Reactions to the death of RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), a member of the Supreme Court died September 18, 2020, of complications from metastatic cancer. On hearing of her death, in front of reporters, President Trump said that “She was an amazing woman whether you agree or not she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.” 

Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, also had something to say, “That people should focus on the loss of the Justice and her enduring legacy.” 

Later, in a statement, Obama, mourning Ginsburg, said, “Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are and who we can be.” 

RBG spent most of her life fighting for women’s rights. She was appointed in 1993, by President Bill Clinton. During her time on the Supreme Court, she has fought for abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, and health care. Days before her death, she said to her granddaughter Clara Spera, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” 

Due to her death, much is at stake. Mitch McConnell, Trump, and Republicans are determined to replace Ginsburg with a conservative justice, even though Mitch mcConnell himself, in 2016, when Obama tried to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, said, “Given that we are in the midst of the presidential election process, we believe that the American people should seize the opportunity to weigh in on whom they trust to nominate the next person for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. It is today the American people, rather than a lame-duck president whose priorities and policies they just rejected in the most-recent national election, who should be afforded the opportunity to replace Justice Scalia.”

Why should you care? With a conservative judge, your abortion rights, same-sex marriage rights, voting rights, immigration rights, and the right to health care are at stake. 

Replacing Ginsburg with a conservative judge would also shift the ideological balance of the court; that would mean the Supreme Court would operate with a 6-3 conservative majority, rather than a 5-4 conservative majority.

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Harm caused by gender reveal parties

Revealing the gender of your child is typically a joyous occasion for you and your partner. But the desire to make it unforgettable or over top has sometimes led to some shocking outcomes.

A soon to be grandmother named Pamela Kreimeyer, 66, was killed at her home when shrapnel struck her in her head. The homemade gender reveal shrapnel was filled with gunpowder; it exploded sending pieces of metal flying.

In Texas, another gender reveal party went wrong when a plane crashed carrying 350 gallons of pink water. The accident was caused because the plane was “too slow” and the plane was also designed to carry one person and that caused it to immediately stall.

A couple’s gender reveal video went viral when the parents were on the deck outside their house ready to launch their cannons. Just as the blue powder came out, the back of the cannon shot right back at the dad in his groin area.

The Kiliebert family used the family’s pet alligator, and a watermelon, for their reveal. When the alligator shut it’s jaw, the watermelon exploded revealing it was a boy. Even though no one was hurt, it placed people in harm’s way.

Demi Dickey who lived in Arizona shot a fire arm at a target that was supposed reveal the blue or pink powder, but instead the hit caused a fire that has damage 45,000 acres of land and has caused 8 million dollars in damages.

A new life is always a joyful thing to celebrate, but there is always a safer way to reveal the gender of a baby rather than to go over the top with planes, alligators, or using fire arms. Why not cut a cake with the gender of the baby inside the cake or use balloons to reveal your baby’s gender.

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Couple arrested for selling tickets to heaven

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A couple in Florida, Tito and Amanda Watts, were arrested for selling tickets to heaven. They sold each of the tickets for $99.99. They claimed the tickets were real gold, and all you had to do is show the tickets at the pearly gates at the entrance of heaven, and you would get full access to get in. They made over 10,000 dollars in cash from selling those tickets.

When searching their home, the police also found a baby alligator. No one knows where they found this alligator, but a witness said that they picked it up from the ocean. 

The spokesman for the Jacksonville Department said that “You can’t sell something as gold when it’s not. That’s where the Watts crossed the line into illegal.” 

In the police statement, Tito said, “The tickets are solid gold. And it was Jesus who gave them to me behind the KFC and said to sell them so I could get some money to go to outer space. I met an alien named Stevie who said if I got the cash together he’d take me and my wife on his flying saucer to his planet that’s made entirely of crack cocaine. You should arrest Jesus because he’s the one that gave me the golden tickets and said to sell them. I’m willing to wear a wire and set Jesus up” 

In Amanda’s statement, she said that “We just wanted to leave earth and go to space and smoke cocaine. I didn’t do anything. Tito sold the golden tickets to heaven. I just watched.” 

The couple has been charged for illegal possession of an alligator, several accounts of cocaine in their possession, and also for false advertising to hundreds of people.

For more information, please visit: http://news-af.feednews.com/news/detail/36f2f8934bbc1877a8594075bb3ea873?client=news

Thoughts on Personal Project

Personal Project was due just a week ago. Even though the project was a way for you to do something based on your interest, and it was supposed to be exciting, I think the Personal Project was just a waste of time. I don’t see the point of writing a paper and doing a process journal of what you accomplished. It just had a lot of stress, so there wasn’t really a point in doing it.  

