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Sanders slides ahead

Sanders slides ahead

By Claire Lefton, Sycamore High School

September 29, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Showcase

While presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has been the Democratic favorite for years, dark horse Senator Bernie Sanders is beginning to pull ahead in early primary polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. According to a Monmouth University poll in New Hampshire, Sanders is seven points ahead of Clinton at...

Understanding Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill

Understanding Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill

By Emily Dickson

May 12, 2015


Filed under Local & World

In the past few weeks alone, Apple has pulled out of the Big Data conference scheduled for the end of April in Indiana, the NCAA Mid-American Conference has announced a boycott all events and championships in Indiana, and many celebrities are cancelling performances in Indiana, all whilst tweeting profusely...

Voice of the next generation

Voice of the next generation

By Brooke Vincent

May 11, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Showcase

Only a year since graduating high school, Brooke Lopez has taken on a multitude of new responsibilities at the University of Texas at Dallas reflecting her former busy high school career. But now only a freshman in college, Lopez will don her name on the ballot during the Wylie City Council election...

Clinton declares candidacy for 2016 election

Clinton declares candidacy for 2016 election

By Claire Dinshaw

April 23, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Showcase

Hillary Rodham Clinton is now, officially, running for president. Her announcement puts an end to the widespread speculation regarding a potential 2016 presidential bid which began in 2012. Clinton declared her candidacy on Sunday, April 12th through a pre-taped video which was posted on her website....

Edward Snowden spotted on satirical news program

Edward Snowden spotted on satirical news program

By Claire Lefton

April 23, 2015


Filed under Local & World

Former CIA systems administrator and whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, is one of the most wanted men by the United States government; all interactions he has are potentially dangerous. Comedy show Last Week Tonight was lucky enough to conduct an interview. The week of March 29, John Oliver’s show too...

Texas judge blocks launch of immigration program

Texas judge blocks launch of immigration program

By Jenan Taha

April 16, 2015


Filed under Local & World

Following President Obama’s immigration reform policy of November 2014, Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction on February 16 to temporarily block the new immigration program from launching, hindering roughly 5 million illegal residents from working legally in the U.S. The lawsuit...

California drought reaches an executive level

California drought reaches an executive level

By Taran Sun

April 13, 2015


Filed under Local & World

California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday, April 1 implementing mandatory water reductions across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. This order was prompted by record low snow pack levels caused by California's devastating drought. "Today we are standing on dry...

In a first for L.A., B’nai David adds female clergy

In a first for L.A., B’nai David adds female clergy

By Noah Rothman

March 24, 2015


Filed under Local & World

Many students at Shalhevet School, and their families, belong to local synagogue B’nai David-Judea. The synagogue is only the seventh in the country, and the first in Los Angeles, to appoint a female clergy member. In an in-depth article, Noah Rothman at the Shalhevet Boiling Point discusses the...

Plane crashes on school practice field

Plane crashes on school practice field

By Cali Gaynor

March 16, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Showcase

Heather Goodrich and her husband Kent were driving home from church on Sunday when they noticed an unusual sight. As they approached The Chimneys, their subdivision that sits adjacent to the football stadium and the practice fields on the Starr’s Mill High School property, they saw a small plane flying...

Chocolates, flowers, and martyrdom: happy St. Valentine’s Day

Chocolates, flowers, and martyrdom: happy St. Valentine’s Day

By Thomas S. Cooney

March 13, 2015


Filed under Local & World

Soon, many of the students around Granite Hills will celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, complete with chocolates and flowers and gifts. No martyrdom in sight! While the holiday has taken on a loving mood in modern times, the story behind it is very different. St. Valentine (or Valentinus in Latin) was...

Cost of college a key point of SOTU

Cost of college a key point of SOTU

By Lizzi Thom

March 9, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions, Showcase

On January 20, 2015, President Obama addressed a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth annual State of the Union Address. With two years remaining of his second term, the President will not be eligible for reelection in 2017. That being said, his readiness for bold, controversial actions could...

Keystone XL Pipeline stirs debate in Washington

Keystone XL Pipeline stirs debate in Washington

By David Girbino

March 6, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Showcase

The Keystone XL pipeline is one of the most controversial and hotly-debated issues of today’s political landscape. The $8 billion dollar Canada-to-Texas pipeline will, when completed, transfer thousands of barrels of crude oil from Canada’s Tar Sands to the oil refineries in Texas and the Gulf...

APUSH controversy spreads beyond Oklahoma

APUSH controversy spreads beyond Oklahoma

March 2, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions, Showcase

Recently, lawmakers in Oklahoma have been doing their best to eliminate AP U.S. History (APUSH) from high schools statewide. Opponents of the curriculum argue that it neglects to teach important facets of American history, and that it casts the nation in an unfavorable, even unpatriotic, light. What...

A “pipeline” to productivity

A “pipeline” to productivity

By Zachary McCarthy

February 26, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions, Showcase

Congress finally (sort of) agreed on something! Too bad it’s something the rest of America doesn't quite agree on. This week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that greenlighted the Keystone XL pipeline on a 270-152 vote. For those of you scratching your heads wondering if Keystone XL...

Petrol price plunge affects economy, traffic crash rates

Petrol price plunge affects economy, traffic crash rates

By Dylan Brewer

February 23, 2015


Filed under Local & World

Like the three celestial objects aligning to create a lunar eclipse, factors in the gasoline market have aligned to produce a historic event. Increased oil supply, falling crude oil prices, and the lack of natural disasters produced a record price plunge that has lasted nearly 120 days. The price...

