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Bolivian President Resigns After Election Scandal

Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, recently resigned. His resignation signals the end of his 15-year socialist reign over the country. This decision comes after an aggressively contested election. Some accused the former president of rigging the election in his favor. Others argued that the election clearly shows that he won the most votes. But after much debate and the threat of violence, the leader decided to step down. He fled to Mexico shortly after.

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Greta Mural Sparks Controversy

The Swedish teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has made quite a name for herself as she tries to promote the idea of climate change around the world. Recently, she was honored with a mural of her image in San Francisco, California. The 60-foot-tall by 30-foot-wide painting was prominently placed on a building on Mason Street and has proven controversial – while some people admire Greta’s activism, she has just as many critics.

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Space: The New Frontier for Investors

With space exploration and off-world technology creating headlines every day, you can bet there are people looking to make profits in this new field. Investors don’t need to invent an elevator to the moon, they can sit in the comfort of their own homes and hit a few computer keys to get involved in the economics of space. How? Due to a relatively new space exchange-traded fund (ETF).

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Humanoid Species Discovered

In 2013, anthropologists discovered a new species of ancient humans they are calling Homo naledi. Bones were found in the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star Cave system in South Africa during an expedition led by explorer Lee Berger. However, it wasn’t until 2015 that the more than 1,550 bone specimens were identified as the new species, adding up to about 15 Homo naledi individuals. Now, another new species has been found, further exciting paleontologists and scientists, and changing perceptions on human evolution.

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Football Fairness: Should Lopsided Scoring Be Allowed?

A high school football coach in Nassau County, New York, was suspended for one game for allowing his team to score more than 42 points over a rival undefeated team. Ron Shaver, coach of the Plainedge High Red Devils, is accused of violating a sportsmanship rule designed to prevent dominant football teams from embarrassing less successful programs.

The Red Devils were playing the South Side High School Cyclones – another dominant team that had nearly completed the season undefeated. According to Nassau’s “Section 8 Lopsided Score Committee,” you can win – but not by more than 42 points.

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Veterans Day: A Tribute to all Who Fought

Veteran’s Day is the day we honor and celebrate our heroes, the military men and women who put their lives on the line to protect Americans and our way of life. Unlike Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day pays tribute to all veterans – alive or dead.  The observance of this occasion began a long time ago, after World War I, a conflict that resulted in 8.5 million casualties. The war ended with an armistice, and this day was originally recognized as Armistice Day.

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