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Baby Agnes Doe continues to inspire respect for life

Baby Agnes Doe continues to inspire respect for life

By Myranda Mamat, Bellwood-Antis High School

January 23, 2015


Filed under Features, Local & World

It was a cold winter night in 1987 when a dog found the body of a baby girl abandoned near the backyard of a home near Kerbaugh Road in Bellwood. The child's body had been stuffed into a plastic bag. It was the kind of thing that rocks a small community. “I was reading a magazine about finding...

Terror in France escalates militant Islam conflict

Terror in France escalates militant Islam conflict

By Becca Garner, Carlmont High School

January 19, 2015


Filed under Local & World

Nearly 15 years ago, America became the target of Al-Qaeda’s aggression in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Since the attacks, many more terrorist organizations have appeared throughout Europe. Most recently, on Jan. 7, gunmen opened fire on a staff meeting at the...

What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?

What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?

By Lancer Media Staff, Linganore High School

January 9, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Opinions

UPDATE: Kirby Delauter issued an apology to the reporter on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Original story: On January 6, 2015, a news outlet claiming to be the North Korean News Service tweeted about Frederick County councilman Kirby Delauter’s recent attempt to “restrict press freedom” in Fr...

Water hyacinth creates trouble

Water hyacinth creates trouble

By Devin Wickstrom, Stagg High School, Stockton CA

January 6, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Uncategorized, Video

The highly mobile water hyacinth plant causes headaches for the city, state, businesses and boaters. Devin Wickstrom at The Stagg Online explores the causes and effects of the invasive overgrowth.

Legend’s death relights chewing tobacco debate

Legend’s death relights chewing tobacco debate

By Angela Cooper-McCorkle, National University

January 2, 2015


Filed under Local & World, Sports

Nolan Jirsa is eight years old. He doesn’t know that Tony Gwynn is dead at 54, or anything about the salivary gland cancer that killed the San Diego Padres icon. What Nolan knows is baseball as it should be: played fair, for fun, surrounded by happy fans. Nolan plays for the Warriors, part of the...

Scientists study comets hoping to unlock secrets to origin of universe

Scientists study comets hoping to unlock secrets to origin of universe

By Athena Quddus, Adolfo Camarillo HS, Camarillo, Calif.

December 9, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News, Showcase

After over a decade since its launch in 2004, the spacecraft Rosetta successfully reached comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (comet C-G) on Nov. 12, 2014, making it the first spacecraft in history to ever successfully land on a comet. Dr. Claudia Alexander, JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories)/ NASA (National Aerona...

Thousands turn out in Minneapolis to protest NFL team name

Thousands turn out in Minneapolis to protest NFL team name

November 18, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News, Showcase

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area is home to more than 35,000 members of American Indian tribes — among the largest population in U.S. cities. Given the region's history with Native Americans, there have been numerous controversies about team names throughout the years. The push to chan...

Minneapolis holds largest protest to date

Minneapolis holds largest protest to date

By Maddie Flom, Holy Family Catholic HS, Victoria, Minn.

November 18, 2014


Filed under Local & World

The largest protest to date against the Washington, D.C., NFL team name and mascot took place Nov.2, when around 5,000 protesters marched from the University of Minnesota to TCF Bank Stadium. The protesters held up signs, some saying, “No honor in racism,” “trivialization of American Indian history...

Protesters march against NFL team at the U of M

Protesters march against NFL team at the U of M

By Breandan Gibbons, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

November 18, 2014


Filed under Local & World

At 8 a.m., in 39-degree temperatures, on Nov. 2, 4,500 people gathered in front of TCF Back Stadium for the largest protest to date of the Washington football team’s name. The protest and preceding march were lead by government officials and First Nations leaders as well as other public figures. The...

John Amaechi encourages treating strangers well

John Amaechi encourages treating strangers well

By Alexa Jankowski, Emily Boardman, and Zachary Nosanchuk

November 17, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News, Showcase

The world would be better if people paid more attention to those around them. “The truth is, it’s just paying attention to people and being there, not just with your body,” John Amaechi, a retired NBA basketball player turned psychologist told students in the small auditorium second period Oc...

‘I’m a 17-year-old senior in high school … and I’m fighting for my life’

‘I’m a 17-year-old senior in high school … and I’m fighting for my life’

By Amin Touri, Watertown HS, Watertown, Mass.

