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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…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    QC opera: If only everyone had a magic flute!

    On March 24, the Queens College Opera presented Mozart’s “Magic Flute” at the LeFrak Concert Hall. The Sunday matinee was conducted by Elizabeth Hastings. The tickets are $20, with students only having to pay $5 with valid ID at the box office window. The songs were sung in German with English dialogues and supertitles. According to a synopsis given by the Metropolitan Opera, it is set in “a mythical land between the sun and the moon. Three ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night save Prince Tamino from a serpent. The ladies return to give Tamino a portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina, who they say has…

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    Naloxone: The true lifesaver

    At least 115 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day causing the White House to recently declare the epidemic a national emergency. Therefore, increasing the availability of Naloxone (Narcan) kits, especially on the Queens College campus, will help in combating this problem that’s been keeping a vice-like grip on this country. According to Practical Recovery, a drug addiction treatment center in San Diego, California, Naloxone is a medication that serves as an antidote to opioid overdose. Naloxone works by reversing respiratory depression caused by opioid (natural, semi-synthetic and fully synthetic) drugs. One disclaimer, however, is that the medication doesn’t work for alcohol, cocaine, meth, and benzodiazepines…

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    California Wildfires: Deadly and Devastating

    The California Wildfires began on Nov. 8th in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California. An updated article from The Washington Post reported that the fire killed 85 people, destroyed 14,000 residences and charred an area the size of Chicago. However, authorities expect the death toll to continue to rise; currently, 249 people are still unaccounted for. Crews are still sifting through the ash of what used to be buildings, searching for remains. While the rain did help to abate the fire, according to CNN, local authorities say the rain causes a whole host of problems, ranging from floods to mudslides to debris. The running debris and floodwater can be…