News/Op-Ed

Tornado In Alabama The Deadliest In Recent US History

by Enrique Gutierrez

Recently, Lee County, Alabama suffered one of the deadliest tornadoes the United States has seen since 2013.

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On March 3rd, Lee County, Alabama was hit with their first major tornado of the year. The people of Lee County had no idea that they were going to be affected by a tornado. The community had a five-minute warning and were caught by surprise when two tornadoes destroyed their homes. The tornadoes lasted at least an hour, destroying homes and ruining the lives of many.

According to NBC News, the tornadoes killed at least 23 people and dozens of people were injured. The town’s nearby hospital, East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, was said to be treating about 40 patients and sending many others affected by the tornadoes to nearby hospitals. The Lee County storm had winds of 170 miles per hour, stretching 20 miles long. With that speed, nothing and no one will make it past a tornado. FULL STORY

The El Chapo Conviction Trial

by Matthew Ruiz

El Chapo – otherwise known as “Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera” – is a Mexican drug lord who is the world’s most notorious drug lord since Pablo Escobar’s empire was run down.

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El Chapo was born on April 4th, 1957 and is currently 61 years of age. He has thirteen children and has been married to Emma Coronel Aispuro since 2007.

Chapo – as of right now – “has been captured three times.” His second escape from federal watch was back on January 19th, 2001.

“With help from bribed guards – one identified as Francisco Cambrios Riviera – they opened El Chapo’s door,” according to The New York Times. FULL STORY

Teenagers At Party Make Anti-Semitic Gesture

by Nikolas Molina

Social media images surfaced last week of teenagers performing the Nazi salute at a party in Newport Beach, California while gathering around red plastic cups arranged in the shape of a swastika.

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The party this Nazi salute took place was at a Newport District High School party.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the Newport School District will cooperate with law enforcement to identify each of the students in the images. The pictures first surfaced on Saturday night all over social media. People reposted it and attempted to make it go viral so that the students could be punished.

“We were recently made aware of social media postings involving some students who created inappropriate Anti-Semitic symbols, and possible underage drinking,” the schools’ spokeswoman stated. FULL STORY

Deepfake Taking Over The World?

by Joshua Adoh

The Deepfake phenomenon is a great technological advancement and hqdefaultcan even be seen as an evolution in cintimatic effects, however the application of this technological advancement can be quite alarming, being named the internet’s most latest moral crisis.

For those of you who do not understand the concept of the “Deepfake,” they are videos manufactured by artificial intelligence in order to make people appear to say or do things they did not do in the original video.

Deepfake has been around for sometime now. The artificial intelligence of this software has the capabilities to affect our society negatively as well as foreign affairs. This high-tech deception technology was first spotted and reported in December 2017 in the technical and scientific section of the magazine Vice. FULL STORY

Stars Are Born At The 91st Academy Awards

by Gabriel Botello

The 91st Academy Awards proved to be astonishing without a host but with many amazing nominations, performances, and presenters.

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2018 was definitely the year where diversity between race and gender flourished within the films and the production of these films. This showed as many different actresses, actors, producers, directors, and designers received awards for their excellence.

Rami Malek won the award for best actor due to his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This was a big win for him and his family as he dedicated his award to his parents and his cast for helping him through the difficult journey. FULL STORY

Update On Trump’s Border Wall

by Gabriel Botello

The government shutdown is over and President Donald Trump is still extremely serious about a potential border wall, to the point where he is willing to build a “human wall.”

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Throughout his presidential term, President Donald Trump has shown time and time again his true intentions regarding the proposed US-Mexican border wall. Although this is one of the President’s top priorities, his proposals have been continuously rejected by Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi. FULL STORY

Measles Outbreak Spreading Across The Nation

by Gabriel Botello

The measles outbreak in Washington has reached the highest number of infections since 1996, and has now spread to California.

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The disease known as measles has again reached the U.S and is spreading across the country. With rates low on people who take vaccinations for measles, many have been infected. The case of measles began with an international traveler who had contact with communities with low vaccination rates. This led to many outbreaks in the US, first starting in Washington.

