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The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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Latest Articles

Man dead and woman in critical condition after police chase crash

A statue in honour of the first female Suffragette Millicent Fawcett is unveiled as Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan look on during a ceremony in Parliament Square. The statue of womens suffrage leader Millicent Fawcett is the first monument of a woman and the first designed by a woman, Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE, to take a place in parliament Square. A man pulls the flowers down from a fence opposite the house of Richard Osborn-Brooks in South Park
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

Native American and Indigenous Identity in Chicago

American Indian Center of Chicago’s Education Coordinator Fawn E. Pochel spoke to the NEIU community for the Angelina Pedroso Centers “Pandora’s Box” series on March 28. In 2011 Pochel, her sisters and community of friends began putting together the Chi-Nations Youth Council (CNYC). CNYC is an inter-tribal organization that builds community, takes action and educates others on environmental issues. CYNC provides a safe space for American Native American and Alaskan Native youth from across the U.S. the opportunity to share their stories to help represent and redefine history.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

US republican suggests women should face the death penalty for abortion

A Republican politician has said that women who have abortions should face the death penalty. Bob Nonini, who is standing for lieutenant governor in Idaho, said anyone who had one "should pay". "There should be no abortion," he told a crowd at a candidate forum event hosted by conservative Christian podcast, Cross Politic. "Anyone who has an abortion should pay." Pressed by moderators about the nature of the punishment, Mr Nonini nodded when asked if he supported the possibility of the death
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

Russia calls on Britain to present 'every possible element of evidence' on Salisbury nerve agent attack

Russia has demanded the UK present "every possible element of evidence" that it was responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack on a former spy that triggered a global diplomatic row and plunged its relationship with many Western nations to lows not seen since the Cold War. Yury Filatov, Moscow's ambassador to Ireland, said it had asked the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has been investigating at the scene of the poisoning of Ser
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

Two killed and M62 closed after car seen driving wrong way up motorway

Two people have been killed in a horrific crash after a car was driven the wrong way down the M62 motorway in the small hours of the morning. Two men aged 34 and 37 were found dead in the wreckage of a white Skoda Octavia at the scene near Bradford at 2.30am on Easter Monday. Police had previously received reports of a car driving eastbound on the westbound carriageway between junction 26 and 27. The 22-year-old driver of a black Vauxhall Insignia failed a breath test and was arrested for cau
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

Why The Ancient Ruins of Kuelap Are The New Machu Picchu For Holiday Adventurers

The air is thin and misty up here, hanging in droplets from the hood of my raincoat. Edging forward to the sparse barrier of the mountaintop it feels as though I am standing right above the clouds – and, at an elevation of 3,000m, I suppose I am.
By Fiona Tapp
The Independent

Pay the Players: NCAA makes millions off of broke college athletes

With millions of people across the U.S tuning in for March Madness, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will pull in a big profit and keep most of the revenue from their student-athletes who put in the most work. NCAA covers a lot of student-athlete expenses but should also pay their players as well. NCAA pushes the “students first, athletes second” idea. This is great because knowledge is power, but in America, so is having money. USA Today has reported that Mark Emmert, the current NCAA president, made $1.7 million in 2011, $1.8 million in 2013 and $1.9 million in 2015. Every two years Emmert seems to make more money than before, which means the money is there to pay the players.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

URO rally: undocumented and unafraid

“No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” the crowd chanted while walking into NEIU’s quad. The crowd was led by Undocumented, Resilient and Organized (URO) member, Melanny Buitron on the bullhorn: “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like!” URO president Carolina Vázquez Torres opened the rally by addressing the crowd in English and Spanish. Behind her was a large canvas sign painted with a tree, handprints for leaves, monarch butterflies and a message: “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

Senior student’s film on water pollution premieres during The One Earth Film Festival

Senior student Stephanie Teresi had only four months to record and one week to edit and finalize a five-minute film showcasing water pollution for One Earth’s Young Filmmakers Contest. “The World of Convenience: Plastic Bottles” didn’t win first prize, but it was premiered during the One Earth Film Festival in NEIU’s Alumni Hall on March 6. “The World of Convenience: Plastic Bottles” starts by addressing the beauty and power of Earth’s water. Immediately afterward, the short film showcases how water pollution is affecting the earth using statistics. The film’s ending aims to encourage others to make some positive, eco-friendly adjustments in their lives.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

Best Bars for March Madness near NEIU

The March Madness Tournament teams were announced on Selection Sunday. The next steps for fans are to fill out the brackets and choose one of the many drinking spots to watch the games. Don’t wait until the last minute to choose a spot, the first game is March 13! The following bars on the Northside of Chicago will be airing the games:
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

10 traditional Paris shops where you can buy a piece of history

Evidence of the wave of young creatives opening coffee shops and concept stores that challenge Parisian traditions – and some would say bringing rejuvenation to a city criticised for being staid and stuffy in recent years – is all over Instagram of late. But between the matcha lattes and vegan bakes, businesses that have been doing the same thing for centuries can still be found. The city’s oldest shops reveal its history, from the art supplier who invented oil pastels for Picasso, to the patisserie that made pastries for Louis XV – and let you take a piece of it home with you.
By Lindsey Johnstone
The Independent

Tributes paid to 'caring' 11-year old killed by flying car wheel

Tributes have been paid to an 11-year-old girl killed by a flying car wheel on her way to school. Amelia Wood was walking along the pavement in Manby, Lincolnshire, when a Land Rover came towards her at 8am on Tuesday. The wheel came off the car and hit her from behind. She was airlifted to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, but medics were unable to save her and she died the following day. A forensic examination on the vehicle's 33-inch wheels will now be completed, according to the Grim
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

