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Students Disappointed by Winburn Principal’s Controversial Social Media Post
News

Sadie Bograd | November 10, 2020

On the evening of Nov. 4, President-Elect Joe Biden continued to pull ahead in the polls, Principal Mike Hale of Winburn Middle School took to Facebook. 
In a post that has since been deleted, Hale wrote,…

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Former Dunbar Teacher Running For State Representative
Features

Sloan Scroggin | November 5, 2020

In the 2020 general election on Nov. 3, a former Dunbar teacher’s name will be on the ballot. Killian Timoney is running for the Kentucky House of Representatives 45th District seat.

When Republican…

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Paying It Forward: A Cup of Commonwealth Offers Coffee and Community During Pandemic
Video

Alex Gonzalez | October 22, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have had to get creative with how they handle customers and in-person business interactions. In a city with over 500 restaurants and a state with the most fast-food…

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Parents Protest, Want Option for In-Person Instruction
News

Sadie Bograd | September 17, 2020

On the evening of Sept. 14, a group of around 50 parents and children gathered outside the office of Fayette County Public Schools to protest Fayette County’s virtual learning policy.

The protest…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Prompts Universities to Adopt Test-Optional Admission
Coronavirus

Sadie Bograd | April 20, 2020

Elizabeth Moore, a junior at Henry Clay, woke up sick on the morning of March 10. 

“I had a GI bug and was throwing up the night before,” she said. “We thought it might pass and I would be able…

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Our Healthcare Heroes
Coronavirus

Ella Williams | April 16, 2020

Since the beginning of COVID-19, doctors and nurses in the Lexington community have worked diligently to take care of patients battling this fast-spreading virus. They have risked their lives every day…

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How COVID-19 is Affecting Local Businesses
Coronavirus

Logan Justice | April 6, 2020

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andy Beshear has now closed all non-life sustaining businesses from in-person traffic. This currently includes restaurants, gyms, and other in-person…

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The Vaping Epidemic isn’t Over
News

Nimi Bala | April 6, 2020

Teen smoking is not a new problem, and over the years, proof of addiction has been heavily documented. According to the Center of Disease Control, in 1988 around three-fourths of people who were considered…

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Female Athletes Still Struggling for Equality
Sports

Teagan Garrison | March 31, 2020

Male and female athletes have yet to maintain an equal playing field. Whether these biases come from expectations, familial roles, or physical and verbal treatment, it’s clear that men and women are held…

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Athletics Shut Down During Coronavirus Outbreak
Coronavirus

Kennedy Gayheart | March 16, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak precautions and closures now include canceling and postponing sports leagues such as the NBA, NHL, and MLB. But it’s not just the pros, it’s affecting athletes at all levels–including…

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Trump’s Coronavirus Failure
Coronavirus

Anthony Mondelli | March 16, 2020

“We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on March 11 when the coronavirus outbreak was declared a global pandemic.

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KDE Issues Precautions to Stop Spread of Coronavirus
Coronavirus

Kennedy Gayheart | March 12, 2020

Since eight Kentuckians have been identified as carriers of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kentucky Department of Education has issued guidelines for schools. In addition, the Kentucky Department…

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What Qualifies as Necessary?
Coronavirus

Olivia Doyle | March 12, 2020

On March 10 Governor Andy Beshear announced two more confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Harrison County, bringing the Kentucky state total to eight confirmed cases: five COVID-19 cases…

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Kentucky’s Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill Still Pending
News

Annika Koch | March 11, 2020

A Dunbar freshman who asked not to be named shared her fears about revealing herself to her parents.

“I am not out to my family yet, and I don’t really plan on coming out any time soon because I’m…

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PLD Teachers Run to the Rescue
News

Mike Marshall | March 9, 2020

At an intersection near Harrodsburg and Old Higbee Mill roads, approximately 2.5 miles from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, band director Mr. Brian Morgan, physical education teacher Mr. Lee Jonas, and…

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Being Chinese During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Coronavirus

Max He | March 3, 2020

When I was born, the world was in a state of panic and hysteria over the 2003 SARS outbreak–I was born into a correlation between China and infectious disease.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is caused…

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New App Educates Students on Dangers of Opioid
Features

Logan Justice | February 25, 2020

Mayor Linda Gorton has created an initiative by using the FEND (Full Energy No Drugs) app and is being used to combat the frightening opioid epidemic. This app combines learning activities, videos, and…

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Kentucky’s Search for the Next Commissioner of Education
News

Logan Justice | February 18, 2020

When newly elected Governor Andy Beshear replaced all board members of the Kentucky Board of Education, Commissioner Wayne Lewis resigned.

Governor Beshear’s campaign to have an education first outlook…

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Student Voices, New Voices
News

Ella Williams | February 17, 2020

New Voices legislation aims to give greater protection against the censorship of school-sponsored publications and news sites. Currently, 14 states have enacted these laws: Arkansas, California, Colorado,…

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They/Them/Their: Why Language Matters
Features

Olivia Doyle | February 6, 2020

High school is a time when many students are discovering who they are, but for some non-binary and transgender students, it can difficult to ask for their preferred pronouns.

Non-binary, agender, bigender,…

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Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash
Sports

Staff Report | January 27, 2020

NBA basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA  on the morning of Jan. 26. His thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna, was with him.

Others who died in…

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One Person, One Vote
Opinions

Anthony Mondelli | January 21, 2020

About a month ago I turned 18, and with that came the new responsibility of being able to vote. It’s arguably the greatest right of being an American citizen, but unfortunately, the way our constitution…

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Why We Didn’t Attend the Trump Rally
Opinions

Olivia Doyle | November 8, 2019

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Downtown Lexington on Monday, Nov. 4. He hoped to convince supporters to vote for Matt Bevin in the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race and campaign for the…

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Why Elections Matter Even if You Can’t Vote
Opinions

Sadie Bograd | November 7, 2019

For many years, I thought of Election Day as nothing more than a day off from school. I’d sleep in late, watch TV or YouTube videos all day, and let my parents tell me whether our government had been…

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The Legacy of Dunbar’s Memorial Garden
Features

Victoria Bravo | October 8, 2019

The sun shines on the small, idyllic garden by the school cafeteria. Monarch butterflies lazily flutter by as birds chirp and a breeze sways the leaves. Most students don’t think much of it, but…

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Still Not Heard
Opinions

Olivia Doyle | May 30, 2019

On April 18, we published “No Seat at the Roundtable,” in response to being denied entry into an open meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Lexington. In the words of some news organizations,…

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No Seat at the Roundtable
Opinions

Olivia Doyle | April 28, 2019

When we, members of PLD Lamplighter’s Editorial Board, arrived at the Bluegrass Community Technical College Newtown Pike campus to cover the roundtable discussion on education hosted by Governor Matt…

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“Unsafe, Vulnerable, and Belittled”: The Legal Rights of Transgender Students
Opinions

Aiiden Robinson | December 27, 2018

As a transgender male, I worry every day about losing my life because of being who I am, and some of my biggest worries have come from other students, and even some teachers, at my school.

Students…

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Gun at Douglass Casts Doubts on Metal Detectors
News

Staff Report | November 16, 2018

Frederick Douglass High School principal Lester Diaz sent a letter home to parents this afternoon indicating that a student was caught on their campus with a gun. In the letter, Diaz stated that the male…

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Dr. Ford’s testimony is still important for women
Opinions

Abigail Wheatley | October 16, 2018

Earlier this month, allegations of sexual assault and misconduct halted Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court of the United States. This led to public hearings, an…

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