According to the Washington Department of Health, “officials identified 11 health care facilities, 13 schools and child-care centers and over 100 public places, including stores, where people may have been exposed to the virus.” FULL STORY

Government Shutdown Finally Comes To A Close

by Elliston Ospina

Government workers returned to their posts this week after 35 days of our government being on pause. President Trump and the Democrats have begun discussing plans to work on the “wall” bordering the United States and Mexico.

The Senate and the House passed a bill that allowed for government workers to be paid for their 35 days of work where they worked without pay. They also reopened the government until February 15th, according to The New York Times. 

Trump is using this time to allow for the government to make a plan to fund the wall, otherwise he threatened to close the government down again. FULL STORY

Kamala Harris Announces Presidential Campaign

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California Senator Kamala D. Harris is the first Democratic senator to announce her candidacy for president. At age 54, she is California’s third female senator to date.

She is a first term, or junior senator and has been a United States Senator representing California since 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Harris served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017 and was the District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.

Since she has been in politics for several years, many of her supporters in the democratic party, to say the least, were thrilled for her that she declared her candidacy. She is the first of many women set to declare their candidacy for President. FULL STORY

The Downfall Of R. Kelly

by Christian James

0129-rkelly-insta-2Famous singer R. Kelly is under FBI investigation for flying a minor across state lines, one of many accusations in his controversial career. 

Robert Sylvester Kelly, famously known as R. Kelly, has already had many accusations of sexual assault with minors throughout his career. Although there is multiple counts of evidence against him, he has never been found guilty. 

R. Kelly went from a beloved American R&B singer to a social outcast in many societies. He started his career in the year 1990, where he signed his first contract with Jive Records. FULL STORY

Proposed State Of The Union Address Postponed

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As an effect of the government shutdown, US President Donald Trump has postponed his State of the Union address, which was originally scheduled for January 29th, 2019.

The government has been shut down for more than a month now, due to President Trump requesting $5 billion to build a wall on the US-Mexico Border and stop illegal immigration.

According to Fox News, Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a back-and-forth conversation which ultimately led to Trump making his decision on postponing the address. FULL STORY

Government Shutdown Reaches Longest Point

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The federal government’s shutdown occurred on December 22nd, 2018 and has set a record for the longest government shutdown in the modern era, surpassing the previous 21-day shutdown of 1995-96.

Today, January 17th, marks the 27th day of the shutdown with no looks of it ending within the near future.

According to Business Insider, the shutdown seems to be due to a dispute between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats about funding for Trump’s border wall. FULL STORY

Yellow Vest Protests

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For the past nine weeks, protests continue to rage on all over France – mainly in Paris – by a group called the “gilets jaunes” or the Yellow Vests.

What started as a peaceful protest against a controversial fuel tax and economic reform has turned into riots demanding the resignation of French President Macron. 

The fuel tax that President Macron implemented to cut down 40 percent of carbon emissions on pollution faced much resistance due to the increased price of gas. After the protest began and turned violent, Macron backtracked on the fuel tax and suspended the tax as well it cut from the 2019 budget. FULL STORY

 

LAUSD Teachers Strike In Protest

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As Los Angeles Unified School District teachers fight for smaller classrooms sizes, better pay, school funding, and an increase in school staffing, a huge strike has occurred within the district.

There are roughly 1,240 schools affected by this teacher strike and 600,000 students. Around 32,000 educators are going to be on strike. LAUSD has had to hire 500 substitute teachers in response.

Teachers have been talking to the state superintendent, the Mayor, and the Governor. Jerry Guzman’s daughter is among the children affected by this teachers strike. FULL STORY

Brexit – A Simple Guide

by Joshua Adoh and RJ Johnson

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The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29th, 2019, but how many people understand the backdrops that come with this transition and the Irish Border Issues?

What is Brexit?

Brexit stands for “British exit,” describing Britain exiting the EU (European Union).

Why is the UK leaving the Union?

According to BBC News, the UK is leaving the Union because a public vote called for a referendum – which is a general vote by the electorate on a question.

