Sunday, September 11, 2011

6th period: Current Event due 9/16

See 4th period post. Comment here! :)


  1. Ashley Powell,6th
    SC gives heroes' treatment to 1st responders, Author not listed
    San Antonio Newspaper, 9/11/11

    This article was about the celebration in Charleston from the attacks of 911. They did a reading of all the people who died in the attacks by boy scouts and military officers. They also had a fly by with fighter jets. They also remembered those who have died in Iraq/Afghanistan yet to date. They read 9168 names in total. The event was by Operation R and R which is a non profit group that helps military personal reconnect with there families on vacation. The ceremony started at 8:46 when the first plane crashed and ended at noon with the playing of "Taps".
    This article made me happy that people were celebrating the life's of so many people. It also made me realize just how many people have died in Iraq/Afghanistan and they attacks of 9/11. This relates to what we are doing in class because it is from one of the most original and important colonies during the colonial times Charleston,SC.

  2. Carly Narotsky Period 6
    Woman Sexually Assaulted in Cape May County Cemetary
    Author: Teresa Masterson
    NBC Philadelphia
    September 12, 2011

    On Sunday evening at almost 9 o’ clock, a the Middle Township Police got a call from a home near a cemetary in Cape May County saying that a bleeding woman had knocked on his door asking for help. The woman was visiting a plot in the cemetary and as she was walking back to her parked car, a man sexually assaulted her. The man was hiding behind her car waiting for her, police say. The man was described by police as a white male in his late twenties to early thirties, wearing shorts and a baggy white t-shirt, and with a buzz cut and a light beard with heavier hair on his chin and mustache. The 29 year old woman was able to break free and run to the house nearby to ask residents to call the cops. She later was brought to the hospital and was treated and released. This is related to what we’re talking about in class because it was just outside of Philadelphia.
    This was obviously a terrible crime, and I feel bad for what that woman had to go through. It is especially sad because the woman was most likely already not in a great mood since she was visiting someone’s gravestone that she cares about. Crimes like this are not uncommon in big cities like Philadelphia, but I hope that something like this doesn’t happen again.

  3. Natalie Bulik-Sullivan/ Pd. 6
    “G.O.P. Senators in Albany Block Federal Aid to Fulfill Part of Health Law”
    Author – Thomas Kaplan
    The New York Times/ 11 September 2011

    Republican politicians and policy-makers of New York are refusing to take part in what they are calling “Obamacare”, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, a policy recently instituted by the Obama administration. Although this is a national program, only thirteen states in the USA have adopted it as of now. Others, like New York, are reluctant to follow suit, although it would allow their citizens to compare and choose available insurance plans and thereby give them access to more affordable coverage. The State Assembly of New York (with a Democrat majority) approved the exchange, but the State Senate refused to discuss the matter in June. Republican politicians of New York feel that, by acting in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, they would be “forcing” the policy onto the citizens (says Assemblyman Al Graf of Suffolk County). Lawmakers are reluctant to call a special session to discuss the matter, and the deadline for setting up the insurance exchange program is quickly approaching, to the dismay of health care groups and several Democrat politicians. However, in 2013, if New York has failed to institute the exchange program, the federal government has the authority to do so itself. Some Republicans are hopeful that they will escape the situation entirely in the event that Obama should lose the upcoming election to a candidate who does not support the program.
    As over 2.5 million residents of New York are currently uninsured, I think that the Republican politicians in NY should be embracing this program. Instead of wasting their time opposing it just because a Democrat created it, they should be worrying about what is best for their citizens. This article relates to our current topic of study because it takes place in New York, which was one of the original Middle Colonies.

  4. Emma Beck
    Cirque du Soleil Scales it down for "Quidam"
    Author: Jenna Scherer
    Date of Article: September 10th, 2011

    This article is about Cirque du Soleil comming to Boston. They come annually to Boston. This time it is called "Quidam." This show was orignaly preformed on its "grand chapiteau" (big hat) in 1996. "Quidam" is about a girl that has a visit from a man. Then when here parents literal float away, the man takes her to a world full of acrobats and jugglers.

