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Parrots Swearing at British Zoo

Ella Foraker- Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie, are the five parrots that were swearing atvisitors at a British zoo. The five parrots were brought in by the zoo in mid-August.Through the long weeks the birds spent together, they taught each other different cursewords, whenever a faculty member at the zoo would laugh, the birds would swear moreand another bird would laugh, this would, in turn, make a room full of laughing andswearing parrots.The parrots, which are African gray parrots, were given to the LincolnshireWildlife Park, in Friskney. The Wildlife park has a National Parrot sanctuary, with over1,500 parrots. The parrots were taken in from owners, some of which said that theparrots may have picked up a couple of curse words. Of course, when the staff wouldhear the birds cursing at them, they would laugh. Who wouldn’t laugh when a parrot is yelling at you with words that they should not know? But when the park put the birds out on display after the Covid-19 lockdown, the birds…

Doc Rivers Leaves Behind a Clippers Legacy to Join the Philadelphia 76ers

Spencer Klein- In the days since it was announced that head coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers had mutually agreed to part ways, many teams have tried to acquire him as he has moved out of Los Angeles. The undeniable truth is that Rivers had a positive impact on the franchise and brand. The main reason he was fired was that the Clippers in his 7 years of coaching them did not make it to the Western Conference finals after a loss in game 7 to the Nuggets and a couple of weeks ago. He went 356-208 as his career as the coach for the Clippers. He took them to the second round of the playoffs three times in the Western Conference. Rivers who played 13 seasons in the NBA. He is 1624-943 in nearly 21 seasons as an NBA coach. He was the 1900-2000 Coach of the Year. He visited with Brand the Sixers Vice Executive Manger and the Sixers ownership on Wednesday and the organization wasted little time before making a deal with Doc. He is replacing head coach Brett Brown. He was fired after the 7…

Baboon Mischief

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Lizzie Crandall- Some cities have raccoons. Others have deer. In Cape Town, South Africa, however, they have baboons. The baboons live in the craggy mountains surrounding the city, and they are super annoying. Baboons raid trash and gardens instead of wandering the roads like deer. They steal food, break into houses, and sometimes even jump into cars! They also raid in groups instead of the solitary raids made by raccoons. It’s the worst of both worlds. In the craggy mountain area surrounding the city, there are fifteen troops of baboons. Around five hundred individual baboons in total live in the mountains. One baboon in particular has caused Cape Town lots of problems.Kataza is on the police watch list. He has been tipping trash cans, stealing fruit, and breaking into houses. The police that are after him are Cape Town’s “baboon police.” They are used to help stop bad baboon behavior. Baboons have a long history of raiding. They do it for the same reason wolves attack livestock:…

An Amazing Woman: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Death

Ella Foraker- Ruth Bader Ginsburg led an amazing life, she served on The Supreme Court fortwenty-seven years and did so much work for gender equality. She was a true inspiration to allpeople of all ages. She sadly died on September 18, 2020 from Pancreas cancer. Many bookshave been written about her and in a film, On the Basis of Sex, in 2018 that focuses on her earlycareer and her fight for gender equality. Justice Ginsburg will have another first in her life, beingthe first woman to lay in the state Capitol.Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born Ruth Joan Bader on March 15, 1993, in Brooklyn, NewYork. Her parents, Nathan and Celia Bader had another child, an older daughter who died whenRuth was just two.Celia had poor health while Ruth was a teen and died of cancer the daybefore Ruth graduated highschool at James Madison High School. Ruth then went to CornellUniversity, earned a bachelor's degree with high honors in government and well in all subjects.While at the university, she met her …

Comparing the DNC and RNC

Ahalya Nambiar— The Democratic and Republican National Conventions used differenttones, messages, speakers, and settings, to try to convince the American people that theirnominee should be elected president, Joe Biden, and Donald Trump, respectively.The Democratic National Convention, or the DNC, chose to adopt a more positive,bipartisan attitude, saying that together we can beat COVID-19, fix the economy, and work tocombat racial injustice. The Republican National Convention, or the RNC, took a more fear-inducing approach. They said that if Biden were elected, no one would be safe, taking a more“law and order” stances.The DNC boasted a diverse group of speakers. Even some of Biden’s former rivals cameforward to praise him, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend Mayor PeteButtigieg, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Some Republicans, too, came forward,including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former New Jersey Governor Christine ToddWhitman. S. Stone look for…

TikTok CEO Steps Down

Ahalya Nambiar- TikTok CEO, Kevin Mayer, stepped down on Thursday as the company faces increasing pressure from the Trump administration to sell part of the app.Mayer joined TikTok just four months after several years at Disney, where he was crucial to the launch of Disney+, Disney’s streaming service to take on the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon’s Prime Video. He was brought on by TikTok to add a seasoned U.S. executive and distance the company from its Chinese roots. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mayer sent a letter to employees telling them that he decided to leave the company because of the changing political environment, potential organizational changes to address this, and what it means for his role.The CEO’s resignation comes at a stressful time for the company. TikTok is very popular, especially among teens, and has over two billion downloads, according to the Wall Street Journal. The White House has been pushing for the Chinese-owned ByteDance Ltd., TikTok’s paren…

