News Briefs – Dec. 6

December 6, 2011
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White House Shooting Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is the man charged with trying to assassinate President Barack Obama with an AK-47 assault rifle at the White House on Nov. 11. Police arrested Ortega on Nov. 15 in Pennsylvania. If convicted, he could receive life in prison. Ortega said President... Read more »

Occupy Wall Street protests steadily gaining momentum

November 18, 2011
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Occupy Wall Street has been in 67 cities in 33 states. Although many protestors don’t know what they want, it is clear that they blame Wall Street greed for the United States’ financial issues and they are angry about economic inequality. Although they have been occupying and getting more attention... Read more »

News Briefs – Nov. 2

November 14, 2011
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Bringing them home President Obama announced that all U.S. troops will be withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year. Out of 39,000 troops currently in Iraq, only about 150 will stay to help with arms sales. The decision will effectively end of the War in Iraq. This was a campaign... Read more »

Steve Jobs: The innovator of a generation

November 14, 2011
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The world stood in shock as Apple Inc. announced that Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, had died on Oct. 5. Just a month ago, Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple, possibly due to the rare form of pancreatic cancer he had. Though he is now gone, his influence on the computer industry and technology of... Read more »

President Obama presents plan to Congress aimed at helping economy

October 24, 2011
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President Barack Obama laid out a new plan to spur job growth in a struggling economy where the unemployment rate currently stands at 9.1 percent during a September 8 speech to Congress. The bill is called the American Jobs Act and is aimed at helping bolster the economy. The $447 billion plan includes... Read more »

Texas continues to be ravaged by the worst fire season in state history

October 24, 2011
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Even though it was a pretty mild summer for the Pacific Northwest, many residents complained about how summer came late and didn’t start getting nice until near the end. But in reality, the people of Texas had it much worse. Texas had record droughts this past summer. According to the U.S. Drought... Read more »

Earthquake, tsunami wreak destruction

April 28, 2011
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I was admiring the ocean view from our house on Okinawa when the phone rang. It was my somewhat over-protective father calling to tell me that there was a massive earthquake in Tokyo. My first thought jumped to my husband Andrew, who is a ’92 MTHS graduate. I had dropped him off at the airport earlier... Read more »

Healthcare reform

September 9, 2009
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The Edmonds Woodway High School gymnasium overflowed with disorder and angry controversy on Aug. 30 until attendants were brought together with a national symbol of unity: “A Martha Lake Elementary student will now lead us in the pledge of allegiance,” said Congressman Jay Inslee. The... Read more »

Seattle light rail

September 9, 2009
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  An extensive light rail system has been a long time coming in Seattle, but it seems the new millennium has finally ushered in some action out of the political quagmire that has surrounded public transit in our fair city.In the summer of 2003, Sound Transit... Read more »

Gov. raises college tuitions

June 10, 2009
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The goal of most students is to work hard, get good grades, and enter a good college. One of the main impediments presented to students along this path is the steep cost of higher education. This will be especially harder in coming years due to rising tuition costs. Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire’s... Read more »