Sunday, October 2, 2011

6th period: Current Event due 10/7

Great job finding interesting articles, C&E! Because I was so inspired by your unique topics last week, I have decided to make the topic for this week's current event your choice. Happy blogging...I cannot wait to read your posts! :)


  1. Natalie Bulik-Sullivan, Pd. 6
    “U.S. Drone Killing of America al-Awlaki Prompts Legal, Moral Debate”
    Author – Michael Martinez
    CNN/ 30 September 2011

    The CIA used a drone missile Friday morning to kill New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. Al-Awlaki is believed to have been one of the most efficient terrorist recruiters in the world and credited with inciting or abetting multiple acts of terrorism that have occurred within the United States in recent years (including the shooting at Fort Hood, the December 25th attempted airplane bombing, and the September 11th attacks).
    He is also known to have served as the public face for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The attack on al-Awlaki was approved without any kind of trial for the target, which has ignited protest from politicians and citizens of the USA. Al-Awlaki’s father (Nasser al-Awlaki) sued the Obama administration and the former Defense Secretary and CIA director in an attempt to prevent the assassination, a suit that was eventually denied on basis that the father was not the target. According to the director of US National Intelligence, the government has the right to kill American citizens abroad if they present a direct threat to U.S. security. However, this assertion has failed to comfort many people who feel that the government acted outside their authorization. Others feel that the strike was unlawful because it took place outside of a recognized battlefield, where it would apparently be acceptable to kill people without warning. Three others were killed in the drone strike, including US citizen Samir Khan.
    I believe that this drone strike was not an appropriate action by the government. I believe that everyone, including suspected or proven terrorists, deserves a fair trial (and is legally guaranteed one) and that death is not an acceptable method of punishment for any crime. Had al-Awlaki been tried and proven guilty, it is likely that fewer people would have objected to the strike. The fact that our government simply decided that he deserved to die and then acted on that decision is fairly disturbing.

  2. Mikko Rich-Voorhees 6th
    Mexico court upholds Baja California abortion stance
    BBC World news, sept. 29th 2011
    Of Mexico’s 31 states over half have now illegalized apportions and in places such as Mexico City abortion I legal up until the 12 weeks milestone. When the Supreme Court passed these anti-abortion laws campaigners cheered in the street. In the country life legally starts at conception and any fetus is given the same inalienable rights as any child. In cases such as rape or if it places the life of the women is in danger allowances are made, but in any other case to get an abortion is to committee murder.
    I personally disagree with the Mexican Supreme Court; abortion should be the choice of the woman, not some group of mostly men whom do not understand how insulting this must be to women. Why should women lose their reproductive rights where as men could get a vasectomy legally anywhere around the world. This is just another example of how sexism has lived since the creation of man, and will live well into the future.

  3. Ryan Castellano
    6th period, Ms. Logan
    Occupying Wall Street, demanding accountability
    By Alan Silverleib, CNN News
    Tue October 4, 2011

    Many people want to see the men of wall street fall to their knees. Many people have joined the protesting group Occupy Wall Street. This group is a leaderless protest revolt made up by the people disappointed with our economy, as well as the war in afganistan, and the United States in general. In the past few weeks Americans have come from far and wide to participate in these uprisings. Last Saturday 700 plus people blocked the Brooklyn Bridge and were arrested for it. There have been many good reasons for these revolts too; “There's been way too much cloak-and-dagger activity within the corridors of Wall Street in recent years. This is about raising awareness and a change of political discourse." Said a 46 year old freelance photographer named Giles Clarke.
    In my opinion these people have a lot of guts for what they are doing but then again huge egos too. They have very good reasons to be protesting and many people have almost nothing to lose, but some of them need to think about what they are putting at stake. Many of these people don’t realize what they are doing so they make dumb decisions. If I was unemployed and had lost a lot due to wall street I would probably be doing the same thing as everyone else, questioning accountability!

