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Debate Forum: 10/14

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Forum Center: Murder, he sold By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Ohio has a heroin problem. According to the State Department of Health, a record 680 Ohians died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012 – up 60 percent from the previous year. For 2013, the Ohio Attorney General’s office estimates the heroin overdose total to be more […]

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Forum Center: So goes the nation By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers With only hours to go before early voting was scheduled to begin in some counties in Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an emergency order effectively postponing it by a week. In short, this cut the early voting days in Ohio from 35 days […]

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Debate Forum: 09/30


Forum Center: If it walks like a duck …  By Paul Noah Illustration: Jed Helmers Imagine the following scenario: You live in a state were firearms are legally sold in major department stores such as the one within which you’re currently shopping. As you turn to walk down an aisle there is young African American man casually […]

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Debate Forum: 09/23

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Forum Center: The president may be taking the fight to Islamic State By Alex Culpepper Islamic State is no longer the little brother of al-Qaeda. The Jihadist group has grown powerful as of late and is making some noise in Syria and Iraq. Since its separation from al-Qaeda, Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, […]

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Debate Forum: 09/16


Forum Center: Affirmative action is alive and well? By Alex Culpepper Jennifer Gratz will be forever linked to Michigan and affirmative action. It was Gratz, a Caucasian woman, who, in 1995, applied for admission to the University of Michigan but was denied – even though she had a 3.8 grade average, as well as some other […]

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Debate Forum: 08/19


Forum Center: Waiting for death might be cruel and unusual punishment By Alex Culpepper The Eighth Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Part of this liberty insurance was protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and the country had good reason to include this portion of the amendment […]

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Forum Center: 08/12


Forum Center: What to do when dogs commit homicide By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Mike Keefe If it seems news reports about people dying from dog attacks are appearing with more frequency, that’s because attacks are increasing. Known by legal experts as “canine homicides,” these attacks accounted for about 17 deaths per year in this country […]

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Debate Forum 08/05


Forum Center: Are gun-free zones really safety-free zones? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; Santa Barbara, Calif. and Fort Hood, Texas; were scenes of recent mass shootings. They all have at least one other thing in common, too: they are all gun-free zones. After the shootings, debate about guns was in the news, […]

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Debate Forum 07/29


Forum Center: Federal judge claims a computer is the same as a file cabinet By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers The protocol for searching through digital evidence with and without warrants has been tested in an increasing number of cases. In June, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously law enforcement cannot search cellphones without a warrant. […]

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Debate forum 07/22


Leaky borders have flooded the country with immigration debates By Alex Culpepper Immigration is in the news again, but that shouldn’t be a surprise in a country with a history of 400 years of people coming and going. They have come from virtually everywhere and for every reason; sometimes they’ve been viewed suspiciously, and other […]

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Debate forum: 07/15


Forum Center: Enforcement of No-Fly List may face long delays By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Shortly after 9/11, the FBI received from the U.S. Attorney General a new office called the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Its charter and purpose is to develop and maintain a database list of suspected terrorists. When the TSC uses the database […]

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Debate forum: 06/08

Supreme Contracption

Supreme Court loses faith in the contraception mandate By Alex Culpepper Photo: ©2014 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission The April 1 Debate Forum introduced the case before the Supreme Court regarding the owners of Hobby Lobby and their objections to providing coverage for certain types of contraceptives. The question then was centered on whether a […]

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Debate forum: 07/01


Forum Center: Watch out, your neighbor’s dog may be able to sue you By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers So, dogs have been hanging with us for a long time. They apparently were drawn to our campfires, food and generally curious nature. For at least the last 15,000 years, they’ve partnered with us to get scraps […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

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Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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Debate forum: 06/17


Forum Center: Has the United States exchanged more than just prisoners? By Alex Culpepper Dealing with prisoners of war was fairly simple in ancient times: prisoners were either killed or became slaves. Sometimes it was beneficial for both sides to have exchanges, but that was complicated. By the Middle Ages and beyond, exchanges and ransoms were […]

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Debate forum: 06/10


Forum center: Coal might have an image problem By Alex Culpepper Coal is a pretty big deal in the world right now. About 40 percent of the electricity produced on the planet comes from coal. South Africa leads the world in coal-produced electricity, using coal for over 90 percent of its electricity. Poland, China, Australia and […]

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