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International journalists face danger

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

The horrifying murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists has shocked the world and provided chilling evidence of the brutality of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS. The video released Tuesday of a masked terrorist beheading the freelance photojournalist is the latest atrocity of the group whose members have overrun parts of Iraq and Syria, as they rape, slaughter and plunder scores of

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  • Defeating ISIS will require cooperation and leadership

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    An attack Friday on a mosque in Iraq and the subsequent fallout is indicative of the problems the United States, its allies and the Iraqi people will have as they try to eliminate the threat posed by the radical Islamists of ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Associated Press reports that at least 64 people were killed in the attack on a Sunni mosque, which prompted

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  • Be vigilant against data breeches

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

    When you are sick or injured, the security of your personal information probably is not top of mind, so it adds a distressing dimension to the news that hackers were able to bypass security measures for Community Health Systems Inc., potentially affecting 4.5 million patients. Franklin-based CHS is the nation’s largest hospital company in terms of number of hospitals, with 206 nationally and 19 in Tennessee. Unfortunately, CHS is added

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  • Three-tenths jump in ACT scores is a huge achievement

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Statistical analysis — figuring out what numbers mean — is a tricky business. That’s especially true when it comes to reporting on school children’s test scores. Tennessee’s high school seniors who graduated this year had a composite score of 19.8 on the ACT college readiness test, the state Department of Education reports. That was up three-tenths of a point over the previous year’s level, the biggest one-year jump since the

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  • Strange or not, Ice Bucket Challenge for a good cause

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

    A viral fundraising campaign — the Ice Bucket Challenge — is, ironically, the hottest thing on social media right now. People from all over the country have taken the challenge to dump buckets of ice water over themselves to raise money and awareness for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It’s a simple concept: Donate $100

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  • Better education and medical supplies could stop Ebola

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:43 am

    The news in America was joyful. Two brave American health professionals, Dr. Keith Brantly and Nancy Writebol, flown to the United States after they fell ill with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, walked out of the hospital last week. Doctors say they have been cured. Many patients weren’t so lucky in Liberia, New Guinea and Sierra Leone, where fear, ignorance and a rudimentary public health system have been just

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  • ‘Leaders must step forward and be heard’

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

    It was reported Monday that the city of Ferguson had hired a Chesterfield public relations firm that specializes in crisis management. As metaphors for the communications issues that have characterized the protests in Ferguson, this works very nicely. As the 10th night of protests approached, a few things had sorted themselves out. More remain unsorted. The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old whose death at the hands of a

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