Flint, Michigan: A City in Troubled Water

February 21, 2016

The residents of Flint, Michigan are no strangers to hardship. In the past three decades, auto plants have closed, the population has plunged, violent crime has spiked, and poverty rates have reached 40%. But in recent months, the blue-collar city north of Detroit has hit a new low. Lead has contaminated the city’s water supply, […]

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Sin City does Good Deed for Dogs

February 8, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada, is known for its vices. But on January 6, the Las Vegas City County took a virtuous step for local pets. It approved an ordinance that forbids pet stores from selling dogs from so-called “puppy mills”. Rather, pet stores are only permitted to sell animals from shelters, rescues, or non-profit humane societies […]

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E-Cigarettes – Behind the Smoke and Mirrors

January 24, 2016

Using e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, is among the hottest new trends. Due to a lack of regulation, a variety of flavors (7700), and aggressive marketing, e-cigarette use has skyrocketed in recent years. This is particularly true in the youth demographic, where use tripled from 4.5% in 2013 to 13.4% in 2014. As a result, youth e-cigarette […]

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The Skinny on Weight Loss: How Much is too Much?

January 10, 2016

Every January, millions of Americans vow to lose weight. This year, 40% of Americans have made such a New Year’s resolution. For many, the motivation is to “get fit” or “be healthy”. Others want the figures of celebrities like Taylor Swift or Jennifer Lawrence. But how thin is too thin? According to the Center for Disease […]

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Thousands of Untested Rape Kits an “Inexcusable Injustice”

August 22, 2015

In the course of their lifetime, nearly 1 in 5 American women will experience rape (sexual penetration without consent). For many of these women, the injustice won’t stop there. Their cases will go cold for years or decades…if not forever. In fact, according to a report released last week by USA Today, there are at least 70,000 […]

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Election 2016 – A Vote for Voting Rights

August 5, 2015

On Thursday, August 6, the 2016 presidential race will unofficially begin with the first Republican debates. Seventeen candidates will take the stage (10 during the primetime event) to present their platforms and attempt to woo the American voter. Fittingly, August 6 also marks a milestone in American voting history. It is the 50th anniversary of the […]

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Combatting Veteran Homelessness in the “Home of the Brave”

July 4, 2015

This Fourth of July, at Independence Day events across the country, Americans will recognize the 21.4 million US veterans. They will host parades and deliver speeches extolling the veterans for their service and sacrifice. But what many Americans fail to appreciate are the major challenges that servicemen/women face upon returning to civilian life. This week, […]

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Tiny Costa Rica sets Big Record for Renewal Energy

June 18, 2015

Last month, I travelled to the small Central American country of Costa Rica. Among other things, I marvelled at the lush forests, pristine beaches, and exotic wildlife. But perhaps the most admirable feature of Costa Rica is its small carbon footprint. According to sources, the country used only renewable energy to generate electricity for the […]

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Former Sun Worshipper Sheds Light on Skin Cancer Risks

May 23, 2015

Tawny Willoughby is a striking 27 year old, with long blonde hair and deep blue eyes. But last week, the southern belle posted some gruesome photos of herself online. The photos show a close-up of Tawny’s face, covered in oozing blisters and crimson scabs. The culprit? A cream-based treatment for skin cancer. This wasn’t Tawny’s first […]

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Supreme Court says “I Do” to Gay Marriage

May 13, 2015

In the marble halls of the US Supreme Court, nine justices are deliberating a landmark case, inching closer and closer to the “most anticipated ruling of the year”. The case, known as Obergefell v. Hodges, will determine whether the 14th amendment of the constitution requires states to: 1) license a marriage between two people of […]

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