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Article 4 Rough Draft

16 and pregnant

Olivia Stillman found out she was pregnant her junior year of high school. She contemplated having the baby or not, and made the choice to have it. Her plan was to give it up for adoption.

She dropped out of school and did online classes while she was pregnant. Her boyfriend, Jackson was very supportive. Her father is very well known in Gretna, Nebraska. He has a lot of money, so luckily that was not an issue for Olivia.

After she gave birth, she realized she could not give her baby to another family. She kept her and named her Blakely. Olivia, Jackson, and Blakely are a happy family and Blakely is now 3 years old.

I have pictures

Did you like the family you were planning to give your baby to?

How did you feel about dropping out Junior year? Was it difficult? Did you think you weren’t gonna graduate?

Where do you live now? What was the living situation with Blakely when she was born?

Was it hard to see Jackson take her to his house?

What was childbirth like?

What was the scariest part about finding out you’re pregnant?

How did having a baby so young change you?

News Comment (Dec 2. 2021)

Alexis Spier,

A new Covid variant finds its way into the United States. The first case of Omicron was found in a man who very recently came back from South Africa; he was fully vaccinated. Doctors and disease professionals encourage adults to get Booster shots. As well as these experts, President Biden has been pushing for adults to get “Boosters.”

Author, Apoorva Mandavilli, is writing to an adult audience in this news story. It is important for these people to know about the new variant, and how they can take the steps, if they want, to protect themselves from the virus. Adults can now choose to get a Booster shot, because professionals have assured them its a good idea.

This story is news, because it has been a popular topic of discussion for awhile. Everyone has been talking and knows about Covid, so a story about a new variant is definitely news. It also affects a large population of people. It affects me right now. I’m worried I won’t be able to go to Puerto Rico now, because countries are closing borders again and people are going to start freaking out soon.

The author does a good job telling the audience their decisions and spreading the word about a new threat.

Classmate Story: Generous (Nov. 23, 2021)

Somewhere around 1 am at a friend’s house on Halloween night, Zach Norton heard someone yelling upstairs. Someone was saying “Coop is bleeding a lot!” and Norton and his friend found Coop sitting on the floor bleeding from his head. Generously, Norton walked his friend back to his dorm room, and gave him Ibuprofen for the pain.

We figured out the next day he was going outside to go to the bathroom and on his way in he slipped on the cement and fell on his head. When Coop woke up the next morning, blood was everywhere on his face and pillow. Right away, Norton took Coop to the Emergency Room. It was not anything too serious; Coop got only four stitches.

“There was so much blood everywhere on his pillow the next morning. I was like, yeah, this man needs stitches,” said Norton. “Then I waited a whole hour for this man to get stitches.”

When I asked Norton why he decided to help Coop, he quickly replied, “He was standing there with blood dripping from his face asking somebody to help him. I looked around and saw no one around to do anything so I helped him home.”

Finally, I asked him what this act says about his character. Norton laughed and said, “I’m the guy that folds the quickest.”

3 Minute Broadcast Script

The sun is our energy, warmth, our morning. We wouldn’t exist without it. Recent discoveries from a team of astronomers proves it is possible for a planet to survive without its star.

Dr.Blackman and his team of astronomers discovered the first planet to orbit a white dwarf. A white dwarf is a star that burns up all its energy and explodes. A planet has never survived the explosion of its star, until now.

Astronomers are hoping to catch a glimpse of life on this unfamiliar planet. Using the light that the white dwarf projects, it is possible to actually see if life exists. This brings into play a phenomenon researched by Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger called Second Genesis. It suggests that life may not have survived, instead it started over.

Dr. Kaltenegger, a member of the team that found the planet said… “I find the study exciting because it adds to the growing evidence that planets can survive the death of their star, which leads to intriguing questions about the future of the cosmos, If planets can survive the death of their stars, can life as well?”

Distance is the deal breaker. Planets orbiting at a close distance from their star have no chance of surviving its death. Exactly how far does a planet need to be from its star to survive the explosion?

Joshua Blackman, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania and lead author of the study had this to say…“If humanity is somehow still around in five billion years, we would probably have a better chance of surviving the sun’s red giant phase on a moon of Jupiter than on Earth.”

I would be packing my bags and heading to Jupiter now, but that is not possible.

However, it is possible for a young man to escape prison for life. The story that holds so much attention right now is the case of Kyle Rittenhouse. The 18 year old was at a police brutality protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. He killed two people and injured a third with an AR-15. Rittenhouse pled not guilty. He said he was using the weapon as self defense.

Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and three counts of first-degree intentional homicide. His verdict was not guilty on all five counts.

But what’s really surprising is the prosecutor’s attempt to use the video game “Call of Duty” to incarcerate Rittenhouse.

I asked “so and so” how he feels about a prosecutor trying to use COD against him to incriminate him…

This leaves us with the question “If prosecutors can use violent video games against someone to potentially incriminate them, should these games be illegal?”

Popstar, Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert in Dallas, resulted in 300 people injured. The lethal crowd also killed 10 people from ages 30 all the way down to a 10 year old boy. Scott is facing billions of dollars for the damages and death. People were saying he did not stop the concert when he should have.

I asked 21 year old Sadie Roth, a fan of Travis Scott’s music, who she thinks is responsible for this tragedy, the crowd or scott himself… Do you think there should be an age limit for these types of concerts?

Scott released an apology video for his fans and for his fans who passed away at the Astroworld concert.

*Scott Apology*

I’m Alexis Spier. Thank you for listening to KMSC news broadcast at 7.

News Comment (Nov. 11, 2021)

Rikers, New York City jail complex has failed to meet the basic needs of the prisoners. Since October, it has been reported that 30% of correctional officers cannot work. The prisoners are left alone for hours. The authors opinion is to add more jails specifically for people with mental illnesses who should not be grouped with other prisoners. Another opinion of his is to take some vacant jails and turn them into well maintained jails. The point of the story is our incarceration system is lacking in severe ways.

The target audience of this story is everyone. It is a cry for help. The author demands change to our criminal justice system. I think his main focus is our government officials, because they are the only people who can actually make a change. One of the first things said in the story is 30% of correctional officers are not working, so the author could be trying to get more people to work in jails in prisons. I personally do not want to work in a jail or prison, but is is so important we have people that do.

Because a hefty percent of our population is in jail/prison, and the criminal justice system has been a topic of discussion since forever, the story is news. People need to be aware of how poorly prisoners are cared for and protected. This new public opinion would reduce the number of people incarcerated by 2,000. And that is something we should all want and fight for.

Feature Story Ideas:

  1. I could talk to a prisoner about how he is cared for and what it is like living in prison
  2. I could talk to Eric Adams, because he plans to replace the dangerous jails with smaller humane jails. And he was just elected mayor.

News Comment (Nov. 4, 2021)

More than a few NFL teams and players have been fined for violating COVID protocol. The Green Bay Packers were fined $300,000 and its quarterback, Aaron Rodgers was fined $14,000. His failure to follow protocol resulted in suspension from the Chiefs game in which they lost 17-3. The isolation period ends this Sunday, so he could make it back in time for his game against Seattle.

I want to go out on a limb and guess most people in the world know who Aaron Rodgers is and, there is no doubt in my mind every single person in the world is aware of the Coronavirus. This story is definitely news. I could ask every single one of my male friends, and they would all know Aaron Rodgers is suspended for violating COVID protocol. That being said, all of them probably think it’s dumb that he was suspended, but if more and more professional athletes disobey these protocols, the league would suffer and my friends won’t be able to sit on the couch all Sunday and watch football.

I wrote a similar story about professional athletes being punished for not following the rules, and authorities are doing a great job of shutting this problem down. These stories are important for us to read, so we all know the punishments for violating COVID rules.

NFL players and coaches especially can benefit from this article. If they weren’t following the rules before, they definitely want to follow them now.

Adele is Back (Media Comparison)

The news story from New York Times and the broadcast story are about Adele’s new single, but are both written very differently.

First off, the leads are significantly different. A broadcast lead is called a throwaway lead which should be one good sentence. The lead from the NYT story has numbers and rankings from billboards while the broadcast lead was “No more gray skies for Adele fans.”

Another big difference is the visual affect that you can’t get from a news article. The broadcast story had an interesting fact about the location of the music video. It was the same house that she recorded her last hit song “Hello”.

Finally, the purpose of the stories are different. The news story is all about how her album is Num.1 on the charts, and the author compares her views to other top artists from the week. However, the broadcast story is mostly about what her song is about. We learn her song was written for her son, so he can understand why she got divorced.

After reading the article from NYT and watching the broadcast story, I found the broadcast story was more emotional and enjoyable to learn from.

Article #3 Script

The sun is our energy, warmth, our morning. We wouldn’t exist without it. Recent discoveries from a team of astronomers proves it is possible for a planet to survive without its star.

Dr.Blackman and his team of astronomers discovered the first planet to orbit a white dwarf. A white dwarf is a star that burns up all its energy and explodes. A planet has never survived the explosion of its star, until now.

