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Chevron Unlikely To Pay Anytime Soon In Pollution Lawsuit

On Tuesday, an Ecuadorian court ruled that Chevron Corp. should be made to pay $8.6 billion as restitution for pollution in the Amazon jungle. This is being considered one of the most important environmental rulings of all time, with only the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico having larger ramifications. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the Ecuadorian government will see any of this money anytime soon. Chevron has not expressed any desire to pay this money, stating that it will fight the ruling both in the Ecuadorian appeals courts, as well as internationally.


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Letter to the Editor

The hype's been about the recently resigned Lee, whose name we can now toss onto our growing heap of debauched, deranged or just generally embarrassing political figures.


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Letter to the Editor

This school's smoke-free policies claim to be based on respect (Re: "Tobacco-Free Policies Based on Respect and a Balance of Rights", Wednesday). Our policies, however, lack much respect for reality.


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Just Some Harmless Punditry

The Spectrum recently published an editorial that reflected on the proposal, made by U.S. House Republicans, to eliminate many restrictions on greenhouse gases, prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminate portions of the Clean Air Act. Republicans argue that such a bill would be greatly beneficial to businesses and corporations that lose money when they are forced to abide by the EPA's regulations. This newspaper has also printed editorials that have dealt with the Republicans' pledge to "repeal and replace" President Barack Obama's landmark health care law.


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Resignation The Right Move For Lee

On Wednesday, Western New York was shocked to find out that Rep. Chris Lee, a Republican who represented New York's 26th district, had sent revealing pictures of himself to a woman that he met on the popular website Craigslist. Lee, who is 46 and married, described himself as 39 and divorced, while sending flirty messages to a potential female companion.


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Star-Spangled Disaster

"O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?" After watching the news, SportsCenter, or YouTube, you must already know that Christina Aguilera botched our national anthem on our country's biggest stage, Super Bowl XLV. But how many of you actually heard her screw up when she did? My Super Bowl "party" knew something was wrong, but we still had to rewind the anthem ? God bless DVR ? twice and pull up the lyrics to see exactly how badly she butchered it.


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A Page 3 Column About Page 10

Preface: This may seem a little backward since you probably haven't gone through the entire issue yet, but bear with me as this column will refer to page 10 of today's issue.


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GOP Proposal On Greenhouse Gases Goes Too Far

Ever since the Republican Party regained control of the House of Representatives, President Obama has moved to the center on several key political issues. There was his compromise on upper-class tax cuts, and his controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which he stated that he supported deregulation in many important areas. At the time that the op-ed was written, The Spectrum published an editorial in support of the move.


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Increase in Spending Encouraging

Ever since the economic crisis of 2008 started, economists have been looking to determine the exact moment of complete recovery. This was never truer than the study published last September, which declared that the recession had ended in June 2009. This study was met with skepticism on both the left and the right.


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A Smoking Ruin

It was 1996, and while many of the readers of this column were starting kindergarten, I was beginning the first year of my first attempt at college.






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