ACORN: A Rotten Nut Gets Caught

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is a community organization that was created to help low to moderate income households by providing housing aid and by boosting political involvement among these groups. It is now under scrutiny after being accused of questionable behavior involving child prostitution, political corruption, tax evasion and human trafficking.

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Healthcare or Bust

There has been a lot of health care coverage over the past few months. It seems as if the voices of pundits on both sides, of screaming protestors and showboating politicians, are constantly pouring out of every speaker. I turn on my radio and they are talking about health care. I turn on my TV and the conversation is about health care. I open my email and all of those news alerts I signed up for are filled with stories about – yes, you guessed it, health care.

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Pakistan’s Art Scene

Pakistan doesn’t have much cultural currency in the West. When most Americans think of the culture of the Indian subcontinent they think of India. America is missing out on sophisticated and enjoyable works of art. Pakistan’s exportable cultural output is a mixed bag; gems are buried underneath pathetic attempts to copy Indian and/or American artists. Thanks to religious fanaticism and financial issues, Pakistani culture is sliding down the slippery slope to destruction. The country isn’t completely devoid of an art scene, but it is, unfortunately, a very small scene. Can it survive as the country inches further away from stability everyday?

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The Startling Truth Behind Facebook Quizzes: What You Don’t Know Others Know About You

Dear Facebook friends: please don’t take this the wrong way, but I feel like there’s something that you should know.

I’m glad that you resemble Meredith Grey out of all of the “Grey’s Anatomy” characters, and it’s nice to know that one of the five items you would wield during a zombie attack is a lightsaber, but I’m not interested in taking that quiz or “choosing my own five.”

I don’t want to join your Mafia War, nor do I care that you are “movin’ on up in FarmVille!” I hope my lack of cooperation doesn’t affect our online or in-person relationship.

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News In Brief

Planned Parenthood to offer sexuality information via text; UCI Medical Center makes series of grave mistakes; H1N1 flu becomes a threat for UCI’s campus population; Unidentified woman found burned in an Irvine parking lot

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