NewsBites: Alpha Phi Alpha Needs a Minute, More on Haiti, Sheila Oliver in New Jersey, Jimmy Choo x UGG, and the Nigerian President Reappears.

Alpha Phi Alpha, one of the country’s largest fraternities placed a moratorium on new membership Wednesday, citing dangerous initiation practices. The decision comes after a recent incident in which a potential recruit was critically injured during a hazing process. [NPR]

Haiti Update: Details are steaming in about the devastation that rocked Haiti on Tuesday. Haitian President Rene Preval has estimated the death toll may reach upwards of 100,000, with tens of thousands more injured. International relief crews are struggling to reach the most needed areas. See the U.S. response here. And don’t forget to check out Steely’s post on what you can do to help.

There have been quite the milestones in New Jersey this week. Next one up: Sheila Oliver, First Black female Speaker of the Assembly. [NJ]

Jimmy Choo is making the rounds! First Hunter, then H&M, and now UGG Australia. News hit the fashion world on Wednesday that the designer would be collaborating with the boot company on a special line for a special customer. For those interested (anyone actually out there?) expect to shell out at least $600. [Fashionista]

Oh, by the way… the Nigerian President that had been missing for two months… alive and well-ish. [CNN]

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