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Inside this Edition Featured Stories..........................1 Middle School Scoop ................5 North Shore News…………...8 National News……………….9 World News……….…..……11 Opinion......................................15 Photo Club………………….20 Travel Guide..............................21 Arts and Entertainment...........22 L33T Gamer..............................28 Tech Bytes.................................32 And Now For Something…...34 Sports..........................................35 Art Corner.................................40 Comics........................................41 Last Word..................................44

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Library Still Without Librarian By Elsie Ronin For the 20142015 school year, Swampscott Middle School entered its second year without a librarian. This has been a huge loss to the school, since it was visited every day by students and their teachers. Many students miss being able to check out books and get suggestions from the librarian. It is unfortunate that students have a library full of books that they cannot use at all. I interviewed Superintendent, Pamela Angelakis, to discuss the future of the middle school library.

America: A State of Racial Unrest By Mary Alice Brennan, Elizabeth Delia, Mackenzie Kearney, and Ava Landen “All night, all day, we’re gonna fight for Freddie Gray!” A topic that has risen to the forefront of American minds in the past year is the issue of police brutality and especially the use of excessive force against black men. All around the globe, racism in itself still exists and is go-

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ing strong, including in the United States. For months stories have been on the news of deaths that have occurred at the hands of police officers. These police officers have been frequently accused of excessive use of force, and these events have painted police in

Why were the librarians cut to begin with? Because when the budget is really really tight, which means we don’t have a lot of money to spend, what the superintendent and her team looks to Photo: Ms. Paine do is to make cuts in positions that are not classroom teachers so they go to the outer staff. So they started with librarians figuring that it wouldn’t impact the students the most rather than cutting classroom teachers and making greater class sizes in regular

general in a negative light. Events from the past year have caused considerable unrest within the country, leading to nationwide protests, rioting, and publicity. Some of the most significant homicides are detailed below. Ferguson, MO The initial event that happened in Ferguson, Missouri was on August 9, 2014, between 18 year old Michael

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Brown, and 28 year old Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was believed to have struggled for the officer’s gun, then started to run away. Wilson started firing, and an autopsy report states that Brown was shot at least 6 times, including in the face. Darren Wilson was not charged for homicide, as he was assumed to be acting in self-defense. Wilson told the jury that Brown was a mon(Continued on page 3)


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Swampscott Middle School 207 Forest Ave. Swampscott, MA 01907 Advisors Ms. Paine and Mr. Lewis Staff Writers Grade 5: Gretel Devendorf, Alex Hankins, Zack Hankins, Izzy Potts Grade 6: Aidan Bonner, Mary Alice Brennan, Elizabeth Delia, Nick DeMelo, Morgan Hill, Sarah Kabel, Mackenzie Kearney, Ava Landen, Aislinn McCarran, Ella Sprague, Gwen Sullivan Grade 7: Audrey Antonelli, Ben Armour, Ronin Buckley, Lila Caplan, Maanik George, Jack Miller, Amanda Murrizi, Odin Randell, Elsie Ronin, Danny Rosen, Tyler Seller, Joel Vered Grade 8: Ian Jaffe, Harry Katz, Lori Kholomyansky, Meredith Lutter, Rebecca Mitlin, Ethan Runstadler, Ben Townsend Logo Design Noah (alumni), modified by Wyatt (alumni)

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Artwork/Photos Cake Artwork c/o Mrs. Harris’ 2014/2015 Art Classes Photography by the SMS Photo Club 8th Grade precepts inspired by Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Why were we building the jumbo school in a few years when we can’t afford a librarian? The cuts were made by the superintendent before me. Now that I am in this seat, I have a different belief and different feelings about the importance of librarians. And the new school is not going to be built, but I do think that librarians are important.

and I needed to start somewhere. So the place that I started first was at the high school, putting that librarian back in full time. My vision is that next year I will be putting a librarian into the middle school, and the following year get some kind of librarian help at the elementary schools. So I went from the oldest kids and am going to the youngest kids. It doesn't mean it are more important, but the high school has to go through this accreditation process, and if it doesn’t have a librarian on staff they get a warning. So that had to go back first.

Why does the high school get a librarian and we don’t? When I became superintendent I felt that librarians were incredibly important,

So is there a plan in place for the middle school to get their librarian back? Yes, it’s one of my top priorities. We are in budget season right now. The su-

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a tax stamp. The New York City Police Department has banned the use of chokeholds for more than twenty years. Pantaleo, the police officer who placed Garner in the chokehold, removed his arm from around Eric’s neck and pulled him backwards onto the ground. Four police officers moved to restrain Garner who repeated the words that later would lead to many national protests: “I can’t breathe”. Eric Garner recited these words eleven times lying flat on the cement sidewalk while being restrained by several officers. No CPR was performed on the scene after Eric Garner lost consciousness. This was all captured on video by a bystander. The police officer

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subjects. So that's why the librarians were cut. We were having a terrible budget year and in order to find savings, the librarians were cut.

ster, although he was only 1 inch taller and not much heavier. The police left Brown’s dead body uncovered, lying on the street, even though that violates standard police procedure. Friends say that Michael was a “gentle giant” a “quiet person with a wicked sense of humor”. This event caused a huge amount of unrest in the city of Ferguson, ranging from peaceful protests to looting and rioting. Staten Island, NY Another death took place earlier on July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, New York. Eric Garner was put in a chokehold for 15 seconds after he was accused for selling loose cigarettes without

perintendent and all of her team - my principals - we need to figure out what positions we are going to put back in next year, and the middle school librarian is one of my top priorities. Do you think that having a parent volunteer for an hour a week is a good substitute for a full time librarian? I think that the parents in Swampscott are so involved and are great volunteers. And I think that it is really generous of parents to be volunteering an hour a week to let kids in. Do I think it’s enough? No. Because a librarian is not just about checking out books and signing them in. It’s about using computers, using resources, media literacy, which they call understanding websites, so I think that involved was not charged with his death. This event led to nationwide protests, including silent protests by many wearing shirts with the phrase “I can’t breathe”. North Charleston, SC Another signif icant homicide took in the beautiful city of North Charleston, South Carolina. This city is 47% black, almost half the population. The victim, a 50 year old father of four, was a forklift operator named Walter Scott who had previously served in the coast guard. He was shot to death by a white male police officer named Michael Slager. Mr. Scott was pulled over by Slager, for a faulty brake light. Since Scott had been arrested before for not pay-

3 one hour a week is great to bring kids in and out, but like you said, what if they have activities that afternoon. So, I don’t think it’s a good replacement. I do think it is very generous of parents to volunteer, but not a good replacement. ***** It is positive to know that the Superintendent is currently making plans on bringing back a librarian to Swampscott Middle School. It was a huge loss for our community, but we appreciate that the Superintendent recognizes that and is making strides to help our school for the better.  *Editor’s Note - As of publication, a librarian has been hired for Swampscott Middle School, starting in our upcoming school year 2015/2016.

ing child support, he ran away from the cop. Scott owed over $18,000 in child support payments, and had many warrants under his name. Scott sprinted away from the scene and was initially hit with a Taser. He then proceeded to keep running, and was then shot by the officer, eight fires, five of which hit him. He died at the site of the scene. This event that shocked the citizens of South Carolina, was caught on video by a bystander. Scott is remembered today by his brother, Anthony Scott: “He was outgoing -- loved everybody, (was) very known in the community and got along with everybody,” Anthony told CNN reporters. “All (Continued on page 4)

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the family loves him, and his kids loved him.� Officer Slager reported to the police dispatcher that Mr. Scott had taken his Taser and he felt threatened, which led to his use of a firearm. The video of the event did not show Walter Scott taking the Taser, and instead he was hit from behind while running, his hands empty. Officer Michael Slager was arrested and charged with first degree murder, he is currently awaiting trial. As a result of this incident, South Carolina is purchasing 2,000 body cameras for police officers through a bill named for Walter Scott. Baltimore, MD Another significant event occurred on April 12, 2015, when Freddie Gray, a poor, young, black man was arrested on weapons charge for alleged possession of a spring-loaded switchblade knife and violating parole by Officer Caesar Goodson, Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer William Porter, and Officer Edward Nero. Gray had already been arrested for drugs and many other crimes, so he was being searched for and had many warrants on his name. The police put him in the van and did not put a seatbelt on their prisoner. The van had steel benches in the back, where they put him. When they came to get him when arriving at the police station, he had lost consciousness. Just over an hour after he was arrested, he was transported

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to the hospital in a coma. The hospital discovered that his spinal cord was 80% severed and Freddie Gray had suffered a traumatic head injury that was not present prior to his arrest. There were no cameras in the police van, so the exact factors that led to such a severe injury are unknown. Mr. Gray was proPhoto: AP Photo/John Minchillo nounced dead a week later, on April 19, 2015, at the age of 25. As a result of this event and Freddie Gray’s death, there were numerous riots in Baltimore which led to looting of stores and fire set to a CVS. The Mayor of Baltimore ordered mandatory curfew of the city that lasted for five days and the Governor of Maryland ordered a State of Emergency, Photo: Reuters with the National Guard called in. Protests around the country also occurred at this time. All six officers involved were arrested, with three of them held on a manslaughter charge. It has become clear that the official police reports and eyewitness statements and video have differed. Some of the video taken by bystanders have been critical in showing reality. While Photo: Reuters body cameras are a tool that many states are now looking at for their officers, the unrest within the country is real, and we are all facing a true look at racism and inequality. Mentality, attitudes, and perception need to change along with increased responsibility that cameras can provide.

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Middle School Scoop Lunchroom Follow-Up By Meredith Lutter Two years ago, The Atlantic Compass wrote an article titled “Middle School Lunch: Do We Have A Voice?” this article reviewed the concerns of the lunch food, such as: spoiled food and milk, how the lunch program can change, the lunch line, and what kids would like as food option. Some may still be concerned about certain items and subjects in the lunchrooms. I sat down with the cafeteria director, Mrs. Kellett, here is what she had to say: How has the Food Services changed the school meals in the past two years? Well, 3 years ago, the government changed all the requirements that were mandated to make school lunches healthier. Since then, they have gotten a little less strict. When it was first changed, I could only serve nine grains a week, nine slices of bread. So I could not even serve a sandwich a day. I can serve chicken patties everyday, now I can serve a sandwich every single day. Things have gotten a little less strict. I find that when a company realizes that there is a market out there for something, they tend to make their products more for who they want to sell it to. More and more companies are coming out

with products that we can sell in schools, and that offers more variety for you guys. A big example is Switch, we couldn’t sell those for a while, and all the food service directors argued with government that it met all the guidelines, and they were told they could not do it. I heard it was back on the approved list, so I bought 15 cases, and I basically sold 10 the first lunch. I also have noticed that students are changing what they eat as well and making better food choices. What changes students will see in the future? Hopefully this is the cutoff of things that we can’t serve, and things will only get better. Hopefully more options will be available. Sometimes things go away, but the regulations are not going away, so companies are adapting more. How does the cafe handle rotten or spoiled food? We have to throw it out. We follow food guidelines, and food has to be used within a certain amount of time, otherwise it just gets thrown out. It can be very hard to do, since no one wants good food to go to waste. But it is in the interest of my customers - you students. When in doubt, throw it out.

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What are some government regulations that students don’t know about? You have to take a fruit or vegetable, the equivalent of a half cup, with each meal. People think that it is something we make up, but we don’t, you have to take it. One of the good things I have noticed, is that the majority of students, not all, but the majority, take them automatically. A lot of students are taking them, which is exciting. Have there been more or less complaints about spoiled food in the past two years? I haven’t gotten a lot of complaints. If you notice something, you have to bring it up. I would hope that they would bring it up. There were some milk issues at the beginning of the year, and that was very frustrating. I got a letter of apology from Garelick, there was a problem with their machine. If there is spoiled milk, bring it back, and bring the carton.

There is a code on it, and I can call the company and they can track the code. Is there anything that you want students to know? You can always talk to me. If you have a question on your lunch account, ask the ladies at the registers. We can always print up your account info. If you have a suggestion, let me know. You can always talk to me, even if you have a complaint. If I don’t know what’s wrong, I can’t fix it. I always welcome student feedback. You are my customers! ***** In conclusion, you should no longer be concerned about spoiled food in your lunch, and you should look forward to new foods the cafeteria will keep on bringing to you. If you have ANY concerns or questions, talk to Mrs. Kellett, she is a lovely lady and will talk to you any time.


