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Construction of Nile dam provides hope for Ethiopia and dread for Egypt

Construction of Nile dam provides hope for Ethiopia and dread for Egypt

Sonia Samantaroy, Features Editor May 28, 2021

The decade-long dispute over who controls Africa’s longest river has escalated, as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, have repeatedly failed to reach an agreement over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian...

The military coup in Myanmar and democracy in Asia

The military coup in Myanmar and democracy in Asia

Adam Miller, Community Editor April 15, 2021

On February 1, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw (armed forces) staged a coup d’état against the democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). The military...

Anti-Asian violent attacks, discrimination surge since start of pandemic

Anti-Asian violent attacks, discrimination surge since start of pandemic

Christina Luckett, Editor-In-Chief April 13, 2021

In the past year, violent attacks, discrimination and harassment targeting Asian Americans have surged. According to nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate, nearly 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents were...

Six Dr. Seuss books recalled due to the portrayal of racists stereotypes

Six Dr. Seuss books recalled due to the portrayal of racists stereotypes

Elizabeth Casto, Staff Reporter April 13, 2021

On March 2, 2021, Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss Enterprise decided to discontinue the publication and recalled six Dr. Seuss books which contained images portraying racial...

Biden calls for (possibly unconstitutional) retaliatory airstrikes in Syria

Biden calls for (possibly unconstitutional) retaliatory airstrikes in Syria

Audrey William, Staff Reporter April 13, 2021

President Joe Biden ordered a retaliatory airstrike in eastern Syria on Thursday, Feb. 25 that served as a warning towards Iran and marked his first military action as president. Seven missiles were launched,...

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New coronavirus variants emerge, vaccine companies study possible booster shots

Daniel Holtaway, Staff Reporter February 27, 2021

On Dec. 14, 2020, the U.K. reported a new concerning mutation of COVID-19, called B.1.1.7. By Jan. 15, 2021, 76 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant had been confirmed across 12 states in the U.S. In October 2020...

U.S. Army Specialist Angel Laureano holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Dec. 14, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Fairfax County begins COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Erin McCormick, Entertainment Editor February 26, 2021

Fairfax County has begun distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Registration opened for school staff and teachers on Jan. 16. Individuals can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccines, both requiring...

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Political tension leads to security increase in Washington, D.C.

Rachel Schlueter, Opinion Editor February 23, 2021

With a growingly divisive and potentially violent political climate in the Nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., has seen a significant increase in security measures. The first of these measures being...

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FCPS moves forward with return-to-school plans

Sonia Samantaroy, Features Editor February 22, 2021

Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases regionally and nationally, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) decided to alter the in-person learning plans that originally planned on having students return...

House moves to impeach Trump following insurrection at Capitol

House moves to impeach Trump following insurrection at Capitol

Callie Harkins, Staff Reporter January 11, 2021

House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment on Jan. 11 following the insurrection that took place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 6. They took this extraordinary step after Republicans opposed...

America’s first person of color and woman vice president: Kamala Harris

America’s first person of color and woman vice president: Kamala Harris

Annabelle Rosse, Staff Reporter December 19, 2020

Kamala Harris, a Democratic Senator from California, is set to become the first woman of color ever elected to the Vice Presidential post. This comes after news outlets such as NBC and the Associated Press...

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Biden announces plan to address pandemic, rebuild economy in first 100 days

Adam Miller, Community Editor December 17, 2020

Every major news publication has declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. While the incumbent Trump administration challenges the results and continues to take legal action,...

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