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A closeup of a gavel in court.

Criminal Justice Reform Bill looks to hold those in law enforcement accountable

Grace Hall, Contributing Writer September 12, 2021
For those victims of police violence, Senate Bill 300 seems to be the light at the end of a tunnel. Finally, action is backing words, and seems to herald a new age in which law enforcement officers will be held to a higher standard, and more importantly, will be held accountable for their actions. While many in the police force aim to protect the American people at any cost, for those that go overboard and begin resorting to violence, it could be their new reckoning.
North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks chat before former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduces the Maximum Pressure Act against Iran on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

OPINION: Madison Cawthorn should be doing more to help the disabled community

Michael Friant, Contributing Writer August 5, 2021
Cawthorn should be using his platform to amplify that people with disabilities are in fact normal. He could do this in a variety of ways. First, he could talk about his own experiences as a person with a wheelchair. Undoubtedly, he has had these experiences and they have played a huge role in his life. Second, he could start weekly conversations with other people with disabilities in North Carolina which would not only amplify the disability community but also enlighten him as a representative of the people.
RA Benjamin Zumpe wearing a mask in Graham-Hewlett.

OPINION: New mask mandate returns us to an unnecessarily restricted existence

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer August 3, 2021
Even as data show the pandemic to be largely over for the fully vaccinated, the fear-mongering ultimately won the war. On July 27, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated Americans in roughly two-thirds of U.S. counties should return to covering their faces indoors. At this time, only public places are included, and private gatherings remain unaffected. This does not sound too bad, but the move is based on circumstantial evidence that ignores the overall big picture.
Democratic candidate Jeff Jackson is running for U.S. Senate.

Here are North Carolina’s candidates running for the Senate in 2022

Brenna Flanagan , Editor-in-Chief July 15, 2021

Since incumbent Senator Richard Burr announced he would not seek re-election in 2022, many North Carolinians have expressed interest in taking his place. The federal government already operates...

The Emmett Till statue is seen through protesters at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina demonstrating their anger over racial injustice on June 5, 2020.

Critical race theory and how it is affecting Wilmington

Andrew Lemon and Brenna Flanagan July 11, 2021

Over the past year, a new term has entered the political lexicon in the United States. Critical race theory, an theory in legal academia analyzing race as it relates to the framework of society, has taken...

Cornerstone Hall.

Former Republican representative appointed to UNCW board of trustees

Brenna Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief June 30, 2021

A former Republican state representative was appointed to the UNCW board of trustees on Tuesday. Holly Grange was recommended by her party leader, Speaker Tim More in an appointments bill passed...

Dr. Anthony Fauci during a House Select Subcommittee hearing on Thursday, April 15, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

OPINION: The government and mainstream media prevented us from addressing the lab-leak theory. There should be consequences.

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer June 25, 2021
The leakage of COVID-19 from Wuhan’ institute has not yet been officially confirmed. It might never be, especially as the lab’s top officials, as well as their ultimate superiors in the Chinese Communist Party, continue to suppress the truth. But numerous signs, relating to both the virus itself and the suspicious politics surrounding it, have emerged in favor of the lab-leak hypothesis.
New Hanover for All’s Ashley Daniels speaks at a press conference Monday, calling on the district attorney to drop charges against three prominent protesters in Wilmington who are accused of vandalizing property.

OPINION: DA must explain and reduce charges on Wilmington protesters

Michael Friant, Contributing Writer June 18, 2021
Although the DA’s office mysteriously dropped the charges, psychologically they won their case. This is because they made him an example of what they could do to future protesters. Any protesters familiar with his case will have second thoughts about whether to protest due to the simple fact that they might end up having to deal with legal consequences. Unfortunately, in many cases, these protesters will probably not protest in the future, which means David effectively silenced future demonstrations.
An offshore wind farm.

Wilmington could see more offshore wind farms after recent executive order

Andrew Lemon, Interim News Editor June 10, 2021
The order lays out targets for electricity production through offshore wind farms, calling for 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy (approximately enough to power 2 million homes for a year) produced yearly by 2030, rising to eight gigawatts by 2040.
Plans for the construction on Military Cutoff Rd.

OPINION: Political leaders should use their power to accommodate for better transportation options

Michael Friant, Contributing Writer June 3, 2021
With the current housing crisis in Wilmington, a leader of his stature should use his power to boost the welfare of all his constituents. Rep. Rouzer should not have used one of his earmark requests to secure funds for a road expansion. He should offer an alternative that would be more efficient for everyone involved.  
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus city, in the occupied West Bank, on May 18, 2021. - Palestinians across the West Bank and in east Jerusalem and Arab districts in Israel were largely adhering to a general strike called in support of those under bombardment in Gaza, which led to violent clashes throughout the territories.

OPINION: The Gaza crisis shows that it’s time to stop glorifying your country at the expense of others

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer May 29, 2021
This senseless violence is another example of patriotism taken way too far. Idolization of the state was a key driving force behind humanity’s bloodiest conflicts, including both World Wars. More recently, right-wing nationalist leaders like former U.S. President Donald Trump nearly caused a further war with policies like imposing universal sanctions on Iran and escalating economic tensions with China. Both moves were harmful to innocent civilians within their target countries and did not help the U.S. in any way.
Boxes of tampons are in a pharmacy in New York.

OPINION: Taxation of feminine hygiene products must stop

Trina Mclean, Contributing Writer May 11, 2021

The North Carolina General Assembly is pushing for the legislation of an act to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax. The products specified in the proposal are limited to: tampons, panty...

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