Greta Thunberg’s Speech Rocks the U.N. Climate Action Summit

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words!” Greta Thunberg said passionately to the crowd.

16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg is not happy with how world leaders are dealing with climate change. She made this very clear at the U.N. Climate Action Summit yesterday, passionately expressing her frustrations and worries if world leaders continue to not do anything. Even with the social problems her Aspergers syndrome can cause, Greta still spoke very clearly and with no hesitation. She brought up different figures detailing just how dangerous climate change can become if not handled correctly.

“You’re failing us!” Greta screamed to the world leaders in attendance. She told the leaders that if nothing is done, her childhood is ruined and she will have no future. Greta continued on to say that there are only 8 and a half years left before climate emissions budget is gone. Meaning the world could begin to have major problems, eventually leading to mass extinction of the human race. Several times throughout the speech she stated, “How dare you!” which was just another emotional statement made by Greta to drive home her point. Her passionate speech must’ve struck a chord, as 65 countries pled achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 by the end of yesterday.

Fall Track Story #2 Final

“If you’re on the track team, but not the XC team, fall is a weird time of year for you.”

At least that’s what thrower and jumper Brian Johnston said, when asked what fall is like for trackster’s not on the cross-country team. He expressed how many people might not know the track team even does anything during the fall, but fall is actually a very busy time.

            Brian Johnston throws javelin and triple jumps, so he is a bit of a rarity on the team. Jumps practices have a small number of people and throwing practice has even less. He’s a great representation of the two groups and will help provide insight into to both groups. “Fall track for the throwers is all about getting better,” Brian stated, “For jumpers it’s the exact same thing, but a little more intense.” He said that both squads have practice regularly on different days throughout the week, which makes it hard for him to practice for both. “I basically get to choose what I want to practice on a given day, sometimes I choose to jump and get some sprints in, while others I head up the hill to throw jav.” Brian stated. The hill is where all the throwing takes place, practices take place on the track as one would expect. Fall track for Brian is all about getting better in the two events he loves doing.

            Wyatt McCaplin, is a junior sprinter who is really passionate about running 400 meters and 100 meters. He’s a great representation of a traditional sprinter on the team and has a different perspective than Brian does. “Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays are the days we practice, we lift Tuesday and Thursday.” Wyatt stated. Lifting happens after both of those practices and can be very taxing on the body. “I always feel sore after practice going into lifting, but I can tell it’s getting me better,” Wyatt said with some passion and fire in his voice. “Fall track is not about hitting the best times or being ready for actual competition, it’s all about getting yourself to be the best competitor you can be!” Wyatt said at a slightly high volume. Apparently, “People can suffer a lot of bad injuries during fall track, so it is important to not go overboard and over work yourself.” Riley said seriously. Riley was very passionate about getting better and really wanted to get track more exposure.

           The sprints/jumps coach is Andre Mcwell and nobody is more passionate and positive than Coach Andre. “Fall track is all about getting everyone in the best shape possible, it could be compared to what other teams call conditioning.” Andre said. He was very passionate and really wanted to emphasize just how much people improve during fall track. “People who give it their all and go 100% always succeed when the indoor and outdoor season comes around.” Andre also made a point of saying that not working too hard was important, “You gotta listen to your body man because if you push it too hard, your whole season could be over.” “Fall is a time to work hard on your grades and make sure you got everything down.” I found this to be inspiring honestly. Fall track is a time where a lot of work to get better is done.

California Man Is Convicted of Cyberstalking Parkland Victims’ Families

A man impersonated shooter Nikolas Cruz in order to taunt and terrorize the victims of the Parkland shooting.

The man’s name is Brandon Michael Fleury and he was found guilty of three counts of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting a kidnapping threat and could face up to twenty years in jail for this crime. The article goes on to give details of the crimes committed, and they are very disturbing. Brandon messaged family members of the victims, “I’m your abductor I’m kidnapping you fool,” and, “With the power of my AR-15, I take your loved ones away from you PERMANENTLY.”

