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Thursday, May 23, 2024

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New Connecticut Taser law a step in the right direction

Little known fact: “Taser” is actually an acronym for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle,” which is high in the running for snazziest name of anything, ever. Thomas Swift, by the way, is the main character of a young adult science fiction series from the 1910s. 


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Vinyl made heroic comeback last year

Vinyl was the laughingstock of the music industry ever since sales of compact discs — CDs — took off in the late 1990s. The digital music format seemed to sound as good, if not better, than its analog counterparts. Tapes sounded terrible, and vinyl records just took up too much damn space. There was no way you were going to fit those things in your car or your Walkman.


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The state of the union and security breaches

It’s the week leading up to President Barack Obama’s next-to-last State of the Union Address, so he’ll be revealing his policies for the coming year. It also means there will be a lot of rather sassy reactions to his stated plans, so get ready for a week full of some salty political news. See, for example, the president’s announcement this weekend of the plan to make community college tuition free, and the gleeful takedowns that followed.


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Community college plan step in right direction

Good morning, Gators, and welcome back from what we hope was a good weekend. Between the first days of a new semester and the awful things that happened around the world this week, we all needed a break. Now that we’re all back in the groove, let’s start the new week with a controversial yet much less dismal piece of national news: President Barack Obama’s proposal regarding tuition in community colleges.


Je Suis Charlie Hebdo
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Attack on French magazine an attack on free speech

It’s safe to guess that by now you’ve heard the news of the mass shooting yesterday in France. To say the attack was horrific, reprehensible, abhorrent and brutal is true, but those words still fail to capture how this feels for us — not to mention what it means to the people of France. In any case, it feels like a rehearsal in the litany of words we use when trying to describe events like this that leave us utterly dejected.


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Harkin’s student loan plan

Democrats are generally known for favoring education spending by the federal government, whereas Republicans tend to oppose such expenditures. Many prominent Republicans, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas), have expressed support for eliminating the U.S. Department of Education altogether.



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