Covid-19 has Struck a Remote Andamanese Tribe in India

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Claire Liu- The dwindling tribe of the Great Andamanese in India had 10 members test positive for Covid-19 over the past month. Scientists have estimated that the cause is due to the transportation between cities and islands. After the news broke out, concern escalated from the citizens of India and other indigenous people.Along with the Andaman Islands, the Nicobar Islands, with a population of around 400,000, have reported 2,268 Covid-19 cases with 37 deaths so far.Out of the 10 that were infected, 6 were able to recover and put into home quarantine, while the remaining four are currently being treated at a local hospital. There are only around 50 members of the Great Andamanese and they mostly live on Strait Island near the capital, Port Blair. Port Blair is part of the 37 coral reefed-fringed archipelago chain. Aid has also been sent by the Indian government.Some of the tribe’s members travel to and from Port Blair where they have government jobs, causing them to contract the viru…

The Shooting of Jacob Blake

Ella Foraker- On August 22, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin an African American man, Jacob Blake was shot seven times by one of the three white officers that had been called there to arrest Blake. The police are still investigating what happened but here is what has been released by the police, Jacob Blake admitted that he had a knife in his car, and was going to get it when he was shot. There is a video that clearly shows officers, guns outstretched pointed towards Blake, and Jacob walking to his car then opening the car door and leaning in. Blake was shot seven times, by one of the officers. A couple of Jacob Blake’s kids had been in the car and his wife was near him.Protests erupted soon after the shooting. Two protesters were shot and killed, and there was a lot of property damaged. Sport teams also boycotted across the nation, but the whole story still hasn’t been released by the police. According to the police report, a woman called the police because she had seen Jacob in her apartm…

Girl Suspended in Air By Orange Kite

Ella Foraker- On Sunday, a three-year old girl was suspended in the air by a large kite for about thirty seconds, in a terrifying experience. The toddler was not hurt besides for a few minor scrapes. The unidentified girl had been entangled by a large orange kite. The kite wrapped around her neck and suspended her in the air. Wildly throwing the girl up and down until after about thirty seconds, adults were able to pull the frightened girl back towards the ground. Screams can be heard from terrified people helplessly watching what they must have thought as the end of a tiny girl's life. The toddler had been at a Taiwan Festival when she had been tangled up in the kite. The surprising part is that the girl was not really hurt besides for some cuts and bruises to her face and neck. The kite festival was held in the city of Hsinchu. Videos and photos of this occurrence were captured, it is not clear how the girl got tangled up in the kite or how close she was to the massive kite. The…

NBA and Others Leagues are Canceling Games Due to the Protests of Jacob Blake

Spencer Klein- Multiple sports organizations like the NBA, MLB, WNBA, and the MLS have been protesting over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 23. The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, August 26 in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake, who is a black man. Blake was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer on Sunday, August 23. Blake is now perilzed from the waist down. Also some other leagues are canceling games such as the MLS,MLB,WNBA, and also the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament was canceled for the day on Wednesday, August 23.ESPN reported that during a meeting on Wednesday night, the NBA polled teams about the best path forward and both LA teams, the Lakers and the Clippers,voted that they should end the season. The all star, LeBron James, who has been very involved in social change had this to say via twitter, “WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.” And early this week, Bucks guard George Hill qu…

Early Depictions of Animals Hibernating

Lizzie Crandall- Recent scientific evidence from the University of Washington shows that an early mammal called Lystosaurs might have hibernated to survive its arctic habitat.Lystosaurs was around the size of a pig. It had tusks like an elephant and a turtle-like beak. It lived during the Triassic period, and was one of the small mammals to live alongside the dinosaurs. It lived in one of two climates: warmer climates (Modern day India and South Africa), and colder climates (Antarctica).Tests of the fossil’s tusks were tested by scientists at the University of Washington. They were looking for any stress differences between warm dwelling Lystosaurs and colder dwelling Lystosaurs. Tusks are similar to rings inside a tree, as they keep track of different periods in the animal’s life. It was especially easy to study the fossilized tusks because Lystosaurs’ tusks never stopped growing, similar to beaver teeth.One test showed that Lystosaurs living in colder climates might have hibernated …

Wildfires Ravage the West Coast

Ahalya Nambiar- Wildfires are ripping apart the West Coast, from Washington state to New Mexico.These wildfires first started a little over a month ago. Most of them are due to humancarelessness though climate change hasn’t helped either. One of these horrible fires, the ElDorado Fire, which has burned through 20 square miles in San Bernardino County in SouthernCalifornia, was started by a pyrotechnic device spark used in a “gender reveal” party onSaturday.These wildfires are causing a significant amount of damage. With over 23 people dead,hundreds of towns destroyed, and thousands of people forced to evacuate, everyone is doingeverything they can to help. The Red Cross is filling up hotel rooms with evacuees becausegroup shelters are prohibited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wildfires have burned through5,000 square miles in California since January.John Sykes is a 50-year-old evacuee living in Berry Creek, a small town in California.According to USA Today, he said that “The school is…

