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April 8, 2019


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The growing public health risk of non-vaccination

The growing public health risk of non-vaccination

March 10, 2019


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Vaccine hesitancy—the refusal to accept vaccination despite the availability of vaccines—endangers communities and opens the door for the re-emergence of preventable diseases, said Dr. Paul Offit, a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. An increasing number of parents are refusing...

Tekashi goes out with a bang in “Dummy Boy”

Tekashi goes out with a bang in “Dummy Boy”

By Shehrez Chaudhri

February 13, 2019


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The rapper Daniel Hernandez, better known as “Tekashi 69” or “6ix9ine,” has a backstory that could be a movie. He’s a rainbow-haired ex-gang member, who rose to the top of the Billboard charts out of nowhere on Nov. 10, 2017, after dropping his hit, “Gummo” and was then arrested with the po...

Metro Boomin’s “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” lacks musical diversity

Metro Boomin’s “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” lacks musical diversity

By Shehrez Chaudhri

February 13, 2019


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Metro Boomin, one of the hottest producers in the rap game right now, dropped “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” Nov. 2. The album is filled with features from hip-hop stars, including Travis Scott, 21 Savage and Gucci Mane, among others. The album also highlights Metro’s production skills; it's beats lik...

Kid Ink drops “Missed Calls” as a comeback

Kid Ink drops “Missed Calls” as a comeback

By Elyssa Seltzer

February 13, 2019


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Kid Ink released a 7-track EP “Missed Calls” Dec. 14 that features artists like Rich The Kid and Lil Wayne. His last full album “Full Speed” was released Dec. 2015, and it had major hits like “Hotel” featuring Chris Brown and “Body Language” featuring Usher and Tinashé. With such popular...

Super Bowl LIII was a waste of my mom’s chips and salsa

By Jose Wray

February 7, 2019


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When I was in seventh grade, I played “Madden Mobile,” and in the game I would collect cards of memorable Super Bowl moments and exchange them for rewards. It’s safe to say that nothing from Super Bowl LIII will ever make it onto one of those cards. The highlight of the Super Bowl was a punt. ...

Defense wins championships: Superbowl showcased lost art

By Harry Kaplan

February 7, 2019


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As a die-hard Patriots fan, Super Bowl LIII nearly gave me a heart attack. But as Stephon Gilmore dropped back in coverage and snagged what was the game clinching interception, I blew a sigh of relief, knowing my life as a spoiled Boston sports fan just got even better. Anyway, this year’s Super Bow...

Issue 3 briefs

January 14, 2019


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Looking forward

January 14, 2019


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There’s no clear or easy solution to the opportunity gap. The MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit, which aims to eliminate racial predictability in student achievement, is working to narrow that gap by focusing on culturally responsive training for teachers. This practice emphasizes individual student needs, espec...

What the opportunity gap looks like

January 14, 2019


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Although MCPS gives more dollars per pupil for enrichment programs to lower income schools, private funding though PTSAs, education foundations and parent booster organizations contributes to the gap. Whitman’s PTSA raised around $74,000 in 2017, excluding its post prom funds. The Kennedy PTSA, thou...

Aubrey Lay, 12th grade

Aubrey Lay, 12th grade

January 3, 2019


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Tell me about your favorite extracurricular at the moment. How did you get involved in it?   "Walt Whitman Pride Alliance is very important to me. I’ve been involved in Pride since freshman year. It’s been pretty incredible to both take part in the Whitman LGBT community and provide a s...