“Principal at Omaha middle school is on leave; starter pistols were discovered in school office” news comment

Omaha World Herald Writer, Bob Glissmann, reports that Beveridge Magnet Middle School Principal, David Lavendar, is on leave after the discovery of starter pistols in the school’s office prompted an evacuation of students and faculty. It details that the school notified parents of the leave, ensuring them that leave is not due to related conduct with students. He also revealed that further details cannot be revealed at this time due to privacy laws. After explaining what the school did, the article talked about some of what police did to ensure there were no explosives or ammunition left in the building. At the end of the article, it notes that Michaela Jackson will serve as interim principal. 

I thought this press release, published only two hours ago, was a good way to reveal what little information the school could about the incident and procedures following it. They could have interviewed Michaela Jackson, whomever she may be since it didn’t tell us how she’s qualified to be the interim principal, to get a good idea of what she’s thinking or feeling. I did point out that the chief human resources officer for OPS was the one who sent the letter out to parents, making sure the letter was written in a way that did not alarm parents. He added in the student conduct, too, so there was no rumors about the leave.

Possible injuries in Mega City Mall explosion, the details behind it are still unclear

An explosion went off at Mega City Mall food court Thursday, December 5th, at 9:53 a.m. Police were at the scene of the incident only minutes later, arriving at 9:58 a.m. to evacuate and investigate.

Grandmother of two, Makaelyn Glienke, was in the food court buying candy when the explosion occurred. Glienke and her grandsons immediately ducked under the nearest table they could find to protect themselves.

“I didn’t have my glasses on, so I didn’t see exactly where the explosion came from. I was just glad I had my meds with me,” said Glienke.

A little further away from the food court, seasonal mall worker, 19 year-old Ellie Cropley, was getting Santa’s Workshop ready to open for the day when she heard the explosion.

“I saw people running, so I followed them to see what was happening. I immediately called my mom after I found out it was an explosion,” Cropley said.

A Mega City Theatre employee, Kristine Honomichl, was using the bathroom at the time of the explosion.

“The bathroom stalls began to fall down as I was using the restroom. This was just my luck,” said Honomichl.

At a press release right after the incident, Captain Ross Fuglsang assured the public that police are unsure if the explosion was due to electrical equipment or something more intentional at this time.

“We are working closely to make sure the investigation is timely and thorough,” Fuglsang said. “We will have more information this afternoon.”

They are trying to clear debris and get inside the building to investigate further and to see the extent of the damage done by the explosion.

“Our sympathy goes out to all the families impacted by today’s event,” Fuglsang said.

There is a second press release scheduled to be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the same space.

News Press Release: Zoo saddened to announce the death of beloved polar bear

Midland Zoo is saddened to announce that Homer, the beloved 16-year-old polar bear, unexpectedly died this morning at 7 a.m., only an hour after his feeding. 

The cause of death at this time is unknown but zoo director, Chris Bacon, assures that there will be investigations that take place to determine the exact cause.

“The zoo will perform a necropsy to try to determine the cause of death. The results will not be available for several weeks,” senior staff veterinarian Dr. Shanda Lear said.

The two polar bears housed in the exhibit with Homer, 9-year-old male Yukon and 10-year-old female McKenzie, were immediately removed from the polar bear exhibit and are now being monitored by veterinary staff. 

Polar bears have thrived at Midland zoo since 1985 with their unique exhibit that allows the bears to engage in natural behaviors: playing in manufactured snow, digging in gravel, and hunting trout in the chilled pool.

It was only last week that the zoo mourned the death of 10-year-old female bobcat, Regina, whom died of renal failure last week and two weeks ago, a 6-year-old female giraffe, Kenya, died after her neck broke when her horns got caught in her stall. The three deaths all have been heart-breaking but are in no way related. 

“Homer was a very curious and playful polar bear and we will miss him terribly,” zookeeper Sara Getty said.

Article 4 Profile Final Draft; Morningside sophomore continues to cultivate her passion for agriculture.

Photo Courtesy of Megan Drey

At first glance, sophomore Megan Drey may not seem like your typical farmer. With her long dark hair and the largest grin ever seen on a person, her welcoming attitude and caring tone wouldn’t lead you to believe she spends her day working alone in a field. But, this young and outgoing woman has a passion for land like no other. 

Drey grew up working on her family farm in Early, Iowa, with her parents and two sisters. Since there were no boys, all three daughters would be on call to help her father with the farm chores.

One job Drey helps with is the castrating of the pigs. This last summer, Drey was helping with this chore, holding the pigs as her dad did the cutting. 

“I don’t have any boots so I just wear his and they are a bit big,” Drey said.

