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"The Secret Service should be impenetrable, but its defenses - and excuses - are full of holes"

(10/12/14 11:21pm)

When 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez, an Iraq War veteran with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder, scaled a fence and made it into the White House, he could not have known his intrusion would become emblematic of the troubling failures of an agency, which, given its task, should never falter.

Let them have condoms

(10/12/14 11:19pm)

One out of every four children born in Buffalo’s East Side is the result of a teenage pregnancy. The area, which is home the highest concentration of students attending Buffalo public schools, is also host to a teen pregnancy rate more than double the nationwide average of 10 percent – and even the latter number is the highest rate among the developed world.

How to get away with angering the journalistic community

(09/21/14 10:08pm)

Television producer, director and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes is arguably best known for the shows she’s created, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” but that’s not why she’s making headlines today. The newest show from Rhimes’ production company, “How to Get Away with Murder” inspired Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times’ chief television critic to profile the television maven.

Revised Regents a boon to struggling schools

(09/21/14 10:06pm)

Standardized testing in Buffalo could become a little less tedious for high school students, as New York’s Board of Regents prepares to votes on a proposal which would allow testing in a wider variety of subjects. Currently, students are required to pass Regents exams in English, U.S. history and government, global history and geography, science and math in order to earn a Regents diploma.

The epidemic of student debt: Even attending a public university renowned for its value can't guarantee immunity

(09/16/14 8:55pm)

In an era plagued by a terrifying roughly $1.1 trillion in nationwide student loan debt, college graduates can’t afford to pay their rent, buy a home or start a small business. Just moving out of their parents’ home is a feat comparable to a doctoral degree or a promotion to CEO for millennial graduates.

Buffalo School District must move on after John Hopkins' last-minute departure from school-transformation program

(09/10/14 12:26am)

A year ago, optimism abounded in Buffalo as the city’s School Board approved a much-sought partnership with Johns Hopkins University. The prestigious institution seemed like a lifeline for two of the district’s most underperforming high schools, East High School and Lafayette High School.

Administration's inaction allows illegal fraternities to thrive

(06/30/14 5:47am)

In The Spectrum’s final issue of the 2013-14 school year, managing editor Lisa Khoury exposed a dangerous and unchecked phenomenon occurring just minutes away from UB’s South Campus. In her article, “Animal Heights,” Khoury outlined the organization and behavior of five illegal fraternities at UB: Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Theta, Kappa Sigma and Delta Sigma Phi.