• Amelia Earhart: Has the Mystery Been Solved?

    The mystery of Amelia Earhart has been capturing the imaginations of people around the world for decades. Until recently, nobody has been able to confidently say what happened to Amelia and why no significant clues have surfaced about her whereabouts. New information regarding what happened to Amelia Earhart on her infamous world circumnavigation finally surfaced in late October of this year. Executive Director of the The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) ,Ric Gillespie, uncovered a piece of aluminum on Nikumaroro Island that matches to the aluminum sheeting used to cover a window on Earhart’s plane. This aluminum sheet measures 19 23 inches and is believed to have washed up on the island in…

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    ‘No excuses’ Charter Schools Molding the Pathway to Failure

    Imagine sitting in Mrs. Simskowski’s classroom. Instead of the usually cheery and vibrantly decorated walls and boards, the walls that greet you are blank and the atmosphere is so cold it beats the Erie chill in the dead of winter. Rather than her usual enthusiastic voice and shining personality, she stands in front of her silent classroom and shouts out a simple phrase and shows an accompanying gesture. “Cells are made of organelles” breaks the overbearing silence. Each student repeats the phrase and gesture in unison. The echo fades out and once again silence takes over. Even the occasional whisper of two bored students is absent from the scenario. What could have possibly occurred to…

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    Sexually Suggestive Skit Fiasco

    Teachers are there for guidance, knowledge, and as a role model. What happens when those “role models” take crude humor and make a skit that enrages faculty? The consequences were clearly revealed when two male teachers performed a “back-to-school skit”, a parody of a skit done by SNL, for the faculty at Natrona County High School.The teachers, who remain unnamed, donned cheerleader uniforms,one male and one female uniform, and made jokes about homosexuality, masturbation, the male and female bodies, serial killers, and both physically and emotionally harassed teachers there for initiation. Student council members were there to witness the scene along with the principal and other high-ranking members. Directly violating the anti-harassment policy the school…

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    Inactivity Causing False ADHD Diagnosis

    Pencils are tapping, seats are rocking, and pages are flipping aimlessly. The typical classroom consists of rhythmic movements done by students during the 80 minutes spent in a wooden chair. The only thing more distracting than the ticking of the clock is the student’s own brain. Doctors declare it Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. However, maybe the student doesn’t have ADHD, but a different factor is to blame. Maybe the real reason students have such difficulty paying attention nowadays is a simple cause that has a simple solution; School could be causing this false ADHD diagnosis because of students  not moving enough during those eighty minutes spent in a chair.
    As human beings,…

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    ISIS at Large

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ,or ISIS, is an intense terrorist group in Iraq that has been terrorizing Canada, the United States, and other countries. The U.S. recently took measures to try to prevent ISIS from taking over a town in Kobani, Syria, on the date October 14, 2014. America launched an airstrike on ISIS because the town this terrorist group was attempting to gain control of would give them additional smuggling routes to arm fighters. Although these airstrikes may seem a like a surefire way to prevent this atrocity, the Turkish government did not aid the United States, but attacked a nonthreatening wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Finally, after frustrating…

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Annabelle- The Story Behind the Movie

In 1970, a doting mother bought a doll from a quaint shop to give to her daughter, Donna, on her birthday. Donna lived with fellow Nurse-to-be, Anngie. This Raggedy Ann doll was not average, however. This doll moved and even wrote eerie messages. Leaving it in the bedroom as a decoration when the girls left, the doll would be found on the couch or another area of the small apartment upon return. Notes were left on parchment paper, which was never inside the house, written by childish hands.
A medium was called upon to calm the storm that was quickly brewing. The seance held introduced the two young women to the soul inside the doll, Annabelle…

Walking for Cure

Walking For A Cure
Every three minutes there is a new diagnosis of breast cancer in the United States. This means that approximately 230,480 women and 2,140 men are diagnosed every year. As if that wasn’t enough, this high diagnosis percentage means that 39,520 women and 450 men in the U.S. die from this disease annually. Though it’s not something we think about often, breast cancer clearly has a bigger impact on our country than we realize. However, one organization is looking to do something about that.
Each year, The Avon Foundation hosts different walks across the country to help fund various research studies and clinics. The Avon Two-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is one of, if…