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Middle School Scoop Call For A Student Council Joel Vered, Lila Caplan, Odin Randell, Maanik George, Morgan Hill, and Jack Miller discussed ways to raise the student voice. We thought it would be ideal to form a student-run council. We outlined the pros and cons of a council below: Pros:  We could raise students’ morale  Make the school have an intelligent and organized reputation similar to fellow schools and other towns  Organize events and get input from other grades/ homerooms  Let the majority have a say  More than one authority  Find what the students feel are important through

one direct source Cons:

 Advising decisions that are intended help us

 Seeming intrusive  Could be biased to a student’s own desires, not the greater good To keep democracy and the flowing of ideas, we decided to write our ideas of the council being organized. In alphabetical order of our last names, here are the ideas: Caplan: If we thought something was important, we would pay attention to it. George: Everyone on the council is equal. Randell: Each class in each grade vote on a representa-

Fuel Up to Play 60 By Tyler Seller My name is Tyler Seller, and as most of you know I am the Fuel Up To Play 60 State Ambassador. My job is to make sure the school and myself are active 60 minutes a day. The first ever event at Swampscott Middle School for Fuel Up To Play 60 was earlier this school year on September 16, 2014. Devin McCourty, myself, and several others talked about maintaining a healthy life-

Student Council: A group of students at a school or college elected by their fellow students to represent them in school government and usually charged with drawing up and enforcing rules and penalties independently or with faculty assistance, coordinating extracurricular activities, and organizing the school's social life. - The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

style, which should include healthy eating and exercise. To do that myself, I eat vegetables at every meal and a granola bar, in addition to playing hockey. That was my goal at the event with Devin. You may not realize this, but I helped to get all the kids in the school, even Mr. Murphy, active for 60 minutes and eating healthy. While taking photos I looked down at the field and realized how cool it was to be

tive, then each team select a representative. Every time a decision affecting the school is made, the representatives would go over it and advise it, as well as see if it should happen at all. Vered: Each class in 7th and 8th elect some reps. The whole team narrows it down to one person. Then the whole grade elects. The president has a running mate, and a board. The previous candidates will be part of the board. (or the top 5). They will keep up with the district's latest discussions and advise the principal and superintendent on what able to be participating in this event. I was also ver y im pressed by how many students enrolled in the program after the event, with almost 50% of the students in the school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60, which is a huge leap from the 20% we had before the schoolwide event. As a result of the Play 60 program entering our

the students think. The president candidates should have certain grades and credits so it’s not a “popularity” contest, and everyone has an equal chance. Plus it may push certain kids to bring up their grades in order to possibly run for president. All of this should apply for everyone running for a position in office. In conclusion, we think it is important to have our ideas and opinions heard through a collective, elected body that is a student council and that our school allow one to be created.


school, Mrs. Rushton and the administration are working hard to get a bicycle blender in the cafeteria, and maybe new gym equipment to help our school community stay healthy. 

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Middle School Scoop 7th Grade Chromebook Pilot


By Ms. Mullins

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This year, the seventh grade was fortunate to receive a grant from the PTO funding a Chromebook pilot. 7th graders began using the Chromebooks in October, and this began a yearlong adventure into the world of Google Drive and Google Classrooms. During English class, kids have become expert editors and proofreaders during thesis writing, and they have worked together to design and create Public Service Announcement video projects that focused on global issues. Chromebooks transformed conversations in the classroom by allowing students to “meet” online for

discussions about the books they read in class – and we played many fun games to help practice skills and study for quizzes. “On [backchannel websites] we can chat to each other using the Chromebooks, and [we can] ask questions about the book we are assigned to read. This has really helped me especially when I am trying to find a good quote for my thesis, or if I am just curious,” Charlotte Andrews explains. Curiosity is what drives learning, and the Chromebooks have put information at the tips of students’ fingers so that they can find answers to their questions with the click of a button.

According to students, Chromebooks have become a necessary part of their learning in English Language Arts – and other subjects too. Subjects such as mathematics and science have also incorporated the Chromebooks into lessons so that students can research and access information online when they need it. “In this day and age, students work better in an environment where technology

is [readily] available,” says Mackenna Lord, a seventh grader. With the Chromebooks accessible to students on a regular basis, students are more excited about the learning process – and the positive reports from students about their experiences this year is proof of the pilot program’s success! Thanks to all who contributed to the process! 


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North Shore News Saint John’s Prep to Open Middle School By Ella Sprague ing 12 science labs, 3 computer labs, and a robotics laboratory. The school will have a 300 student limit and will open in September of 2015. All students will be using iPads in a 1:1 program. Recently SJP has started a renovation to an old building on the campus that will cost $1.8 million. Since the building was already available, the cost for the new school is reasonably low. The goal is to bring more boys into the school system at a young age so they will

hopefully continue with the school in high school and get the education that is needed. Saint John’s Prep can easily make the $1.8 million in renovations back within the first year of paid tuition if they fill the 300 student enrollment spots. The new middle school is one of three major projects. They are also building a new wellness center, a new tennis court complex, and a new high school academic building.

8th Grade precepts inspired by Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Many families in the surrounding towns of Danvers send their children to Saint John’s Prep, a private Catholic high school located in Danvers. It is currently a high school for boys only and offers great academic and sports programs. Saint John’s Prep school has decided to add a middle school due to the success of their high school. The grades offered in the new school are 6-8. It is scheduled to have approximately 30 classrooms includ-

The tuition for one year at the middle school is projected to be $18,000. The school does not receive money from taxes, so it relies on tuition and alumni to pay expenses. Each year former students are asked to pay a tribute gift to the school. The more years that pass, the more money alumni are encouraged to pay. A vast amount of people will remove their kids from public schools to go to the new Prep in the upcoming years for many reasons; this begs the question, what does it offer that our public school do not? 

A New Swampscott Elementary School? By Ben Armour The Swampscott Elementary School is a no go! On November 4, 2014, Election Day, Question Five

was voted down with 4,480 votes no and 1,891 votes yes, with 287 blank votes. Before the vote went

public the town meeting had a vote and the results were, 140 votes yes and 98 votes no. Because of the gigantic

failure to pass the project in the public vote, hopefully the Swampscott School District and town will rethink the plan they are proposing for a new elementary school. According to the votes many people agree. 

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NATIONAL NEWS Are We Giving Him What He Wants? By Gwen Sullivan, Sarah Kabel, and Mary Alice Brennan Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, also known as the “Boston Marathon Bomber”, is being put to death. At first, the jury was indecisive on their decision, but then came to a conclusion of sentencing him to the death penalty. But, the question everyone was asking themselves was, are we giving him what he wants? Should we make him suffer for the rest of his life, or should we make him sacrifice his own life for the lives he took in return? By giving Tsarnaev what he wants, we as a nation are implying that not only will we accept discrimination towards our society that ends in a death, but also the

fact that we give terrorists what they want - which isn’t suffering in prison. The mindset of the terrorists from this region of the world is in a way, simplistic; they are willing to die for what they believe in, no matter how many lives are lost, including their own. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar’s older brother, explained that doctrine before he was killed. In a message to his mother, Tamerlan stated that he was fully willing to “die for Islam”. The motivation not only comes from the thought of death, but also the way he views life. He knows what he is in for; a

Fight for Fifteen By Elizabeth Delia Since we live in Swampscott, most children here do not have to worry about problems with money, or their parents not having a livable wage. This may not sound familiar to you, but this difficulty is happening to families currently all around the United States. In America today, 96 percent of fast food workers make far less than 15 dollars per hour, an unlivable income, especially if you are supporting a family. The minimum wage currently in Massachusetts is $9.00 an hour. For a family of three

or more, this would place them below the poverty line in a best case scenario of a full-time job. $9.00 is not enough to not even feed one human being, let alone a family. I spoke to Joseph Delia, a former union organizer for SEIU (Service Employees International Union): “The fight for fifteen is a fight for all working people for a livable wage and a decent standard of living. The struggle has much in common with Martin Luther King's support for the sanitation workers in Memphis in the week

life of pain and torture. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently being held in Massachusetts in Ayer at Federal Medical Center, Devens. This is a federal prison. Once he is formally sentenced on June 24th he will most likely be sent to a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana where other federal death row inmates are being held. However, Tsarnaev will most likely spend years in captivity while the process of appeals occurs. During this time, it is also likely he might spend time in a supermax or ADX in Florence, Colorado. In this specific enclosure, prisoners go inhe was assassinated. It was an effort to integrate economic issues with the fight for civil rights, much like this struggle in the fast food industry today.” The fight is real, as families have difficulty staying alive. The people who own these prospering businesses make billions and have a plentiful supply of food, unlike their workers, who most likely work ten times harder than them. All the money donated to charities for hunger or poverty may be used to support these people, working at places like McDonalds or Burger King. The next time you pay money to get a box of fried chicken at K.F.C,

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sane. The prisoners are locked up in an isolated cell that is 7 by 12 feet with no human contact whatsoever for 23 hours. For the 1 hour that they are not locked up, they are put in a 6 by 10 foot cage where they are considered to be “outside”, if they have good behavior.  think that only 10 percent of the people like the ones who served you get a livable wage, and that most of the money coming out of your pockets go to the corporate monsters using your cash to buy a bigger house or something not pivotal to living, needed by hardworking fast food workers. As possibly the start to something much bigger, Los Angeles just signed into law that their minimum wage will reach $15 by 2020. If an employee worked full time, their year’s salary would be $31,200. This would place an family of four above the poverty line - not by much but a huge step up from $9 or $10 an hour. 


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NATIONAL NEWS Pet Abandonment By Aislinn McCarran and Ella Sprague Pet abandonment is a huge problem nationwide. There are countless loving adoptable dogs put to death every year because of people over breeding them. Instead of buying your dog from a breeder, you should choose to adopt from an animal shelter. Puppy farms often treat the dogs that are unsold or imperfect, poorly. They may use methods such as killing or drowning. Many people who buy puppies later decide it is an inconvenience and get rid of them, adding yet more innocent dogs to the huge numbers already put to death. People all over the country mistreat dogs, even here. They are often times not spayed or neutered, resulting in more puppies that people can’t take care of. Different states have different ways of dealing with this cruelty. Teachers have different opinions about this subject. Many believe that animal cruelty is a unacceptable behavior. Animals should be treated with respect. Far too many animals in this world are desperate for homes, and it would be better to find them homes than to euthanize them. Some homes could really benefit from a pet. You and your pet often have a special bond that can not be broken. If you treat your pet with respect and love, it will do the same to you. If you

treat your dog the right way they will start to protect you like you protected them. Animals are very smart and can often know when they can help. Animals have rights too. Also one teacher said there should be more animal cruelty laws. Local shelters that these teachers recommended were The Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem is known for matching families with the right pet. They will adopt out cats and dogs. Another local shelter is Nevins Farm in Methuen MA. It adopts out cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, horses, and other farm animals. Another shelter is Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animal Shelter. It adopts out cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and other small animals. Others recommended shelters that adopt out dogs include Sweet Paws Rescue, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, and Southern Jewel. Please choose to adopt animals wisely. You can make an impact. By adopting you are saving one less animal from staying in the shelter.

It is unlawful for an owner or custodian of an animal: To fail to provide an animal with:  Proper food and water  Shelter or protection from the weather  Vet er inar y at t ention needed to reduce or end suffering from disease or injury  A sanitary environment To willfully abandon an animal To carry or cause an animal to be carried in or on a vehicle in a manner that endangers the animal including transport of an improperly secured animal To willfully permit an animal to be subjected to unnecessary torture, suffering or cruelty To subject, cause or procure an animal:  To be tortured or tormented  To be cruelly killed, beaten or mutilated

To fail to notify the owner or police after striking a dog or cat with a motor vehicle To use animals as lure or bait in a cruel or inhuman manner To transport an animal in the back of a motor vehicle unless animal is properly restrained In November 2004, animal cruelty, as defined in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 272, Section 77, became a felony. Until November 17th, animal cruelty had been considered a misdemeanor. Now, violations of this law may result in a sentence of up to five years in state prison, or up to 2.5 years in a county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. In addition, following a criminal conviction, the animal subjected to abuse shall be forfeited by the abuser. (Information from MSPCA Angell) 

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WORLD NEWS Ebola: Why You Shouldn’t Make A Big Deal Out Of It By Odin Randell We all know about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has caused world panic, especially in the United States. But in case you live under a rock, Ebola is a virus with a 70% fatality rate native to Africa that spreads through animals and can infect humans. Its symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach aches, and all around digestive issues. Later, you internally bleed. It’s an awful way to die. Some joke about it, some prepare for it, but others don’t care about an Ebola pandemic in the United States, and they’re right. As bad as Ebola is, and with the number of deaths recorded, only people that have recently been to West Africa should be worried about it. Out of the 10 people in the United States diagnosed with Ebola, only 2 have died, and they both recently came in from West Africa and had known they had the disease for multiple days.

