Huawei CFO facing charges for espionage and sanction violations

Opinion

By Liz Hay Elm Staff Writer On Jan. 28, the United States government levelled criminal charges against Chinese tech company Huawei and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou. Huawei is a major corporation which, according to CNN, is projected to become the world’s top smartphone seller by next year. Ms. Meng was arrested in Canada back in […]

Full story

Trump plows ahead with trans discrimination in military

Opinion

By Emma Campbell Elm Staff Writer On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect, enraging LGBTQ activists who are calling the action undemocratic and discriminatory, CNN reports. The policy blocks people with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving in the military, while also […]

Full story

Covington Catholic boy and native elder stoke US racial divisions

Opinion

By Emma Campbell Elm Staff Writer On Friday, Jan. 18, in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., a confrontation between a small group of Native American protestors and a group of male students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky has gone viral. Specifically, a disturbing standoff between Covington student Nick Sandmann and […]

Full story

New York finally bans LGBTQ conversion therapy

Opinion

By Holly Williams Elm Staff Writer On Jan. 25, New York became the 15th state to ban conversion therapy. The bill, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo prevents mental health professionals from administering conversion therapy to minors.    The bill was at a stalemate in the New York state assembly for years, failing to pass a […]

Full story

10-Year Challenge could be a data collection scam

Opinion

By Emily Wiest Elm Staff Writer In the past few weeks, a new viral trend has provoked a serious conversation on privacy and online data collection — for those who aren’t already familiar, the 10-Year Challenge asks participants to post comparison photos of themselves in 2009 and today, with the intent of showing how much […]

Full story

Opioid overdoses now more deadly than car accidents

Opinion

By Alaina Perdon Elm Staff Writer Road safety in the United States is not to be taken lightly. From extensive lessons in schools to lengthy licensing processes, the dangers of vehicular operation are stressed from an early age. Instances of motor vehicle crashes in the United States are ever-dwindling: Recent reports from CNBC state that […]

Full story

Chinese scientist He Jiankui announces birth of genetically edited baby

Opinion

By Alaina Perdon Elm Staff Writer In November 2018, Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui shocked the world with the birth announcement of the century: he had successfully used CRISPR gene-editing techniques on human genes, producing the world’s first genetically edited human babies. Now, however, he faces serious legal charges concerning the ethics violations at play […]

Full story

Iowa school districts will teach mandatory gun safety courses

Opinion

By Emma Campbell Elm Staff Writer Students enrolled in seventh- and eighth-grade at schools in the North Butler and Clarksville, Iowa school districts will be required to partake in mandatory hunter safety training courses next year, Radio Iowa reported. The course will be part of the school’s physical education curriculum. The classes are aimed toward […]

Full story

California pet stores only selling rescue animals

Opinion

By Theodore Mattheiss Opinion Editor Prospective pet owners in California no longer have to worry that picking up a new friend from a pet store will support unethical breeding practices, thanks to a new law that was approved by Gov. Jerry Brown back in 2017 and took effect on New Year’s Day, 2019. The law […]

Full story

R. Kelly finally facing retribution for decades of allegations

Opinion

By Theodore Mattheiss Opinion Editor Robert Kelly, better known as R. Kelly, has prospered as a musician for decades despite a shadow of sexual abuse and pedophilia claims hanging over him, but the release of a docu-series titled “Surviving R. Kelly” on Jan. 3 has triggered a new wave of accusations which may finally end […]

Full story

In case you have missed it

In case you have missed it