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U.S. & the Middle East: Rectifying Our Mistakes

JOSEPH NEY-JUN Staff Writer The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), formerly known as ISIS, was relatively unheard of among most people until videos of executions by decapitation began circulating the Internet. The victims have been American citizens and those of other countries. This and other terrorist threats …

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Scientific Climate Modification: ‘Weather’ or not?

DEREK WU Staff Writer “It’s hot!” is often said in California and other states, especially in recent years as the temperature has been rising due to constant burning of fossil fuels in the U.S. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide and contributes to the “greenhouse blanket” that causes temperatures to …

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Gives Fresh Take on Asian Americans

DEREK WU Staff Writer KAYIU WONG Opinions Editor Comedy, drama and family are common themes in today’s popular TV sitcoms. However, very few shows can perfectly combine these elements together. ABC’s new series “Fresh Off the Boat” does just that. Combining humor and conventional stereotypes, the show successfully depicts the …

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CROSSING THE CAROLINE: The Parent Trap: Volunteering

CAROLINE REN Editor in Chief Although Assembly Bill 1575 prohibits public and charter school officials from forcing parents to volunteer, some California charter schools still seek to penalize students if their parents do not complete service hours, according to ABC. While parental involvement at schools is admirable, schools should not …

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NO ‘HO’LDING BACK: Everyday Acts of Kindness

ELTON HO Copy Editor I really do appreciate the Alhambra High School community; it’s not perfect, but it tends to be pretty friendly. There’s something about the casual acts of disrespect I witness every day that really just drives me crazy. Whether it’s incessantly chatting over a teacher’s instruction or …

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Debate to Vaccinate Escalates

JOSEPH NEY-JUN Staff Writer The recent measles outbreak in the United States has once again sparked the debate over whether or not vaccinations should be mandatory. The debate itself stems from misinformation on the benefits of vaccines. According to Huffington Post, vaccines are likened to safety belts: they are mandatory …

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Same Sex, Same Blood: Unfair Ban on Homosexuals

DEREK WU Staff Writer KAYIU WONG Opinions Editor In 1983, a ban that prohibited homosexuals and bisexuals from donating blood was enacted. Since very little was known about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) at this time, a nationwide hysteria over the diseases resulted in this prejudiced …

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U.S. Playing Catch-Up for Working Americans

ELTON HO Copy Editor In his 2015 State of the Union address, Obama outlined some key goals of workplace reform for the year: a minimum wage increase, mandatory paid sick leave and gender pay equity. While reforms may find difficulty passing through the Republican-majority House and Senate, Obama’s goals would …

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