  4. Kaitlin Jones, Per 6
    “Sarah Palin says she will not run for president in 2012”
    Unknown author, BBC News
    October 5, 2011

    Sarah Palin was the vice presidential candidate, running with Senator John McCain, in 2008. Since then she has returned to her home state of Alaska and was governor there. Palin stepped down halfway through her first term as governor and instead went on a nation-wide bus tour over the summer to states that could vote early. She announced on October 5 that she was not going to run for president in 2012 because she and her husband need to focus on “God, family, and country.” She also announced that she would not be running as a third party candidate, and that she thought that having a third party would be a bad idea in this election. She reasoned this by saying that if there was a third party, Obama is sure to win and that would be bad for America.

    I think that it is interesting that she would not run in the presidential election after stepping down as governor and going on a summer bus tour. I would think that if she went through all that effort than she would have her mind set on something big like becoming president. I agree with her when she says that it would be bad for America to bring in a third party right now. This could be true because the two political parties right now are already very divided, and adding another could increase the tension, or possibly ease some tension.

  5. Natalie Ragazzo
    6th Period
    Apple unveils the faster iPhone 4S
    by John D. Stutter and Mark Milian
    October 4,2011

    On Tuesday Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S. This iPhone is the fastest and most efficient iPhone yet. It even includes a ‘virtual assistant’ that you can talk to, and it will even talk back. This iPhone will be available on the Sprint, AT&T and Verizon wireless networks. The iPhone 4S sells at $200 for a 16GB and $400 for a 64GB. The iPhone 4S looks identical to the most recent iPone, the iPhone 4 but its new features make it very different. The iPhone 4S also has a battery life that can last up to 8 hours of talking on the phone without being charged, an 8-megapixel camera and the ability to shoot high-definition videos. People will be able to start preordering this new phone starting on Friday, and people can buy it in stores starting October 14th.
    In my opinion I think that this iPhone sounds pretty cool. I actually own an iPhone 4 and it’s the best phone I have ever had. I love all the things it can do and it helps me achieve different things on a daily basis. The thing I think that improves the iPhone 4S is the ability of it talking back to the person. For some things on my iPhone 4 I can talk to it, and it will do what I say, but it does not talk back to me. I think many people will enjoy that feature. I do wish that Apple had created a new design for the new phone though. I think with a new design it would make the new phone stand out more and be more unique.

  6. Colin Bergey / Period 6
    Steve Jobs Dies / Ned Potter
    ABC News / 10/5/11

    Steve Jobs died today, October 5, 2011, at the age of 56. Steve Jobs was the co founder and ex-CEO of Apple Inc. It was said that he died peacefully surrounded by friends and family. Apple's whole homepage honors Steve with a picture of him and a caption saying "1955 - 2011." Jobs was a genius, one that everyone, especially Apple will miss. He was the Chairman of the corporation when he passed away. He died of complications due to pancreatic cancer in 2004.
    It is sad that Steve Jobs is gone. He died young at the age of 56. He was one of the greatest minds the world has ever known.

  7. Emma Beck

    Per 6

    Kate Murphy

    Make Sure That The Problem Is Not in Your Chair

    September 28, 2011

    These are just some tips for ways to make sure that your laptop last. If it is properly cleaned and taken care of, then it can last forever. One thing that they say you should not do is put your laptop on your lap, because the uneven surface then the hard drive is at an angle that can cause damage. Also if the laptop is on your lap then the air vents are blocked and will get dust clogging in your laptop, which causes a lot of damage to your computer. Another mistake is that some people leave their laptop always plugged in, and using it like a desktop computer, if your laptop is always plugged in, then it creates a shorter lifespan for you batteries on your computer.

    I think that it is interesting to see all the things that many people do to their computer which are wrong. It also helps shows how you really have to think of a computer of more than just a resource. I think that it is interesting but I don't think that it would stop people from buying new computers when something new is made. I also don't think that would remember to do these things when they were actually using their computer. In general though, I think that the companies should be making the computers that them selves and not requiring upkeep on them.

