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ABORTION: Women's Rights PRO vs. CON
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"Abortion" updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
"Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Stay Open" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 14 Oct. 2014. The Supreme Court blocked a federal appeals court ruling that was forcing abortion clinics in Texas to close, allowing them to remain open during appeals.
"Abortion Law Pushes Texas Clinics to Close Doors" by Manny Fernandez. The New York Times 6 Mar. 2014. The last abortion clinics in two poor and working-class regions were closing, and the number of Texas clinics, once at 44, is expected to fall to six.
"Supreme Court Won’t Hear Arizona Appeal on Abortion Ban” by Adam Liptak and Fernanda Santos. The New York Times 13 Jan. 2014.
"'Roe v. Wade' Turns 40 but Abortion Debate is Even Older" by Julie Rovner. NPR.org 22 Jan 2013.
"Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks" by Eric Eckholm. The New York Times 6 Mar. 2013. A law enacted Wednesday contradicts the 24-week limit established by the Supreme Court, and abortion rights groups have promised a suit to block the ban before it goes into effect.
"When States Abuse Women" by Nicholas D. Kristof. The New York Times 3 Mar. 2012. A new law in Texas requiring ultrasounds before an abortion comes close to state-sanctioned rape, and it's emblematic of a broad assault on women's reproductive rights at the state level. This is an opinion piece from a very reliable journalist.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Racial Issues at Public Universities
Affirmative Action updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
"Justices Weigh Race as Factor at Universities" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 10 Oct. 2012. The Supreme Court debated the nature and value of diversity in higher education and the role of the courts in policing how much weight admissions officers may assign to race. "It's Showtime for Health Care Reform: What the Affordable Care Act Means to You and Your Family" Consumer Reports Online Sept. 2013 (also printed in Consumer Reports Nov. 2013).
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"New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage" by Robert Pear. The New York Times 20 Feb. 2013.
Governor's Highway Safety Association
"State Highway Safety Showcase: Underage Drinking Prevention Conferences" Governor's Highway Safety Association.
"Study: The Debate is Over - Higher Drinking Age Saves Lives" by Allie Bidwell. US News & World Report 24 Feb. 2014.
"The Debate on Lowering the Drinking Age" CBS News 60 Minutes: 1 Mar. 2010.
"Beauty Contests" Recent and older articles from The New York Times' Times Topics.
Bullies updated from The New York Times' Times Topics Bullying Statistics : Teen Violence, Anger, Online Bullying, and School Bullies. Statistics show bullying is becoming a huge problem. The purpose of this website is to help educate the public on bullying issues; such as school bullying, workplace bullies, bullying teachers, adult bullies, and more.
CELL PHONES & TEXTING
"U.S. Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers" by Matt Richtel. New York Times 13 Dec. 2011. The National Transportation Safety Board said that states should ban all driver use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies.
Censorship updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
"Are There Books That Should be Banned From Your School Library?" by Katherine Schulten. The Learning Network Blog 23 Sept. 2010. The New York Times.
MUSIC CENSORSHIP: LYRICS FROM RAP MUSIC
"Legal Debate on Using Boastful Rap Lyrics as a Smoking Gun" by Lorne Manly. The New York Times 26 Mar. 2014. As prosecutors use boastful rap lyrics to assemble criminal cases, a debate has arisen over whether such songs can constitute evidence of guilt or even the intention of wrongdoing.
Civil Rights updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
DEATH PENALTY (Capital Punishment)
Earthquakes (alphabetized by location)
"For 7.8 Californians, an Earthquake Drill
" by Malia Wollan. New York Times
21 Oct. 2010. At exactly 10:21 a.m., Californians across the state dropped to the ground, crouched under the nearest desk or table and held on for dear life in a preparedness event. (mentions Loma Prieta Earthquake Oct. 17, 1989)
"Cholera Outbreak Kills 150 in Haiti" by Donald G. McNeil Jr. New York Times 22 Oct. 2010. Relief agencies are trying to prevent a major outbreak of diarrheal diseases from spreading to tent cities.
Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis
"Japan" (Japan News) updated from The New York Times’ Times Topics
"The Japan Quake" TIME.com. After Japan suffers a massive, deadly earthquake and tsunami, the country grapples with a growing humanitarian disaster and the potential for a nuclear meltdown. Use the Library SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: lions5
“In Japan, a Culture That Promotes Nuclear Dependency.”
Fackler, Martin, and Norimitsu Onishi. The New York Times
30 May 2011. This article relates to reasons why Japan was so devastated by the tsunami. Tokyo has showered generous subsidies, payouts and jobs on local communities that host or expand nuclear power plants.
Virginia "In Mineral, Va., Sudden Fame as Quake's Epicenter" by Michael D. Shear. New York Times 24 Aug. 2011. A small town, previously known for its mineral deposits, has now gained notice for another geological phenomenon.
"Above All Else, Eastern Quake Rattles Nerves" by Katharine Q. Seelye. New York Times 24 Aug. 2011. Several buildings in Washington remained closed Wednesday morning as engineers checked for structural damage after an earthquake on Tuesday.
“Hurricanes and Tropical Storms (Hurricane Sandy)” updated from The New York Times’ Times Topics
Oil Spills updated from The New York Times' Times Topics "Gulf Coast Towns Brace as Huge Oil Slick Nears Marshes" by Leslie Kaufman and Campbell Robertson. New York Times 1 May 2010. With oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico unabated and officials offering little hope that the flow could be contained soon, towns prepared for an imminent environmental disaster.
"Tornadoes" updated from The New York Times’ Times Topics
"Tornado Hits Missouri City, Killing Many" by Noam Cohen. New York Times 22 May 2011. A tornado steamrolled across Joplin, Mo. Sunday night, directly hitting a hospital and causing many deaths, according to various reports.
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GAYS IN THE MILITARY
Chinese state-owned and private enterprises are pouring investment money into the U.S., into industries such as auto parts, real estate, and oil and gas. Besides giving Chinese buyers a foot in new markets, the deals are giving them access to American technology and management techniques -- know-how that, in some cases, they can use in Chinese markets.
"Apple Asks Outside Group to Inspect Factories" by Charles Duhigg and Nick Wingfield. The New York Times 13 Feb. 2012. Apple, in shift, pushes an audit of sites in China. Data will be public response to critics of labor practices.
"Critics Question Record of Monitor Selected by Apple" by Steven Greenhouse. The New York Times 13 Feb. 2012. The Fair Labor Association, the firm that Apple has hired to examine worker conditions at the plants of its suppliers, has been criticized by labor groups as ineffective.
"How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work by Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher. The New York Times 21 Jan. 2012. Building Apple’s iPhone in the United States would demand much more than hiring Americans — it would require transforming the national and global economies.
GUN CONTROL and GUN VIOLENCE Gun Control
"Guns and Gun Control" New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic.
"Senate Rejects Toomey-Manchin Gun Bill; 'Shameful day,' says Obama" by Jonathan Tamari. Philly.com 19 Apr. 2013.
"In Gun Vote, Majority Doesn't Rule" by Dan Balz. Philly.com 19 Apr. 2013.
"Senate Hearing on Guns Suggests an Uphill Fight on New Limits" by Jennifer Steinhauer. The New York Times 30 Jan. 2013. Advocates and opponents of increased gun regulation seemed to talk past rather than at each other, each offering statistics and anecdotes to bolster their own view.
"Even Defining 'Assault Rifles' is Complicated" by Erica Goode. The New York Times 16 Jan. 2013. One obstacle President Obama may face in proposing a new federal ban on assault weapons could lie in the use of the term "assault weapon" itself.
"Obama to 'Put Everything I've Got' Into Gun Control" by Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear. The New York Times 16 Jan 2013. President Obama on Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce legislation by next week that includes a ban on assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines and other steps.
Brady Law & More
"Brady Act Gun Buyer Background Checks" by Robert Longley. About.com. History and Application of the Brady Act.
"Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence" See articles on "After Aurora, We Want Accountability" and "Colorado Gun Laws"
"Tucson Tragedy: Is Gun Control a Dead Issue?" by Michael Grunwald. TIME.com 24 Jan. 2011. Use the Library SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: lions5
"Justices Extend Firearms Rights in 5-to-4 Ruling" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 28 June 2010. A 5-4 ruling on the Second Amendment is a symbolic victory for gun rights advocates, but its short-term practical impact is unclear.
