Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 9.24.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Unanimous support from the 15-member council: “An anti-terrorism resolution introduced by President Obama was approved by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday afternoon, part of the president’s ongoing effort to rally global support behind the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups.”
 
* The vote followed forceful remarks: “President Obama laid out a forceful new blueprint on Wednesday for deeper American engagement in the Middle East, telling the United Nations General Assembly that the Islamic State understood only ‘the language of force’ and that the United States would ‘work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.’”
 
* ISIS: “A newly released video shows an al Qaeda splinter group in Algeria beheading a French citizen, days after giving French President Francois Hollande a 24-hour deadline to stop airstrikes against ISIS. Hollande confirmed the killing in an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.”
 
* Don’t expect these strikes to end soon: “Airstrikes hit Islamic State military sites early Wednesday, targeting eight Kurdish villages that the militants had seized in recent days in northern Syria near the Turkish border, residents reported.”
 
* Ferguson: “After weeks of calm, protests and allegedly some looting resumed on the streets of Ferguson late on Tuesday, in the aftermath of the destruction of a makeshift memorial for the late Michael Brown.”
 
* ALEC losing friends fast: “Facebook will likely end its relationship with a controversial conservative policy organization, The Chronicle learned Tuesday. The social media giant in Menlo Park would be the second Silicon Valley giant in recent days to sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. On Monday, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told a radio show that the company would end its membership with the group over its stance on global warming.”
 
* Ohio: “The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to investigate possible civil rights violations in the fatal police shooting of a man holding an air rifle at a Wal-Mart store, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday.”
 
* The search continues in Pennsylvania: “As the sprawling manhunt for a man suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper entered its 12th day, police officials said Wednesday that they believe they have spotted Eric Frein several times as they continue to scour a densely wooded area near his family’s home.”
 
It’s On Us: “Student government leaders from a dozen New York-area colleges and universities met with Presidential Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen on Tuesday morning to share how the White House’s new campaign against sexual assault will fit with efforts already underway on campus.”
 
* Over the unanimous objections of the faculty senate, Florida State University picked a Republican politician – and climate skeptic – as its new president. Student protests began soon after the announcement, with demonstrators chanting, “FSU is not for sale.”
 
* This story really does keep getting weirder: “Fifteen minutes before closing time on Saturday night, the telephone rang at Zachary’s Pub in Mashpee, a club featuring ‘all-nude’ women, Keno, and $4 beers. An anxious-sounding security official from Camp Edwards wanted to know whether anyone had spotted three soldiers from Afghanistan.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 9.24.14