  8. Gabe Foster
    6 th period
    Putin Leaves Tough Jobs to Medvedev in Their Switch, Analysts Say
    Sergei L. Loiko
    LA Times

    On October 1st, earlier this week the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced he and the now President Dimitry Medvedev will switch jobs. Although he is only the prime minister Putin is seen by most as the most powerful man in Russia. Putin trained Medvedev to take his position after he reached the allowed term limit. Putin will be eligible to run again for a six year term now that he has switched jobs. Both Putin and Medvedev are members of the United Russia party but now Medvedev will have to deal with all the big problems of the party and Putin will run for president.

    To me this sounds like a cheap move by Putin to get out of the hot seat and to use Medvedev as a scape goat. The article reported United Russia has seen a slight drop in overall public aproval but instead of dealing with this Putin has handed the problem over to Medvedev. I think that if Putin is as good a leader as he seems to think he is then he should remain Prime minister and fix the problem himself.

  9. Carly Narotsky period 6
    “Woman says she's runaway, wasn't killed in Syrian custody”
    By the CNN Wire staff
    October 6, 2011

    CNN reported last month that an 18-year old woman named Zainab Alhusni had been killed while in Syrian custody. Her brother, Mohammed, is an activist in Syria and has led demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad. She reportedly had been grocery shopping in July when she was taken away by the government to try to get Mohammed to surrender. Multiple sources including human rights groups reported that her mutilated body had been returned to the family and they then buried the corpse. But on Wednesday Zainab Alhusni herself appeared on television and told everyone that she is not dead! She says she ran away from home because her brothers used to torture and beat her.
    This story seems really sketchy all around. Multiple sources said that this woman was dead, and her family even confirmed that it was her body that had been returned to them. It is concieveable that the body was unrecognizable because it had been mutilated, though. That brings up the question: who’s body was given to and buried by Alhusni’s family? My heart goes out to the family of that unknown woman, and of course to Alhusni because she was physically abused by her brothers.

  10. Camden Van Ord
    Period 6
    "Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Nebraska Preview"
    ESPN Writers, October 6th, 2011

    This saturday at 8 PM, ABC's saturday night game will commence in Lincoln, Nebraska. The number 14 ranked Nebraska will be hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes. Both teams have a lot on the line in this game. Nebraska just received their first loss that happened to be their Big 10 opener against a very good Wisconsin team. With that said, Ohio State has not had the season that everyone expected them to have. With already two losses in the season, they're now 0-1 in the Big Ten after last weeks disappointing performance against Michigan State. Also, Ohio State's two star players Dan Herron and Devier Posey won't be back for this game. The suspension from they're improper benefits was supposed to lift this game; the athletic director decided to push the suspension for at least one more week. The only thing looking positive for the Buckeyes is their strong front 4 on the defensive side. Taylor Martinez is averaging about 100 yards a game rushing, with 8 touchdowns already this season. If Ohio State can prevent the rush, they definitely have a chance to keep a positive record.

    I chose this story because it's a preview to a highly anticipated game early this season. I also chose to write about this article because I'm a big fan of the Buckeyes. Although they've had a pretty disappointing start to this season, I see things getting better. With Herron and Posey returning in the next couple of weeks, they have the ability to take charge and lead this offense to more than a pathetic 200 yards of total offense a week. I'm looking forward to watching this game; it should be a good one.

