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Emma Baccellieri

Emma Baccellieri

Duke senior. Alumna of McClatchy Newspapers' D.C. bureau, The Charlotte Observer, and The (Duke) Chronicle.

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Colleges see opportunity in U.S.-Cuba opening, but treading carefully

As Cuba and the United States begin to normalize relations, interest is keen on both sides to strike academic partnerships as well. But amid the sensitive politics of the U.S-Cuba breakthrough and the gulf between the countries over questions of academic freedom, American colleges and universities must tread carefully.
The Miami Herald Link to Story
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Rasheed Sulaimon at center of sexual assault allegations prior to dismissal

Rasheed Sulaimon's dismissal from the Duke basketball program is clouded by allegations of sexual assault, which surfaced nearly a year before he was released from the team in January. Multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed that members of the athletic department were made aware of the allegations as early as March 2014.
The Chronicle, Duke University Link to Story
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New details emerge in Duke ADPhi sexual assault claim

New details have come to light regarding the sexual assault claim against Alpha Delta Phi—indicating that a freshman female student was possibly drugged and taken from a party to a senior fraternity member's apartment, where she may have been raped. Additional warrants were released in the case this week, showing that the Durham Police Department's Special Victims Unit took DNA samples and phone records from six students affiliated with the fraternity, three senior members and three freshmen pledges.
The Chronicle, Duke University Link to Story
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Garinger alumni to honor 15 classmates killed in Vietnam

When Michael Smith moved to Charlotte’s Tryon Hills neighborhood in 1962, he found a friend in Don Mullis. The teenagers shared classes at Garinger High School and worked together as bag boys at a local grocery store, playing football and baseball in their free time. After high school, they both enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam.
The Charlotte Observer Link to Story
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The hardest job on campus: a history of Duke's provosts

The University is currently conducting one of the most important administrative searches in the past decade. When Peter Lange steps down in June, he will conclude his third term, making him Duke’s longest serving provost. During his 15 years in 220 Allen Building, he has been at the helm of dean appointments for each of the University’s 10 schools, the establishment of various research institutes and the creation of Duke Kunshan University, among numerous other projects.
The Chronicle, Duke University Link to Story
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Don’t like Supreme Court rulings? Toss the bums out, some say

Less than a week after the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on same-sex marriage and health care, Sen. Ted Cruz came out swinging against the court – proposing a constitutional amendment designed to hold justices accountable through judicial elections every eight years. A backlash was perhaps not surprising from the conservative Texas Republican, coming in the wake of two rulings that were widely praised by liberals.
Bradenton Herald Link to Story
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Confronting myths about causes of the Civil War

Shelby Williams, a 12-year-old who lives in Fairfax County, Va., outside Washington, is passionate about being part of the Children of the Confederacy, an organization for people under 18 whose ancestors fought in the army of the Confederacy. She says people often misunderstand why. “It’s really cool to see where your family history can take you, and it also shows you who you are really related to and gives you a background of their history,” she said.
McClatchy DC Link to Story
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Las universidades ven una oportunidad en la apertura de las relaciones con Cuba

Ahora que Cuba y Estados Unidos comienzan a normalizar sus relaciones, hay mucho interés de ambas partes para establecer asimismo lazos académicos. Pero en medio de los delicados matices políticos de la reanudación de relaciones entre EEUU y Cuba y el abismo existente entre ambos países con respecto a cuestiones de libertad académica, los colleges y universidades estadounidenses tienen que ser muy cuidadosos.
El Nuevo Herald Link to Story
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Snap to it! A giant Lego Stars and Stripes to honor July 4th

Legos are one of 9-year-old Natalie Hill’s favorite things. She plays with them in her bedroom or “sometimes at the dentist’s office.”. But Wednesday, Natalie, who lives in Washington, was in her element at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, helping hundreds of other lovers of the colorful plastic snap-on blocks to build the world’s largest Lego-made American flag.
Lexington Herald-Leader Link to Story
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What to know about ‘fast-track trade’ authority

If passed, the bill would change the process for Congress to authorize trade policy. The House is expected to vote Friday on trade-promotion authority, commonly known as “fast-track trade” authority. If passed, the bill would change the process for Congress to authorize trade policy: After the president negotiated international agreements, Congress would only be able to vote yes or no, rather than having the ability to amend or filibuster a proposed deal.
The Seattle Times Link to Story
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As robocalls evolve, regulations try to catch up

An annoyance at best and a costly scam at worst, robocalls have tied up American phone lines for decades. And as the technology behind the calls has evolved, so have the efforts to block them – but some say that proposed new regulations are chasing after the wrong culprits. Robocalls today look quite different from their counterparts 15 or 20 years ago.
McClatchy DC Link to Story
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A colorful $10 million stamp with a colorful past

After a century and a half in various bank vaults and private collections, the world’s rarest stamp is getting a turn in the spotlight. The most valuable stamp in the world, the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta sold last year for nearly $10 million at auction. It will be on display at the the National Postal Museum until November 2017.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story

About

Emma Baccellieri

I'm a journalist and senior at Duke University. I spent last summer reporting for the Washington, D.C. bureau of McClatchy newspapers, doing a mix of daily political reporting and enterprise work. My work was published by the Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee, Seattle Times and Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among other papers. Back at Duke, much of my time has been spent in the offices of The Chronicle, the independent student daily, where I served as news editor last year. And before that, I worked as an intern on the metro desk of my hometown paper, The Charlotte Observer.

Other interests— Cleveland sports (see: interminable heartbreak), black coffee, rewatching Freaks and Geeks.