Black holes

Black holes are not just holes floating through space. Black holes are an area with massive amounts of matter squished in tiny areas. Because of all that matter stuck in a tiny area, the gravity that it releases is so strong not even light can escape. And since it even consumes light, that means that you can’t even see them. Scientist observe black holes by the effect on the surrounding area.

Black holes were predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. According to NASA’s website, he predicted, “which showed that when a massive star dies, it leaves behind a small, dense remnant core. If the core’s mass is more than about three times the mass of the Sun, the equations showed, the force of gravity overwhelms all other forces and produces a black hole.” The first black hole was discovered in 1971.

Black holes have many weird properties to them that make them very unique. As was stated earlier, they are invisible, and they also take in all things around and tear them down to their subatomic level. According to a post on NASA’s Universe Forum, black holes also seem to slow down time around them. They are also predicted to release radiation; this radiation is known as Hawking radiation named after Stephen Hawking. Black holes leave this radiation theoretically until they completely evaporate.

Black holes are created when a large star dies. A star dies when it runs out of fuel for nuclear burning, and because of this the star collapses on itself causing a supernova.

After we are left with either a neutron star or a black hole. In order to get a black hole the core needs to be at least 3 times the mass of our sun, thus meaning if our sun went through this process it still wouldn’t make a black hole.

There are 4 main types of black holes which are: supermassive black holes, intermediate mass black hole, stellar black hole, and a micro black hole. The difference between all of these is their solar masses which can range from 5 solar masses all the way to an immeasurable amounts of mass. There is one other type of black hole, which is the most common one, which is characterized by its rotation, which is known as a Kerr black hole.

Mueller Investigation

In the years of 2017-2019, Robert Mueller was doing a special counsel investigation against Russia. He was investigating their government to see if they had anything to do with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A source said, on May 17, 2017, the investigation extent included the allegations that were linked to Donald Trump’s 2017 presidential election.

In 2019, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) started to look into the special counsel, eight days before Trump fired James Comey, who was leading the FBI Russia investigation. The FBI had a feeling that Trump and Russia were linked. The FBI were investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.Following the dismissal of Comey, 130 democratic lawmakers, in congress, called for the appointment of a special counsel.

The investigation resulted in the finding of dozens of instances of foul play by Paul Manafort. They found federal crimes, and at least eight guilty pleas led to convictions, possibly leaving him to serve 7 years in jail.

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, Mueller submitted his report to the FBI. The democrats fear that what they have read has already been made public in Trump’s favor.

The democrats demand that they see the full report made by Mueller. Attorney General William Barr said Mueller’s report cleared Trump of campaign tampering with Russia and criminal obstruction.

For more information, please visit:https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/03/29/politics/mueller-report-secrecy/index.html

Where students are buying their prom dresses

Prom is just around the corner, and many students are trying to find the perfect prom dress to wear. I went around asking people where they are thinking of buying their dresses. Of course, some students are planning on ordering their dress and then just getting it tailored if the dress turns out to be a different size.

If you are planning to go to a store, and try out some dresses, here are some of the common places that students are looking at: David’s Bridal, Von Maur, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Raffine Bridal & Formal Wear. There are many more stores out there that sell beautiful dresses, but the ones listed are the most commonly mentioned.

For online shoppers, some students suggest: Fashion Nova, TOBI, Lulus, and Ericdress. There are many more shops online, and the ones mentioned earlier also do have websites if you would rather purchase online.

Students are also roaming around the Mall of America, and Rosedale Shopping Center for dresses.

Here are some students comments on buying prom dresses!

Elizabeth Vang: I actually already bought mine. I ordered mine from Fashion Nova. Overall, it fit me well but it was a bit longer and since I’m really short; I’m just planning to tailor it. But yea, the dress fit perfectly and I’m not stressing over a prom dress because I bought mine early!

Julissa Martinez: I haven’t bought a dress yet but I have been looking for one. I checked out some of the stores already and there were many that I really liked but I couldn’t make a decision on which one I like best so I’m just still looking around. Macy’s had some really pretty dresses.