    I liked this article because I think that Cirque du Soleil is amazing. All the things that they can do and how flexible and creative they are in making the productions. I this article is from Boston, Massachusetts which is one of the 13 original colonies. What I think that they should have said is where the shows will be held and given more information about it.

  5. Nate Hebert
    Period 6
    Carjacking suspect wanted for murder: Man who feigned injuries on I-26 wanted in Florida
    Andy Paras
    The Post and Courier 9/13/11

    On one Sunday morning, one unsuspecting couple was driving down the interstate when they spotted something unusual. A man was lying face down in the road. James and Pamela Rasts went to see if the man was okay. When James asked the man if he was alright, he pointed a gun to his chest. The couple was shocked and prayed that it would be alright. The man, Jamaine Dozier, ordered them to give him their car. They had no other choice but to let him have it. He took off down the road, immediately followed by a state trooper. He was followed 22 miles until he ran over some Stop Sticks. Dozier was accused of the murder of his girlfriend in Jacksonville Florida. He was on the run when his car broke and had to find a new one on that Sunday morning. This is related to our class studies because this took place in Charleston, South Carolina.
    Despite how bad the motivation was, I believe this was actually kind of smart. If you were a fugitive and you needed a car than this would not be a bad idea. It is very terrible to put people in this situation as James and Pamela were. Pamela warns people to contact authorities in case of this situation. She says you cannot use your southern hospitality here even though you might really want to.

  6. Grant DeSelm 6th Period
    Boston stab victim named as Janusz Smoderek, Many Authors September 13, 2011

    A man named Janusz Smoderek was discovered dead in a garden near Sleaford Road on Sunday morning. He was 48 years old and police believe that he died in an altercation involving several unknown people. Police detectives want to speak to anyone in the area that knew or herd the man before his death. Someone said they saw a group of people running away from the garden. It was a few men and a woman. Police think that the actual murder took place somewhere else. They found some remains that lead to a railroad crossing near Carlton Road. His death was around 3 or 4 on Sunday morning.
    This is just extremely sad and unfortunate. He was probably involved with something in over his head. Perhaps drugs or a gang. All in all, it very sad that this man died and I hope the police department of Boston can figure out who committed the murder. The detectives in Boston are one of the best in the country. New York City and Las Vegas are the only agencies that are better.

  7. Kaitlin Jones, Per. 6
    Remains of a defense contractor killed in Afghanistan return home to Charleston
    Author: Allyson Bird
    The Post and Courier
    September 14, 2011

    A 59 year-old man named James W. “Will” Coker was recently killed in Afghanistan. His remains arrived at the Charleston Air Force Base in a flag-draped casket on the morning of September 14, where friends and family said their final goodbyes. Coker was working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan as a civilian. He was originally from Mount Pleasant, where his family, consisting of his wife, three children, and five grandchildren, live. He was reportedly kidnapped from a power plant in Kabul and strangled. Coker was the third civilian to be killed in the past ten years in Afghanistan.
    I think that it is terrible that anyone should have to die at war, and this is especially true for Mr.Coker. It’s very unfortunate that someone who isn’t even directly involved with the war in Afghanistan is killed because of his nationality. The war has been going on for ten years now- and hopefully it will end soon. This article makes me think about all the troops that are over in Afghanistan right now and how they are risking their lives to protect our country.