District of Columbia v. Heller 544 U.S. ___ (2008). This case addresses the central meaning of the Second Amendment and its relation to gun control laws. Oyez, Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Batman Shootings, Aurora, Colo. July 20, 2012
"James Holmes (Batman Shootings, Aurora, Colo.)" New York Times' Times Topics is a collection of archived articles, photos, and video that is constantly updated.
"Gunman Kills 12 in Colorado, Reviving Gun Debate" by Dan Frosch and Kirk Johnson. New York Times 20 July 2012.
"Colorado Gun Laws Remain Lax, Despite Some Changes" by John Schwartz. New York Times 20 July 2012. Since the Columbine tragedy, the state's lawmakers and voters have passed some gun restrictions, but gun control opponents have successfully fought other efforts.
Fort Hood Army Base (Texas) 2014 and 2009
"Fort Hood Army Base (Texas)" New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic.
"Iraq Veteran at Fort Hood Kills 3 and Himself in Rampage" by Dave Montgomery, Manny Fernandez, and Ashley Southall. The New York Times 2 Apr. 2014. Authorities said the soldier who opened fire at the Army base, the site of a 2009 mass shooting, was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Newtown, Conn. School Shootings (Adam Lanza)" Sandy Hook Elementary School The New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic. On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., 65 miles northeast from New York City.
Chardon, OH: "Ohio Shooting Suspect Confesses, Prosecutor Says" by Sabrina Tavernise and Jennifer Preston. The New York Times 28 Feb. 2012. Prosecutors said the student who confessed told them that he had not known his victims, three of whom have died. Virginia Tech:
"Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University" The New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic. On April 16, 2007, a student, Seung-Hui Cho, opened fire in a dormitory and classroom building on the Virginia Tech campus, killing 32 people before committing suicide. It was the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
"Making of a Massacre" (cover story) Newsweek 30 April 2007: 18-23. ProQuest. To access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome
"Darkness Falls" by Nancy Gibbs. TIME.com 19 April 2007. Use the Library SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: email@example.com Password: lions5
"Gabrielle Giffords" The New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat who had represented Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District since 2007, was one of 19 people shot at a meet-and-greet political event outside a shopping center in her hometown of Tucson. In the attack, six people died, including a 9-year-old girl, Christina-Taylor Green, and a federal judge, John M. Roll; 12 people were wounded besides Ms. Giffords, who was shot in the head at close range.
HEALTH and SOCIAL ISSUES (Statistics, articles)
Home Schooling: News about home schooling including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times' Times Topics
IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION
"Immigration and Emigration" updated from The New York Times Times Topics. A collection of available news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files on this topic.
"States Taking the Lead in Immigration Reform" by Michael Matza. Philly.com 14 Jan. 2014.
"On Immigration, Obama Assumes Upper Hand" by Michael D. Shear and Mark Landler. New York Times 30 Jan. 2013. A belief that the politics of immigration has firmly shifted in the president’s direction is fueling his push for quick action and broad changes.
"Blocking Parts of Arizona Law, Justices Allow Its Centerpiece" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 25 June 2012. The Supreme Court rejected much of Arizona's immigration law but permitted the state's instruction to its police to check the immigration status of people they detain. This article also contains the Document: Supreme Court Argument Transcript: Arizona v. United States.
Illegal Immigrants updated from The New York Times' Times Topics. A collection of available news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files on this topic.
U.S. Border Patrol updated from The New York Times' Times Topics .
"Border Patrol Seeks to Add Digital Eyes To Its Ranks" by Julia Preston. The New York Times 22 Mar. 2014. The Border Patrol is focusing on concentrating Border Patrol agents, equipped with late-model surveillance tools, in areas of frequent illegal traffic, while using aerial drones to monitor remote, lightly trafficked spots.
Illegal Immigrants from Central America
*See Slideshow "Mexico's Porous Southern Border" (left of article, "Multimedia" section)
"The Trek to a Yogurt Less Sweet" by Stephanie Strom. The New York Times 10 May 2013. Dannon cut the sugar in its Danimals Smoothies for children, but it did so with the utmost care to make sure children couldn’t taste the difference.
