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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 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

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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Conspiracy Theorist

Obama unleashed By Mark Luedtke With the 2014 election all but sure to be a wave election for Republicans, President Obama must feel he’s finally unleashed to do things he’s wanted to do for over five years, but was reluctant to because of political consequences. For those of us who put in the work before […]

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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]