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A new direction for Beijing, no direction at home

By Masha Lafen | Oct. 24, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Everyone remembers China's performance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. The show was immense and extravagant and demonstrated their immense population.

United States makes a wise donation to WHO

By Fran Djoukeng | Oct. 15, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In a surge of global responsibility, the U.S. plans to donate 10 percent of swine influenza vaccinations to the World Health Organization (WHO). The U.S. has a current order of 195 million doses of the H1N1 vaccination that will start to arrive in October.

Brazil takes home the gold

By Lauren Kestner | Oct. 5, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Shock swept the crowd gathered in Chicago when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) eliminated the city as host in its first round of voting.

Too many variables to be valid

By Amir Gorjifard | Oct. 1, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

When an Indian medical journal showed that a trial for an HIV vaccine has shown promising results, headlines across the nation presumed that a vaccine has been discovered.

Passing an opportunity to curb obesity

By Lauren Kestner | Sept. 22, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

With obesity-related deaths second only to those caused by tobacco, one would expect Congress to jump at the opportunity to reduce the consumption of drinks linked with weight gain.

Sarah Palin 1, Levi Johnston 0

By Sophia Deng | Sept. 15, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Levi Johnston needs to go back to where he came from - Alaska or obscurity, both are good options. Remember Johnston? He was the boyfriend father of Bristol Palin's baby.

Barack's pep talk

By Ava Wallace | Sept. 9, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

On Tuesday at 12 p.m., President Obama gave a speech encouraging students across the nation to "take responsibility for their lives."

Many sound bites but few insights

By Masha Lafen | Aug. 18, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up her seven country tour of Africa. She met with national leaders and promised to keep Africa high on the State Department's priority list. She pledged to help victims of rape in eastern Congo and chastised the corruption in Kenyan government.

The purple predicament

By Lauren Kestner | May 30, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In a recently released 15-page report, the MTA detailed the disadvantages of constructing a Purple Line tunnel along Wayne Avenue, giving credence to a unanimous Montgomery County Council vote that indicated local preference for a light-rail system.

Trash the dirt

By Jenna Bushnell | May 19, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

A former student from Walt Whitman high school was arrested last Wednesday after posting death threats on the teen gossip website,

The Specter switch

By Lauren Kestner | May 4, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In an unexpected turn of events on Capital Hill Tuesday, Senator Arlen Specter (R - Pa.) announced his intention to run as a Democrat in the 2010 congressional election. So what's the big deal?

The bleeding elephant

By Alisa Lu | April 14, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In the wee hours of Dec. 16, 1773, American colonists disguised as American Indians snuck aboard a British ship and threw overboard crates of tea to protest the new tea taxes.

Executive pay caps are for the best

By David Tao | Feb. 19, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

You don't have to be a corporate accountant to know that executives make more money than the rest of us. This is the way it's always been - and in a way, it makes sense: as a person climbs up the corporate ladder, their responsibilities increase dramatically and their salaries should reflect that. Then again, the earnings of corporate executives may reflect their positions a little too well.

Baywatch: one Blazer's efforts to call attention to our troubled waters

By Deepa Chellappa | Jan. 10, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In elementary and middle school, I remember painting huge signs throughout the hallways: "Don't pollute!", "Save the Bay!", "We drink this water too!" We read articles in science classes about attempts to revive the Bay, and took field trips to the estuary to learn about runoff, nitrogen pollution and oyster populations. We were involved in our local environment, deeply invested in a water source a mere hour from our homes.

Cut Caroline some slack

By Sophia Deng | Jan. 5, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Caroline Kennedy may not be the most qualified potential appointee for the vacant New York Senate seat, but she's certainly qualified. Despite the media's harping on her lack of intelligence and expertise, Kennedy's resumé has more substance than most critics are acknowledging.

River of water needs a massive plan

By Charles Kong | Dec. 26, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

Shouts of joy rang throughout the SAC during 5A lunch on Tuesday as news of an early release day quickly spread from table to table. Some students exited in a rush to get to their lockers, others remained to hang out one last time with their friends. Getting out two and a half hours early the last day before winter break seemed too good to be true.

Shrubs and shoes

By | Dec. 19, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

Our beloved President Bush ducked. No, he did not duck away from his pathetic, dismal presidency or from his creepy vice president, but ducked away for two size-10 shoes hurled at him during a press conference in Iraq on Sunday.

A way to the White House

By Julia Wynn | Dec. 6, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

Apparently, the going price for witnessing history can reach thousands of dollars a night.


By David Tao | Nov. 29, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

It's been almost a month since America swept then-Senator Barack Obama into the office of the President-elect. Emphasis on what separated him from his opponents won him initial support: his proponents emphasized the fact that he was the only candidate that, for example, didn't support the invasion of Iraq, to the chagrin of his main Democratic rival, Senator Hillary Clinton. As Obama prepares to take the reins from his universally despised predecessor, he is continuing to emphasize his unique opinions - this time with the actual institutional power to make decisions that move towards change.

Weast: don't ruin this historic opportunity

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Nov. 24, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

We are in Obama era. Barack Obama is poised to be the 44th President of the United States of America, and with a majority of Democrats in Congress, Obama should have a successful term. Regardless of his race, Obama has been an incredibly unifying force. Obama supporters go out of their way to be nice to each other. I've noticed that drivers with Obama-Biden stickers have been less aggressive. Even some John McCain supporters are jumping on the Obama "love train."

Living with the dead

By Kevin Teng | Nov. 11, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

Every once in a bored while, I surf the Internet looking for something to do. I generally don't care too much about what I see online – there's the occasional LOL on Digg or the sarcastic comic strip. But rarely do I see things that are, quite frankly, demented.

Voter vendetta

By Susie Branson | Nov. 6, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

The day I had been looking forward to for over a year finally came on Tuesday - the day I would finally have an impact and make a difference. The day I would vote. Walking up to Pine Crest Elementary School to cast my vote, I thought about all of the friends I hope to represent - frustrated friends who had missed the voting cutoff by a single week, day and even hour. I also hoped that my involvement would not only stand for the views of the 53 percent of voters ages 18-24 that didn't vote in the 2004 election, according to PBS, but to also decrease this percentage for the 2008 election.

Counting down the days

By Alisa Lu Kevin Teng | Nov. 2, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

Election Day is upon us. In 48 hours, Americans will go to the voting booths and decide who will lead this country for the next four years - one who will inherit a worsening economy, an increasingly polarized nation and many other not-so-great things. Some final thoughts as we all hold our breath...

A half-hour masterpiece

By Poorna Natarajan | Nov. 2, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

With so many projects and tests crammed in before the quarter ended on Friday, I had tons of homework on Wednesday. But that didn't stop me from watching Barack Obama's half hour infomercial that aired primetime on three major networks - FOX, NBC and CBS.

Just the facts, please

By Katie Sint | Oct. 30, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

Every so often, I'll be a nerd and just perch in front of my computer, reading the latest national news and checking poll numbers. In an effort to avoid starting an essay, I wen on to, wanting to see how Obama was faring in the election according to a media filter that was somewhat detached from reality. The latest updated article on Obama on the FoxNews site was a news story about how Obama had declared to Ellen DeGeneres that he was a better dancer than McCain. The first line in the article read, "They really will do anything to win."

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