"Minimum Wage" from The New York Times' Times Topics (a collection of articles, multimedia)
"The Wage Warrior" by Eliza Gray. TIME.com 10 Mar. 2014. President Obama wants to raise the minimum wage. It's Richard Berman's job to stop him. Use the Library SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: lions5
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY (NSA)
National Security Agency updated from The New York Times' Times Topics. A collection of archived and current articles with multimedia dealing with Government Spy Programs, Surveillance, Privacy, American Civil Liberties, and Edward Snowden.
Computer Security (Cybersecurity) updated from The New York Times' Times Topics.
"Obama is Urged to Sharply Curb N.S.A. Data Mining" by David Sanger and Charlie Savage. New York Times 18 Dec. 2013. A panel of advisers urged President Obama to change the way the National Security Agency collects the telephone data of Americans, spies on foreign leaders, and prepares for cyberattacks abroad.
"Nuclear Weapons" updated from The New York Times Times' Topics (a collection of articles, multimedia).
"Study Shows Who's Taking Open Online College Courses" by Susan Snyder. Philly.com 22 Nov. 2013.
"Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later" by Tamar Lewin. The New York Times 6 Jan. 2013. New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses in an effort that could define the future of higher education - if anyone can figure out how to make money.
"College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All" by Tamar Lewin. The New York Times 19 Nov. 2012. Colleges are building global student bodies and trying to create models for massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
"College is Dead. Long Live College!" by Amanda Ripley. TIME 18 Oct. 2012. TIME.com. SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: email@example.com Password: lions5
POLLS (Statistics) and RESEARCH ARTICLES on SOCIAL ISSUES and TRENDS
Pew Research Center This highly regarded think tank explores numbers, facts, trends, and issues shaping our world.
Gallup Poll Home Page
Gallup Poll Trends A-Z: All in One Place: These are topics.
FactCheck.org: A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (well-regarded organization). This site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
PREDATOR DRONES AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (UAV)
"Prisons and Prisoners" in The New York Times' Times Topics. Updated. This is a collection of many articles and multimedia.
"Pennsylvania Study Finds Halfway Houses Don't Reduce Recidivism" by Sam Dolnick. The New York Times 24 Mar. 2013. A groundbreaking study concluded that inmates in halfway houses were more likely to return to crime than inmates released directly to the street, a finding that led the state to overhaul its contracts with providers.
PRO: "Supervised, Not Institutionalized" by Mark A.R. Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA, a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Justice, vs.
CON: "Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works" by James Gilligan, clinical professor of psychiatry and an adjunct professor of law at New York University
"Prisons Rethink Isolation, Saving Money, Lives and Sanity" by Erica Goode. The New York Times 10 Mar. 2012. A growing number of states are rethinking the use of long term isolation and re-evaluating how many inmates require the punishment that's been long opposed by humanitarian groups.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, CIVIL UNIONS AND DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS
Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships An updated collection of recent articles from The New York Times' Times Topics
"U.S. Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Ban in Pa." by Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden. The Inquirer 21 May 2014. Philly.com.
"Pennsylvania Could Tip the Scales Nationally on Same-Sex Marriage" by Jessica Parks. Philly.com 21 Jan. 2014. If its ban is struck down, Pa. could be the key to making the right available to a majority of the U.S.
"As Victories Pile Up, Gay Rights Advocates Cheer 'Milestone Year'" by Erik Eckholm. New York Times 7 Nov. 2012. With same-sex marriage endorsed in several states, and the election of the nation’s first openly lesbian senator, advocates celebrated victories “across the board and across the country.”
"A Watershed Move, Both Risky and Inevitable" by Adam Nagourney. New York Times 9 May 2012. In expressing his support for same-sex marriage, which remains a controversial issue, President Obama has clearly come to recognize that the forces of history appear to be changing.
Video: Robin Roberts interviews President Obama on gay marriage on ABC News Special Report
"Transcript: Robin Roberts ABC News Interview with President Obama" ABC News' Good Morning America 9 May 2012.
