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    Olympic Hockey Preview

    Since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) first allowed National Hockey League (NHL) players to participate in the Winter games in 1998, Olympic hockey has been seen as the pinnacle of the sport, with talent-laden teams, great goals, and exciting games. However, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang will be a completely different experience, with no NHL players going after the NHL and IOC failed to reach a deal the NHL found satisfactory. Among the nations hit hardest will be the United States and Canada, perennial favorites in the tournament. The Canadians won back-to-back golds in 2010 and 2014 and undoubtedly have the strongest selection of players in the world. However, these…

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    MLS Shifts Focus Towards Youth

    America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), has long had a reputation for being a retirement league, home to aging European stars such as David Beckham, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard. However, spearheaded by expansion clubs such as Atlanta United FC and LAFC, the league is looking raise its quality of play and shed that reputation by focusing on cultivating young talent, especially from South America. The league’s “designated player” rule, which allows teams to spend big money to bring in international stars without counting their wages against the salary cap, was traditionally used to bring over former stars on big wages in hopes of selling seats. The players the league attracted…

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    George Weah Elected in Nigeria

    In a monumental event for the nation of Liberia, former international soccer star George Weah was elected president in a peaceful and well-conducted democratic election. In a country where elections are often marred by violence and corruption, a peaceful election was a welcome and uplifting change for all. “I congratulate the winner, Ambassador George Manneh Weah, and pray that God will guide him,” said Weah’s opponent in the final round of voting, Unity Party candidate Joseph Boakai. The concession, often taken for granted in American elections, came as a sign of impressive achievement for the African nation. Weah, the candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change, who has run for…

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    Chapel Hill organization, CHALT looks to bring change to local politics

    Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town (CHALT) was formed in 2015 by a group of citizens who were unhappy with the policies of their town leaders. These individuals believed they would be more effective in expanding their beliefs if they formed a group with a specific platform. Two years later, CHALT has used their political and organizational experience to help elect four new Chapel Hill town council members. A self-described “grassroots” organization, CHALT is neither a non-profit nor a political action committee. It is organized by 10 people who form the main leadership group. CHALT has about 100 key members who attend regular meetings and about 1400 people who…

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    Strange holiday traditions from around the world.

    To many, there is no happier time than the holidays. Between family, gift-giving, and good food, there are a number of reasons why this is truly “the most wonderful time of the year.” However, not everyone celebrates this beloved time the same way. In fact, across the globe there are a number of off kilter holiday traditions that delight and thrill. The ECHO has compiled a list of the most exotic to show off.   SantaCon Having recently celebrated its 23rd anniversary, SantaCon has expanded from its humble San Francisco roots, to become a worldwide pub crawl of yuletide dressed folks. According to the official website of Santa-Con, the event…