The Need to Know: Today’s Top Stories

  1. Resignation – David Bowser resigned yesterday as chief of staff to California Congresswoman Mimi Walters. Bowser resigned on the same day he was indicted on eight counts for alleged incidents during his time as chief of staff to former Congressman of Georgia’s 10th District, Paul Broun. The Department of Justice indictment is related to Bowser’s alleged misuse of taxpayer money to fund campaigns.
  2. Human Trafficking – A third suspect has been charged with human trafficking that police say occured at the Days Inn Motel in Athens last month. This incident and many more like it are what prompted UGA Amnesty International to start a campaign against human trafficking. Amnesty International will hold a Human Trafficking Awareness panel tonight from 7 to 8:30pm. Students will engage with a panel of experts about possible solutions to human trafficking.
  3. Silica Gel Packets – In big bold letters is “Throw Away” on the little packets you find in new shoes and clothes. But those silica gel packets can be used for much more than people think. The best use of those packets  is to absorb moisture and fix water damage. Other uses include eliminating odors and for cat litter. So if you happen to drop your phone in water, instead of using a bag of rice, try a bag of silica gel. Experts say it might just do the trick.
  4. Festival – This weekend downtown Athens will be filled with food, art, costumes and displays from all around the world. The International Street Festival will showcase diverse culture from 20 ethnic organizations. The annual festival was created to raise cultural awareness in Athens. The Annual International Street Festival is this Saturday from 12 to 5 pm on College Avenue in downtown Athens.

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