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    Ugly Christmas Sweaters

    Many things make us think of the holiday season–gingerbread, eggnog, Christmas trees, and snow. But let us not forget what item brings about the most holiday cheer, ugly Christmas sweaters. Whether it be a home made sweater knitted by grandma and filled with stitches of love, or a chunky and trendy sweater bought at the mall, one indisputable fact is that ugly Christmas sweaters are the “in” article of clothing for the holiday season that bring about the most cheer. So what makes an especially ugly Christmas sweater? What are the requirements?
     
    For one, it must be a sweater (for obvious reasons.) The next requirement is that it must be filled with iconic Christmas elements. These…

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    “Sister Wives” turns into “Brother Husbands”

    Comprehending the concept of any person having more than one spouse is hard for any civilian of the modern era. However, for Judith Warner, it is a strategic economic ruling. Warner claims that many women and men struggle to support their children and family with just the salary of the father. In order to aid the situation, Warner makes the proposition that women should marry more than one man in order to increase the household income.
    Many propose that the answer to poverty is marriage. But one must ask, “Where will marriage get me?” For most people, nowhere. Marrying a person for their 10 dollar-an-hour salary won’t support a couple, let alone an entire family. So,…

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    Top 5 Best Red Carpet Looks of 2014

    The year of twenty- fourteen was filled with lots of new fads and fashion looks that the red carpet has never experienced before. Many new statements were rocked by bold and  courageous women who set new standards for everyone. These fashion statements will be remembered for the year of 2014 for their classy and chic style.  The dresses all had some form of classy cut outs in them which was a major trend for this year. Overall, every red carpet look for the year of 2014 will be remembered for its classy, beautiful, and bold looks.

    Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is my best dress of the year. Sara sports a Christian Siriano at this year’s Emmy….

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    The Unchangeable Event

    Any type of crash is terrifying and unsettling, especially when it involves people. This crash, however, was a step up from any average crash. Monday, December 8th, a small plane crashed into a two-story house. The crash took place in Maryland, killing at least three people. The three known people who died were passengers on the plane when it hit the house in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
    The explosion was so immense, it caused the whole house to burn, letting you see right through the entire house. However, it is still unclear if anyone was inside the home when the plane crash happened. During this time, the houses surrounding the house were also damaged in the explosion; some…

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    What Colleges Really Look for in Applicants

    As college admission deadlines are quickly approaching, high school seniors across the world are putting the finishing touches on their applications. While bustling to write essays and answer a long list of personal questions, students often ask themselves, “What impresses admissions officers most in an application?” According to former admissions officer Jane McClure, the first things most officers look at when reviewing applications is a student’s curriculum. Admissions staff like students who challenge themselves in school by taking rigorous classes. A healthy amount of Honors and AP classes look great on a college application. Additionally, admissions officers look for depth in various disciplines. For example, they prefer students who have taken 5 years of French…

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Can You Crack the Question?

Looking for a fun new game that tests your knowledge and that you can challenge you friends? Well one of the top grossing game apps is the game Trivia Crack! The new fun and addicting game gives you 30 seconds to answer a multiple choice question. The questions are separated into six categories and when you “spin” the wheel, it randomly selects a category: history, art, movies, science, geography, sports, and the all powerful crown, which gets you one step closer to beating your opponent. The raging new app is absolutely free and give you some down time entertainment. The games tests your basic knowledge in each category. The questions are generated at random and…

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Top 5 Best Red Carpet Looks of 2014

The year of twenty- fourteen was filled with lots of new fads and fashion looks that the red carpet has never experienced before. Many new statements were rocked by bold and  courageous women who set new standards for everyone. These fashion statements will be remembered for the year of 2014 for their classy and chic style.  The dresses all had some form of classy cut outs in them which was a major trend for this year. Overall, every red carpet look for the year of 2014 will be remembered for its classy, beautiful, and bold looks.

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is my best dress of the year. Sara sports a Christian Siriano at this year’s Emmy….

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The World’s “Swift” Move to Pop

Up and coming new pop artist, Taylor Swift, just released album titled 1989 in late October. The news of her all new pop album took the world by storm. But was it really the right move? The answer is YES. “I love her new pop album. Blank Space is my favorite song.” said Ruthie Riesenberg of Fairview High School. Swift’s album was focused around self-esteem and girl-friends and hanging out, getting to know yourself. Unlike past albums that have been mostly of heartbreak, this new Taylor Swift was shocking to society. 1989 was one of the best selling albums of this year, selling almost 600,000 copies on the first day.
Swift started out her career as…

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Cosby Scandal

Beloved comedian and actor, Bill Cosby, has had many accusations against him saying that he has sexually assaulted multiple women. The allegations start from the mid 1960s all the way through the early 2000s and almost all of the cases involve drugged, significantly younger women. Many of the women did not come forward at the time of their assault because it’s hard to convince people that such an icon would be interested in them. However, some of the women did come forward before, but the charges were dropped, and most concluded that these girls just wanted attention. Cosby has not discussed the topic, except to thank the people that are defending him. Since the women…

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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…

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Gotta Stay Healthy For Santa

No one wants to be sick the day the man in the big red suit with a sleigh full of gifts carried by 9 prancing reindeer surprises the whole world. A lot of families, nowadays, enjoy taking a vacation during the winter season to escape the cold. While travelling for the holidays, whether it be to grandma’s house or to Puerto Rico, getting sick may seem inevitable. There are three words that will help minimize those nasty germs throughout this holiday season; WASH YOUR HANDS. People don’t realize that throughout their daily routine, their hands are literally everywhere. Your hands open doors, touch tables, touch foods, touch other peoples hands, etc. So without washing our…

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Christmas Just for Christians?

Isn’t celebrating Christmas only for Christians? Jewish individuals can’t celebrate Christmas, right? This insight is incorrect. Christmas has become about commercialism more than celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Santa has become the centerpiece of this festive holiday. Couldn’t Santa be Jewish? Many of the religious Christmas figures involved with Christmas are Jewish. Most Jews have already begun to celebrate Christmas with trees in their homes. Many of these individuals feel left out of the many Christmas festivities.  Although Jewish individuals celebrate Hanukkah, they can celebrate Christmas to an extent. Having a tree and giving presents is acceptable, but participating in the religious aspects of Christmas would be overstepping an invisible line. Practicing in these…

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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…

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