The Government Shutdown 8

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Gwyndalynn Kent

As of December 22, 2018, the federal government has been on shutdown all for Trump’s demand to fund a wall separating the US from Mexico. This demand is not being met. For those people who don’t understand what a government shutdown is, it is when the “nonessential offices of the government close due to lack of approval on the federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year,” according to Investopedia.com.

If an agreement is not reached, the shutdown causes many federally run operations to close and stops the work of all federal employees unless their position is considered essential. This shutdown will stay in effect all until a final decision is made and a budget bill is passed.

Around 800,000 Federal workers in the Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation, and treasury departments are all being forced into work without pay because of the shutdown. Now is this really fair all because two groups of people can’t agree on a topic? More…

Remembering George H.W. Bush 3

Gwyndalynn Kent and Ashley Wolf

George H. W. Bush was America’s 41st president as well as a loving father to his six children. George has done so much to help make the place we call home, incredible which is why instead of treating his death as a tragedy, he needs to be remembered for what a great person he was and the mark he left on this country.

Bush Sr’s Accomplishments:

  • Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a Naval aviator.
  • During his presidency, he handled foreign affairs
  • Bush was the first sitting vice president to be elected president since Martin van Buren in 1836.
  • His nickname since childhood has been Poppy, and that’s how he was known at Yale, especially as a baseball player.
  • He is the second president, after John Adams, to be the father of a president.
  • Flew 58 combat missions for the Navy during World War II and was awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • He had a form of Parkinson’s disease.

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Stan Lee’s Death 3

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Annabelle Lona

Someone has passed recently who have affected many of our lives. He was the editor of Marvel and was labeled as everyone’s real-life superhero.

Stan Lee was born on December 28th, 1922 in Manhattan, New York City. In 2006, he said as a child he was influenced by books and movies, particularly with Errol Flynn playing heroic roles.

His revolution extended beyond comics and storylines to the way in which he engaged his readership and built a sense of community between fans and creators.

After graduating early from high school, he joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project and was hired as an assistant at the new Timely Comics in 1939. More…

Indonesia is Quaking Reply

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Kirra Kirby and Ashley Wolf

Less than two months after a deadly earthquake struck Lombok island in Indonesia, another one hit the island nation’s Central Sulawesi, killing over 2,000 people and causing others to go missing.

There were so many lives lost in this event that cemeteries ran out of space, and mass graves had to be dug. One survivor said, “ I was hugging my wife when the wave came, I immediately lost her.”

On Friday, September 21, at 5:02 am, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit. Over 600 people were hospitalized and 48,000 displaced, and as rescue crews are searching for survivors, the numbers continue to rise daily. More…

Mean Girls: The Musical Reply

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Mean Girls, the movie starring Lindsay Lohan as the main character of Cady Heron, is no doubt a widespread and popular movie. From games to T-shirts, the movie has been spread across so many different mediums, it is almost impossible to not at least know of the movie. So it only makes sense to bring the story from the big screen to Broadway.

The musical comes from the same creator as the movie, Tina Fey. Of course, she wasn’t alone in the creation. She had help with music from Jeff Richmond and lyrics from Nell Benjamin.

Since sometime around 2013, a musical adaptation of the iconic movie has been worked on and developed into an amazing show. Rumors of the show have been spiraling since October of 2016, but nothing was sure at that point. That is, until the National Theatre confirmed the D.C venue on December 30, 2016. More…

#JusticePourNaomi Reply

Kelsey Bisetti

Picture it. Your stomach is tearing itself apart, the pain more than you’ve ever had to bear. It feels like your own stomach acid is folding into your other organs and fire spreads through your body. You call emergency services and the operator’s response is, “Yes, you’re definitely going to die…”

In Strasbourg, France, Naomi Musenga, 22 years old and a mother of one, died of multiple organ failures and cardiac arrest. The case was dismissed as a sad and senseless death, made worse by the mystery surrounding her condition. The exact cause of death remains unknown.

However, a recording of Musenga’s call to emergency services surfaced recently, and it has horrified thousands across the globe.

Here is the full transcript: More…

What Even Is Cinco de Mayo? Reply

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Mariah Escatel

Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrated on the fifth of May across the US and some parts of Mexico. But many students, even of a Latino or Hispanic lineage, don’t really understand the holiday.

What does it celebrate?

Not to be confused with Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, The holiday celebrates failed French invasion after a fledgling Mexican state fell behind on debt payments to European governments. The battle represented more of a symbolic victory for Mexican forces.

Why is it celebrated in the US?

It is widely a US celebration of Mexican cultural heritage for America’s Hispanic population. Latino and Hispanic activists raise awareness for the holiday. It is also recognized as the day we defended our freedom from France. More…

Another Walkout? 23

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Mia Grasse

We all knew about the walkout on March 14, but that was not enough. Students want to be able to know that they are safe at school. After the Parkland, Florida shooting, students have had enough and demanded to take matters into their own hands.

The National School Walkout took place on April 20, to honor the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and the 13 people who died. ABC states, “The event was organized by 16-year-old Lane Murdock, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, along with three of her classmates.” More…

What Even is National Kick Butts Day??? Reply

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Gwyndalynn Kent

Days before National Kick Butts day plenty of people were jumping for joy as they were getting ready for the day March 21st, 2018. On kickbuttsday.org a blog posted by Gustavo Torrez stated, “Tomorrow, advocates across the United States and around the world will stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco with creative, impactful events.”

What is the point??

Most people get the wrong message when they hear “Kick Butts Day” they don’t realize that it means cigarette butts.  That’s right Kick Butts Day is “a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco,” according to kickbuttsday.org.

The whole point in National Kick Butts Day is to raise awareness of the problem that tobacco is being used by kids in certain areas, maybe even the one you live in now. Although there is only one official day titled “National Kick Butts Day” the organizers of these events are trying to gets this noticed as an everyday thing instead of a once a year thing. More…

Who Turns Back Their Clock? 1

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Avalyn Walton

Whether people think Daylight savings is a huge inconvenience, the best thing in the world, or just another cause for sleep deprivation, most people around the world can agree that daylight savings is something that just has to happen and always does. Or so you might think.

Daylight Savings is the practice of setting the clock forward 1 hour at exactly 2 am. And as previously mentioned, the reality for most is that this happens on March 11.

However, this “reality” is only true for some. In the UK, for example, people observe daylight savings time on March 25, not the 11th. While this may seem odd to those who change the time on March 11, to many, it is completely normal. They also revert back to normal on October 28, not November 4. More…