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Trayvon Martin: a tragedy which could have been prevented

Trayvon Martin: a tragedy which could have been prevented

Priya Basak
April 27, 2012
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When kids in West Linn walk to Safeway or Market of Choice to purchase a drink and a snack, they expect to be able to walk back home safely. It is this sense of security that West Linn teenagers have which makes it hard for us to believe that other adolescents can be kidnapped or killed when they are...

Suspected Navy sonar tests affect northwest coast whales; causes damage irreversible

Chrisann Kim
April 24, 2012
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Under the sea is where it's better, at least according Sebastian from "The Little Mermaid". But in recent reports, not every animal under the sea is having the time of its life. Three-year-old orca whale, L-112, was found dead, washed up on Long Beach, Wash., on Feb. 11. L-112 will not be the only vic...

Speed detectors and jammers endanger civilians and drivers alike

Speed detectors and jammers endanger civilians and drivers alike

Janae Turner
April 23, 2012
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It may sound cool to be able to tell when a police officer has his or her speed limit gun on you, or even to be able to jam its signal. It would definitely help people avoid receiving tickets, right? What most people don't realize when they purchase devices that are able to do these things is that...

Cell phones are becoming a positive aspect of the classroom

Cell phones are becoming a positive aspect of the classroom

Katherine Moller
April 11, 2012
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Cell phones are a big part of our lives. One of the most asked questions within the school system related to these mobile miracles is, should they be allowed in the classroom? As an avid iPhone user, I plead for our teachers to accept these wonderful electronic tools for the good they can do, as opposed...

Invisible Children has own problems

Sarah Lucas
April 9, 2012
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For over 20 years, Joseph Kony has terrorized northern Uganda. Kony kidnaps young children and forces them kill or become sex slaves. Over 30,000 have been abducted and 100,000 people have died as a result from actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army, the militiaman group working with Kony. Since...

A chamber of cancer cells: teens still pursue a tan, despite health risks

A chamber of cancer cells: teens still pursue a tan, despite health risks

Lenaya LeBlanc
April 9, 2012
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Known as “beds of cancer cells” teens continue indoor tanning, well-aware of the dangers and the illegality of it in order to maintain an image. Teens love having a glowing tan year round, making them feel more confident in their appearance, but ignore the consequences that may come with it. The...

SSO: Who is your favorite team in this march madness

SSO: Who is your favorite team in this march madness

Sam Cook & Priya Basak
March 23, 2012
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This year is the 53rd year of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament, also known as March Madness. With over 60 teams in the tournament, people have many different opinions on who they think will win or who they want to win. Here’s what some Lions said:       “I think Kentucky will win,” Colin Clarke, freshma...

Is chivalry dead? Let’s bring it back

Jiangning Lu
March 23, 2012
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The phrase “Chivalry is dead” is probably something you have heard a thousand times before. It’s not accurate though. It is more appropriate to describe it as being in a deep coma, struggling to survive. With all the misconceptions and misunderstanding about what chivalry is, it’s hard to find...

Conservatives in contraception debate use misguided definition of “religious freedom”

Conservatives in contraception debate use misguided definition of “religious freedom”

Elise Brown
March 6, 2012
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It's the year 2007, and a woman is working at a hospital affiliated with the Catholic Church. She has a health insurance plan from her employer, just like her co-workers, but it does not cover contraception. For whatever reason, this woman wants to take birth control, but since her Catholic employers...

Tech-obsessed kids become harder to manage and discipline

Tech-obsessed kids become harder to manage and discipline

Chrisann Kim
March 5, 2012
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Imagine the future in a junior high or elementary school—a future filled with every kid and tween having the latest updates in modern technology. It wouldn't be, "Okay children, let's research for your homework assignment!" and then kids would pull out the encyclopedia or history books, but instead...

Glitz and glam, forces girls to be greedy

Glitz and glam, forces girls to be greedy

Lenaya LeBlanc
March 5, 2012
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Adolesent girls covered in make up, bronzed with fake spray tan, and modeling artificial hair pieces walk across the runway stage as if they are airbrushed Barbies. Broadcasting over TLC, “Toddlers and Tiaras” airs beauty pageant shows of young girls, 1-18. As the show becomes more popular, some...

SSO – If West Linn built a new community center, what activities would you want to have there?

SSO – If West Linn built a new community center, what activities would you want to have there?

Priya Basak and Sam Cook
February 17, 2012
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West Linn kids have long complained about not having anything to do and nowhere to go. There are church community centers, but those who are not church involved often feel that they have no alternatives for community activities. We interviewed one student from each grade about what activities they would...

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