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Longest-ever government shutdown affects local citizens

Longest-ever government shutdown affects local citizens

By Alexa Davis, Freedom Area Middle School

February 12, 2019

On Friday, Jan. 25, President Donald Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks after a 35-day shutdown. A partial government shutdown started in the United States on Dec. 21, 2018. A partial shutdown is the result when Congress fails to pass a budget for the country. When a shutdown...

Low Country businesses and organizations step in to provide for furloughed workers

Low Country businesses and organizations step in to provide for furloughed workers

By Ryan Okpych, Summerville High School

February 8, 2019

As the government shutdown continues into its 35th day, many Low Country restaurants and stores have begun to provide for workers affected by the shutdown, such as those working at the Charleston International Airport with TSA. “To the many businesses and individuals in the greater Charleston community...

Longest Government Shutdown in U.S History

Longest Government Shutdown in U.S History

By Tonia Bloomingberg, Klein Cain High School

February 8, 2019

Throughout the nation, January brought an abounding amount of stress to federal employees and contractors. Over 1.8 million Americans were denied pay and left out of work, 1 million of which are contractors who will not be seeing back pay. After rewriting history by setting a new record for the longest...

No Budget, More Problems

No Budget, More Problems

By DJ McInturff, Herrin High School

February 7, 2019

Complete economic free fall, the closure of schools, the unemployed forming into unimaginably long breadlines, violence in the streets, an entire country in disarray-- these might be some of the images that come to mind when you hear the words “government shutdown” in every headline on every news...

Federal employee describes government shutdown hardships

Federal employee describes government shutdown hardships

By Zoe Alvarez, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 31, 2019

The name have been changed to protect this federal employee’s identity Robert Matthews is one of the 800,000 employees who had been affected by the government shutdown. He had little concern when he first heard of the shutdown as he has been through several. “I really did not give much thought...

The Bug: 2018-2019 government shutdown is making history

The Bug: 2018-2019 government shutdown is making history

By Justyne Bernal, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 31, 2019

The issue to shut down the government was stalled by Congress on December 5, 2018, meaning that federal employees would still receive a paycheck. However, after fighting towards no shutdown the fight was lost after 16 days. On December 22, 2018, President Donald Trump shifted the lifestyle of government...

Students show growing dismay after month-long government shutdown

Students show growing dismay after month-long government shutdown

By Noah Raaum, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

January 31, 2019

One month in Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a day of celebration, service and progress—marked the 32nd of the longest government shutdown in United States history. Over the course of a month, numerous federal services have gone dormant, half a million federal workers have lost their wages, and Congr...

Sophomore shares his government shutdown experience

Sophomore shares his government shutdown experience

By Zoe Alvarez, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 29, 2019

Esteban Rocha is one of the many children of federal employees who are being affected by the shutdown. He is a sophomore VMT creative writing student. Like many others, he did not anticipate the length of this government shutdown; he assumed it would last a couple of days. Little did he know it would...

What the government shutdown means for Coppell

What the government shutdown means for Coppell

By Nicolas Reyes, Coppell High School

January 29, 2019

Uncle Sam has been tagged by a kid named Government Polarization in a game of freeze tag that affects every American. As Washington D.C stands still, the rest of the nation is teeming with uncertainty. About 800,000 federal workers are not being paid; 500,000 of them are being forced to work regardless....

Affecting the masses: South Forsyth families and how they deal with the government shutdown

Affecting the masses: South Forsyth families and how they deal with the government shutdown

By Kate Haas, South Forsyth High School

January 28, 2019

Since December 27th, the United States government has been in a government shutdown, leaving thousands of government employees unpaid but still required to go to work. Employees have now missed two paychecks, which is taking a toll on families across America.  Before working for the government, future...

Dance student explains family’s government shutdown challenges

Dance student explains family’s government shutdown challenges

By Zoe Alvarez, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

January 28, 2019

Krista Lopez is one of the 800,000 federal employees’ children who is currently dealing with the effects of the shutdown. She is a sophomore VMT dance student. She described her feelings as concern and confusion when she first heard about the government shutdown on December 22, 2018. Her parents...

Not Shut Out by Shutdown

Not Shut Out by Shutdown

By Jordan Doss, Clarksburg High School

January 28, 2019

Due to a disagreement between the democratic and republican party, the United States government went into a shutdown December 22. Trump requested $5.7 billion for the development of the wall between the US and Mexico, but the Democrats denied his plea. The following day the shutdown began and is currently...

Federal shutdown causes local pain

Federal shutdown causes local pain

By Charlotte Spears, Henry. W. Grady High School

January 28, 2019

For 35 days, one fourth of the federal government has been shutdown due to a dispute between Congress and the President over a spending bill allocating money to build a southern U.S. border wall. The now longest-running partial government shutdown is tightening its grip on the 800,000 employees impacted. ...

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

By Zara Ali, Walt Whitman High School

January 24, 2019

The current government shutdown—now in its 30th day—is the longest in U.S history. The shutdown has kept around 800,000 federal employees from receiving pay, including many parents in the Whitman community. In an informal survey of five classes, twelve students said at least one of their parents ...

Government shutdown jeopardizes Big Bend trip

Government shutdown jeopardizes Big Bend trip

By Sophie Gillard, St. John's School

January 24, 2019

Additional reporting by Ashley Yen As the partial government shutdown finishes day 29 with no end in sight, the eighth grade Big Bend trip is threatened by Congressional inaction. For the first time in 41 years, students may not have the opportunity to camp for a week in Texas’ best-known nation...