Messi Could Leave F.C. Barcelona

Billy Good- Lionel Messi wants to leave F.C. Barcelona. This might not happen this season because Barcelona has said the only way he can leave for free, legally, is if he doesn’t play this year. This is true because in their contract it says if he wants to leave he has to decide if he wants to leave the team in June before the next season and the deadline already happened. That is when the contract ends anyway.Messi is trying to exercise a clause that says he can leave after any season for free but the deadline is in June and he missed it. His legal team has kept pushing for them to let him sign with another team. Barcelona has already returned to preseason practice without the star player and captain.Although they have been fighting, Barcelona has still given Messi a contract extension for two years. The president of the team wants to sit down and talk this out with Messi’s dad and his agent. The team wants to land a contract that would keep Messi there until 2023. They would not say…

Super Tuesday

By: Winnie Cha

On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, the national holiday, Super Tuesday took place. This day occurs once in every four years. This always takes place the year of the presidential election which is in November. Super Tuesday is where multiple states vote for what candidate runs for the presidency. The fourteen states that participate in this are California, Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine.  Bernie Sander won the following states: California, Colorado, Utah, and Vermont. Joe Biden won Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Bernie Sanders has the second most delegates after Joe Biden. This was very surprising to the public. Most people had thought Bernie Sanders would win based on polls and individual donations. What was also surprising is that Elizabeth Warren Mike Bloomberg did not win a single state. This is surprising bec…

Katherine Johnston Died

By: Laila Harrison 
On February 24, 2020,  legend Katherine Johnston died. Katherine Johnston was an African American mathematician who worked for NASA from 1953 to 1986. When it came to math, Katherine was a genius. During that time, it was hard for women to be accepted to NASA, let alone a black woman, but Katherine proved that anything was possible. Women alone got discriminated against because of the idea that men were superior to women. There was also the idea that women should just clean the house and take care of their husbands. Katherine Johnston was a woman that proved the stereotypes wrong. Because Katherine was black, she had to work extra hard to get where she wanted to be. Her co-workers didn’t want to share bathrooms with her, coffee, or even be in the same room. But in the end, all of her hard work and dedication paid off. Katherine first started off as a “computer” for NASA. Accompanied by other women, she would calculate the mathematics for the engineers that were worki…

What Needs to Happen to Make Allstar Games Watchable

By: Eli Cogan 
The idea of an all-star game seems pretty good. Getting all the best players and putting them on teams to play a great game of their sport. The problem is nobody wants to play. There are not many incentives, and players do not want to get injured in a relatively meaningless game. So what can commissioners and owners do to create better all-star games that could make more money for the sport and attract more fans?  An example of a tremendous all-star game is this year’s NBA All-Star game. It started with a great Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. The Three-Point Contest went down to the final seconds, where Buddy Hield hit four out of five from his money rack (each ball equals two), beating Devin Booker 27-26. In the Dunk Contest, Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. went back and forth with amazing dunks. Unfortunately, it ended with some controversial judging by Dwayne Wade, the former teammate of Derrick Jones Jr. Overall, the skills challenges are a great way to …

Harry Styles Robbed at Knife Point

By Erin Pierani      March 4th, 2020. On February 14th, Harry Styles was robbed at knifepoint at around midnight in London, England. Harry Styles is a former One Direction singer and, currently, a successful solo artist.          Now in March, Harry Styles broke his silence on the details of his terrifying experience. Harry says he was walking home from a friend’s house when he started to believe he was being followed. Harry says, “I’m five minutes from home, and I kind of see this group of guys who got their hoods up and their faces covered. I was like, that’s  a bit weird.” Next, they began to come even closer behind him and crossed the street when he did. Then they asked to talk to him and began forcing him to give up his belongings.      At this point, Harry had given up all the cash in his pockets. This was not enough for the robbers, because they wanted his phone. “I pull out my phone and I’m thinking, ok this is really annoying but I’ll wipe it and get a new phone.” Styles said. …

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Oklahoma College Recruiter Fired After Telling Students to Line Up by Skin Color and Hair Texture

BY: Megha Gaitonde The students at Harding Charter Preparatory High School were told, by a college recruiter who has now been fired, to line up by skin color and hair texture. According to KFOR-TV, the recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University visited the eleventh-grade students on Monday. He asked them to line up from darkest to lightest skin and then had them line up based on their hair. This activity is racially judging the kids by what they look like. This man was singled out or separating kids by something they can’t really control, making them feel awkward. “He told us to line up. Nappiest hair in the back and straightest hair in the front,” said Korey Todd, a student who was in the assembly, according to ABC news. Another student who participated in the exercise, Rio Brown, said, “That is when I felt uncomfortable. I was like ‘okay, this isn’t right’.” However, not only the students were offended by the recruiter’s actions. Kory Todd said, “Teachers left. They were crying, an…