This referendum was held on back on June 23rd, 2016. FULL STORY

Midterm Elections Results And Analysis

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America… Home Of The Free… Because of the Brave. Free to do many things, but especially To Vote…

It says great things about us and, of course, our founders insistence of checks and balances when we face the current outcome of our midterm elections.

This year’s midterm elections were labeled by the modern media as one of the most important midterm elections ever. Maybe so, but what are we really looking at?

Depending on the political party, “important” was either maintaining, losing, or increasing control. FULL STORY

Remembering The Life Of George H.W. Bush

by Samuel Rodriguez

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and decorated World War 2 veteran, died Friday, November 30th, at the age of 94.

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On Monday,  current President Donald Trump honored the lost hero at the US capitol and ended his visit with a firm salute to Bush’s casket. FULL STORY

Controversy Around A Newly Canonized Saint

by Joaquin Medrano

The Catholic Church is the faith of 1.2 billion people around the

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world. The Church is human, like any other person, just like it’s leader, and by no means is it free of errors.

In the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, El Salvador was a country in the middle of a civil war. The military was fighting against the left guerrilla group, to control the power.

This war brought the Catholic Church to surrender and decide to obey the oligarchs, and support the war. In return they would receive protection from the war.

From day one there were mixed emotions, as many priests supported the idea of the extremist groups. Others, like Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero opposed the idea. FULL STORY

Veterans Day: Homeless Veterans Still An Issue In America

by Enrique Gutierrez and Nikolas Molina

Most Americans use Veterans Day as a day of rest and see it as a regular day. Veterans Day is a day of recognition for those who served in the military and risked their lives for millions of Americans.56cb7b841e000021007028d8

Although certain Americans have served for their country in the military, the United States fails to give back to their veteran’s service as there is a mass of veterans who are homeless and earn very low income.

American soldier veterans tend to return from deployment at risk. Soldiers see violence, blood, gore, and death while at war. During their journey in warfare, soldiers live in poor conditions. Being in the military, their tasks revolve around survival of the fittest and tests the ability of one’s mind and spirit. FULL STORY

Black Identity Extremist Arrested

by Joshua Lucero

On December 12th, 2017, Christopher Maurice Daniels, former Marine, Black activist and also known as Rakem Balogun was arrested by the FBI. When the FBI led their attack with a surplus of men and equipment, they bust his door down and surrounded Balogun with 50-to-70 armed men.

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Most men were armed with kevlar helmets and night vision goggles, AR-15’s and full body armor. Not only were these men armored, but had military hummers with full automatic machine guns mounted. ATF (the Burial of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms), military task force was present, Terrorist task force and local Dallas Police.

Balogun was investigated for Domestic Terrorism and had been recently monitored by the FBI after supposedly supporting the deaths of police officers and the people who were brutally gunned down in Dallas. FULL STORY

Recent Events May Greatly Affect Midterm Elections

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As midterm elections arrive November 6th, last months incidences may have an impact on choices made. From the migrant caravan, the synagogue shooting and the mail bombs sent to Democratic politicians, CNN and other news networks may influence the choices people make for the people that they elect for congress.

With the midterm election only a day away, past incidents can impact the end result due to them being used as examples and support for the two parties respective agendas and beliefs. These could be used for either side: trying to interpret what happened and what’s going to happen for political support from voters. FULL STORY

The Birthright Citizenship Controversy

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In a recent interview with the news website Axios, President Donald Trump boldly proposed his desire to sign an executive order to effectively end the automatic right to citizenship for anyone born in the United States.

This proclamation has been met with mixed reactions, with many Americans feeling either supportive of the President’s hard stance on illegal immigration or shocked at what seems to be a slight against the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

However, the most common response from each political aisle seems to be one of skepticism as many citizens question whether such an endeavor is even legal. President Trump believes it to be so as he told interviewers on Sunday. FULL STORY

Pittsburgh Synagogue Mass Shooting

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On October 27th, 2018 an Anti-Semitic gunman shoots up a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, murdering eleven people and leaving six critically injured during the event.

