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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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Debate Forum: 3/22/16

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]