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Random acts of kindness still exist in a selfish world

Amber Burton

October 24, 2009

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In a society where it seems like the entire world is out to get, well, everybody, sometimes a light shines through the darkness, a beacon of hope for a lost humanity. Then again, maybe that's a little dramatic. It's just nice t...

New hate crime bill won’t limit free speech

October 24, 2009

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The United States Senate passed HR 2647, legislation that would expand current federal hate crime laws, on Oct. 22 with a 68-29 vote. Under the new law, which was attached to a military-spending bill as it passed its way through C...

What not to put on your Facebook status

Jake Hartwell

October 24, 2009

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Facebook is an almost endless source of amusement in so many ways. Quizzes, applications, photos, and group pages serve as a wonderful distraction from the stresses of everyday life. By far, my favorite part of Facebook is scrolling thr...

City council hides behind new measure

Christopher Duke

October 18, 2009

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Two months ago, the Austin City Council passed a measure reducing the frequency a resident can speak on agenda items. Previously, Austinites could attend any council meeting and sign up to speak on any agenda item. Under the new meas...

Murders in Mexico an American problem

Megan Ganey

October 18, 2009

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When I went home to El Paso over the summer, the sight of the border wall struck me. It wasn't that I didn't know it was coming or that I was upset that it was built, but because there now existed a clear distinction between ...

U.S. debt means no criticism of China

Jake Hartwell

October 18, 2009

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From Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, the Empire State Building lit up red and yellow to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. In the press, in the form of protest, a great uproar has risen against this exhibition of approv...

Piracy can recreate integrity lost in modern music

Jake Hartwell

October 3, 2009

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We've all heard it before: Piracy is a serious criminal offense. It is equivalent to theft—no, worse than conventional theft. Make no mistake: Pirating music over the Internet is illegal. But illegality alone has never been a sound mo...

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