Becca Stanek

What Would Happen If the "Big One" Hit?

San Andreas, the action movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson about a massive earthquake that hits California, arrives in theaters Friday, but it’s hard to say when the real-life version of the “Big One” earthquake could actually hit the Golden…
By Becca Stanek

Is "San Andreas" Scientifically Accurate?

The movie San Andreas hit theaters on Friday, and the $100 million film about a California earthquake surrounding the state’s fault line stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a rescue helicopter pilot on the search for his missing daughter. The film…
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What Percent Of Cleveland Is Black?

In comparison to other large cities, Cleveland’s white and African American populations are exceedingly segregated. Although the city’s non-white population accounts for 61.2 percent of the city’s people, Cleveland’s African-American population…
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Tamir Rice's Family Comments On Cleveland Decision

Following the acquittal of Cleveland officer Michael Brelo of the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, Tamir Rice’s family is demanding that criminal charges are filed against the officers involved in fatal shooting of the 12-year-old…
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Who Will The Baltimore Officers' Defense Be?

Now that a grand jury has indicted all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the question now arises of who will defend the Baltimore police officers. While at least one officer, Edward Nero, who was indicted on second-degree assault,…
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What The Sun Will Look Like When It's Dead

Astronomers in Chile have just captured the most detailed image of Medusa Nebula ever — and no, it’s not a photo of the woman from Greek mythology with snakes for hair. This Medusa is a colorful and drop-dead-gorgeous cloud of gas that’s an…
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5 Politicians Scrutinized Way More Than Walker

To be fair, Scott Walker has caught a lot of flak in his time — but he is far from the most scrutinized politician. In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Walker deemed himself “the most scrutinized politician in America.” And as he pointed out, he's the…
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The Boy Scouts Are Catching Up To The Girls

Major brownie points (geddit?): Boy Scouts just might follow Girl Scouts’ example of inclusivity. Earlier this week, Girl Scouts reaffirmed its policy to accept transgender girls in its group — "There is not one type of girl" — and now Boy Scouts of…
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7 Politicians Who Cracked Jokes With Letterman

After 22 years on television, David Letterman will make his final appearance Wednesday. As the longest-tenured late-night talk show host in history, Letterman has interacted with quite a few politicians throughout the thousands of episodes he has…
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4 Lessons Hillary Can Learn From Obama's Campaign

In the 2016 presidential elections, Hillary Clinton appears to be looking back at 2008. Clinton is ramping up for her second go-around for the White House, and she's carefully examining what President Obama did that made him so successful in his…
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Bobby Jindal Knows Who He Blames For ISIS

While Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal just launched his presidential exploratory committee on Monday, he has long been exploring his positions on issues like the Iraq War. In an appearance in Iowa on Saturday night, following a long week of Jeb Bush's…
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Jeb Bush Flip-Flops Again On Gay Marriage

Just a few months ago, a member of the Bush clan was labeled the "gay-friendly" candidate for the Republican Party. But Jeb Bush has changed his gay marriage position once again, saying in a Sunday interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network's…
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Will Weed Be Legal In Indiana Anytime Soon?

While the fiasco of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was a definite low point for the Midwestern state it was a high point for Indiana marijuana enthusiasts. The RFRA, while closing the door on the rights of same-sex couples, quite…
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Ireland Is Poised to Make Gay Rights History

Since decriminalizing homosexuality in 1993, Ireland has made big strides in the gay rights movement. And, the country might be about to make its biggest move yet. Right now, the Republic of Ireland is poised to become the Ireland is poised to…
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Who Were The Nepal Helicopter Crash Victims?

Days after the wreckage from the helicopter crash in Nepal was first spotted, officials have released the names of the Nepal helicopter crash victims. On Sunday, officials identified six United States Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who were…
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Bush's Shifting Position On Iraq, In His Own Words

Although he has yet to even officially announce his run for president, Jeb Bush is already running into trouble over his brother George W. Bush’s legacy of the war in Iraq. And, in the true spirit of brotherly love, Jeb is (or was) supporting his…
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Laramie Anti-Discrimination Law A Long Time Coming

Nearly two decades ago, Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming. On Wednesday of this week, the effects of Shepard’s gruesome death on the Wyoming town finally came to a peak when an anti-LGBT…
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Congress Cuts Amtrak's Budget A Day After Crash

On Tuesday, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 200 people. On Wednesday — less than 24 hours after the Amtrak accident — House Republicans voted to slash Amtrak’s budget by $260 million,…
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6 Things Hillary Accomplished As Senator

So, what exactly did Hillary Clinton do as senator of New York? The question of what her concrete accomplishments are — bills that were signed into law, policies that were changed, etc. — has been raised by even some of Clinton's biggest supporters.…
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Where Does Hillary Clinton Stand On Oil Drilling?

On Monday, the Obama administration gave its nod of approval to Shell to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of Alaska. Drilling is slated to begin this summer, as long as environmental conditions are met. For Shell and the…
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