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Debate Forum: 08/25

September 4, 2013

Use your core What exactly are we teaching our children? By Sarah Sidlow There’s a blissful, almost exciting moment when some nugget of information you learned in elementary school finally becomes applicable to the real world. It’s even more exciting when you not only remember the concept, but how to apply it. For those of […]

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Debate Forum 09/01

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Anchors away? Are babies born to illegal aliens Americans? By Tim Walker What makes you an American citizen? The Constitution, for one thing. Most interpret it as saying that if you were born in this country, then you are automatically, by definition, a citizen of the United States, with all the rights and privileges that […]

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Debate Forum: 07/28

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Forum Center: Turning Amtrak into greenbacks Is Amtrak primed for the private sector? By Sarah Sidlow May’s fatal Philadelphia Amtrak crash has left many believing the agency may finally be derailed for good. On May 12, Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed and crashed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Two hundred of the train’s 238 […]

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Haven and hell

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Forum Center: What’s the deal with sanctuary cities? By Sarah Sidlow Recent events in San Francisco have rendered the phrase “sanctuary city” downright buzzworthy. Last week, a widely publicized funeral was held for Kathryn Steinle. Why? Because 32-year-old Steinle was shot and killed on a pier in San Francisco. And? Her accused killer, Juan Francisco […]

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Well, this is awkward

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She lied about her age, he lost everything By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Zach Anderson is 19 years old, and is a registered sex offender. At the moment, he’s serving a 90-day sentence in jail. After that he’ll still be on a five-year probationary period during which he must live in a home where […]

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Debate Forum: 06/30

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Flag, you’re it! The future of the Confederate banner By Sarah Sidlow There’s been a lot of talk these days about a certain flag. You know… red, white, blue, some stars, some stripes—that’s right, the Confederate banner. Apparently, it’s going down, and not just to half-staff. The news—well, most of it anyway—comes straight out of […]

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Debate Forum: 06/16

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Forum Center: Butt out FDA considers e-cig regulation By Sarah Sidlow Vapes are so hot right now. Particularly popular among teenagers and young adults, these sweet-scented solo- smoke machines are creating a buzz because of their cleaner-than-tobacco profile, their purported smoking-cessation benefits, and because they’re just damn cool. The vapor pens, or e-cigarettes, often filled […]

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My brother asks about Ali-Liston 2 pt. 2

Ali-Liston II : May 25, 1965 Considering that he had proven to himself that he could slay the giant, Ali was much more confident going into the second Liston fight. Liston however, was very concerned for reasons that were above and beyond getting slapped the ring for fifteen rounds like a Catholic school boy, if […]

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My brother asks about Ali-Liston 2 pt. 1

Jersey Joe Walcott – The Oldest Heavyweight Champion and Shortest Lived Heavyweight Champion Referee. In true Ali style, the rematch with Liston in 1965 would lend another indelible phrase to the boxing lexicon. While the first fight was an instant classic with the line “I am the Greatest”, the second was stamped by the press […]

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Debate Forum: 06/09

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Circumcision indecision Florida mom not allowed to change her mind By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most cringeworthy court cases in recent history, Heather Hironimus has finally, begrudgingly signed a legal document agreeing to have her 4-year-old son, Chase, circumcised. Her signature marks the end of […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]