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    Cooper takes control as governor of NC

    By: Olivia Cohen In conclusion to an arduous gubernatorial race, Roy Cooper was officially elected as the governor of North Carolina on Dec. 5 2016. The election was extended out almost a month after the initial vote due to numerous requested recounts by current governor Pat McCrory. “We now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper,” said McCrory in a video released by his administration. Democrats around the state were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief at Cooper’s acceptance rally on Dec. 6.  Although his victory was worth celebrating, for most his first public speech since election day was overshadowed…

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    Fast fashion harms environment

    Fashion trends can be seen everywhere. In the past few decades, with trends becoming increasingly widespread, “fast fashion” has been introduced to the American consumer. Fast fashion, most recognizable at stores such as Forever 21, H&M, and Zara, allows consumers to cheaply purchase items following current seasonal trends. However, this inexpensive fashion movement comes at a hidden price. Although fast fashion may seem like an economically and aesthetically smart plan, many who work for these industries are suffering. Most of the materials and labor used to create these products are outsourced, often coming from third world countries. Factories where the workers sew and produce these goods are often unclean and…

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    Light rail to improve America’s declining infrastructure

    Due to the U.S.’s vast size, in which there’s sometimes no city for 100s of miles, it admittedly doesn’t make sense for there to be high speed trains. In America, as opposed to the rest of the world, it’s more convenient for citizens to take a plane instead of a train. In Europe, taking a train for a daily commute or vacation in another European country is convenient because of the high volume of train stations. However, in the U.S., many cities and towns do not have enough stations or density to make trains advantageous. Furthermore, the speed of many American trains, or lack thereof, further dissuade people from choosing…

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    Local cycling group to host national film festival

    By Sam Killenberg For the second year in a row, local youth leadership organization Spoke ‘N Revolutions will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theatre on April 25. Spoke ‘N Revolutions, founded in 2010 by East parents Suepinda Keith and Kevin Hicks, aims to teach students valuable leadership skills through cycling. The group hosts local community service events promoting biking as an eco-friendly and healthy means of transportation and recreation and takes members on national biking tours. Senior Jeimy Salazar is in her third year with the program. “Spoke ‘N Revolutions just helps teach students leadership and working together,” said Salazar. “I did the Lewis…