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Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.

Aspartame Rebranded as ‘Natural’ AminoSweet

Headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, cancer, worsened or mimicked symptoms of diseases and conditions such as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression. If any of these awesome problems appeal to you, then choose Aspartame or AminoSweet and keep drinking that diet pop and chewing bubble gum! Thirty years ago […]

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Ashley Smith’s Fate: A New Form of Killing in the Name of the State

According to Canada’s 1960 Bill of Rights, every Canadian citizen has basic rights to life, liberty, and security of person. The last of these, the individual’s “right to security” can be seen as an expansion of rights prohibiting the use of torture or any other punishment deemed as cruel or unusual. As Stuart J. Murray […]

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Non-Profit Enlisted in School Data Profiteering

How far will corporations go to make a profit? Dan Schneider reports on inBloom, a non-profit organization that is testing new cloud-based software to collect students’ information from their school records, with the purported aim of personalizing each student’s instructional materials. Although inBloom is a non-profit, it has a long list of corporate partners, including […]

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Whom Does the Sexual Violence Elimination Act Actually Protect?

It is estimated that a college with at least 10,000 students will have as many as 350 sexual assaults each year. What if the rape complainants were thought to be guilty until proven innocent? The SaVE Act (Sexual Violence Elimination Act) does just this, Wendy Murphy reports, by helping schools and offenders avoid accountability. When […]

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Is Inbreeding Endangered Rhinos Ethical?

The population of Sumatran Rhinos is rapidly decreasing. An estimated one hundred of these endangered species roam free in the wild. Elizabeth Kolbert reports on the ethical issue arising from endangered species like the Sumatran rhinos. With only two left in captivity, researchers decided to breed Harapan, a young undeveloped male rhino, and Suci, a […]

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