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Effects of Soda Research

Soda and the Effects on the Human Body


As research continues to unveil the unfortunate truths about soda, many people are trading their Coke and Mountain Dew for more nutritional alternatives. Their bodies will thank them.

The nutritional contents of soda are zero. There is nothing a body gains from drinking soda. People can find incredible results just from eliminating their sugary drink.

According to A Tufts University study, “Dietary intake is one of the most modifiable factors that can be targeted in helping to prevent disease”. Diabetes continues to be a growing concern in the United States as well and sugary sodas play a major factor to contributing to Type 2.

Other studies show that sugary drinks increase a person’s risk of chronic heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and increases blood pressure. The amount of sugar in soda can destroy teeth and the citric acid erodes tooth enamel.

If someone is looking to lose weight, one of the best options is to lose the soda. The amount of unnecessary calories and sugar in soda are a big problem to consistent drinkers.

When empty calories are consumed the person is less likely to eat other foods that are more nutritious because they have filled themselves with non-nutritious calories.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention website, “Teenagers and young adults are the biggest consumers of soft drinks”.

If children get hooked early on soda they could be in trouble because caffeine is an addictive drug. Children really shouldn’t consume any caffeine if it can be controlled, but many sodas have over 35 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce can.

Sodas are also dehydrating. Children need to stay hydrated to stay healthy and keep a strong immune system. Young adult bodies are smaller and still developing therefore more susceptible to caffeine and sugar.

So next time at the restaurant, consider if that delicious carbonated drink is worth the consequences.

News Stories

Hero Firefighter

Local firefighter Bob Harwood is a hero after making a big sacrifice to save a lost cat.

Yesterday morning Bob was called to a large Oak tree. He had no idea what he was getting himself into. When he arrived he was informed that there was a cat stuck in the tree about 50 feet up. The cat belonged to Suzanne and Samantha Decker. Harwood proceeded to climb the tree and was able to rescue the cat, but the story does not end there.

As Bob climbed down, a limb snapped, and he fell from about 15 feet. Harwood broke his left leg from the fall and is doing just fine at St. Lukes Hospital. It has also been reported that the cat fell on top of Bob and is doing fine as well.



Northeast Troublemakers

Summer vacation nears and chaos continues at Northeast High.

Several incidents arose at Northeast this past week. Ten upperclassmen were suspended for one week after a false alarm sounded three times on Wednesday. They said that they were protesting the Monday suspension of five students who were previously caught smoking marijuana in the school parking lot.

On Tuesday a food fight occurred that closed down the entire cafeteria. Principal Laura Vibelius commented that there was general unrest, “Not so much because of suspensions, but because of summer vacation being so near.”

Vibelius sees no continuation of these “incidents” in the near future.



Tipsy Truck

Overturned Texaco gasoline truck causes chaos for streets and several families.

This week four families were evacuated because of sewer line gas. This was the result of a gasoline truck accident on the outskirts of town at the intersection of 48th Street and Correctionville Road. Sewer lines were flooded with gas and also affected the streets and ditches. Cars were rerouted through side streets for a couple of hours as the accident was taken care of.

Meanwhile four families were evacuated because of sewer-line gas. The situation was handled in a professional manner and “Firemen followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures set up beforehand for just such an occurrence,” according to Fire Chief Charles Hochandel. No news on when the families will return home.

Quick car accident

A  two car collision killed a South Sioux City man and sent three to the hospital yesterday morning.

Around 11a.m. two cars collided two miles east of Sioux City on highway 20. Both vehicles were heading west when Randy Radin’s truck clipped  Moyer Quick’s car and sent both into the ditch. Quick’s vehicle rolled once killing him and injuring three. Autopsy showed Moyer had a heart attack which may have caused the accident.

The three survivors were transported by ambulance to Marian Health Center. Moyer’s Wife, Dorthy age 61, of South Sioux City, was reported in good condition and is scheduled to be released. Maxine Steuerwald who is Dorthy’s 43 year old sister visiting from Lawton, was originally listed in fair condition and has since been released. 17 year old Radin from South Sioux City, is in critical condition with a fractured skull and internal injuries.

The accident, which is under further investigation, occurred on a clear and dry road, under cloudy skies.