  8. Colin Bergey / Period 6
    Two Hospitals Requires Employees to Get Flu Shots
    by Kay Lazar
    The Boston Globe September 14 2011

    All employees that could come in contact with patients are required to get flu shots at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Boston. Refusal to get a flu shot will lead to suspension or possibly termination. Hospitals and health officials do not want employees spreading the virus to patients. This is very necessary because only 68 percent of hospital workers were vaccinated this past year. The only way to decline getting a vaccine is to be medically allergic to the vaccine, or to have religious beliefs against vaccines. These are exceptions to the rule that will not result in punishment.
    It is very surprising to me that this rule was not established a lot earlier. Some patients in hospitals are very weak and unable to fight infection, a simple case of the flu might kill them. Also, hospital staff are around patients who potentially have the flu everyday, it doesn't make sense not to get a flu shot. My concern is that this rule comes from state health officials, meaning this law doesn't apply in other states. Patients in other states are still susceptible to the flu.

  9. Ryan Castellano/Period 6
    9/11 memorial plaza in NYC opens to public
    New York News, September 12, 2011

    The ground zero memorial opened for the first time to the public on September 11th, 10 years since the terrorist attack. The memorial is two four sided reflective pools with all 2,977 of the victims name’s engraved in bronze around the two separate pools. Most people who visited opening day had flashbacks and were very emotional. Seven thousand people were issued tickets but only 1500 let in at a time. There was also very tight security to prevent a reunion for the al qaeda as well. The place of total destruction and devastation has now become a place of beauty costing the government 700 million dollars to build. The World Trade Center’s “replacement” will be called the Freedom Tower and it will be 1776 feet tall because that is the year we got our independence from England.
    My dad‘s work friend was actually in the WTC when the first plane hit, He was waiting for the elevator to go up to his office when the whole building shook. He said the vibration was so powerful everyone fell down. He is very lucky to be alive today, if he was just two minutes earlier for work he would most likely not be here to tell his story today. I think this is a great way to honor the victims who died on this day as well as their families.

  10. Anna Zhang 6th

    North Carolina Voters to Decide on Same-Sex Marriage
    September 13, 2011

    North Carolina is the only southern state that has not yet made a constitutional statement regarding the legal rights of gay marriage, even though it is already illegal in NC. The amendment, however, (if it passes) will reinforce the ban and make it harder for future gay/lesbian couples to obtain marriage rights in the state. The Senate and House recently agreed though, to let the citizens of North Carolina vote on whether or not to pass the amendment illegalizing gay marriage. This poll will be taken during the May primaries.

    Currently though, gay/lesbian advocates are not in favor of wining the vote because many people still hold the traditional view that men and women were made to be together. The outcome of the vote plays a significant role in our society because it determines the future for all homosexual people.

    I think it’s a little redundant how the Senate and House are trying to constitutionalize the illegalization of gay marriage. I mean, it’s already illegal in North Carolina. I guess they just want to make sure it stays illegal. To be honest, I think the whole situation against homosexuals is unfair. People shouldn’t be forbidden to marry whom they love. It’s a completely personal choice, and no one wants the public to get involved. Children bully classmates whom they think is gay. Adults bring it into politics and commit bigotry on a much larger scale.

  11. Katie Mimmack pd 6
    New Local Plant Will Provide 350 Jobs by Brendan Kearney
    The Post and Courier on 9/15/2011

    The InterTech Group Inc. announced their plans on Wednesday for a manufacturing facility in Charleston, SC. They say that this new manufacturing plant will bring in around 350 jobs for local residents, and will hopefully be opened by fall of 2012. The factory will specialize in manufacturing parts for aircraft, but one of the people in charge of the project, Anita Zucker promised "not just blue-collar jobs but engineering jobs, administrative jobs and highly skilled production jobs." Zucker said that South Carolina’s workforce training was an important factor in choosing this location for the manufacturing plant, and that they plan on hiring locally, although they may transfer a few managers in from out-of-state. The factory is planned to be 120,000 square foot building which could later grow to 300,000 square feet.

    From what it sounds like, it seems as though this will be a very big step in building jobs in Charleston. However, the article hinted that it would take a lot of money to set up this aircraft manufacturing facility. There is something of a budget crisis going on across the United States, and I wonder where they are going to get all of the money to build this industry in Charleston. This event is occurring in Charleston, South Carolina, which was one of the major cities in the colonial periods.

