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The Vox Box archive for Aug. 2008

SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 2008

It was a 'Beautiful Day'...

For U2 fans, when 4 tracks from the band's new album, No Line on the Horizon, were recorded and leaked onto YouTube. Getty Images photoThe songs were leaked after Bono blasted them from his French villa and a passerby recognized Bono's voice and recorded the...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2008

McCain Taps Gov. Sarah Palin.... presidential running mate. Sen. John McCain picked first-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, adding a little-known but reform-minded woman to his ticket. Introducing her today, he said she has "strong principles, a fighting spirit and deep compassion," and praised her...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2008

Riches in Heaven?

Church officials accustomed to gathering dollar bills from their collection plates would be jealous of the True North Community Church, which just received a winning lottery ticket from one of its parishioners. The lucky churchgoer, whose ticket is worth approximately $3,000,000, specified only one condition...

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To Teach or Not to Teach?

The California Court of Appeals recently ruled that homeschooling parents in the state must be certified to teach their children. This motion was enstated to ensure that children, regardless of how they are educated, do not fall behind standards.Agreeing with this ruling is Marty Hittelman,...

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2008

Olympic-sized photo scandal...

(one of the few photo scandals having nothing to do with hollywood)More Olympics controversy - this time it's on the basketball court. The Spanish men's Olympic basketball team has stirred up some emotions based on a recent photo of the team "using their index fingers...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2008

Olympic Spirit, Anyone?

Photo via Getty ImagesA Cuban athlete, Angel Matos, is facing the possibility of a lifetime ban from the Olympics after kicking a referee in the face. The athlete became angry after he was disqualified for taking too much injury time, despite being ahead 3-2 in...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2008

A Lower Drinking Age

You would think college presidents wouldn't ever be for lowering the drinking age. However, multiple prestigious university presidents have asked lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age to 18, saying that the higher drinking age encourages binge drinking on their campuses. ABC News Photo The...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2008

War on Women

Unlike some of my posts, this post is not meant to be clever, entertaining or even a debate starter. This post is meant to inform you of something that I feel should be more known. Call me ignorant but I had never before heard of...

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He Did It!!

Michael Phelps achieved his goal of eight medals at one Olympics last night after the Americans won the 4x100m medley. Phelps also set an Olympic record for fastest butterfly split in the history of the 4x100m medley. AP Photo In the story by Alan Abrahamson...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2008

Spa Days Going to the Birds

Want to be on the cutting edge of beauty? Apparently, all it takes is a little bird poo. Yes, Shizuka Bernstein uses the waste products of our feathered friends in her "Geisha Facial."When I was 12 or 13 years old, she had told me that...

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Job Shadowing

Tomorrow, I'll be job shadowing a Microsoft employee. It's going to be a great opportunity. I have done a little bit of research on job shadowing, and there is lots about it online. Students, recent graduates and even adults can job shadow. The Yahoo hotjobs...

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It's like that rhyme...

Spain's Olympic basketball team team is in deep water today for a publicity stunt of them using thier fingers to make their eyes look more Chinese. AP Photograph According to the Boston Globe, in an AP story, found here, the stunt was pulled for Seur,...

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Suspicions mount over chinese gymnasts' ages

If you've been following the Olympics, you've probably heard all the controversy over whether or not the girls on China's gymnastics team are under the minimum age of 16. NYT Article:BEIJING — The teeny-tiny women on China’s Olympic gymnastics team will don their teeny-tiny leotards...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2008

Thinking green for back to school?

As a part of J-camp's adventure this week, they are creating a package of stories to be published in the S-R the 25th. This week's theme is "Going back to school... Green."QUESTION: We need kids who are willing to be interviewed and talk about their...

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Olympic Singing Girl Was Lip-Synching

As I watched the opening ceremonies, I thought I saw the little girl lip-synching, but then dismissed it as being too cynical. Well, turns out my suspicions were correct.From CNN:Games organizers confirm that Lin Miaoke, who performed "Ode to the Motherland" as China's flag was...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2008

The J-camp plan...

Ok, here is the story package: Going back to school--Green.That is, we are all headed back to school soon. Our story package will be all about doing so while keeping that ol' carbon footprint in mind.QUESTION: Is this something you think about when preparing to...

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2008

AIDS Prevention.... Is Actually Working

The American AIDS epidemic is no longer on the rise; the number of new cases each year since 1998 has dwindled slightly on the CDC’s records, suggesting AIDS prevention is actually starting to work.The lower number of cases means a person’s chances of transmitting the...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 10, 2008

FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2008

Report: Edwards Admits Affair

John Edwards, a former contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, admitted today that he was involved in an affair during his wife’s battle with cancer. Edwards denies having fathered the child of his would-be lover, 42-year old Rielle Hunter, but admitted to meeting Hunter in...

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"Cut The Plastic"

I'm not exactly what you'd call a "Tree Hugger" nor am I all about "Save the Planet" or "Save the Animals" - that kind of stuff, but I think this video deserves some attention.Question: Are people overreacting or are plastic bags a real hazard to...

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