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Florida Rejects New AP African American Studies Course

Florida Rejects New AP African American Studies Course

Ava Kahn January 23, 2023

A new Advanced Placement class has been introduced into the College Board system: AP African American Studies. The course has been tested in 60 high schools all over the country. Now the course will be...

Democrats Gain Senate Majority After Georgia Runoff

Democrats Gain Senate Majority After Georgia Runoff

Ava Kahn December 15, 2022

The Midterm elections have finally come to an end after Georgia’s Senate runoff election. Democrat Raphael Warnock beat Republican Herschel Walker by around 100,000 votes. This runoff took place because...

Floral tributes are placed in memory of the victims after a mass shooting at the Club Q gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., November 20, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt

Colorado Night Club Shooting

Ava Kahn December 15, 2022

On November 19, 2022, a twenty-two-year-old man, Anderson Lee Aldrich, opened fire in an LGBTQ club in Colorado. Aldrich killed five people and injured at least 19 others. A retired army major was at the...

Seoul Halloween Crowd Crush

Seoul Halloween Crowd Crush

Vince Kim November 27, 2022

On a Saturday evening October 29, a massive Halloween crowd of 100,000 people in the Itaewon district of South Korea’s capital Seoul devolved into a disastrous crowd crush. The narrow, sloped streets...

COP27 Strike Landmark Deal, But Plans On Reducing Emissions Remain Unclear

COP27 Strike Landmark Deal, But Plans On Reducing Emissions Remain Unclear

Vince Kim November 27, 2022

Countries came to an agreement at the COP27 climate summit on Nov. 20 to provide a loss and damage fund for vulnerable countries damaged by climate disasters. While the breakthrough deal has been considered...

Midterm Election Results

Midterm Election Results

Ava Kahn November 27, 2022

The 2022 Midterm elections bare unexpected results. Many people were expecting for there to be a red wave, which would have been a series of Republican victories. However, the Democrats over-performed...

Ukraines Grain Deal

Ukraine’s Grain Deal

Ava Kahn November 27, 2022

Ukraine is one of the largest exporters of wheat, corn, and sunflower oil. When war broke out between Ukraine and Russia, global food prices rose significantly. Following this, a deal was brokered by the...

The New British Prime Ministers

The New British Prime Ministers

Ava Kahn November 13, 2022

The United Kingdom has had three Prime Ministers in the past three months due to the resignation of first Boris Johnson, in September, and then Liz Truss, in October. Boris Johnson was the Prime Minister...

Math and Reading Test Scores Drop

Math and Reading Test Scores Drop

Ava Kahn November 13, 2022

Math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress of 2022 have had the steepest decline ever recorded. This test is often referred to as the nation’s report card. It sampled...

Herschel Walker: Pro-Life or Pro-Convenience?

Alexandra Saffman October 28, 2022

In Georgia, a tight race between incumbent Raphael Warnock (D) and former football player Herschel Walker (R), could swing the Senate into Republican hands. Trump-backed Walker has emerged as an appealing...

Jess Wades Take on Lack of Female Recognition in STEM

Jess Wade’s Take on Lack of Female Recognition in STEM

Vince Kim October 27, 2022

Outside of her research on polymer-based OLEDs and public engagement in the STEM field, physicist Jess Wade spends her free time writing Wikipedia biographies for under-recognized female and minority scientists...

The mother of a victim holds a milk bottle and blanket as she reacts while standing outside the nursery in Na Klang in Thailands northeastern Nong Bua Lam Phu province on October 7, 2022, the day after a former police officer killed at least 37 people in a mass shooting at the site. - Weeping, grief-stricken families gathered on October 7 outside a Thai nursery where an ex-policeman murdered nearly two dozen children in one of the kingdoms worst mass killings. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Thailand Massacre Leaves Dozens of Children Dead

Vince Kim October 27, 2022

A former cop went on a shooting rampage in Thailand on October 6, killing 36 people, 23 of whom were children, before murdering his wife and child, and then taking his own life. 34 year-old Panya Kambrab...

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