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

By Morgan Menin and Amy Shim

February 20, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Showcase

Opponents of the revised 2014-2015 AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam have begun a patriotic uproar against the College Board and its released framework for the modified test. Teachers and politicians have described the curriculum as “liberally biased” and “radically revisionist,” and claim the...

January marks 70 years since liberation of Auschwitz

January marks 70 years since liberation of Auschwitz

By Jessica Sieling

February 20, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Showcase

January marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp run by the German Nazis in World War II. The death camp was located in southwestern Poland and consisted of the original camp, Auschwitz I, and 45 satellite camps surrounding it. In the beginning, Auschwitz...

Measles spreads to New York

Measles spreads to New York

By Claudia Chen

February 16, 2015


Filed under Health, Local & World

On Jan. 25, a Bard College student with measles travelled on a New York train, possibly exposing other passengers to the virus. New York is now the 14th state involved in a current nationwide measles outbreak. News outlets reported that the student boarded the Amtrak train at Penn Station and got...

The price is not right

The price is not right

By David Black

February 16, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Uncategorized, Video

Over the past six years, gas prices have tended to increase, reaching a U.S. average of $4 per gallon in May of 2011, according to GasBuddy.com. Yet, over the past few months, the price of gas has steadily fallen, landing at a U.S. average of about $2 per gallon. In the Chicago area specifically, prices...

Obama offers students alternate route to pay for college

Obama offers students alternate route to pay for college

By Taylor Campbell, my job title

February 16, 2015


Filed under Local & World

As students across the country prepare for crucial standardized tests which may determine their futures, president Barack Obama has been working on a plan that just might ease the fiscal load of community college attendees. Obama announced his plan, deemed "America’s College Promise," while speaking...

A blind eye no more toward Africa

A blind eye no more toward Africa

By Chris Ludlam, Advanced Math and Science Academy

February 11, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions, Showcase

Everyone, it seems, has heard about the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France last month. If you haven’t, then you need to be more in touch with the world. But have you heard about the Baga Massacre, which occurred just days before? Given how much has been in the news about it (i.e., how little), I do...

Hong Kong down but not out in struggle for democracy

Hong Kong down but not out in struggle for democracy

By David Girbino, Mayfield High School

February 11, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions, Showcase

The fires of protest blazing in Hong Kong cannot be allowed to die beneath the heel of the “People’s Republic” of China.

President Obama stands his ground in 2015 SOTU address

President Obama stands his ground in 2015 SOTU address

By Talia Hendel, Staples High School

February 11, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions

As the granddaughter of a former democratic Senator, blue is definitely in my blood. However, I found myself questioning several of President Barack Obama’s proposals while watching his State of the Union address. He was very convincing and I agree with many of his statements, but there seemed to...

Cities ban cell phone use behind the wheel

Cities ban cell phone use behind the wheel

By Annabelle Archer, Lovejoy High School

February 9, 2015


Filed under Health, Local & World

Bans on the use of cellphones while driving are creeping closer to Dallas as Austin and San Antonio are the latest cities to make it illegal to use a phone behind the wheel of a car. But locally, there’s no such law on the horizon. “There have been no requests from any council members, or recommendations...

One year after flood, students still struggle

One year after flood, students still struggle

By Mark Vallejo, Akins High School

February 9, 2015


Filed under Health, Local & World

Senior Amanda Rios still has trouble sleeping through the night when she hears the sound of rain or thunder outside her home. “I get really worried,” Rios said. “I look out my window to make sure there is no rain on the street. Every time it starts raining hard I get freaked out that it can...

Je ne suis pas Charlie

Je ne suis pas Charlie

By Faith Terry, Starr's Mill High School

February 9, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions

About two weeks ago, The Prowler staff gathered for a photo. We all held up pencils, an image shared on social media by countless others around the world to show support for journalistic freedom of expression in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Revisiting Ferguson in six acts

Revisiting Ferguson in six acts

By Isabel Giovannetti and RHS Today staff, Robinson High School

February 4, 2015


Filed under Features, Local & World, Opinions

Is Ferguson, Missouri old news? We think it's important to revisit and remember. Robinson High School's coverage takes several different shapes in this longform piece. From a timeline of events, to social media reactions, to editorials and interviews, the RHS Today staff gives us a pretty comprehens...

For once, Danville wins first place

For once, Danville wins first place

By Tiffany Bowker, Tunstall High School

January 30, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions

Having lived in both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, I'm not too terribly surprised to see that Danville, VA was recently voted most boring place in the state by Movoto Insider. Movoto's ranking criteria included things like nightlife, arts and entertainment, food options, and population densit...

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

By Sydney Kinzy, Parkway West High School

January 29, 2015


Filed under Health, Local & World, Showcase

On December 28th, after leaving a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped out into traffic and was hit by a truck. “Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in…because I’m transgender,” Alcorn wrote. “To put...

Why The Interview is exactly what the world needs

Why <i>The Interview</i> is exactly what the world needs

By Hannah Sutherland, El Modena High School

January 26, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Movies, Opinions

I’m not a fan of James Franco. I’m not a fan of Seth Rogen. I’m not a fan of raunchy buddy-comedies. I’m not really even a fan of world news. The recent Sony Pictures production The Interview, starring Franco and Rogen, has received both backlash and support for its depiction of the murd...

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