Not everyone shared my opinion about Personal Project. Here are some opinions from others and why they thought it was a good thing:

“I think it’s really good for students to make a project about things they like versus being forced to do essays on certain topics in school. It gives us the opportunity to explore our own interests.”

“I think it’s a great way to explore things we like and a good way to be productive. I trained my dog which was helpful for him and my family. I do think the project felt more like a chore than being fun. This was mostly because of the paper which was really long and repetitive questions. But overall a good exploration of my teaching skills.”

“I got to spend time learning something new. Gain new skills. And also getting time to reflect on my process.”

“The Personal Project definitely helped me explore something I was interested in, it should be worth more. I didn’t feel motivated to do it.

“Well, I think the Personal Project is a great way to be creative. I think it’s great we can decide on what we want our project to be, I also think that it’s a great way to show others what we’re most interested in and show the process of it.”

“Although I have heard some of my peers say they feel that there is no purpose to the Personal Project, I disagree. I feel like the Personal Project can be used to enhance interests that we already have. For example, I have always been fascinated by pianists and how they are able to memorize so many keys. The Personal Project motivated me to make my first step to playing a song. Overall, I think the Personal Project had a purpose.”

“I think it was ok, not really exciting.”

While there were people who saw value in the Personal Project, others shared my thought on it being pointless. Some said the following:

 “I think it’s a waste of time.”

“I think it’s dumb.”

“It was a waste of time, to be honest.”

“I kinda don’t see the point. I didn’t think that it was needed and it doesn’t make a difference if a school makes you do it or not.”

“It’s a pass or fail. It’s not terrible because of how flexible it is but it is dumb.”

“I feel like it’s okay but useless at the same time because we as students express ourselves through our work already so we shouldn’t have to do a whole project to express ourselves.”

“It was a waste of time and there’s no point in doing it because it’s supposed to be something we enjoy doing but end up hating.”

“I think the Personal Project was a waste of time. There wasn’t really a point in doing it. I didn’t really see the purpose of writing a whole paper about it and explaining how it’s personal to me. I wish it was a different assignment than writing a whole essay about a dumb project.”

“I think it’s mostly unnecessary because it is worth no points so students don’t have a lot of motivation to do it unless it’s something they like. Even then though, most people don’t like to journal the whole process or write a paper and that ruins the motivation.”

So overall, there were mixed reviews and thoughts about the Personal Project. It’s done though now, and so we can move on.

Death of a legend

Kobe Bryant was an American basketball player. He entered the National Basketball Association right out of high school, and played for the Los Angeles Lakers. On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people, were killed in a helicopter crash, while on their way to a youth basketball tournament.

Before the helicopter went down, the pilot told air traffic control that he was climbing to avoid a layer of fog. Witnesses reported that they saw the helicopter flying through a layer of clouds and fog, seconds before it crashed. The helicopter slammed into a hill.

According to the radar data, the helicopter crashed at about 152miles per hour. It has been reported that the helicopter fell at a quick rate, and according to experts that was too fast for a standard landing. 

The helicopter had a reputation as a safe aircraft. Investigators have said that the helicopter lacked a key warning, meaning the helicopter system didn’t warn pilots, if they are getting too close to the ground. Officials have said that it’s too early to know whether the lack of warning was the cause of the crash. 

Fans around the world mourned the death of the star and his daughter Gianna; people gathered outside of the Staples Center to pay their respects. Alicia Keys, who hosted the 2020 Grammys, gave a tribute to him, and his teammates have also honored him and paid tribute to them.

Vanessa Bryant broke her silence on Instagram with a heartbreaking post with a picture of her, her husband, and their 13-year-old daughter, saying: “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them.”

For more information, visit this site:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/us/kobe-death.html

Getting to know Ms. Vashisti

Rashmi Vashisht is a new member of the Highland Park Senior High School staff; she is the assistant principal for 10th graders. Since she’s new to Highland, I thought it would be a good idea to ask her a few questions about herself to get to know our new assistant principal. 

  •  What high school did you attend?

“I attended a high school in India.” 

  • Where did you grow up?

“I grew up in India.”

  • What is your favorite color and why?

“My favorite color is green,” she said. “It’s because the color green gives liveliness, it gives you feeling of good, and it set a very interesting mood.”

  • What do you do for fun?

“I like to travel, dance, walk, and hike.” 

  • How would describe yourself?

“I would say I am a people person and more of a relationship person. I would also describe myself as a person who likes to spend time with family and friends, and I am always eager to learn new things.” 

  • Where is the most interesting place you have been? 

“A place in India, Kashmir, it’s a beautiful valley, a city known for lakes and garden.” 

  • What’s your proudest accomplishment?

Her proudest accomplishment is being a mom of two boys and her job. 

  • If you could live anywhere in the world where would you pick and why?

“I would go with India,” she said. “It’s because I grew up there and all my family ties are there. If I could retire, I would in India.” 

