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Tuesday, May 11, 2021


Strip-searched student deserves compensation

It has been more than six years since Savana Redding, who was then a 13-year-old student at Safford Middle School in Arizona, was forced into a strip search by school officials looking for two ibuprofen pills.

Now, at the age of 19, Redding is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will do something about the injustice she suffered as a young girl.

After a teacher found ibuprofen pills on Redding's classmate, she asked the girl where she got them and the girl indicated -- by pointing - that she had gotten them from Redding.

Country faces more pressing issues than Obama’s dog

In one of the top headlines of the week, President Barack Obama finally fulfilled his campaign promise to his daughters and welcomed a new dog into the family.

News broadcasts, Web sites and even the blogosphere are on full blast about the newest Obama in the White House. One headline proclaimed, "The wait is over."

Seriously, is that what we've come to as a media-loving country to the point where getting a dog is headline news?

Unfair restrictions prevent superstar from adopting

In an unfortunate turn of events, Madonna was denied her bid to adopt a Malawian girl, Mercy James, in a decision that she is appealing to the Malawi Supreme Court.

According to a Monday article from The Associated Press, the country's High Court ruled on April 3 that the 50-year-old singer had not met the requirement that prospective adoptive parents must complete before adopting. In the article, judge Esme Chombo cited a law that prospective adoptive parents must live in Malawi for 18 to 24 months so officials can determine their suitability.

Support local effort to help cure cancer

In 2009 about 565,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer, or more than 1,500 people per day, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer is the second most common disease causing death in the U.S., topped only by heart disease. A report from International Agency for Research on Cancer found that in 2007 approximately 12 million people worldwide died from cancer, which would amount to 20,000 deaths each day. Those are some staggering numbers.

Officer’s conduct in Moats incident shameful

Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats and his wife were pulled over March 17 by Dallas police officer Robert Powell for running a red...

Stem cell research funding to bring scientific progress

President Barack Obama has finally lifted the ban on federal funding for stem cell research.

Of the two types of stem cells, adult stem cells are multipotent and have the potential to become any of several mature cells associated with specific functions or organs and tissues for the body, while embryonic stem cells are pluripotent, and have the ability to become any of the more than 220 types of human cells.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ promises exciting season

ABC has moved on from the recently concluded hit reality show "The Bachelor," and gracefully began the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars" with a familiar face in the crowd of celebrity dancers.

"Dancing with the Stars" is a reality-based show in which celebrities are paired with ballroom dancers and compete for a disco ball trophy and the bragging rights. One couple is eliminated each week until the final three pairs compete for the title. One of the three is knocked out and the remaining two compete in a final freestyle dance routine.

‘Bachelor’ antics insulting, disrespectful

In one of the most romantic endings yet on ABC's "The Bachelor," Jason Mesnick declared his love for Melissa Rycroft, proposed to her and bestowed her with the coveted final rose. He said he was the "happiest man in the universe" and couldn't wait to start his life with Rycroft.

Flash forward to "After the Final Rose" and you find a completely different Jason.

"After the Final Rose" is normally a segment where the new couple shares their love and future plans. The audience oohs and aahs at the couple and hopes against all hope the two will actually last.

LGBT community deserves equal rights

In the course of American history there has always been discrimination against people considered different.

When the Americas were first colonized the settlers discriminated against the "savage" Native Americans. When the natives had all but been wiped out, Americans turned their attention to the African Americans, who were chained up and forced into slavery. It was not until the 1960s that a majority of Americans believed they were entitled to equal rights.

’25 things’ list silly, lighthearted fun

Facebook aficionados around the world are well versed in the posts of 25 random things. Participants on Facebook list 25 things about their lives that friends might not know and tag 25 people so they can do the same. It's just another thing to do online when you're bored, feel silly or have an inkling that someone wants to know 25 random things about you.

Not everyone is taking the posts lightheartedly. A recent Time Magazine article titled "25 Things I Didn't Want to Know About You" said the game is completely "stupid."

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