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Reporter captured in Iraq, held hostage

Although there is still no word from the captors of an American reporter being held hostage in Iraq, today's scheduled release of five Iraqi women in U.S. custody has been widely seen as a move towards securing the freedom of missing reporter Jill Carroll, Reuters reported yesterday.

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Networking more than card collecting

People think networking is simply approaching a potential employer in a social setting, making inconsequential small talk, getting a business card and firing off an e-mail the next day asking for a job. In practice though, collecting business cards just means adding people to your list of contacts and turning that card collection into job offers isn't always successful.

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Woodward testifies in CIA leak case, complicates investigation

The Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal continues to unfold as yet another renowned journalist has become ensnared in the controversy. The Washington Post reported yesterday that Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor at the paper, testified under oath that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed in a column by Robert Novak.

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Campaign volunteers work to bring in voters in off-year election

Candidates, citizens and advocacy groups mobilized in Virginia on Tuesday in an effort to increase voter turnout on what is typically an ignored Election Day. Official parties and partisan organizations alike worked hard to generate greater participation in this off-year election and boost what is usually a low voter-turnout.

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Presidential search will include input from students

AU will take its first steps in the hunt for a new president at a hearing today with students and faculty, university officials said. A committee of four trustees, led by Matthew Pittinsky, founder of Blackboard Inc. and an AU alumnus, will consult with university and student leaders to decide how to proceed in the search for a new president - a process that could take more than a year.

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Ladner takes $3.7 million to sever all ties with AU

Former AU president Benjamin Ladner accepted a severance deal this week that will cost the university almost $3.8 million but will avoid a potential legal battle, university officials said. On Oct. 24, Ladner accepted an offer from the board of trustees that gives him a $950,000 severance payment, $1.

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Alcohol awareness week begins

Incidents of AU students caught intoxicated or with alcohol on campus increased over the past two years, a nationwide trend that has prompted university organizations and consumer advocates in Washington, D.C. to launch a campaign warning people about the negative effects of drinking.

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CAS professor petitions for higher salary

A salary dispute in the College of Arts and Sciences has prompted a university investigation after confidential information was publicly circulated by a professor. Professor Robin Hahnel petitioned the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Academic Affairs for a raise that would bring his salary in line with his colleagues' after he learned he was the lowest paid full professor in the department of economics, he said.

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Library of Congress interns work with pieces of history

Emily Hurst was puzzled when Library of Congress staff interviewing her for a summer internship in Washington, D.C. asked if she would mind wearing a mask and apron, or lifting 40 lbs boxes. "We're going to be in the basement somewhere?" she remembers asking.

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Experts speak about U.S.-Mexico gap

A massive development fund aimed at closing the wage-gap between Mexico and the United States is the only way to decrease the flow of illegal-immigrants crossing the border, according to a panel of experts convened yesterday at AU. "The biggest reason [for crossing into the U.

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