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Written by Hallie C. Falquet   

By Hallie C. Falquet

U-WIRE (DC BUREAU)

09/20/2006

 

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON - "I check it, like, 7000 times a day ... mainly to stalk people," said 17-year-old Brianna Russo.

"Yeah, I check my email, and go on Facebook," added Kristen Warn, 18, who also uses the popular internet site to "stalk people."

The University of Maryland freshmen laughed as they described their obsessive relationship with Facebook.com, a popular Web site used to keep friends connected, but the truth is their comments are part of the normal buzz that surrounds the latest internet fad.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 September 2006 )
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On Hallowed Ground
Written by Josh Dirkse   

ImageMemorials are defined as something designed to honor the memory of a person, persons, place or event.  Nearly five years after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Ground Zero has begun to become something a little bit more sacred.

On August 17th, ground was broken where the World Trade Center towers once stood, paving the way for an elaborate reconstruction of land that has stood undeterred.  The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will oversee the construction of numerous buildings and the eventual memorial on 16 acres of land.

Launched in the spring of 2003, the LMDC promoted an international competition to find a suiting design for a memorial. Governor George Pataki chose architect Daniel Liebskind to plan the site which would set guidelines for contestants. In an immaculate showing, 5,201 designs were entered from 49 states and 63 countries. The designs were then sent before a jury compiled of architects and local dignitaries, which narrowed the designs down. 

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2006 )
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Remembering 9/11: 5 Years Later
Written by Lorenzo Vicini   

Buildings surrounding the World Trade Center were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers.
Source: http://www.news.navy.mil/
It was the event that defined our generation. A half decade ago, most Americans woke up to just another day while most of us were getting ready for another day at high school. The morning papers were covering the latest news on the Chandra Levy case. Just how innocent was Gary Condit? If those names don’t ring a bell, you’re not at fault – the Chandra Levy case would very rapidly disappear from headlines all over the world. The world abruptly changed on September 11th, 2001. 

What we saw that morning was unlike anything Americans had ever seen before. It hit close to home – much closer than the attack on Pearl Harbor did. We were caught off guard. 

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 October 2006 )
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Making College Better: Know the Right Music
Written by The University Standard   

Dave Matthews, Source: WeeklyDaveSpeak.comFor any new freshman or simply any new student, coming to college is guaranteed to be a time that involves transition. As with anything, the easiest way to minimize the difficulty of this transition is to do it with friends and those who share the same interests that you do.

However, like many incoming college students, most of your core group of friends have gone on to other schools around the country leaving your high school “crew” in shambles. This forces you to fend for yourself and start a fresh chapter in your life.

As frightening as it might be to meet new people, the reality is that a few simple tools can allow social networking on campus to be quite easy. Of the different tactics that one could use to meet people, there is one tactic that is guaranteed to have a positive effect as a conversation-starter.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2006 )
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The Freshman Fifteen?
Written by Clare Gajkowski   

ImageEvery college student preparing for school has heard of “The Freshman Fifteen.”  But is it a common misconception or somewhat accurate?  It seems logical that students, (dorm students, especially) who eat late night meals and sleep during their free time may gain some pounds. Yet on the other hand, all the walking we do between classes has to be of some advantage, right? 

A study at Rutger’s Cook College in New Jersey tested this theory. They conducted an experiment using 67 students. The students volunteered to weigh in periodically to chart their progress throughout their first school year. Three quarters of the test subjects did in fact gain weight; however, it wasn’t fifteen pounds (the average was seven pounds). Still, it did show a somewhat substantial amount.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2006 )
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Segregated Survivor: Sink or Swim?
Written by Colleen Boltz   

As the age of reality TV is coming to a close, one of the first ever reality shows is in its last attempt to pull in viewers and has played the race card. Controversy has always been a key element to make the public want to watch more. Mark Burnett, the producer, has acknowledged this fact making Survivor Season 13: Cook Island the most controversial competitive reality show yet.

This season is set to have for racially divided tribes, African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and White, who will initially compete against each other. From the moment the announcement was made that this season’s plot was to position certain races against each other, the debate began. Did CBS cross the line by taking this step or will it finally fill the void of an ethnically diverse cast that most reality shows lack?

