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UVa researchers see promise in ‘synthetic biology’

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The phrase “synthetic biology” may sound like science fiction, but a small group of biology students at the University of Virginia say this field will play an important role in our lives over the next few years. Scientists in the field are finding ways to produce cheap anti-malarial drugs, use [...]

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Students protest Mormon university’s beard ban

  PROVO, Utah (AP) — A group of Brigham Young University students is protesting the Mormon church-owned school’s ban on something its namesake once sported: a beard. About 50 students, some donning paper beards, biked, skateboarded or rollerbladed their way from the Provo City Library to campus during the “Bike for Beards” protest on Friday night. “I [...]

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California approves landmark ‘yes means yes’ law

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. State lawmakers last month approved Senate Bill 967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, [...]

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Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls

  CHICAGO (AP) — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation’s most influential pediatricians’ group recommends. In an updated policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says condoms also should be used every time teens have sex, [...]

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‘Gone With the Wind’ at 75: Celebration, censure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As its 75th anniversary approaches, “Gone With the Wind” is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film’s distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic’s portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate. “Gone With the Wind” will be screened this weekend in 650 theaters nationwide, broadcast Monday by Turner [...]

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Spartan Echo EIC named Hercules Scholar by Tom Joyner Foundation

  by Jason Gill It was an honor and a surprise to receive the news of being selected as a Hercules Scholar by the Tom Joyner Foundation. It’s a great thing that Tom Joyner reaches out to HBCUs and is noted for giving back to his community. I like to think of it as reaching [...]

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Va. education officials: Graduation rate increases

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia education officials say about 90 percent of students who entered high school in the fall of 2010 earned a diploma within four years. And for the first time since the state increased graduation requirements, more than half of the graduates received an Advanced Studies Diploma. State Superintendent of Public [...]

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Man seen with missing UVa student being sought

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A man authorities believe is the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. But they say they also want to talk to him about the missing teen. Virginia State Police issued warrants for Jesse [...]

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4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

  DENVER (AP) — Authorities say four students have been burned and one suffered serious injuries after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry lab during a demonstration involving methanol. School spokeswoman Lindsay Neil says three students were treated and released after the fire on Monday, and the other was transferred to another hospital because [...]

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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

URUMQI, China (AP) — A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer. Attorney Liu Xiaoyuan said government critic and former Beijing economics professor Ilham Tohti addressed the court for [...]

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Facebook CEO wants more students to explore tech

  REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at Redwood City’s Sequoia High School that understanding technology and computers “is going to be really critical to having a lot [...]

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