Astronomers are hoping to catch a glimpse of life on this unfamiliar planet. Using the light that the white dwarf projects, it is possible to actually see if life exists. This brings into play a phenomenon researched by Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger called Second Genesis. It suggests that life may not have survived, instead it started over.

Dr. Kaltenegger, a member of the team that found the planet said… “I find the study exciting because it adds to the growing evidence that planets can survive the death of their star, which leads to intriguing questions about the future of the cosmos, If planets can survive the death of their stars, can life as well?”

Distance is the deal breaker. Planets orbiting at a close distance from their star have no chance of surviving its death. Exactly how far does a planet need to be from its star to survive the explosion?

Joshua Blackman, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania and lead author of the study had this to say…“If humanity is somehow still around in five billion years, we would probably have a better chance of surviving the sun’s red giant phase on a moon of Jupiter than on Earth.”

I would be packing my bags and heading to Jupiter now, but that is not possible.

However, it is possible for a young man to escape prison for life. The story that holds so much attention right now is the case of Kyle Rittenhouse. The 18 year old was at a police brutality protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. He killed two people and injured a third with an AR-15. Rittenhouse pled not guilty. He said he was using the weapon as self defense.

Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and three counts of first-degree intentional homicide. His verdict was not guilty on all five counts.

But what’s really surprising is the prosecutor’s attempt to use the video game “Call of Duty” to incarcerate Rittenhouse.

I asked “so and so” how he feels about a prosecutor trying to use COD against him to incriminate him…

This leaves us with the question “If prosecutors can use violent video games against someone to potentially incriminate them, should these games be illegal?”

Popstar, Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert in Dallas, resulted in 300 people injured. The lethal crowd also killed 10 people from ages 30 all the way down to a 10 year old boy. Scott is facing billions of dollars for the damages and death. People were saying he did not stop the concert when he should have.

I asked 21 year old Sadie Roth, a fan of Travis Scott’s music, who she thinks is responsible for this tragedy, the crowd or scott himself… Do you think there should be an age limit for these types of concerts?

Scott released an apology video for his fans and for his fans who passed away at the Astroworld concert.

*Scott Apology*

I’m Alexis Spier. Thank you for listening to KMSC news broadcast at 7.

Is It News? (Oct. 21, 2021)

who is the next tribal chief going to be?

Chief, Earl Old Person of the Blackfeet Tribe was known for his strong arguments regarding the relationship between the United States and the Native American community. He pushed for the United States government to give his tribe money to start businesses. Chief Earl Old Person is one of the few remaining people with the tribe’s ancestral history. He died at the age of 92 on Oct. 13.

Blackfeet Nation consists of 17,000 members. All of these people are affected by the death of their chief. The entire Native American community will be affected without his persistence to finding finance for his community. Chief Old Person’s death is news. It affects a good amount of people, and being chief is like being a celebrity. And when a celebrity dies, it’s always news.

The author’s intended audience is the Native American community, and more specifically the Blackfeet Nation. Chief Old Person was very successful in supporting his Nation financially. Who will step up next? The author did not include who the new chief is going to be. Will he or she be able to support the community?

Something New I bought

Last night, I tried a Chicken Chalupa from Taco Bell for the first time. A new meal needs a new drink, so I also tried the Cherry Twilight freeze.

When I had to think about something new to try, I wanted to try something new from a fast food place I go to regularly. Taco Bell came to mind. I’ve tried most things on the menu, but not the Chicken Chalupa.

The Chicken Chalupa alone is $3.19. There is the option between steak or chicken. I chose chicken, because I like it better, and it is cheaper. The Chalupa looks like a taco with a pita bread-like shell with tomatoes lined up like a rainbow. The shell is nicely floured and tasted just the right amount of sweet. The chicken was chopped up perfectly, but there was too much sour cream that took away the flavors of the lettuce, cheese, and chicken. I might order the Chicken Chalupa again, but I would get rid of the sour cream. The Twilight freeze also is not my favorite.

I have drank three different flavors of Baja Blast freeze: Strawberry, Mountain Dew, and now Cherry Twilight freeze. Strawberry remains my favorite flavor. The blueberry and cherry did not mix well together in the Twilight freeze. It smelled and tasted as if I bought a slushy from Kum&Go. However, it looked pretty. Red and blue colors mixed together with highlights of purple. I will not be buying the Cherry Twilight freeze again.

My experience with this taste test inspired me. I would like to try the same entree from different restaurants and decide which one I like better. My next stop will be Qdoba where I will decide if I like the Qdoba burrito or the Chipotle burrito better.