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Debate Forum: 6/7/16

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]