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News Brief Oct. 16-18

Due to the ever-changing nature of the Israel/Hamas conflict, the Talon has chosen to omit stories about the conflict from its news briefs.


Japan is seeking the dissolution of Unification Church, known as the “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.” The Japanese government has been investigating the church for months following the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in July 2022.

Tetsuya Yamagami, the suspected assassin, claims his motive for shooting Abe was his belief of Abe’s involvement with the Unification Church. Yamagami blamed the Unification Church for bankrupting his family by taking excessive donations from his mother, who was a member.

The government investigation found the Unification Church’s practices, including its fundraising activities, violated the 1951 Religious Corporations Act.  

Should the dissolution be upheld in court, the church would be able to function but lose its tax exempt status and therefore suffer financial setbacks. 

The church has expressed concerns of its image.

“We believe the request for a dissolution order is a serious development not only for freedom of religion but also human rights,” Nobuo Okamura, the church’s legal affairs department chief, said. 


The Florida Department of Transportation uncovered a 19th century ship buried beneath the streets in St. Augustine. The ship-wrecked boat has been extracted from its resting place eight feet underground. 

St. Augustine is considered the “oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin.”

“We believe the vessel may have sunk unexpectedly and, over time, was silted in,” Greg Evans, the department’s District 2 secretary, said in a statement. “That is why it was preserved so well – it was encapsulated in soil and mud, so there was no air contact for it to decay. It’s truly an incredible find.”

The transportation department called in SEARCH (Southeastern Archaeological Research Inc.) to help improve and preserve the find. 

Investigators from SEARCH believe the boat was originally 28 ft. long; only 19 ft. of the boat was uncovered. The missing stern has been explained by sea organisms feasting on it. 

“Many waterfronts that have changed over time through landfill have buried boats and ships. That being said, these are still rare finds in the world of maritime archaeology,” James Delgado, the senior vice president and exploration sector leader for SEARCH’s station in Washington, DC, said. 

The boat has been placed in wet storage to begin the drying process so it can be preserved for another century. 


Norman authorities are investigating a break-in at Braums. The perpetrator did not steal anything, he took a nap in the ceiling. 

Braums’ employees came in for an early morning shift to find broken ceiling tiles on the floor, which led them to call the police. 

“Apparently, somebody’s in the attic,” a Braum’s employee said to Norman police on body camera footage.

Police were perplexed by the suspect’s ability to lay balanced on steel beams in the ceiling. Officers tried to coax him down, but he remained “asleep.” 

Norman Firefighters were called in with ladders to assist in getting the man down. By the time Phillip Hickman was on the ground, he had racked up $1,000 in damages. 

It is unclear how Hickman managed to get into the ceiling. The building was locked up and nothing seemed out of place on the ceiling. Officers are attempting to obtain security footage from Braum’s headquarters to assist their investigation. 

Hickman did not appear under the influence when officers arrested him.

“Just in time for breakfast,” Officer Deatheridge said.

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