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North Korea’s New Waterpark Construction of the Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang was completed recently. This is North Korea's first ever waterpark. The opening of the extremely lavish park was celebrated by a large military parade, which are common in North Korea. The opening of the park has been labeled as a publicity stunt to try and advertise the prosperity of North Korea. Pictures released by the North Korean Media depict a colorful array of water slides accompanied by a crowd of eager swimmers all wearing the same black swim apparel. What really catches viewer's attention, however, is the crowd of stern looking, suit wearing onlookers who admire the park. Human rights advocates accuse North Korean Dictator, Kim Jung Un, of wasting funds that could be put toward feeding the many impoverished and starving people in his country. Kim Jung Un also had an ambitious project to build a ski lift that would be open to international skiers. The project was created to allegedly open up international relations. Sanctions against North Korea ultimately halted finalization of the project.

The Sheep and Wool Festival The Sheep and Wool Festival was held at the Rhinebeck Fairgrounds on October 19th and 20th. The festival ran from 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission cost $12 per day or $17 for both days. Children under 12 got in for free. Despite the name, the festival is not just about mutton and yarn. One could find a wide assortment of edible samples from cheese to dry sausage, dip, olive oil and wine. Indoors, the arts and crafts building had plenty of things to look at while waiting on the admittedly long lines. Knitted creations and homespun yarn also boasted award ribbons in the same building. Elsewhere on the fairgrounds, people of all ages were grooming the sheep and other livestock to show. People traveled from all over the world to come to this event. Organizers estimated 15,000 people were at the fair at noon. Within the hour that number increased dramatically. For reference, It’s estimated that 40,000 people came last year. This festival has grown to be the second most visited event at the fairgrounds, just behind the Dutchess County Fair.

Many criticize the the young leader's use of funds. North Korea is one of the few countries that require external aid to feed its people. Lavish spending is not new to the communist state. Last year, it was reported that North Korea spent 645.8 million on unnecessary imports. Yet, six million North Koreans are in need of food aid.


Cross Country: The Unappreciated Sport

Comic Con 2013 There was no shortage of crazy costumes and things to gawk at as New York Comic Con kicked off at Javits Center on Oct. 11, 2013. It is the biggest pop culture event on the East Coast, with more than 125,000 people attending the event dressed up as their favorite superhero to celebrate comic books, sci-fi and video games. The sold-out four day event wrapped up Oct. 13, 2013 and is the second largest Comic Con in the country behind San Diego. Celebrities from all different shows made an appearance at this event: The Walking Dead, the Following, Sleepy Hollow, William Shatner, Anthony Daniels, John Barrowman, Will. I. Am., The Green Power Ranger, Once Upon A Time, B. J. Novak and more.

People don’t consider cross-country to be sport, but surprisingly it is not a sport for the faint of heart. You may think that running three miles is nothing, but to tell you the truth, three miles feels like running a marathon. First let me tell you how cross country works: you start by warming up and running for 20 minutes on the track, then you stretch, and then the fun begins when you have to run continuously for another 45 minutes to an hour. Or you may end up doing track workout; for instance, running two or more laps as hard as you can while trying to stay under a goal time. After you may

Sports The Red Hook Varsity football team as of October 26th has 4 wins and three losses.The wins were against Saugerties, Spackenkill, Dover, and New Paltz. They lost against Highland, Marlboro, and Rondout Valley. To be continued.

end up doing strength training like push-ups, curl ups, etc. But all of the intense training does not go to waste. In cross country there are meets, where you race a 3.1 mile course with other schools to see who has the fastest runners. Another factor that contributes to cross-country is the place where you run. A common misconception is that cross country runners only run on flat land. On the contrary, they do hill workouts all the time and hills are regularly incorporated into a race. Now you may see that cross-country is sport and actually one of the hardest sports out there. If you do not agree then maybe you should give it a try.

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