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On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Richard Jones walked out of prison a free man after spending 17 years incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Convicted of aggravated robbery, Richard was sentenced to 19 years for aggravated assault as a result of eyewitness misidentification. Richard’s conviction was based solely on eyewitness testimony.

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Sexual violence, domestic abuse, and a seemingly-apathetic government

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 5.4.18.
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For anyone who has the misfortune of being connected with me on social media, it’s no secret that I’ve been living in Spain since January. In some ways, the country is incredibly progressive and advanced — it has the seventh-best healthcare system in the world, according to the World Health Organization, and was one of the first countries to legalize same-sex marriage.

But, like so many other nations, it has a problem with women. Surrogacy is illegal in the country, abortions have restrictions after 14 weeks, and convicted rapists rarely serve a lengthy sentence. Under Spanish law, no one may be sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, regardless of the crime. Spain used to have an exception, called the Parot Doctrine, but courts have since overturned it. Upon the doctrine’s repeal, a man who had served 20 years for killing two people, and sexually assaulting more than a dozen more, was released and later arrested for four more rapes he then committed. He is far from the only such case, but these offenders aren’t given longer sentences upon rearrest. …


Looking back on some of our favorites

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 2.21.18.
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GW memes for The 10th most politically active teens (formerly the most political) launched roughly a year ago, as a place for “fresh hot memes for u hillterns out there.” As page founder Jake Kania told us last April, GW students are characters, perfect for the making of memes.

From roasting the Corcoran, now-former Provost Peter K, or the poor Mount Vernon campus, we’ve had plenty of relatable memes this past year, some of which are highlighted here. …


An affair without consent isn’t an affair

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 2.16.18.
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Rumors that Thomas Jefferson had children with one of his slaves started circulating by his first term in office, yet many historians continued to debate this theory through the 20th century, until a 1998 DNA test proved a link between Sally Hemings’ children and the Jefferson family.

Jefferson’s only child by his wife who survived to adulthood maintained that her father never had the alleged relationship, as did two of her children, who insisted the light-skinned slaves at Monticello’s that were thought be to Jefferson’s were actually fathered by two of Jefferson’s nephews. …


Another year of the Grammys playing it safe in a male-dominated show

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 2.1.18.
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Sunday night saw the 60th annual Grammy awards, with big wins for artists like Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Kendrick Lamar. Unfortunately for some of the winners, not all of these wins seem deserved.

Over the past few years, the Grammys have faced controversy for their seeming inability to give awards to anything, well, controversial. Last year, people were upset that Album of the Year was awarded to Adele, despite the fact even she believed Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” deserved the title. …


Because millennials are all self-involved, right?

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 1.20.18.
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The last government shutdown was over four years ago, when Sen. Ted Cruz infamously read Dr. Seuss during his filibuster against funding the ACA. Yesterday brought another shutdown, as congress struggles to find a compromise that the president agrees with.

Democrats’ priorities have included reinstating protections for immigrants like those from El Salvador, funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and DACA protections; Republican priorities have included increased funding for border security and cutting taxes that help pay for the ACA. …


Numerous reforms enacted following 2017 election controversy

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 12.5.17.
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The student association has voted to reform the Joint Elections Committee, which struggled with student election scandals last year.

The bill, SB-F17–05: Elections Reform Act of 2017, sponsored by CCAS Senator Jan Yonan and SEAS Senator Finley Wetmore, was produced by the Joint Elections Committee Charter Reform Committee, which the SA formed in September of this semester.

The sponsors finished their presentation and questioning period at 9:51 p.m., opening the floor for discussion. Until 10:44 p.m., the senate debated an amendment proposed by Sen. Brady Forrest. …


Thinking outside the bun

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 11.16.17.
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I know what you’re thinking — doesn’t Buzzfeed have a copyright on people doing things for the first time? Fortunately, no.

Meet Brooke Migdon, a junior from New Jersey who, two weeks ago, had never eaten Taco Bell.


A careful consumer’s opinion on the restaurant industry

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 10.27.17.
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Are our favorite restaurants safe? Sketchy? We don’t know, and that’s a problem.

The restaurant industry in the United States generates nearly $800 billion in sales each year, with more than a million restaurant locations and 14.7 million people employed by the industry. Restaurants are a vital part of our economy and society; the problem is, we don’t know how safe they are.

Restaurants are inspected by local health departments, following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. When violations are found, the restaurant is given a time frame in which they are to be corrected. Depending on the severity of the violation, the restaurant may be shut down until the issue is fixed. …


Women speak out about sexual violence

Originally published at gw.therival.news by Emily Milakovic on 10.20.17.
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Following the flood of Harvey Weinstein stories and allegations, women took to social media in an effort to show how big the problem of sexual harassment and assault is. The campaign is simple: “me, too” says “I have also been a victim of this.”

Beneath the statement many included the message “if all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too.” …

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