Waking up early Saturday morning, one expects their morning to be peaceful and quiet, continuing the normal routine. This was not the case for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, as many awoke with tragic news.

In Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, the population of Jewish citizens are one of the largest amounts in America. A large mass of Jewish people were attending a synagogue Saturday morning, but their reception was interrupted by a crazed gunman. FULL STORY

Catastrophe Averted: Pipe Bombs Intercepted In The US

by Nikolas Molina and Elliston Ospina

nypdoge-1052932926According to CNN and The Washington Post, 14 pipe bombs were intercepted over the past week intended for extremely popular figures: George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters, John Brennan, Actor Robert De Niro, Former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic US Sen. Cory Booker, Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Democratic US Sen. Kamala Harris, and Democratic Donor Tom Steyer.

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney has not confirmed where the packages came from, but believes they were delivered and sent from Florida, according to CNN.

They sent the packages through a US Postal Service facility in Opa-locka, Florida, two law enforcement officials with the investigation said. FULL STORY

The Terrifying Story Of The Death Of A Saudi Journalist

by Victor Curiel5580

Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, author, and a former general manager and editor-in-chief of the Al-Arab News Channel was killed in his hotel on October 2nd. No one knows the real story of what happened.

The well known critic of the Saudi government and of both Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, and the country’s king, Salman of Saudi Arabia went missing. He also opposed the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. On October 2nd, 2018 Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul but did not leave the building and had many people worried. After several news outlets started to publicize and speculate his death, Saudi officials teamed with Turkish investigators to lead an investigation inside the consulate on October 15th to discover the actual whereabouts of the journalist. FULL STORY  

Honduras Citizens Lead The Biggest Migrant Caravan Ever Recorded Into The US

by Lucas Agatep

On October 12th, a massive caravan of migrants, mostly made up of Hondurans, started 3f76ff06-4c16-47cb-924c-1777d6fdc0dc-EPA_GUATEMALA_USA_HONDURAS_CARAVAN_MIGRANTS.1their journey to the United States. Migrant caravan have happened before, but this one is the biggest of them all.

Past migrant caravans were around a few hundred to a thousand, but the initial amount of migrants for this caravan were estimated at about five thousand. The numbers grew over the last couple weeks, reaching seven thousand, as the number is only expected to grow as the days go on and the caravan nears the U.S. southern border. FULL STORY

How Do We Stop School Shootings?

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“School shootings are an unfortunate part of American culture and our American society.”

School shootings are an unnecessarily major part of American society in recent history. This year alone, 10 kids were killed at Santa Fe High School and 17 were killed in the infamous Parkland shooting, where adolescent lives were taken at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

These school shootings were tragic at the time they took place and are still tragic to this day. Families were torn apart because of what happened. FULL STORY

Hurricane Florence Update

by Joshua Blake

Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc in both North and South Carolina this past weekend, causing mass amounts of rainfall and flash flooding with some places receiving over 20 inches of rain.florence

According to CNN, more than 1 million people were under a mandatory evacuation as the hurricane approached the shore, and every county in North Carolina experienced some sort of National Weather Service alert. South Carolina has its own problems as their death toll rises and the rainfall continues.

Hurricane Florence has so far caused the death of 32 people, and about 740,000 homes and businesses are still without power, according to CBS News. FULL STORY

The Downfall of Venezuela

by Lucas Agatep

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Venezuela once was one of the richest and prospering countries in Latin America with one of the world’s largest oil deposits, but hyperinflation has sent the country into a downward spiral.

From 2013 to 2018, with the election of new President Nicolas Maduro, the value of the Venezuelan bolivar has constantly decreased, with the potential to fall by one million percent by the end of this year, making common goods and food practically unaffordable for people to buy.

This hyperinflation was caused by dependence on the nation’s oil exports. Before Nicolas Maduro became president his predecessor Hugo Chavez made major changes that helped Venezuela become Latin America’s richest country, but his one flaw was not expanding to different sources for income, rely on their production and distribution of oil. FULL STORY

The Madden Shooting: A Horrific Tragedy

by Joshua Blake

Something had finally snapped within David Katz for him to hurt so many.

