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By Emily Brown By now, you have probably heard that Brittany Maynard followed through with a vow she made public a few weeks ago through the media. Maynard took her life by means of a lethal prescription Saturday, Nov. 1. As I began to organize my thoughts on the matter, …

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I am frustrated with UNC, and for the first time in my life, the frustration is not born out of my disdain for the basketball team. The school’s logo and the Tarheel symbol — even just the color Carolina blue — automatically elicits a vocal expression of disgust from me …

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Social media has permeated today’s culture with millions of users on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and, most recently, Yik Yak, as well as several others. From average users sharing photos and big family news, such as engagement or pregnancy announcements, to companies encouraging interaction among customers and spreading promotions, …

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Three weeks ago, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, grabbed the world’s attention with their latest news. Prince George is going to be an older brother. Almost immediately, news outlets from Europe and America latched on to the information, disseminating it to audiences …

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This week has been, by far, one of the hardest weeks I have faced as a journalist. Sure, there were plenty of challenges wrapped up in layout and story assignments, meetings and attempting to make contact with sources. But none of those aspects of my week made it particularly challenging. …

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People say dumb things all the time. Fortunately, for most of us, those words are often quickly forgotten. But for Victoria Osteen, that has not been the case. While not all Christians think Osteen’s words in an August sermon at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, were inappropriate, she has definitely …

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“Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice,” Richard Dawkins tweeted. These words by themselves are probably shocking and offensive. Many pro-life advocates would be put off at even just the sight of the word “abort.” So let …

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With only finals left to conquer in what has turned out to be the craziest semester of my college career, I cannot help but breathe a sigh of relief. Between all the late nights and early mornings finishing up assignments and countless hours spent in the Liberty Champion office, 2014 …

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It has been 39 days since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared. In that amount of time, relatives of the 239 people on board have been waiting to be told what became of their loved ones, whether or not they will ever see them again. The search for Flight 370 has …

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The phrase March Madness means many things to many people, but from the sports-illiterate to the baseketball-obsessed, madness is the perfect word to summarize the emotional state that the annual NCAA basketball tournament creates. Although I do enjoy filling out what inevitably turns out to be a painfully incorrect bracket …

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Every year, American citizens reflect on one of the most controversial decisions since the Supreme Court’s inception in 1789 — Roe v. Wade. Although many pro-life and pro-choice supporters work year-round to protect what they believe is right, rallies across the country will mark the 41st anniversary of the landmark …

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At least six people in my home state of Illinois were killed by an EF-4 tornado Sunday, Nov. 17. According to ABC News, 170-190 mph winds tore through central Illinois, injuring about 120 people, destroying between 250 and 500 buildings and prompting Gov. Pat Quinn to declare seven counties in …

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The sports world exploded with emotion Saturday night, Oct. 26, when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series after a controversial obstruction call by third base umpire Jim Joyce. Seemingly everyone with a television and a basic knowledge of the sport …

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It is one of those lessons that can take years to learn, and some people go a lifetime without learning it. People hate change. It makes no difference whether or not the change is good or bad. The smallest differences in a time-honored routine can make anyone bitter, but it …

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After five seasons of tense, edge-of-your-seat drama, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is finally over. Even as I write this, I am currently working my way through season five of “Breaking Bad” while desperately trying to avoid finding out what happens in the series finale, which aired Sunday, Sept. 29. As someone …

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