News Briefs: April 23


The Dusty Bookshelf’s reopening is still uncertain, the business owners say. The Manhattan Mercury reports that storeowners Diane Meredith, David Sauter and building owner Roger Bender are excited to remodel and reopen sometime in the future. For now, The Dusty Bookshelf plans to hold a book sale in Aggieville sometime in May.

A former Nemaha Central High School educator has left Kansas because of threatening letters. The Kansas City Star writes that Michael Hill resigned from his position as a visual arts and theater teacher in Seneca, Kansas, due to anonymous letters laden with threats and offensive language targeting him as a gay man. The school board accepted Hill’s resignation on April 9, and Hill has relocated to California. The Seneca Police Department is investigating the letters.

Two autopsies have ruled out foul play in 28-year-old DJ Avicii’s death. The Swedish musician died Friday in Muscat, Oman. CNN reports that members of Avicii’s family are in Oman to retrieve his body. According to the Associated Press, Avicii was vacationing with friends in Muscat at the time of his death.

Persons convicted of raping children can now face the death penalty in India. On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet approved the order, which still requires the approval of the president and Parliament to become law, NBC reports. However, suspects charged with raping a child 12 years old or younger are now subject to prosecution with the death penalty as a potential sentence.

I'm Dene Dryden, and I graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor's of Arts in English. Before graduating, I worked at the Collegian for more than three years as a copy chief, managing editor and editor-in-chief. I also served a term on the Collegian Media Group Board of Directors. While at K-State, I also worked at Wildcat 91.1 FM. My cat Robyn is the light of my life, and I take compliments in the form of coffee.