Ava Courneya: I haven’t actually looked for a dress yet but I have heard about all those stores mentioned earlier. For me, I prefer to buy a dress at a store so I can try on the dress physically, but since so many of my friends are ordering their dresses online, I might just try that this year.

Hopefully, students who are still trying to find the perfect prom dress are able to find the one they’re looking for. Prom is an exciting part of a high schooler’s life, so hopefully all the dresses they choose to buy turn out perfect!

Into the Woods comes to HPSH

by: N. Michael

Poster by: Leah Morley and Dave Terry

This year’s spring musical brings everyone’s most beloved fairy tale creatures into the woods as they pursue their wishes.

The Baker and his wife (Logan Staeheli and Leah Terry) work to undo the curse put upon their house by the Witch (Sidra Michael).
Meanwhile Cinderella (Clare Brownlee) wishes to go to the King’s Festival where she hopes to meet one of the handsome princes (Soren Eversoll, Thomas Madson, Lorenzo Reyes, Fernando Rivera and Joshua Taylor) while poor Jack (Soren Chirhart) to sell his cow (Adam Meyers).
Lost children, misplaced princesses, a wolf, a mysterious man and a host of fairy tale creatures collide in this musical comedy.
Performances are April 11th and 12th at 7:00 and April 13th at 2:00 and 7:00.
Come support HPSH Arts!

Is a burrito a sandwich?

As you may have heard, there’ve been massive arguments about whether or not a hot dog counts as a kind of sandwich, but recently a ceasefire took place between the two passionate sides, as it was officially stated as one by The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, and with a name like that, you know they mean business.

But now, a hot dog being a sandwich opens up countless opportunities for other food items to be in the threshold of this honorable title. And one of the big contenders of this historic battle, is the humble burrito.

Let’s weigh in the burrito, because for something this important, you need to be in good shape. Anyways, coming in at an average of Chipotle weight, 1 pound and six ounces of pure meat and rice, all the way from the Guanajuato state in central Mexico, it’s covered in carbs but can it take on the Herculean task of being classified as a sandwich? Let’s find out.

So, going on the idea that a hot dog is already a sandwich, as it’s surrounded by bread, we must ask ourselves the daunting question which haunts me as I try and drift off to sleep every single gluten packed night of my life…is a tortilla a kind of bread? And man, oh I did some research, I sure did. I went back into the archives, I unearthed stone tablets of monumental historical knowledge, I needed to make my information reliable, and extraordinary as humanly possible, so I went on lyonbakery.com, aka an Olympian library of gluten-ious facts.

And according to those extraordinarily heroic saints from that website, it’s said that bread, in it’s simplest form, is officially decreed to be a paste of flour and water, cooked over or surrounded by heat. And I don’t know what kind of useless calculus they taught you at Harvard, but according to me, that sounds a heck of a lot like our champ the tortilla here. So, I know what you’re thinking, it’s a done deal right? If a tortilla is a kind of bread, then obviously a burrito is a kind of sandwich?

But you couldn’t be more wrong.

There is one devastating morsel of information we are all forgetting here, it’s that a sandwich has to have an opening; it needs a glorious crevasse rivaling the grand canyon itself in natural beauty, exposing the ingredients of the sandwich to the world almost as if God himself was giving humanity a brief glimpse into heaven above.

And the burrito has no opening, unlike a sandwich of any kind, including the hot dog. A burrito is closed, and it’s just a one and done deal. It’s more or less a shameful sack of delectable ingredients as opposed to a delicate, more pristine and serious sandwich meal.

And thus, the title of the sandwich is just too important to demean it to share the classification with the pathetic loss which is the burrito. I was optimistic at first, but as of now, it seems we may have won the battle, but we lost the war. I’m sorry burrito, we’ll get ’em next time.

Now, as tragic as this tale of woe may seem, there is indeed a silver lining at the end of the rainbow of this gluten packed tale of glory. As some would say; it’s not about the burrito, it’s about the friends you made along the way. That friend being the informative research of that a tortilla is a kind of bread.

Now, with this newfound knowledge, we can now fully state with a clear conscious that a gringas is a sandwich, and has officially, by my sacred decree, has been dubbed thee the noble title of a sandwich.

