40th Anniversary: Lasting vision

Stage set for Liberty students to impact world When most saw a mudhole, Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. saw a university. Harold Knowles, a charter member of Thomas Road Baptist Church, said Falwell picked him up, along with his wife, Ann, and their children in 1972. The family joined Falwell’s young kids, piled into his station wagon and rode to the […]

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A fairytale story comes true

These days, hobbits, dragons and wizards are all the rage. It’s a sign that humanity’s love for fantasy stories is stronger than ever— even if we live in a global community driven by the latest technological advances. Yet no matter how attached we are to our iPhones and Xbox’s, the human race still sits, waiting patiently for something magical to […]

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Hammer of justice falls on bin Laden

The end of a nine-year nightmare has finally come. After 12 years—and three presidential administrations—of hunting, Osama bin Laden has been removed from the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list by a joint special forces group spearheaded by Navy Seals. The response was overwhelming, as Americans around the world let loose triumphant cheers that had been over a decade in […]

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Finding truth in the steel city

It was late when the knock came at the door. After Luke Wilson, a junior at Liberty University, answered it, two drunken college students from up north stumbled into the hotel room where four friends and I sat relaxing on our second night in Pittsburgh. We looked around at each other, bewildered, while they chatted for nearly an hour. Suddenly, […]

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Philadelphia fails at sex-ed

City distributes condoms to minors What do 11-year-olds and condoms have in common? The average American adult would respond with, “Not much.” The Philadelphia Department of Public Health begs to differ. The organization launched a campaign this week that will mail condoms directly to the doorsteps of 11-19 year olds who fill out the order form on its website under […]

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Death of a classic: PB&J gets the axe

Principal Elsa Carmona of Little Village Academy, a public school, implemented a policy prohibiting children from bringing snacks or lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse provided to the school, students must eat the cafeteria food for $2.25 per meal, according to the Chicago Tribune. The purpose of the policy is to “protect students from their own unhealthful […]

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Fiscal budget causes fiasco

Eleven-fifteen p.m. on a Friday evening is not the most convenient time for breaking national news that affects each and every American, yet it was the earliest President Obama, Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could come up with a deal that would prevent a government shutdown that was scheduled to take place at midnight that Friday. The […]

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Trading jobs: Lawyer turned chocolatier

Shawn Askinosie is considered by most a modern day Willie Wonka as he changes the lives’ of children through his chocolate entrepreneurship. Askinosie has designed a project, affectionately called Chocolate University, for the sole purpose of teaching local children how they can be involved in daily serving others through their vocations. The renovated 19th century tobacco factory in Springfield, Mo. […]

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From the desk – April 12

Six-thirty a.m. on a Saturday morning is not something I see very often. Normally at this time, I have only been asleep for three hours and I plan on sleeping another five. But I was up Saturday with what my mom says is a “smile on my face and song in my heart.” The smile was for the bounty that […]

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Fox News, Glenn Beck part ways

While there was heated opposition on Capital Hill this week, Fox News and Glenn Beck parted ways amicably. According to a New York Times article, Beck’s leaving seems to be a mutual agreement between Beck and Fox News. Some of the reasoning behind Beck’s leaving could be the advertisers who have boycotted the show as well as Beck’s steady stream […]

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