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The Vox Box archive for July 2008



Wed., July 30, 2008, 1:37 p.m.


You can't have camp without s'mores...Jackson takes the first bite of his most "interesting" s'more monstrosity."We also tested s'mores! The best combo: Chocolate Graham, deluxe dark chocolate, 2 chocolate caramel kisses, chocolate marshmallow, and banana!The most gross combo: (aka, "The Big Jackson") Graham crackers, marshmallow,...

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Wed., July 30, 2008, 12:11 p.m.

"What is the white stuff?"

Today we have been working on our story package, there are great ideas happening here, but who cares? What is really awesome right now is that it's food panel time with food editor Lorie Hutson!!!I have no idea what they are eating, and Lorie says...

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Wed., July 30, 2008, 10:31 a.m.

China Outnumbers America... Again

The US has kept the largest net-using population since records of the number of people using the net have been kept, until now.Official figures now say China has the world’s largest net-using population.According to statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center, or CNNIC, 253...

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008

Tue., July 29, 2008, 10:44 a.m.

Today is brought to us by the letter "P"

Features writer Paula Davenport is in here with the kids now talking about interviewing. Pia will be in here soon to help them plan their story ideas.We have been discussing what a newspaper needs to look like to get the attention of the average teenager....

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Tue., July 29, 2008, 8:32 a.m.

L.A. to Ban Fast Food?

(From the nanny-state department)Today marks a vote in the L.A. city council which would ban fast food for a year in the impoverished neighborhood of South L.A. The goal here is to encourage the citizens to slim down by making healthier choices. The aim of...

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008

Mon., July 28, 2008, 1:17 p.m.

A Dare Gone Wrong

An 18 year old Australian man's dare turned ugly, Wednesday morning, when he was hit by a car. Yahoo has the full story. The man had been dared to play "Chicken" on the Tullamarine Freeway in Melbourne, in nothing but his underwear. Other than the...

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2008

Sun., July 27, 2008, 1:10 p.m.

Well, It's Free Babysitting

In this controversial reality show, five teenage couples are given a house and adult responsibilites- including the care of several children; an infant, a toddler, a pre-teen, and a teen, as well as a senior citizen. Critics are slamming the show, saying that the parents...

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Sat., July 26, 2008, 2:59 p.m.

Why Didn't He Just Kick It?

Keith Walendowski, a Milwaukee, WI resident, wasn't happy with just leaving the lawn unmowed when the mower wouldn't start. Instead, he shot the machine. I guess he had to go for the big guns (pun intended.) Milwaukee Sheriff's Dept. Photo According to the MSNBC article,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008

Fri., July 25, 2008, 12:59 p.m.

Dump your new love... via voicemail...

Some of you have been there. You wanna break up, yet avoid the tears and the drama... But breaking up via text is SOOO tacky.Wouldn't it be nice if you could just get their voicemail? Well, here you go: (267) SLY-DIAL Full article... Slydial lets...

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Thu., July 24, 2008, 12:55 p.m.

How Loud is Too Loud?

Surely some teens, myself included, have the habit to turn the ipod or mp3 player up high. But experts are worried it poses big risks to teens later on.When turning up ipods and personal stereos is becoming more common to block out the noise of...

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008

Tue., July 22, 2008, 8:28 p.m.

Say Hello to Charlie the Unicorn.

This video has had over 40 million views on Youtube.In the video the lethargic Charlie the unicorn journeys reluctantly to Candy Mountain with Pink and Blue. Upon arrival to the Candy Cave, The Letter Y sings for about 45 seconds and then Charlie enters the...

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Tue., July 22, 2008, 2:35 p.m.


I was whining the other day when some jerk nearly hit me at Monroe and Riverside, but this video has any experience of mine beat:(Watch the lower right. Not the dude at the counter...)I like how he puts his hat back on.QUESTION: If you were...

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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008

Mon., July 21, 2008, 2:22 p.m.

WALL-E for President

(From the friendly robot department)New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote a very thought-provoking piece discussing how the new Pixar movie may be more in touch with the country and our looming problems than either of the candidates for president.Sitting among rapt children mostly under...

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SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2008

Sun., July 20, 2008, 8:05 p.m.

Yellow Sticky Notes

While wasting my precious time on YouTube, I found this video. I thought it was entertaining, and I figured we have had some serious topics here on the blog lately, so why not inject some humor? I will warn you though, there are some topics...

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Sat., July 19, 2008, 9:10 p.m.

Happy 15th Birthday to Don't Ask, Don't Tell

15 years ago, then-President Bill Clinton announced "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the controversial piece of legislation banning gays, lesbians and bisexuals from disclosing their sexual orientation while in the military. According to a survey done by ABC News, found here, 75% of Americans support allowing...

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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008


Thu., July 17, 2008, 3 p.m.

The Spokesman's first gay marriage announcement

Today, the S-R published it's first gay marriage announcment. (The couple was married in California.)On his blog, editor Steve Smith discusses an example of feedback he received:While I recognize their marriage was legalized in California, same sex marriage is not legal in the state of...

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Thu., July 17, 2008, 1:50 p.m.

Massive Fuel Theft Has Authorities Perplexed

MSNBC reports the inevitable outcome of sharply rising fuel prices - an audacious gas station "heist" out of FloridaAfter investigating, deputies and the clerk discovered the suspect disabled a part in the pump that measures gas volume. That allowed the theft of 995 gallons, worth...

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Wed., July 16, 2008, 7:07 p.m.

Do Teen Curfews Violate Rights?

According to a CBS story, “On Friday, Delaware's largest shopping center, the Christiana Mall, officially instituted the Parental Guidance Required program. The program prohibits teens 17 and under from entering the mall Friday or Saturday nights unless accompanied by an adult 21 or older. Each...

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MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008

In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at

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