And if you don’t know what a gringas is, for I have done an expert deep dive into the triple M (Mexican Meal Mythos), and found an official taco encyclopedia of Mexican food in LA) a gringas is a soft flour tortilla filled with cheese, and al pastor, expertly crafted within the great nation of Mexico, along with a sandwich like opening in the side of it making it… a sandwich. Congratulations gringas, you’ve earned your spotlight and solidified your place in the sandwich hall of fame.

 

Students’ feelings towards snow tubing

The rescheduled snow tubing trip for March 14th was cancelled again. Due to the severe weather conditions and ice, Buck Hill was closed until the end of the week. Since we’re nearing the spring season, the organizers felt there wouldn’t be time to reschedule the field trip. When students asked about refunds, the counselors told them that refunds wouldn’t be given, but that the money paid for the trip would be credited to the Valleyfair trip, coming up.

Seeing as students were so upset about the previous cancellations, I decided I would be more interested to read about what people’s opinions were, instead of just mine.

I interviewed three different Highland Park seniors, and asked them a few questions about their feelings on the situation. And these were there responses:

What was your first thought after hearing the trip was going to be cancelled for the second time?

Student 1 (S1): “I was so mad. But I also kind of expected it.”

Student 2 (S2): “I didn’t really care to be honest. I was only going because my friends wanted me to go.”

Student 3 (S3): “I felt like the people organizing it didn’t care at all. Like they didn’t care that we were upset.”

Do you feel like the senior class council is to blame? If so, Why?

S1: “No, they can’t control the weather.”

S2: “No, because they wanted to go on the trip too.”

S3: “Sort of, they are supposed to fight for the seniors, and I just felt like they didn’t.”

What are you feelings towards the Valleyfair field trip coming up?

S1: “I think it will be a fun way to end the year.”

S2: “I’m excited, but I feel like it was weird how they assumed everyone wanted to go, so they just credited the money. I know people who were really mad about it.”

S3: “No, I’m not going. It’s going to get cancelled anyway.”

What are some field trips you guys think students would enjoy?

S1: “Snow tubing…”

S2: “I think we should all go bowling. Or swimming would be fun.”

S3: “We should all go to a group movie. That would be awesome.”

Everyone who wanted to go was a little upset by the cancellation, but graduation is coming up and seniors are most excited for that.

Endangered animals – Part 2 in a multi-part series about the environment

A red panda (Ailurus fulgens) image taken from: https://www.mindfood.com/article/endangered-animal-day/

Have you ever wondered which animals are and aren’t endangered? The answer to that is very long.

Let’s start with what an endangered animal is before this article gets started. An endangered animal is, according to wonderopolis, an animal that is in danger of going extinct. There are sadly so many animals that are becoming endangered by humans. We are destroying their habitats, and their homes. How do you think you would feel if someone was taking away your home because they needed land to build apartments and cities for themselves?

The list of endangered animals goes on and on. From African wolf dogs, to green turtles, to many more. The list goes on and on, on the World Wildlife website about the different types of animals that are endangered.

The Amur leopard is one of the more critical animals. An Amur leopard is commonly found in a forest in Asia. These leopards are endangered because they are being taken for their gorgeous fur, of which is spotted. For more information about the Amur leopard, please visit: Mnzoo.com or World wildlife.com

Another animal that is in critical danger is the black rhino. A black rhino is going extinct because hunters are hunting them for their horns, which have an ivory color. This ivory color can be sold on the black market. As well as their horns, the rhinos habitat is slowly dwindling away. You can actually help these rhinos. You can raise awareness on World Rhino Day. Just by raising awareness of this issue can cause local donors to donate money for veterinary care. This money can also help to bring education of what hunting is doing to their population. The rhinos populations is already very small. For more information about the black rhino, please visit: Animalplanet.com

The Bornean orangutan is another of the of the more critically endangered animals. These orangutan’s habitat is becoming smaller and smaller due to deforestation and cleaning the land for plantations. The logging of trees is affecting the orangutans because they spend almost all of their time in the trees. Another thing is that the smoke of fires confusing them, which leads to them becoming very susceptible to death because their habitat is being burned down. You can help young infants that have been taking from their mother by adopting a little orangutan. It’s only $65 a year. Please visit Theorangutanproject.org for more information.