There are plenty of worse diseases in Africa, like Malaria, that kills many more people, and even then there is a cure or vaccine for them. You might argue, “Ebola is very important because there is no kind of medicine to treat it!” Well if you’re a reader of MSN news online, you know that recently there has been an experimental drug that might be allowed for use near the end of the year. However, most of the reasons why the disease has spread so much in Africa is due to the lack of proper hospital equipment and ready supplies. Ebola makes people throw up and have diarrhea, which causes a huge loss of fluids. For those infected that were brought to the United States, they were able to be hooked up to saline drips that gave the body back fluids. Basic medications that reduce fevers, such as ibuprofen (Advil) was also

given to patients in the United States. Saline solution and ibuprofen are available to anyone in the United States even just at CVS, but in Africa some hospitals could not even guarantee clean water or beds, let alone saline solution or ibuprofen. There is absolutely no reason for anyone in the United States to be concerned about contracting Ebola or having Ebola spreading. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), overall in 2014 4,877 people died from Ebola. Now compare that to malaria, which in 2013 caused over 500,000 people


has a sturdy tent that can withstand any storm, some thermal blankets, groundsheets, hats and gloves, mosquito nets and a water filter to protect your family from diseases, pots and pans, and a tool kit to repair your home. Volunteers work with communities to train them in using the equipment

properly. This is a life changing box. The ShelterBox volunteers have brought boxes to Peru, Afghanistan, Turkey, Japan, Chile, North Korea, Columbia, and most recently to Nepal after the April Earthquake. I’d love to volunteer and help

By Izzy Potts Imagine a situation where you’ve lost everything, what would you need to survive? This is where these weird green colored boxes come in, called ShelterBox. In this box there is everything that a family needs to survive. It


to die! The mosquitoes that contain malaria are only in certain climates, but most of Africa is included in that climate. Malaria does not occur in the United States. The only people who get it contracted it in a country in the right climate. Malaria is much scarier! To conclude, Ebola is definitely a worthy cause to donate money for a cure, but is not a reason for Americans to panic. Even better, donate money to help Africa with their hospitals, since if they had even just the basic necessities, Ebola would not kill nearly the amount it has been. 


these families in need when I’m older. 


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WORLD NEWS ISIS By Nick DeMelo I’m sure lots of people wonder about ISIS and what this terrorist group is about. ISIS, formed in 1999 by Abu Ayyub al-Masri is called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, because their mission is to have the whole world become Islamic. ISIS is located in the middle east. Most of ISIS is in Syria. Members of ISIS used to be part of al-Qaeda (who used to be led by Osama bin Laden), but wanted more violence and for the goal to be converting everyone to Islam, and split away. Many people believe in this type of living because they believe they can express themselves to who they want to be. ISIS is targeting young women in particular to join, and is using methods like Tumblr, WhatsApp, and Twitter to gain support. According the U.S. State Department, ISIS releases

about 90,000 tweets a day. For example, two Austrian girls, both very young, left their life in Austria to be free and live with their ISIS soldier husbands. They were promised free homes and a good life. The girls wanted to fight in Syria. One of these girls has been found dead while fighting in Syria. ISIS takes many hostages from Western countries. After keeping them hostage for months, many have since been executed. Many of these executions are public and are videotaped and photographed so people around the world will see them. ISIS wants publicity and money, and to make other countries fear them. Some hostages have been released if ransoms are paid. One of the several American hostages was James Foley, who was an photojournalist who worked

Israel Provides Aid to Nepal By Ben Armour On April 25th, 2015, Nepal was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake killed more than 8,800

people and injured more than 23,000. On April 27th 2015, two planes from Israel flew into Nepal to help with

in the Middle East. He became the first American beheaded by ISIS after in captivity for two years. ISIS they showed the act on YouTube to send a “message” to the USA. The reason ISIS do all of this is for tactical reasons, like for people to be afraid of them. ISIS want to make a statement and in their minds this is not a terrorist act. They feel that people insult Islam and that they should be punished The leader of ISIS is Al Baghdadi. There is a reward of up to $10 million dollars for information that might lead to his capture or death. Why does Barack Obama call ISIS ISIL? Well the reason is because he doesn’t want to make a direct reference to Syria. ISIL means Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Levant consists of the island of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of Turkey. Barack Obama does not want to take fighting Syria

out of our minds, but wants everyone to know it is not just Iraq and Syria that we are fighting against. The terrorist group may look powerful but they are not going to last forever. The USA has came up with some solutions for the end of ISIS. Some of the solutions are to use some airstrikes. That solution may destroy part of their organization, but it will not destroy all of it. Even if we did kill and destroy some important people and places it would not matter. Syrian and Iraqi people would develop an even deeper hatred for the US and another terrorist group could start up again the consequences of this action would not be worth it. We must try to stop ISIS from a peaceful way. We should develop a better friendship with Syria and Iraq for then maybe we can stop this madness. 

cleanup efforts with 260 personnel and 95 tons of equipment. When the rescuers were looking for lost Israelis, they found two premature Israeli babies. All but one of the 2000 Israelis in Nepal were found

alive. The sole victim was Or Asraf, a 22 year old hiker. Israel also sent in clowns to entertain children at hospitals from the Dream Doctors Project as a way to ease stress. 

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WORLD NEWS Brazilian Riots By Amanda Murrizi Brazil: the tropical heat, the ravishing beaches, the culture of Carnival, and how could one ever forget the fact that the outward beauty of Brazil masks their slowly deteriorating government? Recently, the FIFA World Cup was hosted in twelve cities within Brazil despite citizen protests. The protesting began when bus fares were increased a few years ago (2013). This form of transportation is used by

many Brazilians to get to their areas of work, but many of these jobs already have low or minimum pay. Therefore, this makes several living situations extremely difficult for people, so the poor are only becoming poorer. One major protest was sparked up within Rio de Janeiro where an estimated 300,000 demonstrators swarmed into the city’s central areas. At this point, po-

Sweatshops By Mackenzie Kearney Not many people know about sweatshops, and those who do wish that they didn’t. According to the United States Government, a sweatshop is a factory that violates two or more labor laws, therefore making it illegal. In 2000, more than 11,000 sweatshops in the US violated the minimum wage and overtime laws, while over 16,000 had broken health and safety laws. Because sweatshops are against the law, people who run the sweatshops, are doing their best to hide them and ignore the fact that they are breaking the law. Not only are sweatshop owners breaking the law of labor, but they are breaking the law that states that no child un-

der the age of fourteen may be employed, children ages fourteen to sixteen can work in allowed occupations for limited hours. In sweatshops worldwide, 250 million children ages five to 14 are forced to work in poor working conditions, paid unfair wages, and work unreasonable hours. America has stronger labor laws than most undeveloped countries, and is still not free of sweatshops, for many slip under the US Department of Labor’s radar. At sweatshops, people make products such as shoes, clothing, rugs, coffee, chocolate, and toys. The workers have such a low salary, that some receive pay even lower than what the

lice took action by firing rubber bullets and tear gas towards the crowds. Both sides of the argument were injured mentally and physically, for an 18 year old protester was murdered while a policeman had to be carried away by his colleagues due to his injuries. In addition to hosting the World Cup, Brazil will be hosting the 2016 Olympics. To the sweet innocence of

the world beyond Brazil, this would make the country seem strong with a stable economy. However, the following quote suits the situation well, “All that glitters is not gold,” (William Shakespeare). 

tooth fairy would give you for a tooth. In Bangladesh workers get paid 13¢, in China they are paid 44¢, in Costa Rica, $2.38, in the Dominican Republic, $1.62, in El Salvador, $1.38, in Haiti, 49 ¢, in Honduras, $1.31, in Indonesia, 34 ¢, in Nicaragua, 76¢, in Vietnam, 26 ¢, and in America, some people work for as little as 1 US cent per hour, and they often work more than 100 hours per week. That means that in America, sweatshop workers work 59.5% of the week; more than half their week. Women sewing NBA jerseys make 24 cents per garment that will eventually sell for $140. Slavery has been going for many thousands of years from the Mesopotamians in 6,800 B.C., to the Egyptians in 2,500 B.C., all the way to

now. Many people believed that after all of the slaves were set free from the USA and the laws against slavery were founded by Abraham Lincoln and that there are no slaves remaining, but there are still forms of slavery in this country!. These slaves are in the form of abused workers kids, men, and women. Men and women alike are subjected to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse in factories from their managers and supervisors. They are sometimes trapped in the factory and forced to work overnight or across multiple shifts. Because women make up 85 to 90% of sweatshop workers, employers force them to take birth control and routine pregnancy tests to avoid supporting maternity leave or providing appropriate health benefits. 

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WORLD NEWS Never Again? The Holocausts By Ben Townsend The Nazi Holocaust is often considered the greatest tragedy in human history. From 1933 to 1945, a total of 12 years, the Nazis systematically exterminated cultures and ethnicities that were considered a threat to German civilization, or those who were simply considered below them. Such groups included gypsies, homosexuals, communists, and most notably, the Jews. To Hitler and the Nazis, the Jews represented the worst of humanity. They were seen as too inferior to have even the most basic of human rights, such as any happiness or life itself. Over the course of the Holocaust, around six million Jews were massacred at the notorious concentration camps. Those who were able-bodied and not immediately killed were forced to do slave labor, but were eventually killed either way via gas chambers, gun shots, disease, and a variety of other horrific methods. In 1945 after the concentration camps had been liberated by Allied forces, anyone with a sense of morality shed tears for those killed, and through their tears they spoke the words “Never again!” The memory of the Nazi Holocaust has remained in the minds of everyone, and it is often stated that remem-

brance is the key to preventing repetition. Yet, just a mere thirty years later, the events of the Holocaust, still fresh in the minds of the world, did not deter Pol Pot of Cambodia. In 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, ended the lives of an estimated one and a half to three million Cambodians, in an event referred to as the Cambodian Genocide. With the intention of creating a form of agrarian socialism, the Khmer Rouge had no tolerance for any opposition. Those who tried to resist were forcefully relocated, did slave labor, and inevitably were executed in areas specially selected for murder, known as The Killing Fields. The Khmer Rouge, like the Nazis, had no remorse for their actions as men, women, and children were killed. After the Cambodian Genocide was ended due to a Vietnamese invasion, one Khmer Rouge leader stated, “It was for the purification of the populace.” After the killing fields had been revealed, the world once again spoke, “Never again!” The horrific events of both mass killings can never be erased, and perhaps justice can never truly be established for the victims, but the continuation of such events is a tragedy greater

than any brought by the Nazis or Khmer Rouge. The Rwandan Genocide was a one hundred day period from April 7th to midJuly 1994, in which the Tutsi, the minority population of Rwanda, were ruthlessly slaughtered by the Hutu, the majority with almost complete government control of the country. Five hundred thousand to one million Tutsi were killed by the Hutu. Although this death count may seem relatively low in comparison to past events, it was achieved in only one hundred short days. The death toll is definitely not the only terrible aspect, rather the procedure of it is what makes the Rwandan Genocide arguably more horrific than the other ones. Everything was planned by politically elite members called the Akazu. Once their plan was put into effect, soldiers, police, and militia groups pressured Hutu civilians into massacring the Tutsi for them. They were forced to arm themselves with knives, machetes, clubs, and other scavengable weapons to kill any Tutsi or people caught assisting them. Mothers killed children, men killed best friends, neighbors of the Tutsi would walk across the street to murder them. Death

stalked the lands, and as expected, in the aftermath an inconsolable world shouted, “Never again!” ISIS recently executed four hundred people in the ancient town of Palmyra, many of whom were government and hospital employees accused of disobeying them. They were beheaded and their bodies were mutilated. With only four hundred dead it can hardly be compared to the other genocides, but in time it could manage to overcome the events of its predecessors. Therefore the question remains, is it too soon, or just the right time to not speak, but ask, “Never again?” It has been approximately seventy years since the end of the Nazi Holocaust. Since then survivors of it continue to spread word of its events, schools teach students of the horrors, museums and memorials have been dedicated to the honor of those killed. All of these actions have been done with the intention of keeping the memory of it alive, in order to prevent it from happening again. With the history of the Holocaust constantly being taught, each generation since its termination has had the privilege of saying, “I’m happy I live in a world after the Holocaust.” While technically this is true, each generation has lived with at least one of what could be called “The Holocaust”. 

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Opinion A Library without a Librarian: My Opinion By Elsie Ronin Our library is full of amazing, popular books, but there is no librarian to help us take books out. Students in all grades have been complaining about not having access to the library’s books for school work and just plain entertainment. Many students from the Swampscott Middle School live far from the town’s public library and are not able to walk or get a ride from a parent because of conflicts. This leads to having lots of stress during projects, re-

ports, or quizzes. You can now get books on kindles or similar devices, but this can be expensive to buy or rent. I don’t like that the town is planning on building a brand new elementary school, but the Middle School can’t even get a librarian! When you walk into the library all you see is boxes over boxes and books all over the place. The library is only used for storage now. I mean we are talking about the place where many people found out that

their imagination is infinite and SMS is treating their library like a basement. You can’t even take out a book! Now it’s become a computer lab and a laptop storage, we are beginning to replace books with electronics! This place is a historical palace where you can do anything and think anything; every single book on the shelf someone has thrown their own life into, and now we are abusing it. All around Massachusetts people in


teacher drones on for the entire class without ever involving their students, they lose the students’ attention and practically put them to sleep. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a teacher expands on directions that could easily be 5 to 10 minutes but they make it 45 minutes. Or they teach you something so irrelevant to the present that your parents don’t even know what they are talking about. The majority, if not all students,

prefer a teacher that engages the students by bringing them into the conversation by talking about material that interests the students. If a student struggles in a certain class, they typically dread it, because they feel lower than the rest of the class, as if they shouldn’t be there. If a teacher sees a child struggle, or even ask questions, they should answer it no matter how simple of a question. One doesn’t know how nervous the

By Lila Caplan There are some classes that students in this school look forward to, while other classes seem to be dreaded. Everyone always questions these forlorn classes, “Why not change the curriculum?” or “Why not get a new and engaging teacher?” Why are some of these classes dreaded? It could be the teachers, for example, if a

schools are cutting their librarians. Our principals have been trying to get volunteers to be the librarian afterschool one day a week, but this does not solve our problems! We need a librarian everyday, and the volunteers are only on Wednesdays after school but many students are unable to stay after school. This is a “step in the right direction” but hopefully not what we settle for. Next year we will be getting a librarian though, unfortunately this will not help people this year very much.

student is to ask a question, maybe it has taken all year to raise their hand and ask/ answer a question. It makes a student feel dumb if they get shut down for asking a question. So back to the main question… why do students dread certain classes? This answer is different from student to student, however, it all seems from a student’s perspective to stem from the teacher and the way they present their topics. 


