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Gaza / Israel – The World Watches as the Conflict Flares… Again

A series of very unfortunate events… four young boys of both Jewish/Israel and Arab/Palestinian origin brutally murdered… sparking simmering tempers on both sides of a very thin and tempestuous figurative and literal line between Israel and Gaza. While the region has enjoyed a relatively quiet period since 2012, tensions escalated again last week leading up […]

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Watching Television in the Cloud

The world is a changin’. You need only to look at your television–it doesn’t even have to be turned on–to see the changes. Back in the day, the only television was the boxy one with rabbit ears and you could count the number of channels available on one hand. Today, televisions are flat,  and cable […]

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Whiz. Bang! Ahh!–The Science of Fireworks

Whiz. Bang! Ahh! On the Fourth of July, fireworks displays will amaze Americans from sea to shining sea. It is just as John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States, imagined when he wrote to his wife Abigail: I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by […]

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Welcome to Brazil!

If soccer was on your mind last week, you are not alone. Viewers worldwide have World Cup frenzy. According to FIFA, a record-setting 43 million people watched the World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia. Even in the United States, where soccer is less popular than Europe and South or Central America, World Cup viewership […]

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FIFA Frenzy

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup commenced Thursday, June 12 with a Brazil 3-1 victory over Croatia. Brazil, the host nation for the 2014 FIFA games, is pumped up to share the beauty, culture, and energy of its many cities in which the games for 32 countries will compete. Today, Monday June 16, the United […]

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And They’re Off!

Saturday was an exciting day for horse racing enthusiasts. Horses took to the track to run the Belmont Stakes, the final race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Each spring, three-year-old horses race in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Sitting high atop their shoulders, urging them on, their jockey’s […]

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Maya Angelou’s Song

Celebrated American poet, author, and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou died this past Wednesday, May 28, at the age of 86. Maya Angelou embraced life. She was the first African-American female cable car driver in San Francisco, a teenage mother, an editor (in Egypt!), an actress and producer, and a professor.  Angelou’s life included abuse […]

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The Wait for a VA Doctor

Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor American servicemen and women, to remember servicemen and women who have lost their lives, and to appreciate the sacrifices of both those who serve and their families. This year, the message of Memorial Day shares headlines with an ironic partner: officials working at several Veteran’s […]

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Two Sides of the Net: The Pros and Cons of Net Neutrality

Who decides what you see and do on the Internet? Your answer probably depends upon where you are when you surf. Many school officials block sites whose content they consider inappropriate. Some parents restrict the Web sites their kids may access. However, with friends at the mall there may be no limits to the sites […]

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What is the Right Minimum Wage?

A grocery bagger, a burger flipper, and a cashier—these are all minimum wage jobs. How much do you think people who hold these jobs are paid an hour (before taxes)? If you guessed $10, you aimed too high; if you said $6, you guessed too low. The current minimum wage is $7.25. In his State […]

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