November 13, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News, Showcase

High school seniors have a lot to be concerned about, with the college application process looming. Seniors that are also student-athletes often end up with twice the concerns and half the time. But for Watertown High senior and boys’ soccer goalie Joe Keikian, a recent lymphoma diagnosis put any of those concerns in perspective, and fra...

Honor Flight pays tribute to veterans

Honor Flight pays tribute to veterans

By Savannah Whitmer, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas

November 13, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News, Showcase

Veterans from the Korean War and World War II were honored on a flight home from the nation’s capitol this week in honor of Veterans Day. Honor Flight, a nonprofit service dedicated to honoring veterans, provides a volunteer Guardian for each man and woman on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. “Th...

‘This story needs to be told’

‘This story needs to be told’

By Andrea Duncan, Lewisville High School, Lewisville, Texas

September 15, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

After six years, loved ones of sisters and former LHS students Sarah and Amina Said have helped in the telling of a story in search of justice. Sarah and Amina were murdered in the back of a taxi cab in Irving on Jan. 1, 2008. Their father, Yaser, was quickly suspected for the crime and has never...

Fires break out in North County

Fires break out in North County

By Elizabeth Tarangelo, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, Calif.

May 22, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

SDA students stepped out of their second period classes today to the sight of an ominous cloud of black smoke. Due to the hot, dry conditions that California has been experiencing over the past several days, there have been several wind-driven brush fires started throughout San Diego County. Tuesday’s...

Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi visits United States

Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi visits United States

By Allen Dishigrikyan, Clark Magnet HS, La Crescenta, Calif.

May 12, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan teenager, broke the vicious cycle of life in the slums through the ancient game of chess.

Yeshivah Gedolah covers Sterling’s name on its sports pavilion

Yeshivah Gedolah covers Sterling’s name on its sports pavilion

By Mati Hurwitz, Shalhevet HS, Los Angeles

May 8, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles covered up the “Donald T. Sterling Pavilion” sign on its building Monday, April 28, after news broke of the donor’s widely criticized comments to his girlfriend on a recording obtained by TMZ. The school doesn’t “condone his remarks,” according to a secretary...

E-Cig problem spurs policy change

E-Cig problem spurs policy change

By Sorayah Zahir, Rowlett HS, Rowlett, Texas

May 5, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

After a long string of electronic cigarette-related issues on campus this year, the administration has enacted its first e-cig policy. “Administration was fed up with the fire alarms and the city said it’s too much crying wolf,” Assistant Principal Shae Creel said. Last month, the fire alarm...

A 180-mile ride helps people with Multiple Sclerosis

A 180-mile ride helps people with Multiple Sclerosis

By Sydney Thomas, Klein HS, Klein, Texas

May 1, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

The sweat runs down junior Lawrence Mangaoang’s face and drenches the white shirt with red and blue stripes that separates him and his team from the rest. He gazes at the beautiful scenery that lines the designated bike path and he thinks back on the opening gate. The large banner welcoming the bikers...

Drought: Santa Cruz region faces tough decisions as water shortage continues

Drought: Santa Cruz region faces tough decisions as water shortage continues

By Ava Poen, Kirby School, Santa Cruz, Calif.

April 21, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

Verticillium wilt is a monster. The pathogen wreaks havoc on strawberries--shriveling stems, yellowing leaves, stunting growth, and damaging plant tissue. Swanton Berry Farm kills this pervasive soil pathogen with a carefully executed five-year crop rotation. Across their five farms, Swanton follows thi...

Winter snow causes spring stress

Winter snow causes spring stress

By Rachael Fischer, Madeleine Spivey, and Hailey Verdick

April 17, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

Water is essential to the agriculture Iowa is known for. With winter weather comes the delayed reaction of possible flooding. Nearly 50 inches of snow have raised the fears of farmers. Agriculture also contributes to the excessive chemicals in field runoff. The corn, the cows,and the chemicals all factors...

Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass

Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass

By Cole Alban, Justin Hawkins, and Madison Meyer

March 19, 2014


Filed under Local & World, News

The Patriot at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md., examines the National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal, looks through the history of government surveillance, and magnifies the issue of spying and surveillance to the local level by evaluating JC’s surveillance policies.

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