From the desk

As I wove my little SUV into a parking spot a good hike away from my office, I instantly regretted the decision to wear heels. Yet, as I made the trek toward DeMos,s I realized I might actually miss this. In 26 days, I will be a college graduate. It seems crazy that three years ago when I transferred to […]

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Judge orders removal of prayer

Complaints by student force Rhode Island high school to tear a banner from auditorium’s wall Cranston, R.I. has been ignited by a twister of emotions, courtesy of the persistent work of a high school junior who imposed a lawsuit on the city to remove a prayer from her high school auditorium’s wall. According to the NY Times, a federal judge […]

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Local budget analysis

Local residents are in an uproar over proposed tax increases, specifically a $.10 increase in the real estate tax, which already runs at $1.05 per $100 of assessed property values. While no one actually likes taxes, perhaps a levelheaded look at Lynchburg’s proposed budget is in order. Major spending hikes from all levels of government have been dumped on the […]

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World Malaria Day

Special day planned to spread awareness and bring an end to this world-wide crisis The sixth annual World Malaria Day, a day initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring awareness to the disease’s global and deadly impact, will be held on April 25, 2012. The WHO reports that there are more than 216 million malaria cases in over […]

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From the desk

Journalism is all about controversy — especially when we are talking about opinion articles. Our job as journalists is to present the news and, in some cases, present our opinions on current events. This past issue of the Champion featured an opinion article, written by a student, regarding a very controversial topic — voting. You may say that voting is […]

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America needs better Easter mascot

Has observing the true religious meaning of holidays become a thing of the past? Officially, Easter — commonly known as the holiest day of the Christian liturgical year — is the recognition of Jesus’ Resurrection. In addition, Easter is also celebrated through the use of a spectacularly sneaky Easter bunny that hides delectable eggs all throughout lawns and gardens. And […]

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Congress neglects trafficking Act

With Freedom 4/24’s Run For Their Lives race just around the corner, many residents of Lynchburg are turning their attention to the international atrocity that is human trafficking. Despite the rise of awareness about this topic in America — largely thanks to organizations like Freedom 4/24 — it seems that our own government has yet to attend to the problem. […]

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Realism and idealism: Kony 2012 in perspective

If you’ve logged on to Facebook in the past several weeks you’ve almost certainly seen a link to the Invisible Children (IC) organization’s “Kony 2012” video that the group uploaded to video hosting website, Vimeo. The video describes and depicts the atrocities committed by Uganda warlord Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The video is a slickly-made […]

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Who is Joseph Kony?

According to the Kony2012 website, the pledge for supporters to sign reads: “Joseph Kony is one of the world’s worst war criminals and I support the international effort to arrest him, disarm the LRA and bring the child soldiers home.” Joseph Kony first appeared on the political scene in 1986, as detailed an article in The Independent. According to the […]

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From the desk

“Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails,” Proverbs 19:21. Proverbs is a book of wisdom. Yet, so frequently we rehearse the words rather than cling to the truth, all the while placing more “important” issues on the front burners of our conversations. Sometimes people say this type of “From the Desk” […]

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Another option for despondent GOP voters

I’m exercising my American right this year — my American right to not vote in the presidential election. And to defend that decision, I’d like to offer some reasons why. I think that it is not my American duty to vote, but my American right to vote. Neither the Constitution nor any of the 27 Amendments describe voting as a […]

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Jury finds negligence in delayed response

Despite losing lawsuits to families of Va. Tech shooting victims, Steger sticks with story It has been nearly five years since the deadliest campus massacre in the U.S. took place at Virginia Tech (VT) on April 16, 2007, leaving 33 people dead, including the shooter. President of Virginia Tech Charles Steger was reminded of the tragic event two weeks ago […]

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US struggles to fix energy crisis

There is a massive push brewing in the nation’s capital, right under the noses of America’s citizens. According to FoxNews.com, President Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu confirmed that in 2008, he told the Wall Street Journal that elevating gas prices to higher European-level prices would help wean Americans off of the foreign oil addiction and compel them to use more […]

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Hackers team up with WikiLeaks

What began as a group of pranksters trolling the web for laughs has evolved into a political cyber movement bent on attacking some of the most powerful entities in the world. Anonymous, the mysterious hacker collective, is growing exponentially, both in capability and notoriety, but can they focus that expanding power into socially positive acts or are they only acting […]

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Facebook fired up about Houston’s death

The same situation happened with king of pop Michael Jackson, actor Heath Ledger, singer Amy Winehouse and now, R&B artist Whitney Houston. The death of these celebrities led millions to join in mourning their deaths via various social media outlets. A Google search of Facebook found more than 168 million messages were posted about the singer’s death. According to the […]

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