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Marijuana laws loosen

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

 

By Zach Colona

 

About two years ago 21-year-old Allen Johnson (not his real name), was arrested for possession of marijuana in Chester County. Although he did not possess any other drugs, he admits he was struggling with addiction.

Johnson was given two options: jail or drug court, which is similar to probation.

He picked drug court, a process which took about two years, required a $2,000 fine and countless drug tests to clear his record. He successfully completed the requirements of the program over several months and was released.

Like Johnson, many are affected by laws that

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Communication studies major reflects on the money he saves by attending DCCC

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

By Marwa Benahmed-Ali

Special to The Communitarian

 

Brandon Formanes, 20, of Millbourne Pa., said he felt accomplished when he received his acceptance letter from Lees-McRae College in North Carolina. Formanes’ acceptance to Lees-McRae College was his golden ticket to freedom, he thought.

Growing up in what he called a strict household, Formanes said he rarely went out due to a curfew of eight-o’clock and limited places to go to.

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Mike Bianchi: Nick Saban, Ala- bama, SEC owe apology to all domestic violence victims

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

 

By Mike Bianchi Orlando Sentinel

(TNS)

 

Too late, Nick Saban and all of his sycophant administrators at the University of Alabama. You can't save face by kicking a football player off your team who should have never been allowed onto your team in the first place. The iconic Saban, athletic director Bill Battle and school President Judy Bonner _ yes, a woman _ owe domestic violence victims everywhere an explanation and an apology for Jonathan Taylor.

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Editorial Cartoon

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

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Depressed? You are not alone

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

By Maryleigh Sharp

 

According to Magill’s Medical Guide, 15 to 20 percent of adults will experience major depression at some point in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I know how it feels first hand to want to end things in your life.

Some people may want to hurt themselves and others may want to seclude themselves from the world, yet I am telling you there is a way to get through this. It may not be easy, but I know it’s a day-by -day process.

In Magill’s Medical Guide, Oliver Oyama, Ph.D., and Nancy Piotrowski, Ph.D., state, “Depression is one of the most common

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HHS head: Feds will continue to build on Obamacare successes

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

By Sylvia M. Burwell

(TNS)

 

For more than a century, American leaders have struggled to find ways to extend quality, affordable health care to everyone. We made progress for the elderly, the under-served and children, but for many Americans, the goal remained unattainable.

Nathan Auldridge knew that truth too well. He was a senior in college when he started experiencing double vision and severe vomiting. He was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor and had to undergo a craniotomy and six weeks of radiation. The treatments were successful and he was declared cancer-free in 2006.

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Reining in the coal industry's assault on public health

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

 

By Lisa Garcia

Los Angeles Times

(TNS)

One in five premature deaths are attributable to air pollution. Can EPA rules help?

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a crucial case about regulating mercury and other toxic air pollution coming from coal-fired power plants. At stake is a very dangerous precedent that industry profits are more important than thousands of lives.

In late 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency issued its first-ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, to reduce the pollution emitted by power plants.

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Listening to loud music causes hearing loss, experts say

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

By Erica Setnick

 

According to the World Health Organization    (WHO),    “1.1    billion teenagers and young adults around the world are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events.”

WHO reports more than 43 million people aged 12-35 have hearing loss and the number is increasing.

“It’s a pretty obvious study, but I don’t think a lot of people really care about their hearing until it’s too late,” said Jimmy Guaraldo, a

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My path to Wicca

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

By Matthew Pellegrini

The circle is cast, and we are “in a place that is not a place, and a time that is not a time.”

The energy in the circle of robed, chanting witches is overwhelming.

I stand among them.

The gods and goddess enter in the bodies of our elder witches. Their presence is incredibly dramatic and powerful.

One of the gods begins to lecture us. During the conversation, one god shows off his godlike qualities when he says, “I am sorry that you humans need evidence.”

Later, the other god tells us that we are being lazy with our spiritual work.

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Drought alters familiar landscape in Yosemite National Park

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2015

 

By Louis Sahagun Los Angeles Times (TNS)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK _ Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of the park's most famous waterfall and instead touting the park as a destination for hiking, bicycling and photography.

Yosemite Falls will probably go dry in June _ two months earlier than usual, parks officials say. The Merced River, which powers the spectacular Nevada and Vernal falls before meandering across the Yosemite Valley floor, will probably slow to a shallow stream about the same time.

And with the

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