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Opinion Cliques By Lila Caplan Populars: Why do people want to be it so desperately, yet when one is asked to describe it, it’s all negative. Sometimes associated as a jock. Nerds: Viewed as a negative, why? Why is it a bad thing to be smart and enjoy learning. To be honest, we should all aspire to be a “nerd”. Sometimes associated with being a gamer and/or outcast. Jocks: Supposedly ‘stupid’, yet extremely athletic. Why can’t one be both athletic and smart? Sometimes associated as popular. Gamers: So someone has a hobby, why make them feel down upon it? And typically associated as a nerd and/or outcast.

***** If we are all intertwined with these so called labels, why do we look down upon some and praise others. Why are most people only friends with the kids in their “group”? Why not with everyone else? All these are questions that may never be answered, but we can try to answer them; if one answers these near impossible questions, they will hold the power to fix our society. In reality, even though the majority of society wants to say they don’t judge, everyone does, and no one really is able to change this. Someone once asked me, ‘what is the danger of letting a group define you’? If you only stay with your so called ‘group’, and never hung out with anyone else, how is that

harming you? If one only hangs out with their clique, they isolate themselves from the rest of the world, they could miss out on unbelievable opportunities and meeting incredible people. If you are so called “popular” in middle school, so you never hang out with anyone other than your friends, when you are older you may not have any friends because the people you once called your friends left you for other people. Why can’t one be friends with multiple people in multiple groups? Some people make a pros and cons list for situations sometimes similar to this, but that won’t work for this, there are no pros for this, one should never let a group define who they are. Being

in a clique may not have a huge impact on you as a child, but when you are an adult it impacts you dramatically. If you only subjected yourself to the jocks, when you are older, the people that impacted you throughout your childhood would only impact the jock part of you. When you are older, by then, you realize the stupidity of the separation between groups, and you start to mingle with other people outside of your friend group. If you look at it, we are all connected, whether you like that idea or not, it’s a fact. A jock could be a gamer, or a popular kid could be nerd. We are all connected, so why do we judge? 

Black Lives Matter By Mary Alice Brennan, Elizabeth Delia, Mackenzie Kerney, and Ava Landen Ways You Can Help Fight Against Racism And Police Brutality: There is a fund revolving around stopping police abuse called ACLU. You can donate to ACLU or go to to help. There are many things you can do on your own as well as donating. One way you can help is by spreading the

word about what has happened. People need to know that racism is still happening constantly. If you are serious about helping, go to http:// to get some advice. When you see someone getting picked on based on their race, religion, or family background, don’t just stand there: Do something! Tell

that person to knock it off or break up the fight. Do not be a bystander! No matter what age, no matter where you live, or what color your skin is you can change the world. All lives matter, and remember that the next time you see someone who looks outlandish, or not like your typical kid. Invite them over to sit with

your table at lunch; who knows, they might become your new best friend. By doing this, step by step you are helping the world shape into a more livable place to live in, a place where everyone is treated equally. Watch John Legend and Common tell us all in “Glory”. v=HUZOKvYcx_o 

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Opinion Saturday Night Live: What Happened? By Harry Katz Parody has been around for a long time, starting with the ancient Greeks and continuing up to now. It’s become clear that we very much enjoy mocking our own and other’s cultures. And that’s what SNL is, it’s essentially the biggest parody there is nowadays, mocking everything from politics to trends. I’m still excited for its future, don’t get me wrong, but the show very different from what it used to be though and that’s

the point that I want to address. For example, let’s compare and contrast two skits; one from 1975 and one from the show’s newest season. In general, in the older skit, dialogue and delivery seem to count much more than costumes and setpieces. The newer skit, however, seems to revolve almost exclusively around costumes, masturbation jokes, and nostalgia. But when you compare it to the older skit,

The Last Generation By Meredith Lutter The world has evolved in many ways since the dawn of time. Inventions and creations over the centuries have done both good and bad. The parents and/or adults of the last generation are a good demonstration of this. Our parents have big influences on all aspects of our life. I would first like to touch on the good aspects. Technology and communications are must have in this era. Artificial intelligence has

taken a big leap in the past decade. Thanks to the last generation, we have multiple examples and means of communication. The cons do overwhelm this though. These adults put a large amount of pressure on us today and for the future to fix the negatives they have also created. We are the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of the next generation but we may not be able to achieve their successes with the ecological burdens that our par-

which was willing to use every racial term in the book just to prove a point, it doesn’t feel the same. As almost anyone will tell you, when SNL first came on it was edgy; it challenged stereotypes, didn’t shy away from making fun of the public opinion, and was willing to take a risk. But now, it feels like the show has just sunk into this state of social motionlessness. Each episode feels like a few pop culture references

ents have put on us. They are pumping various gases into the atmosphere. Then denying that it is hurting our earth even though it has been proven that it is. OUR OWN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON’T KNOW HOW CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS W I N T ER A N D I T S STORMS. You are taught how storm form at a very young age. Warm air interacts with cold air and makes a storm. Global warming affects this because if there is more warm air to interact with cold air, more winter storms occur.

here, a couple of good jokes there, and every once in a while a shining moment for the show. I suppose the point I’m trying to make is it isn’t, for better or worse, the same show it was. It doesn’t challenge stereotypes anymore; it relies on them, and I believe the show suffers as a result of it. In the end, it comes down to personal opinion, but I believe almost anyone would agree that SNL is nowadays a truly different show than it was when it aired. 

A Senator from Oklahoma, Jim Inhofe, brought a snowball into congress to prove that global warming was a “hoax” because it was cold enough outside for it to snow, even though he kept hearing that 2014 was the warmest year on record. If our own government leaders don’t have an understanding of the world and it’s atmosphere and how it works than they should either learn or leave. Now the ball is in our court to fix a broken economy and environment. Thanks adults. 


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Opinion The Death Penalty By Odin Randell America is a great place to live. We have some of the best education, events, and freedoms, one of which is freedom of speech. Today I am going to take advantage of this freedom, and talk about the death penalty. In the United States, you have to do something extremely terrible to get the death penalty, and even then some states don’t allow it. Frankly, I believe the death penalty should be used more often, especially with more people doing terrible things. What are the arguments against it? 1: The person might be innocent.

2: Doesn’t stop others from murdering people. 3: We as other people shouldn’t decide who lives and dies, as well as that if we did sentence someone to die, we are no better than they are . 4: The cost to put someone to death is more expensive than keeping them in jail. My response to the first statement is that yes, the person might be innocent. That is why there should still be a limit to using the death penalty. If enough evidence against them exist and their crime involved 3 or more murders, whether a mental disorder or just plain emo-

tion caused it, they should be put down. To answer the second statement, it will certainly keep the person who killed others from doing so again. And even though I don’t have to pay taxes yet, why should our tax money go towards keeping those criminals alive? No one is going to pay me to eat, sleep, and exercise, and I’ve never killed anyone. The third argument is very poorly thought. Not just because it says we can’t decide others’ fate even though it’s our natural responsibility to look out for the health and protection of other people, and if that means making sure a killer is put down we should do it, but because someone

Religion? True or False By Mary Alice Brennan, Elizabeth Delia, and Ella Sprague Religion. Many people devote their lives to this simple word. But, to many, the definition of this word is far from elementary. Religion can also be a coping mechanism, for example, believing in life after death. Many people’s doctrines are that when one is lost, they will see that soul again, but instead of on earth, in heaven. This comfort creeps into people's lives, thinking that when someone dies, they are not dead forever. Many people do not like the word “unknown”, so they find an answer to this. Relig-

ion is just as much life as it is death. Some people are categorized by their religion. Jews, Catholics, and Muslims are all examples of different practices. People should not be looked at as “Catholic”, but rather known for the person they are, and not their religion. Religion was made to shape people into better souls, because they live to impress “God”. One follows these rules to make one person happy, without thinking about how many people are affected positively. We believe that we should be kind

out of the goodness in our hearts, not just to impress “God”. Religion can also been seen as a way to wash off all the burden and pressure felt in reality. People, in a way, are relying on someone else to change the world, rather than getting up and changing it themselves. This is where prayers come in. This perspective is proven strong in tough times when people pray for forgiveness or help along the way. They rely on “God” to give them the strength they need to live; life is hard, so after praying,

wanted to sound poetic and say if we kill the killer, we are no better than they are. We are much better! We got rid of a criminal who is responsible for numerous deaths! We aren’t going around killing innocent people because we felt like it! Finally, the cost of sentencing death. The cost of someone on death row is extremely high due to the years of appeals that take place trying to get them off of death row. This also adds years and sometimes decades to their time on death row while they wait for new trials. Thanks to the web series “A Dose of Buckley” for the ideas and inspiration. 

people think that everything is OK, especially after death. Humans like to know all the answers, so death is hard, since we do not know much about how it feels, or what it is like. Nobody can physically come back and tell us what death feels like. People hold these beliefs close, using only hope to overcome tragedy. No one can prove what happens after death, but we can only hope. Hope that “God” will answer their prayers, and hope for life to turn around and be better. Hope is the true meaning of religion. 

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Opinion Our Congress By Odin Randell the main purpose of Congress and with the economy as well as the environment getting more absurd there needs to be more ground rules. Next, they are very disliked. 10% of Americans are satisfied with Congress’s work, which is now the record all time low. Also, they delayed our economic recovery May through August of 2014. The Republicans are to blame for this, and they decreased the job openings

skip a bunch of other problems so our last reason why this Congress is the worst in history is because they have failed to solve problems and instead created new ones. The best example of this is when they tried to lift the debt ceiling (which limits the amount of money a government may borrow) and not only didn’t solve that, but because they failed to solve that they cut trillions of dollars that damaged our slowly improving economy.

make them look skinny. Most kids don’t worry about their weight. Those kids mostly worry about their friends that throw up after eating a meal or are starving themselves. Some parents even tell their kids they’re fat. The parents that tell their children that they’re fat scare children into thinking that they are morbidly obese or something.

It scares children and it needs to stop. If you know someone who goes on crazy diet, starves themselves, or throws up after a meal please tell them and warn them of the harm it can do to their body. Going on these diets can cause addiction, intense weight loss, and even death. Help me stop this problem. 

Source: Washington Post, “14 Reasons our Congress is the Worst” 

8th Grade precepts inspired by Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Across my articles, you will find many political rants. By my title, you know I’m now going to dissect our current Congress, and explain why it is the absolute worst in the history of the United States. For all who are unaware of the role of Congress, allow me to explain. Congress votes on bills the President wishes to become acts or laws. So with that in mind, the first reason is that it’s not passing any laws. This is critical, as it is

to a little over 100,000 during this time. That may seem like a big number, but when it comes to unemployment it isn’t. Even though I don’t fully understand it, the most funny one to me is how they lost our credit rating (the estimate of the ability to fulfill their financial commitments based on previous) for the first time in history. This is so funny because they said they did this because they can’t trust our government to not crash and cripple the global economy for no good reason. I’m going to cut this short and

Dieting Problems By Morgan Hill It has come to my attention that kids are having dieting issues. Some kids don’t eat lunch because they’re afraid of what the food is going to do to their body. Some kids are anorexic (eat too little), some kids are even bulimic

(making themselves throw up after eating). Children these days are too caught up in their weight and looks that they will do anything to stay the way they look. People that I know are going on diets, not eating, and wearing clothes that


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TRAVEL GUIDE Diagon Alley By Zack Hankins Universal Orlando expanded their park for Harry Potter fans July 8, 2014, which has made fans very excited. They added Diagon Alley, which is a huge shop center for wizards. Diagon Alley has shops for the young and for the old, boring shops and fun shops, food shops and toy shops. Diagon Alley has any kind of shop for wizards out there. My personal favorite shop is Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes because it is a joke and prank shop, and I love jokes and pranks. Escape from Gringotts In the movies/books of Harry Potter, Gringotts is a huge wizarding bank to store gold, money, and treasures. It is said to be impossible for a human to break in successfully because the locks on the vaults require

keys only goblins have access to. Universal Studios decided to make a ride based on Gringotts. On the outside it looks like a big white building with a dragon on top that breathes fire every 10 minutes. The simulator ride is based on a scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Famous Diagon Alley Shops You can choose any character wand from Harry Potter to Nymphadora Tonks at Olivander’s. You can also choose Olivander original wands, which are wands that do not belong to a character, that is if you don’t think of yourself as a character. You can buy and play a practical joke on a friend or family member at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. You can find robes of all sizes and all

