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Shooting for Mars

SpaceX has partially successful launch as the company makes steps toward interplanetary travel On December 8, 2020 in Cameron County, Texas, the SpaceX Starship SN8 successfully “ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing flip maneuver with precise flap control to reach its landing point” before exploding upon landing due to …

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Anti-vax? More like anti-fax

Our biggest hope is to get vaccinated As the COVID-19 vaccine has begun its distribution process, speculations about the vaccine have risen from millions of Americans. There are many reasons why people oppose vaccines: the belief that vaccines do not work, mistrust of science or the government, or the belief …

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Post Election Chaos

Before the inauguration, claims of a ‘rigged’ election spur attack on the U.S. Capitol and a second impeachment On Nov. 3, the United States anxiously waited as results rolled in for who might be the next President of the United States. Millions of votes were counted over the course of …

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Winter is Coming and so is COVID

What is the COVID plan for teachers Now that winter has closed in, we have been met with a new wave of COVID-19 cases as well as 5 weeks of school wide quarantine. This is of course not ideal for teachers or students but there might be a silver lining. …

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Brexit finally takes effect

What comes after the British and European Union breakup On January 1, the U.K. officially cut its ties with the European Union after a 4 ½ year period of negotiations. The process of the U.K. leaving the EU, known as Brexit, has not been without friction and there are still …

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Crime in MPLS and STP

2020 sees rise in crime across country, including the Twin Cities, as cities debate police reform It was October 2nd, around 8 pm. when junior Caroline McHugh, along with fellow junior Stella Berlin, had just returned to Berlin’s St. Paul home after dinner at a restaurant. And it all happened …

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Masks and winter sports

Balancing science and common sense On January 4, high school teams were allowed to begin practice for a heavily restricted winter sports season, with competitions having started on January 14. Updated guidelines have been released in attempts to mitigate the virus, requiring face coverings for all participants during both practice …

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Paying College Athletes?

Supreme Court agrees to hear NCAA on athlete compensation On December 16, 2020, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case presented by the NCAA regarding student-athlete compensation, particularly in the realms of Division I football and basketball. In terms of compensation for labor, the student-athletes that drive this multibillion-dollar …

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Covid vaccines become available

CDC approves multiple COVID-19 vaccines The Covid-19 pandemic has continued on and vaccines have been approved in record time. With the first case happening just about a year ago, two Covid-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use in the United States. The first vaccine to be approved was the …

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Uighur Muslim repression called a ‘genocide’

Chinese re-education camps continue to mistreat Uighur Muslims Since 2017, more than 1 million Uighur Muslims have been detained in what the Chinese government is calling “re-education centers” in Xinjiang, China. According to PBS NewsHour, Uighur Muslims who have been detained in these centers say they were interrogated, mistreated and …

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