Current Events

What’s Happening With the USPS?

By Maddie Cho
september 2020

For two hundred and forty-five years, the United States Postal Service has served the people of the United States. It boasts high approval ratings and delivers nearly half of all mail in the world each year. The USPS is also the only mail carrier that will deliver anywhere— even to the most rural homes. Under the Constitution and federal law, Americans are entitled to mail service. Many left-wing politicians…

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Racism in the medical industry

By: Simone Gabri
September 2020

Discrimination in the medical industry has been a prominent issue for a long time now. Since the pandemic has started, a light has been cast upon racial inequities, which has become an even more serious issue due to Covid-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), minority groups such as people of color are being most strongly affected by Covid-19 due to the social determining factors of…

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Prop 18

By Lia Sanchez
September 2020

On November 3, 2020, Californians will vote on several propositions on the ballot that will have great impacts on our state. However, one prop stands to affect our state’s youth the most — Prop 18. This proposition  is an amendment to the California Constitution that would, allow some 17 years olds to vote in primary and special elections, so long as they turn 18 before the subsequent general election. But…

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Masks During COVID-19

By Taisce Donovan
September 2020

During this pandemic, alongside social distancing and other precautions,  masks have quickly become a necessity. The reason why masks are essential is because they help contain droplets that come out of your mouth and nose when you talk, sneeze, or cough. These measures must be taken not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect others from getting Covid-19. There are a variety of different masks to choose from depending…

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conflict between armenia and azerbaijan

by taisce donovan
october 2020

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been one of the most intense clashes since 2016. An article by Al Jireea warns that it prompts “fears of an all-out war between two former Soviet republics.” A New York Times article breaks it down saying, basically, it is a conflict left unresolved from the Soviet Union when communist rulers placed Nagorno-Karabakh, which is a territory as well as an, “ethnic Armenian…

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California inmates at the frontline of wildfires

by simone gabri
october 2020

As fires rage through the state of California, thousands of prison inmates have been deployed to fight them. Some of their responsibilities are clearing dead wood left from the fire, as well as cutting firelines. In exchange for risking their lives, they receive low-wage payment and reduced sentences. Most former inmates who received firefighting training were ineligible to become professional firefighters due to their criminal record preventing them from getting…

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college admissions during covid-19

by sasha nakamura
october 2020

Has COVID made the stress of applying to college even worse than you expected? Me too! However, in light of this, many universities are relaxing their application and admission requirements, as well as providing room for students to explain their COVID related circumstances, in hopes of assuaging their applicants’ uneasiness.  

The University of California and California State University systems made it known in May that they will not be requiring SAT or ACT scores…

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Nature’s comeback

by taisce donavan
october 2020

During the beginning months of quarantine, we have seen how climate change, in terms of air quality, has become seemingly better. This is largely due in part to the fact that the majority of people are using transportation, such as cars and airplanes, less. An article from “The Atlantic” states that scientists saw a reduction in particulate matter, ranging from the most dangerous, PM 2.5, to larger particles, called PM10. The smaller particles, PM2.5, are due to vehicles, factories, and burning fossil fuels. Particulate…

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sexual misconduct in the music industry

by alison Huang
october 2020

 Lately, many women and non-binary folks, have come out with allegations of sexual misconduct against prominent Indie Rock and Punk musicians. Over the summer, news broke of many bands and artists being accused of all kinds of sexual misconduct. Groups and artists  like the Growlers, the Buttertones, Cuco, Spendtime Palace, Summer Salt, and most notably the Oakland based band SWMRS. This has sent…

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