  12. Allie Rives Period 6
    Getting Here From There-By: N.R. Kleinfield
    New York Times/Septembers 8th

    This article is about the 10 year anniversary to 9/11. It explained a lot about people's different approaches to this tragic event. In the article it mentioned that the attack left so many families waiting for their loved ones to come home, and they didn't. The attack has left a much larger impact on security, especially in the airports. For example, shedding your shoes, getting scanned withe metal detectors and random bag searchings at subway stations. The article also talks about what 9/11 meant to them.

    This anniversary to this devastating attack, leaves me in shock. When the event took place I was too young to fully understand that terrorists had come in a taken down important monuments in United States history. Now, being older i can fully grasp what this was all about. It leaves me in guilt that all these innocent people and heroes had to die. However, it gives me comfort to know that we had so many people apart from the workers and such, wanting to save America's lie. This relates to what we have been talking about in the way that this took place in New York and New York was one of the New England colonies.

  13. Julian Wilson
    6th period
    Housing Project Feud Cited in Killing of Basketball Star
    By Corey Kilgannon
    New York Times
    September 14, 2011

    This article is about a young woman, named Tayshana Murphy, who was killed at the age of only 18 in the Grant Houses public housing project in Manhattan. She is believed to have been killed by a rival housing project, Manhattanville Houses, which was just across the road from Grant Houses, where Tayshana lived. She was a high school basketball star, uninvolved in the dispute between the housing complexes. Tayshana was killed on September 11th and the three men who killed her have been identified, at least one of which lived in the Manhattanville housing project. This is significant because it reminds us of the hate and discord within our own nation, even between two groups separated only by a street. It helps us to see what is still wrong and where problems are that need to be changed.
    This article really made me sad and disappointed in our country and what still happens today. It is really upsetting that someone can be killed for no reason other than living in a different place than someone else. No one even remembered why the two housing projects had this feud, and yet there were people willing to kill for it. Young children were and are being taught to hate other human beings without any reason at all, if there even is any justifiable reason for hatred or murder. It really disturbs me that things like this still happen in our country today, even more so on the anniversary of 9/11. This relates to what we are learning in class because there were disputes and conflicts in colonial America as well. Colonists had fights within themselves and with native people. What concerns me is that hundreds of years later we still have many of the same problems of bigotry, hatred, and violence. If after all these years we still haven’t learned to get along within our own country, let alone as a global community, will we ever?

  14. Crescentia Cho 6th period
    Possible Sea Bass Restriction Draws Ire of Anglers-Bo Petersen
    The Post and Courier September 15, 2011

    In Charleston, Sc at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting they said that the black sea bass might be off limits by October. It’s alarming because four months ago the catch was reopened and now they might close it again. Fishermen just want to fish even if they can’t catch the black sea basses. Regulators say that based on the numbers they have it indicates that 45 percent of the yearly limit has already been caught. In June they dropped the bag limit from 15 to five. A bag limit is the number of fish you take for yourself.

    I think that this is a good choice to make because we don’t want any animals to go endangered. There are a lot of other fish out there that fishermen can fish for. If the fish goes extinct then it will just cause more problems for us. I think that this would just be a good precaution to take.

  15. Natalie Ragazzo 6th period
    September 11 memorial debuts in New York. by: Sheila Steffen, September 13, 2011

    This article is about the opening of the 9/11 memorial in New York City to the public. The memorial has fountains that their water flows into pools at the center of an eight-acre, tree lined plaza that has bronze plates surrounding it. On the plates are the names of the nearly 3,000 people that were lost on this day, also the six people that were killed in 1993 by a car bomb in the basement of the towers. The names of the people are not set up in alphabetical order like most memorials but by the relationships they had with each other. As visitors passed through there were many mixed emotions. Many families were pleased with how their lost loved ones will be remembered and now they feel like they can go visit them. The memorial will now be open 7 days a week to the public to remember all the people we lost on 9/11.

