Activists Petition to Prolong Increased Sales and Income Tax

ERIN KIM EVA ORTEGA Staff Writers In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown campaigned to raise support for Proposition 30, an initiative which would boost the state sales tax and raise income taxes for seven years on individuals who make more than $250,000 annually to support education and enhance public safety. Prop 30’s provisions have garnered support from a broad coalition of

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LA City Council Members Devote Funds For Homeless Relief Efforts

KYLE ANG SHELLEY LIN Staff Writers According to the Los Angeles Almanac, 254,000 people, including young children, have experienced living on the streets of LA County and approximiately 82,000 people are homeless on many nights. On Sept. 22, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and seven City Council members decided to donate $100 million to shelters to improve their living conditions, with

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Hand Sanitizer Causes Alcoholic Poisoning

MOLLY-MAE MENDOZA Staff Writer In Georgia, there have been reports of hand sanitizer consumption by children under the age of 12. According to CBS News, consuming ethanol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning. Just a taste or lick of hand sanitizer could put a child at risk, depending on how strong the sanitizer is. Children can start getting symptoms of

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Court Ruling ‘Present’s ‘Happy Birthday’ Song as Public Domain

NADIA GOV Staff Writer According to the Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most popular song in the English language and, now, it will potentially be free of copyright. Previously, people like film director Jennifer Nelson were forced to pay fees if they wanted to feature “Happy Birthday” in movies because of the copyright held

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Obama Administration Launches Apprenticeship Expansion Initiative

ELTON HO Copy Editor In January, President Obama made headlines when he announced America’s College Promise, an initiative to expand the workforce by providing free community college. On Sept. 9, Obama added on to this proposal, pledging to expand vocational education. As the first step, his administration will allocate $175 million in grants for the development of workforce training programs.

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Staff Editorial: College For All Act: Idealistic or Realistic?

On May 19, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposed the College for All Act to eliminate undergraduate tuition and fees at all four-year public universities and colleges. He plans to fund this by implementing the “Robin Hood Tax” on Wall Street, a tax imposed on various investments, funds and trades of stocks. The College For All Act would also help

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Can You Dig It?: Obama on Gun Control: Emotional Emphasis for Change

KAYIU WONG Opinions Editor President Barack Obama’s words in the wake of mass violence all seem to touch on similar themes: the incurable pain of loss, lament for the innocent victims, and perhaps most strongly expressed, frustration over political neglect to make each act of violence the last. His response to the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon on Oct.1 was no

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Artificial Intelligence Programming A Better Future

KENNETH HOU Staff Writer In a day and age where the power of a computer lies within an individual’s pocket, it is hard not to wonder where technology will take us next. After all, the current ability of computer programming and robotic design is already quite astonishing. The potential power of technology has raised worldwide concern, as scientists such as

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What Pope Francis’ Abortion Announcement Really Means

YANG LIN Staff Writer Pope Francis announced in the beginning of September that starting in December, all priests are allowed to forgive women who had terminated pregnancies. At first glance, one may think that this is a brilliant decision because women are being accepted for their “sins” of abortion. Despite this, Pope Francis’ announcement was basically a way of portraying

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Introduction: Media Manifesto

Jason Zhu Staff Writer Social media has long since embedded itself into our daily lives. Though it is as simple as a form of communication and expression, they do wield enormous power. As author Erik Qualman once said, “[the] power of social media is that it forces necessary change.” From fueling the fight for human rights against Arabian monarchies during

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