News Comment Week 5

Another parent has been found guilty in a case that has blown up in the last few months. The case is referred to as the “sprawling college admissions prosecution.

In this case parents have been found guilty of bribing schools to accept their kids as participants in various sports teams.

The parent in question in this particular article is Xiaoning Sui. The resident of Spain is currently being held by Spanish authorities, and the United States is waiting for her extradition to Boston for the trial.

Sui was accused of paying a consultant 400,000 dollars to have her son admitted to UCLA as a soccer recruit.

This case is very interesting, because the kids have never been named in the news. I believe this is more to protect them in the school system than anything.

Also it raises concern about how long has this actually been going on in the United States, and how many college students have been falsely placed at colleges, because of their parents.

News Comment Week 4

The Trump administration stated Wednesday that they intend to ban the sale of most electronic cigarettes.

This all came about due to a rise in a mysterious lung disease that has been linked to use of electronic cigarettes.

Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, stated that the F.D.A. would outline a plan in the coming weeks for removing most flavored e- ciggarettes from the market.

This is something that I feel that needs to be addressed, because it effects our youth. The youth are the future of this country, and with the constant rise in teen vape use, it will in turn show an increased rate of this mysterious lung disease.

Fire Control

Researchers at BYU are trying to help predict how wild fires burn. This article specifically talks about Thomas H. Fletcher, a fire expert and professor of chemical engineering at BYU stated that “We’re trying to take some of the unpredictability out of the fire.

Though the article talked about the Utah forest fires, the same type of research is relevant on a global scale. Forest fires are hard to stop, and if we can accurately predict the path the fire will go we will be able to contain them much easier, causing less damage to forests and wild life.

Though this is brand new research i believe it is going to be important when talking about the future of wild fires.

Heat Strikes Back

This last summer was one of the hottest summers in recorded history.

According to a post from the New York Times, heat deaths in Arizona have tripled since 2014 and heat deaths in nevada have increased over fivefold.

What does this mean for the future? Due to global warming temperatures have continued to steadily rise, causing major heat waves to sweep across the world. Researchers told reporters that if the temperature continues to rise around the world by 2030 some parts of the world will be uninhabitable.

Dr. Bandala, professor of environmental science at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, has said that a majority of the deaths that have occurred due to heat were people above the age of 50.

Dr. Bandala does not have all of the answers, but he told the New York Times in an interview, “our strategies are insufficient for the current climate, let alone what is coming.”

Classmate Story

What is the definition of tough? Is it being able to endure more pain than anyone? Is it being able to keep calm in stressful situations? Well if you’re Jonah Egli tough is you’re middle name. Jonah grew up in Fort Dodge Iowa where he was home schooled by his mom until he was in high school. Growing up in Fort Dodge there is not a lot of things to do, so Jonah would make the fun happen along with his friends. One particular story that he told was when he was long boarding with his buddies. There was one hill in Fort Dodge that people were terrified to go down, and the vengeful hill held the name Crawford hill. One day Jonah being the toughest man on earth decided that he was going to go down it. Standing at the top of the hill Jonah looked down the steep hill. The only thought in his head was “this hill isn’t better than me”, as he slowly kicked off. A car had come up behind him right before he was about to go down, and went ahead of him. As he started to gain momentum he started going fast. Adrenaline pumping, Jonah flew by the car that had drove past him. Finally coming to a stop Jonah looked back at the monster that he had just conquered and tipped his hat in respect for the challenge. Jonah is a one of a kind dude and the toughest man this side of the equator.

Report on Racism, but Ditch the Labels.

The NPR last week decided to use the term “racist”, when referring to our president Donald Trump. Trump had recently tweeted about a congress woman, and the tweets were deemed racist by the NPR. I believe that the NPR’s decision on calling Donald Trump Racist is morally wrong, and not something we should be doing when talking about our country’s leader. I think the media could have definitely received Trump’s message without using the terms “racist”, or “racially charged”. I believe that this has caused many people to firmly believe that Trump is a racist, simply because the journalist who wrote the article, decided to use a term that slanders Trumps name. Intentional or not i believe that journalism is becoming more about the narrative, rather than the facts, Every single journalist has an opinion and I believe that calling Donald Trump racist is more of an opinion rather than it is actual news.

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