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I chose this story because it fits perfectly with what we talked about in urban legends. After the Paris attacks, a rumor came out that a security guard Zouheir, also a Muslim man, stopped the suicide bombers at the France-Germany soccer game from coming into the stadium and killing what could’ve been hundreds of more people. I saw this story on Facebook and I immediately shared it. Apparently, I didn’t learn my lesson after our fact checking of stories last class.

This article proves that Zouheir was not only at a different part of the stadium when the explosion happened, but his religion was also never identified at all. After the Wall Street Journal posted the incorrect story, it was shared by thousands of others on social media (including me). Fortunately, the Wall Street Journal corrected its mistake, but people are still sharing the false heroic story that they believe to be true.

Wendling, Mike. “The myth of Zouheir, a ‘hero Muslim security guard’ in Paris.” BBC. November 17, 2015. www.bbc.com. http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-34845882

 

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I chose John Smallwood’s article on the University of Missouri events that was written for the Philadelphia Daily News. The article reminded me of our talk about why history is a very important thing for everyone, especially journalists, to know and learn about. Missouri’s president, Timothy Wolfe, was getting a lot of heat for not fixing what many students, including football players, thought was a racist system at the school. Just this past week, the football players took a stand and demanded Wolfe to resign or they wouldn’t play their next football game. Their head coach backed them in the decision. Ultimately, that led to Wolfe’s resignation.

Smallwood relates the events in Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement, one of the most historic times in the U.S., had a much larger but similar goal in mind as the Missouri football players. The actions of the athletes shows how much of an influence they have over a university. When they stepped up, more students and faculty stepped up. This is just one reason why knowing your history can help the country in the long run.

Smallwood, John. “Missouri football protest: swift, nonviolent, effective.” Philadelphia Daily News. November 10, 2015. Philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20151111_Missouri_football_protest__swift__non-violent__effective.html?hgfkhgf

 

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Death is a part of life. It is going to happen to everyone no matter what. It is just a matter of how and when. No one knows when it is going to happen, but a family member could have a say in the matter.

Every day, people are on their hospital beds being too ill, too old, or injured to a point where it could affect their entire livelihood. In these extreme cases, many of them would have to struggle mightily to get back to normalcy. Doctors could give these patients’ loved ones the choice in whether or not life support should be shut off allowing the patient to stop having to suffer.

It is a big debate in the medical world today. Some people believe that no one should be able to choose for the patient and others believe it might be necessary in some cases.

In one of the most infamous cases of this, actress Natasha Richardson was severely injured in a skiing incident in 2009. According to Fox News’ Jessica Doyle, it was decided that life support should be taken off after a few days. When asked about when one should be taken off of life support, Dr. Eric Braverman, an assistant professor at Cornell said, “You pull the plug when the person has no brain waves, and no hope of quality of life.” Although the details of Richardson’s injury was never publically explained, there didn’t seem to be any issue with the decision.

But what about any disagreements that arise?

Terri Schiavo spent a much longer time in a vegetative state than Richardson. Eight years to be exact. Her husband wanted the feeding tube removed not too long after Schiavo’s incident, but her parents thought she could eventually make it through and live her life again. After the seven year battle, it was finally decided that the feeding tube would be taken away and Schiavo died about two weeks later.

Disagreements like this one eventually find themselves in court where the final decision is made. There even have been cases in which the doctor and family disagree.

There is nothing easy about these kind of decisions and there is no way around it if it ever finds your family. Personally, I think life support should be taken away if the victim reaches the point of braindead. Hopefully though, we can all avoid having deal with the situation like the Schiavo and Richardson families had to go through.

Doyle, Jessica. “When is the Right Time to Turn Off Life Support?” Fox News. March 19, 2009. www.foxnews.com. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/03/19/when-is-right-time-to-turn-off-life-support.html

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Since Election Day was just here, I thought the article “Big day for Kenney, bad for turnout” would be a good one to talk about this week. Jim Kenney beat out Michael Nutter to be elected as the new mayor for Philadelphia, but the voter turnout was an all-time low. Only a quarter of the city’s population went to the polls on Tuesday and only 23.5% of the city actually participated in the mayoral election.  We talked about in class last week about how few people go out and vote anymore in local elections and this just proves it. Both Kenney and Nutter said that people used to fight for the right to vote and now it seems like people take it for granted. The Republican Party blamed the low turnout on the media because they are known to make the city look much more liberal. That can discourage others from voting. Democrats are said to have made up 78.5% of the vote. The lack of voter turnout is becoming a huge issue in America and this article really highlights it.

 

Brennan, Chris and Claudia Vargas. “Big day for Kenney, bad for turnout.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 4, 2015. www.philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151105_Big_day_for_Kenney__bad_for_turnout.html

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I found an article on nytimes.com about the republican presidential polls. It shows that out of a very competitive field, Ben Carson is just ahead of everyone else. It has a lot of interesting polls that ask about and are answered from republicans. 75% of the party members believe that they are divided while only 22% think they are united. At least 70% believe that their party is at least somewhat responsible for the gridlock in congress, but 64% are still hopeful that the future of the party is bright. Based on everyone who participated in the poll, 48% enthusiastically support Ben Carson. That’s 18% higher than the next candidate, Marco Rubio. I found this article interesting because it gave a lot of information for just one poll. You can get a sense of how the majority of republicans feel about their party based on all of their answers.

 

Martin, Jonathan and Thee-Brenan, Megan. “Deeply Divided Republican Electorate Drifts Toward Ben Carson, Poll Shows.” New York Times. October 27, 2015. www.nytimes.com. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/28/us/politics/deeply-divided-republican-electorate-drifts-toward-ben-carson-poll-shows.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0