    I think that it is great that this memorial is now open to the public. The people who put it all together got it done on the 10th anniversary like promised, which I think is very important. The families of the lost ones now have something else that can remind them of their loved ones and it shows that they really were respected. I also love the fact that the names of the lost were put into groups with people they knew, had relations with or were really good friends. It shows that there was a lot of thought that went in to the memorial and I really hope I can go see it one day to respect all that were lost on that terrible day.

  16. Timothy Bogan, 6th Period
    Philly Gets Greener With New Penn Park
    NBC Philadelphia, Author not listed
    September 15, 2011

    Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania, cut the ribbon on its newest contribution to the city, a 24 acre park on campus, on Thursday. Named Penn Park, it includes a stadium, athletic fields, tennis courts, jogging paths, trees and lots of open space. Amy Gutmann, Penn President, says that the 40 million dollar project was a welcoming gateway from downtown Philadelphia to the university campus. The park is part of the universities 30-year, Six billion dollar plan to completely redesign the campus. Penn park is available not only to students, but to the public.
    I think that this contribution is important to improving the scenery of Philadelphia as well as providing an ample amount of resources for students and residents of the city to enjoy. This is relevant to our current discussions in class because the park was opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which was a significant city in colonial America. A concern I have with this project is the cost, with the American economy in such as deficit, it may not be possible to achieve the goals proposed by the University of Pennsylvania.

  17. Arianna Brown 6th period
    Philly Gets Greener With New Penn Park

    Recently the University of Pennsylvania has been working on a 24 acre park to be part of their campus. This project is finally finished and ready to be seen and visited by everyone. This Thursday the ribbon on Penn Park was cut, it features a stadium, athletic fields, tennis courts, jogging paths, trees and lots of open space and grass. This giant park has been noted as costing around $40million dollars by Penn President Amy Gutmann, she says the park promotes responsible land use and healthy lifestyles.

    This Park is a huge statement of how important the university is to the surrounding area, now all of Philly will have this Penn Park to go hangout at. This public park encompasses a lot of traditional ideas of community from the colonial time of Philly. The great 24 acres of Penn Park will surely be enjoyed by the people of Philidelphia.

  18. Collin Vilen, 6th period
    Philly home for Barnes collection to open May 19, Kathy Matheson
    Associated Press, September 15, 2011

    This article is about an art collection called the Barnes Foundation moving its massive collection of more than 800 masterpieces to a new location in Philadelphia. The man who started the foundation, Albert Barnes, died in a car crash in 1951, leaving a will saying the massive art collection should remain exactly where it is. Lawyers were hired to break the will in order to move the art to a more accessible location for the public. Those who oppose this move filed a lawsuit against the foundation, though the court has not come to a verdict. This is a tough issue for many art lovers in Philadelphia and around the country.
    This article made me think hard about which side I would take in this battle. I think I would side with the men in favor of moving the art collection because it will bring more income to the museum and change has to be made sometimes in order to move forward. The building repairs would get extremely expensive and the foundation would be almost forced to move. Almost like owning a car, when the repairs get more expensive than it’s worth, it’s time to get a new car. This is related to what were learning in class because it happened in one of the most important cities in colonial America. Philadelphia was where the constitution got signed and the earliest capital of the U.S. My only question is how they move the famous artwork around. I find it hard to believe they would just throw it in the back of a truck and drive away.

