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Upcoming events in Austin: How to spend your free time!

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In the upcoming months, Austin will be filled with spirit and celebration for the holidays. Join in on the festivities with friends and family by going to some of these events:   Dia de los Muertos Concert 11/4/17 – Fiesta Gardens The festival will feature artists in the Latin American and Texan music industries. There…

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In the Driver’s Seat: Women of Saudi Arabia granted right to drive

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On September 26th, 2017, King Salman of Saudi Arabia lifted the country’s restrictions on women driving. The ban was lifted after years of women’s rights advocates pushing for a change in legislation, including,18 years ago in 1990, women protested by driving their cars around until the police stopped them. Women’s rights have always been up…

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Sex Education: A look into the sex education curriculum in the U.S.A

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Since the 1920’s, sex education has been taught in public schools all across the United States. Most curriculums consist of an abstinence-only education, teaching kids how not having sex is key, instead of how to have safe sex if you choose to have sex. The idea to have a sex education class came in 1913,…

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Harvey and Irma, the journey to restoring our homes from the latest Gulf of Mexico hurricanes.

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In the last couple weeks, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have hit the coasts of the southern United States and surrounding countries, devastating millions of homes and hundreds of cities. Harvey and Irma are the only Category 4 Atlantic storms to ever hit the United States in the same year, let alone the same two…

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South Asia floods: Over a thousand dead in South Asian Countries

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People affected by floods in Balurghat in West Bengal. Photo from BBC. South Asia has seen heavy downpour and dangerous storms recently resulting in multiple floods around the continent and many lives lost. Mumbai has seen its heaviest rainfall in 15 years due to a monsoon that hit towards the end of August. The rainfall…

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Running on empty?: Texas gas prices rise in wake of Hurricane Harvey

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A gas pump at the Gulf Oil station on Manor Rd on Sep. 11. You may have noticed over the last week lines of cars waiting to fill up their tanks at gas stations. Or empty fill up stations with plastic covering the gas pumps. Since Hurricane Harvey hit the gulf coast, Texas gas prices…

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A crippled nation: Venezuela’s political nation and economic turmoil

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Venezuela has been in state of crisis since April 2017. The country has been ravaged with civilian anti-government protests, which have been responded to violently by the Venezuelan military, resulting in many deaths.   Currently, President Nicolas Maduro and his United Socialist Party (PSUV) are the executive power. He succeeded the late Hugo Chavez, under…

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A closeted world: Gay men in Chechnya tortured for their sexuality

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Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, has been hit with a recent spike in police violence against the gay community, with over a hundred men captured in early April. The men are sent away to secret facilities where they are mistreated and tortured for being part of the LGBTQ+ community.   Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov,…

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You’ve been served: O’Reilly fired from Fox following sexual harassment lawsuits

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Photo of Bill O’Reilly during an interview by MyNewsLA Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly was fired after being accused of sexual harassment in the workplace less than a year after Roger Ailes left Fox with over 20 allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct at Fox News. Bill O’Reilly officially left Fox News on Wednesday April…

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On guns, violence, and the irreversible: 13-year-old accidentally kills himself on Instagram Live

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. On April 10th, 13-year-old Malachi Hemphill accidentally shot and killed himself in his room on Instagram Live, a live video feature on the popular social media app Instagram. He had received the gun from a friend at Babbs Middle School, where he attended near Atlanta, Georgia.   On Instagram Live,…

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Far out: New space telescope will be able to view the entire history of universe

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see how the universe first looked after the Big Bang? Well, NASA seems to have the solution for you. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), formerly known as the “Next Generation Telescope”, is a new and innovative galactic-metal-baby formed by NASA in collaboration with the…

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One less lonely girl: Are Pence’s comments about women sexist?

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Vice President Mike Pence speaking in Mesa,  Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore. Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, is notorious for his views and comments on social issues like LGBTQ+ rights, abortion, education, and more. Having said this, it’s not surprising that yet another remark has been widely publicized within the past week. Recently,…

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