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PewDiePie’s jokes offend companies, crowds

PewDiePie’s jokes offend companies, crowds

Jessica Lu, Staff Writer
February 21, 2017
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The US is known for its protection of the right to free speech, yet careless words can still lead to unfavorable consequences. A recent example of this includes the popular YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, who is better known to his fans as PewDiePie. Because of the anti-Semitic jokes rooted in a few of his ...

Rain drop, blood drop

Rain drop, blood drop

Hannah Loftspring, Spotlight Chief
February 16, 2017
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According to the Hoxworth Blood Center, one donation can save three lives. Thurs., Feb. 16 is the date of the annual Blood Drive at SHS. Each year, Student Council seniors contact the Hoxworth Blood Center to organize a blood drive. When students donate blood, they are making a donation of one pi...

Blood drive saves multiple lives with just one pint

Blood drive saves multiple lives with just one pint

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 15, 2017
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“The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one - or even you.” The American Red Cross’s statement holds truth. According to the organization, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That is abou...

Burqa ban bounces back

Burqa ban bounces back

Anne Marsh, Copy Editor
February 13, 2017
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Due to recent criticism, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is taking steps to eliminate its ban on religious headgear such as hijabs, turbans, and yarmulkes. Increased awareness of Islamophobia (fear or prejudice toward Muslims) has led to a debate about the organization’s dress code,...

France bans unlimited soda refills

France bans unlimited soda refills

Jessica Lu, Staff Writer
February 13, 2017
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There is no doubt that soda can have detrimental effects on one’s health. As the Harvard T.H. Chan fact sheet points out, the rise in consumption of the sugary drinks directly correlates with the US’s rising obesity epidemic. From banning of vending machines in school to restricting the serving of...

Lady Aves Live for Liz

Lady Aves Live for Liz

Kirsten Thomas, Staff Writer
February 10, 2017
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On Sat. Feb. 11, SHS and Mason will be joining forces for one great cause.     The Lady Aves and Lady Comets will be competing in a basketball game supporting Live for Liz, which will take place at Mason Middle School. Tip off is set for 2pm.          Live for Liz will take place in mem...

My Furry Valentine

My Furry Valentine

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 10, 2017
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Tiny tigers take to Cincinnati

Tiny tigers take to Cincinnati

Natalie Brinkman, Print Editor-in-Chief
February 9, 2017
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Fiona, the hippo, is not the only baby to be recently born at the Cincinnati Zoo, as three Malayan tiger cubs were just introduced to the zoo this month. The tigers are currently under the careful watch of veterinarians and zookeepers in the nursery because their mother, Cinta, has still not shown the us...

French authorities find Louvre attack suspect

French authorities find Louvre attack suspect

Eshika Kohli, Business Manager
February 9, 2017
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29-year-old Egyptian Abdullah Hamamy was proven guilty of attacking soldiers with two machetes at one of the most popular museums of Paris on Fri., Feb. 3. At the same time as the incident, hundreds of tourists were visiting the museum and were quickly evacuated in small groups. “[We] weren’t to...

Lady Gaga Super Bowl performance draws no controversy

Lady Gaga Super Bowl performance draws no controversy

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
February 7, 2017
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With President Donald Trump in office for the past few weeks, the entertainment industry has been bursting with political attacks. Surprisingly, the Super Bowl halftime show was devoid of all political views. According to the New York Times, Lady Gaga had promised a statement of “inclusion” an...

SAG award speeches turn political

SAG award speeches turn political

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
February 6, 2017
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With awards season in full swing, actors and actresses are celebrated for their work in the film and television industries. In particular, in response to recent events, celebrities have used their big platforms to denounce President Donald Trump’s policies and actions. Following Meryl Streep’s...

Baby hippo receives name

Baby hippo receives name

Natalie Brinkman, Print Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2017
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Amid constant care and around the clock watch, zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo have determined what they will be calling their baby hippo: Fiona. “Staff picked the name for the calf, which was born six weeks premature, because it means ‘fair’,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Born early to ...

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