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College Sports as Corporations?

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Players want to get paid. Schools want to make billions. The only solution may be to ditch the non-profit façade and share the money.

It will be raining cash in North Texas this weekend as the National Collegiate Athletic Association holds what many consider to be one of the crown jewel events on the college sports calendar at Jerry Jones’s football palace in Arlington: the Final Four. The cash is coming in from all precincts, television, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and for the colleges who participate, it is tax free. Everyone is making a buck off of the event except the people who are the stars of the show—the “student-athletes.

A DADDY’S DAY CARE

Can Generation Hot Avoid Its Fate?

The new report released by the IPCC has provoked a host of emotions for one journalist and father with the exception of one: despair. Only hope for his daughter and the rest of Generation Hot can deliver us from crisis and into recovery and rejuvenation.

We can’t say they didn’t warn us. The report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week is only the latest and most dire in a string of scientific declarations leading back to 1988, when NASA scientist James Hansen’s landmark testimony to the United States Senate put man-made global warming on the public agenda. As a journalist who has reported on climate change from dozens of countries since then, I can’t say I was surprised by the IPCC’s report.

Could Ebola Hit America?

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An Ebola outbreak halfway around the world has killed more than 80 people in three West African nations. But, as an outbreak of the virus in a Washington, D.C. suburb proved, the world is getting too small for a disease this deadly to stay contained for long.

A hunter comes across a sickly gorilla, too weak to defend itself from the blows of his cleaver. Perhaps it’s already dead—many locals have no problem eating animals found dead of unknown causes, viewing them as gifts from forest spirits.The hunter takes the carcass home and butchers it. Naked hands and arms are unguarded from the gorilla’s blood and viscera, and equally vulnerable to a careless butcher’s blade. A knick to a finger while handling infected meat is more than enough for the thin, threadlike virus to make its way into its first victim.

UGLY BUSINESS

Gay Rights Bullies Cry Victim

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In Andrew Sullivan’s assessment of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation, the former exec was “hounded” from his job by gay rights “fanatics.” But this was a business decision—and a revealing one.

Can you hear the piteous weeping? The wronged tears? Those poor bigots are under attack. Those who are prejudiced against gay people are having their constitutional right to say so trampled. It’s a terrible injustice: you can’t believe that gay people are lesser without some pesky homosexual objecting and “bullying” you into believing that equality under the law is a venerable aim.And so is heralded the latest trope in the saga of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who resigned after the controversy around his giving donations to a 2008 Proposition 8 campaign to retain a ban on gay marriage in California.

Ivy Bush League

Harvard Hurts Sex Assault Victims

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Why does a university use an antiquated definition of sexual assault, put the burden of evidence on victims, and discourage prosecution of cases?

Dear Harvard: I am writing to let you know I give up. My assailant will remain unpunished, and life on this campus will continue its course as if nothing had happened. Today, Harvard, I am writing to let you know that you have won.The defeated tone of the anonymous open letter published in Monday’s Harvard Crimson struck a nerve far beyond the confines of Harvard Square. The female undergraduate student’s account of her assault at the hands of “a friend of mine” she trusted is chilling, but most of the letter was devoted to exposing the systematic failure of Harvard’s administration to support and protect her in the aftermath.

Duty

The Army vs. The Hero of Ft. Hood

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Kimberly Munley was shot three times taking down Nidal Hasan in 2009. Then she got laid off. Yet she’s never stopped fighting for the victims the military ‘betrayed’ in that shooting.

Just as in the last mass shooting at Fort Hood, the massacre on Wednesday ended when the gunman was confronted by a very brave policewoman.“It was clearly heroic what she did at that moment in time,” Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said of the officer in the more recent horror.Hopefully, the still-unidentified hero in this week’s attack will be treated better than Fort Hood Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley was after the massacre in 2009 in which she was shot three times and flatlined twice at the hospital.

Danger

E-Cigs Can Poison Kids

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A new CDC study says e-cigarette-related calls to poison control centers has grown substantially since 2010, and 51.1 percent of calls involve young children.

A “healthier” solution to cigarettes may be just the opposite. According to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control Thursday, the number of monthly calls to poison centers for e-cigarette related incidents went from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014.The jump takes the proportion of e-cigarette related calls to poison centers from just 0.3 percent to 41.7 percent.Published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the study sheds light on the hidden dangers of what many consider to be a promising alternative to regular cigarettes.

Awakening

Irrational Anti-Gay Marriage Laws

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Several courts have found the defenses of such laws are simply implausible. What a way we’ve come.

In a wave of recent decisions, one court after another across the nation has held that laws denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violate the Constitution. Indeed, we now have reached the point where courts routinely find the arguments in defense of such laws simply implausible.The constitutional provision at issue in these cases is the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Equal Protection Clause provides that “No state shall .

Reeducation

Terrorizing Our Schools

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In the rush to protect students from the next Adam Lanza, states required towns to prepare for the worst. Are fake blood and simulated killings necessary though?

Today, Addison High School in Lenawee County, Michigan is holding an emergency preparedness drill involving “a car fire diversion that enables six individuals to launch a shooting spree”. Two victims, played by student volunteers, will be “killed” and eight wounded in the type of full-scale exercise now required by law in several states.School districts across the country are responding to new state regulations implementing mock shooting scenarios varying in scale and intensity, the more realistic drills involving simulated fatalities and victims played by student volunteers.

Failure

How the V.A. Let 1,000 Vets Die

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Since 9/11 almost 1,000 veterans have died due to negligence in the veterans health-care system. After lengthy legal battles the VA is finally making payments to their families.

An Iraq War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and a history of drug dependency is found dead on the floor of his room at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in West Los Angeles after doctors give him a 30-day supply of the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam and a 15-day supply of methadone.In Shreveport, La., a veteran overdoses on morphine while housed in a locked VA psychiatric unit. In a Minnesota VA psych ward, a veteran shoots himself in the head.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

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