Judge faces backlash for mistreatment of sexual assault case

Opinion

By Emma Campbell Elm Staff Writer In Kansas, Leavenworth County District Judge Michael Gibbens has found that two girls aged 13 and 14 are partly to blame in the sexual assault case against 67-year-old Raymond Soden. Kansas sentencing guidelines call for a minimum of 13 years in sexual assault cases. Soden only recieved five years […]

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Johnson & Johnson will soon list their drug prices on TV

Opinion

By Zachary Blackwell Elm Staff Writer Over the past few years, pharmaceutical companies have steadily increased the cost of many different medcines that people need in order to treat their medical ailments. This has attracted the ire of patients, politicians, and citizens alike. The rising cost of medication nationwide has become such a contentious issue […]

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Police want Waze to stop displaying DWI checkpoint locations

Opinion

By Emily Wiest Elm Staff Writer Anyone who has used the navigation app Waze is aware of the whimsical mustachioed icons that designate the location of police officers along the displayed route. After years of US law enforcement expressing their concern over this feature, the New York Police Department has officially asked Google, the parent […]

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Brooklyn prisoners suffer during polar vortex in unheated prison

Opinion

By Alaina Perdon Elm Staff Writer The final week of January brought record-low temperatures to the northeast, with Arctic winds dropping temperatures below zero during many nights. While most braved the polar vortex beside roaring fireplaces and behind shuttered windows, the 1,654 inmates held at the Metropolitan Detention Center of Brooklyn, N.Y. were left without […]

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New Jersey to set $15 minimum wage

Opinion

By Liz Hay Elm Staff Writer On Feb. 5, New Jersey unofficially became the fourth state to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour. While the official vote has not yet taken place, an agreement among state leadership and Gov. Phil Murphy all but confirms the bill’s passage in the Democrat-controlled state legislature. The […]

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Canada orders energy companies to clean up their old oil wells — US should too

Opinion

By Alaina Perdon Elm Staff Writer As more regions make the switch to clean energy sources, “dirty” energy companies such as oil refineries are finding themselves falling into bankruptcy. As of late, the trend for economically faltering energy companies has been to use remaining funds to pay back creditors, then slip away quietly — leaving […]

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NYC raises minimum wage for drivers, but will it help?

Opinion

By Jon Vitale Elm Staff Writer Lyft was recently entangled in a battle with its workers over the new minimum wage in New York City. Last month, NYC’s municipal government reached an agreement with the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission to raise the minimum wage for all drivers to $17.22 an hour. Estimates say […]

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Homeless man sentenced to years in jail over counterfeit $20

Opinion

By Jon Vitale Elm Staff Writer A man has been sentenced to serve between three and six years in prison for attempting to use a counterfeit $20 to purchase food and toothpaste.  Levi Mitchell, 53, a homeless, unemployed man with substance abuse problems, was charged with “criminal possession of a forged instrument” after police caught […]

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Major League Baseball considering strange, controversial rule changes

Opinion

By Liz Hay Elm Staff Writer On Feb. 6th, The Athletic reported that Major League Baseball and its player’s union were discussing serious changes to the game. It is likely that at least some of these changes will be implemented, perhaps as soon as the 2019 season. Many proposed rules reflect MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s […]

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Superbowl halftime show a disappointment in many ways

Opinion

By Emma Campbell Elm Staff Writer On Sunday, Feb. 3, the Los Angeles Rams lost against the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl that fans described as “excruciatingly boring.” In what turned out to be a  national disappointment, Adam Levine and Maroon 5 headlined the Super Bowl 53 halftime show. They performed alongside Travis […]

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