  • What was your first job?

Her first job was at a high school tutoring math kids.

Places to visit this Christmas

Looking for somewhere to go this Christmas, here are some places to consider if you have the funds: 

  • London, England- London has great things during the holiday season like going on a Christmas river cruise, visiting one of the Royal Parks, and going ice skating at JW3.
  • The Maldives– The Maldives is a chain of 1192 islands located south-west of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. Flying time from the United States to the Maldives takes about 20 hours, 4 minutes. In Maldives you can snorkeling, go diving, go fun tubing, have a private picnic on a sandbank, and go whale watching.
  • Jerusalem, IsraelIsrael is a holy city for Muslims, Jews, and Christians. You can explore the Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher, Tower of David, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Haifa, and the Mount of Olives.
  • Honolulu, HawaiiFrom Minnesota to Honolulu, Hawaii, it takes about 13 hours to fly. There are plenty of fun things to do in Hawaii like: go on a Makani Catamaran, go to the Honolulu Museum of Art, go to Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, go on a Diamond Head Hike, go to Waikiki Beach, and go snorkeling in Hanauma Bay.
  • San Jose, Costa RicaCosta Rica is a rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. In Costa Rica you can go ziplining; it is one of the most essential things to do there. You can also go horseback riding, go on a sunset sailing cruise, go on a private boating tour in the Gulf of Papagayo, and you can go canoeing.

Visit these sites for more information: https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/travel-guide/g12919081/places-to-go-for-christmas/

Hosting your first Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner if you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving here are a few ideas.

  1. Make a plan– Get a paper and pencil out. Figure out the following things: How many people are attending? What are people allergic to? What am I going to prepare? 
  2. Create a menu– When making your menu don’t choose over complicated dishes that take many days to prepare, choose dishes that are simple and easy to make. 
  3. Accept help from family members and friends- Don’t refuse help. If someone offers to bring a beverage or a dessert, let them. Or if they want to help prepare the meal or help set the table, accept the help.
  4. Buy your groceries ahead of time– Make a list of all the things you will need, and go to the grocery store ahead of time, so you don’t go in the store at the last minute having a meltdown. 
  5. Set the table the night before– Don’t fuss with the table on the day of Thanksgiving. Sent it the night before, so you have time to prepare any last minute things.
  6. Keep food warm– Use the oven if necessary so you can keep dishes warm, just don’t burn the food. 
  7. Have fun– Thanksgiving is all about being with family. Being with family provides the opportunity for family members to spend a day engaging with one another, it’s also about being thankful for what you have. 

For information visit: https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/thanksgiving/first-thanksgiving

Movies to watch on snow days

Snow days are the days when school is cancelled because of heavy snowfall or other extreme winter weather. Here are a few movies to watch on those snow days: 

  • Home Alone is a great 90s movie. The movie is about an eight-year-old boy who protects his home from burglars when his family accidentally left him home alone on their way to Christmas vacation.
  • Ocean’s 8 is about a woman who gathers an all female crew to attempt to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s yearly annual Met Gala.
  • The Hustle is about a girl named Penny who is a con artist and trap men into giving her money, whereas Josephine is a wise con artist who cons the world’s richest men into giving her money.
  • Almost Christmas is a Christmas movie starring Gabrielle Union. This movie is about a dad who invites his five grown up children, who can’t stand each other,  home for the holidays.
  • A Madea Christmas is one of Tyler Perry’s movies which is about Madea’s niece who wants Madea to come with her to surprise her daughter for Christmas at her new home in small town Alabama.

Trailers for the movies: 

Home Alone

Ocean’s 8

The Hustle

Almost Christmas

A Madea Christmas

Layton Greene

Layton Greene was born in Missouri, on December 4, 1998. She became an overnight star in late 2017, when she made a video of herself singing Kodak Black’s “Roll in Peace”; it went viral with millions of views.

After the video went viral, she went into the studio with producer G-Styles and recorded an extended version of the song.

After that, she jumped into the top 15 of Billboard’s Hot R&B songs chart, and record labels started to take an interest in her.

“I always felt I was destined for this,’’ she said. “I try to find the light in every situation. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I was going to be a professional singer. I knew I would be famous one day. I didn’t know how it was going to happen. I just knew it would.’’

She then introduced her new album two months ago Tell Your Story so the world could get to know her. The album is also about the struggles she has faced in life. She hopes that the new album also inspires others to tell their stories, and let others get to know them.

The 7th  song, “I Love You” has around a 5 million views on YouTube. It’s about a former flame and their toxic relationship.

Her love for music has attracted fans all over the world. Her voice is great and it fits the overall theme of the song “I Love You,” and the lyrics are enjoyable. Her lyrics are worth listening to again and again.

Overall, I would give Greene’s song a 9/10.