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Billboard's Hot 100 really is hot...celebrating 50 years.

That's 'Hot'... 15 

It's a fifty-year old that's still relatively cool: Billboard is celebratng 50 years of keeping tabs on the music world's 'popular crowd'. First published in Billboard's August 8, 1958 issue, the Hot 100 was the "first list to measure popularity by incorporating both radio play…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

What?! 13 

Okay this just seems a little nuts to me, but I guess it could be a sign of things to come... On Tuesday it was reported that a man from Taiwan asked cops to send him back to prison (seemingly out of desperation). He was…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

Are Kids Getting More Dangerous? 21 

Eleven-year-old Jordan Brown has been charged as an adult for a crime that is becoming more and more common in the news: shooting a family member. In this case, the family member was Kenzie Marie Houk, the twenty-six-year-old fiancée of Brown’s father (shown with her…

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Generosity at its best 

Today the government of Mumbai, India accounced that they would built real houses for two of the small children of the movie, Slumdog Millionaire. Fabulous considering the two darlings were STILL living in the poverty stricten slums of India.Now help the other Indian children in…

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

Wrapping it up

Chloe and I figure we've dragged this out for long enough, so we might as well end it with a bang. As she said, we hope you'll continue to break down the novel and discuss it with others, and we hope you'll enjoy this last…

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Former first lady or Secretary of State?...Definitely both.

Which View?... 

Last night, Obama's address not only challenged the economy and our current state of financial affairs, but also questioned our level of patriotism and involvement as a population.This is a very serious matter, I agree. Yet the question on my mind was about Hilary; Which…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009

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

A Farewell...

Yes - here it is, it actually came:....*drumroll please*.....the end of The Book Thief. We're bringin' this amazing work of literature full circle and ending it here. As Caitlin and I post the pre-formulated Discussion Questions, we hope you'll continue to really question each section…

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The dollar that will save the lucky buck...

Need a buck?... 

$1 is going to save the economy? Well, according to, Washington State thinks it's the best plan, "supposed to bring millions of dollars worth of food stamps to the state by March."The state is sending out thousands of checks made out for $1 to…

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

The Green Hereafter 17 

If you're like most Americans, you'll want to be buried or creamated.But exactly how safe is this for the environment?Burial requires a decomposition below the surface, without oxygen, producing a sloppy mess that emits carbon dioxide into the soil. It is estimated that americans use…

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What's on your Record? 

How about a 9-year-old boy charged with murder? You might've heard about the Arizona boy who confessed on video to killing his father and another man last November with a .22-caliber handgun obtained from his house. At the time he was 8-years-old, and heading home…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2009

Cash's Capitalist Reactionary Pig Quotes of the Week 

In the true and individualistic spirit of a self-made, free market capitalistic pig-dog, I am starting (right now) a weekly collection of quotes from various conservative figures, both modern and historical, with no regard to what the welfare-dependent socialists up top think about it. After…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

"Revenge on Vegetarians"... 

Cash's 'mouse-baby wine' will be a tough act to follow - really how can anything compare to the visual of ...well...he summed it up perfectly with that ending "Squeak"...but his post got me thinking about our future...(and hopefully that there won't be more baby creatures…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Does Hollywood Ruin Novels? 

It's an often-heard complaint after the release of the newest book-to-film movie; Why does that suck? In our society, it seems to be a given that the book will always be better than it's movie adaption.What's going on with this translation from the pages to…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

"Now That's Progressive"? 

We've all seen those Progressive commercials with the car insurance shoppers literally "shopping" for car insurance, and the gimmick always seems to be "name your price." With a struggling economy, cost has become the primary means of competition among companies, although quality definitely remains a…

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American Idol

As every Idol fan knows, tonight is the first night that we get to vote for our favorites. The Top 36 contestants were chosen last week, and now it's up to the public to chose. As you are watching Idol tonight, pay attention to who…

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009

Mall Cop: Cute or Corny? 

Two movie tickets and plenty of laughs later, I still can't figure out why someone wouldn't enjoy Paul Blart: Mall Cop! I watched this film at the theaters twice: once with "the guys" and once with "the girls."I loved the original plot; Paul Blart is…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2009

Nevada Takes on Mountain Lions 

The state of Nevada has announced a plan to increase the deer population by reducing the number of mountain lions. Animal activists are outraged at the plan, saying that housing developments, drought, and automobile accidents are more detrimental to the deer population than are mountain…

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Quotes of the Week

In honor of President's Day, the quotes from this week are from US presidents. Quote 1:Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John AdamsHow much knowledge do you have of the American government? What is the most interesting part, to you?Quote 2:A…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

Definitely going to be a classic...

Showin' Some Love... 11 

It's the age-old activity for Valentine's Day; many pop in a movie, cook up some popcorn, then sit down and enjoy the cpmpany of loved ones. Here are the classics...When Harry Met SallyMeg Ryan and Billy Crystal see sparks fly in New York City. (I…

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Happy Anti-Valentine's Day! 

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FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

Sad and pathetic

I understand reality television has not always been the classiest genre of television, but for goodness sake people! E! television channel is set to premiere a new reality show in March called Hot Girls in Scary Places. And yep... you guessed what it is! Girls…

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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