  19. Catherine Romaine, 6th period
    Florida man wanted for slaying arrested in SC 13, 2011

    This article is about a 31-year-old man named Corey Dozier who shot is girlfriend Sherry. He ran away in her car but then crashed. After he crashed, a couple stopped to help him but then he took their car and continued driving towards Charleston. In court, he basically fessed up by saying that he didn’t mean to hurt anybody. He was arrested for robbery and carjacking in South Carolina.
    I get a little bit scared after reading this article. This shows that there can be a lot of bad people out there who hijack your car for no reason. I feel really sorry for his girlfriend because it sounds like it was definitely not a good relationship to be in. This article doesn’t really relate to what we have been learning about in class at all but it sounded like an interesting article to read and I didn’t see anything else that looked good.

  20. Title: Thousands visit after 9/11 memorial opens in NY
    Author: Chris Hawley
    Source: the wall street journal
    Date: 9/12/11
    The 9/11 disasters took place 10 years ago on September 11th, in honor of this event a memorial has been dedicated to it at ground zero. Thousands of people came, some crying, some praying, all sharing their grief for those who were lost and to those families who lost loved ones. The families, and friends of those lost get there own special entrance and got a specific time to themselves in private. Opening in 2012 the 9/11 museums shall be opened underneath the memorial. Costing nearly $700 million the non-profit organization was only able to raise $400 million and is currently seeking federal funds.
    I believe that this memorial is a very patriotic symbol and I support it. I also share my own grief with those who lost people and those who visited it. The museum should be an interesting informational memorial as well. Nearly 300 years ago in New York City the first settlers came over to that area, and I doubt they would have ever expected a traumatic event such as this happening in the area where they built there homes.

  21. Alex Walker, 6th Period
    G.O.P. Gains House Seat Vacated by Weiner
    Author: Thomas Kaplan
    Source: The New York Times
    Publishing Date: September 13, 2011

    This past Tuesday, a Republican businessman named Bob Turner was elected into the House of Representatives from a heavily democratic district in New York City. With 92 percent of the votes counted, he lead the competition against Assemblyman David I. Weprin 53 percent to 47 percent. Mr. Turner’s win will make him the first Republican elected to represent the Ninth Congressional District since 1920. Turner’s victory was not only a huge win for himself, but for the entire Republican Party as well. Meanwhile many people are saying that this is a sign of trouble for President Obama’s re-election campaign. “We have lit one candle today,” said Mr. Turner. “It’s going to be a bonfire pretty soon.”

    This article was extremely interesting in my opinion. I have lived most of my life only 45 minutes away from New York City, so I know just how Democratic the area is. Therefore it is very surprising to me that a Republican was elected. Like the article stated, I believe that this is very bad news for President Obama and his re-election campaign. If the presidential election plays out exactly like this one, many states that are guaranteed to go blue may turn out to be Republican. What this means is that no state can automatically be assumed one way or another as of right now.

    This article is related to the 13 original colonies because New York City was very important during colonial times. This great importance is still present in the world today.

  22. Paul Miller/6
    Call to Halt Pledge of Allegiance in Brookline Schools goes to Town meeting/Brock Parker 7th

    This article is about a activist group that wants to limit or stop the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance because it has “no educational value” and “puts unwanted pressure on the students and they don’t know if they should recite it or not.” Martin Rosenthal, the co-chair in the Brookline PAX says it puts children in an uncomfortable situation and has no place in public schools. This argument between the activist group and the town school committee caused great controversy because it came only weeks before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This happened in Massachusetts in Brookline schools only about 10 miles away from Boston. This is significant because there has always been controversy about the Pledge, but never so close to such an important remembrance day that brings the country together.

    The reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance has been part of the American culture for so long and now this group is trying to stop it because it makes kids feel uncomfortable. There has always been a choice to recite it or not so kids can make up there choice if they want to say it or not. They say it has no educational value even though it is part of American history and to help kids make up there mind to recite it or not, they could learn about it and interpret the meaning. Especially so close to a National holiday that deals with patriotism to America and to try to stop it from being said is like your not loyal to America because you don’t pledge allegiance to it. In 7th grade I was taught a unit on the pledge and we learned all about and that’s when I actually knew the meaning of it. It is significant to civis because we just learned about citizens and what they have to do to become a citizen and one of them is to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I think you should say the Pledge, why not?