The New Face of Disney By Ian Jaffe Everybody knows that Disney World is one of the most visited places on Earth for families. If one goes there, they remember the rusty crank of the turnstiles while entering the park and collecting fastpasses an hour before they get on the rides so they can actually get on one without standing in a line for hours. Now, all of

that is gone thanks to the Disney’s My Magic Experience. It covers your entire vacation in a single wristband and an app. You can access your room, get into the park, pay for meals, get and reserve fastpasses, and pay for anything. You can make dinner reservations, plan on what park you are going to, and view your


houses at Madam Malkin’s Robe Shop. You can bring home any magical creature from Magical Menagerie or Search for supplies at Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment. Customers gather all your gaming gear at Quality Wizard Supplies. The Leaky Cauldron In the books the Leaky Cauldron was the hotel and pub you could stay at. Here, you could enjoy a nice meal for breakfast, lunch, or din-

ner and you can drink a delicious glass of pumpkin juice or butterbeer and have a nice pancake or bangers and mash. It is a white room with dark wood strips along the edges of the walls. It has high slanted ceilings and fake candles that hang from the ceiling light up the restaurant. It also has wooden tables throughout it. just like the movies. Diagon Alley is a great place and I highly recommend you go! 

check in/ check out for free using points. times for your hotel The disadvantage of on the app. this system is that The Magic Band you cannot reserve has been showing up more than three faston commercials, passes per person computer ads, and per day, and each Photo: radio stations. Disfastpass has to be at ney has already made a for- the same park each day. Betune from the bands, and is fore, you could just reserve making more money right as many fast passes as you now. Also, you get a dis- would like from the fastpass count on the bands if you ticket machine in front of are a part of the Disney Va- the ride, but they would all cation Club, a club that lets have to be from different you stay free at select hotels rides. 


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Arts and 2015: Dawn of Trailers and 2016: The Year of Awesome Movies By Aidan Bonner In 2015 and 2016 the movie theaters will be filled until people are on the floors. This year's movie trailers have been a public craze. From Ant Man to Star Wars, from Avengers to Inside Out, the land is filled with

awesome trailers. The most hyped trailers being Batman vs Superman and Star Wars Episode 7. With the success of Avengers: Age of Ultron, most of the other movies may need time to get on their feet to get more atten-

tion from viewers. The different movies of next year are looking promising. Trailers such as Batman vs Superman seems to be the beginning of the long road to the Justice League being a movie. Ant Man is finally

coming to screens and so is Black Panther. Other movies coming include X-Men: Apocalypse and an adaptation of popular video game Five Nights At Freddy’s. 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day By Aislinn McCarran school and he gets detention. But one day this all changes when he makes a wish on his birthday cake that he wants his family to experience a day like his. It all starts with his parents and siblings sleeping in too late. Alexander’s sister Emily wakes up with a cold

Avengers: Age of Ultron review By Joel Vered After the historic success of it's predecessor, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, all return to a funnier, more entertaining, bigger budgeted, more thrilling, superhero adventure. I honestly believe this movie wasn't better than the last one. It probably won't be as successful as the first "Avengers", but I predict this movie will make about a billion, and achieve a spot on the 15 highest grossing films list.

It takes place after the events of last entries, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." starts with a Bond-esque opening, a stunningly shot action sequence, that perfectly adds all the heroes in one battle, fighting baddies with their epic super powers. It's a sequence that I got a heart attack just looking at it. I went in on the midnight premiere in IMAX 3D, and it absolutely was fantastic. Anyway, blah blah blah, the titular sentient robot wants to kill the human race, because it feels we'd be better off, and our heroes must

when she needs to perform a big part in a play that day! His brother Anthony wakes up with a giant zit on his forehead and has prom that night! Their bad day gets even worse . But in the end they all learn that having bad days makes having good days even better ! Photo:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a great movie. It is about this boy named Alexander who has a bad day every day. For example, Alexander gets gum stuck in his hair and has to cut it off. Then starts a fire on his crush’s notebook in

fight it. But along the way, their friendships are tested, and their team becomes more than just a business agreement. The performances from the top-billed players are, dare I say, fantastic, and show a marked improvement as actors. I

Watch this awesome movie to see how their Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day turns out. This movie was made from the book called Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst. If you like this book you will love this movie!  honestly saw them as real people, and I usually don't in superhero movies. As I said, I saw this opening night in IMAX 3D, and actually it's the best 3D, I've ever seen since "Gr avity". Everything popped out from the screen to my eye, and it really felt as if I was personally there. It was complemented by the movie’s AMAZING visual effects. When it was said it was a big budget blockbuster, they weren't kidding. The visuals are treated fantastic location shooting in South Africa, Italy, England, Spain, among others. I didn't at all expect to love it as much as I did. It gets a NINE out of ten. 

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Entertainment Interstellar

Mean Girls Review

By Joel Vered

By Rebecca Mitlin

Interstellar is the greatest movie of the year, and dare I say one of the greatest movies of all time. Carefully directed on a budget of $165 million, the movies has, pardon the pun, stellar performances, the best visual effects ever achieved in filmmaking. They brilliantly blend practical effects with sparing CGI, served with gloomy cinematography. It has a beautiful and touching story of humanity. Interstellar is set in an unspecified future where we're running out of food, NASA send a astronaut, played by Matthew McConaughey, and a couple other through a wormhole to travel beyond our galaxy and find asylum for humanity. One of my email correspondents said it best "It was so smartly well done, and scientific, and human." The performances were not just believable; they owned the world they were created in. Critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, gave the best direction of the year. Not only did he create the best visual effects in the history of filmmaking, but he gave one the best direction of a motion picture of the past 10 years. I praise Christopher Nolan on the fact the he used CGI as a final alternative, and if

Mean Girls is an amazing movie. It is a comedy that’s actually really funny, and easy to relate to. Although it is exaggerated, it still shows in a very accurate context, what student life is like with all the cliques and groups that naturally form in those years of school. Mean Girls came out a little over ten years ago, and people are still laughing over it, watching it, and enjoying it. Mean Girls is one of my favorite movies of all time. Photo:

must, he incorporated it with practical effects and location shooting. Many people will think differently about Interstellar. Some people will say it looks incredible but it's too boring. Others will think the movie was trying too hard to be artsy and didn't work. Some say they're are plot holes and convinces. I personally didn't notice any plot holes until I read reviews, detailing them. I was never bothered by them, and I think we should not complain about the small things we didn't like and look at the bigger picture. I think for the patient and open-minded, you will be blown-away. Interstellar is one of my favorite movies of the past 10-15 years, because it is UNBELIEVABLE 

Mean Girls is about a girl who was homeschooled her whole life, but then her parents send her to a regular public high school. She is adjusting to the new school, and school life. She makes some new friends at the school, but then she becomes “friends” with some of the “popular kids”. In reality however, she has a plan to take them down. I don’t want to spoil anything else about the movie for those who haven’t watched it, but I highly recommend it for anybody. 

MI 5: Rogue Nation By Nick DeMelo As you may know another Mission Impossible movie is coming out soon; there are 5 Mission Impossible movies! Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation is set to come out on July 31, 2015 in the U.S.A. Some of the main characters are Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg. This movie has some huge stars and is going to most likely to be a huge hit. This movie is directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Since the IMF is done, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is out with himself and his former teammates. The world is threatened by a group called the Syndicate.

They threaten the world with terrorist attacks. Ethan Hunt joins with a former British agent Ilsa Faust to fight this group. This will be the hardest mission yet! I guess you’ll have to watch it to find out what happens!



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Arts and Dr. Who at 51 Years By Aidan Bonner The British sci-fi series has been going for over 50 years now and the most recent Doctor, Matt Smith has left the role to “Who” super-fan Peter Capeldi. Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi television series of all time. The Doctor is a very smart alien that is on the run from the Time Lords.

The show started in 1963 showing two school teachers watching a strange student of theirs named Susan walk home. When they see her grandfather (The Doctor) come to his home. He walks into a police box then the adventure begins. His blue box is the TARDIS. TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimension in


Space. This box is bigger on the inside or smaller on the outside than it appears.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic By Ronin Buckley Hello! I’m Ronin and today we will talk about My little pony Friendship is magic. Or for short terms MLP:FIM. This show was targeted at younger audiences but many others started to watch. Male viewers are known as “Bronies” and female viewers are called pegasisters. This show

is about a group of friends who solve their problems using the power of friendship. Speaking of which, lets meet the ponies. First is Pinkie Pie. She works and lives at sugar cube corner and she loves parties! Second is Rainbow Dash. This Pegasus is a weather

pony which means she moves clouds through the sky and m anipulates weather. She can fly so fast she breaks the sound barrier. When she does she makes a sonic rainboom. Third is Fluttershy. She is also a Pegasus and she LOVES animals. Her favorite pet is her bunny, Angel.

His tools are the sonic screwdriver and psychic paper. The sonic screwdriver can unlock doors, hack computers, and countless other things but be aware: it doesn’t work on wood. The psychic paper makes people see what you want them to see. Each Doctor has brought their own thing to the show. Watch Doctor Who on BBC America at 9:00 pm on Saturdays. 

Although she is very shy. Fourth is Rarity. She is a unicorn who works at a dress shop and she loves anything shiny. Fifth is Apple Jack. She works in a farm and obviously by her name she loves apple juice, apple pie and, apples. Sixth is Twilight Sparkle. She is an Alicorn (a unicorn, pony and, Pegasus combined) She is the princess of friendship.

Top 10 Movies to Watch With Kids By Izzy Potts Here are my suggestions for the Top 10 movies you should watch with kids. All of these movies are very family friendly. Some of these have been remade, but you should definitely watch the originals. If there are any on this list that you have not seen, I highly suggest you watch them!

10. The Sound of Music [1965] 9. Star Wars [1977] 8. The Black Stallion [1979] 7. The Muppet Movie [1979]

6. March of the Penguins [2005]

3. My Neighbor Tortoro [1988]

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1937]

2. Toy Story [1995]

4. The Red Balloon [1956]

1. The Wizard of Oz! [1939]

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Entertainment June 12 - Jurassic World June 19 - Inside Out June 26 - Max July 1 - Terminator: Genisys July 10 - Minions

July 17 - Ant-Man July 24 - Pixels July 24 - Paper Towns July 29 - Vacation July 31 - MI: Rogue Nation

Robin Williams: Genius at Work By Aidan Bonner As you may know, the comedic genius, Robin Williams, passed away on August 8, 2014. This actor made his first major appearance in the show “Mork and Mindy” as an alien Mork who travels to Earth to see how humans work. In 1980 he played the sailor Popeye in the motion picture. In 1991 he played another childhood favorite: Peter Pan in the movie “Hook” we see a grown up Peter Pan who is now a responsible adult with 2 kids. In 1992 he voiced Aladdin’s

genie: Genie who grants Aladdin 3 wishes. In 1993 he played Daniel Hillard who wants more time with his kids so he poses as a housekeeper named Mrs. Doubtfire. In 1996 Robin played a boy named Jack who’s body ages faster than he does. In 1997 in “Good Will Hunting” he played a janitor helping a boy find direction in life. Also in 1997 he plays a scientist that discovers “Flubber”, a super bouncy rubber-like substance. In 2002 he plays a man at

The Artist Review By Joel Vered The Artist is a fascinating look into a long dead art form. Released in the fall of 2011, this French silent romantic-comedy film would make almost 9 times its budget and won 5 Academy Awards, including best picture, director, and actor. It's the first film since 1960's "The Apartment", that a best picture winner was 100% shot in black and white, and the second silent film to win those same honor's, after the first best picture winner "Wings".

In simplest form, The Artist is about the romantic relationship between two famous silent film stars, played by Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, respectively, and how they must adapt to the new age of talkies after silent films lose popularity. For two characters who never (or only talk once) speak, they have fantastic chemistry. It's depressing, dramatic, and heartwarming, all at the same time. And because of that, Dujardin became the first French man

August 7 - Fantastic Four August 7 - Shaun the Sheep August 14 - Underdogs August 21 - American Ultra

a “One hour photo” booth that becomes obsessed with a suburban family. Kind of creepy. In 2006, 2009, and 2014 he plays Teddy Roosevelt. Well a wax statue of Teddy. In “Night at the Mu-

seum” “Night the Museum; Battle of the Smithsonian” and “Night at the Museum; secret of the tomb” he plays a statue of Teddy and helps a night watchmen at night when the statues come to life. He is portrayed in those roles in the Jeff V i c t or ’s art. Let his memory live on in t h e s e iconic movies!

to win 'best actor'. The acting reminded me of why silent films were so magical, and why I loved Chaplin shorts, Buster Keaton, and "Metropolis". Since I watched this movie on 13 hour plane ride, I was able to understand what happened, even without hearing what was going on. The cinematography is absolutely great. It looks crisp as an apple, but maintains the "classic" feel. I mean, the whole movie feels like a 1940's matinee, and you came in in time to see the best part. You can tell t hat dir ect or M ichel

Hazanavicius is a big fan of silent movies. Most other directors would use it as a cheap gimmick; he used it as story-telling technique. It feels authentic, and something I would run into to. The score is absolutely fantastic and catchy, and I look forward to listen to it on iTunes. I actually didn't have any problems, but I'm reserving the top score. I have to admit, "Hugo" was favorite best picture nominated film that year. But on it's own, The Artist is an EXCELLENT movie. 


