Published April 12, 2013
Beyond the Bricks
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NEW HENRIETTA HOUSING ORDINANCE AFFECTS STUDENTS

After June 1, no more than three college students that are not related will be allowed to live together in Henrietta. Challenged by a Henrietta landlord, the case went to the State Supreme Court, where the ordinance was upheld by Justice Scott Ordorisi. The ordinance has been in place since 1978. According to lohud.com, 26 homes owned by the companies Atlas Income Housing Inc., Atlas Henrietta LLC and Atlas Cornhill Inc. are under violation for housing four RIT students each. Neighbors of these students reportedly complained that the students were loud and that the neighborhood was designed for small families, not college students. In order for more than three individuals to live together they must be related by marriage, blood, adoption or otherwise be a traditional family.

Brody Smith, the individual who represented Atlas, argued that the ordinance was unconstitutional because it could be discriminatory against nontraditional families and college students. Justice Ordorisi wrote in his opinion, “The zoning ordinance does not exclude all students, or even all non-traditional family units, from residing in Henrietta, just groups of over three who are not the functional equivalent of a traditional family.”


NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA ON SHAKY GROUND

On Monday, April 1, South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye, stated that there will be an immediate military response against any North Korean provocation. According to Mirror News, the response of South Korea came after the North claimed that it was in a “state of war” a few days previous. Geun-hye has updated the South’s rules of engagement so that the military can respond immediately to any attack North Korea may pose.

Since Kim Jong-Un rose to power in North Korea, the country has “launched a three-stage rocket, tested a nuclear device and threatened to hit major American cities with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles,” according to the New York Times. These threats have largely been ignored until this point.


Emily Gage

APPLE APOLOGIZES TO CHINA ON WARRANTY DISCONTENT

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, apologized to China on Monday, April 1 after the country’s media targeted their warranty rules. China’s biggest television network, China Central Television (CCTV), issued a broadcast against Apple’s one-year warranty; in China the law requires a two-year warranty on phones, according to the New York Times. The allegations against the corporation were ignored initially, but unrest related to the issue continued to grow as Chinese celebrities spoke out. It has not been determined if CCTV paid individuals to express dissatisfaction with the company.

According to Reuters, Cook stated in his apology, “We are aware that owing to insufficient external communication, some consider Apple’s attitude to be arrogant, inattentive or indifferent to consumer feedback. We express our sincere apologies for causing consumers any misgivings or misunderstanding.”

Apple plans to extend the warranty of its products in China and offer a new warranty with phones that need to be replaced due to major repairs. The apology given by Cook exhibits the importance of China’s market to Apple. China is currently the second biggest market for Apple, behind the United States.

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