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Trump stirring the pot

Labeled a loose cannon by some, Donald Trump has shocked America by his reactions to controversial issues, global disasters and nuclear threats. Examples including mishandling international affairs like the nuclear threats from North Korea, attacking media outlets by calling them “fake news” and insulting Puerto Rican government officials following a catastrophic hurricane are some of…

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Reaching new VISTAS

Anxiety, depression and relationship issues, according to research, are the top three emotional and behavior issues that affect college students said members of the VISTA project. The Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA project, sets forth to increase awareness of mental and behavioral health of college students by giving them relief opportunities. Maryann Haytmanek…

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All of the lights

Insta-worthy photos, singing princesses, and more than one million lights can be found at the Winter Lights Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo. It being their fourth year, the Zoo opened the gates to this special event on Nov. 10 and plans to run all through the season until the Dec. 31 with a ton…

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The Laconic releases another successful issue

On Nov. 2nd, the Fall 2017 issue of “The Laconic,” Northampton Community College’s literary and arts magazine, was released at a launch party attended by staff, issue submitters, and literary arts supporters. After a quick introduction of staff members, the party became an open mic forum where submitters could read their entries aloud or explain…

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Allentown Art Fest spreads artistic diversity

The 4th Annual Allentown ArtsFest was held at Cedar Beach Park Sept. 29th to Oct. 1st. An admission free, three-day festival that highlights the diverse art, music, food, and culture to be found in our local area, ArtsFest offers something for everyone to enjoy. There are three stages playing ongoing local music of all genres,…

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History of Mass Shootings in America

With 59 people dead and over 400 people injured, the massacre by a lone gunman that occurred at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday is now the deadliest mass shooting in America. What turns an attack into a mass shooting? By definition, “A mass shooting involves four or more people injured or…

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Honors for the Honors Society president

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program has awarded NCC’s Phi Theta Kappa President with a scholarship based on her notable academic achievement, leadership and community service work. “My heart stopped,” Social work major Katelyn Schoelles said. “It was this whole experience of, ‘This actually happened… or did it?’” 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars…

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From the grassroots to the East 40

Growing up in a small, farming community in western Pennsylvania left Kelly Allen with two choices – go to college or join the military. “Military didn’t make sense for me, so I went to college,” the East 40 Community Garden Coordinator and professor says. “Turns out, [college] didn’t make sense for me either. It took…

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Hawk Mountain soars in conservation of birds

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and scientific research center dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. It’s also the premier destination in the northeastern United States to view the annual hawk migration. It is the world’s largest member-supported raptor conservation organization and works as an international conservation training site. The sanctuary began…

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Finding H.O.P.E. at NCC

“Helping Our Peers Excel”,is the mission of the NCC H.O.P.E. food pantry. The idea was conceived by the Nursing Student Organization and sprang into action last fall. In just over a year, their effort has fed more than 530 students. Andrea Corrado, professor and NSO food pantry advisor, expresses that, “Food insecurity should not be…

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The Heart (or Brain) of the Matter

When I originally took this piece, I was going to talk about gun control and all the hubris surrounding the Las Vegas shooter. Proximity and time away from the tragic events have forced me to change my approach. In this country, we have a crisis of mental health. As of 2015, there were 43.1 million…

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Charlie Dent retires from Congress after 12 years

Bethlehem’s local congressman Charlie Dent has recently announced his retirement. Dent is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives and represents Pennsylvania’s 15th district, which includes part of Northampton County and all of Lehigh County. After serving eight years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and six years in the state Senate;…

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