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Garner case reveals the problems with grand juries

Garner case reveals the problems with grand juries

By Jason Zappulla, Osceola Fundamental High School

January 14, 2015

On December 3, 2014, a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Garner, an asthmatic African-American man from Staten Island, died on July 17, 2014, after being put in a chokehold for 19 seconds by Pantaleo, who is white. Garner, accused of...

Tanning beds banned for teenagers under 18 in Illinois

Tanning beds banned for teenagers under 18 in Illinois

By Emily Zhen, Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.

February 21, 2014

High school students who previously tanned in tanning beds for school dances and other special occasions must now find alternatives. Previously, with the permission from a parent or guardian, those under 18 could tan. But Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed a bill that bans teenagers under the age of ...

New California law gives transgender students choices

By Lauren Gargiulo, Campanile, Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.

February 10, 2014

On Jan. 1, the California State Legislature implemented a new law that allows transgender students from kindergarten to 12th grade in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender that they identify with. In addition, the new law also allows students to take part in gender-sp...