Redemption Means Forgiveness: Q&A With Paul S. Flores

April 17, 2015 / By
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Redemption is forgiveness and the second part is actually moving forward and starting to bring the positive things into light. The accountability and responsibility is looking inside your pain. Then the redemption part is when you start taking the lessons from that pain.

Some of the Best–and Worst–Valentine’s Day Stories in Merced

February 13, 2015 / By
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Valentine's Day is upon us, the season of love, friendship and massive amounts of chocolate. For every giant stuffed bear, bouquet of roses and array of balloons, there is also the inevitable sting of disappointment from unrequited affection. We'Ced reporters asked around the community to find the best--and worst--Valentine's Day stories that people had to share.

Community Reacts to Issues Raised At Merced Screening of US/Mexico Border Doc ‘Purgatorio’

February 11, 2015 / By
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by We’Ced reporters photos by Alyssa Castro and We’Ced reporters Ed Note: On January 31st, Merced resident and film maker Rodrigo Reyes screened Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border.

#FeelBetter: How Hardcore Music Helps Me Cope with Depression

January 14, 2015 / By
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Robert Cervantez, 19, says he's been dealing with feelings of depression since middle school. After Robert began resorting to self-harm as a coping mechanism, his family tried conventional therapy but it didn't seem to help. Ultimately, it was a particular brand of music and the community around it that provided a much needed cathartic outlet for Robert.

A Memorable World Cup, For All The Wrong Reasons

August 28, 2014 / By
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I think about how a nation that has an average annual income of less than $23,000 had to fork over $11 billion for a soccer competition. Is the love for this beautiful game really worth so much? Was I supporting inequality by enjoying the games? These are the questions that swirl in my head, but I have no answer. Perhaps because I love the game -- too much.

Reflecting On The Racism Of Donald Sterling

May 20, 2014 / By
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This incident has again raised the issue of racism into the national spotlight. We'Ced took time to reflect and think: Do we see this type of behavior in other places of our lives? Sterling had a reputation for being a slumlord for many years prior to the tape leaks, why are we more fascinated by racist words than racist actions?