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2006 )
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College Students are a Growing Risk of Identity Theft
Written by Thomas J. Keeley   

ImageBudgeting for college? Getting the most out of your online banking? Saying good-bye to your parents and hello to freedom? Students beware, you could also be saying good-bye to critical personal information.

With big dreams and high hopes, students leave for college with credit cards, bank accounts, driver’s license’s (sometimes more than one if you’re under 21) – all sensitive data that if stored on personal computers could create substantial risk.

In a 2006 CompUSA Techinsights survey of college students across the nation, nearly 88 percent of respondents claimed to have kept, or are currently keeping personal files on their computers. This survey also revealed that while most college students were well aware of computer security procedures, many didn’t practice them, leaving them susceptible for identity theft. 

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2006 )
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Statement by the President in His Address to the Nation - 9/11/01
Written by President George W. Bush   

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2006 )
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Two Years Later, September 11th Resonates
Written by Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, R-MO   

Washington D.C  -  Two years ago, two towers fell.  A plane crashed into the Pentagon as another went down in a Pennsylvania field.  Three thousand Americans perished.  Our nation was crippled with grief, but not incapacitated by it.

The facts are all too familiar, but in the wake of the deadliest terrorist attacks on America, life here has profoundly changed.  The tragedies of September 11th occurred hundreds of miles away, but the shock waves have been felt at home in Missouri ever since.

September 11th is an emotional bookmark in each of our memories.  Younger Americans now know why their parents all remember where they first learned of the Kennedy assassination.  And just as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941 resonates for our Greatest Generation, September 11th reminds all of us that we live in a dangerous world.  We are reminded that the freedom we cherish has convicted enemies.

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Remembering 9/11: THREE YEARS LATER
Written by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-TX   

This month marks the third anniversary of the tragic September 11 terror attacks. That fateful day was the first time since Pearl Harbor that we were assaulted on our own soil and the first strike on the continental United States in over a century. Everyone, even young children, remembers where they were when they heard the terrible news and saw the grisly images. Those terrorist acts have forever changed the American mindset. But despite the losses of that day, Americans have proven they are up to the challenge. Citizens, soldiers and law enforcement have answered the call in the war on terrorism.

That we did not see the attacks coming is a collective burden that transcends political parties and falls on all branches of government, past and present. Since that horrible day, we have made tremendous, bipartisan progress to make America far safer. We have designated a new department with the sole mission of protecting our country and nearly tripled homeland security funding. I’m especially proud to have co-authored a law to better safeguard our airplanes – enhancing baggage and passenger screening and expanding the air marshals program. Law enforcement officials estimate more than 100 planned terrorist attacks on our soil have been thwarted since 9/11, from an airplane passenger’s simple plot to carry explosives in his shoes, to more complex designs that remain classified for our safety.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2006 )
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The Meaning of 9/11: Four Years Later
Written by James B. Cunningham, U.S. Consul General   

Certain events in history, some caused by man, some by nature, have the power to alter the globe. Every year on September 11, Americans and people throughout the world pause to remember the people, from over 90 countries, who perished in New York, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania on that dreadful day in 2001. This year, it is a particularly difficult day for my country as we begin recovery from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

 

The events of September 11, 2001 changed the world. Countries all over the globe have banded together during the last four years to make the defeat of terrorism a top priority, to prevent criminals from being able to move freely around the globe, and to make the world a safer place. But terrorism continues to strike, most recently in London and Sharm al-Sheikh, reminding us that the fight against terror -- and for the values enshrined in the UN charter and prized by most countries in the world -- is a long-term struggle.

 

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Andre Agassi retires
Written by wikinews.org   

Andre Agassi retired after a defeat by Benjamin Becker of Germany at the U.S. Open. The score was 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.

After the match ended, Thirty six year old Agassi sobbed as the 24,000 fans gave him a standing ovation lasting four minutes.

"The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn't say is what it is I've found," Agassi told the crowd, tears streaming down his cheeks, his voice cracking with emotion. "Over the last 21 years, I've found loyalty. You have pulled for me on the court and also in life. I have found inspiration. You have willed me to succeed sometimes even in my lowest moments."


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 September 2006 )
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