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Does Obama Actually Care About Our Health? News 

Does Obama Actually Care About Our Health?

Based on “ObamaCare’s goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in health care spending in the U.S. ObamaCare expands the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurance through consumer protections, regulations, subsidies, taxes, insurance exchanges, and other reforms.” The official name for this health insurance is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and this act was signed by Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. ObamaCare is supposed to be affordable, although many Americans are coming…

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District Attorney’s Office serves Bedford County in many ways Features Focus Uncategorized 

District Attorney’s Office serves Bedford County in many ways

As citizens of the United States, it is our responsibility to be knowledgeable on the happenings and processes of our state, national, and local governments. Without government, we are in danger of losing the freedoms promised to us in the Constitution: the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our local government ensures that the rights of citizens are protected and laws are enforced to maintain the safety of those in our community. Here in Bedford County, these tasks are carried out by our District Attorney, Mr. Bill…

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Fast Food Isn’t Making Americans Fat Editorials Opinion 

Fast Food Isn’t Making Americans Fat

We all know a few people who could use a few lifestyle changes, to put it politely. There is an epidemic of obesity occurring in the United States that is not present in other countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over one-third (35.7%) of American adults are either overweight or obese. We have only recently been surpassed by Mexico in numbers of overweight adults; the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization has found Mexico’s adult obesity rate to be 32.8%, compared with our own 31.8%. Why…

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Driving While InTEXTicated Features 

Driving While InTEXTicated

Is a text worth a life? That’s the question many Americans are asking themselves, as they try to ban texting and driving throughout the United States. And 39 of the 50 states has banned texting and driving. Texting and driving, also being called TWI: Texting While Intexticated, has become one of the country’s top killers. Many drivers assume they can handle texting and driving and keep themselves and others safe, but the numbers don’t lie. Did you know that in 2011 23% of collisions involved cell phones? That 23% equals…

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Legalizing Gay Marriage Opinion 

Legalizing Gay Marriage

Traditionally in the United States, marriage has been defined as a religious and legal commitment between a man and a woman, as well as a commitment that says, “I love you so much that I want to live the rest of my life with you.” Marriage to gay couples is increasingly gaining the acceptance in this country; however when the word “marriage” comes to mind, these relationships are denied. Many politicians have said they are against gay marriage but think it should be left up to the states to decide….

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Typhoon Haiyan ravages Philippines News 

Typhoon Haiyan ravages Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan’s high winds and flooding have devastated the small island nation of the Philippines, a poor country largely unprepared to deal with a disaster of such high magnitude. The storm made landfall on Friday, bringing with it winds of up to 147 mph and 20 walls of storm surges. Trees were snapped from their trunks, homes blown off their foundations and carried far downstream among the raging waters while people clung to them, trying to weather the vicious storm. The death toll as of November 13th stands at 2,275,…

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Abortion.. Murder.. What’s the Difference? News 

Abortion.. Murder.. What’s the Difference?

You’re 19. You’re just out of high school, heading to college soon. You’ve had some unexpected news. You’re pregnant. What are your options? Of course you could have the baby and raise it yourself. You could have the baby and give it up for adoption. But 40% of pregnant women end up aborting their unborn child. Why? Research shows that 42% of women who have an abortion have one because they are financially unstable and not ready for responsibilities. But did you know that abortions cost anywhere from $300-$800?  An…

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SADD keeps busy News 

SADD keeps busy

SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a club that focuses on steering teens in the right directions concerning underage drinking, tobacco use, and other illegal drug use. SADD was founded in 1981 by students in Wayland, Massachusetts; the club was originally called Students Against Drunk Driving. In 1997, SADD began sponsoring chapters in schools around the nation. SADD’s mission is simple: “To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.”…

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Panthers’ Season Ends With Heartbreaker Fall Sports News Sports 

Panthers’ Season Ends With Heartbreaker

Northern Bedford’s 2013 playoff campaign came to an end on Friday night at Panther Community Stadium after Shade-Central City handed the Panthers a stunning 42-36 loss. Senior Blake Over wrapped up a dynamic career as quarterback with three touchdown passes for 251 yards and the opening kickoff returned 82 yards for a score. Blake set the school record for both passing yards and touchdowns with 2,613 yards and 30 touchdowns through the air. Jacob Dasher also entered the Northern Bedford record books with 64 catches this season. Dasher finished with…

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