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    Fight for our future: Chicago public schools strike

    Beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, approximately 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) took to the streets to advocate for better pay and resources for their classrooms. The workers of the CPS system, the country’s third-largest school district, have been on strike, forcing schools in the area to shut down temporarily due to lack of staff. From the outside, it may seem that teachers are striking solely for the purpose of more substantial salaries. However, while this is a very justifiable reason to protest, every teacher there would explain that their main reason for involvement in the strike is to gain better support and care for their…

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    Vaping-Related Illnesses Reach All-Time High

    As of early September this year, 530 Americans have been diagnosed with lung illnesses and eight have lost their lives to a vaping-related health outbreak. Doctors and researchers believe the rise in popularity of vaping is the cause of this growing problem, which might only continue to worsen.  Before vaping became a known issue, smoking was a major epidemic amongst teenagers. However, according to the National Health Interview Survey, the percentage of teens who smoke cigarettes decreased by 8.5% from 2011 to 2017. Only 10.4% of teens reported to smoking in 2017. For a period of time, this gave hope to society that the days of widespread nicotine addiction were…

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    The MTA budget crisis: What does it mean for riders?

    For the past several months, the MTA of New York City has been under serious financial strain, as a result of a continued decline in ridership. Now in severe debt, the MTA is in the midst of talks of potential service cuts, hoping to dig itself out of a hole that seems far too deep. While talks of the MTA’s debt and its consequences have only recently started to really heat up, they were foreshadowed as early as three years ago. Public documents were released in July, 2016, stating the MTA’s budget and possible outlooks for the future. The document said that the financial plan is balanced through 2019 with…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    “Leaving Neverland”: Exposing the king of pop

    This past January, a documentary exposing Michael Jackson for sexually abusing children was presented to the public at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, there have been countless debates on whether the accusations are true, with the Jackson family at the forefront denying the allegations. “I felt guilt this weekend like I let him down [by speaking up]. It’s still there. That shadow is still there.” These words were spoken by James Safechuck on Oprah Winfrey’s HBO special, “After Neverland.” Safechuck and another victim, Wade Robson, shared their stories of sexual abuse in the documentary, “Leaving Neverland”, that sheds light on the dark side of Michael Jackson, a late pop…

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    Fashion phenomenon Karl Lagerfeld dies at age 85

    Karl Lagerfeld, a famous fashion designer who was the mastermind behind leading brands like Chloé and Fendi, passed away at the age of 85 this past February. On Feb. 19th, 2019, the fashion industry lost a world-renowned designer and visionary. Known for his platinum white hair and dark shades, Karl stood as an eminent, and partially intimidating, figure in the fashion community. Karl was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1933. Even as a young boy, Karl had a strong affinity for fashion. He would always keep up with the latest designs and collections in fashion magazines, and he spent a good majority of his time sketching out dresses that he…