  11. Julian Wilson
    6th Period
    Musical Minds by Steven B. Jackson
    Psychology Today
    October 3, 2011

    This article was about how we perceive music across different cultures and languages. There was a study about how people interpret certain types of music as certain emotions. People associated fast and simple music with happiness, slow and complex music with sadness, and loud and complex music with anger. This study concluded that at least part of the meaning we attribute to music is universal and not limited to any specific culture. A separate study including both children and adults found that people were more likely to remember the melodies of music from their own culture than from that of others because they were more familiar with it. Yet another study found that people’s language background can impact their musical ability. It showed that people in China were more likely to have absolute pitch (being able to produce any note without a reference tone) than Americans. They think this is because Mandarin, the main language in China, is a tonal language. That means that the way you say something changes the meaning of a word. For example, the same word means mother or horse, depending on the tone you use. This allows them to be better able to differentiate between different tones very early in life, which can carry over into music as well. These findings are significant because they can change the way we think about music in the future and even the way that music is made.
    . Overall, it was a very interesting article, which brought up a number of fascinating points. I was particularly intrigued by the idea that certain tunes in music are associated with certain emotions because that is something I have noticed myself. I also thought it was very cool that the language you speak can help you to better at knowing tones in music, because that isn’t really something I had thought about before. I thought it was a very good article and I was really surprised by some of the findings and was happy that they were all put together into one article.

  12. Allie Rives Period 6
    "Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize For Literature."
    By: Julie Bosman
    New York Times
    October 6, 2011

    The powerful writing of the Swedish poet, Mr. Transtromer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature recently. Everyone is Sweden was very excited about this news, including the assembled press that broke into cheers. At age 80, he had written 15 wonderful collections of poetry. Most of them eventually got transferred into the English language as well as 60 other languages. Mr. Astley quotes, "His poetry is both universal and particular. He’s worked for much of his life as a psychologist, and the work is characterized by very strong psychological insight into humanity.” He did study literature, history, religion and psychology in his college years. Mr. Transtromer was recognized for the Nobel Prize for Literature because his work was some of the best that Nobel committee had ever seen.

    Some people may say that it's ridiculous for a man this old to win this prize. However, I can truly believe this even without the proof. My reason for that is because Mr. Transtromer seems to have been taught wonderfully at the University of Stockholm. At this day in age, the older generations have seem to gone much deeper in writing than where we are today. His creativity got him very far with the fact that he gives his readers a breakthrough to reality. This article was very interesting. Overall it sent out a good message to what poetry should, in my opinion all be about.

  13. Katie Mimmack pd 6
    How Occupied Wall Street Has Evolved by Julianne Pepitone
    CNN on 10/6/2011

    The Occupy Wall Street protest began on September 17th with a group of people practicing Tai Chi, making signs, and discussing demands in a nearby park. After twenty days, the movement has now grown remarkably in size and has supporters from all over the country. Hundreds of New Yorkers are camped out near Wall Street, protesting the fact that the top one percent of the United States’ population controls sixty percent of the wealth. There are booths all over the site for medical, food, legal, media, security, and other needs. People across the nation have been sending in supplies such as blankets, clothing, food, and medical supplies to aid the protesters since they are too far away to join the protest. There is no organized leader, but rather a large mass of people with the same mission statement. Hundreds have been arrested for the rally which extended to Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, but the numbers of protesters keep growing. Occupy Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and other cities are preparing to start protests as well.

    Reading this article, I think it’s amazing how much power we have as a collected group. The sheer amount of power behind this group of people is astonishing. However, I think the protest seems to be a bit unorganized. They don’t seem to have one clear item they’re protesting, and they don’t have clear demands or a real plan of action. I think it’s great that they don’t even have one designated ruler, that they are just a people en masse, but in experience with school projects and social situations, groups without leaders aren’t very organized and don’t end up getting much done. One question this article posed for me was how long the protesters think they will stay there, and what plans of action they had as individuals. The media keeps referring to them as a people, but one individual can’t park themselves on Wall Street for as long as it takes, people have basic needs. I was also curious about how people go about their daily functions, like showering, brushing their teeth, and sleeping in the loud city, or if they went back to their homes for those kinds of things.

