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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16


‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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Debate Forum: 6/7/16


Revenge of the nerd? Should we rewrite whistleblower laws for Edward Snowden? By Sarah Sidlow “We can certainly argue about the way in which [Edward] Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.” […]

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Debate Forum: 5/24/16


The best thing since sliced bread Fast food with food stamps: delicious or diabolical By Sarah Sidlow Since 1934, qualified Americans have relied on the USDA’s food stamp assistance program to buy grocery staples like bread and milk. But, back in 1934, you couldn’t drive up to a window and leave five seconds later with […]

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Debate Forum: 5/17/16


FacePalm Social media users a-twitter regarding possible breach of privacy By Sarah Sidlow There’s the bell. Facebook Inc. just lost the first round of what will likely be a lengthy courtroom battle against users over—shockingly (not)—privacy rights. Let’s TimeHop back to where it all began. In 2010, Facebook introduced technology that allows users to identify […]

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Debate Forum: 5/10/16


Marooned Should Puerto Rico be able to file for bankruptcy? By Sarah Sidlow Someone’s been blowing up Puerto Rico’s cell with collections calls. Don’t worry, we didn’t understand the Puerto Rican economic crisis either, so we looked into it for you. Basically, Puerto Rico—which is, in fact, a United States territory—has a $72 billion debt […]

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Debate Forum: 5/3/16


Down, Periscope When crimes are live-streamed, who it responsible? By Sarah Sidlow In this century, the law has been thrown into a footrace with technology. Matters of privacy, taste and culpability are in the spotlight, and a digital-native generation is driven by an online community of praise in the form of “likes” and action in […]

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Debate Forum: 4/26/16


Drive me crazy NY bill suggests textalyzer tech for distracted drivers By Sarah Sidlow Term to know: Textalyzer. As in, technology that detects whether your cell phone is to blame for your car accident; like a breathalyzer for texting. And New York Senator Terrence Murphy and Ben Lieberman, co-founder of Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCs) […]

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Debate Forum: 4/19/16


Marijuana, don’t you wanna? National pot peer pressure By Sarah Sidlow Woah, weed. Who knew one little leaf could be so polarizing, so political, so unbelievably complicated? With (cough) 4/20 in the air, and state elections looming through the haze in November, let’s get an update on where we stand at the global, national and […]

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Debate Forum: 4/12/16


MLB: Major League Ban Baseball’s relationship with tobacco on the rocks By Sarah Sidlow It’s one of America’s most intimate and underappreciated odd-couples: baseball and tobacco. They were infants together; they grew up together; they’ve watched the rise and fall of American heroes together for nearly a century. When the official rules for baseball were […]

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Debate Forum: 4/5/16


The “end” of an era? Florida girl faces misdemeanor for pinching schoolmate’s butt By Sarah Sidlow Please forgive the following puns. It’s too easy… If you’re walking the halls of Milwee Middle School in Longwood, Florida, you’d better keep your hands to yourself. Unfortunately, it seems those words of wisdom didn’t reach one 12-year-old female […]

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Debate Forum: 3/29/16


I’m too text-y Can/should laws protect us from our own stupidity? By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: petextrian. As in, someone who is texting while walking, typically prone to walking into things like walls, parking meters, light poles and traffic. It turns out, texting pedestrians reported more than 1,500 serious injuries in 2010, more than […]

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Debate Forum: 3/22/16


Oh, dad! Father helps daughter buy heroin, gets misdemeanor By Sarah Sidlow Parents will do whatever it takes for their children. So what happens when a dad goes beyond the law to help his daughter? For Jerry D. Roberts, it starts with a weekend in jail. Roberts, from New Lebanon, drove his daughter, Keri Brown, […]

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Debate Forum 1/5/16


Should tipping be eliminated? By Tim Walker Tipping the server after dinner—do you do it, or not? If so, how much do you leave—18 percent? 20 percent? If you leave less, are you a cheapskate? And why is tipping expected at some establishments, but not at others? Questions like these have puzzled diners for years, […]

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Debate Forum: 08/18


Forum Center: EPA uh-oh A river of oops leads to EPA questions By Sarah Sidlow No, that’s not a Kraft macaroni and cheese commercial—that’s the Animas River. Yep, nearly three million gallons of contaminated wastewater from Colorado’s Gold King mine snaked its way through New Mexico last week. The cause? The Environmental Protection Agency. That’s […]

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Debate Forum: 08/11/15


Go fund yourself Planned Parenthood may lose federal allowance By Sarah Sidlow So… Planned Parenthood is in the news. This is really not news. But it’s an election year, so everything is news, even the stuff that seems to always be in the news. Let’s get to it: Earlier this summer, Planned Parenthood came under […]

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University of Maryland combats binge drinking by selling alcohol By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall. It’s a proposal that has divided the campus community and is opposed […]

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]