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Trump and Sanders take N.H. by storm

The series of presidential primary elections held in each U.S. state is a crucial part of the nomination process where candidates can concentrate their resources in each area of the country and determine how successfully their races can go.

Current presidential candidates remaining in the 2016 presidential race include six Republicans: Former Governor Jeb Bush (Florida), Dr. Ben Carson (Florida), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas), Governor John Kasich (Ohio), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) and Businessman Donald Trump (New York); two Democrats: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (New York) and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont).

The New Hampshire Primary, held on Tuesday, February 9 after the Iowa Caucuses, is now under the politicians’ belts and the next phase of the campaign for both parties is currently underway.

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Pro-life view on abortion

This is a response to the article, “No Uterus, No Opinion” in Kaitlyn Akers’ column from a recent issue of Le Provocateur. For those who may have missed the article, Akers’ topic was focused on the issues surrounding the pro-life and pro-choice debate. Anyone who read the article can tell that this was an article inspired by a deep desire to help women from a pro-choice perspective. As people also deeply concerned with the welfare of women globally, we felt the need to respond with a pro-life perspective.

Akers mentions the movement to defund Planned Parenthood inspired by videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives participating in some shady activities, such as the selling of fetal tissue.

While judicially the issue has been settled, there was a bill that was proposed to defund Planned Parenthood as it was presented to have been using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions that didn’t involve rape or incest.

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Special to Le Provocateur

Life is unpredictable. We all know it. We’re constantly shifting from desire to desire, and if we look back at what we wanted to do five or ten years ago, we might laugh at ourselves, or we might be surprised.

Perhaps at age five, you thought about becoming a doctor. You smiled as you imagined wearing a stethoscope and checking vital signs. And now, as a banker, you say to yourself: I can’t believe I wanted to do that. I’m afraid of blood.

Maybe you are currently a writer of books, screenplays and essays, but you never thought you’d be one when you were younger. You figured you’d follow in the footsteps of your scientist parents. But then you read Hemingway, and you were deeply moved. You knew you had to be a writer.

Moments matter. They lead us to where we need to be.

And they often can lead us to God.

Not everyone receives a strong faith at birth and maintains it until death. Sometimes it can come later.

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Dengue fever causes concern for Hawaii

Hawaii is one of several states in America facing a crisis. The recent outbreak of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes has caused the tropical state a great deal of concern for both residents and tourists. Dengue fever and other dangerous diseases pose a threat to public health. On Friday, February 12, Hawaii’s governor took an important step to protect the islands’ inhabitants.

“Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus,” said the Associated Press. “The state has been in the midst of a dengue fever outbreak on Hawaii’s Big Island, where there were more than 250 confirmed cases.”

Recently, President Barack Obama asked Congress for funding to prevent the Zika virus from becoming an epidemic in the United States.

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Zika causes major concerns

On Monday, February 8, President Obama officially requested more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the recent outbreak of the Zika virus. The virus itself has effected an estimated three to four million people in 23 countries and territories, according to the World Health Organization.

Although the United States has not yet been severely affected by the virus, the money requested by Obama would go towards expanding programs that control mosquitos that transmit the virus. In addition, the money would go into researching vaccines and new public education programs focusing on pregnant women.

These requests are being made by Obama because of the increase in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads, a condition often linked to the virus.

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Countdown begins for seniors

On Friday, January 29, the Class of 2016 participated in the senior “100 Days” event, an event that has been a tradition at Assumption College.

Aptly named to signify the mere 100 days left until graduation, the event took place at Perfect Game, a local bar on Water Street in Worcester.

Students began by heading to the Plourde Recreation Center between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to get in line for the buses that ran every half hour to Perfect Game. Once at the bar, students were free to enjoy the entertainment and free appetizers as well as the company of their classmates.

At the bar, students could order drinks and sit and chat with their friends. The walls were lined with televisions airing various NHL and NBA games, as Perfect Game is a sports bar after all.

To the left there were tables for groups to sit as well as a live music performance for those who didn’t enjoy the very crowded and extremely hot backroom.

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No date? BINGO it is

Dates can be expensive, especially for broke college students and with Valentine’s Day coming up, we all know most people goes on dates on February 14. Whether it be making reservations with your significant other to a fancy restaurant or planning with a group of girlfriends to go see a romcom movie at Blackstone, everyone will be doing something date related.

But why pay for these dates when you can win them for free? The social justice ambassadors are sponsoring “Cupid Bingo” on February 12 at 10 p.m. in Charlie’s. Come play BINGO and win prizes. We are giving away a coffee date, complete with a Keurig. A movie date, including movie passes. And a Netflix date, including a brand new TV. We will also have fair trade bakery items to snack on while you play.

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Country music fun

On Wednesday January 27, 2016, Christian musician Ryan Tremblay hosted by Campus Ministry, performed in Charlie’s.

Joined on the stage with his wife Elizabeth, whom he affectionately referred to as Lizzy, they sung of topics ranging from their relationship with God, each other, their three children to much sadder topics like the death of his sister. Ryan sang lead vocal and guitar with his wife doing backup.

Tremblay recounted the story of going to Rome on his honeymoon and having his marriage blessed by the pope. Shortly after doing so the couple had their three sons; Andrew, Elliot and Nicholas. His song My Three Sons is about the struggle of going through sleepless nights and caring for his children while at the same time the joys of being a parent.

“It is ultimately God that motivates me to be on this path as a Christian artist [and] it’s a call that I felt around my college years,” said Tremblay.

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Winter storm Jonas wreaks havoc

How did Old Man Winter greet us this year? Many communities felt that bitter cold greeting through the eyes of Winter Storm Jonas. This major blizzard has left a short, but rather huge, impact on multiple states up and down the East Coast.

The storm buried multiple communities with more than two feet of snow from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to New York City Friday, January 22 into early Sunday, January 24, 2016, effecting millions of Americans.

Originating as a shortwave trough and making land in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. on Tuesday, January 19, the storm gained strength as it reached the Great Plains and combined with a low-pressure area over Central Texas. As the storm moved further north, Jonas rapidly strengthened and snowfall amounts became much higher than what forecasters had predicted.

At least 31 people have been confirmed dead and more than 14 states received more than a foot of snow or more from the storm.

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Drug epidemic in Mass

In 2015, Massachusetts’ opioid epidemic began gaining momentum in the both the news and the state’s legislature. Local news stations reported overdose after overdose, emphasizing the growing problem.

According to statistics on mass.gov, the number of overdose deaths in Worcester alone increased between 2012 and 2014. The deaths were 24, 43 and 42 respectively, revealing that the number of opioid overdoses nearly doubled. In total, Massachusetts saw 1,099 deaths due to opiates in 2014 according to the most recent data on mass.gov.

The state legislature has attempted to address this epidemic by passing a law to protect addicts.

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