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Debate Forum: 12/30

Debate Center: A little friendly fire(ball)  By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Since the 1930s, comic book giants DC and Marvel have engaged in a friendly rivalry. You know, a friendly fireball to the face, a Batarang through the spleen a … whatever Aquaman does… That rivalry has recently come into the public eye to a greater […]

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Debate Forum: 12/23

Forum Center: Is PC passé? The DCP political correctness debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In a unanimous October vote, the Seattle, Washington, City Council voted to recognize Columbus Day, a federal holiday, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Seattle isn’t the first city to do so, having followed the lead of a similar April vote in […]

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Debate Forum: 12/16

Forum Center: Workplace discrimination?  Or “up in smoke”? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers “Thank you for not smoking” may soon take on a whole new meaning in a major Arizona county as the Pima County Board of Supervisors examines a proposal that would ban employers from hiring smokers as municipal employees. The policy, which would […]

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Debate Forum: 12/9

Debate Center: The eyes have it By Sarah Sidlow The country may still be recovering from the upheaval which came as a result of the recent Grand Jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of a teenager. The event has caused citizens, law enforcement officials and even […]

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Debate Forum: 12/2

Forum Center: The Internet as a public utility? (or, just google it)  By Sarah Sidlow The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently came under fire for having weak rules in place for regulating the way Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T) do business. The video streaming service Netflix, in a widely reported […]

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Commentary Forum: 11/25

Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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Debate Forum: 11/18

Debate Center: Ivan-ho! (or, another government bailout?) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The 3,500 acre Ivanpah solar electric generating plant, which is the largest solar plant in the world, is allegedly in financial straits. Owned by Google and renewable energy behemoth NRG, the plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert southwest of Las Vegas, […]

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Debate forum: 11/11

Debate Center: Ebola: a political tool? By Paul Noah Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is now free to do as she pleases, after returning from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she was treating Ebola patients. In a case that many across the nation have been watching closely, District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected imposing tight […]

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Debate Forum: 11/04

Debate Center: Blame the messenger? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The Washington Supreme Court has elected to hear a case by three Seattle women who claim they were raped multiple times as teenagers and argue the classified service Backpage.com not only made it possible, but profited from it. The case began in 2012 in Pierce […]

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Commentary Forum: 10/28

Debate Center: Lost Angeles By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers  Last week, the Supreme Court decided it would consider a legislative push by the City of Los Angeles that would allow police to inspect hotel and motel guest registries without obtaining search warrants or permission from judges. This is the latest in a series of […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]