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Assisted suicide laws clash with ideals

The Appellate Division of New York State has officially rejected legalizing assisted suicide in the case of Myers v. Schneiderman. The case would have given patients the choice to die with the help of their physician if they were suffering greatly from irreversible illnesses or disabilities. Currently, medical professionals in New York who are convicted…

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American bison pays homage to the past

After signing the National Bison Legacy Act, President Barack Obama introduced the American bison as the country’s “first national mammal” yesterday. The bison, which had overcome extinction in the early 20th century after a concerted effort by conservationists, was honored by Congress for its “historical, cultural and economic significance” in the United States. The last…

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EU condones Turkey’s history of crimes

The current refugee crisis seems to highlight every deficiency of the European Union. Created to promote peace after World War II, it seems as if the refugees are causing havoc within the EU. First, the countries put the blame on Greece—the country that needed three bailouts and is still in deep economic crisis—for not registering…

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OSHA requires more funding to support workers

Fifteen people died in the West Fertilizer Plant explosion in Texas in April 2013. Almost 200 people were injured and approximately 75 homes were destroyed. The plant had not been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985. A Congressional Quarterly research report mentions that the plant was storing “1,350 times the allowed…

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Politicker: Patriotism sets off violent endeavors

Standing before the flag, with our hands over our hearts, we pledge to our flag and our country, in remembrance of those who fought to secure our land and freedom. We, as a country, remind ourselves daily of how much blood and sweat was shed to forge the abstract concept of a nation into a…

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Obama honors gay rights

As of 2015, there are 112 protected areas called national monuments, which can only be established by presidential proclamation or by congressional legislation. But there have been rumblings that that number will be bumped up to 113 soon. National monuments are mostly landmarks that have great historical meaning. They are protected in order to commemorate…

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Humanitarian effort causes disarray

Perhaps it was just another blip on the 24-hour news cycle for the average viewer, another protest in the Middle East, flashing to frantic interviews subtitled in English. After the Arab Spring in 2011 and the rise of the Islamic State group, the U.S. viewing public will likely have drawn little attention to the incidents…

Billboards wrongly track consumers
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Billboards wrongly track consumers

There exists above us all a cloud, hazy and ephemeral, that follows our every move. Though far from sight, the cloud records our interests, activities and habits. Unknown to us, we consented to its stalking when the first Ethernet cable was plugged in. Consumer data tracking was an inevitable evolutionary trait of internet usage, an…

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Noted news outlets vie for readership

The New York Times feels the need to publicize its $14 million drop in print advertisement revenue, a sign that attention to physical newspapers is dwindling. Being a college newspaper, it is hard not to worry about the future of the physical newspaper. The aforementioned Times article makes a distinction that shows a trend in…

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Dhaka falls to extremists

Within the last month, Islamic extremists in Bangladesh have hacked to death a professor and an LGBT community organizer who worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. These brutal murders tell the story of a society that is becoming more aggressive in pursuing its own interests and dismissive of constitutional authority. Asia’s fastest growing…

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