  23. Maddie McNeal

    Period 6

    Lost 5 Years, a Colorado Cat Finds Her Way to Manhattan

    The Associated Press

    The New York Times

    About five years ago a calico cat, named Willow, went missing from her home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This region of America has many coyotes and wild animals that eat cats; after awhile of the cat being missing the family assumed she had been eaten by a coyote. Little did they know that Willow had traveled from her home of Boulder, Colorado all the 1,800 miles to Manhattan. The cat had a microchip implanted into her which helped the Animal Care and Control figure out who the cat belonged to and where she was from. Ms. Squires (the owner) was completely shocked upon finding out her long lost cat had been found. Willow was healthy and in good condition. She will soon return back to her loving family.

    This article made me really happy. I know how attached I am to my pets and how devastated I would be if they ran away. It would break my heart entirely. Reading this article just made me smile and in a world filled with bad news it’s nice to hear a simple story like this. In a way it goes to show that you never know what will happen. It’s amazing that a tiny cat can travel all the way to New York City. New York was one of the thirteen original colonies and New York City was a colonial city

  24. Laura Sullivan, 6th Period
    Tayshana 'Chicken' Murphy shooting: Real cowards are pols who won't take on NRA Author: Joanna Molloy
    New York News
    Setempber 13, 2011

    Tayshana Murphy was the number two point guard in New York City and the sixteenth best in the nation. She tells her sister “ Give me two years, and I’ll get us out of these projects.” Sunday she was chased down, shot, and killed on the fourth floor of a Harlem house project. The upsetting thing about this killing is we know it could have been prevented. New York has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, but the problem is people are buying guns from out of state, driving them up to New York, and then selling them to anyone with money on the streets. This way anyone can get their hands on a gun. The mayor of New York , along with many other mayors, are trying to pass a law that requires backround checks for all gun purchases. We had 9,484 gun murders in 2008, while canada has had 200 in total.
    I think that congress should pass the law that requires backround checks for all gun purchases because this will make sure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands. Once the law is passed there will hopefully be a reduce in killings by a gun. I think it’s really a shame of how many gun murders our nation has had compared to canada. We arm crazy people and they do crazy things. I think we need to get control on something as important as guns.

  25. Arjun Raghavan
    Pd. 6
    Board Votes to Suspend DiMasi's Pension
    (no author given)
    WCVB Boston
    September 15, 2011

    House Speaker Salvador DiMasi of Massachusetts was sentened to 8 years in prison due to corruption. DiMasi’s pension was also suspended formally once DiMasi was officially sentenced to prison. The Democrat DiMasi was at one point, one of the most respected House representatives in the state. DiMasi took advantage of his power and had the state spent more than $10 million on two software companies. Not only did the software companies get money, DiMasi himself took around $65,000.

    I feel like this is a significant event because it shows how it is very easy for people in power to take advantage of it. As the famous quote goes, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Overall, it teaches us a lesson to always be ery careful with how we use the power that we have gained.

    Gabe Foster Period 6
    LISA W. FODERARO New York Times
    September 14, 20
    A City of Glass Towers, and a Hazard for Migratory Birds

    In New York, New York each year 90000 birds are killed from flying
    into the buildings. They cant see whats a building and whats open
    space because the buildings are so tall and made of glass. New glass
    companies are looking in to glass that better refelects light so the
    birds will be able to see the buildings. Bird watchers and activists
    see glass buildings like fur coats because they’re both harmful to
    animals in human areas. Audubon, a bird watching activist group has
    been working on archetectural advances for buildings to protect birds.
    I think this article is really weird because I don’t think about
    birds dying when I think of big cities. I think it would be cool to
    work on buildings that you know are bird friendly. I dotn think I
    agree with the glass building-fur coat analagy because a fur coat
    seems a lot worse than birds running into a building.