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Arts and The New Alternative By Lori Kholomyansky Hozier has been in our views for most of this year, his hit song “Take Me To Church” was at the top of the charts in multiple countries all over the world. His talents started in his musical family, his father was a blues musician, in Bray county Wicklow, Ireland. He planned to study music in Trinity College but quit mid-way when his band Anuna went international. In these last couple of years, he

has signed on Universal music as a solo artist and released his EP From Eden with them. September and October of last year was when Hozier really became known to the public. Radios and talk shows went crazy over “Take Me To Church”. It’s meaning was better explained in the music video for the song, the truly honest and brave video depicted the life of a gay man and the persecution

ing able to play piano, guitar, and bass. His haunting but alluring lyrics have enraptured us, his voice has a p ur e l y u ni qu e sound and feel to it, and his live performances don’t disappoint. Hozier songs Photo: are a mix of alternative, he faces to be with the one rock, blues, and indie. I he loves. highly recommend this artist People were pleasantly and his songs, he is somesurprised by the talent that thing to look for in the near Hozier possessed musically, future.  from his songwriting to be-

Twenty One Pilots: The Classic Storytellers By Lori Kholomyansky Twenty One Pilots has created a legacy with their fans; their songs have helped many through the hardest parts of their lives with personal stories and inspiring lyrics that are entwined into their music. This band started with high school friends Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun in 2009. Their first gigs were in their hometown of Columbus Ohio and when they took off, their fanbase was originally mostly in the Mid West. They began to gain more fame after uploading

some of their songs to SoundCloud, a humble beginning that caught the attention of Fueled by Ramen, a music company that signed Twenty One Pilots. These friends have created a completely different style of music, a kind of poetry slam to music. Tyler and Josh even admit to writing


their lyrics as poems before writing the music. These lyrics talk about the most horrific parts of life, depression and suicide, but offers a deeper and positive spin on them.

Some memorable songs include Car Radio and Kitchen Sink. I really love this band because not only can you dance to their music, you can also just listen to the lyrics. This is something that can’t be said about many of the songs on the radio. That is what makes this band so unique, they have remain purely focused on the quality of their music instead of being corrupted by money or fame. I and the other fans of Twenty One Pilots continue to appreciate their dedication and talent, and hope that the legacy will continue.

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Entertainment The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan By Ella Sprague god half human, also known as demi-gods. They are a part of a prophecy that leads them on an amazing adventure to save Hera and all demigods before the deadline of the summer solstice. This book is full of action and adventure and if you want to find out who Piper, Leo, and Jason’s Greek god parents are then you will just have to wait to read the book. If you Photo: have an interest in Greek mythology than this is a

8th Grade precepts inspired by Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Jason suddenly wakes up on a school bus unable to remember anything. Leo is apparently his best friend and Piper is his girlfriend. He learns he goes to The Wilderness School which is for misbehaved kids. When they go on a field trip to The Grand Canyon everything seems to be going wrong and are attacked out of no where. They are evacuated to Camp Half Blood and find out that they are half

great book for you. You can learn about many major Greek Gods and their purposes. This book also is about friendship and how you need to trust each other and work as a team. I would recommend this book for ages 10 and older. Rick Riordan is a great author who writes other children books like the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus series, and many other great books. 

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan The Third installment of The Kane Chronicles will blow your mind away. Carter and Sadie are facing a potential end to the Egyptians. The chaos god Apophis is ready to rain terror down on the world.

In order for the duo to stop Apophis they have to trust a ghost that has caused problems in the past. Will Carter and Sadie stop Apophis? Read The Serpent’s Shadow to find out. This

action packed, sad, mysterious, and suspense-filled book will keep your eyes glued to its pages. People from ages 9-15 should read this book. I rate it 5 stars.


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L33T GAM3R The Evolution of Gaming By Maanik George Gaming has changed dramatically over the past 70 years. The first patented gaming device was the Cathode ray tube amusement device. It was made in 1947, patented in 1948 but was never sold in stores. The objective of the game was to shoot down planes by moving a dot around the screen. By 1960 MIT was one of the premiere centers of computer research in the world. They made the first widely available and influential computer game called Spacewar!. By 1971, parts as good as the parts used to make Spacewar! were too

In 1966 Ralph Baer wanted to make something that could change television entertainment. He worked with Bill Harrison to make a series of prototypes systems that would send video signals to a television set to generate spots that would be controlled by the player. These spots could be used to make simple buttonmashing, quiz and chase games. Originally these systems could only make two spots but in 1967 it was modified to have a third spot to play a game similar to ping pong. Atari was then founded


expensive to turn into home entertainment. A new generation of minicomputers were made from 1969 to 1970. It had dropped the price enough it could be considered for the coinoperated games industry.

in 1972 by Bushnell and Dabney. Before that they released Pong. Pong was the first arcade video game with widespread success. In the earliest consoles, the computing logic for one or more games was hardwired into microchips using discrete


logic, and no additional games could ever be added. In other words, these consoles were single-purpose computers, not programmable computers; there was no software, only hardware, so no change of software was possible. This was an obvious issue for developers; customers would have to buy a whole new device to attach to their TV sets in order to play different games. By the mid-1970s, game consoles contained generalpurpose microprocessors and video games were found on cartridges, starting in 1976 with the release of the Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES). Programs were burned into ROM chips (ICs) that were mounted inside plastic cartridge casings that could be plugged into slots on the game console. When the cartridges were plugged in, the ROM electrically became a part of the microcomputer in the console, just as if the ROM ICs were on the same circuit board with the microprocessor inside the console,

and the microprocessor would execute whatever program was stored in the ROM. In 1979, Milton Bradley Company released the first handheld system using interchangeable cartridges, Microvision. While the handheld received modest success in the first year of production, the lack of games, screen size and video game crash of 1983 brought about the system's quick demise. In 1980, Nintendo released its Game & Watch line, handheld electronic game which spurred dozens of other game and toy companies to make their own portable games, many of which were copies of Game & Watch titles or adaptations of popular arcade games. Improving LCD technology meant the new handhelds could be more reliable and consume fewer batteries than LED or VFD games, most only needing watch batteries. They could also be made much smaller than most LED handhelds, even small enough to wear on one’s wrist like a watch. Tiger Electronics borrowed this concept of videogaming with cheap, affordable handhelds and still produces games in this model to the present day. In 1985, the American video game console market was revived with Nintendo’s release of its 8-bit console, the Famicom (a portmanteau of "Family Computer"), known outside Asia as the Nintendo Entertainment System

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L33T GAM3R (NES). In its original release it was offered in three tiered bundles: the Control Deck bundle came in two versions, one with no game and priced at $89.99, and one with Super Mario Bros. priced at $99.99, and both including two controllers. The third version offered was the Deluxe Set, retailing at US$199.99, and included R.O.B., a light gun, two controllers, and two game paks: Gyromite, and Duck Hunt. More packages were offered in the following few years including The Action Set released in 1988 for US$149.99, which came with the console, two game controllers, an NES Zapper, and a dual game pack containing Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt, and the Power Set was released in 1989 and came with the console, two game controllers, a NES Zapper, a Power Pad, and triple game pack containing Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, and World Class Track Meet. Photo:

The NES instantly became a success, dominating the North American and Japanese home console gaming markets until the rise of the next generation of 16-

bit consoles in the early 1990s. The Mega Drive/ Genesis proved its worth early on after its debut in 1988. Nintendo responded with its own next generation system known as the Super NES (SNES) in 1990. The TurboGrafx-16 (1987) debuted early on alongside the Genesis, but unlike in Japan, it did not achieve a large following in the USA due to a limited library of games and excessive distribution restrictions imposed by Hudson. Sony released the PlayStation 2 in 2000, which featured DVD-based game discs with 4.7GB capacity, increased processor and graphics capability over its predecessor including progressive-scan component video connections, built-in 4-player connection capability, available Ethernet adapter (which became built-in with the winter 2004 release of the "slimline" PS2 chassis), and the ability to play DVD movies and audio CDs, eliminating the need for a separate DVD player and making the PS2 a complete home entertainment console. Nintendo followed a year later with the GameCube, its first optical disc-based console, which used 80mm "mini-DVD" discs holding 1.4GB of data each (over 200 times the capacity of the largest N64 cartridge ROM). Before the end of 2001, Microsoft Corporation, best known for its Windows operating system and its pro-

fessional productivity software, entered the console market with the Xbox. Based on Intel's Pentium III CPU, the console used a great deal of PC technology. Shortly after its release in November 2001 Bungie Studio's Halo: Combat Evolved instantly became the driving point of the Xbox's success, and the Halo series would later go on to become one of the most successful console shooters of all time. By the end of the generation, the Xbox had drawn even with the Nintendo GameCube in sales globally, but since nearly all of its sales were in North America, it pushed Nintendo into third place in the American market. In 2001 Grand Theft Auto III was released, popularizing open world games by using a non-linear style of gameplay. It was very successful both critically and commercially and is considered a huge milestone in gaming. Nintendo introduced their Nintendo DS and Sony premiered the PlayStation Portable (PSP) within a month of each other in 2004. In console gaming, Microsoft stepped forward first in November 2005 with the Xbox 360, and Sony followed in 2006 with the PlayStation 3, released in Europe in March 2007. On November 4, 2010, Microsoft released Kinect in North America, and later in

other parts of the world, as a peripheral for the Xbox 360; it was packaged with the console as well. It uses a sensor and dual-camera device to track the motion of the players themselves. It sold an average of 133,333 units a day for the first 60 days and a total of 8 million units during the same period, earning it the Guinness World Record for the "fastest selling consumer electronics device". Sales passed 10 million units as of March 9, 2011. The PlayStation 4 (or PS4) is a video game console from Sony Computer Entertainment. Billed as the successor to the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4 was officially announced at a press conference on February 20, 2013. The Xbox One is a video game console from Microsoft. Billed as the successor to the Xbox 360, the Xbox One was officially announced at a press conference on May 21, 2013. Technology and the user experience is rapidly improving with each generation of game consoles. It will be interesting to see how virtual reality devices affect gaming, with Oculus Rift launching in 2016. It is exciting to see what each new device will bring! 


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L33T GAM3R Are Video Games Bad For You?

much more. Physically video games don’t do much for you. Some people say video games are time wasters. Some people say that if kids play video games it makes them more aggressive. In other cases some kids become more isolated. If you want to play video games you should limit the amount of time you play,

and don’t forget to go outside. You can find this information and more on

ners on the side of the garden and even the North Entrance in the bottom right corner of the picture. In the game if they zoom out a little farther you can see Zakim Bridge the widest cable stayed bridge that stands today. In the game there are many new features one is you can hit your own player, and new legends players are Photo: added to legend teams. It Believe it or not this is even shows before the game the TD Garden, home of players getting ready to get a the Bruins in NHL 15. It is good start as they hit the ice. so realistic because of ban- In the playoffs outside the

stadium for only the original 6 teams they have a giant screen for fans outside to watch the game. However the last feature added to this years game are the announcers. The announcers added are from the channel NBC Mike Emerick and Eddy Olczyk. This game is still rising on the video game of 2015 list and I recommend that you should get the game if you like video games or if you are a hockey fan. I promise you that you will not regret it.

once. The troop that you get at level 4 is the golem. A Golem is a big stone creature that is like a giant, but has more health and does more damage. When he dies he splits into two golemites; smaller versions of him that have less health and do less damage. The dead actually rises at level five with the witch. She has a staff that shoots blue fireballs, and she can jab the staff into the ground that can bring skeletons. She can have four at a time at level one, and when

one dies she can spawn them again. The final troop is the lava hound, a flying rock creature. It targets air defenses and when it dies it splits in little lava pups that are smaller versions of the lava hound; also completely made of lava. They fly around but have very little health while doing a little amount of damage. That is all of the dark troops, but there will always be more when you upgrade.

By Danny Rosen - Grade 7 Are videos games bad for you? This is a question that has become popular among adults. Yes and no. Video games can be considered either because, like everything, they have their ups and downs. I’ll tell you the negatives and the positives.

Based on the evidence given by researcher Daphne Bavalier, in many cases it can be seen that gamers have better hand eye coordination, memory, better problem solving, and they develop strong reading and math skills, strategy, and

NHL 15

and standing up during a faceoff like they scored a goal. They are sitting down relaxed and calmed enjoying the game like actual fans.

