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Dr. Patton arrested for DUI

Dr. Michael F. Patton was arrested by the Montevallo Police for driving his golf cart under the influence of alcohol, at the corner of Oak Street and North Boundary Street on the night of April 11. Patton was taken to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office where he was processed and released that same night. Patton, 56, is a professor of philosophy in the University of Montevallo’s English and Foreign Language Department, and is the program coordinator for the Philosophy and Religion Minor at UM. Patton is well known around campus for hosting the Life Raft Debate, as well as having been the co-owner of popular coffee and used book store Eclipse with his wife Cheryl. This is Patton’s first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the second instance of a UM staff member being arrested for a DUI in the last six months. Earlier this year former University of Montevallo police chief, Chad Adams, resigned after being asked for comment regarding the charge by Shelby County Reporter. The Alabamian staff reached out to Patton for comment, but he has yet to...

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Zuckerberg testifies before a joint session of Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Capitol Hill. Photo by Oliver Douliery In a joint session of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, senators questioned Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, about his company’s information sharing practices and the data firm Cambridge Analytica. Senate leaders attempted to understand the social media giant’s place in an ever growing and complicated market, and determine if legislative measures are needed to protect social media users’ privacy and data. Legislators also began to examine what those measures might look like. Lawmakers attempted to wade through the complex...

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Opinion: Shut up and report the news

I want to start by saying that I am a Democrat; I’ve volunteered for Democratic campaigns, I am the vocal millennial that the Republican Party hates. That doesn’t, however, change the fact that a Fox News anchor, Laura Ingraham, recently crossed a very important line. My political alignment doesn’t change that a news anchor decided to attack someone merely for having an opinion. On Feb. 15, the Cleveland Cavaliers’, Lebron James, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, did an interview with Cari Champion. During this interview James was asked a simple question, “How would you describe the climate for an athlete with a platform now-a-days and want to talk about what’s happening in our world?” He responded by criticizing the current president saying, “the number one job in America the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people,” adding that Trump doesn’t seem to care about those he represents.James said that kids growing up now can’t really look up to this president, later adding that, “while we can’t change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can alert people that watch us and that listen to us that this is not the way.” His response to this would trigger a rant on the part of Ingraham which was not only reprehensible and disgusting, vile and racist or any other myriad of adjectives but shows that this...

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13 indicted in Russian meddling investigation

Robert Mueller looks on during a news conference in the rose garden of the White House on June 21, 2013, in Washington D.C. Photo by Oliver Doulery A Grand Jury recently handed down an indictment of 13 Russian Nationals and three Russian companies for meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle. The 37-page indictment details the ways in which the Internet Research Agency, and two other companies, spent millions of dollars and employed hundreds in an attempt to conduct what it called “information warfare against the United States of America.” President Donald Trump, claiming to be vindicated by these...

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Social media giants testify before Congress

On Nov. 1, Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina opened the hearing positively towards the companies, praising them for their ability to allow lawmakers to better connect with their constituents. He elaborated on how social media and the internet are a large part of our lives. However, the committee then became critical of the social media giants, especially Facebook. “Why has it taken Facebook 11 months to come forward and help us understand the scope of this problem, see it clearly for the problem it is and begin to work in a responsible legislative way to address it?” Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware asked. Facebook has recently acknowledged the presence of  politically-motivated ads that were targeted at the American people through its service. Evidence has shown 126 million of the company’s users saw inflammatory ads that were purchased by Kremlin-linked company Internet Research Agency. During the ongoing discussion of Russian political involvement, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg commented dismissing the allegations that the website hosted foreign political ads, calling it, “a crazy idea.” Zuckerberg and Facebook have since attempted to assuage Congress and the general public that they are doing everything in their power to combat the developing problem of foreign interference in U.S. elections by launching an internal investigation, as well as promising...

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