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    Australia on fire: Damages take lives

    This ongoing tragedy began as a series of wildfires that started in the summer of 2019. USA Today reported that as of Jan. 11, 27 people have been confirmed dead. The alarming frequency of these fires have indicated that climate change is to blame. According to the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the fires have released 400 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, further contributing to the global warming crisis. Vox.com reported that on Saturday Jan. 4, Sydney and Canberra, Australia, experienced their highest temperatures on record; the whole country is experiencing a severe drought.  It is also said that the policies of political leaders are to blame…

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    Local election roundup

    We are often so focused on national politics, that we tend to forget about what is happening in state and local politics. On Nov. 5, state and local elections were held in various states across the United States, including in the tri-state area. Some states even had ballot initiatives and referenda each of which allow voters to have a direct say in the legislative process.  One of the most competitive races of this election cycle was the one between current Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, a Democrat, and Don Clavin, the current receiver of taxes and a Republican. Gillen was vying to maintain her position while Clavin sought to…

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    Trump’s Childhood Home: Back On the Market

    After an unsuccessful attempt earlier this year to sell President Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens, NY, the house is back on the auction block. The auction itself will conclude on Nov. 14, and according to the New York Times, it last sold for $2.14 million in 2017. The hefty purchase was made by a limited- liability company represented by a law firm that specializes in Chinese foreign investment, but ownership is still unclear.  Built-in 1940 by real estate developer Fred C.Trump, the home is a modest five-bedroom, Tudor style house in Jamaica Estates. Trump lived there until he was four years old before moving to a larger house behind…

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    2019: A summer of mass shootings

    This past summer has seen a new wave of mass shootings leading many to push for gun control laws and many others to question our safety in the modern era.  On Aug. 3, next to Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, a gunman started shooting in a Walmart parking lot, continuing into the inside of the store. According to CNN, 20 people were killed, including three Mexican nationals. Authorities suspect that the shooter was Patrick W. Crusius a white 21-year-old man. Because the shooter only targeted those of Hispanic (LatinX and Mexican) descent, authorities were led to suspect that it was a hate crime. It is also being investigated…

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    Sri Lanka Attacks: The Aftermath

    Easter Sunday is supposed to be a holiday where you spend time with loved ones. For the people of Sri Lanka, this family holiday became a horrific nightmare. On this year’s Easter Sunday, people in Sri Lanka were attending religious services when eight blasts occurred leaving at least 290 people dead and 500 injured. Reports also state that 38 foreigners were among the dead including British, Indian and US citizens. One of the first victims to be identified was celebrity chef, Shantha Mayadume. According to BBC News, three of the explosions occurred at churches: in the Kochchikade district of the Capital, Colombo, in Negombo, to the north and in the…