Shawna Gillen
Shawna Gillen

Shawna is currently studying Political Science and Psychology at Marist College. She has a passion for politics and is an aspiring lawyer. In her spare time she likes to play club women's rugby, and contributes as the Co-News Editor for Marist's student newspaper.

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May 10, 2013

Reshma Begum: Miracle Survivor Of the Bangladesh Factory Disaster That Killed 1,000 People

The remarkable story of how a Bangladeshi woman survived a building collapse and defied the odds.

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May 10, 2013

Kevin Grayson Gay: Is This a New Revolution in Sports?

A college football star's confession suggests more athletes should break gay stereotypes. "Doesn't mean you can't go out there and go just as hard as anybody else, if not harder," Grayson says.
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May 8, 2013

Jadarrius Speights: When a 3-Year-Old Shoots Himself By Accident, What is Wrong with American Parenting?

A lack of parenting has caused gun-related violence among young children, not guns themselves.
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May 8, 2013

Amanda Berry Rescue: Is McDonald's Exploiting the Tragedy As a PR Stunt?

The fast food chain is taking advantage of Berry's reappearance by tweeting about Charles Ramsey, the man who saved her and mentioned he was eating McDonald's when he heard her screams.
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May 6, 2013

Kristi Rifkin: Pregnant T-Mobile Employee Clocked Out to Use Restroom, HR Nightmare Followed

How one pregnant woman was criticized an eventually canned for using the bathroom during work hours.
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May 6, 2013

Dhaka Protests: 22 Killed, Bangladeshi Officials Must Act Quickly

Growing tensions in the Bangladeshi government has prompted violent protests by Islamists, and the violence will not stop anytime soon.

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May 5, 2013

Massachusetts Senate Special Election: Ed Markey Off to Strong Start

There is a high likelihood of another Democratic victory in Massachusetts.
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May 3, 2013

One World Trade Center is a Major Milestone For American Culture

The final stages of the new skyscraper replacing the destroyed World Trade Center buildings speak volumes for progress in the post 9/11 era.
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May 1, 2013

May Day Holiday: Why Doesn't the U.S. Celebrate It?

Americans don't celebrate May Day, but the worker's holiday was born in the U.S. We should all be more aware of it.
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May 1, 2013

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov: Did They Help the Boston Bombers?

Three new unidentified suspects are in custody and may have ties to the bombings.
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April 29, 2013

EU Pesticide Ban: How Pesticides Might Be Killing Honeybees, and Affecting Humans

The European Union recently instituted a 2-year moratorium on pesticides following evidence linking them to a decrease in the bee population. The U.S. needs to quickly follow their example.

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April 28, 2013

4 Most Bizarre Items People Smuggle Through Customs

From food to animals, all sorts of odd items have been victim to smuggling attempts through customs across the globe.
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April 26, 2013

Louie Gohmert Accuses Obama Of Having Pro-Muslim Confidants. Really?

Another absurd GOP fueled conspiracy theory against President Obama.
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April 24, 2013

Paul Kevin Curtis Cleared Of Ricin Letter Charges, But He's Close With New Suspect

A new suspect has been identified in the ricin letter case with an extensive criminal background. Unfortunately, authorities may not have substantial leads.
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April 24, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Denied Islamic Funeral By Mosque? Good For Them

A Boston mosque has refused to give the Boston Marathon bombing suspect a religious funeral. They made the right decision.
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April 22, 2013

How One Typo Let Tamerlan Tsarnaev Slip Under the FBI's Radar

Due to a simple mispelling of his name on flight records, the Tsarnaev brother managed to travel to Russia without notice by the FBI.

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April 22, 2013

Boston Bombings and Texas Explosion: Monday Marks the End Of the "Week From Hell"

Several tragic events last we have brought Americans together.
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April 19, 2013

Boston Manhunt: Sen. Chuck Grassley Implies Weak Immigration Enforcement Indirectly Caused Boston Attack

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is already claiming that the flawed immigration system indirectly caused the Boston Marathon bombings. Problem is, there's no evidence for that.
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April 19, 2013

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Chechen Terrorists?

Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified and may be Chechen terrorists.
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April 17, 2013

Gun Control Debate: Senate to Address Gun Control Bills, Which the House Will Shoot Down

While there is a strong possibility for substantial progress, the next hurdle Senate Democrats and the Obama administration will have to face is appealing to conservative House members.