Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Ian Heaton was a black belt Tae Kwon Do instructor who played baseball, soccer and lacrosse as a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md. “I did not appreciate what a great life I was living,” Heaton, now 18, said in March testimony before Congress. “It was over in a split second.”
Fast forward 238 years since the founding of U.S. democracy, and it continues to survive through the efforts of presidents past. But the office has evolved from what George Washington had in mind.
 
 
 

Jory Heckman - Fall 2012

Jory Heckman is a print journalism and political science major at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. He has worked as a social media intern for the Nielsen Co., a freelance columnist for the Fox Nation and an intern reporter at WTOP/WFED Radio in Washington.

Throughout high school, Jory wrote for a number of publications near his hometown of Shoemakersville, Pa., including the Reading Eagle and the Hamburg Item, where he worked briefly as an obituary writer.

On campus, Jory serves on the staff of WRHU Radio – recently ranked as one of the top five college radio stations by the Princeton Review – and as editor for the Long Island Report, a news blog. He has recently returned from a year abroad studying international relations at the University of Amsterdam.

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In higher education, one size does not fit all

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson argued Dec. 10 at the University of Maryland that too many students are being pressured into the traditional four-year college track. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson argued Dec. 10 at the University of Maryland that too many students are being pressured into the traditional four-year college track. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanWASHINGTON – Dale Stephens, 20, dropped out of Hedrix College in Conway, Ark., before completing his second semester.

First lady donates to Toys for Tots

Click on photo to enlarge or download: First Lady Michelle Obama sorts toys and other gifts with Marines at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Tuesday. She thanked members of the military and others for supporting Toys for Tots, a program created and run by the Marine Corps. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: First Lady Michelle Obama sorts toys and other gifts with Marines at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Tuesday. She thanked members of the military and others for supporting Toys for Tots, a program created and run by the Marine Corps. SHFWire photo by Jory Heckman

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama, arms full of K’NEX, Beanie Babies, books and footballs, praised the armed services for supporting Toys for Tots during the holiday season.

Voyager spacecraft will pass beyond sun’s influence

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Voyagers 1 and 2 have discovered a new “magnetic highway,” and are close to travelling beyond the range of the sun’s wind and magnetic pull. Image courtesy of NASAClick on photo to enlarge or download: Voyagers 1 and 2 have discovered a new “magnetic highway,” and are close to travelling beyond the range of the sun’s wind and magnetic pull. Image courtesy of NASA

WASHINGTON  — Deep in space, time is running out for NASA’s Voyager spacecraft.

Bradley Manning’s prison conditions 'criminal,' lawyer says

Click on photo to enlarge or download: David Coombs, Bradley Manning’s attorney, spoke about Manning’s living conditions while being held in a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: David Coombs, Bradley Manning’s attorney, spoke about Manning’s living conditions while being held in a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va. SHFWire photo by Jory Heckman

WASHINGTON – The lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks tipster, said he is optimistic about the outcome of an investigation into Manning’s prison treatment.

Flight 93 memorial a national priority, say Pa. senators

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and his wife, Kris Toomey, prepare to talk about their support for support of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. The two and others appealed for donations so construction could begin on the memorial. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and his wife, Kris Toomey, prepare to talk about their support for support of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. The two and others appealed for donations so construction could begin on the memorial. SHFWire photo by Jory Heckman

WASHINGTON - More than 11 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, one site remains an afterthought for most Americans.

New Wash. House member ready to work despite small Hill office

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rep.-elect Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., stands outside the room in the Rayburn House Office Building where the office lottery was held. After picking No. 65 out of 70, Kilmer did not bother to scout out his choices. He was given a fourth-floor office in the Longworth House Office Building. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rep.-elect Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., stands outside the room in the Rayburn House Office Building where the office lottery was held. After picking No. 65 out of 70, Kilmer did not bother to scout out his choices. He was given a fourth-floor office in the Longworth House Office Building. SHFWire photo by Jory Heckman

WASHINGTON – At the House office lottery Friday, when new representatives kissed, moonwalked and cartwheeled, Rep.-elect Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., walked up to draw his number without putting on a show.

States will save money with Medicaid expansion, report says

WASHINGTON - States should think twice before turning down optional provisions of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a new report finds.

Small toys, magnets, put kids at risk

Click on photo to enlarge or download: These toys, including a small bowling set, center, and plastic food that some children might mistake for real food, present hazards for young children. The Public Interest Research Group wants standards strengthened to keep dangerous toys off store shelves. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: These toys, including a small bowling set, center, and plastic food that some children might mistake for real food, present hazards for young children. The Public Interest Research Group wants standards strengthened to keep dangerous toys off store shelves. SHFWire photo by Jory Heckman

WASHINGTON - Nasima Hossain, public health advocate at the Public Interest Research Group, held up a toy bowling pin, then dropped it into a small cylinder - the size of a shot glass - with an audible clink.

Colbert draws fans to D.C. book signing

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Stephen Colbert, host of the fake news show “The Colbert Report,” signs copies of his new book Friday at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: Stephen Colbert, host of the fake news show “The Colbert Report,” signs copies of his new book Friday at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington. SHFWire photo by Jory Heckman

 

WASHINGTON – The Colbert Nation showed up in force Friday for seconds of face time with their late-night comedy hero.

Obama stands behind Rice, Benghazi investigation and fiscal-cliff talks

Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama fields questions from reporters at a White House news conference Wednesday about the fiscal cliff, the Benghazi attack and who will be the new secretary of state. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama fields questions from reporters at a White House news conference Wednesday about the fiscal cliff, the Benghazi attack and who will be the new secretary of state. SHFWire photo by Jory Heckman

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama made it clear that he is willing to compromise with Congress but will not back down from positions he articulated on the campaign trail.

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