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Van Buren comeback stuns Falcons, 16-10

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Van Buren teammates celebrate a comeback victory, their first win over the Falcons in more than a decade. Van Buren Warriors over the WBND Falcons 16 – 10 at Barb Carter Field in West Burlington, Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
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West Burlington – Notre Dame’s Maddie Thomas (7) hits a three-run home run for the Falcons at Barb Carter Field in West Burlington, Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Van Buren 16, WBND 10.
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West Burlington – Notre Dame’s Maddie Thomas (7) hits a three-run home run for the Falcons at Barb Carter Field in West Burlington, Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Van Buren 16, WBND 10.
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West Burlington – Notre Dame’s leftfielder Maddy Knapp (3) makes a spectacular catch on a foul ball in the second inning at Barb Carter Field in West Burlington, Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Van Buren 16, WBND 10.
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West Burlington – Notre Dame’s leftfielder Maddy Knapp (3) makes a spectacular catch on a foul ball in the second inning at Barb Carter Field in West Burlington, Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Van Buren 16, WBND 10.
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Equity: The Thief of Human Potential

by Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell is an American author, economist, and political commentator who is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Thomas Sowell is the author of more than 45 books (including revised and new editions) on a variety of subjects including politics, economics, education and race, and he has been a syndicated columnist in more than 150 newspapers. Sowell was born in segregated Gastonia, North Carolina, to a poor family, and grew up in Harlem, New York City.

Due to poverty and difficulties at home, he dropped out of Stuyvesant High School and worked various odd jobs, eventually serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Afterward he took night classes at Howard University and then attended Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1958. He earned a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University the next year and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968.

In his academic career, he has served on the faculties of Cornell University, Amherst College, Brandeis University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and, currently, Stanford University. He has also worked at think tanks including the Urban Institute.

Since 1977, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy.
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Falcons crush Warriors, 66-36

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West Burlington’s Mason Watkins (24) shoots a jumper against Van Buren Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington Falcons-66, Van Buren Warriors-36.
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West Burlington’s Jace Figuereo (3) passes around Van Buren’s Anthony Duncan (23) Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington Falcons-66, Van Buren Warriors-36.
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Van Buren’s Anthony Duncan (23) hauls in a rebound Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington Falcons-66, Van Buren Warriors-36.
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West Burlington’s Brady Martin (1) drives around Van Buren’s Wyatt Mertens (24) Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington Falcons-66, Van Buren Warriors-36.
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West Burlington’s Parker Lau (4) shoots a three against Van Buren Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington Falcons-66, Van Buren Warriors-36.
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West Burlington’s Hayden Vandenberg (30) goes to the basket past Van Buren’s Lucas Fett (12) Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington Falcons-66, Van Buren Warriors-36.
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West Burlington over Van Buren, 51-17

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West Burlington’s McKenna Marlow (10) shoots over Van Buren’s Sophia Jirak (1) and Sydney Meierotto (4) Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at West Burlington. Marlow scored 17-pionts for the Falcons. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 51-17.
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Van Buren’s Alicia Cumberland (20) and Addison Brauns (21) double-team West Burlington’s Abbey Bence (20) Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at West Burlington. Bence scored 22-points for the Falcons. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 51-17.
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West Burlington’s Abbey Bence (20) was led all scorers with 22-points against Van Buren Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 51-17.
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Van Buren’s Callie Kracht (12) blocks West Burlington’s Isabella Blaufauss (2) Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 51-17.
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West Burlington’s Taryn Havener (14) hits a layup against Van Buren Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 51-17.
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West Burlington’s Kennedy Ritter (1) brings the ball down court against Van Buren Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 51-17.
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Falcons sweep Van Buren in quarterfinal, 3-0

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Class 2A’s 10th–ranked West Burlington volleyball team celebrates 3-0 win over Van Buren in regional quarterfinal Wednesday, October 19th 2022 at West Burlington. West Burlington won 25-13, 25-8, 25-9.
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WB’s Abbey Bence leads State with 875-Assists. Bence racked up over 2,700 career assists

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West Burlington’s Abbey Bence (20) sets the ball for teammate Sophia Armstrong (19) during their match against Van Buren Thursday, October 6, 2022. Bence leads the State this season with 875-assists. Bence recently surpassed 2,700 career assists (2,706 to be exact and still counting). Tenth-ranked Class 2A West Burlington defeated Van Buren in three straight, 25-16, 25-5, 25-7
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West Burlington Sweeps Van Buren, 3-0

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West Burlington’s Lauren Summers (33) serves to Van Buren Thursday, October 6, 2022. Tenth-ranked Class 2A West Burlington defeated Van Buren in three straight, 25-16, 25-5, 25-7.
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Falcons split with Warriors, 10-7, 2-19

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West Burlington third baseman Kody Allen (14) tags Van Buren’s Lucas Fett (23) out at third in the fourth-inning of the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in West Burlington. West Burlington won the first game 10-7; Van Buren won the second game, 19-2.
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West Burlington’s Dalton Hammond (47) beats the tag on a put-back by Van Buren’s Lucas Fett (23) and Van Buren’s Izaac Loeffler (14) in the second-inning of the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in West Burlington. West Burlington won the first game 10-7; Van Buren won the second game, 19-2.
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Falcons flyby Van Buren, 81-42

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West Burlington’s Brady Martin (1) shoots around Van Buren’s Izaak Loeffler (11) Tuesday night in West Burlington. Martin scored a game high 19-points for the Falcons. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 81-42.
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West Burlington’s Austin Applegate (33) shoots a three against Van Buren Tuesday night in West Burlington. Applegate scored 17-points for the Falcons. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 81-42.
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West Burlington’s Hayden Vandenberg (30) scored 10-points for the Falcons against Van Buren Tuesday night in West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 81-42.
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Van Buren’s Izaak Loeffler (11) fights for a rebound with West Burlington’s Jace Figuereo (3) Tuesday night in West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 81-42.
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Van Buren’s Jackson Manning (10) shoots over West Burlington’s Jackson Riley (11) Tuesday night in West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 81-42.
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Falcons soar over Warriors, 58-33

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West Burlington’s Abbey Bence (20) is fouled by Van Buren’s Kadence Nusbaum (4) Tuesday night in West Burlington. Bence scored game high 32-points for the Falcons. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 58-33.
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West Burlington’s Kenna Marlow (1) goes to the basket around Van Buren’s Jaelyn Boley (2) Tuesday night in West Burlington. Marlow scored 13-points for the Falcons. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 58-33.
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West Burlington’s Riley Richards (13) goes to the basket around Van Buren’s Callie Kracht (12) Tuesday night in West Burlington. West Burlington defeated Van Buren, 58-33.