Zeb Eckert


U. South Florida student killed during duty in Iraq (U-WIRE) GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of South Florida student and Gainesville, Fla., native died Thursday during a vehicle accident in Iraq. Florida Army National Guard Specialist Cpl. John “Travis” Rivero, 23, was likely helping to secure medical resources in western Iraq. He was riding in […]


Bill to cut foreign student assistance advances in Florida (U-WIRE) TALAHASSE, Fla. – A bill to ban the state of Florida from giving financial assistance to students who are citizens of countries on the U.S. State Department’s list of countries considered to be sponsors of terrorism passed the state House Education committee last Monday. The […]


Effects of mysterious illness seen at UC-Berkeley (U-WIRE) BERKELEY, Calif. – A University of California at Berkeley student was back in school Thursday after what he thought was a brush with a deadly virus. The student said she sat next to a man on a flight from Tokyo who thought he had contracted the deadly […]


U. Maryland student dies of mono complications (U-WIRE) COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A University of Maryland student died from an extremely rare complication of mononucleosis last Sunday, the student’s family said Monday. Benjamin Petty, a 20-year-old junior finance major, died at The Johns Hopkins Hospital early March 2 after being bedridden for almost two weeks […]


Connecticut College cancels classes to discuss racism on campus (U-WIRE) PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After several incidents of racism on campus, Connecticut College canceled classes last Tuesday to discuss diversity. The college has seen eight race-related incidents since October, according to the college’s bias incident log. The incidents included graffiti, threatening e-mail and phone messages and […]

BREAKING NEWS: Government to raise terror alert level

Posted 11:35 a.m. Feb. 7 by Zeb Eckert U-WIRE Washington Bureau Chief The nation’s terror alert system will be raised to orange this afternoon, the highest threat level in nearly a year, the Associated Press is reporting. The announcement will be made at a 12:30 p.m. news conference with Attorney General John Aschcroft and Homeland […]

U-WIRE UPDATE: Powell calls Iraq evidence ‘deeply troubling’

Posted 12:00 p.m. Feb. 5 by Zeb Eckert U-WIRE Washington Bureau Chief Secretary of State Colin Powell told the United Nations Wednesday morning that the Iraq is continuing its “policy of evasion and deception that goes back 12 years.” In a speech widely anticipated to make the case for war against Iraq, Powell told the […]


Third death in two weeks hits Cornell U. (U-WIRE) ITHACA, N.Y. – Kristen Osborne, a junior in the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, died Monday night after sustaining serious head injuries following a fall at her residence. Osborne’s death is the third student death at Cornell in the last two weeks. Although there have […]

Nelson Mandela speaks at University of Maryland

The United States and Britain must conclude the war in Afghanistan as quickly as possible and commit themselves to a higher responsibility of encouraging peace, former South African President Nelson Mandela told a crowd of more than 10,000 people Wednesday night. In his first visit to the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks, the […]

U.S. strikes back against terrorism

American and British forces launched air strikes in Afghanistan Sunday, clearing the way for what President George W. Bush said would be a long and sustained campaign against the al Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban regime. In a televised address Sunday afternoon shortly after the strikes began, Bush said the Taliban would “pay a […]