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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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  • Yazidis concerns grow as America questions involvement

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Less than 48 hours ago, it appeared virtually certain that the United States would have little choice but to intervene militarily in Iraq on a scale that President Obama clearly wanted to avoid. That all changed overnight when American officials reported the thousands of Yazidis, a minority religious sect fleeing persecution by the advancing Islamist extremists rampaging through Iraq, had been safely removed from their vulnerable haven on Mount Sinjar.

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  • Bill proposed to protect

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

    A little more than a year after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government was collecting and storing the telephone records of millions of Americans, Congress is poised to end the program and provide significant protection for a broad range of personal information sought by government investigators. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has proposed a version of the bill

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  • Communication, not mob mentality, will sort out Ferguson protests

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    It was reported Monday by Andrea Peterson of the Washington Post that the city of Ferguson had hired a Chesterfield public relations firm that specializes in crisis management. We tried contacting the firm to verify this, but no one answered the phone. 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

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  • Companies shouldn’t skimp on data security

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Target ousted its CEO in wake of last year’s computer security breaches, which reinforces the importance of companies protecting customer information stored digitally. Gregg Steinhafel became the company’s chief corporate executive in 2008 and seemed to have achieved more good than harm. That is, until just before Christmas 2013. As the holiday shopping season approached, hackers got through Target’s digital security systems and made off with approximately 40 million credit

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