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Troops out, now what?

By Melissa Haniff | Sept. 11, 2010, 8:43 a.m. | In News Blog »

In his Oval Office Address on Aug. 31, President Obama declared the removal of combat troops in Iraq, something many Americans have been waiting for over the years.

Playing umpire: Congress needs to make the call

By Valerie Hu | Aug. 27, 2010, 10:54 p.m. | In News Blog »

Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger "The Rocket" Clemens had one goal in mind as he walked into a congressional hearing in February 2008.

Mud slinging

By Sarah Harper | Aug. 10, 2010, 11:06 p.m. | In News Blog »

After the explosion of Deepwater Horizon's drilling rig, it seemed as though British Petroleum (BP) was sadly lacking a how-to manual on cleaning up the largest oil spill in history.

Supersized campaign

By Deepa Chellappa | May 20, 2010, 5:40 p.m. | In News Blog »

In late February, America swept the Olympics by taking gold in almost every category. We wiped out Canada and left France trailing behind. Sweden had nothing on us. U-S-A! U-S-A!

Quitting time?

By David Tao | May 19, 2010, 11:07 a.m. | In News Blog »

For Facebook CEO and President Mark Zuckerberg, life's been good. Since 2003, he's turned a "Hot or Not" website into the world's largest social networking website, revolutionizing the way our generation communicates.

A man-made disaster

By Sophia Deng | May 6, 2010, 1:15 p.m. | In News Blog »

There was Sept. 11 in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005; now the Gulf oil spill will have a place in history as 2010's catastrophe. On April 20, the Deepwater Horizon rig, an offshore platform leased by Transocean for BP, exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 individuals.

Your tired, poor and huddled masses

By Masha Lafen | April 30, 2010, 1:30 p.m. | In News Blog »

Arizona has had a history of problems with illegal immigrants, from high crime rates to drug trafficking across the border. The recent law signed by Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer proposes a harsh and inappropriate solution to this complex problem.

A swing at misbehavior

By Lauren Kestner | April 18, 2010, 3:37 p.m. | In News Blog »

At Blair, students have learned to comply with discipline policies or at least accept the consequences. Students in many Texas school systems, however, now face a far more sinister punishment.

Carrying on the dream

By Lauren Kestner | March 31, 2010, 7:37 p.m. | In News Blog »

When President Obama signed the final part of his healthcare bill on Tuesday, a fervent crowd lauded him for finally achieving his campaign promise to expand coverage to uninsured Americans.

The long fight

By Masha Lafen | March 26, 2010, 1:05 p.m. | In News Blog »

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved landmark health-care legislation in a complex process that began last winter and one of the major beneficiaries of the health care bill will be young people.

A risky search for freedom

By Mandy Xu | March 23, 2010, 7:48 a.m. | In News Blog »

On Monday, Google closed its Internet search service in China after weeks of negotiation with Chinese government officials over censorship issues. Now, mainland Chinese citizens will be able to access Hong Kong-based, which offers Chinese-language service with uncensored results.

A weight on her shoulders

By Julia Wynn | March 16, 2010, 12:55 p.m. | In News Blog »

In Itawamba County, Mississippi, school boards are willing to spend thousands of dollars to stop one girl in a tux. Senior Constance McMillen planned on taking her girlfriend to prom, while wearing an outfit that wasn't revealing, suggestive or inappropriate.

Internal memos cause external scandal

By Colin Wiencek | March 6, 2010, 7:12 p.m. | In News Blog »

American politics have always been plagued by scandal. Last year, media coverage focused mainly on Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's attempt to sell President Obama's senate seat. But a major recent scandal has gone unnoticed by the mainstream media.

In the wake of quakes

By Ava Wallace | March 4, 2010, 9 a.m. | In News Blog »

An 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Chile on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1:34 a.m. EST. Seven-hundred-and-eight Chileans died and roughly two million were affected by the quake, which was the fifth most powerful earthquake since the start of the 20th century, according to the Washington Post.

Gains for same-sex couples

By Lauren Kestner | March 1, 2010, 7:32 a.m. | In News Blog »

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) inspired hope within the Maryland gay community Wednesday after declaring that the state will now recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Gates Foundation inspires hope

By Lauren Kestner | Feb. 4, 2010, 8:03 a.m. | In News Blog »

On Jan. 29, Bill and Melinda Gates announced that their foundation will provide $10 billion to research, develop and distribute vaccines to impoverished nations in Africa and Southeast Asia. Let me repeat that colossal figure, just in case your eyes didn't register it on the first read: $10 billion.

A good "bye" to O'Brien

By Sophia Deng | Feb. 4, 2010, 7:48 a.m. | In News Blog »

On Jan. 7, it was official. Conan O'Brien would be kicked out of his 11:35 p.m. timeslot to be replaced by the person he succeeded, Jay Leno. "I'm with CoCo" rallies outside of NBC headquarters abounded in support of the comedian. Tweets of the O'Brien-Leno feud inundated Twitter.

A new president, but all else the same

By Anya Gosine | Jan. 28, 2010, 2:40 p.m. | In News Blog »

When Barack Obama entered the House of Representatives chamber Wednesday night, he received applause from all in attendance. He shook numerous hands and donned his charming trademark smile. But as the president assumed his position at the podium, there was a sense of apprehension in the hall.

A magnanimous movement

By Anya Gosine | Jan. 22, 2010, 9:01 p.m. | In News Blog »

Last Tuesday when Haiti was torn apart by a calamitous 7.0 earthquake, charitable forces worldwide were quick to mobilize. Financial, political and social conflicts were immediately put aside to undertake a battle of a much greater magnitude – one simply of righteousness.

A criminal oversight

By Lauren Kestner | Dec. 18, 2009, 1:49 p.m. | In News Blog »

When 58-year-old Donald Gates walked out of an Arizona prison Tuesday morning with all his worldly possessions contained in a single cardboard box, he didn't express the bitterness or indignation one would expect from a man wrongly convicted of rape and murder.

Ending 60 years of procrastination

By Masha Lafen | Dec. 4, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

U.S. senators are about to do what many Blair students do - work late into the night.

Restroom closure causes local media coverage

By Colin Wiencek | Dec. 3, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

This school year, all of the bathrooms on the second and third floors have been locked during 5A and 5B lunches. This issue has been on the forefront of many Blazers' minds since the change began.

The end of "O"

By Anya Gosine | Dec. 2, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

She has harnessed the power of a daily hour television slot. She has covered issues present in all races, ages and socioeconomic statuses. So when Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be ending "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the world was rattled.

At last, inclusion

By Julia Wynn | Nov. 10, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Sometimes being tricky is the only way to get things done. Recently, Congress used this approach by attaching a key amendment for the gay rights movement to a piece of essential legislation that tightened military spending.

A suspension of sense

By Anya Gosine | Oct. 27, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Last Wednesday, the school board of the Christina School District in Delaware made a decision to revoke the 45-day suspension of 6-year-old Zachary Christie. The first-grader's initial infraction? Bringing a Cub Scout utensil that combines a fork, spoon and knife to school for his lunch.

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