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The Vox Box

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009

Goobye to the Vox 12 

Due to budget cuts and layoffs affecting the Spokesman-Review, the upcoming issue of the Vox will be the last issue produced under Erin Daniels-Bangle and the Spokesman-Review. The Vox Box will also be shutting down in early June. We may continue with a small-scale blog…

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Relay for Life Touches Lives

The live band could be heard across town. The fireworks erupted and ignited in the dark of night. A huge crowd of people marched around the track. Simply said, Greyhound Event Center was bustling with a cause Friday night: cancer.The American Cancer Society's annual event,…

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The Battle: Individuality vs. Peer Pressure

Should schools enforce school uniforms?With the current school year winding down, several school administrators are considering changing policies within the school districts. For example, the Post Falls School District may opt to elect a four-day week for the 2009-2010 school year as opposed to a…

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So They Think They Can Dance, Eh?

So You Think You Can Dance, the hit dance reality show, is back full strength for yet another season. This will be the show's fifth season, and the auditions have alreadied demonstrated a lot of promise for the show as the judges tour from city…

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Teenage skateboarders enjoy their summer vacation as they train new tricks in downtown of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova) ORG XMIT: XPP102 (Valentina Petrova / The Spokesman-Review)

"Your Voice was the Soundtrack of My Summer"

Signs of summer vacation: yearbooks, finals, tans, job applications, shorts, sandals, and heat.Summer is teasing students. It is peeking around corners, giggling, and running away. The beautiful freedom of summer is merely days away!The goals of next year are looming in the distance, yet the…

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2009

 (Martin Specht / New York Times)

No Car? No Problem! 

I was looking on the Year of Plenty blog, here, and it had a post about a town in Germany that is car free. Not bicycle friendly or walking friendly, but bicycle and walking only. The town, Vauban, Germany, exists without cars. The New York…

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Ducks on Parade 

Okay, this video is adorable. Last year, a guy in downtown Spokane, who works at Sterling Savings Bank, saved a group of baby ducks after they nested in the concrete awning above the bank. He caught them as they jumped, and led them to the…

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

Video of the Week 

"Real Life Twitter" by collegehumorQuestion: What is your opinion of Twitter? Is it frivolous fun, or is it just inane? Is it somehow better to say these things online rather than in real life?

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Unique Ways to Lighten Up... 

Trends are fickle and ever-changing: Our music, clothes, - even food can go 'in' and 'out' of style! Yet with this amazingly cool and crazy lamp, it's good to know that our trends are taking a turn for the unique. This is my favorite! The…

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SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2009

Who's Ready? 10 

Tomorrow is the first day of a week and a half of AP tests. There are multiple tests a day all of this week and next week. Tomorrow, there are the United States Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, and French Language tests. The…

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 (The Spokesman-Review)

Who's Running? 

Today is the day, folks! Stretch those calves! Double-knot those laces! Got your Powerbar? Good...because today is Bloomsday.So who is running Bloomsday this morning? Ever run in the past? What's the best part? The worst? (I hear there's a pretty nasty hill....)

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009


Charity-A-Day: Cell Phones for Soldiers

American soldiers are detached each day from the lives they once led, but teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist are striving to reach out to these troops with an organization all their own known as Cell Phones for Soldiers.Through this unique program, soldiers are reconnected with…

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WHO takes a leadership role in the coverage of the swine flu.

Raising the bar on pandemic protection 

The swine flu? (I just heard about this on today's morning news...) The World Health Organization, (WHO), reports Mexico's infection-count at 26 cases with 7 death while the U.S. Government having a count of 91 confirmed cases with no deaths: until now. Having traveled to…

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If only her name was Toto...

A six-pound, eight-month-old Chihuahua named Tinker Bell was reunited with her owners recently after a 70-mph gust of wind blew her nearly a mile away. The owners credited a pet psychic with Tinker Bell's rescue. "The brown long-haired dog was dirty and hungry but otherwise…

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

Lights, Camera, Community Action! 

Spring is a time of renewal, reinvention, and reinspiration. So my question is this: What have you done recently to serve your community?It's easy to forget about volunteerism as the weather warms up, school draws to a close, and spring sports seasons get fired up,…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

Zac Efron stars as Mike in “17 Again.” Warner Bros. (Warner Bros. / The Spokesman-Review)

Encore for 17 Again

Just imagine what would happen if your dad returned to age seventeen and attended your high school for a week. Just imagine if he guided you through an unexpected breakup. Just imagine if he gave you the courage to stand up for yourself, your dreams,…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009

Defendant's Mouth Taped Shut in Court 

In Pocatello, Idaho, a judge ordered a defendant's mouth taped shut after he lost patience with the man's interruptions.The move was ordered by 6th District Judge Peter D. McDermott during a probation violation hearing for Nicklas Frasure, 23, who was convicted of felony theft in…

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Culminating Projects 

For this year's and last year's graduating senior classes, a new graduation requirement has been added among the class and credit prerequisites: the culminating project. In this assignment, senior students are supposed to spend at least 20 hours in creating this project as well as…

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 (Chloe Rambo)

The Glow:Spokane (high)lights 

It's been quite a while since a good ol' 'Glow' article has hit the Vox, but never fear! My adventures will continue! With the first day of Spring Break comes the absolute need to get out of the house: my sister and I were ready…

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Video of the Week 

Flight of the Conchords - "The Humans are Dead"A hilarious look at the music of the post-robotic revolution world. Disclaimer: a not-so-nice word or two for those of you with virgin ears.

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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