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Mass Shooting at Sutherland Springs Kills 26

Mass Shooting at Sutherland Springs Kills 26

Alex Reece, Reporter

November 10, 2017


Filed under News, World News

In a small town outside of San Antonio, the hymns and prayers of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs were suddenly silenced when shooter Devin Kelley gunned down 26 people and wounded 20 on Sunday morning, Nov. 6. In the largest mass shooting Texas has ever seen, both adults and children, t...

Catalonia Struggles to Achieve Independence

Catalonia Struggles to Achieve Independence

Kamille Galloway, Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under News, World News

Over recent years, Spain’s region of Catalonia has persistently expressed their desire of becoming a separate nation apart from Spain. Catalonia, one of the wealthiest, most prosperous regions of Spain, has been a part of the nation for over 1,000 years. Throughout this time, Catalonia has essen...

Wildfires Devastate California

Wildfires Devastate California

Connor Cowman, Reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under News, World News

“Just ash and bone.” Four haunting words spoken by Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano regarding the state in which civilians have been recovered from the aftermath of the horrific blazes ravaging Northern California. Cropping up in the span of just four days -- Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 -- seventeen fi...

New Cyberbullying Law Enforces Consequences

New Cyberbullying Law Enforces Consequences

Kamille Galloway, Reporter

October 11, 2017


Filed under World News

With advancing technology and more ways to communicate flooding into our society, situational problems are bound to arise. Of these problems, one of the most concerning is the quickly rising issue of cyberbullying, which, over recent years, has caused an influx of suicides and complications within school...

High Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

High Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

Kamille Galloway, Reporter

September 25, 2017


Filed under News, World News

It was a seemingly normal morning in the fall of 1985 when a sudden, massive 8.0 magnitude earthquake completely shook up the lives of Mexico City residents, killing almost 10,000, injuring over 30,000, and leaving over a quarter of a million people without homes. On the anniversary of the devastating ...

Category 5 Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

Category 5 Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

Sara Momin, Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under News, World News

Usain Bolt accomplished the fastest human run ever recorded, at 45 miles per hour. Hurricane Irma, on the other hand, is almost four times that, clocking in at about 185 mph; enough to completely blow away a house. It is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, predicted to cause catastrophic...

Hurricane Harvey Hits Home

Hurricane Harvey Hits Home

Sara Momin, Reporter

September 5, 2017


Filed under News, World News

The pastel yellow sky glows with happiness, starkly contrasting the sorrow infesting the waters. Families gather their courage as they retreat from the prison that was their neighbors’ flooded home. The fresh air is soon forgotten, destruction being the only thing on their minds. Flashbacks of rising...

Chemical Plant Near Houston Catches on Fire

Chemical Plant Near Houston Catches on Fire

Stephanie Shih, Reporter

September 1, 2017


Filed under Showcase, World News

Smoke and giant flames began pouring out of two trailers containing volatile organic peroxides used for making plastics and rubber at the Arkema chemical plant around around 7 p.m. in Crosby, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 1. Friday marks the third day since the plant was abandoned due to power loss caused by 6 feet of fl...

How to Actually Help Victims of Harvey

How to Actually Help Victims of Harvey

Kate Lee, Voices Editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, World News

Beginning on Friday night, Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, destroying an unimaginable amount of property and throwing many lives into danger. In Houston, Rockport, and other cities, the death toll continues to climb as Harvey progresses. Many students and teachers have direct connections who were affected, a...

Austin Pride Festival Rescheduled

Austin Pride Festival Rescheduled

Mae Bruce, Producer

August 25, 2017


Filed under World News

Due to the development of Hurricane Harvey, the Austin Pride Festival and Parade, which was scheduled to happen on Saturday, Aug. 26, has been postponed to a later date. The festival was supposed to take place outside, but because of the dangerous winds and rain, the organizers decided to postpone th...

President Trump’s Nuanced Travel Ban Goes into Effect

President Trump’s Nuanced Travel Ban Goes into Effect

Sanika Nayak, News Editor

June 30, 2017


Filed under News, Politiculture, World News

After garnering much debate and controversy, the Supreme Court has approved an amended version of President Donald J. Trump’s original travel ban. Unlike the original ban, this is a more limited version of President Trump’s initial plan, which prohibited all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countri...

OPINION: Uber Continues Being Immature

OPINION: Uber Continues Being Immature

Arthur Wang, Reporter

May 26, 2017


Filed under World News

After their self-imposed exile a little over a year ago, Uber and Lyft are preparing to make their return to Austin with the approval of bill HB100. Yet, in spite of the passage of time in between the earlier legislative drama and the present bill, I can only wonder if anything has changed for any of the gro...