offered as general university courses. This change follows the movement of journalism classes out of the communication department beginning in fall 2011.

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Justice Has Been Done

By: David Cote

“Justice has been done,” announced President Barack Obama Sunday night. During a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, United States Navy SEAL(s) killed long-sought al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, ending the near 10-year manhunt that began after the attacks of Sept. 11.

The raid took place at about 1 a.m. local time. Four Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters landed 24 soldiers on the compound, with a total of 40 men involved in the assault. The terrorist leader was killed by a bullet to the head. There were no American casualties during the raid.

Though there have been numerous leads about bin Laden’s whereabouts since the worldwide manhunt began almost 10 years ago, he was able to escape several times. Reports say he was wounded by shrapnel during an attack by U.S. and coalition forces at Tora Bora, Afghanistan in 2001. Amid rumors of health problems, bin Laden was said to have fled to Pakistan.

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