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The Right To Be Forgotten: Clearing Your Name
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Written By: Peri Bovitz - Hibbing High School


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In life some want nothing more than to be remembered, but in the case of Mario Costeja Gonzalez this could not be farther from the truth. What started out as one mans simple request for discretion may turn into the most pivotal ruling of the decade.

In 1998 the Spaniard Gonzalez had to auction his house to pay off debts. The auction notice appeared in Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, and over six years later the same article was appearing at the top of Google search results for his name. As his financial problems have since been resolved, Gonzalez complained about the newspaper and Google to Spanish Data protection agency the AEPD, arguing that the existence of the document online was damaging his reputation.

While it rejected the claim against La Vanguardia, the AEPD upheld it against Google. Google appealed and the case was referred to the EUs Court of Justice. This May, some 14 years after the auction, the EU court agreed he had the "right to be forgotten" and that Google should remove the links. The court said

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Immigration Troubles: Child Migrants Spark Debate
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Written By: Brenden Ireland - Virginia High School


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More than 50,000 Central American children have attempted to enter the United States since October 2013. Many of these children, who traveled without adults, are trying to escape a number of dangerous issues in their home countries. But these kids have been detained, and many of them may end up being deported. Their plight has stirred up a storm, as multiple parties debate what is best for the country and for the migrants.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees conducted a study of the childrens motivations for crossing over. The majority of the minors about 58% of them are said to have fled their homes for safety reasons, mainly due to gang violence and illegal drug sales. Problems with the drug trade are especially prevalent in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. In addition, many Central American families are plagued by poverty. As a result, desperate youngsters (mainly Guatemalans and Salvadorans) journey to the U.S. in pursuit of better economic opportunities. Or, the children could simply be missing their loved ones in the U.S. Scheming smugglers have

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Rain, Rain, Go Away: Flooding in Minnesota
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Written By: Stephanie Madzey - Eveleth-Gilbert High School


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Its raining. Its pouring. Its still raining and its still pouring. Can anyone hear the old man snoring? As you look out of your window, on most days this summer, there will either be dark clouds in the sky foreshadowing a storm or rain actually coming down. Those few days of a bright, clear, sun-filled sky are thought of as a blessing to many. What is going to become of all this excess water? How can the earth absorb all this liquid in such a short amount of time? Looking throughout most of Minnesota, the answer to both questions is a word most people do not want to hear: flooding.

June has not been the most pleasant time when looking back at the weather we have experienced. All of the rain and thunderstorms have caused a lot of damage in many different ways. Flooding has been the main culprit, though. Rivers and lakes have overflowed, highways have not been able to drain fast enough, and puddles and small lakes have formed because drainage is so backed up. All of this flooding and overflowing has caused numerous unfortunate outcomes including

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Little Rock Arkansas: Under Tornado Watch
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Written By: Zoe Bystrom - North Woods High School

If you have been listening to the news you have probably heard about the terrible tornadoes that struck Little Rock Arkansas on April 27th but they did not end there they decided to extend their paths throughout some of the southern states. The major storm caused many tornadoes within April 27 throughout the 29th to take on different states as well as Mississippi and Alabama and more. Many houses were destroyed along with approximately 348 deaths that have been recovered and identified so far. Many families and friends are experiencing tremendous pain in their hearts as they say their final goodbyes to their loved ones.

There was a total of 358 detected by the National Weather Service in 21 states from Texas to New York. Very destructive tornadoes happened all three days but April 27th was the most active day with 211 tornadoes touching the earth that day from midnight to midnight. 4 of them were destructive enough to be rated

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American Lung - Day at the Capitol
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Written By: Jenna Kingsley - Virginia High School

Over 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease every year. Whether it is cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, or smokeless tobacco people young and old alike are drawn in to this strong substance. The American Lung Association is an organization that works to help prevent everyone from the harmful affects of tobacco. On April 8th 2014, the ALA put together their annual Day at the Capitol, an event where regular citizens get the chance go to our state Capitol and assist the American Lung in lobbying for whatever the association is working on. Nearly 200 people from across the state came to meet with their legislators and discuss what some very important issues.

Every year the American Lung works to pass something different in our state to help with tobacco prevention, or the keeping of non-smokers safe from tobaccos harmful affects. The Day at the Capitol is something the association uses to show legislators how much their constituents care about the issues they work on. Last year in this event the group lobbied to "Raise it for Health", a campaign to raise the tax on cigarettes to $1.69. The bill that included this was tax passed, giving American Lung a very

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