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Chris Kyle Day: Political ploy

 

By Carolyn Bossmann

Opinion Editor

Chris Kyle, a decorated war veteran known as “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history” for his confirmed kills, was shot and killed by a Marine veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at a Texas gun range in 2013.

A memorial service was held in the new AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and his funeral procession from Midlothian to Austin spanned 200 miles across Texas. Thousands of people came to pay their respects by lining up along Interstate 35, which police shut down. Continue reading

Guns fire debate : Con

By Ludmila Mitula

Senior Staff Photographer

Concealed weapons on campus bring up questions of student rights, safety

Illustration by Phil Pastor

Illustration by Phil Pastor

n the three years I have lived in the United States, I haven’t felt safe. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy living here. I love life here in Texas because of the weather, affordable housing, delicious food, amazing schools and, on top of all of that, two words: gas prices. Continue reading

Guns fire debate : Pro

By Kate Rhoads

Managing Editor

Concealed weapons on campus bring up questions of student rights, safety

Illustration by Phil Pastor

Illustration by Phil Pastor

Although the horrifying Virginia Tech massacre is nearly eight years behind us, the impact of the loss of life has reverberated through every college campus shooting that has occurred since. According to an article by Reeve Hamilton for the Texas Tribune, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick referred a bill to committee that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry weapons on university campuses.
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Pot proves profitable

Erin Alexis Goldman

Senior Staff Writer

Illustration by Erin Brown and Tom Gill

Illustration by Erin Brown and Tom Gill

If someone had told me I would be giving rapper Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, a standing ovation at some point in my life, I wouldn’t have believed it. But on Jan. 13, the living caricature of a news anchor Nancy Grace invited the rapper and prominent weed user on her HLN TV show to debate marijuana legalization. By the end of the segment, Epps might as well have sprinkled Grace onto a Zig- Zag, rolled it up and sparked it right there. Continue reading

Spring into Valentine’s

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media & Fashion Editor

Finding something to wear on Valentine’s Day does not have to be a hassle. Instead of wearing the cliché color (i.e. red) or Valentine-themed attire, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get ahead of the crowd. Take advantage and impress your date or friends by wearing 2015 spring trends inspired by the runway. Continue reading

Planet’s safety trumps profits

By Megan Smith

Copy Editor

The debate surrounding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is complicated and often heated. Those in favor of the natural gas extraction technique regularly cite economic advantages, such as a reduced dependence on foreign oil and new jobs. Those opposed bring up questions of environmental safety, such as groundwater contamination and earthquakes. Continue reading

Internet frees speech

The Courier staff responds to the attack on Charlie Hebdo

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On Jan. 7, two armed men, brothers, entered the offices of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. In all, 12 people died, including two police officers and several of France’s most celebrated satirists. This tragedy was a response to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, published by Charlie Hebdo staff. Continue reading

Celebrating women, love after Valentine’s Day

By Ludmila Mitula

Senior Staff Photographer

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Valentine’s Day sleepwear, pillows, cosmetic bags, sunglasses, pens and balloons line every store. After one hour of window shopping, I was fed up with red and pink. I needed a break and a strong cup of coffee. February is here, and we all have to share the love. The most romantic holiday is my least favorite.
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Sony, Hebdo attacks backfire on terror

By Carolyn Bossmann

Opinion Editor

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Debates about freedom of speech have exploded in the wake of the Sony Pictures hack and the attack of the Charlie Hebdo offices. Independent movie theaters turned into unlikely heroes, and a hashtag united people on a global scale. With sales of the Charlie Hebdo magazine going through the roof and “The Interview” breaking the record for online movie sales, the effectiveness of these attacks is brought into question. Continue reading

Metroplex offers staycation hot spots

By Jessica Ayers

Staff Writer

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Dallasites often tell visitors that this is the place you cannot leave Dallas without going; there’s a reason for that. The strip is filled with a multitude of places that will cater to almost any need, from retail shops and eateries to bars, and even quirky novelty shops for souvenirs to commemorate your trip. You can’t go wrong with choosing places to chow down. Places such as Dream Cafe even specialize in organic meals. After lunch, stop by Starbucks for a quick coffee, then hop on the trolley that will take you right over to the next hot spot on the list.
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