Gun control in the United States

In the United States, gun control is a topic that is always being talked about. Some people want more freedom with guns, and others feel that gun laws should be more restrictive. Every time a school shooting, or tragedy having to do with guns, happens more laws are passed, but they do little to prevent the next event that is inevitable.

Some of the gun laws that the U.S. has right now include: you have to be at least 18 to buy a gun, and fugitives, people who are deemed a danger to society, people involuntarily admitted into mental institutions, and people with felony convictions are restricted from buying guns and owning them.

Most states require permits to own a handgun. They also run a background check on you before you can buy the gun, although sometimes the background checks are not thorough enough to keep guns out of the hands of people planning to do harm with them. In the South, gun laws tend to be more loose, and in the North, they tend to be more restrictive.

In the past 10-20 years school shootings, and attempted school shootings, have become a big issue. The first school shooting was on April 20, 1999, when two boys named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot up Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They killed 13 people and injured 20.

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The school shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary, I think, sent the most shockwaves across the nation.

The last school shooting to happen, was at Parkland High School in Florida. 17 lost their lives, and their classmates are taking a stand because they feel that gun control laws need to be passed so more innocent lives can be saved. There have been laws/policies passed to make it harder to obtain guns including: in some stores the age to buy guns has been raised to 21, background checks are getting more thorough, and bump stocks are being banned in some states. Only time will tell if these laws are going to be effective.

For more information please visit:
https://gun-control.procon.org/
http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

 

Sports schedule for: Mar 19-24

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.stpaulcity.org

Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls  Golf, Adapted Bowling, Adapted Softball, Boys Tennis, Badminton, Track & Field

Activities the Week of March 19-24

Monday Mar. 19:

Baseball opening day of practice

Boys and Girls Golf opening day of practice

Varsity & JV Badminton vs. Mpls. Washburn @ HP 3:15pm

Tuesday Mar. 20:

Wednesday Mar.21:
Varsity & JV Badminton vs. Eden Prairie @ HP 3:15pm

Thursday Mar. 22:

Friday Mar. 23:
  
Saturday Mar. 24:

Go Scots!

How to become a successful lawyer

Are you considering to become a lawyer?
According to The Balance, law school is a three-year program if your planning on being a lawyer full-time, and you can only qualify as a law student if you received your bachelor’s degree. A lawyer’s job is to represent their client and advise them on their legal situations. Lawyers could also work on a criminal or civil lawsuit.

According to totaljobs.com, lawyers usually do the following:

  • -Attending court hearings (and doing the preparation beforehand)
  • -Drawing up contracts and other legal documents
  • -Negotiating (not all cases will end up in court)
  • -Explaining the law and giving general legal advice
  • -Settling disputes and supervising any agreements
  • -Researching and gathering evidence
  • -Analysing legal documents
  • -Supervising legal assistants

Some steps on how to become a lawyer

  1. It is important to know information about law and how to conduct research.
  2. Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars because they’ll help you gain more understanding.
  3. Practice “Critical Thinking” by being able to look at a legal issue from both sides.
  4. Developing your writing skills will help you become a successful lawyer and you are most likely to advance your client’s position.
  5. Work on your oral skills since lawyers are required to speak to the the court, other lawyers, a jury, or the clients. They should be able to argue their client’s position without disrespecting the opposing counsel or to the court.
  6. Familiarize yourself with the courts in which you regularly practice. Each court has different practices.
  7. Complete a trial practice seminar. Some organizations has training trials for people interested in learning different departments of the justice system.
  8. Join a local, state, or national bar association. You’ll be able to learn and meet experienced attorneys and exchange ideas.
  9. Find a mentor. This is important to new lawyers because this will help them become a better lawyer.

Sexism in HPHS basketball games

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During the basketball season, everyone is getting ready to either play hard or cheer hard, at Highland Park Senior High. Highland is primarily known for its school spirit, and athletes that show their athletic ability while playing and working hard; not just individually, but especially working as a team. Girls and boys basketball games are often very entertaining to watch. Each and every player, on both teams, has a skill that when put together, makes the team special. One thing that brings down the girls team is the lack of support at the girl’s games because, others would rather watch the boy’s game than women’s for various reasons.

Between the months of November and March, basketball season is in session in SPPS schools. The teams work on skills, team building, cardio and other activities to make the team excel. One thing that the girl’s team has noticed, is the lack of support that they get during regular games, or even bigger games. Sometimes it’s because the boys and girls are scheduled on the same day, but other times it’s because it’s perceived that girl’s basketball is “boring, weak, or because the boys are more entertaining” according to a teammate. There are many false things said about the girl’s basketball team and the sexism level is somewhat high.