March Madness Preview and bracket how-to

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament has basketball teams all throughout the United States tearing up the court to get a spot. The annual single-elimination tournament has become known as March Madness. The infamous “Selection Sunday,” where the NCAA announces the 68 teams, will fall on March 11 this year.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

Students unaware of major university changes

The audience of the Forward 150 Program Prioritization meeting was slim as Shelley Bannister, Dr. Wamucii Njogu, Maria Genao-Homs, and Henry Owen III discussed changes that would affect the NEIU community on Feb. 15. Student attendance was minimal, at best. The discussion kicked off with Special Assistant to the University President Shelley Bannister reminding the audience of their goal, “creating a sustainable university with reduced state support.” The agenda covered the timeline of forwarding 150 for this semester, an introduction to Qualtrics and Task Force reports. “This is the time to be heard…this is our opportunity,” Acting Provost Wamucii Njogu said when introducing the timeline. In the upcoming weeks, Forward 150 members will upload their program reports, the Task Forces will review completed reports and “categorize programs and formulate their recommendations.” Forward 150 started in 2017 as a result of Illinois’ budget crisis with support from the University’s shared governance bodies: Faculty Senate, SGA, UAC, and UPBC.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

Elise LeGrow: 'That’s the essence of creativity: not caring what other people need you to do or need you to be'

It’s a freezing afternoon in Paris. The snow that enveloped the city in a dream-like Narnia last weekend has melted, leaving nothing more than icy wind and frosty air.
By Elizabeth Aubrey
The Independent

Florida, Like the Rest of the United States, Has a Gun Problem

Florida – the gunshine state – appallingly thinks it’s a good idea that teenagers can legally buy near military grade weapons designed for the battlefield before they can legally buy a beer. While Governor Scott is dodging questions about gun control, our kids are dodging bullets.
By Azmia Magane
The Independent

NEIU Chicago Student Action fight for free education

Ten students attended the first NEIU chapter Chicago Student Action (CSA) of this semester to discuss the group’s visions, free higher education for all, publicly funded elections and Illinois policies on Feb. 7. The CSA moderators, Cece Ballenger, Brianna Tong and Liam Flesher explained that their organization fights for economic, gender and racial justice on and off campus. Student Action groups are all over the city of Chicago and are connected with People’s Lobby, a grassroots organization devoted to informing communities and gaining support for public policies and candidates.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

Students have mixed feelings about NEIU’s ‘150 Strong’ Super Bowl commercial

NEIU debuted a new 30-second television ad as part of NEIU’s “150 Strong” campaign during the Super Bowl pregame show and then during the evening news that followed the game. The ad was done in a spoken-word format instead of dialogue with the message, “We are more than just the sum of our history. Today we are writing tomorrow’s next success story. Our legacy is diversity of body and mind. Your best you is waiting. It is your time to shine. Be bold. Be known. Break ground. Rise above. Find your place, join the race and set the new pace to become. We’re ready when you are. We’ve been here all along. We’re Northeastern Illinois University and we’re 150 strong.” The ad showed people in science labs, walking across the graduation stage, playing instruments, medium close-ups and ended with a woman speaking spoken word dropping the mic.
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

Franz Ferdinand Live @ The Hippodrome

"We don’t often get a chance to play a matinee show, so it’d be wrong not to play this,” announces singer Alex Kapranos before Franz Ferdinand launch into "The Dark Of The Matinée", a curious tale of art-school passion lifted from their debut album. It’s the second song of nine the band breeze through for an early, all-ages show at The Hippodrome – a longer, adult-only show follows later – and it’s testament to their enduring appeal just how many teenagers bounce and dance and sing along, familiar with every word and nuance.
By Derek Robertson
The Independent

Young Fathers Live @ MENT Festival

By the end of the first song there’s dancing. By the end of the second there’s a full on mosh pit. Forty-five minutes later, as a coruscating rendition of "Shame" breaks down into a blitzkrieg of drums, there’s a full on stage invasion and the band wave away the concerns of security, helping people climb up.
By Derek Robertson
The Independent

Barack Obama got the worst room in his new house, says wife Michelle

Barack Obama “got short changed” for a room in his new house, according to his wife Michelle. Appearing on The Ellen Show for her first interview since leaving the White House, the former First Lady revealed that her husband “is really hating” on their daughter Sasha because “she killed it” in their new house, while he has to live with “the smallest room”. The 16-year old has “got a two room suite with a living room area and a bedroom area” that she designed herself, but her dad “has got the s
By Caitlin Doherty
The Independent

When Protection Ends: Salvadorians Find Themselves Trump’s Immigration Targets

Imagine experiencing a 7.7 magnitude earthquake and losing everything that you’ve ever known: family, friends and personal possessions. Fast forward 17 years— you have lived in the United States since 2001 and have rebuilt your life. You have family, friends and a job. Then under a new administration, you are told you and your family need to leave your life in the United States behind to “go back to where you came from.” In the beginning of this year, the Trump administration declared that El Salvador’s Temporary Protected Status was to be terminated on September 9th, 2019...
By Nicole Anderson
The Independent

The Government is being challenged in the High Court over Article 50

The Government is being taken to court again over Brexit following claims the UK never made the constitutional decision to leave the EU, in a case campaigners say could bring negotiations to a halt. A judicial review being filed in the High Court on Friday seeks to challenge the legality of the Article 50 notification of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. Campaigners argue the referendum result was not ratified by an act of Parliament which they claim means the triggering of Article 50 is inv
By Chloé Farand
The Independent