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The Vox Box

MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2009

It's Official... 

According to this Fox Sports Article on MSN, these are the Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials of 2009. Bud Light: Office Meeting Doritos: Office Ball Bridgestone: Potato Heads Budweiser: Clydesdale Plays Fetch E-Trade: Babies Moose It's Time Coke Zero: Polamalu Hulu: Alec…

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Not our golden boy! 14 

It seems our #1 Olympic gold medalist has fallen! Pictures have surfaced of swimmer Michael Phelps smoking marijuana in a British tabloid. Phelps has acknowledged the photos were him with a press conference earlier this week. He also apologized for his actions.Seriously Michael? With all…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 1, 2009

Peanut butter is being given the cold shoulder.

Mmmm...Peanut Butter 

It seems to be an offense to even utter those two dreadful...(yet delicious) words: peanut butter. As we've been hearing on the news for nearly 3 weeks, peanut butter has gotten a bad reputation with nearly 125 different products being pulled from shelves due to…

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A New Kind of Telephone Prank 

Forget the old line "Is your refridgerator running?" Eighteen-year-old Randal Ellis was sentenced to three years in prison after calling 911 and telling the operator he was on drugs and just shot his sister. He gave the operator a fake address. Miles away, the couple…

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ORG XMIT: SB472 Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes celebrates the Steelers' 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. Holmes had a touchdown reception late in the game. (AP Photo/) (Amy Sancetta / The Associated Press)

Steelers Steal the Win 

The Pittsburgh Steelers emerged victorious in Super Bowl XVIII today when the team made a touchdown in the last two minutes to triumph over the Arizona Cardinals, who had been up by three points previously.Pittsburgh's wide receiver Santonio Holmes secured the win to bring the…

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Super Bowl Commercials 

For those of you watching the game, you've obviously seen the commercials up to this point. I don't know about the rest of you, but personally I think the commercials are the best part of the day. What do you think? Are the commercials the…

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Too Much Freedom of Speech? 

In a novel he published himself, Harry Nicolaides insulted royalty and was sentenced to three years in prison.Nicolaides, 31, is an Australian novelist who was arrested five months ago for insulting a Thai king in his self-published novel. This controversial arrest relates back to the…

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Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson reacts after he sacked Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb during the second half of the NFL NFC championship football game today in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals beat the Eagles 32-25 to secure a trip to the Super Bowl. (Matt York / The Associated Press)

Numero Uno

Today is the day that either the Arizona Cardinals or the Pittsburgh Steelers will walk off the football field in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, with pride in their hearts and victory wrapped around their fingers as Super Bowl rings.The Steelers have a legacy…

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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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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