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Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

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In December 2021, there were reports of alligators roaming in Austin. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been making plans to remove the alligators.
Photo courtesy of Robert Berkowitz

Investigatoring the Recent Austin Alligator Attacks

By Aanika Hirode, Reporter January 6, 2022

Residents of an urban state like Texas don’t typically fear encountering alligators on a day-to-day basis. But on Dec. 2, 2021, an alligator reportedly attacked and killed a dog in Del Valle. Three alligators...

Texas abortion providers and the Justice Department brought legal challenges to the Supreme Court. Several political officers spoke in favor or against the challenge, and the conclusion of the trial shows that the challenge may be allowed to proceed.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Abortion Law

By Aanika Hirode, Reporter November 26, 2021

On Monday, Nov. 1, the Supreme Court heard two legal challenges regarding the recent Texas abortion legislation. Senate Bill 8, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Bill, outlaws nearly all abortions by banning...

Also called the Beaver Moon, the moon became a red-pinkish color as it overlapped with the earths shadow.

Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse Glides Through Austin Night Sky

By Yunoo Kim, Community & World News Editor November 19, 2021

It won't come around again for another 600 years, but the longest partial lunar eclipse in half a millenia was visible across the United States the night of Friday, Nov. 19. This is because the moon is...

Ms. Vanessa Neves was a beloved substitute teacher at Spicewood Elementary School, and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Remembering Vanessa Neves, a Mother, Friend, and Community Member

By Selena Molinari, Yearbooker November 17, 2021

Friends and family of Vanessa Neves, the 41-year-old woman murdered in her home three weeks ago, are struck with grief only few can fathom. On Tuesday, Oct. 26, at approximately 8:30 p.m, the Austin Police...

Several women are being targeted with contaminated needles in public nightclubs. Such injections have occurred recently in various locations across the UK. 
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Women Drugged by Needles at UK Nightclubs

By Amira Boutros, Dreamcatcher Assistant Editor November 14, 2021

In the United Kingdom, there has been an alarming increase in the number of women being injected with contaminated needles laced with date rape drugs, typically in nightclub locations with a high student...

An Anderson student captured antisemitic graffiti that was painted on the schools tennis shed. There were also racist and homophobic hate messages on parking lot spaces. Graffiti was quickly painted over after being discovered.

Antisemitic Messages Graffitied On Anderson High School

By Katie Hendler, Human Resources Director November 2, 2021

On Friday, Oct. 22, the Jewish population of Austin came under attack by hateful messages spread throughout the city. The first of these messages were found at Anderson High School, but more were subsequently...

Tesla Inc.s headquarters are currently located in Palo Alto, California.

Tesla Announces HQ Move to Austin

By Amelie Puga, Reporter October 23, 2021

At a shareholder meeting on Thursday, Oct.7, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla’s decision to relocate its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. This announcement comes after previous...

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation commited $120 million to speed up production of the pills. The increased production will lead to greater availability of the treatment in other countries.

Merck Introduces COVID-19 Treatment Pill

By Shreya Selvaraju, Reporter October 22, 2021

On Friday,  October 1st, pharmaceutical company Merck announced molnupiravir, an antiviral pill that reduces the risk of hospitalization and death in patients with Covid-19. The pills were developed from...

Round Rock ISD has been struggling to continue its mask mandate in spite of the restrictions posed by government officials.

RRISD Fights To Keep Mask Mandate

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter September 28, 2021

As of Friday, Sept. 10, Attorney General Ken Paxton sued six Texas school districts including Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) for enforcing mask mandates on their campuses despite Governor...

On Aug. 31, President Joe Biden withdrew US troops from Afghanistan. The country is currently under Taliban control, leading to many civilians fleeing the country.
Photo courtesy of The Borgen Project.

President Joe Biden Withdraws Troops From Afghanistan

By Mallory Milner, Reporter September 13, 2021

On Tuesday, Aug. 31,  President Joe Biden withdrew all American troops stationed in Afghanistan, ending a war of almost 2 decades. Although the US had spent years in Afghanistan in the name of eradicating...

Picture of hurricane ida devastation

Hurricane Ida Leaves Louisianans Powerless

By Selena Molinari, Yearbooker September 13, 2021

Louisiana is no stranger to imminent weather threats, the most recent being Hurricane Ida- a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall around noon on Sunday, Aug. 29. This natural disaster hit Louisiana...

Athletes with prosthetics compete in the 100M dash at the 2020 Paralympics.
Photo courtesy of the Japan Times

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics Continues Long-Standing Tradition

By Zoejane Ostebo, Extras Editor September 9, 2021

Every two years, either the Summer or Winter Olympics are held in one of the many cities of the world. But many don’t know that nearly a month after those games wrap up, another set of Olympic games...

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