By Tyler Seller I’m sure all you hockey fans have heard about the video game NHL 15 or even have the game. NHL 15 is already at the most buys ever for an NHL video game! The rated 5 star game has a ton of new features than previous years. I would say the best upgrade is the graphics because of how realistic the stadiums and locker rooms look. Even how the fans aren’t cheering

Dark Troops in Clash of Clans By Maanik George Dark troops are the strongest troops in the popular game Clash of Clans. To train them you have to be a level 7 town hall, it costs 750,000 elixir, and you need dark elixir to train the troops. The first dark troop is the minion, which you unlock when you first get the dark barracks. It is a flying troop that is made of dark elixir and it shoots dark elixir at its target.

The second troop you unlock when you upgrade the dark barracks is the hog rider. It is a man on a hog that can jump over walls and attacks defenses until they are all destroyed. He carries a hammer and slams it into defenses. When you get level three dark barracks it unlocks the valkyrie. The Valkyrie is a woman that has an ax and spins and attacks multiple buildings at

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L33T GAM3R Minecraft By Elsie Ronin and Audrey Antonelli Minecraft is not interpreted by many adults in a good way. Minecraft is actually very educational! It includes circuits, engineering, architecture, construction, farming, biomes, natural resources, ecosystems, and other land features. Many people enjoy Minecraft but are made fun of or are called “nerds.” People who play Minecraft are normally very social smart people who enjoy life. Minecraft is a

place where your imagination is unlimited and you can be as creative as you want.It honestly is unfair to interpret such a great game. Minecraft is a imagination playground. You can rock it in survival or play it low in creative. Minecraft is a fun game. If you don’t want to play it normally you can install modifications ( also called ”mods” ). Also, you can join a server and play with friends! Who

wouldn’t want to play this game? Even if you can’t play, you can still watch yout u b e r s l i k e , “Captainsparklez” and “Skydoesminecraft”. There are even books and guides you can buy in stores that teach you about redstone, attacking, construction, mining, and etc. If you do not have Minecraft on the computer you can also purchase it at the App Store for one of your devices. Although the app is not as detailed and “up to date” as the Minecraft on

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review By Odin Randell With me being a long time Borderlands fan and with the Borderlands The PreSequel that came out on October 14, I must review this. Plot: Borderlands The Pre Sequel takes place between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, and is suppose to tell how Borderlands 2’s villain rises to power. The game does an alright job with showing this, but strays away with the objective to take back a space station after you land on a moon from a group called the Lost Legion. The people you meet are sometimes bland, and almost always have a high pitched Australian accent(this is because 2k Australia made half of this game) but are very identifiable.


Gameplay: This game is very similar to Borderlands 2. The gun parts, hud, and skill trees are all the same, with a few exceptions. The new laser guns have new scopes and introduce the new cryo element, which freezes enemies. The low gravity environments provide new ways to fight and challenges. This combined with the new abilities provide a fresh and exciting experience.

Graphics: The graphics are the same as they have always been, in there classical somewhat hand-drawn way. What’s Wrong With It: Most obviously, there are numerous bugs and glitches such as one where all you skills are disabled until you log off. 94% of the characters have Australian accents, and it can get REALLY an-


the computer itself, it is very fun. If you have not tried out Minecraft yet, watch a video on youtube, hang out with a friend who plays it, or join the Minecraft Club at school where you don’t even need to have an official account to use it there.  noying. The first 10 levels having boring and tedious and the environments are lazy. However, they are made up for at the end of the game. But the biggest problem, is that this should have been a DLC to Borderlands 2, not just a whole new game to serve as another marketing scheme. What It Did Right: As I just mentioned, the end of the game is my favorite ending in the whole Borderlands franchise. I can’t spoil it, but lets just say that an old enemy reappears. The new luneshine weapons look beautiful and elegant, and the new grinder that takes items you don’t want and makes better ones. Handsome Jack is as hilarious as ever, and the vehicles are nicely done and gave me my new favorite quote. I love this game and recommend it to anyone who likes loot, weapons, and adventure. 


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Tech Bytes Problems with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus By Gretel Devendorf and Izzy Potts The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are smartphones developed by Apple. These devices are the latest part of the iPhone series and were released on September 19, 2014. Shortly after its public release, it was reported that the iPhone 6 Plus was bending under pressure, such as when carried tightly in a user's pocket. The iPhone 6 Plus appears to also be affected by the issue. Apple responded to the bending problems, stating that they had only received nine complaints of bent devices, and that the damage occurring due to regular use is "extremely rare�. On October 3, 2014,


Apple released a post claiming that certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users complained on social networking sites that the phone ripped off their hair when they held the phone close to their ears when making a call or taking

a call. This second design flaw was given the term "hairgate". Twitter users claimed that the seam between the glass screen and aluminum back of the iPhone 6 is to blame, with

hair becoming caught in it. In rare cases, it has been reported that some 128 GB iPhone 6+ units randomly crash and reboot. Some believe the issue is caused by a defect in the TLC NAND flash memory modules used in the highest-capacity iPhone 6 Plus model. One more problem is that the Apple Company is having some trouble producing the latest in the series so there will be lots of unhappy people. Make sure you are not one of them. There are so many problems with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. You are better off saving $800 and buying a 5C or 5S. 

The Dangers of Apps By Morgan Hill Kik Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat. These are some of the most popular used social media apps. Kids and teens use these to interact with their friends without talking to them face to face. Lets take these apps step by step: Kik Messenger: A texting service that requires internet connections. Kids these days lie about their ages to sign up for apps. This app requires you to be 17+. And I know why. Kik messages can be sent to anyone with

an account. Adults around the world can send inappropriate images and videos to children who are under 17 years. This scars children’s brains. Instagram: Instagram, this one is my favorite. Home to over 150 million accounts. A place to express yourself through pictures and 16 second videos. But also home to cyber bullies and catfishers. Catfish: A catfish is someone who pretends to be

someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances. Snapchat: The worst of all, Snapchat. This app is open to anyone over 13 years old. Sometimes the users are way over 13 and a lot are under 13. Strange people can use this app to send images not appropriate for children.


Those people can send as many images as they want. And you can not unsee them. These images also disappear after they are shown, so you cannot view them again. Of course, like all apps, you can block these users. Be aware when using this app. Thank you for reading this and being warned about the dangers of these apps.

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Tech Bytes The World at Our Fingertips: Is it too much? By Meredith Lutter Close your eyes and picture this: in your back pocket there is a thing that we call a phone. In your home there is a bigger version of your phone called a tablet. On your desk there is a folding tablet we call a computer. What do all these things have in common? Internet, that’s what they have in common. Since the invention of the internet, kids and adults alike have been able to communicate better, find information faster, and keep upto-date more easily. But this all comes with a cost. A big threat that shadows the internet is cyberbullying. Here are some facts about cyberbullying. 1. Nearly 43% of kids have

been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once. 2. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online. 3. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying. 4. 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem. 5. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person. With the invention of the internet, bullies do not even have to see their victims, all they have to do is log on to a social media platform and type in a message, it’s as simple as that.

Review of the HyperTAB By Gretel Devendorf This past Christmas I asked my mother what she wanted. She said “A tablet, just kidding how about a few candles? But I wanted to get her that tablet. I looked on amazon and the cheapest one was still $100, but I obviously couldn’t af-

ford it. On eBay I searched “WiFi tablet” and filtered the price $0-$60 thinking “I should get her a candle” But some tablets came up. Surprised, I clicked on one that was $45. It looked like a tablet that would break a few minutes after I opened

Imagine the person you hate. Now what if you could make them feel bad about themselves with the click of a mouse or a tap of the finger. That is cyberbullying in a nutshell. Also, cyberstalking is on the rise. It is getting easier and easier to get people’s personal information. Soon, privacy will be a thing of the past. But the invention of the internet is not all stalkers and cyberbullies, the internet has brought tons and tons of communication websites for the better. If you look up “all communication websites” and click on the wikipedia link, you will find a very long list of social medias…and that is only a small fraction of them. the box, so I was nervous, but decided to try it out. When it arrived at my dad’s house, I opened it. It looked amazing. It was very light, a good big screen, 6” of the 7. It was a fun lime green color. I connected it to our WiFi and downloaded Chrome. I went to, which is a website with a lot of data. I loaded

Strati - A 3D Printed Car By Ben Armour The Strati is the first “3D printed car” in the world. This car is made by Local Motors in Chandler Arizona. It takes approximately 2

days to build the car. You can redesign the car into many different styles and shapes. All the material on the car add up to about


$3,500. It is built out of carbon

You now can see anyone in the world live with video chat sites, talk with that long lost cousin over a internet based texting app, and tell everyone about your life over sites like Facebook. Say you have a paper due tomorrow about Christopher Columbus. The library is closed what do you do? Hop on the internet and type it in on a search engine. Some of the information that comes up might not be true, but there is a bountiful supply of sites that speak the truth. You can have that paper in no time. Inventions like the internet are making the future happen now, but is it too much power in everyone’s hands? 

within fractions of a second! Compared to my iPad, it is a little smaller but it’s bright, fast, and cheap. The iPad is easier to use and harder to hack than an android tablet, but it’s a good $320. Overall this was a great purchase and I recommend the HyperTAB. 

fiber-reinforced thermoplastic. It scales about 1,800lbs. But many safety protocols are involved in the weight. Also an electric motor has a lot of contributes into it. The company is currently working on making a road ready version of the car. 


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And Now For Something Completely Different Florida Man

Super Popular

By Harry Katz

By Morgan Hill and Meredith Lutter

In the year 1972 the world was changed forever. In a burst of pure mild interest, Florida Man was born. He was strong but not very strong, wild but not very wild, and selfless but not very selfless. He could have been a big hero, but at the last moment Aquaman narrowly beat him out of a spot in the Justice League. Florida Man became tougher, older, slower, stu-

pider; he tried to be dark and gritty, but he just couldn’t do it. His love for vintage unicycles overcame his anger and so he became an average citizen. And that brings us up to now, Florida Man, now angry, bitter, and with a heart of not-quite-gold, exacts his vengeance on the evildoers of the 27th state and sometimes, accidentally, on everybody else.

Before Super Popular was a not-so-super hero, she was an average American who had never tasted Starbucks. One day, Super Popular was walking through the mall with a thirst for coffee. She came upon a Starbucks cafe. She said to herself, “Meh, I have ten dollars that I’m not going to use. Might as well spend it on coffee.” So she walked into the cafe and told the barista, “I will have……a pumpkin spice latte.” When she took that first sip, a rush went through her

whole body. Her eyes grew wide and she exploded in happiness as she was lifted into the air. “You are the chosen one.” said the barista. A coffee cup flew into her hand. It was her new pet coffee cup, Grande. She now had coffee powers. She shot PSLs out of her hand at the counter. When she realized her powers, she pulled her emergency cape out of her purse. She was now Super Popular, protector of all Starbucks goers. 

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Florida Man vs Super Popular By Morgan Hill and Meredith Lutter It was fall. The perfect day for for a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. Ever since Super Popular got her coffee powers all Starbucks cafes have given her free coffee. After she finished her delicious PSL she walked onto the sidewalk. Super popular looked across the street and saw a Dunkin Donuts with their new cinnabuns. As she was crossing the street, an average looking guy in a cape knocked her to the ground. It was Florida Man. Super popular had only heard of him once but she

instantly knew that she hated him. Super popular jumped into her battle position. Florida man did so as well. Well, kind of. He was just running around in one spot trying to put his clothes on since he forgot he wasn’t wearing any. Super popular blasted Florida Man with ice tea. Florida Man smashed his 32 oz soda over her head. She flew through the air and kicked him right in his face with her new Alexander Wang high heeled boots. He pulled her hair until a small chunk of it fell out. Super

Popular blasted him in the eyes with PSL’s. “AAAAAHHHH!!! My eyes! They burn!” screamed Florida man. At the same time they blasted soda and iced tea at each other in an amazing moment that brought all around to a standstill as they witnessed history in the making. The collision of soda and iced tea made a huge explosion that knocked them both out. A few hours later Super popular woke up. She saw Florida man lying motionless on the ground and she thought he was dead so she walked away thinking she won. A couple more hours later Florida man woke up from the nap he

ended up in after being knocked out. Seeing the disintegrated starbucks napkins, he thought Super Popular had exploded into ash so he walked away thinking he won. Super Popular ended up moving to Los Angeles, since she realized she was way too popular for Florida. Florida Man, on the other hand, stole a skateboard from the first kid he saw and made his way home to his mother’s basement. He managed to be on the news almost every day after that for his amazing abilities to do the most ridiculous things anyone has ever heard of ever. Super Popular and Florida Man never saw each other again after that. 

