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English Dept. set to remove ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from curriculum
News

Allan Feldman | October 20, 2020

The English Department is set to replace the freshman course reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” (“TKAM”) next school year. Working with the Mountain View–Los Altos School District, the department…

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Free kicks and free throws: Students spearhead sports clinics
Sports

Cameron Cox | October 16, 2020

Among the many summer plans derailed due to COVID-19 were youth sports camps — long days of sweaty scrimmages, sack lunches and water gun fights seemed completely out of the question. However, four LAHS…

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Opinion: TikTok exacerbates the issue of eating disorders
Opinions

Emilie Enser | October 15, 2020

Trigger warning: Discussion of eating disorders and body image.

Struggling with body image issues is nothing new for a lot of people. In a world where appearance influences every aspect of our lives,…

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It’s time to cancel ‘cancel culture’
Opinions

Allan Feldman | October 14, 2020

The phrase “cancel culture” has boomed all over the world, gaining fame and followers faster than a fly can steal Mike Pence’s spotlight. But the modern cancel culture movement has really become…

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‘Tickets To My Downfall’: Machine Gun Kelly’s successful pop-punk debut
Arts & Entertainment

Kathrina Welborn | October 7, 2020

Most people know Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) as a rapper. Some may recognize him as an actor, but few would call him a pop-punk singer — that is, until the release of his latest album “Tickets To My Downfall”…

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The farm, pilot and suit: A definitive guide to the Foothills Park controversy
Features

Tomoki Chien | October 5, 2020

Palo Alto’s Foothills Park — where, by law, non-Palo Altans can be cited with a misdemeanor for entering the park — has been embroiled in a divisive debate over its non-resident ban for years.

Recently,…

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‘Cuties’: Not so cute after all
Arts & Entertainment

Anika Sikka | October 2, 2020

Generally speaking, teenage girls’ coming-of-age movies are pretty cringe-worthy. Often centered around a lifelong crush or a fashion reset, these movies feed into society’s misconceptions about women…

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An overview of the first presidential debate
Opinions

Nina Crofts | October 1, 2020

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THE SUPREME COURT
Trump and Biden started off by discussing whether the sitting president has the right to nominate…

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Menlo Park protesters march in reaction to Breonna Taylor indictment
News

Anika Sikka | September 28, 2020

Protesters took to the streets of Menlo Park yesterday at 6 p.m. in reaction to the grand jury indictment in Breonna Taylor’s case.

On Wednesday, September 23, Brett Hankison, one of the officers…

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SROs and ethnic studies — a closer look
News

Mira Sundar | September 15, 2020

A handful of Mountain View and Los Altos community members presented a petition to the district board asking to eliminate the presence of student resource officers (SROs) on campus and adopt a mandatory…

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“Live like kings and queens”: Kenan Moos empowers communities of color
Features

Navya Singhai | September 9, 2020

The Moos family just bought a new Brother laser printer. Why? Because for the past month, Los Altos High School graduate Kenan Moos, ’16, has been printing thousands of leaflets and flyers nonstop…

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The confusing intersectionality of the queer Asian identity
Opinions

Kay Patel | September 8, 2020

Note: Rose Liu is the graphic artist for this article.

Colleges want to know one thing about me: who I am. They’re asking for a lot of things, but I don’t know how to explain who I am; I don’t…

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Rhythm In Place makes virtuosos virtually
Features

Cedric Chan | September 4, 2020

As the humdrum months of quarantine have drawn on, many have found themselves trying a bit of everything to stay busy. Music has taken a place of solace for many, but with shelter-in-place orders, not…

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Bay Area teens fundraise for medical equipment
Coronavirus

Kaavya Butaney | April 28, 2020

In the era of a global pandemic, it’s easy to feel powerless, especially if you’re just a high schooler. Often, it can seem as though there is very little we can do.

But that’s not what a group…

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Staying fit while staying home
Coronavirus

Elana Eisenberg | April 14, 2020

Eric Carlson

Some of senior Eric Carlson’s friends have been disregarding the quarantine guidelines, but he can’t afford to do the same. Eric’s dad has a compromised immune system as a result…

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A decade later, Marie Lu closes Legend saga with “Rebel”
Arts & Entertainment

Cedric Chan | February 3, 2020

 

“He is a Legend. She is a Prodigy. Who will be Champion?” We, alongside countless other elementary and middle schoolers, read those words on the backside of Marie Lu’s beloved “Champion,”…

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Ezra Tock: dancing through the battlefield
Features

Cedric Chan | December 13, 2019

“Weak. Feminine. Gay.” These are just a couple of the adjectives that plague male ballet dancers. It’s something that makes dancing for boys both difficult and rare. Despite being one of the few…

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“Hobbs and Shaw” takes on Polynesia
Arts & Entertainment

Meleseini Loto'aniu | November 26, 2019

“Moana” and “Lilo & Stitch” have always been cute, cuddly films and two of my favorite Disney movies. But they weren’t just fun films to watch with my family. They were the only times we…

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“Blinded by the Light” lights the way for South Asian characters to come
Arts & Entertainment

Vaishu Sirkay | November 25, 2019

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from “The Simpsons,” Raj Koothrappali from “The Big Bang Theory,” Kelly Kapoor from “The Office.”

The ranks of South Asian characters in Hollywood are limited, but…

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Rediscovering childhood in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”
Arts & Entertainment

Cedric Chan | November 22, 2019

“Come on, vámanos, everybody let’s go!” shouts Dora.

This familiar song, alongside dozens of others, is more than some children’s introduction to Spanish; it’s a treasured part of many childhood…

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Beyond Queer Eye: Karamo Brown’s new picture book inspires readers of all ages
Arts & Entertainment

Elana Eisenberg | November 21, 2019

I know I’m not special when I say that I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye. The show is known worldwide for its heartwarming lifestyle makeovers from the iconic group of men…

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