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Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

•  According to recent polls, 49 percent of Texans support an assault weapons ban. We don’t know how this could possibly happen, since our state’s voters also responded that they trust the National Rifle Association more than President Obama by a six point margin. Unless this data was gathered on

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Scouting’s legacy comes with scars

On Monday, an organization spokesperson announced that the Boy Scouts of America is “actively considering” a change to their long-standing prohibition of homosexual Scouts and Scout leaders within their ranks. Until this week, the BSA, one of America’s largest youth-oriented organizations, publicly prohibited openly gay participants from joining. This surprising

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Singer’s tantrums need a long timeout

In the aftermath of a brawl between  singers Frank Ocean and Chris Brown’s  respective posses at a Los Angeles recording studio last Sunday, one thing is for certain: It’s about time for Mr. Chris Brown to be locked up in some sort of correctional facility. He’s a temperamental man-child who

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Kicking our planet’s energy addiction

Raskolnikov, the main character in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment,” at one point blurts: “Man can get used to anything, the beast!” He hits upon a paradox: adaptation is both human and dehumanizing. Humans can acclimate themselves to a wide diversity of customs, beliefs, and practices, but although we can

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“Campus carry” isn’t far off, if Texas lawmakers get their way

Staying on top of your busy college schedule often feels like a battle. Unfortunately, for some that battle is all too real. Less than 30 days into this new year, our nation has seen five school shootings, three of which took place on college campuses, one of them in this

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Stop gun hysteria

A lot of people have said a lot of things about assault rifles in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. All of them are wrong: “Assault rifles are designed specifically to kill people! We need to get them off the streets!” The implication here is that bolt-action rifles are

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Freedom of speech still has your back

Once upon a time, a trial was held that changed the face of news in America. Its landmark verdict is the foundation of free speech as we understand it in this country, and without it, the page you’re reading might not even exist. We’re talking about the trial of John

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Sports junkies need a new white knight

Does anyone remember when fans could support an athlete without fear of their idols later facing scandal or criminal arrest? Because I can’t. Growing up, I idolized Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez and Tiger Woods. No joke – that’s actually a list of my all-time favorite athletes from my childhood.

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Voting feline friends off this island won’t fly

Considering that most college students appear to spend at least a quarter of their day browsing funny pictures of cats on the Internet, we don’t think this next news item is going to win New Zealand any favors. Still, we must admit that we don’t really know a whole lot

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Taking a shot at new gun laws

I’d like to announce that I am a hypocrite. I distinctly remember posting that nobody needs guns, and that they should be banned on Facebook the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. But I don’t feel that way anymore – thanks to UNT’s smoking ban. Banning smoking on

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