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Sports Finally a Triple Crown Winner By Jack Miller History was made on June 6, 2015 as American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win horse racing’s illustrious Triple Crown. This award that has not happened since the great Affirmed won all three of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in 1978. Pharoah has become a media phenomenon on his road to the Triple Crown led by his misspelled name, which

came from a fan poll, and his shortened tail, which has been theorized was bitten off by fellow competitor Mr. Z. For Jockey Victor Espinoza, this was the second year in a row he was riding a Triple Crown favorite at the Belmont Stakes. California Chrome had won the first two races, but failed to deliver in the Belmont. However, I was confident in Pharoah’s chances due to

Jonas Gray By Zack Hankins Jonas Gray was the NFL star of the week against the Indianapolis Colts in week 11 . But that game and the game against the Detroit Lions in week 12 show that

Bill Belichick hates when people think they can break the rules just because they had a great game. Gray had 201 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts. He

Oscar Taveras By Jack Miller The world of baseball lost a man who was destined to be a superstar when Oscar Taveras, along with his girlfriend, died in a tragic car accident at the age of 22 on October 26, 2014. The young outfielder had returned to his home in the Dominican Republic after the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated in the NLCS by

the San Francisco Giants. He was driving when he lost control of the vehicle and it went off the road and hit a tree. Both he and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo were killed. According to the local police, he was driving under the influence. Prior to the 2014 season he was ranked the #1 prospect in the league, and most

having the blood of distance runner Pioneer of the Nile. At the conclusion of this racing season, Pharoah will be retired to stud and the was a nobody in the NFL world who had an enormous game for the Patriots and was such a great story that it made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Despite these facts, because Gray overslept and was late to the Pats’ facility on Friday, November 23, he


Triple Crown may become more common with horses having the blood of its most recent winner.  was sent home. Gray sat on the bench for every snap of that Sunday’s game. Bill Belichick has made similar decisions before, including sending Darrelle Revis home after he also overslept and was late to practice in October. 

predicted he would be the Rookie of the Year. He had to deal with nagging injuries and with a lot of talented outfield depth on the team, so Taveras never got the opportunity to take a hold of the starting right field job. The St. Louis Cardinals were extremely hyped about his potential and will miss the person who inspired so much hope throughout the fan base.



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Sports Headley and acquire s o m e p i t ch ing help. The team is loaded in the outfield considering they have Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Daniel Nava, Brock Holt, and Mookie Betts. We have more bats than needed and our team’s ‘’ace’’ if we can even call him that is Clay Buchholz who is the most frustrating player in the league. If Larry Luchhino and his puppets were serious about building a consistent winner they would understand the need to improve at areas that need it. The fans who believe Jon Lester will return are hoping for something that will almost certainly but the team could benefit from adding a mid tier pitcher such as Fran-

Lack of Logic Shown by the Red Sox By Jack Miller The Red Sox have agreed to a 4 year 88 million dollar deal with free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez to play left field. Ramirez started his career in the Boston minor league system before getting traded to the Marlins for World Series hero Mike Lowell and the infamous Josh Beckett. Hanley blossomed in Miami becoming a perennial MVP candidate and one of baseball’s more popular players. He was shifted to 3rd base during the 2012 season to accommodate free agent signing Jose Reyes. When the team struggled he was shipped with Randy Choate to the Dodgers for a package including pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Within a month he was playing on the same team as Beckett and has been a big part of the Dodgers’ success.

This move will come back to bite the Sox in a big way. Last offseason many praised general manager Ben Cherrington for not going over 3 years for anybody. The team has also signed a 5 year deal with Pablo Sandoval, in addition to this signing. Ramirez has never played the outfield in his entire career, and has been injury prone, plus the fact he is regarded as a clubhouse cancer, makes this deal a bust even before the ink has dried on the deal. Why they won’t commit about 20 million total dollars with more years and at a lower average annual value for Yoenis Cespedes who is a superior hitter, defensive player, baserunner, and has been relatively healthy throughout his career is absurd. They could relocate Sandoval’s money to Chase

Richest Soccer Teams in the World By Maanik George There are many soccer teams all around the world from all different countries. The three richest teams in the world are in this order, Real Madrid (worth $3.44 billion), FC Barcelona (worth $3.2 billion) , and Manchester United (worth $2.81 billion). Real Madrid has the highest paid soccer player in the world,

Cristiano Ronaldo. He gets $23,961,000 a year and Real Madrid recently boosted their squad with the purchases of James Rodriguez $9,984,000 a year and Toni Kroos $12,480,000 a year. The second richest team is FC Barcelona. They have recently bought the biggest name in football, the Brazilian Wonder kid, Neymar; he

is considered the 3rd best forward after Messi and Ronaldo. Messi has the highest salary on Barcelona ($21,565,440 a year) followed by Luis Suárez at $16,848,000 a year. The 3rd richest team is Manchester United. The player with the highest salary is Wayne Rooney ($25,272,000 a year) and the


cisco Liriano or Brandon McCarthy who could provide a good amount of innings with production which the Red Sox didn’t have during the second half of the season. If this team doesn’t have some trick up their sleeves, we are destined for a 3rd last place finish in the past 4 years. This team is going to need to make smart business decisions if they want to return to former glory. 

second richest player on MU is Rademal Falcao ($23,587,200 a year). These prices are very different from American sport teams. Four of the top 10 richest sports teams in the world are soccer clubs. They are Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich. The richest American team in the world is at the number 4 spot, The New York Yankees at $2.5 billion. 

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Sports Who Is The Best In The World? By Nick DeMelo Is Ronaldo better than Messi? That is probably the biggest question in soccer right now. There is many questions and opinions about this but I know the true answer to this question. Ronaldo is clearly better than Messi. He has clearly been better for the past 2 years. So far Ronaldo has won best player in La Liga, best forward in La Liga, best goal in La Liga, and many many other awards only from this season. Don’t forget there's still the FIFA Ballon D'or which basically is the best player in the world award. From the last 2 years Ronaldo has won it and again award this year. What has Messi won? I will tell

you, so far this season Lionel Messi has won ZERO awards. Yes, he has got some records and trophies under his belt that are impressive, but he is definitely not the best player in the world at the moment. I admit Messi has been the best player in the world. In his earlier 20s he was on fire. He just could not stop scoring but now he isn’t as good. This fire has gone to the #1 player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 48 goals in La Liga. La Liga is a spanish soccer league that Ronaldo and Messi both are in. For third best, I think that Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is a Swedish striker that is an absolute boss. He is in the

French league and can basically score anything, from bicycle kicks, scorpion kicks, free kicks, and just amazing goals. He is an outstanding player, but he does not deserve a top 2 spot. For #4 I think it’s Sergio Aguero. He is a striker for Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. He basically carries the team. He is a top goal scorer and is very underrated. He just scored a hat trick in a threetwo win against German giants Bayern Munich. Even though he has great a record he gets a lot of injuries and is not very good for his

Primer League Summer Transfer Rumors By Nick DeMelo This summer there will be some huge summer transfers for some soccer teams. Teams will be looking to strengthen their teams to win trophies and earn money. Manchester United Manchester United are looking for some big transfers and are looking for some quality players in just about all positions of the pitch, but mostly defensive players will be their target. The attacking striker that is

their top target: Mats Hummels. I know that soccer fans think that this has been talked about forever, but there is a good chance it will actually happen. Liverpool Liverpool is coming off a pretty bad season compared to last year and they are looking for some targets for their desperate attack needs. Since Daniel Sturridge has been injured a lot they need a new hitman. Some of their targets are Walcott, Cavani, and Ings.

Arsenal Coming off a great season so far, surpassing their usual 4th place finish, and are currently in 2nd place. They are looking into upgrading their midfield and attack. One of their top targets is Sami Khedira, a Real Madrid player who gets usually no playing time there and is looking for another team, even though Bayern Munich are looking at him as well. Tottenham Tottenham don’t have that many transfer targets but they are still looking for more players to improve


country. For #5 I think it is Luis Suarez. I know, I know people call him a biter and he has been very immature in his past but he is a goal scoring machine. Last year he scored 31 goals and scored some amazing goals. He was the top scorer in the English League and somehow didn’t make the Ballon D’or list, that is ridiculous and he is another underrated player that cannot be stopped.  their squad. They are looking at Kevin Mirallas of Everton and Howedes of Schalke. Chelsea The league winners Chelsea are looking for some game changers to strengthen their team. Even though John Terry had an amazing season he is getting old at 34, so they are thinking about replacing him with a young defender Raphael Varane who is looking very good at Real Madrid. These are some of the biggest transfer for this summer for some of the biggest clubs in England! 


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Sports Barcelona Wins Spanish Title By Nick DeMelo The title race was tight, even though only 2 teams really competed against each other, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Atletico Madrid was the third, lagging behind with 77 points even after winning the title last season. Barcelona had many players that contributed to the title this year. Messi scored a total of 41 goals, Suarez with 16, and Neymar with 22. That is a total of 79 goals between just those three players! They scored approximately 73% of all the goals for the team! Messi also leads the team

Vengthlang FC Fatal Celebration Bethlehem died on Sunday, October 19,

By Ben Armour

The 23-year-old soccer player, Peter Biaksangzula, who played for

2014, five days after he scored a goal and tried to somersault and snapped his neck. It was the sixty-second

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with assists with 18, Suarez with 14, and Xavi with 8. Messi, as you can see has been a huge contributor to the team with 57 goals in all competitions this year. Ronaldo has yet again upped minute when Biaksangzula started a string of somersaults; he awkwardly fell on his neck. He was rushed to the intensive care unit where he was pronounced dead five

8th Grade precepts inspired by Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Barcelona yet again wins another league title. Even though Real Madrid was closing on them, they still prevailed. Even though Cristiano Ronaldo got his hattrick against Espanyol, it was still not enough. Barcelona finished the gap on the title with a 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid, and Lionel Messi scored in the 69th minute. They finished with 30 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses. They only allowed 19 goals, the fewest in the league, and scored 108 goals, which means they had a total goal difference of +89.

Messi with 58. Barcelona are yet still trailing Real, this title makes it their 23 while Real Madrid have won 32. 

days later. The team retired his jersey, number 21, and eventually sent out a statement to his family, in honor of him. 

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Sports Clay Buchholz: A Tale of Jekyll and Hyde By Jack Miller The Red Sox opening day pitcher has been the definition of inconsistently. He came into the league with much fanfare during the 2007 World Championship season going 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA. He was then shut down for the playoffs and never pitched an inning. His next two seasons combined resulted in a 9-13 record and a 5.36 ERA in only 168 innings. Then in 2010, he responded with a Cy Young caliber season going 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA. If this was what Buchholz had remained throughout his career he would be on a Hall of Fame pace. However, this was not the case. His results were a defini-


tive mediocre during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons where he went 17-11 with a 4.24 ERA in 272 innings. The only reason he was able to win that many games was the fact that the Red Sox were and offensive juggernaut at that point led by

The Patriot’s Legacy By Jack Miller 175-65, a record belonging to one of the greatest coaches of all time. 160-47 the record belonging to the greatest quarterback of all time. With 53,258 passing yards and 392 passing touchdowns into his career, one would think it would be widely accepted that Brady is a living legend. However, both the NFL and every United States citizen outside of Massachusetts will jump on any controversy out of denial that,

Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and David Ortiz. Then in 2012 he came back with greatness. Despite dealing with injuries he was brilliant going 12-1 with a 1.73 ERA. Had he stayed healthy for the whole season he would

footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. The


besides perhaps the San Antonio Spurs, the Patriots are the best team in professional sports over the past fifteen years. The most recent of these witch hunts is being deemed ‘Deflategate’. If you live under a rock and have not heard about the controversy, it is basically the allegation that the Patriots used underinflated

o t h e r teams leading the charge against the Patriots are our other principal rivals the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, and New York Jets. The fact these teams cannot accept the fact that

be a Cy Young lock, but injuries took his whole summer away. He then returned with the worst season of his career going 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA. This a pitcher who will throw a shutout and then the next start get shelled for 10 runs. When he is good he is one of the league’s best arms, but when he is off it is ugly to watch. Despite the base statistics hating his work, as of June 12, he has a FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) of 2.78. While this can partially be contributed to bad luck, if that luck does not change, he will find himself pitching in the back of a small-market team’s rotation.  Brady, Belichick, and Kraft are the best in the league at their respective jobs speaks to the characters, or lack thereof, that the people running these organizations find it necessary to belittle the achievements of the reigning Super Bowl champions. Whether Brady’s suspension stands, or whether it gets reduced, another asterisk is being added to the Patriots’ resume. 


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GORDON by Alex Hankins

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COMICS AGAR.IO by Aidan Bonner


WNTD WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY #1 by Zack Hankins


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The Last Word

In Retrospect By Harry Katz I, and most of the eighth grade, have been here for four years. Four years of tests, gossip, and day-to-day life. In the course of four years, we’ve learned a lot, about math, English, history, science, and life in general. The thing about middle school is it feels like a social experiment, they locked an extraordinarily diverse group of teens in a building and told them to get along. Middle School contains more prejudice than we’d like to admit, but it also contains more care than we’d like to admit. Maybe it’s just due to the size of the school, but everyone feels everybody else’s loss; when a student’s mother died we had a moment of silence and supported him when he came back because we all felt it. Kids can be brutal to each other, but, in the end, there is a moral code, most of the time. Middle School doesn’t give you real-life experience out in the “real world”, or make you grow up (that sort of happens on its own), or even necessarily make you a better person than you already are, but, it does make you start to open your eyes and realize things extend outside of your own personal world, and maybe that’s all it has to do.

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