October 24, 2017


An interesting start to the honeymoon phase after a husband shot his wife in the stomach.

The newlywed is said to be in stable condition following a shooting incident at her wedding reception. The husband, Richard Bronson’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

It was reported that Laurette Bronson threw a plate of macaroni salad at her husband. He then shot her in the stomach and left abruptly.

A neighbor Walter Corse witnessed the incident *audio snippet*.

The family is keeping mum about the incident. Laurette Bronson requests privacy *audio snippet*.

Science Scavenger Hunt

October 17, 2017

Just like humans, fishes get depressed. We cannot ask animals how they feel, but they show us.

The similarly of human and fish neuro-chemistry, makes it easy to test the effectiveness of antidepressants.

Dr Julian Pittman, from Troy University, Alabama, is working on a new anti-depressant. An article from the New York Times reports, that Dr Pittman uses fishes as antidepressant, test subjects.

Pittman likes working with fishes. This is because they are obvious about their depression. Pittman pointed out that, the neuro-chemistry of fishes, and humans, is very similar.

Pittman uses a procedure called the “novel tank test.” He drops a fish in a new tank and monitors its behavior. If after five minutes the fish is swimming at the top; it is exploring the new en-vi-ron-met. This implies that it is not depressed. If the fish is hanging out at the lower half of the tank, it is depressed.

Pittman has induced depression in fish. He kept a fish drunk on ethanol for two weeks. Pittman then cut off the supply and forced withdrawal. He then gave the depressed fish an anti-depressant. Pittman determine that if the antidepressant is effective, the fish will swim to the top within two weeks.

According to Pittman, the amount of time a fish spends at the top versus the bottom shows the severity of the depression.

The info for the above broadcast story was taken from Fish Depression Is Not a Joke, by Heather Murphy, The New York Times.


News Comment #8

October 12, 2017

Since we are currently going over broadcast reporting I decided to listen to a bit of news on NPR’s morning edition via KTIV. I also found and linked the  NPR story below.

The broadcast story was about President Donald Trump signing an executive order today that allows groups ( trade groups etc)  of people to buy health coverage.

The reporters used short and concise statements while broadcasting. The ‘flow’ of the story seemed faster than print articles that you could read via the New York Times etc. Quotes were sometimes actually snippets and commentary from the reporters explained, and move the story along.

NPR Story 

The Morningside College Spanish Club seeks to enlighten individuals around campus of the implications of Differed Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) going away.

Evelyn Hernandez, the president of Spanish club implied that young adults getting deported in the west coast may not be newsworthy to college students in the Midwest.

Hernandez believes it is the duty of the club to bring about awareness. “Our goal is to inform people about DACA and the repercussions’ of the abolishment.”

Veronica Mullen, a member of the Spanish club reinforced Hernandez’ views. “They [the Morningside community] know what DACA stand for but no the details per say. We are definitely trying to raise awareness due to the current political environment and let the community know that we can do something about”

The Spanish club is attempting to create a call to action. The current goal of the club is to get students to contact their senate representative.

Mullen said that, “most students are willing to contact their representatives and let them know the support DACA.”

The rest of the article is pending an interview from Lilian Lopez to provide a more legalistic and activist viewpoint and student Aaron montane who has friends and relatives that are directly affected by DACA.

Jacob Ariston Interview

October 5, 2017

If someone was to ask Jacob Ariston what kind of person he was; he would say that he is a “stupid A**hole.” That is just a front. Ariston believes he’s actually kind and fearless.

Ariston grew up in Santa Ana, Orange County, California under the supervision of his grandmother. She worked three jobs to support he and his two sisters.

They would sometimes stay at the houses of different aunts while his grandmother was at work. It was at an aunts’ house Jacob almost drowned and got his right arm set on fire.

One Saturday, while he was in second grade, he was playing by the pool and fell into the deep end. He struggled to get back to the surface. “I was flaying my arms and kicking but I wasn’t getting anywhere. I couldn’t breath, but I wasn’t scared, I felt empty.”

Ariston’s aunt saw him and got him to safety. For a while he called her his idol. When Ariston was in elementary school he remembers recounting the story to her.

“She told me that she thought I was just some kid messing around. I lost my respect for her. She didn’t intentionally save me and she didn’t even know it was me.” Ariston says that he then viewed her as irresponsible. “She was supposed to be watching me, I could have died and she would have thought that I was just a random kid messing around in the pool.”

Ariston was being monitored by another aunt when his arm caught fire. His arm hair was singed. “She was at our house and couldn’t really operate the gas stove,” ariston recounts. “She left the burner on, then asked me to light it. I just remember a combustion and my arm engulfed in blue flame. I’m not afraid of fire though.”

Ariston says he doesn’t like the concept of fear and refuses to let past trauma affect him. He goes to Riverside Park (an hour away from Santa Ana) with his family, and always go through the enclosed water slides. The blackness around him initially takes his breath away. He hyperventilates but then manages to calm himself.

Ariston is currently a freshman at Morningside College. He is on a Nicholas Academic Center scholarship. He is majoring in Engineering Science because he wants to make a lot of money to support his family. Ariston also wants to make a difference. He sees Engineers as creators and also as individuals who make current inventions better.

Ariston want people to know he’s worth something. “I want people to remember me as someone who was worth at least an hour to listen to or to meet with.  And in that hour I would have changed or affected you in some kind of way.”