For these three Knights, cost of government shutdown hits close to home

For these three Knights, cost of government shutdown hits close to home

By Gregory James, McCallum High School

January 24, 2019

Junior Acacia Burnett doesn’t have to tune in to CNN or check the president’s Twitter feed to learn about the effects of the government shutdown. For Burnett, the effects of the government shutdown are personal. Because of the shutdown, her mother, Aphrica Farrow, is close to being out of a job ...

Government hits wall

Government hits wall

By Blake Loria and Caroline Ragland

January 24, 2019

The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, 2018, is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history as of Saturday, Jan. 12. The shutdown is in response to President Donald Trump's demand for a $5.7 billion proposed border wall budget and the Senate and House Democrats, who say they w...

Shutdown won’t immediately impact SCCC students

Shutdown won’t immediately impact SCCC students

By Michelle Mattich, Seward County Community College

January 24, 2019

It’s day 26 of the government shutdown and the longest in the history of the United States. Government workers are not being paid and many offices are closed while congress and President Donald Trump battle over funding issues. How does this shutdown affect Seward County Community College students?...

Government shutdown hits home

Government shutdown hits home

By Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

January 24, 2019

For senior Jack Ostrovsky, the government shutdown is more than simply a news headline. According to Ostrovsky, his father, a federal worker for the Internal Revenue Service, has been out of work for three weeks because of the shutdown. “Like many federal workers, (my father) wants to get back into ...

Students evacuate throughout southern California due to wildfires

Students evacuate throughout southern California due to wildfires

By Anusha Rao and Mina Jung

January 11, 2019

When the Woolsey fire arrived in the city of Oak Park Friday, Nov. 9, residents evacuated to avoid the flames that came down the Santa Susana Mountains toward their homes. The fire was predicted to touch down in Oak Park at 11 p.m., prompting mandatory and voluntary evacuations that also affected...

Woolsey Fire destroys Gindling Hilltop Camp

Woolsey Fire destroys Gindling Hilltop Camp

By Juliette Setudeh-Nejad, Oak Park High School

December 28, 2018

As the Woolsey fire burned through Malibu, many religious camps, including Gindling Hilltop, Camp were severely damaged. The Gindling Hilltop camp has been the location for the Oak Park High School senior year Life Skills retreat for the past 17 years, since 2002. For upcoming retreats, however, retreat...

Fire survivor shares experience

Fire survivor shares experience

By Oliver Carter, Oak Park High School

December 21, 2018

Over a year has passed since the Thomas Fire began on Dec. 4, 2017. The fire directly affected Ventura County and many families within, persisting until Jan. 12, 2018 after 1,063 structures were destroyed. Mindy Ehret lived in the neighborhood of Ondulando, Ventura, with her husband and two sons, a...

Helping Pets Hurt in the Camp Fire

Helping Pets Hurt in the Camp Fire

By Lily Bonner, Abington High School

December 21, 2018

From July until this fall, it seemed like all of California was burning. For months, a series of fires blazed across the state. These wildfires turned cities into ash. One of these fires, the Camp Fire, started on Nov. 8 and burned 153,336 acres. It burned until Nov. 25 when it was 100% contained. On...

Community grieves double tragedy

Community grieves double tragedy

By Olivia Buccieri, Oak Park High School

December 21, 2018

“I feel like it’s impossible to talk, at least in Thousand Oaks, about one tragedy without talking about the other one because of how close together they have been,” Los Angeles Times reporter Soumya Karlamangla said. Karlamangla drove to Thousand Oaks Nov. 8 from her house in Los Angeles to...

In times of destruction, many feel grateful to return home

In times of destruction, many feel grateful to return home

By Anusha Rao and Mina Jung

December 21, 2018

The Woolsey and Hill fires threatened many communities where Oak Park High School students live, forcing them to evacuate. Some students lost their homes, while others were more fortunate. Those who lived closer to mountains and hills where the fires descended tried to leave as soon as possible. ...

Reflecting on the California wildfire crisis

Reflecting on the California wildfire crisis

By Shreya Mishra and Shree Delwadia

December 19, 2018

He feels a peculiar smell tingle his senses, and he remains confused for a few moments. However, he remembers the conversations he had a few hours back, and he is instantly nervous. He quickly jumps upon his feet as his thoughts run wildly through his mind. He plays a few options in his head, and it...

Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County

Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County

By Jack Freeman, Woodside High School

December 19, 2018

The Camp Fire was one of the most devastating fires in California’s history, burning 153,336 acres of land, destroying over 18,000 homes and structures, and killing 86 people in the process. The deadly blaze started in the small town of Paradise, near Chico in Butte County, eventually decimating ...

Working to tip an election, one front door at a time

Working to tip an election, one front door at a time

By Shani Shaham, Staff Writer and Eva Brous-Light, Staff Writer

December 17, 2018

Richard Ceseroni, a 69-year-old former Marine, was returning home to his ranch- style house in Santa Clarita from church on Oct. 28 when someone he recognized approached him in his driveway. “Why is the mayor of Los Angeles in my driveway?” said Mr. Ceseroni, who served in the Sheriff’s Department...

After the vote: what now?

After the vote: what now?

By Chloe Staples, Cathedral Catholic High School

December 13, 2018

American politics recently underwent change after the November midterm elections, but many Cathedral Catholic High School Students are still unaware about the country’s state of government. During the midterm elections, there were a set of 11 different propositions in California. The proposition...

Deadly Woolsey Fire hits Jewish camps, schools, homes

Deadly Woolsey Fire hits Jewish camps, schools, homes

By Clara Sandler, Shalhevet High School

December 13, 2018

The Woolsey Fire ravaged Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, West Hills and Malibu, resulting in thousands of home evacuations, destroyed properties and displaced schools. Three Jewish summer camps were destroyed, and buildings were burned at the Ilan Ramon Jewish Day School in Agoura Hills and...

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