Justin Bieber’s Latest Exploits

Justin bieber was a role model for many young fans until recent events. Bieber started his career  on Youtube making singing videos before agent Scooter Braun discovered the young singer and Usher signed him to his record label. He was born on March 1, 1994 in Ontario, Canada. His full name is Justin Drew Bieber, and he grew up with his two supportive parents Pattie Mallette and Jeremy Bieber. He also has a half-brother and half-sister. In his free time Justin likes to play basketball, play hockey . . . and vandalize storefronts with graffiti. He even had a star role in the TV show Crime Scene Investigation and his own movies Never say Never…


Rising Game: DayZ

It’s the middle of the night, and I was being followed. I hear them coming towards me. Their voices growing louder and louder as they approach my choice of shelter. I’m hiding in a small shed with nothing but a rusty wrench to defend myself against the three armed bandits that saw me looting their “base”.
“Come out and we won’t kill you!” one of them calls to me as I hide in the corner. A blatant lie–they had just seen me take most of their food and now they wanted revenge.
Close and closer they came until they were finally at the door. As the first guy opened the door he called out my position, but…


Rising Game: Starbound

First there was Minecraft, then there was Terraria, and now we have Starbound. Starbound, much like Terraria, takes the creative and free aspects of Minecraft and puts them into a 2D world. Many people ask “What is the difference between Starbound and Terraria then? Why should I purchase this instead?”
Well for starters, this game is more forgiving to new players. It has a “tutorial” of sorts, presented in the form of quests. These tutorial quests lead into something bigger: a story. Unlike Minecraft and Terraria where there is literally no story and players are free to create and do whatever they want, Starbound has a plot and story that flows nicely with the aspect of…

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Saved by the Bell: Where are they now?

Saved by the Bell was a popular T.V. show in the 80’s and 90’s. If you talk to the right people, it’s still popular today. Although it has been a while since the show ended in 1993, there are still re-runs on MTV so that the newer generation can discover it and the old generation can remember it. Have you ever wondered where the cast is today? What have they all been up to? At least some of them have led successful lives and careers after the show ended.
You all remember the lovable blonde boy Zach Morris, right? He was played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who now has three kids and plays an attorney named Peter…


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Should Violent Media Be Censored?

Should graphic and disturbing media, with an emphasis on video games, be censored? After the Supreme Court struck down California’s infamous state-wide banning of violent or graphic video game sales to minors, there’s no doubt as to whether or not it’s legal or constitutional. Our most paraded and important rights as United States citizens, Freedom of Speech encompasses such wide categories as disturbing video games, movies, and books. Therefore, it’s perfectly legal to sell uncensored media that may have undesirable content contained within its pages, yet the question remains: should we? While the industry’s (video games, publishing houses, broadcasting channels, etc) opinion is that of a resolute “no,” politicians, scientists, and even doctors frequently bring…


Rob Ford Hilarity

Toronto’s scandal-plagued mayor said he’s smoked crack “maybe once” and said the city council has no business stripping him of his powers, implying in a television interview Tuesday that many councilors are guilty of similar behavior. So good old Bobby Ford said he has “declared war” after the council acted in response to his admitted crack cocaine use and binge drinking and a series of outbursts in recent days. This is the mayor of the largest city in Canada. THE MAYOR. AND HE’S SMOKING CRACK. But then again, he could stand to lose some weight, and the whole “crack” thing might just help him do that. Ford repeatedly has refused to step down or take…


The Drug Problem of Schools

        Drugs and alcohol have always been prevalent within schools; teenagers keep finding ways to get access to them no matter how hard a parental figure or administrative adult tries to stop them. But now some of us have reached the point of not caring that students of schools participate in the illegal activity of the intake of illegal substances, or underage drinking. Some administration has even been said to turn the other cheek, covering up a student that used an illegal substance so that neither the school nor the student would receive any negative repercussions as a result.
        Sports teams in particular are receiving immunity from any negative repercussions surrounding both drugs and alcohol….

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