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Duke's Muslim call to prayer brings hundreds

1/17/15 12:30am

Hundreds gathered outside of Duke University's Chapel for the Muslim call to prayer Friday afternoon, despite the University allowing, then denying, the prayer to be broadcast across campus from the bell tower. Yesterday's prayer was amplified from a small speaker, despite Duke University officials ...

'Lessons within Ferguson, MO.' opens communication within Elon

8/28/14 9:49am

"It just feels as if it's a bad dream for everyone." Elon student and Ferguson resident Mia Ginae Watkins remembers pacing around the house while watching news updates in disbelief with her family on August 9, when an unarmed 18-year-old African-American male named Michael Brown was fatally shot ...

Affordable Health Care decisions explained

7/24/14 1:21pm

On July 21, two United States appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on the availability of subsidies that help many Americans afford health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Here is a breakdown of the decision, which could potentially affect millions. What was the issue? The cases centered on the Affordable Care Act, specifically a part of the law that says subsidies will be available “Through an exchange established by the state.” The law does not specifically say if those signing up on the federal exchange are also eligible. Opponents of the law challenged the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the law, saying subsidies can only be offered through state-based exchanges. Proponents of the law say the lawmakers intended for subsides to be offered by both federal and state exchanges. Currently, only 14 states and the District of Columbia have their own exchanges, which means the decision could affect the 4.7 millionAmericans who signed up through the federal exchange. What was the decision? The D.C.

Dr. Maya Angelou: "A Voice for Justice, Equality and Love"

6/7/14 7:41pm

"Life is a constant choice. Will you choose to reach out or draw in? Will you choose to speak out or shut up?" President Bill Clinton reflected upon Dr. Maya Angelou this morning at the poet's memorial service held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author died in her home Wednesday May 28. Many famous guests such as President Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and TV star Oprah Winfrey attended. "Dr. Angelou's words sustained me on every step of my journey," said First Lady Obama.

Students reflect on Boston Marathon bombings, one year later

4/22/14 10:14pm

Patriots day and marathon Monday have always been special for many Massachusetts natives, including Ottavia Pomazon. "It's just kind of ingrained in you that it's a special day and I guess its def something that sets boston apart and makes us unique in the fact that we do celebrate this day.

Millennials detached from politics, religion, study finds

3/17/14 8:30pm

Millennials, the term coined for the emerging youth generation between the ages of 18-33 in 2014, are detached from political parties and organized religion, according to the results from a Pew Research Center study. The study, released March 7, also found Millennials are more connected to social networks and other technologies than past generations. The study was based on a survey of 1,821 adults, including 617 Millennials, and was conducted in Febuary.

President Obama outlines federal minimum wage increase

2/10/14 8:11pm

The State of the Union address usually serves to rally the nation for a new year, but this year, President Obama introduced a new policy to raise the minimum wage for federal workers by executive order. In the plan laid out after the address, the Obama administration would only provide federal contracts to companies that pay their employees a minimum of $10.10 per hour.

GMOs now 90 percent of corn, beets and soy in US

2/5/14 4:39pm

In 2013, 90 percent of all corn, beets and soybeans planted in the United States were genetically engineered (GE) according the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is a 65 percent increase since 2006. According to Renée Maas from Food and Water Watch, a grassroots organization leading the campaign to get GE food labeled in North Carolina, the so-called misconception of the dangers involved in genetic engineering is a grim reality that negatively affects the health of Americans. Maas said that the impact on American health is easily seen, but not so easily confirmed. “It’s hard for doctors and scientists to link them to genetically engineered foods because they aren’t labeled,” she said.