This article is important because it shows how social media can get you in to a lot of trouble. The article has news values because it informs the reader of this cyberstalker and is very interesting. I think the article was well written with good information. I found the lead and headline very enticing and informative and it made me want to continue reading. I found the article interesting and I really can’t believe someone would do this to another person.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/us/parkland-shooting-victims-cyber-stalker.html

Alex Watters Can’t Be Stopped

If you attend Morningside College, you probably know who Alex Watters is.

 If you don’t who he is, you’ve probably seen him zipping around campus on his high-powered wheelchair. Alex works at Morningside College as a Career Development Specialist and has a chair on the city council. He loves Morningside College and strives to help students succeed and achieve great things. Alex even worked for President Obama’s reelection campaign, which led him to even more exciting opportunities and connections. He’s met all sorts of interesting and powerful people, including Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and has had contact with 2020 Democratic candidate Kamela Harris. Alex doesn’t let the fact that he was permanently disabled from a accident in college stop him from doing the things he loves. Alex has always succeeded in the face of adversity. He’s been quoted as saying, “It could always be worse,” which is very inspiring. For someone with an injury as serious as his, him saying that is amazing.

Bernie Sanders Is Hospitalized for Heart Procedure and Cancels Events

After experiencing chest discomfort at a recent event, Bernie Sanders was treated for a blocked artery.

Bernie Sanders has cancelled all events until further notice while he recovers at a Las Vegas Hospital. Bernie was traveling to a Las Vegas Gun Control Forum when he felt the chest pain. “Senator Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days.” Jeff Weaver, an adviser to Sanders, said in a statement. Sanders had kept up a brutal schedule on his campaign trail, holding multiple events in several cities a day.

The stories lead was very interesting and really caught my attention. Bernie Sanders is a major candidate for president in the 2020 election, so him having health problems is big news. This gives the story value and the Times did a good job of quoting important people on Bernie’s team. They also took an excerpt from his twitter profile which was also very useful information. The Time’s emphasized how grueling of a schedule Bernie has and does a good job of presenting good information.

Juul Shake-Up: C.E.O. Steps Down

The C.E.O of Juul, the e-cigarette company, is stepping down due to the recent backlash around the company’s products.

With multiple states banning the sale of flavored vapes, It is not hard to see why he has decided to step down. The Trump administration has also begun talks of instituting a ban of all flavored vaping products. Now the owner of Alteria has stepped in to try and manage the company amid the regulatory issues that Juul now faces.

I chose this article because it is very relevant to the age group my class is a part of. I am sure some of them if not the majority of the class has vaped at one point. I found the article to be very informative and the lead to really draw me in. The news value in this article is that it helps provide commentary to the harms of vaping. Many teens and young adults would argue cigarettes are much more harmful than these products and that they should be banned as well if vapes are to be banned.

This picture is in fact the link to the article

Juul C.E.O. Steps Down Amid Backlash

The C.E.O of Juul, the e-cigarette company, is stepping down due to the recent backlash around the company’s products.

With multiple states banning the sale of flavored vapes, It is not hard to see why he has decided to step down. The Trump administration has also begun talks of instituting a ban of all flavored vaping products. Now the owner of Alteria has stepped in to try and manage the company amid the regulatory issues that Juul now faces.

I chose this article because it is very relevant to the age group my class is a part of. I am sure some of them if not the majority of the class has vaped at one point. I found the article to be very informative and the lead to really draw me in. The news value in this article is that it helps provide commentary to the harms of vaping. Many teens and young adults would argue cigarettes are much more harmful than these products and that they should be banned as well if vapes are to be banned.

