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    Victims’ rights law passes

    Marsy Nicholas, a senior at UC Santa Barbara, was killed by her ex-boyfriend Kerry Conley on November 30, 1983. A week later, Marsy’s family walked into a grocery store and met the murderer. They had not been notified that Conley had been released on bail. “If any good can come of something this horrible – the loss of my sister and the losses of other families of crime victims – it is that these violent acts served as a catalyst for change,” said Henry Nicholas, the brother of Marsy. “Marsy’s Law will provide for a more compassionate justice system for crime victims.” Since the death of Marsy, Henry, CEO of…

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    China funds infrastructure

    Though most of us consider colonialism to be a thing of the past, some recent developments in Africa may change that. In nearly every country in Africa’s southern tip, Chinese investors are buying up natural resources for use in Chinese made products. Oftentimes when a foreign country buys up national resources, it employ domestic workers to mine, log, or otherwise remove the resources. However, Chinese companies have been buying resources from African nations and bringing in Chinese workers. This prevents money from entering the African economies, aside from what is being paid for the resources. These practices are uncommon, but not unheard of. The critics of China’s actions accuse China…

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    US enters trade agreement

    One of President Trump’s most adamant positions is his opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, which created a zone of free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico by lowering tariffs and other economic barriers. Trump has repeatedly advocated to modify or possibly repeal the agreement, and as of Sept. 30, the administration is taking significant steps towards delivering on that promise. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is the new trilateral trade deal that serves as a modernized version of NAFTA. The most prominent aspects of the agreement are its changes to labor standards, automobile tariffs and dairy tariffs.…

  • Features

    Sensei Aoyagi: Japanese Teacher

    During the last school year, Yoshimi Aoyagi, the Japanese teacher at East and Chapel Hill High School, won three statewide and national awards. In 2017, she was one of three teachers nationally to win the Elgin Heinz award, an award designed to honor teachers who further understanding between Americans and Japanese. Sensei Aoyagi has been teaching Japanese in the district for 11 years. She is a nationally merited teacher and is known for her high expectations and creating an inclusive classroom environment. For some, these accomplishments, awards and praise might go straight to one’s head, but students say that’s not the case with Aoyagi. “She told us she wasn’t going…

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    Hollerin’: A N.C. tradition

    October, 18, 2016. Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina. A lone man stands at a microphone, wailing his lungs out. This is the last cry of a dying Carolina tradition: hollerin’. Fifty years ago, in rural N.C., before cell phones, before sirens, there was hollerin’. Farmers would call their children and their cows with melodic, whooping cries that resounded across pastures, around barns and through the woods. Each person’s holler was as individual as the people themselves, with calls that are impossible to capture in words. And these unique calls were showcased for 47 years at the National Hollerin’ Contest in Spivey’s Corner, the undisputed hollerin’ capital of the nation. As Ermon…