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Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

An Abilene high school student is currently terrifying us all by bench pressing 700 pounds at a recent weightlifting competition. This shiny building of a man is named Matt Poursoltani, and his feat ties a statewide record for his division. We’re suitably impressed, but a quick look at Poursoltani’s Facebook

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In higher education, trends are friends

Education reform was once the policy panacea technology companies could invest in as being a solution to fix the growing skills and knowledge gap of what students possess and what they should possess to work at technology firms. A recent change in policy investments, from reforms in education to reforms

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Civil liberties passing sniff test

The Supreme Court made a pretty significant ruling this week. No, it wasn’t about gay marriage. They haven’t decided anything on that yet. The court has however set a different precedent: Bringing drug-sniffing dogs to a property without a warrant constitutes an unlawful search, violating the Fourth Amendment. Basically, what

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Doom and groom

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court dipped a careful toe into the raging debate surrounding same-sex marriage in this country. Today, the deliberation will continue as the high court considers the implications of two landmark cases regarding gay and lesbian unions. The laws under scrutiny are California’s Proposition 8 and the

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Get real, repeal

The following editorial appeared in the Tampa Bay Times on Friday, March 22. When President Barack Obama became the first president to endorse same-sex marriage, he was reflecting evolving American attitudes on the issue. As with other historic civil rights gains for racial minorities and women, Americans eventually embrace fairness.

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Laws should stand

The following editorial appeared in The Washington Times on Tuesday, March 26. When Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican, announced earlier this month that he has evolved into a supporter of same-sex marriage after years of faithfully defending actual marriage, it seemed more a matter of shifting convenience than

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Rodent weatherman exonerated, still furry

For children—and apparently adults who are extremely in touch with their imaginations—it’s a yearly tradition to gather around the TV on Feb. 2 and see “Punxsutawney Phil” give an “expert” prediction on upcoming winter  weather. This year, Phil decided winter would end early and that spring was just around the

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Stay frosty

Earlier this month, an elementary school student in Baltimore, Maryland, was suspended for “using food to make inappropriate gestures.” Drawing from our own cafeteria experiences, we guessed the culprit performed some kind of disgustingly creative charades routine featuring dirty combinations of carrot sticks and cottage cheese to catch such serious

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Paycheck priorities

Recently the Texas Tribune released the salaries of various coaches, educators, and administrators here at UNT. Coach Dan McCarney was the highest earner with about $475,000. Outgoing President V. Lane Rawlins was in second place with $344,000. That’s right: A coach earns more than $100,000 more than our top administrator.

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‘Bible’ series bungles

I haven’t been watching much of the History Channel’s new show “The Bible.” Personally, I’ve had enough of the strange solution created by mixing religion and pop culture. Seeing the series’ widespread criticism it seems I was right to turn away, but what I can’t understand is why anyone thought

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