Sleeping man shot in California

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By Holly Williams Elm Staff Writer On Feb. 9, 20-year-old rapper Willie Mc- Coy was shot to death by police officers in northern California after falling asleep in a Taco Bell parking lot. He was slumped over when police responded to a call from a Taco Bell employee about an unconscious man in the drive-thru […]

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HoloLens workers protest military deal

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By Theodore Mattheiss Opinion Editor A letter addressed to Microso ’s CEO, Satya Nadella, and signed by more than 100 employees protests the company’s recent partnership with the United States military. e letter is a response to the $480 million contract the company has signed with the U.S. Army, which will put the HoloLens to […]

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Oscars Nomination Controversy

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By Emma Campbell Elm Staff Writer The 91st Academy Awards concluded on Feb. 24 with a controversial Best Picture win. “Green Book,” having already snagged the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, ended the evening by winning the most coveted trophy in Hollywood. e award was accepted by producers Jim Burke and […]

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In the information age, staying healthy means staying vigilant

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By Zachary Blackwell Elm Staff Writer In a tragic case regarding what can happen when an unhealthy person is treated with alternative medicine, Edgar Lopez, a 13-year- old boy in the Los Angeles area, died from complications of his Type-I diabetes back in 2014. This is sad enough on its own, but even worse is […]

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Kentucky man draws gun on couple wearing MAGA hats at Sam’s Club

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 By Jon Vitale Elm Staff Writer A Kentucky man was arrested last week for allegedly drawing a firearm on a couple, Terry and Cherrie Pierce, for wearing those iconic Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. James Michael Phillips, the perpetrator, was taken into custody by police after an alter- cation […]

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Trump declares national “emergency” to divert funds toward his wall

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By Emma Campbell Elm Staff Writer On Friday, Feb. 15, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on the Mexican border in hopes of gaining access to billions of dollars that Congress has refused to grant him to begin construction of a border wall, the New York Times reported. President Trump announced his decision in […]

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Bill to expand our national parks overwhelmingly passed by the Senate

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By Zachary Blackwell Elm Staff Writer In what is a stunning victory for conservationists nationwide, the U.S. Senate has approved the passage of legislation that aims to protect and expand our county’s national park system. The National Resources Management Act, a titanic 662-page document which aims to help strengthen the conservation of national parks and […]

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Teacher strike in Colorado school district leads to raises and payment reform

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By Liz Hay Elm Staff Writer Last week, Denver teachers engaged in a four-day strike for better wages and a more standard payment structure. Teachers from West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, among others, have recently gone on strike for similar reasons. e agreement reached between the Denver teachers’ union and the district will see an […]

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roposals are among senators and their constituents both. Many people would benefit from these provisions, including hunters and anglers, environmentalists and conservationists, and people who simply have an appreciation for these federal lands. The fact that there was strong bipartisan support for such a bill shows the diversity of interests that people have regarding the preservation of nature. When people think of who benefits from protecting federal land, many are not aware of just how much broad support there is for conservation efforts around our nation. It’s not just environ-mentalists who stand to benefit from the implementation of this bill, but local communities across the U.S. as well. It’s promising to see the wide range of support for this between advocacy groups, politicians, and regular citizens. It’s also comforting that there is a huge chunk of the population that is concerned with keeping land in our country beautiful and untouched so that future genera-tions can enjoy it. As someone who is very passionate about environmental issues, it’s encouraging to see that despite the disagreements that have infiltrated every facet of society, many people in the U.S. are willing to promote the preservation of natural parks and other valued areas of the natural world. I feel as though not everybody has a thorough understanding of why national parks and other preservation areas are so important, but the strong bipartisan support for the National Resources Management Act shows that people are, in fact, becoming more aware of the environmental issues facing our country and the world. Although there is still a long way to go in making sure that the bill is turned into law, the fact that such a monumental bill has been created and overwhelmingly approved by the Senate speaks volumes about the concern for our cherished national parks.

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By Holly Williams Elm Staff Writer Turning to crowdfunding from internet strangers before being pushed to bankruptcy by medical bills seems more like a dystopian vision than anything else, but in the United States, the only developed western nation without universal healthcare, it’s all too real. GoFundMe’s CEO Rob Solomon reported that one in three […]

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Sixth-grader arrested after refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

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By Alaina Perdon Elm Staff Writer The American Civil Liberties Union is in outrage following the arrest of a sixth-grade student in Lakeland, Fla. earlier this month. The 11-year-old boy now faces misdemeanor charges for his refusal to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, according to multiple reports. The boy has not participated in the […]

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