We asked some of the players to hear their opinions on what they think about the sexism between the boy’s and girl’s game. One player said: “I think that the boy’s basketball team does a good job of supporting the girl’s teams…it’s just that the people of the school have such a negative outlook on us sometimes, but I guess they’ll come when they can. I don’t know.” The concern is not with the boy’s team supporting us, it’s mainly about the community not wanting to give support.

Overall, the season was great. They worked really hard to make this season successful, and had a long lesson about confidence which showed in the majority of the games. One thing that the Highland Park Girl’s basketball team has is teamwork, and that’s what leads the team to pursue success no matter how hard the season. They overcome any obstacle they face, as long as they have each other.

Spyhouse review

By Piper Gallivan and Alivia Arredondo

Spyhouse is a new coffee shop in the Highland area, just over a mile from school. This is the first expansion of a very popular location in Uptown Minneapolis. We wanted to see what all the hype was about and check it out.

Spyhouse had a very cozy and modern feel to it. For a few years, it has been known as a very hipster coffee shop in Minneapolis that is Instagram famous. This is understandable as it has a very cool color scheme and mugs that are recognizable from the Minnesota outline on them. They have the perfect blank walls for pictures, and there are also plants placed here and there. The building is pretty small, about the size of a large classroom, so it could easily be overcrowded on a busy weekend morning. It is the perfect kind of vibe for a study session alone or with friends.

Due to the fact that the Spyhouse is a coffee shop, it did not have actual food on the menu. However, you can choose from a selection of pastries that are located in a case in the front. There is a long list of coffees to choose from and a variety of teas. If you’re looking for a nice coffee or tea, the Spyhouse menu is guaranteed to have it.

We ordered a chai tea latte and a chocolate croissant. Both of these were very good, and we recommend them. The latte was sweet, but not overwhelmingly sweet, and it was very warm, but not too hot that it burned your mouth. The chocolate croissant was also very sweet and tasted very good when accompanied by the chai tea latte. It tasted fresh, and not like it had been made days ago. It also wasn’t very messy like many pastries tend to be.

The food and drinks of this cafe were also very aesthetically pleasing, which is a plus. Many people nowadays love to photograph their food, and this food was overall pretty to look at. It wasn’t messy, and the mugs were really cute along with the good lighting from the windows.

The customer service was very pleasing. When you walk into the door and start to order your food the workers there all seem to be really hipster and cool. They wait there for you to decide what you would like patiently, while at the same time, they are filling up coffee orders or are working the cash register. This contributes to the chill and hipster vibes from the cafe. When you are ordering, if you have any questions or concerns, the workers there are very open to answering your questions and making your coffee just how you want it. Once your drink is ready, they will bring it to the station where you pick it up, and make sure everything is in order and how you ordered it, before you go sit down. After the meal, once you’ve placed your dish in the dish bin, they will politely wave goodbye as you leave, if they get the chance.

Overall, we had a positive experience at Spyhouse. It has proved to be a good environment to chill with your friends or work on homework. It did not have a great variety of things to order, and the drinks did not really stand out, but the food was very good and the location was hard to beat.

Oscars 2018 fashion

Even though most people watch the Oscars because of the great movies, people should be paying more attention to the dresses worn by celebrities. The styles weren’t only expensive, but also stunning. Tiffany Haddish, a comedian and actress, paid tribute to her dead father by wearing a gown that represented her Eritrean roots. Viola Davis, the stunning actress, wore a gorgeous bubblegum-pink dress, which made her reach the top of the best dressed list at the Oscars. The list of the best dressed celebrities is long.

Lupita Nyong’o lived up to her reputation as being one of Hollywood’s most fashionable individuals, when she arrived to the Oscars in custom Atelier Versace. The Black Panther star paired the look with a Versace clutch handbag, and Niwaka jewelry.

Actress Zendaya, pulled her hair into a topknot, and she paired it with a plum smokey eye, and neutral lipstick. She wore an elegant violet dress, showing her arms, and then pairing it with Niwaka earrings and shoes.

The majority of the celebrities focused on their hair rather than their outfits. For example, the Get Out star, Allison Williams, styled her brunette bob with an old Hollywood wave. Her hairstylist, Peter Lux, used Goldwell’s Kerasilk shape spray. She finished her fantastic Oscar look with a shimmery rose gold eyeshadow, and metallic pink lipstick. Laura Dern, Allison Janney, Helen Mirren, and Emma Stone all had a side swept hairstyle.

Taraji P. Henson came to impress. She came wearing a Grecian dress. It was really flowy, and it showed a lot of skin. Her skin looked very smooth and nice. She said she applied Vaseline and Coco Radient Lotion on her body. As for her makeup, she had on silver metallic eyeshadow, and plum lips. As for her hair, she had it flat-ironed, and used Oribes Gold Lust Nourishing Oil to finish her look. Taraji delivered those looks really well.