This picture is in fact the link to the article

The Scavenger Hunt

For the scavenger hunt, I had to look for two things: a knock knock joke and a thick rubber band. I looked all over for a thick rubber band but I couldn’t find one anywhere. When I asked Morningside junior Grace Rassmussen if she had a rubber band she replied, “no”. While writing this my Professor Ross Fullsang handed me a rubber band and said, “don’t say I never did anything for you.” The knock knock joke was much easier to come by. I found Olyvia Shelby in the arts building sitting by some of her classmates. She offered to tell me a joke she heard from another one of my own classmates nearby. She said, “knock knock?”, “Whose there?” I replied, “Duane” she replied back, “Duane who?” I asked. “Somebody help Duane the bathtub I’m drowning!” This was very funny to me.

Final Draft Story #1

There have been over 283 mass shootings as of September 1st according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. This means there have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year. Some are worried that this may be becoming a big issue in the U.S. and think stricter gun control laws should be implemented. Others say there is nothing wrong with the current process and present alternate solutions. After examining three articles that all took an in-depth look into the recent number of mass shootings and the details surrounding them,

The Los Angeles Times investigated shootings dating back to June 18th 2015. it’s a timeline beginning with very recent mass shootings like the Odessa Texas shooting that occurred August 31st 2019 and the Dayton Ohio shootings that occurred Aug. 4th. The article provided a brief summary of the tragedy along with how many people were injured and sadly murdered. This timeline helps keep track of notable mass shootings from recent years and helps show how they have become more and more common place as the years’ have progressed.. The LA newspaper also presents how mass shootings are defined. They stated that, “Some media outlets use three fatalities as a baseline for a mass shooting; others four. The topic is widely debated.” They end up deciding to use four as their article’s baseline. The timeline included two shootings from August alone, which is discussed in the next article.

According to the New York Times, 53 people died from mass shootings in August alone. This article is another timeline, which is similar to the last article that was examined. The difference is that they define a mass shooting as 3 or more deaths not including the shooter. They take a look at different mass shootings and provided a brief summary of what occurred and the death toll. The author starts off the article by providing some of his own opinion into the mix by stating, “The month of August ended as it began: with a shooting rampage and a significant death toll.” If you believe in gun control this statement is probably something you agree with and find very alarming. Both timelines describe mass shootings as either three people being killed, or four people being killed. Whether this is important is highly argued about. A mass shooting should probably have a universal definition in terms of how many people are killed. Whether it’s three or four is up for debate. 

The next article titled, US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks, delves into the issue of mass shooters legally purchasing guns. Anti gun control supporters always point out that most of the shooters are crazy and shouldn’t be allowed guns and that they always find ways to get guns even if more laws were put into place. This article contests that theory by giving examples of shooters who acquired guns legally The article also states that some of these guns were able to be purchased thanks to mistakes by the FBI that would’ve been picked up had there been more laws or requirements in place. For example, “Devin Patrick Kelley purchased four guns from federally licensed dealers in Texas and Colorado. The military veteran passed the required background checks because the Air Force never informed the FBI about an assault on his wife and her child that led to a court-martial, a year of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.” 

Are mass shootings becoming a bigger issue in modern times? This is the question people have started to ask. Some say strict gun control is the only effective way to control this issue, while others say there are better alternatives to the issue. The issue also could be considered an issue of the constitution. If gun control is issued, then the constitution may be obsolete. The issue of mass shootings and gun control hasn’t been resolved yet. If more and more shootings occur, then we may see a resolution to this problem sooner rather than later.

Arizona Trooper Arrested on Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping Charges

An Arizona state trooper has been charged with 61 charges which include sexual extortion and kidnapping to name a few. State trooper Tremaine Jackson was found to be sexually abusive to women he pulled over by offering to let them go free if they participated in sexual favors with him. The article goes on to provide even more detail into the alleged accusations and also compares Tremaine’s case to similar cases of abuse by police officers. I found the article to be very descriptive and informative, which helped me understand the case as a whole. I really think this man should be in prison for the rest of his life and that he should never be allowed to work in a position of a authority again.