She had just put a pig down and was going to catch another one but felt something in her boot. She told her dad to hold the pig she just picked up while she dumped out her boot, because she felt something in it. 

“I found out that he accidentally threw one of the pig’s balls in my boot,” Drey said. “He just laughed because he knows how much I hate doing that job.”

Despite the messy and unpredictable work the farm offers, Drey enjoyed helping her father as a child. 

“Megan has always been so willing to come help me with any chore that needs to be done. Even when she’s on school breaks, she’ll wake up early to come drive the graincart or wagons and spend the day out on the field until about 6 or 7 p.m.,” Dean Drey, Drey’s father, said.

Even though she’s willing to spend her days on the field and in the barn, she never thought that she would be doing any type of agriculture for a career.

“Once I came to college and was away from the farm for the first time, I realized how much I missed it and that’s when I decided that’s what I really like to do,” Drey said.

Drey decided to come to Morningside College, only an hour away from home, to double major in applied agriculture and food studies and accounting, with a minor in business. 

“My dream job after graduation is to potentially work at a Farm Credit of Farm Bureau office, serving farmers either being an insurance agent or being an ag lender,” Drey says. “I really want to be able to have a job that allows me to be flexible so I can go back and work on the family farm.”

Drey’s love for agriculture is so big that she not only works in Agriculture department, but is also the Treasurer of the Ag Club. The club allows her to be a leader on top of working with familiar materials. 

“Megan works well with others and is willing to participate in a variety of activities. She was actually a part of a group of students that represented Morningside at the 2019 National Future Farmers of America convention in Indianapolis, receiving first place in the categories of ‘Community Service’ and ‘Fellowship’ in the Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave. They competed against 10 other schools including Division 1 schools,” Agriculture Club advisor, Daniel Witten, said.

Only on her second year, Drey has some time to go before she can live her dream of working with farmers as well as on her farm. Until then, she plans to continue working on her father’s farm when she goes back home for breaks and weekends, further increasing her love for the independent, diligent work the farm offers her. 

“It took a debate with all-female moderators to ask Democrats about paid family leave” News Comment

Vox had many articles about the Wednesday debate. Articles ranged from varying topics from “paid family leave” to “Gender equity” to “The most substantive answers from the debate”. In this particular article, Alexandria Fernandez Campbell reported on a very important question asked at the Democratic debate on Wednesday and the candidate’s answers. She focused on their views of paid maternity leave.  It offered their answers to the question and then compared their answers to different countries’ policies. 

The article made sure to include all of the candidate’s answers and a little bit of background for each one of them. This made it more inclusive. But you could definitely tell the writer swayed more to the side of having longer paid family leave. Though it did not follow the inverted triangle, with the most important information coming first followed information that wasn’t as important, it still did a good job of chunking up information. The chunking was quote, explanation, transition for the most part making it easy to read. 

“What’s Behind Colin Kaepernick’s Surprise Workout?” News Comment

Dan Adler’s feature story over Colin Kaepernick focused on the NFL’s invitation for him to share his surprise workout in Atlanta on Saturday. He hasn’t played in a game since New Years day 2017 since he kneeled to protest the national anthem. Ever since, the league has basically forced him not to play to avoid controversery. In the eyes of the public, the former football player has become one of the biggest advocates “in the Trump-era culture wars”. The article mentioned this invitation is at a weird time since Kaepernick has been petitioning this since he was “black balled”. He says this is because the NFL is just a show and is wanting to now take credit that they recognize the importance of Kaepernick in the business.

I thought this feature story was written well. it was short but included a background on what Kaepernick is known for and how it’s related to this news event. You could tell Adler wrote it from the perspective of Kaepernick because of the wording and various use of quotes. It doesn’t include much description of Kaepernick himself but I think since it includes a lot of what he’s thinking, it works. I would classify it as a feature story because it focuses on someone famous for something but also includes an interesting part about them that people care about.

Description

Maleah Richter looks at the pumpkin choices she has at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch on a warm October weekend.

Walking to class, her straight long ginger hair with tints of blonde sway back and forth against her light grey backpack as she describes the day she has ahead of her. She tells us that she will be headed home early, a tiring and tedious six-hour drive back to Rapid City, and that tonight she would be surprising her grandmother. She has not seen her grandmother since she started the school year, so she spoke of seeing her small, sweet grandmother with eyes huge with excitement.

Today, she chose to wear athletic black leggings and dirty grey and pink tennis shoes with a light teal sweater. On any chosen day, you could find a hint of blue on her in some form or another. Different shades of blue just captured her perfectly. She could be calming and soothing, like the sky on a sunny day or she could be like a raging hurricane. She was unpredictable.

