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Today’s Top 10 Late-Night Talk Shows, Ranked

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Late night television has undergone major renovation within the last year and a half. Some comedic heavyweights left television, some found new homes on different networks, and others came into the game as late-night rookies. While there is evidently plenty of late night to go around, some shows ring right, while others sometimes fall flat. So, here are today’s top 10 late-night TV broadcasts worth watching, ranked.

10. Late Night with Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers wowed audiences while hosting Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment with his comedic timing and jokey interviewing, but his transition into late night has been evidently mild this past year. And while watching him reunite with other former SNL cast members warms a special place in all our hearts, Meyers fails to make a significant splash on the late night scene.

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Planned Parenthood: The drama continues

by KATIE BEMB

Over the last couple of months, there has been much controversy surrounding government funding of Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that does research into and gives advice on contraception, family planning and reproductive problems.

About three months ago, a small group of anti-abortion activists called the Center for Medical Progress, began releasing videos. Republicans and conservatives say those videos show that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal tissue for profit and violating other federal prohibitions, such as federal law at 42 U.S. Code 289g-2, which strongly prohibits the sale or purchase of aborted fetal tissue, according to the Cornell University Law School.

Specifically, the law states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.”

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Concert For Valor Review

by AARON MEGAR

On Tuesday night, the nation’s capital held witness to three hours of American pride and awesome music as a crowd stretched from the Capitol building to the Washington Monument to see the Starbucks and HBO sponsored “Concert for Valor.” The crowd, which was estimated to be of at least 800,000 people, came for free to watch performances by Eminem, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, the Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, and Jessie J, all of who played in honor of our nation’s troops to celebrate this year’s Veterans Day.

As a Veterans Day tribute, the concert was a massive success, sharing the stories of different Afghanistan and Iraq War vets between each performance with introductions by celebrities varying from Tom Hanks to Oprah Winfrey. With “U.S.A.” chants erupting every ten minutes, the night could have not felt more patriotic, and the Capitol standing behind the massive, illuminated stage gave the crowd a sense of American pride that simply could not be matched anywhere else in the world. Continue reading Concert For Valor Review

2014 Election Midterm Results and their clear implications

by AARON MEGAR

Yesterday, on November 4th, citizens in both the state of Maryland and throughout the entire country voted on many seats of public office that make up our government. Among these, the most important elections were for seats in the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and for governor in the thirty-seven states that held such elections this year.

While there are Congressional elections held every two years, this year’s election was labeled as a “mid-term,” where even though there was no President up for election it still demonstrated how the country felt about our current administration. And, unfortunately for President Obama and the Democratic Party, the majority of Americans do not feel good about how our country is being run.

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Explore outside of College Park

By Jessica Marquez

The semester has officially started for the University of Maryland students. The College Park area is filled with many different restaurants like Chipotle, Potbelly, and Five Guys. Let’s not forget about Terrapin’s Turf and all the weekly specials that they have to offer.

While walking around campus may be fun for the first couple of weeks, you may find the urge to adventure out and discover what there is outside of the College Park area.

The DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area offers a variety of places with good food, good sites, and sometimes good entertainment.

Let’s start off at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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The United States capitol is located seven stops away from the College Park metro station if you get off at Union Station. Union station offers a big selection of restaurants within its vicinity. So if you’re craving Johnny Rockets, Bojangles’, Häagen-Dazs, or a salad from Chop’t, Union Station has something for you.

To the left side of the capitol, if you’re facing the National Mall, is the United States Botanic Garden.

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The Botanic Garden has been around since 1820. Admission to this garden is completely free. Staff members also offer 45-minute tours throughout the day. For temporary exhibits or special topics, check out the United States Botanic Garden online website http://www.usbg.gov/programs-and-events

Across the National Mall and on Pennsylvania Avenue…

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The White House! The nearest metro stations are Farragut West and McPherson Square. If you want to protest, take pictures, or wait outside and hope to see President Obama, the White House is a pretty good place to be.

Now, if you’re looking to catch a fun and enjoyable baseball game, Navy Yard Metro station is your stop.

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While in season, Nats Nation is live! For games and tickets check washington.nationals.mlb.com

Moving north from Navy Yard and into Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland…

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The downtown Silver Spring area offers a diversity of restaurants, shops, and events. Entertainment is a big part of Silver Spring. The Fillmore, Majestic Movie Theater, and Discovery Communications are all in the same area. The best part yet is that downtown Silver Spring is UM-Shuttle accessible.

Now let’s take it to Crystal City, Virginia.

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Crystal City…wow! It’s a growing area located about 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the Pentagon. Ronald Reagan National Airport is a close walk as well.

If you are considering a flight into the UMD area, Ronald Reagan Airport is your best choice since it is metro accessible and a couple minutes closer than BWI.

The DMV is a place to grow, learn, and discover. There are many opportunities for students, parents, staff, and friends. Just get out there and explore!