"In Shift, U.S. Says Marriage Act Blocks Gay Rights" by Charlie Savage and Cheryl Gay Stolberg. New York Times 23 Feb. 2011. When suits challenge the 1996 law barring recognition of same-sex marriages, federal lawyers will now tell judges it should be struck down.
"Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California" by Adam Nagourney. The New York Times 7 Feb. 2012. The decision by a federal appeals court panel that Proposition 8 violated people’s rights all but ensured that the case would proceed to the United States Supreme Court.
"Social Media" updated from The New York Times Times' Topics
"Facebook Use 'Makes People Feel Worse About Themselves'" by BBC News 15 Aug. 2013. Using Facebook can reduce young adults' sense of well-being and satisfaction with life, a study has found. Recommended by Marc T.
VIDEO: "Facebook Makes Users Feel Worse Study Says" YouTube. A study by researchers at the University of Michigan is adding to the stack of studies that say Facebook makes its users feel bad about themselves. It also finds that increased Facebook use means less intimate interaction, and says people tend to turn to Facebook when they are feeling lonely.
"House Approves New Regulations on Concussions" by Mike Jensen. Philadelphia Inquirer 29 Sept. 2010. SIGN IN. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: inquirer1
"A Flawed Policy for Drug Testing" by Jere Longman. New York Times 25 Feb. 2012.
Ryan Braun’s exoneration by an arbitration panel illustrates how Major League Baseball’s drug-testing policy falls below the most rigorous standards of effectiveness and legitimacy.
"McGwire Admits That He Used Steroids" by Tyler Kepner. New York Times 11 Jan. 2010. Mark McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinals' new hitting coach, said he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade, including when he broke the home run record in 1998. "Steroid Report Cites 'Collective Failure.'" by Duff Wilson and Michael S. Schmidt. New York Times 14 Dec. 2007. Dozens of baseball stars, including seven M.V.P.'s, were named in a report (the Mitchell Report) on the use of illegal, performance-enhancing drugs during the sport's "steroids era."
SPORTS AND WOMEN
"As Girls Become Women, Sports Pay Dividends" by Tara Parker-Pope. New York Times 15 Feb. 2010. Two new studies found that girls' involvement in team sports can mean lifelong improvements in educational, work and health prospects. Discusses the impact of the education law, Title IX.
STEM CELLS (Human Embryonic Stem Cells)
TAXES (Obama and the Republican Party)
President Obama's State of the Union Address
published in The New York Times
25 Jan. 2012. . In his election-year State of the Union address, President Obama set forth a long list of domestic economic proposals. Watch his speech, especially the parts on Taxes and "The Buffett Rule" and Corporate Tax Reform
"Budget to Call for Taxes on Wealthy
" by Jared A. Favole and Damian Paletta. The Wall Street Journal 12 Feb. 2012. ProQuest. To access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome
"Pa. Getting Tougher With New Teenage Drivers" by Kathleen Brady Shea. The Philadelphia Inquirer 3 Feb. 2012. SIGN IN: E-mail address: email@example.com Password: inquirer1 While Pa.'s new restrictions are applauded, many say the work isn't done.
"Highway Safety Institute Calls for Older Driving Age" by Lindsey Chapman. Finding Dulcinea. 10 Sept. 2008.
TRANSGENDER and TRANSSEXUAL
"Transgender and Transsexual" updated from The New York Times Times' Topics. News about transgender and transsexual issues, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
"Shooting in the Dark" by Benedict Carey. The New York Times 11 Feb. 2013. New research suggests violent games can stir hostile urges and aggressive behavior in the short term, but it is not clear whether the habit increases the likelihood of committing a violent crime.
WOMEN IN THE MILITARY: Ban on Combat Lifted
Women at Arms updated from The New York Times Times' Topics
"Combat Roles to Open to Women" by Lolita C. Baldor. The Philadelphia Inquirer 24 Jan. 2013. The groundbreaking change to a 19-year ban is set to be announced by the resigning Pentagon chief. SIGN IN: E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: inquirer1
"First Pull-Ups, Then Combat, Marines Say" by Elizabeth Bumiller. The New York Times 1 Feb. 2013. The announcement last week ending the ban on women in combat only accelerated a sweeping re-examination of fitness standards in the American military for Marines.