Lastly, the Cross River gorilla is critically endangered. There is about 300 individuals that remain. This gorilla is the most endangered African ape as of 2013. These gorillas are endangered because of hunters wanting to hunt and trade their meats. For more information, please visit: Birdlife.org

As you can see, all of these, and other animals, are endangered because of hunters and humans caring more about profits than these poor animals.

Flight 302 Ethiopian Airline crash

On Sunday, March 10, a tragedy occurred in Ethiopia that impacted 35 countries. A Sunday morning flight became a tragedy, within minutes, when a Boeing 737 Max 8, carrying 157 people en route to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed 6 minutes after takeoff from Bole International Airport, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers and crew members onboard.

The plane took off at 8:38AM local time, and air traffic control lost contact with the flight at 8:44AM. The plane crashed in Bishoftu, a town 40 miles southeast from Ethiopia’s capital city. According to CNN, The victims came from 35 different nationalities from all over the world. Thirty-two Kenyans, seventeen Ethiopians, eighteen Canadians, eight Americans and seven French are just 5 of of the 35 different nationalities affected. The pilot of flight 302 informed controllers that the plane was having control problems before it crashed. The pilot also requested permission to return back to Bole Airport right after takeoff according to the Wall Street Journal.

This has been the second crash involving the 737 Max 8 plane in a span of 5 months. In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in Indonesia, 12 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 on board.

Countries around the world including the US, Canada, China, Australia, India and 45 more countries have grounded the Boeing 737 Max. As of right now, the cause of the crash is still unclear. Ethiopian airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told reporters at Bole International Airport, in Addis Ababa, “We cannot also attribute the cause to anything because we will have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”

The Monday following the fatal crash became a national day of mourning in Ethiopia. According to Al Jerreza, remains are still being identified and will take up to 6 months for all of them to be correctly identified. For 35 countries that lost a citizen, and more countries, this crash was heartbreaking to hear about.

Things to do over spring break

Spring break is just around the corner and you’re probably considering what to do. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Science Museum of Minnesota: The Science Museum is focused on topics in technology, natural history, physical science, and mathematics education. It was founded in 1907. You can explore 8.5 acres of exhibits. https://www.smm.org/
  2. Mall of America: This is a shopping mall where you can visit all your favorite stores. It is the largest mall in the country, and it has over 500 stores and more than 50 restaurants. There are a lot of fun activites like visiting the Nickoldeaon Universe and going on many different rides. https://www.mallofamerica.com/home
  3. Minnesota Zoo: This zoo is in Apple Valley, Minnesota. The zoo has many different animals you can see like American Bison, American Black Bear, Amur Tiger and, Brown Bears. http://mnzoo.org/
  4. Greak Wolf Lodge: The Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park in Bloomington. Great Wolf Lodge will offer families a great place to stay and play with over 75,000 square feet of indoor water park. https://www.greatwolf.com/
  5. Sky Zone: This is an indoor Trampoline Par. You can plan parties, do dodgeball tournaments, fitness classes, and other events. https://www.skyzone.com/

Sports schedule for: Mar 25-30

MONDAY DATE:   3/25/19
TIME BUS DEPART EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
TBD   Tennis:Boys Varsity Practice Begins Vs. Central, Como, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson, Washington Technology Magnet  
 3:30pm 3:00PM Badminton:Girls Varsity Match Washington Technology Magnet @ Washington Technology Magnet 4:45 PM
 3:30pm 3:00 PM Badminton:Girls JV Match Washington Technology Magnet @ Washington Technology Magnet 4:45
         
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12:00pm 11:00am Track & Field: Girls & Boys Varsity Invitational VS. @University of St. Thomas 3:00pm
3:15pm   Badminton: Girls Varsity Match

Badminton: Girls JV Match

VS. Humboldt @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S  
THURSDAY DATE:     3/28/19
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3:45pm 3:00pm  Badminton: Girls Varsity Match

Badminton: Girls JV Match

VS Humboldt @ St. Paul Johnson H.S  4:45pm
         
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   2:10  Adaptive Bowling  Sun Ray Bowl  4:00
         
         
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