Burger King to Merge with Canadian Chain

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by DAN SCHWALB

“Have it your way,” Burger King has long insisted. But now it seems the fast-food chain will be having it their way. Burger King has announced their plans to merge with Tim Hortons, a Canadian-based doughnut chain. The reason for this merger has more to do with finances than with food.

If the deal goes through, Burger King will be allowed to move it’s corporate headquarters to Canada. Moving off of American soil will save BK millions in tax dollars, as Canadian fees are much lower. The burger chain plans to open many restaurants up north, while still keeping their U.S. locations in business.

With the merge, Burger King-Tim Hortons would become the third largest food chain in the world, running 18,000 stores and counting. There is still no word on how BK plans to integrate Tim Hortons into their menu. Some predict that Burger King may shut down Tim Hortons, having bought them out simply to avoid U.S. taxes.

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The United States has been losing many American-based companies to foreign nations. These corporations move off-shore not just for lower taxes, but because the cost of labor is cheaper elsewhere. With Burger King gone, Americans fear the day that all major corporations move their headquarters. President Obama has spoken out against these actions, saying that despite being legal, moving corporations offshore is “wrong”. Obama has called for “economic patriotism”, begging American companies to stay loyal to their homeland.

MY TAKE: Unless the U.S. gives incentives for corporations to stick around, we may see a mass exodus of American businesses.

Chaos in Cali

by DAN SCHWALB

California is often seen as a highly desirable place. The warm weather, hip culture and sprawling coastline continue to draw people to the state. But California has its fair share of problems, and recent events have brought these to light.

The San Francisco area was hit with a 6.0 earthquake on Sunday, causing widespread damage in the Napa Valley. Nearly 200 citizens were injured, fires broke out, and pipelines burst following the seismic event. Thousands of homes lost power, and mobile homes lay in shambles on the ground. California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, and warned residents of potential aftershocks in coming weeks.

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As if the earthquake wasn’t enough, California is suffering from severe droughts. Since January, the state has been at record lows for precipitation, and some rural areas have run out of tap water. Tulare County is delivering water bottles to residents because local reservoirs are completely dry. The state government has been devising billion dollar plans to build water reserves, but these are yet to be implemented

Ready for the worst news? Scientists are now saying that the droughts and earthquakes may be related. Over the past century, California has pumped massive amounts of groundwater in order to counteract its dry climate.

This water extraction has caused the San Andreas Fault to rise a few millimeters per year. The Fault had historically been weighed down by underground water, but pumping this water has caused San Andreas to creep towards earth’s surface. This fault line, already one of the most active in the U.S., now puts the West Coast at risk of more severe quakes.

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If scientists predict correctly, California will continue its dry spell, and face even worse earthquakes in the coming years. These environmental disasters could lead to an uninhabitable California; causing 40 million state residents to consider moving elsewhere. Don’t be surprised when Californians move to a neighborhood near you.

Robots: Your Future Journalists

by DAN SCHWALB

Forget about illegal immigrants taking your job. There is a bigger threat to American employment: machines. Journalists are no exception to this.

According to Business Insider, journalism is one of nine occupations that will soon be replaced by automation. Other jobs facing extinction include store clerks, pharmacists, drivers, and soldiers. Those who are skeptical about robots taking jobs should look no further than phone operators and toll booth attendants. These one-time common occupations are now frequently done by machine.

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How can it be that robots will take over the field of journalism? After all, a robot is not capable of writing a story, right? Wrong. There has already been software developed that will generate a story from computer data, without any input from humans.

Narrative Science is one such software, and is used by the Big Ten Network to release college baseball articles. Earlier this year, the L.A. Times released an earthquake story generated by their robot software “Quakebot”. The story hit the Internet three minutes after the earthquake struck, allowing L.A. Times to beat out all of their competitors.

Journalism software functions on algorithms developed by computer programmers. The algorithms give machines a pre-set structure for writing a story. The only thing left for the machine to do is collect data, plug it into this formula, and the story is complete. Think of this process as a computers way of playing Madlibs.

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Besides sheer speed, there are other reasons why journalists may be replaced by machine.

1. Journalism can be a dangerous job, with reporters working in violent environments to gather their facts. Last week was a reminder of this when American journalist James Foley was beheaded on video, by an ISIS terrorist. With American lives at risk, major media outlets may elect to use robots for collecting data, filming footage and conducting interviews. This information could then be transferred to narrative software, for an instant story.

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Should journalists live in fear of our entire industry becoming automated? Not exactly. Although robots are capable of writing news stories, they can only generate pure facts, data and information. A robot will have no creativity involved in their column (as far as we can tell!). Furthermore, a robot will not be able to write why an issue is important, or how it could affect us in the future. These questions will still left for human journalists to answer.

Journalism jobs won’t disappear completely, but they will require different tasks. Whereas today’s journalists collect facts and put them together in a story, future journalists will need to write creatively and abstractly. Society will still look to their human counterparts for opinionated articles, future predictions, political stances and movie reviews. The future journalist must be capable of thinking outside the box, going above and beyond the raw facts. Because robots will have that covered.

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