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The Vox Box archive for Jan. 2009

SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2009

A sign of definite intelligence - The Vox Book Club (The Spokesman-Review)

Parts of Part 5

The Floating Book (Part I)This is the section where we learn that Rudy finally gets his long-awaited kiss. What irony does this hold in the fact surrounding his situation?Rudy's YouthDeath paints a 'portrait' of Rudy Steiner in July of 1941, Do you think this is...

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A sign of definite intelligence - The Vox Book Club (The Spokesman-Review)

The Book Theif - Part Five

The Gamblers (A Seven-Sided Die)-On the fourth side of the die, we are introduced to Max's fantasies about boxing Hitler. -What do you make of these dreams? Why doesn't Max imagine himself triumphing over Hitler? Why does he tell Liesel that he wins?-Do you find...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009

ORG XMIT: NY136 ** CORRECTS BYLINE TO CHRIS NAKASHIMA-BROWN **In this photo provided by Chris Nakashima-Brown, an electronic road sign is seen in Austin, Texas on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. Two electronic signs intended to warn motorists of construction near the intersection of Lamar and Martin Luther King boulevards were changed yesterday by hackers.  (AP Photo/Chris Nakashima-Brown)  ** MANDATORY CREDIT ** (Chris Nakshima-brown / The Spokesman-Review)

Warning: Zombies ahead! 21 

I just stole this post from the Huckleberries blog...In this photo provided by Chris Nakashima-Brown, an electronic road sign is seen in Austin, Texas on Monday. Two electronic signs intended to warn motorists of construction near the intersection of Lamar and Martin Luther King boulevards...

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Yup...the Boss is back in town... (The Spokesman-Review)

The Band is still together...and still alive 15 

"A high energy halftime show," : That's the promise made by Bruce Springsteen, the 'chosen one' for this Sunday's big game. The Boss himself is leading the E Street Band through the famous mid-game 15-minute time slot, boots filled in previous years by other high-profile...

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Now That's Ironic...

Get this: While a group of Tokyo firefighters were out on a call, one of their colleagues was back at the station making Dinner for everyone. Well, the guy also got called out shortly after his buddies left, and in the process, he forgot to...

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Da Big Game won't be so Big... 

What weekend are we coming up on? ... SUPER BOWL Weekend! The weekend usually brings so many parties and hotels and businesses around the selected location for the game receive huge increases in sales and reservations. Not so this year. Well, lets just say there...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

"Too Fit to be President" 13 

A year ago, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his then-candidacy off track."Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough," Sen. Obama said, to a nation where 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese....

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

Weird and Wacky Traffic Laws 11 

The thought that someone actually took the time, energy, and money to make some of these actual laws is a bit pathetic, but funny nonetheless. Being cynical and sarcastic, I just couldn't help adding some comments of my own. Here are some of the funniest...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

Insurance is definately something to look foreward too....

Toilet Insurance?... 

Insurance is usually pretty dang boring - but every once in a while a true jem of a claim crosses the insurance adjuster's desk. gives some great examples...Dog Stories...The holidays are full of great food and good times - the pooch involved in this...

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009

Katie Stam waves to the audience after she was crowned Miss America 2009.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Crowning Miss America 11 

Katie Stam, Miss Indiana, shakily took her fist steps as the inspirational Miss America 2009 this past week.As soon as Miss America 2008 placed the crown upon her head, Miss America 2009 swiftly graced the stage before uniting with her parents to thank them.The event...

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Stuffed... girls? 

Does anyone else think that making President Obama's little girls into Beanie Babies is a little messed up? Maybe the girls are supposed to be the new "role models'' but it just seems weird that they're already being marketed! What do you guys think?

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Quotes of the Week

Quote 1:Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present. W. Somerset MaughamAre you a worrywart? What are the things you worry about most?Quote is here. Quote 2:Health food makes me sick. Calvin Trillin, US columnistWhat health foods...

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Recipes of the Week 13 

Chloe, you have inspired me. :) This week's recipes are all about chocolate. Recipe 1: Mexican Chocolate Icebox CakeRecipe is here. Looks good, but cold- maybe not the best cake for a 7 degree day. Recipe 2: Chocolate Chip SconesRecipe is here. Scones=amazing. Recipe 3:...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2009

mmmm...a wardrobe made out of chocolate...

Food News of the Week! 17 

Three days of complete awesome.Those are the only words I can think of to describe Mexico City's newest festival: "The Chocolate Experience." Launched January 23, chocolate makers aim to make and display every kind and possible use for the addictive stuff. reports that the...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

 (The Spokesman-Review)

Payment for A Wrong? 

In AP US History last week, we were discussing whether or not reparations should be made for slavery. Opinions were varied, and different things came up. Who would pay? Who would be given reparations? Should it be monetary reparations? Or would actions be better for...

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Foreign Languages 23 

I made this video for my Japanese class to help students learn Japanese easier, although I'm not sure if I was successful in making it "easier". Nevertheless, making this video made me wonder about what other language programs students were involved in and what was...

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Facebook News

Interesting stuff... The internet has opened up a whole new can of worms for criminals in the last few decades. Social networking sites are easy gateways for hackers and criminals (such as sexual predators) to do their dirty deed. There have already been several malware...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Yup...a view they'll never forget...( (Andrew Brownbill / Ap)

A Different Kind of Courtside View... 

A male streaker was the cause of an interruption of a doubles match in the Australian Open - and the William's sisters got the full view. Venus and Serena Williams were pitted against doubles team Ayumi Morita and Martina Mueller. The match was soon forced...

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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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