For her outer layer, she wore a black parka that was long for her five foot and four inch body. She had gotten the coat for her soccer season her freshman year. Even though she checked the weather and said it would be warmer than it has been the previous fall days, she still chose to wear the big winter coat.

She continues to talk and then as I begin to stray away from the group, headed to my class, she directs her attention to me. She asks me if she will see me before she leaves for her long weekend. She hates it when there is no goodbye exchanged when we depart. I say I’m not sure, but we will see. If not, safe travels. And she, in her most loving manner, giggles softly and says “I will! Break a leg tonight!”

Classmate Story Redo: A baker arises from burnt cookies

Kristine Honomichl is a sophomore basketball player at Morningside College. She’s from Denver Colorado and loves animals.

As a teenager, Morningside College Sophomore, Kristine Honomichl was unaware just how significant burning a batch of cookies would be in her life, sparking a love for baking in the end.

She comes from a family of bakers, who would always show up to holiday parties with homemade treats. But, it wasn’t until high school that Honomichl fell in love with the art of creating desserts.

“I didn’t get hooked until my freshman year of high school when I was trusted to operate the oven without burning the house down,” Honomichl joked.

One day after school, Honomichl wanted to give baking cookies by herself a try. Finding a recipe, she realized they were out of flour and made the decision the cookies would bake fine without the ingredient. 

“I put the cookies on a pan and remember thinking to myself ‘These cookies suck!’ I baked them anyways and they ended up burnt,” Honomichl said.

Even though she felt all grown up and didn’t want help from anyone, the burnt cookies proved to her that she did, indeed, need her mother’s help. 

“When I called her, she pointed out that flour is very important for cookies to bake correctly. She said that we could go to the store that night and try baking a new batch the next day,” Honomichl said.

After that incident, Honomichl had a newfound love for the challenges and satisfaction that baking presented. She continues to hone in on her passion almost five years later.

Kristine Honomichl’s dream cake creation. Honomichl has a Pinterest board titled “Cakes” that includes more than 300 pictures. Photo courtesy of Pinterest

“Now, I love baking cakes,” Honomichl said. “I’m working on the decorating part, but I really enjoy the patience and detail that goes into making a cake!”

Honomichl hopes to one day open her own bakery, where she can pursue her passion of baking and selling birthday cakes and other tasty treats.

Story #3: Three Broadcast Stories Script

It’s a good Morning here at Morningside College! It’s Kassidy Hart here with the three of the latest news stories.

First up, with the release of Apple’s AirPod Pros on Wednesday, will more students be purchasing the earbud?

Sophomore Jaedyn Mauck uses AirPods opposed to regular earbuds to listen to music daily.

“I like airbods because they are easier to use on the chords because the cords get in the way.”

To improve the original AirPods model, Apple added additional features and a new design for the new AirPod Pros. These features include silicone design tips, noise cancellation and sweat and water resistance.

With this new product, students may be tempted to pay the expensive price for a better listening experience. 

Next up, lawmakers in New York City looking to ban tackle football for children under the age of twelve because it may be “too dangerous”.

As the year 2020 approaches, New York is one of the first states to consider banning dangerous sports and creating a safer sporting environment for children. 

Sophomore Carlie Wilson says that danger was a part of her everyday life and she turned out fine.

“I used to jump out of my six-foot-tall playhouse to see how far I could get.”

The reason they are banning the sport is a bit more than a few scrapes and scratches though. The sport may be causing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.

Whether the sport is a cause of CTE or not, one thing is clear: with the advanced developments in science, the world is pointed towards becoming a safer place for future generations of children.

Last, but not least, what is the best tip you’ve ever received? For this server in Missouri, it was a fifty-thousand-dollar lottery ticket.

Taylor Russey said that the regular who left her the ticket usually buys the rest of the regulars in the bar when the lottery is high a ticket. 

Sophomore Maleah Richter comments on what would she would do with the winnings if she were in Russey’s position.

“I would use the fifty-thousand-dollars to make off student loans and give a little back to the guy who gave me the winning lottery ticket.”

Fifty-thousand dollars is definitely a hefty amount and many students would use the money to pay off student loans.

And that’s all for today, folks. Have a great day and Go Mustangs!

Story 1. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/tech/apple-airpods-pro-available-today/index.html

Story 2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/31/new-york-considers-ban-youth-tackle-football-sparks-cte-debate/4107795002/

Story 3. https://abcnews.go.com/US/bartender-tipped-winning-50000-lottery-ticket/story?id=66613850