Category Archives: The World

Exotic Animal Selfie Outbreak

Over the last year, tourists and travelers from all over have been heading to South America and South East Asia to take these wild animal selfies. This epidemic has risen over 230% since 2014. And people are going nuts over it. From koala bears to elephants to giraffes they are all apart of the selfie outbreak. This has helped raise and gain money in the communities near by the wildlife. But many critics believe Continue reading Exotic Animal Selfie Outbreak

Anchorage Gets Hit With 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake. What’s Next?

On Friday morning the area of Anchorage, Alaska was hit with a 7.0 on the richter scale following the recurring path that the city is starting to experience. The result was churned up and mangled roads and business were sent running out of their office buildings. The exact location was said to be somewhere roughly five miles north of the state’s capital and largest city, coming in at roughly 300,000. Initial assessments tell us that there are no reported casualties but the state’s infrastructure was hit very hard. Continue reading Anchorage Gets Hit With 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake. What’s Next?

Does Adoption Have More Positive or Negative Effects?

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Adoption is the process and legal procedure of which children lacking support and cultural benefits from a family, are able to get permanent people and another family to support them in which they will no longer be taken away from their necessities.  Adoption is beneficial for the adopter and the adoptee.

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The adoptee will be able to live a happier, healthier and more comfortable life in a better environment, and for the adopter, they get to bring home a new joy to experience this love and parenting with.  Adoption can be looked at as a fresh start for the two parties. However, child adoption is likely to have an effect on the adoptive parents, the adoptee and the birth parents as well. There are more than 101,000 children in the United States that are waiting to get adopted.  The ages of these children range from school-aged and older.

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Although children who are fortunate enough to get adopted have more stable resources and a more comfortable environment to live in, they also may suffer from the trauma that adoption brings.  Adoption could bring many emotional barriers for one to overcome because of how much, and the circumstances they are put through throughout their life. The fact that they are not being raised by who birthed them, and having to adjust to a new family will take a toll on the adoptee.  With open adoptions, a lot of the time the children are brought these people who will soon be called their parents, to raise these children, while the child being adopted had little to no notice about these people and never had a chance to get to meet them beforehand or know anything about them and what they are like.  Adoptive parents don’t always tell their children that they are adopted, but if they do it is typically later in the child’s life. This can cause stress or emotional trauma to the child once they find this out and they may feel as if their biological parents “gave up” on them. Older children in adoption centers or children of another race don’t get adopted as often as a caucasian child or an infant.  Once a child is adopted, the birth parents can come back to their children if they renounce their legal parental rights. This could confuse a child and be difficult for them to go through the adoption process with a new family just to switch again back to their birth parents. Once the child has been legally adopted, the biological parents have no legal ties to the child. The time it takes to adopt a healthy child can vary between two to seven years so that child will have to wait to start their new life with their new family.  If a child of a different race is adopted into a family that is not their race, that child could be going to a school being the only student of a different race making them feel as if they don’t belong or fit in with everyone else.

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However, if the children are being put into an adoption center because of the poor things their birth parents are doing or growing up not being taken cared of properly, they will be able to escape that situation and start over in a healthier family and they will be freed from the trauma that has been put onto them, and orphaned or homeless children will be able to have forever homes.  Children who have only grown up with one parent and are then put into an adoption center will then get to experience life with two parents. Adoption is positive for the adopter if they are not able to have children of their own or have had trouble with having a baby, they can now adopt a child to raise as their own. If two parents are not stable or ready for a family they oftentimes choose to put their children up for adoption for two people who cannot have a family or who are more prepared for a family so their child can be better taken care of.  Another case of positive adoption would be if a mother has a baby with a negligent father, and then remarries, the stepfather of the child can adopt them as their own, so the child can get away from the presence of their negligent father and have their stepfather fulfill the father role.

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When taking a poll of students from West Clermont High School, 89% of them had said that adoption is more positive than negative and only 11% think that adoption has more negative effects than positive effects.


California Shooting Leaves 12 Dead; Almost A Dozen Injured

          Tragedy struck last week, leaving a dozen dead and almost as many injured as a bar in California became home to the 307th mass shooting in the United States this year.

          The Borderline Bar & Grill was a popular hangout spot for the youth of Thousand Oaks, California. On the night of November 7th it was a special ‘College Night’ event and per usual, customers packed in to dance, watch the game and unwind. Then, terror struck as a man dressed in a black trench coat and glasses suddenly rushed and shot the security guard. Inside, patrons thought that it may have been a sound effect or fireworks, and some people even continued to dance. Continue reading California Shooting Leaves 12 Dead; Almost A Dozen Injured

California Wildfires

The 2018 California wildfire season has been the one of the most destructive on record

Search teams picked through the aftermath of the Camp Fire, named after Camp Creek Road where the fire initially started, in the town of Paradise, California with cadaver dogs. 9,000 firefighters continue in their efforts to contain the fire. Their expectations are grim as they expect the death toll to rise further.

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What is juuling?

It’s 2018 and there is a new epidemic going on around the United States. You have probably heard of it or

have maybe even used one, juuling. The term juuling usually refers to this recreational use. Many students

bring their juul to school because of their sleek design and resemblance to a USB drive, juul products are

easy for students to conceal and use in schools, maybe even sometimes while the class is going on.

The product is made for and legally available to only adults 18 and older. However in many cases, the

media has reported that these devices are being used by kids and teenagers mainly to look “cool”. The

juul itself can be used unless you have a thing called a pod. A pod is what you put into the juul to get the

nicotine and puffs. Each pod has about 200 puffs, which has the same amount of nicotine as an entire

pack of cigarettes.

A juul is basically an e cigarette, but researchers don’t really know how bad juuls can affect someone’s life.

Dr. Michael Ong  says that “ There likely would be health risks associated with it, though they’re not going

to be the same as a traditional cigarette. So I have to say it, it is not cool to juul especially in school.

Defy Media Ceases Operations

If you are a regular Youtube watcher, or somewhat familiar with popular networks like Clevver or Smosh, then you are probably aware of their sudden halt on all media and productions. Last Wednesday, many entertainers from the channels announced that their parent company informed them of a full shut down without notice, effective immediately. This comes with shock and confusion for the millions of subscribers, as well as over 100 employees and content providers. While there are no definitive reasons for the mass layoff, some of most popular members of the companies have spoken out on their point of view. Continue reading Defy Media Ceases Operations

Jeff Sessions Fired After “Disloyalty” to the Administration

On the afternoon of Wednesday November 7th, President Trump once again rearranged and substituted the office of attorney general by forcing Jeff Sessions out. He replaced him with a new, more loyal member of the administration, as Sessions was known for speaking out against Trump for the Russian probe investigation involving the 2016 election. The event is seen as negative due to the fact the resignation came from the request of Mr. Trump and Sessions was quoted with saying this exactly “Dear Mr. President, at your request I am submitting my resignation,” and added that “Most importantly, in my time as attorney general we have restored and upheld the rule of law”. The standing attorney general for the time remaining will be Matthew G. Whitaker, Session’s chief of staff. Continue reading Jeff Sessions Fired After “Disloyalty” to the Administration

Chinese Internment Camps

Over the past few weeks the Chinese government has been expanding the size and range of their newly established detainment camps in the western half of the country. In the past they have had issues with certain divisions of the population which have led them to violations of human rights. Here there are now hundred of thousands of Muslims that are being the kept in these indoctrinated centers. The reasoning behind this comes from new Chinese policies where the government looks to “brainwash” the inmates into the government party propaganda. The idea is reasoned because the government felt there has been a rising wave of extremism in the province of Xinjiang. Continue reading Chinese Internment Camps