Rising: National security
Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all chemical weapon production. But the Middle-Eastern nation's 1,000 metric tons of chemical weapons may have to be destroyed somewhere else; Syria proposed that their weapons be destroyed in another country. Understandably, Norway said no when Syria asked if they could destroy chemical weapons on its territory. No other country has volunteered.
In a study conducted by the journal Sex Roles, men and women were found to look at the female body more than the female face. Using eye tracking technology, the 29 women and 36 men participants were evaluated as they eyed photographs of 10 different women. Bigger hips and breasts garnered more attention. Sarah Gervais, the study's lead author, attributed the wandering eyes to evolution. Men may be drawn to more shapely women for childbearing, and women might just be checking out the competition.
Rising: Google Glass tickets
The futuristic new eyewear from Google, Google Glass has captured the tech world's attention with its integrated approach to daily life. A California driver took the approach too far, however, when she received a traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. Cecilia Abadie was originally pulled over for speeding, and the officer issued a second citation for driving with a monitor visible to the driver. According to CNN, traffic laws across the country could be similarly applied to Google Glass. In East Tennessee, highway patrol officers have already begun riding the streets in large trucks in order to gain a better visual on potential texting drivers. As Google Glass grows in popularity, Knoxvillians may need to be looking up and out of their periphery for incoming citations.
Falling: New York's right to privacy
A federal appeals court blocked an order that would have required independent monitoring of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program. The program, which has raised questions about racial profiling, was issued a set of changes by District Judge Shira Scheindlin in August; the appellate court not only overturned her ruling but also removed her from the case. As New York City elected its governor Tuesday, New Yorkers debated the fairness of the policy. According to the Washington Post, Democrat Bill de Blasio led in the polls as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; the self-proclaimed "progressive" can be expected to address the issue early in his time as governor.
Rising: Voter apathy in Knoxville
Tuesday, five seats on the Knoxville City Council were up for grabs. Only two races were contested, and the live blog on www.knoxnews.com showed generally empty voting booths. The UT area representative, Nick Pavlis in District 1, is running unopposed, joining Duane Grieve and Brenda Palmer as guaranteed winners. But incumbent Nick Della Volpe is defending his chair against Rick Staples in Knoxville's 4th District, a crime-ridden area that Staples has pledged to clean up. In the 6th District, Daniel Brown – a former interim mayor – is expected to quell a meager uprising from Pete Drew, a former state lawmaker. Most importantly, the Daily Beacon could only confirm that three students voted in the UC.
As Daylight Savings Time drew to a close Sunday, students everywhere began to prepare for nightfall at a much earlier time. Tuesday, sunset began at 5:35 p.m. Although many students took advantage of the picturesque skyline, garnering likes on Instagram photos and Twitter pictures, many more students remained in the library. The Daily Beacon hopes to analyze UTPD crime reports more directly during the month of November to determine if the quickening nightfall affects crime rates.