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    Students Juuling at East: the Vaping Epidemic in our Hallways

    Growing up in the 2000s, there was one thing hammered into the mind of every first through ninth grader: smoking is evil, and only losers and burnouts smoke. There were pledges to abstain, stickers and hours of education and presentations. However, these lessons may have been wasted. Recently, across the state, there has been a worrying increase in nicotine use and abuse by teenagers. The primary culprit: Juul. According to the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey’s most recent report, e-cigarette use by high schoolers is up 894 percent since 2011. That same survey found three out of every ten students have used e-cigarettes. East, in particular, having wealthy students with…

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    Women Join Together in the “Times Up” Movement to Fight Sexual Assault

    Over the past year, sexual assault allegations, such as those related to the “Me Too” movement, seem to be a recurring story in the media, attempting to bring awareness to the victims of sexual assault. These movements have brought success in changing the dynamic for victims and stopping sexual assault, but critics believe that many victims are overlooked in these movements. To answer these flaws, a group of famous women have begun the new movement, “Time’s Up.” The group is attempting to bring awareness to those who have experienced sexual assault or gender discrimination. For some lower class women, who lack access to social media or a strong platform, it…

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    Former Beatle Ringo Starr is Knighted

    Ringo Starr, drummer of the distinguished band, The Beatles, was knighted for his musical success and charitable contributions. It all began for Starr when he joined three other young men from Liverpool in the 1960’s, and began a career in music. They continued to release music until the 1970’s, growing their fan base, and reaching popularity unimaginable by many. This remarkable group is survived by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. After the Beatles broke up, Starr moved on to work on his solo career. He released new albums, experimenting with different styles of music that he had never attempted with the Beatles. He then moved on to work on movies,…

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    The New Year Might Bring the Combination of Amazon and Target

    In the current days centered around consumerism, there isn’t much surprise when large companies buy other companies. In the past, numerous corporations have combined with other companies, creating a “super-force” in the market. Recently, the world was shocked into disarray when Gene Munster, of Loup Ventures predicted that Amazon would buy Target in 2018. Further investigations from other experts have brought debate over the possibility of this occurrence. Many agree with Munster’s predictions, stating that it is a reasonable idea for Amazon as a company. Amazon, as an online based company, has their best interests in expanding to real stores for more business. Additionally, in the past, Amazon has demonstrated…

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    Taylor Swift’s triumphant return

    Taylor Swift’s girl-next-door reputation filled up our childhood memories as she dominated the charts with a mix of country and pop music. Swift’s newest album, “Reputation,” seems to leave this behind, as she taps into new styles of music, showing the world that the curly-haired teenager really is “dead.” The album is full of parallels to fueds Swift has experienced with other celebrities, and many fans have picked out lyrics that call out Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, along with Katy Perry, and previous boyfriends of Swift. The album has been very successful, dominating the pop music charts, and making fans go wild. “Reputation” sold more than 700,000 copies in…