  14. Alex Walker, 6th Period
    Obama Would Accept Surtax on Incomes Over $1 Million
    Author: Helene Cooper
    Source: The New York Times
    Publishing Date: September 6, 2011

    Recently there has been a proposal from the senate to put a tax surcharge on those with incomes over $1 million. The objective of this surcharge is to give a tax cut to most people, while the multi-millionaires and billionaires pays a little extra. It is also expected that this surcharge will pay for the $445 billion jobs bill that the Senate will take up soon. This Thursday President Obama agreed that he was “comfortable” with the surcharge, and that he was “fine with the approach they have taken.” According to him, the American economy is weaker now than it had been at the beginning of the year, mostly because of the economic weakness in Europe. His major point is that the economy could really use a jolt right now, and the tax surcharge is one way to provide that jolt.

    In my opinion, this tax surcharge is a good idea. The percent of the United State’s population that makes over $1 million dollars a year is very very slim, yet adding the surcharge will still be able to raise $445 billion. This means that a bill which gives the unemployed people job opportunities is being payed for by those who can afford it. Therefore, instead of having those who are already in financial trouble pay extra, millionaires and billionaires are there to take up the burden. This is very reasonable for billionaires in my opinion. If you’re making over $1 million a year, you can definitely afford to pay a little extra in taxes to give the economy a boost.

  15. Nate Hebert Period 6
    Steve Jobs Dies: Apple Chief Innovated Personal Computer, Created iPad, iPod, iPhone
    By: Ned Potter
    ABC News
    October 5 2011
    Steve Jobs the creator of Apple and all of its amazing products died October 5 2011. Steve was 56 when he died around his family in a hospital. He was having troubles with pancreatic cancer and had to get a liver transplant. He had to resign from Apple this last August. He died just after seeing the Iphone 4S was released. Many people reacted to this tragedy with kind words for Steve Jobs. One of these people was Bill Gates, Jobs’ lifetime competitor and friend. Gates, the head of Windows, said “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come,". Recently after Jobs’ death his family released this statement. "In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family," the statement said. "We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief." Whether you are an Apple user or not, you cannot deny that he was an amazing innovator and he will be missed by many.
    I think that Steve Jobs was the one of the greatest innovators of his day. He always wanted his designs and products to be different from all of the others. I respect that because it must have took a lot of hard work to come up with something so phenomenal.

  16. dis be my current event ms logan
    David Hicks // 7th Period
    Jason Kessler and Michael Martinez // Wall Street protests
    grow after unions' endorsement (ONLY FIRST PAGE)
    October 05, 2011 //

    Occupy Wall Street is a largely uncovered event that is happening at this very moment. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to protest a wide variety of subjects that include, but are not limited to, social inequality, high unemployment rates, corporate greed, and corruption among those in the top 1% of our nation. Throughout the protests there have been several unlawful actions done by police, one of which is being taken to court due to police brutality (pepper spraying an innocent bystander). The protests are surprisingly peaceful considering the protesters have no specific leader or guidelines, they are just supposed to protest the problems that are occurring within our government.

    I found this article reassuring considering people are able to realize the stupidity and corruption that lies within our government.The point that a majority of the protesters are trying to make is that the top 1% of Americans have a ridiculous amount of power considering we are supposed to be living in a democratic society. Only those who have money can make new jobs so we must rely on the wealthiest of Americans to create new opportunities for our ever expanding population. I am happy people are storming Wall Street becomes it needs to be done. If our middle class, which makes up the majority of Americans, is not satisfied with our government then things need to change. Although people are attempting to bring this problem to light I am afraid that their attempts will be useless considering big business controls most major news stations. It is a valiant effort and hopefully some change will come, but unfortunately reform does not seem to be on it’s way.

