Community sees rise in drug abuse

Recently local law enforcement officials have begun to play witness to an alarming new trend ó† the steady rise of illegal substance abuse.

According to David Smith, the director of the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, heroin use in Wooster and the surrounding communities has increased by approximately 400 percent in the past two years. In the same time period, there has been anywhere from a 300 to 400 percent increase in the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs, such as OxyContin and Percocet. Continue reading Community sees rise in drug abuse

Construction of new coffee shop in Lowry to begin soon

Lowry Center is set to undergo a major facelift over winter break, including the addition of a new convenience store.† The store, complete with coffee bar, will help increase the dining options that are currently available on campus.

ìThis exciting remodeling will bring a new look to the Lowry living room,” said Jackie Middleton, director of administrative and auxiliary services for the College.† ìThe new convenience store will provide students with the opportunity to purchase essentials in an updated location.” Continue reading Construction of new coffee shop in Lowry to begin soon

Campus

IEW hosts upcoming South Asia dinner

South Asia Committee is hosting a South Asia Dinner on Saturday, November 21, at 6 p.m. in Mackey Hall.† Tickets are $7 students and $11 general admission and are available at Wilson Bookstore.† A variety of South Asian dishes will be served in honor of International Education Week.

Gospel and choir to give upcoming concerts

The College of Wooster Gospel Choir will perform Sunday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Second Baptist Church (245 S. Grant St.).† The concert is free and open to the public, but a free-will offering will be collected to benefit Second Baptist.

In addition, the Wooster Chorus and Wooster Singers will perform their annual Holiday Concert tonight at 7:30 in Gault Recital Hall.

Local

Suspected killerís house searched in Cleveland

Digging at the home of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell of Cleveland continues.† Police and FBI agents are utilizing x-ray technology and miniature cameras to examine spaces between walls and floors of Sowellís home.† Thermal imaging and radar technology is also being used to identify potential locations for more bodies.† Sowell is accused of murdering 11 Cleveland women in his Imperial Street home.

NATIONAL

Obama to bring conspirators to court

Republicans balked as President Obama unveiled a plan to try self-described 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in criminal courts.

Mohammed and other co-conspirators will be transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to New York City for the trial.† Republican dissenters feel the move is too risky for the suspected terrorists, but Obama urged Americans to have faith in the criminal justice system.

The move comes as Obamaís self-imposed January 22 deadline for closing the Cuban prison base draws near.† Legal and logistic hurdles may prevent that deadline from being met, as administration officials scramble to find countries willing to accept the 90 or so detainees cleared for transfer.