Mary Jane Day In Colorado

“Some call it Christmas for stoners”. This is a great lead that catches my attention and makes me want to read more. The article goes on and talks about how today was “tax free day” in Colorado as they knocked away the state’s 10 percent tax on cannabis. Many people lined up for hours to take advantage of this great offer. Some compared the day to black Friday anticipation. Sales of marijuana in Colorado is booming as sales hit $96 million in July alone which was a record.

This is relevant to the entire United States because of the recent debate about legalization of marijuana. There are arguments that are raised for both sides even in this article. It is clearly a booming industry in Colorado, but many argue it is not safe or it is a gateway drug. The article does a good job of showing both sides. There is the side of concern for the safety of weed. Then there is the side that boasts the growing industry and revenue that marijuana brings to the state. It has sparked my interest in the marijuana debate and I will keep closer tabs on what is going on in the state of Colorado.

Iowa Radar Ban

70 radar guns will be withdrawn from service due to raising cancer concerns.

It was reported that three officers in Cedar Rapids filed workman’s compensation claims, stating that they had developed cancer from using the hand-held units.

Spokesperson Adam Berluti says the Iowa State Patrol has “decided to err on the side of caution until more is known about the issue.” Studies are currently being conducted into the links between the radar units and cancer.

Last Conversation

This morning I was stopped by a smiling, high energy,  female, morningside student. She was wearing a maroon morningside T-shirt and black sweat pants. She approached me as if I had done something wrong. Instead she began to apologize and said how bad she felt for not wishing me a happy birthday yesterday. She truly felt awful about it. I went on to tell her about my birthday and how she should calm down because I am the worst at remembering birthdays.

Obama College Affordability Plan

This article from the New York Times talks about President Obama’s plan to promote college affordability on his trip to Michigan. Obama will be visiting a community college and unveil his $60 billion plan  which would make community college free for qualified students. He said that “every American-no matter where they grew up or how much money their parents have-deserves a quality education and a shot at success, then we can build a future as remarkable as our past”.


The article is very newsworthy because it is coming from the President which affects every U.S. citizen. It especially would affect lower income, college aged students. The writer does a good job of starting off with a solid lead as he talks about Obama’s presidency coming to an end, along with trying to face a Republican Congress which is in no mood to cooperate. The article is just previewing what Obama plans so it would be interesting to hear how the event goes and how his trip to Michigan is accepted. The article somewhat suggests that his idea is not likely to pass. This is not the best job of objectivity even if it is realistic.

Presidential Candidate Ben Carson

This article had an effective lead that did draw me in and intrigued me to read more. The article discussed Ben Carson’s uncommon path to success recently in the presidential campaign. It started by evaluating the extreme differences between Carson and fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump. They are nearly complete opposites in personality. Trump is flamboyant, loud, and has no filter, whereas Carson takes the opposite approach of humble, quiet, and “nice”. The article suggests that people are noticing and appreciating this attitude of Carson as he has gained momentum in the race.

This story is absolutely newsworthy because it is relevant to anybody interested in the Presidential race. This might be somewhat more attractive to Republican Party members, but Democrats pay close attention to the entire race as well. If I were to do anything differently I would not focus as much attention to Trump and try to compare Carson to other candidates that are also in the race. Overall a well-written article that captured my attention.

Zach Schoenecker

Today I interviewed Zach Schoenecker. Zach is a 19 year old Mass Comm/ New Media Production Major from Belle Plaine, Minnesota. He spends significant time with KMSC as he is the operations director and student engineer. He drives a 1996 Buick Park Avenue, but he recently picked up a 1959 Edsel Ranger that he is currently restoring. Zach also works with MCTV. He does not watch much television, but his favorite show is Criminal Minds. When he is not a student here at Morningisde, he works as a package handler at Fed Ex here in town. Mr. Schoenecker enjoys school and his favorite class this semester is Web Design. When I asked him what his favorite weather season was he quickly told me winter because he loves snow.


What is your definition of objectivity?

Objectivity is neutral coverage on hard news. It is relaying information without any type of bias or favoritism. Being objective is important because your news needs to be attractive to all kinds of viewers. If you show bias your credibility as a news reporter is lost. If you show favoritism people will not trust that you are reporting the truth. A good way of avoiding objectivity is to make sure to not use adjectives to describe a situation. Report the truth and only the truth. Make sure to keep all inner opinions to yourself.

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