  17. Anna Zhang-Pd 6
    Amanda Knox freed, but truth about student's slaying elusive
    By Richard Allen Greene, CNN
    October 4, 2011

    In 2007, Meredith Kercher died a somewhat brutal death with her neck slashed and her semi-naked body hidden under a bed cover. Amanda Knox, Meredith’s roommate was accused of the murder along with other crimes. She and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito who was also her co-defendant, were sentenced to jail. Finally, after four years of prison, Amanda Knox has finally been released from prison. Although there is evidence showing Knox’s and Sollecito’s possible involvement in the murder, the police cannot physically prove that they were the culprits of the crime. Thus, an Italian court pronounced Knox and Sollecito clean of charges and released them from prison. Rudy Guede is now the primary suspect of the case. His DNA was found all over the crime site, which alone may have been enough for the jury to vote in favor of Knox and Sollecito.

    There are some very mixed views on the final verdict. I’m not sure how I feel myself. The way that the article is presented, it makes me feel sorry for Amanda and happy that she has been set free. However I don’t think that the court should have made its final judgment without complete evidence. But I don’t want Amanda to face prison again either. Maybe they should place her under watch or something. In any case, I hope that Rudy Guede ends up being the actual murderer, not Amanda or Raffaele.

  18. Ashley Powell Pd 6
    “Occupy Wall Street: The tea party of the left?”
    By Jim Acosta
    CNN/October 6th, 2011

    This article is showing how people are getting angry at how things are getting done in the government. They think the people in charge should pay higher taxes so new roads and schools can be built. This article relates this Wall Street protest to the tea party protests two years ago. They are both looking for the same thing but have different opinions about the matter. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) thinks the government is part of the solution where the tea partiers thought they were part of the problem.
    I am very happy that people are speaking up and saying that they are not happy. I agree with both sides because I think the government is both part of the problem and the solution. This article is relevant because we could do our article on anything so it would be impossible to not be relevant.

  19. Catherine Romaine
    6th period
    Steve Jobs: what we can learn from how he lived

    This article is about Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, who died yesterday, October 5, 2011. Jobs was a revolutionary who changed our world dramatically. He has invented so many things that we use on a daily basis. Apple has been a huge success since he founded the business.

    I chose this article because his life teaches us a lot of important lessons. In the article, it talks about how he has been playing with electronic devices since he was thirteen years old. He teaches us that we need to follow our passion. He didn't know what he was going to be when he grew up. All he knew was that he wanted to be doing something with electronics because that was what he loved to do. He also teaches us to never give up. He got fired from Apple the first time that he started working there but he came back and was stronger than before. He worked towards his passion and his dreams have come true.

  20. come on now david, this is sixth period

    Grant DeSelm 6th
    Tributes for Apple ‘visionary’ Steve Jobs
    By: (Many Authors)

    World and business leaders paid tribute to Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, who died this recently after an extreme battle with pancreatic cancer. Many people such as President Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg paid their tributes today. Apple said he had been “the source of countless innovation that enrich and improve all of our lives.” Millions of people were on social networks today talking about his death. Twitter could set a new record for traffic as Mr. Jobs’ name was mentioned so much in the past day. Rivals of Apple have helped chip in to the tribute of Steve Jobs. Many loyal customers have left flowers and bitten apples at the doorsteps of Apple stores across the world.
    I think it’s an extreme loss to the world now that Steve Jobs is gone. Early on he had an idea, to compete with Microsoft and Bill Gates. He took it in a bit of a different direction. Inventing music devices, gizmos, and gadgets, he put Apple on top. Millions of people around the world use his products and he will be deeply missed. There is no way someone can duplicate how fast he produced new products and how well they were produced. It was state of the art technology at its finest.

  21. Crescentia Cho/ 6th period
    Sizing up the Millionaire Tax
    Jeanne Sahadi
    CNN/ October 6, 2011

    If Senate Democrats get their way, then by 2013 0.2% of the population will be paying about $110,467 of taxes for Obama’s jobs bill. The surtax is different from the ordinary tax because there would be a larger amount of income and it would apply to more types of income. Senate democrats estimate about $450 billion more dollars in 10 years. They think that it would help the economy grow and it will take a long time to be in effect. This is also known as the Buffet rule.
    I think that this is a neutral idea. It isn’t a bad idea but is it really a good idea? It could help our economy or start a lot of riots. I don’t think that it is right to tax people with more money because that goes against our laws when we say that all men are equal.

