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Unacceptable, unbelievable, unavoidable: the political reality of the NDAA and how we can push back

Elise Brown
January 20, 2012
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It is wrong, it is terrifying, and it is a stain on our political history that must be removed. It threatens American citizens with indefinite detention without habeas corpus, shamelessly violating the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Title X, Subtitle D, Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization...

Huck Finn anniversary reawakens banned book debate

Huck Finn anniversary reawakens banned book debate

Marley Young
January 12, 2012
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In the land of the free and home of the brave, how silly is it that our government finds it necessary to restrict the amount at which our imagination can grow? The act of banning books is something that has been done for hundreds of years, and it shows no signs of ceasing. Every week or so, new books...

SOPA causes uproar in big online companies, internet community

SOPA causes uproar in big online companies, internet community

Gracie Sleeper
December 13, 2011
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The internet has always been a place of freedom for many, but according to U.S. Congress, it’s a little too much freedom. SOPA, paired with the PROTECT IP Act, aims to allow the US government to block access to any website with anything that violates copyright laws in order to reduce the pirating...

Football idol, Joe Paterno, lets his legacy fall

Marley Young
December 8, 2011
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After 409 wins and 45 years, Joe Paterno, head football coach at Penn State, was fired Nov. 9 by the Penn State Board of Trustees for alleged actions in the child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach. Rumors of negligence to report the crimes are...

Students Speak Out: What are you thankful for?

Students Speak Out: What are you thankful for?

Priya Basak
November 18, 2011
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It’s the week before Thanksgiving break, and people are getting in the mood for the holiday. Here’s what some students are thankful for this year:         Courteney Landis, freshman: “I’m thankful for my family.”       ...

Buyers Beware: Black Friday craziness begins early this year

Buyers Beware: Black Friday craziness begins early this year

Arun Gulati
November 18, 2011
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Hi-definition televisions for $200, hot video games for $30, and DVDs for only $5: these are only a few of the deals that stores will begin to offer on Black Friday. A good shopping deal is a dream come true—but is it worth it? On Friday, Oct. 25, millions of bargain hungry shoppers will head to their...

Facebook’s new changes: more or less for users to “like?”

Facebook’s new changes: more or less for users to “like?”

Emily McDonald
November 17, 2011
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Like. Chat. Groups. Pages. Places. Every day, over 800 million active users on the world’s largest social network log on to participate in these activities on their very own Facebook profiles. Since its launch in February 2004, Facebook has done nothing less than climb, or rather scamper, up the ladder...

Incoming Walmart stirs negative public opinion

Incoming Walmart stirs negative public opinion

Chrisann Kim
November 15, 2011
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“Save money. Live better.” More like save money and live with local congestion. The city of West Linn announced the building permits for a new Walmart grocery store. It will occupy the currently empty anchor store at the Robinwood Shopping Center. When I noticed that the previous market, Bales,...

Corporate America jumps the gun on Christmas, push to buy starts too far in advance

Elise Brown
November 15, 2011
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It’s the day after Halloween. You’ve recovered from your candy binge, slowly slid back into your normal routine, and decided to watch some TV. The continent is in the heart of autumn, with turkeys and awkward family reunions rapidly approaching. Naturally, it would be time for the media to acknowledge...

School cafeteria has become a thing of the past

School cafeteria has become a thing of the past

McKenna Clayton
November 9, 2011
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Recently, the West Linn Wilsonville School district has made the switch for some primary schools to take lunch time inside the classroom. The new lunch routine in West Linn primary schools has left people hungry for more information. The cafeteria used to be a place to take a break from learning and...

Michael Moore visits Occupy Portland to express support

Michael Moore visits Occupy Portland to express support

Elise Brown
November 3, 2011
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No person better embodies the ideas and beliefs of the Occupy movement than Michael Moore, filmmaker and progressive activist. On Oct. 31, he visited Occupy Portland’s “Tent City” to speak to the protesters about how happy he is with their efforts. "I've been to many of the occupations across...

Southeast Portland’s Sunnyside neighborhood protests give bad image of the LGBT community

Gracie Sleeper, Staff Reporter
November 3, 2011
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We have to admit it – it’s a little strange that a conservative church would purchase a building in the middle of a mostly liberal Portland neighborhood. Clashing is expected, but sometimes it goes too far for comfort. Even though many see the church as a threat to the community, instead of acting...

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