on September 30, 2014 at 4:50 AM / in National, World

We do not negotiate….for American Prisoners

By: Chenee Tracey When U.S. citizens travel abroad, few anticipate a misdemeanor or felony charge from a foreign country. Every year about 6,000 Americans are imprisoned abroad. Reasons range from spitting in public in Singapore, sleeping in a hotel room with the opposite gender in the United Arab Emirates, to being suspected of overthrowing the government in Cuba. Criminal prosecutions […]

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on September 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM / in Campaign '14

The Question of the Kansas Midterm Toss-Up

By: Jon Wilson Surprises in elections come, well, surprisingly. Those who follow politics are familiar with the phenomenon known as the October surprise, which is a possibly result-changing news story or election occurrence that can influence the outcome of an election because it comes so near the November elections. These surprises are effective for the opposition because the revelation of […]

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on September 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM / in National

“For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People:” US National Parks and Tourism

By: Robert Oldham Lines. Overcrowding. Trash. Sound like a typical family vacation to Disney World? Just add unsanitary restrooms and severely overpriced ice cream sandwiches and it might as well be a roller coaster theme park. Few would surmise that this is now a common description of US National Parks. Treasures such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier have become targets […]

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on September 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM / in National

Information and Ethics: Controversies Surrounding Prenatal Genetic Testing

By: Michael Land The Human Genome Project, funded by the government of the United States, was begun in 1990 and completed in 2003. A little more than a decade since, there are genetic tests for diseases as diverse as breast cancer and Huntington’s disease. As with any technological advancement, the law is often slow to keep pace with the rapidly changing […]

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on September 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM / in Campaign '14, National

OPINION: Regardless of Results, Expect the Midterm Elections to Be Lackluster

By: Eli Watkins Politicos are following this fall’s midterm elections with all the tenacity soccer fans gave the World Cup this summer. By many standards, these elections are particularly exciting. For one, they may be the most expensive midterm elections in U.S. history, with Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race alone projected to cost over $100 million. The races are also close […]

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on September 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM / in Arts & Culture, National, World

OPINION: Cabbie Lobby’s Uber Anger Fair But Misguided

By: Garrett Herrin Last week, two big things happened in Athens, Georgia. Georgia beat Clemson 45-21 to kick off the college football season. And ridesharing service Uber launched to wild success, bringing to Athens what is already one of the most popular forms of transportation in major metropolitan areas like New York and Washington. First, a little bit about Uber. […]

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on September 8, 2014 at 10:39 PM / in National

Laws Without Borders

By: Cait Felt International law is a subject that has long been a topic that citizens of the world have struggled to grasp since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. With the advent of international law created through this treaty, the first codified rules were put into place about how sovereign states interact with other sovereign states. In recent decades, […]

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on September 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM / in National

SWAT Teams – Coming to a Home Near You

By: Andrew Peoples Acts labeled terrorism used to come from predictable sources. When confronted with large-scale acts of violence, the American public was able to look to the usual crowd of anarchists, Islamic fundamentalists, or disgruntled Postal Service workers. But with the rise of the Internet and the online gaming scene, a new threat has recently joined their ranks: sore-loser […]

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on August 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM / in National

What’s in a Name?

By: Robert Oldham Amid grizzly bears, frozen tundra, and the heat of a midnight sun rests Denali National Park. Situated in the interior of the Union’s 49th state, this majestic locale is home to one of the Earth’s incredible natural wonders, a mountain that ascends 20,237 feet above sea level. This protruding granite slab was lifted into the heavens by […]

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on August 13, 2014 at 7:46 AM / in National

Impeach Who?

By: Mark Rush When prominent satirist Stephen Colbert mockingly announced his support for President Obama’s impeachment the story that originated with Sarah Palin officially became a major headline. Palin’s initial push to impeach the president occurred with her opinion piece published on July 8, 2014 and has become a frenzy since. A recent poll showed that a third of Americans […]

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