  22. Paul Miller 6
    “Police arrest man for child pornography after tipoff from burglars”
    By Kim Hutcherson
    October 6, 2011

    Last month a juvenile and a 19-year-old stole 50 “what appeared to be” blank CDs from Kraig Stockard, 54, of Delhi, California. The 2 burglars stole the 50 CDs out of Stockard’s barn but were in for a big surprise. When the put the “blank” CD’s into their computers, they found out that they contained pornographic images of children. Although the 2 burglars obtained the CD’s under shady circumstances, they reported Stockard to the police. He was arrested and much more was taken from his house such as: 3 more computers, 3 more laptops and several external hard drives, which contained thousands of pictures and movies of child pornography. The two men that reported Stockard have not yet been arrested.

    I think this is very funny. If you are a burglar and steal CD’s, the last thing on my mind would be to think there would be child porn on it. I do think that it’s great the guys that stole the CD’s reported the man who possessed it regardless if they got arrested of not. I wonder how surprised they were to find child pornography on the CD’s. They say Stockard was downloading child porn since 2004 but has not yet admitted that child porn was on the CD’s, although he says the CD’s are his. He was booked and his bail posted at $25,000. From this I don’t think those 2 guys will ever steal CD’s again.

  23. Timothy Bogan, 6th Peroid
    “Currying Danger: Restaurant's Spice Contest Puts Two In Hospital”
    Author: Bill Chappell
    NPR World News, 5 October, 2011

    A Scottish Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant’s competition of who could eat the spiciest curry, and raise money for charity, ended in a visit to the emergency room for at least two participants. The Kismot restaurant in Edinburgh began the competition, and as soon as the competitors started on their dishes, 10 of the 20 people in the challenge dropped out due to vomiting, sweating, and panting. When the final contestants reached the final, and spiciest. bowl, it was evident that it was not going to end well for them. All competitors signed a legal disclaimer before partaking in the competition and two members of the British Red Cross were on site, but the injuries sustained were too extreme. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland.

    I thought that this event was rather ironic, people are injuring themselves to help injured or sick children. I also thought that it was rather stupid of the people who were clearly in a large amount of pain, to continue eating the curry for the sake of the competition. Those who dropped out after seeing others vomit and pant were smart. The owner of the restaurant regrets the fct that people were injured, but is elated that his restaurant was able to raise £1,000 for charity.


    Current Event

    Study of Universe’s expansion wins physics Nobel

    Karl Ritter and Louise Nordstrom

    Associated Press

    Oct. 4, 2011

    The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded on October 4, 2011. The recipients of the prize were Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Reiss. The prize was awarded for the discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. The scientists calculated the brightness of around 50 exploding stars, over time. When they found that the stars were not just oscillating in terms of the amount of light they were emitting, the scientists figured out that the stars had to be moving away from us in order for their emitted light to be fading. This work was done in the 1990’s.

    I am very happy that this prize was given out to these specific scientists because from what I have read on physics, this discovery is really groundbreaking. Einstein thought that the Universe was static. Then, Hubble thought that the Universe was expanding, but at a constant rate. Now, this discovery of an accelerating expansion of the Universe is really quite spectacular given the technology that was available to the astronomers.

  25. Laura sullivan, period 6th
    "'Dear Steve...': A Letter to the Departed Genius"
    Author: Daniel Sieberg
    Date: 10-6-11
    ABC News

    This article is about a fan of Steve Jobs's who had sent him a letter. In this letter it says that most people are grieving about his death and the fan thinks instead they should remember that he will always be with us through his creations. The fan thinks that Steve Jobs really wanted his buyers to get some sort of a spiritual connection with their technology. The fan says in the letter that he thinks Steve Jobs is unique. That he is alike to other inventors in the way that he created great money making inventions, but the fan thinks he definitely brings something new to the world of inventions. Something that can never be replicated.
    I agree with this fan in all of his/her points. I think its great that he/she wants to focus on the idea of Steve Jobs sticking with us through his creation and not just grieving. Also i think Steve Jobs did bring something new to world of inventions and that it will never be forgotten and neither will Steve Jobs.