We hear over the news time and time again about mass shootings taking place all over the country more often then we should.

We had the Las Vegas shooting in October of 2017 and the Parkland school shooting in February of 2018. These two mass shootings combined took the lives of 75 people, leaving many more injured as well.

On Sunday, August 26th, another mass shooting took place at a Madden 19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the Washington Post, David “Bread” Katz was the alleged shooter, leaving three dead and 11 people injured, as well as shooting himself at the end. Katz was proven to be mentally ill and on antidepressants, which is said to be the leading reason for why he committed this heinous act. FULL STORY

America Loses “The Maverick”

by Sean Singleton

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John S. McCain III, longtime Arizona Senator and former American prisoner of war, passed away on August 25, 2018, a little over a year after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Senator McCain served his country for 60 years in both the U.S. military and Congress.

When he was just 18 years old, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, just one year before the start of the Vietnam War. After graduating fifth from the bottom of his class, McCain became a Naval Pilot and flew the A-4 Skyhawk in the Vietnam War. The A-4 was designed to go just below the speed of sound, equipped with bombs and missiles to assist troops in the ground operations.

In an October 1967 bombing of North Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi called “Operation Rolling Thunder,” McCain’s plane was shot down, and he was seriously injured, fracturing both arms and breaking his leg. McCain was “rescued” by local North Vietnamese, beaten, and had his shoulder crushed and stabbed with a bayonet before being turned over to the North Vietnamese military and thrown into the “Hanoi Hilton,” North Vietnam’s main Prisoner of War (POW) camp. FULL STORY

Is Space Force the Future of Warfare or a Trump Administration Pipe Dream?

by Sean Singleton

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“The Space Force”: a future legacy or an unnecessary burden to the American taxpayer? President Donald Trump has been taking credit for proposing a Space Force without outlining the scope and cost of the proposed new military branch. 

The United States Space Force could be an outer space military force composed of troops, with a space command headquarters on Earth. President Trump believes the next major war will take place in space, prompting him to feel the need to create this new branch.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are not the first people to consider a Space Force. In fact, the concept has been tossed around for decades. FULL STORY

The treacherous California Wildfires

by Kevin Aguilar

As of August 19th, 2018, 227,098 acres have been destroyed along with 1,079 residences, 22 commercial structures, and 63 outbuildings alongside a tragic 8 fatalities have occurred.

The air quality has drastically been worsened in Northern California as a result of the recent fires. The quality has also been worsened in a few neighboring states, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada to name a few. But what may have caused such a series of tragedies? The California fires in Northern California, most notably what is know as the “Carr fire” has had an enormous impact on Northern California. FULL STORY

The Lesson for Equality: Winter Olympics

by RJ Johnson

The first Winter Olympics event dates back to the period of January 25th, 1924 – February 5th, 1924. The event was hosted in Mont Blanc in Chamonix and in Haute-Savoie, France. This was the ice cold kind of atmosphere that got the snowball rolling. 

These games consisted of 247 men and 11 women from 16 different nations. At the time, there were only 18 events to compete in, such as ski jump, bobsledding, and hockey. 

Throughout the years, many different ethnic groups began taking part in these Winter Olympic games, whereas initially the athletes were predominately white.

2018 truly marks a special year for the Winter Olympics. More than ever this year, the games are strongly pushing diversity and acceptance. With 10 African-Americans and 11 Asian-Americans competing for the United States of America this year, the world is increasingly becoming more aware of the diversity present in modern America. FULL STORY

Donald Trump: Year in Review

by Mark McDermott

President Trump stunned the world with his election victory one year ago – somehow, through noise-making and some legitimate ideas, Trump found votes in the crucial states.

But where does the nation stand now on the key issues we face? As with Trump himself, these is good news and bad news.

Bad news first. Trump’s Twitter election campaigns was in some ways genius, keeping him in the news and relevant. But to do this he essentially provided his presidency with a ball and chain in the form of Congress. Most of his own party in Congress wants to stay away from him, naturally prompting insulting Twitter barrages. It has crippled some of the foundations of his campaign. FULL STORY