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State May Ban Four Loko After University Incident

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UPDATE [15/11/10]: The New York State Liquor Authority has pressured beverages distributors to stop shipping caffeinated energy drinks to the state, effectively banning them. Also, Phusion announced that it will be selling a caffeine-free version of Four Loko.

UPDATE [11/11/10]: Alcoholic energy drinks have now been banned in Michigan, Oklahoma and Washington.

UPDATE [11/10/10]: The State Liquor Control board approved an emergency ban on caffeinated alcohol drinks in a unanimous vote that will take place November 18, and last for 120 days while the board takes steps to make the ban permanent.

Tomorrow the Washington State Liquor Control Board will vote on a proposed ban on alcoholic energy drinks, like Four Loko. These beverages were involved in the hospitalization of several Central Washington University students.

Because the caffeine and other stimulants mask feelings of intoxication, it is easy for those drinking beverages like Four Loko to consume too much too quickly. The health complications linked to alcoholic energy drinks has already led New Jersey’s Ramapo College to ban the substance. Central Washington University’s President James Gaudino has followed suit.

“We need to make sure that we’re sending a strong message to students about the dangers of alcohol energy drinks, and we need to know more about the way it affects health and behavior,” Gaudino told CNN.

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Hispanic History Banned in Arizona [VIDEO]

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne

In a state already rife with immigration battles, Arizona is banning Mexican-American studies and other “ethnic” studies classes from being taught in high school. The law will go into effect on December 31st. The law will prohibit any classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government … promote resentment toward a race or class of people … (or) advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.” Any school that does not comply can have 10 percent of its funding withheld.

Educators dedicated to keeping a Hispanic perspective alive in high school curricula are fighting back. Eleven teachers from Tucson, Arizona, are suing the state board of eduction and superintendent this week, calling the new law “anti-Hispanic.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne defended the ban. “In the lawsuit, they claimed that this legislation constituted discrimination,” Horne told CNN. “It’s exactly backwards. The idea behind the legislation is that students need to treat each other as individuals … and not what race they were born into.” He further claims that the classes teach students that Arizona “is occupied territory that should be given back.”

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College Bans Facebook and Twitter

harrisburg-universityThe Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania has banned the use of all social media for a week. The ban proscribes the use of any online communication except for email, including Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging. Students will be allowed to continue to use text messages, and presumably BlackBerry Messenger.

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