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Many stay awake to observe Blood Moon

Many stay awake to observe Blood Moon

Patrick Cao, Editor

October 13, 2015

The Blood Moon, also known as the lunar eclipse, is a phenomenon that many have recently witnessed. The reason behind the name, "Blood Moon,” is the great event of light from the moon scattering when in earth's shadow. This event in space gave our planet a beautiful view of the moon's orange-red rusty...

National PARCC debate leaves many with unanswered questions

National PARCC debate leaves many with unanswered questions

Miranda Febus, Editor

March 10, 2015

As students in Becton take the state-mandated PARCC exam, nationwide controversy has sparked over the new standards. The PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, strives to achieve the Common Core. According to the Common Core State Initiatives website,...

Drone dilemma continues in the U.S.

David Stoltz, Staff Writer

February 15, 2015

The ease of purchasing an unmanned aircraft has recently come under scrutiny in the United States. Many Americans believe they are a direct threat to our nation’s national security. Flying a drone is quite a difficult task and, contrary to popular belief, it is much harder to operate or build a...

Universal flu vaccination may be ‘worth the shot’

Alex Gatopoulos, Staff Writer

January 21, 2015

A universal flu vaccine has seemed, at least for a majority of the history of modern medicine, impossible and out of reach. However, with the recent advancements made at McMaster University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York, this may not be the case. Scientists have recently figured...

Gas prices reach a new low; average family will save hundreds in 2015

Sharon Skeahan & Renee Kochinski, Media Editor & Feature Editor

January 21, 2015

For weeks now, people across the United States have been witnessing low gas prices. As of January 18, the AAA national gas price average is 2.068 dollars, which is about 1.19 dollars less than the national average at this time last year. This gas price phenomenon is something that the United States has...

A follow-up on the Dec. 2014 AirAsia crash

Angela Cheung, Staff Writer

January 21, 2015

Just under one month ago, Flight QZ8501 crashed in the Java Sea with 162 people on board. About 35 minutes into the flight, the pilot asked air traffic control for permission to turn left and climb to a higher altitude to avoid the bad storm ahead. Moments after, the plane disappeared from the air...

Maccagnan, Bowels hired to take Jets in new direction

David Stoltz, Staff Writer

January 19, 2015

In recent years, Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, has struggled to find leadership for the organization, and in two years, former general manager John Idzik failed to draw in talent through both the draft and free agency. With a record of 4-12 this season, the team ended up parting ways...

Actor Bill Cosby faces sexual abuse charges from multiple women

Yomarie Llanos, Staff Writer

January 19, 2015

Bill Cosby, the man everyone knows as America's Dad, has recently been accused publicly by sixteen women of sexual assault, however; there is a lot of speculation on the validity of all of these statements. On January 13, 2005, the first accusation against Cosby came to light. This accusation was...

Proposed tuition legislation to cut cost of community college

Miranda Febus, Editor

January 16, 2015

President Barack Obama proposed two free years of community college for every student willing to keep up his or her grades on January 8. “Today I'm announcing an ambitious new plan to bring down the cost of community college tuition in America…I want to bring it down to zero. I want to make it free,"...

Popular teen food chain has customers wondering ‘Where’s the pork?’

Popular teen food chain has customers wondering ‘Where’s the pork?’

Devyn Di Meola, Editor

January 16, 2015

Chipotle Mexican Grill has stopped serving pork at approximately 600 locations after suspending a major supplier. After a routine audit, the trendy fast-food chain discovered that one of its pork suppliers had failed to attain the company’s Responsibly Raised standards.  Chipotle’s animal welfare...

Suicide of Leelah Alcorn raises awareness for transgender teens

Suicide of Leelah Alcorn raises awareness for transgender teens

Akemi Yara, Staff Writer

January 13, 2015

Leelah Alcorn, a young transgender woman born Joshua Alcorn, committed suicide on December 28, 2014. The teenager was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 at about 2 a.m. approximately four miles from her home in Kings Mills, Ohio. Leelah Alcorn’s suicide has attracted international attention...

Obama’s student loan initiative aims to lower monthly payments

December 3, 2014

While school is in full swing for many, the recent months have seen the establishment of President Obama’s Student Loan Forgiveness program. This plan has been in the works since 2009 when Obama reformed part of the Direct Loan program in 2009 in his Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of...

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