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All Things COVID-19: Regional Updates

Gelila Negesse, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 7, 2020

NATIONAL UPDATES  Taking the lives of thousands and living millions in quarantine, whether self-isolated or in hospitals, the coronavirus has taken hold of the U.S, with the number of cases reaching number one, passing Italy and China.  The Numbers: The United States has a total of 1,622,114 confirmed cases and 65,776 total deaths. Many states are going by individual guidelines with California...

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Companies Confront COVID-19

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter
April 7, 2020

With the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, quickly spreading across the United States, many industries have faced hardships and medical supplies, such as masks, have become scarce. As a result, companies like Tesla, Google, Apple and others have teamed up to help fight COVID-19 worldwide.  “We have extra FDA-approved ventilators,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter. “Will ship to hospitals...

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COVID-19 and Our Impact on its Spread

Julius Perez, Reporter
April 7, 2020

As media coverage on the global pandemic increases, terms like social distancing and “flatten the curve” have been thrown around on news networks and social media to describe the speed and spread of the coronavirus strain COVID-19.  With so many different outlets of information readily available it is easy to get confused and interpret false ideas on what these terms mean and determine the...

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Switching Up Solar Energy

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter
February 26, 2020

The world’s first solar panel appeared in 1883, yet it only accounts for 1.6 percent of the United States’ total electricity generation. Hopeful for a future society that will primarily run using clean energy sources, researchers at the University of California, Davis are working on a prototype of a solar panel that operates without the sun. These anti-solar panels use Earth’s radiation at...

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Chinese AI Prevents Suicide

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter
February 21, 2020

Approximately 800,000 people worldwide commit suicide every year, causing the World Health Organization to encourage governments worldwide to take preventative action. In China, Huang Zhisheng, a professor at Vrije University of Amsterdam, created a nonprofit artificial intelligence (AI) bot that helps prevent suicide through Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform. In the United States,...

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Microplastics in Marine Life

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter
February 21, 2020

  UN News states that over 51 trillion microplastic particles pollute the sea, and marine organisms are beginning to come across them more than ever before. With the rapidly growing amount of plastics, scientists are beginning to question the currently unknown harm they might bring to humans. Plastic that’s seen floating on the surface of the sea accounts for 88 percent of the total plastic...

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COVID-19 Postpones and Cancels Events Worldwide

May 12, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19 has caused numerous companies and event organizers to postpone, reschedule or even cancel public events. Due to regulations and advice...

Essential Workers on the Front Lines of the Pandemic

Essential Workers on the Front Lines of the Pandemic

May 12, 2020

Millions of essential workers are responsible for providing as well as transporting resources for people nationwide during the COVID-19 global pandemic.   According...

Coronavirus Clears Smoggy Skies

Coronavirus Clears Smoggy Skies

April 29, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, citizens around the world can see starry night skies and smog-free cities. The absence of booming industries and heavy traffic has...

Adopt a GISD Senior Effort Launched Amidst Coronavirus Shutdown

Adopt a GISD Senior Effort Launched Amidst Coronavirus Shutdown

April 28, 2020

For many high school seniors around the nation, their senior year experience has been unexpectedly impacted. The novel coronavirus has caused schools around the nation to...

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The Effects of Coronavirus on High School Seniors

The Effect of Culture on Mental Health

March 5, 2020

In Ghana, a boy sits shackled by a chain under a tree. He has been there for three years. He is quiet. Sitting holding his knees, his figure is small and his eyes seem empty....

The Missing Girls of America: An Epidemic Raising Alarm

The Missing Girls of America: An Epidemic Raising Alarm

February 28, 2020

Kamille McKinney, 3 years old. Nevaeh Adams, 5 years old. Jenna Hospedales, 14 years old. Aniah Blanchard, 19 years old. Alexis Crawford, 21 years old. All these girls are...

Promise of a Better Tomorrow: Dallas Program Provides Pathway for High School Graduates

February 26, 2020

Conversations about college and post secondary education swarm election debate floors, meetings with counselors and the dinner table for many families across the nation as ...

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the Double Standards of Abuse

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the Double Standards of Abuse

February 24, 2020

Actor Johnny Depp, more famously known as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Carribean movie franchise, was accused of physically and emotionally abusing his ex-wife...

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Powderpuff 2019

Powderpuff 2019

November 22, 2019

With students blowing into their hands to keep warm in the brisk air, the annual Powder Puff game took place right before the long-awaited Thanksgiving break. This student-led...

Poll: Would You Take a Space Elevator to the Moon?

Poll: Would You Take a Space Elevator to the Moon?

September 19, 2019

A space elevator to the moon is said to be not only feasible, but cheap. According to a paper published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a lunar...

New State Laws Go Into Effect In September

September 19, 2019

During the 2019 Texas Legislature Session, 820 laws we're passed that range from prison treat, state budgets and the smoking age that went into place September first. These...

Poll: Should Face Filters Be Banned on Dating Websites?

Poll: Should Face Filters Be Banned on Dating Websites?

September 19, 2019

Dating site "Plenty of Fish" has put a ban on face filters for users on their site. According to a poll done by the site, 25 percent of it's users believe that their potential...

Poll: Longer Lasting Avocados Yes or No?

September 19, 2019

Kroger has announced that it will start selling longer lasting avocados in order to save money and reduce waste. The longer lasting avocados will be treated with a plant-based...

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Netflix Adds “Avatar The Last Airbender”
Bleach Review: Why you Should Join the Soul Society

Bleach Review: Why you Should Join the Soul Society

May 15, 2020

Quarantine has hit many households alike , leaving people stuck at home desperate for a new form of entertainment as they wait for regular life to return. It’s been even...

Avatar: An “Out of This World” Film

Avatar: An “Out of This World” Film

May 8, 2020

Almost the entire nation is in quarantine due to COVID-19. Confined in your own home for days on end, going out only to take out the trash or to get the mail. It’s no wonder...

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

May 7, 2020

A Silent Voice (Koe No Katachi) is a 2016 Japanese animated film by the company Kyoto Animation. The movie was an adaptation of the graphic novel series by Yoshitoki Oima...

Album Review: ’Reload’ The New Generation of KPOP

Album Review: ’Reload’ The New Generation of KPOP

May 5, 2020

The popular Korean based group NCT DREAM comes back after 9 months since their last release with their highly anticipated mini album ‘Reload’. The group accumulated over...

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Netflix Adds “Avatar The Last Airbender”

Netflix Adds “Avatar The Last Airbender”

May 17, 2020

On May 15, Netflix finally added the popular cartoon “Avatar The Last Airbender” to its catalog, giving fans a new show to binge.  The jubilant show follows two siblings,...

COVID-19 Postpones and Cancels Events Worldwide

May 12, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19 has caused numerous companies and event organizers to postpone, reschedule or even cancel public events. Due to regulations and advice...

Avatar: An “Out of This World” Film

Avatar: An “Out of This World” Film

May 8, 2020

Almost the entire nation is in quarantine due to COVID-19. Confined in your own home for days on end, going out only to take out the trash or to get the mail. It’s no wonder...

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

May 7, 2020

A Silent Voice (Koe No Katachi) is a 2016 Japanese animated film by the company Kyoto Animation. The movie was an adaptation of the graphic novel series by Yoshitoki Oima...

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