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News in brief April 19

By: Harrison Neville 

School named after KKK Grand Wizard renamed after Hank Aaron 

Originally named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a confederate general and the first Grand Wizard of the infamous Ku Klux Klan, Atlanta public school Forrest Hill Academy will be renamed Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy, in honor of baseball hall of famer, Hank Aaron.  

According to the New York Times, there was a unanimous vote made by the city school board on April 12 to change the name.  

Aaron died in January, and normally there is a policy requiring five year waiting period after death before a school building can be renamed after them, but this can be waived by a unanimous vote by the board.  

“Names do matter,” said Jason F. Esteves, Atlanta’s school board chairman, at the board meeting.  

The renaming of the school will take place this year.  

Canal blocking container ship seized by Egypt 

On March 23, the container ship, Ever Given, ran aground on the bank of the Suez Canal and remained stuck there until March 29, costing billions of dollars in world commerce each day. 

Now the ship is once again stuck, but this time by Egyptian Authorities, over the owner’s failure to pay $900 million in compensation for financial losses caused by the blockage.  

As of April 13, 25 crew members, all Indian nationals, have remained trapped aboard, according to the Washington Post

The national Union of Seafarers in India has stated that keeping the crew confined to the ship amounts to holding them for ransom.  

The union’s general secretary, Abdulgani Serang, told the Times of India that, “If the SCA has suffered losses, they can sort it out with those involved with the ship but that cannot haul up seafarers in any manner.” 

Shoei Kisen Kaisha, the Japanese holding company that owns the Ever Given, told the Wall Street Journal that it was in negotiations with Suez Authorities.  

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Harrison Neville is the Managing Editor of Content for The Alabamian. He is a third-year English major whose hobbies include reading, hiking, cooking and writing. He has previously worked for The Alabamian as a distribution manager, copy editor and SGA columnist.