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    Apostrophe under attack

      By Corey Risinger At this point in the media, it seems that we are rarely at peace. Wars on drugs, poverty, Christmas, women; we’ve been conditioned to accept them all as a part of our reality. But amidst all of this figurative fighting, with news pundits throwing around the same stilted phrases, a deeper conflict was brewing, one few expected. After decades of strict grammarians, flocks of school teachers hammering it into us, the necessity of the apostrophe is now being questioned. The discussion began when the NY Times announced its recent withdrawal from the use of hyphens in articles. Though this may appear relatively harmless, hyphens primed the…

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    Amazon begins delivery drone program

    By Maggie Hassel Amazon, the major online retailer, recently announced that it is seeking approval from the Federal Aviation Association to deliver packages using small unmanned drones, in their new program Prime Air. These drones could deliver packages within 30 minutes of the order placement. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, announced that Amazon would begin both researching and seeking legal permission to use delivery drones early in December, and has said that he hopes to gain legal approval by the end of 2015 and start flying drones soon after that. The drones would fly from both existing and new distribution centers. They would not, however, be hindered by regular mail…

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    ECHO-Location: Sledding in Chapel Hill

    By Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick Due to the scarcity of snow days, East students must use their days of winter weather wisely. Knowledge of the best nearby locations to spend a snow day can maximize students’ sledding to snow trudging ratio. The Snow-bel Prize winning ECHO-Location team has mapped out key hills to speed down this winter. Tadley & Markham These twin twisters are the perfect destination for experienced sledders looking for a challenge, both hills have a slight curve. These hills are among the steepest and longest in Chapel Hill. Plus, cars don’t pose much of a threat because the roads are not busy. This neighborhood also has…

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    The woes of holiday birthdays

    By Hannah Schanzer and Angela McLinton Today’s teens face a plethora of problems ranging from extreme collegiate pressure to balancing school, work and social lives. However, a select portion of young adults have it worse than average. These individuals annually deal with the trials and tribulations of sharing a birthday with a holiday. Having a holiday birthday is difficult. It means not only sharing a special day with 1/365th of the population, but also with a holiday that isn’t celebrating the fact that they were born.  No one wants to be outshone on their one “diva day” of the year. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s been pretty…

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    Echo-Location: Places to study

    By Hannah Schanzer It’s really hard to do homework at home.  Alone in your room, you have a  computer which has Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and an endless supply of  videos of gorillas doing sign language to distract you.  Worst of all, no one is checking up on you to make sure you’re working.   In order to get homework done,  most students need to leave their homes.  Chapel Hill has a number of places that are great for studying, but some are better than others. A popular study location for students is the Starbucks at Eastgate.   As study places go, it is somewhat of a mixed bag.  On the positive side,…