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Egyptian military dissolves parliament By Raja Abdulrahim, Ned Parker and Jeffrey Fleishman LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT)
CAIRO - Egypt’s military disbanded the country’s parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday, saying it will rule for six months or until presidential and parliamentary elections are held, according to a statement by the military council read on state television. The announcement, which came two days after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, met some of the demands of anti-government protesters who for nearly three weeks demonstrated against Mubarak and the parliament, demanding constitutional reforms. Parliamentary elections held in November were considered fraudulent and marred by mass arrests, pressure on independent candidates, news-media harassment and a boycott by some opposition groups. Last week, in the final days of Mubarak’s rule, hundreds gathered in front of the parliament building in addition to the thousands in Tahrir Square. The army appeared to have left in place the Cabinet, which is running the country.
Earlier Sunday, the army began to clear Tahrir Square, the center of the protests, tearing down tents and opening it to traffic. The dozens of soldiers in olive fatigues and red berets surrounded the one remaining stage for protesters, while cars honked and drove around the city hub for the first time since Jan. 25, when people erupted in rage against Mubarak. It was a further sign of the military’s determination to restore the nation’s capital to normal. The popular uprising shut down Egypt’s economy, sparked fighting and froze activity in downtown Cairo, home to the government and major businesses. Scores of soldiers fanned out into the remaining tent cities on the square and tore them down. The families and young people, who had been squatting, largely complied and accepted that Tahrir Square no longer belonged to them. The soldiers dismantled the plastic tarps and walked among papers, trash and a child’s lost teddy bear. One teenager shoved and pushed at the soldiers and cried at having to leave. One protester who was evicted warned that the army will never meet the Egyptians’ demands for more democracy and an end to decades-long emergency decrees if the
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demonstrators surrendered Tahrir Square. “We don’t want to leave,” said Mohammed Shaheen. “They’ll never give up the emergency laws. And they’ll use them to put people in jail.” As the campers watched the army clear the square, a parade of police and ordinary Egyptians materialized like a flash flood. The police were raised on people’s shoulders and waved Egyptian flags. “The police and army are one,” they chanted. The policemen pumped their fists and converged with the protesters’ stage. “God is great, God is great,” the two groups roared, while cars beeped and inched forward, as if nothing unusual had happened. Some responded in anger at the police. One young man tried to charge them. “The police killed us! Don’t believe them,” he shouted before a group pulled him back. Others looked on, bemused. Tahrir Square was slowly returning to normal. They believed the people had won. “We are taking our freedom,” said Wael Mustafa. He smiled at the soldiers, protesters, police and cars bumper to bumper. He predicted that if the army didn’t keep its word, “the people will come back.” But he was sure better days were coming.
Continued from Page 1 However, about two minutes later, UCF’s freshman guard Aarika Judge hit a three pointer and sparked a 11-2 Knight’s run. The closest Marshall came for the remainder of the contest was eight points with around four minutes remaining, but again UCF went on another run that sealed the eventual 12 point win. According to head coach Royce Chadwick, his team has struggled when their opponent can build momentum. “It looked like things were starting to go our way and then they hit that three,” Chadwick said. “We have a hard time coming back when things don’t go our direction.” After the game, Chadwick said a big reason Marshall struggled was due to UCF’s offensive rebounds. “I thought the difference in the game was offensive boards,” Chadwick said. “They had 15 offensive rebounds and we shouldn’t have given up 15 offensive rebounds.” UCF capitalized on those offensive rebounds collecting 18 second-chance points as opposed to only four second-chance points for Marshall. The Herd will be back in action Thursday when the team takes on the Blazers of UAB. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center. Aaron Payne can be contacted at email@example.com.
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David Libengood, freshman psychology major from Weirton, W. Va. and Matt Capua, sophomore theater production major from Hewitt, W. Va., practice a live action role playing game called Nero Larp at Buskirk Field.
Men’s basketball Marshall jazz to offer advance combo performing tickets to students at Funny Bone for Valentine’s Day
The Marshall University men’s basketball team will now offer tickets to students two days before each home basketball game. The team will play four of its six remaining games at the Cam Henderson Center, before beginning the Conference USA Tournament in El Paso, Texas. Asstistant Athletic Director of Ticketing Aaron Goebbel said the choice to allow students to pick up tickets before the games came after the high demand for tickets after the Memphis game. “The participation with our students has been greater than it’s ever been,” Goebbel said. “Even if we’ve had bigger crowds here, the student outcry has never been nearly what it is.” Tickets for Wednesday games will be available for pickup each Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the ticket office in the Cam Henderson Center. Students will then be able to pick up Saturday game tickets Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Students still must enter the game through the upper level Gate E. However, they will not need to present their student IDs upon entrance.
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A group of Marshall University students will provide entertainment for a special Valentine’s Day event at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. The Funny Bone Comedy Club is hosting a candlelit dinner with live jazz music Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the club’s showroom. The jazz group Project Post Bop will perform during the evening. “It’s going to be live jazz and a romantic, candlelit dinner. We have a special menu for the evening,” said Sherri Shaw, event coordinator and office manager for the Funny Bone. A special dinner package will be offered Monday night. For $50, attendees will get one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and two nonalcoholic beverages. Gratuity is included in the price. Shaw said it is appreciated if those planning to attend make a reservation before the event. No deposit is required to make a reservation. The Funny Bone Comedy Club is located at 26 Pullman Square. The club hosts standup comedians each weekend. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. The club features a menu including appetizers, dinners and desserts along with a full bar. A minimum two-item purchase is required after entering the showroom. For reservations or more information about upcoming comedy acts at the Funny Bone, call 304-781-5653. A calendar of upcoming events, along with the dining menu and other information about the club, can be found at www.funnybonehuntington.com.
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Published on Feb 14, 2011