  26. Maddie McNeal 6th Period
    “Know makes emotional return to Seattle”
    Author – CNN Wire Staff
    CNN/ October 5, 2011
    After four years of being accused of the murder of her roommate, Amanda Knox will be waking up in her home in Seattle. She and her family flew in on Tuesday night to Seattle, Washington. Finally, an Italian appeals court removed her murder conviction freeing her from the 26 year sentence she was due to serve. Knox was very emotional as she flew into her home country and in complete disbelief that this could be happening. She has said that the most important thing to her is being with her family seeing as she missed four years with them. On top of saying this she also wanted to thank her family and Italian attorneys who stood by her and defended her until the end in this case. Even though Knox has been proven innocent of the 2007 murder, she wants the Kercher family to be remembered. In 2009 Knox was convicted of many crimes including: murder, sexual assault, possession of a weapon, interfering with a crime and theft. Despite throwing out her other convictions the jury will carry out the charge of defamation. However, the years she has already served will count towards this.
    Upon hearing the news that Amanda Knox was set free I was overjoyed. This case has been and international interest for the past four years. In the early stages of the case it appeared she may have been guilty; but, as time has gone on she has been proven more and more innocent. The thought of an innocent person serving 26 years in prison makes me sick. I am so happy that she will get a second chance to live her life. This is truly a blessing.

  27. John Morales, 6th Period
    Apple co-founder, Chairman Steve Jobs dies
    By: CNET News Staff
    Source: CNET
    Publishing date 10-5-11

    At age 56, Steve Jobs was announced dead. He has played a major role in the whole world for technology industries. Steve Jobs died of cancer in which was severe at the point of his death. However people claim that, he will live in their memories because he gave them so much. Steve Jobs was co-founder for apple, in which is one of the most successful companies to ever exsist. People give tribute to his life because he strived to succeed and it took time for him. Steve Jobs was an orphan, in which his mother left him; this makes people believe that anything can be done with dedication. The death of Steve Jobs has impacted the world, especially those with high technology. Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California but had moved to different parts of California many times. Steve Jobs was already affected with cancer; in April 2004.
    I think this was a huge loss to our world. He was a man that not only founded a billion dollar company but he also had an interesting life and always worked hard to acheive success. Our generation would be way different if he didn't come up with the Mac or any of his inventions because they took technology to a whole new level. It's sad to me that he died because i know he touched so many people and i'm glad he lived a nice, successful life.

  28. Collin Vilen 6th Period
    HPV vaccine: Should it be mandatory?
    The Week Magazine September 30, 2011

    Michelle Bachman has sparked a debate about a vaccine for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease. Bachman says that this vaccine should not be mandatory, and many other parents agree because it would undermine their parenting in trying to promote abstinence. But HPV is not only transmitted among premarital young folk, and many of the other cases of it occur in married couples who do not have this vaccine. If the vaccine is to work, it has to be administered to a whole population, not just a couple people. HPV also causes cancer and causes 4000 deaths each year.
    I believe that HPV should not be a mandatory vaccine, because it is not transmitted through the air so you cannot ealily get it. Although it causes deaths, it does not cause as many deaths as many other diseases cause, so it is not a very high priority. Finally, it costs money to administer vaccines to a whole country, and we currently do not need any more stress on our budget. All this means more money going to doctors and less to lowering the debt. I think getting tested for this disease is a much more effective way of controling it, because if you know you have it you will take precations so no one else will get it from you. I have a very strong opinion on this which is why I chose the article. It might be one of the few times I agree with Michelle Bachman.