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Debate Forum: 05/26

Forum Center: Oooh-oooh, I wanna be like you-ooh Should chimps be granted legal rights? By Sarah Sidlow Could chimpanzees soon enjoy the same rights as human beings? Two New York chimps and the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), an organization seeking legal rights for nonhumans, seem to think so. The chimps, Leo and Hercules, currently live […]

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Debate Forum: 05/12

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Forum Center: Leggo my liver! By Katie Christoff Illustration: Jed Helmers In early January, a federal judge overturned a California law banning the sale of foie gras, which had originally taken effect in July 2012. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” has been under scrutiny by animal rights activists because in its making, ducks are force-fed […]

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Debate forum: 05/05

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Forum Center: Stayin’ alive By Sarah Sidlow “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.” So begins a recent story published by […]

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Debate Forum: 04/28

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Forum Center: We’ll always have Havana By Sarah Sidlow President Obama announced in December that the United States would end its 54-year embargo against Cuba. American-Cuban relations have been tense for the last half-century, punctuated by Cuba’s inclusion on the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1982. But last week, Obama declared he […]

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Debate Forum: 04/21

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Forum Center: Can we reschedule? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers As more and more states slowly begin the process of legalizing marijuana for medical and, in some instances, recreational use, many have begun to question whether the drug’s federal schedule classification should be reconsidered. Currently, marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug – the highest rank […]

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Debate Forum: 04/14

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Forum Center: Ohio’s latest smoking gun By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers No permit, no training requirement and no searches for gun owners? It may just happen – that is, if House Bill 147, introduced to the Ohio statehouse by Republican representative Ron Hood of Ashville, passes. If HB 147 is successful, Ohio would join Alaska, […]

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Debate Forum: 04/07

Forum Center: Indiana wants me, Lord I can’t go back there By Sarah Sidlow The recent approval of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has businesses, political leaders and social groups up in arms on the grounds that it is anti-gay. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says, essentially, that the government cannot “substantially burden” a […]

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Debate Forum: 03/31

Forum Center: A cure for apathy? By Sarah Sidlow Let’s make this clear: President Obama did not call for a constitutional amendment that would make voting mandatory. However, during a March appearance in Cleveland, Ohio, Obama did muse that mandatory voting was one strategy that could be useful in offsetting the power of political spending. […]

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Debate Forum: 03/24

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Forum Center: Slow-pokes, keep right By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Left-lane hogs got you down? Have you recently gotten stuck behind a truck on your morning commute? Well, a current proposal in the Ohio House may change all that. House Bill 100 proposes a requirement that vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds be driven […]

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Debate Forum: 03/10

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Forum Center: One for the road By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers One Republican and one Democratic Ohio senator have found something they can agree on: outdoor refreshment areas. Senators Bill Seitz (R) and Cecil Thomas (D) have introduced Ohio Senate Bill 95, which would allow adult drinkers to consume alcoholic beverages in outdoor entertainment districts […]

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Debate Forum: 03/03

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Forum Center: What the truck? By Sarah Sidlow Last November, 52-year-old Mike McDonald had a very, very bad day. While on his morning commute to work on High Knoll Drive, McDonald spotted a pool of water at the bottom of a hill. Not thinking much of it (it was probably melted snow, he thought), McDonald […]

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Debate Forum: 02/24

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Debate Center: Who’s in charge here, anyway? By Sarah Sidlow A coalition of 26 states led by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s November executive orders on immigration. This move, which the White House has promised to appeal, will give the states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to […]

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Debate Forum: 02/17

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Forum Center: Offensive or comprehensive? By Sarah Sidlow President Obama made waves last week with his comments about the ability of religious faith to inspire not only acts of good, but acts of evil. During his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama urged his fellow Christians, who make up a majority of the United […]

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Debate forum: 02/10

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Forum Center: Vaccination-gate By Sarah Sidlow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly “very worried” about the possibility of a large outbreak of measles – a troubling concern, considering measles was officially declared to have been eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. Recent statistics from the CDC confirm the disease is spreading […]

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Debate Forum: 02/03

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Forum Center: The death debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers You’ve just been told you have six months to live. Because your brain tumor is so large, doctors prescribe full brain radiation – a procedure that will result not only in the loss of your hair, but first-degree burns on your scalp. At 29 […]

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Debate Forum: 01/27

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Forum Center: The highs, the sighs (and the lies?) By Sarah Sidlow Last week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, in front of a congress fully controlled by Republicans for the first time in his presidency. His address, which ran just shy of an hour, called for a number of […]

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