Author: Joseph Laney

Identity theft an issue even to students

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, and the students of the nation’s colleges and universities have been drawing special attention from thieves. Students are an especially lucrative market for thieves because they rarely track their finances and may not notice any credit problems until they apply for financial aid. “Why should I worry? I don’t have any money,” is a common question asked by students. Identity theft involves more than a lifted credit card number. Thieves use names, birth dates and social security numbers to open lines of credit, obtain loans and...

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Concealed weapons not the threat

The issue of concealed weapons on campus has recently stirred emotions on both sides of the debate. Much has been printed about murder rates, suicide and accidental deaths, and much of this has obscured the real question: Am I safe? As a student, I want the safest learning environment possible. I certainly won’t make light of what has happened at Virginia Tech or any other campus. But I do wish to put things in perspective. What is a concealed weapon permit? Why does anyone need one? Are the people around me dangerous? Concealed weapon permits only sound scary. Just...

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To tase or not to tase

Recent events have brought up questions as to whether the use of tasers by law enforcement officials are always appropriate.Amnesty International claimed to have documented over 270 deaths in Canada and the US involving the use of tasers. This human rights organization lists related deaths on their Web site along with information about the individual cases.

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Nine digits

A lack of evidence against Kidus Chane Yohannes, the UVSC student suspected of plotting a mass shooting, could potentially unhinge Utah County’s attempt to convict him on two counts of providing false information to obtain a firearm.

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