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NOT SO GOOD FOR THE PLANET A lack of charging infrastructure and the hard-to-recycle lithium batteries can deter customers.

Plugging in, powering down: The costs and benefits of operating electric vehicles

While EVs emit less waste than their gas-powered predecessors, they still offer a host of other problems that have yet to be solved.
By Delmis Vaquerano, Staff May 29, 2024
While EVs emit less waste than their gas-powered predecessors, they still offer a host of other problems that have yet to be solved.

Lost on the map: The state of geography in America

The United States is lacking in geography education in comparison to other more developed countries, as mocked by online videos.
By Skylie Molina and Delmis Vaquerano May 17, 2024
The United States is lacking in geography education in comparison to other more developed countries, as mocked by online videos.
From late April to early June, juniors will be facing a barrage of standardized testing, including the SBAC and i-Ready.

Nonstop standardized testing from April to June

Students, especially juniors, face constant mandatory standardized testing from late April through early June.
By Baron Kim, Staff May 8, 2024
Students, especially juniors, face constant mandatory standardized testing from late April through early June.
Goins gone missing?

Goins gone missing?

Our Journalism advisor was nowhere to be found. Then, against all odds, he spawned.
By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Apr 26, 2024
Our journalism advisor was nowhere to be found. Then, against all odds, he spawned.
The N-word

The N-word

The N-word, a topic of contentious debate, has seen its use spiral upward among non-Black students, effectively devaluing the meaning of the word among the Black community.
By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Apr 24, 2024
The N-word, a topic of contentious debate, has seen its use spiral upward among non-Black students, effectively devaluing the meaning of the word among the Black community.
 DAZED & CONFUSED The i-Ready has been criticized for adjusting lesson plans for students based on their performance on the diagnostic test. Many never go back on the website to actually take those courses.

i-Ready or not, here it comes: LAUSD’s new standardized test kindles controversy

The i-Ready exam has frustrated many students and staff over its length and irrelevancy.
By Baron Kim, Staff Apr 16, 2024
The i-Ready exam has frustrated many students and staff over its length and irrelevancy.
CANDIDATE CONUNDRUM With the presidential election coming up in November, new voters are presented with two choices: Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Unfortunately, due tot he issues that both candidates pose, many voters feel dissatisfied with the choice they are going to have to make and wish they had better options instead.

Lack of candidate choices concerns student voters

The 2024 election is driving young people to the polls, forcing them to choose between two candidates that aren't fully up to the task.
By Mia Ramirez, Staff Apr 10, 2024
The 2024 election is driving young people to the polls, forcing them to choose between two candidates that aren't fully up to the task.
The nearby Saint Elizabeth Church has put up a sign prohibiting skaters and other solicitors from hanging out around the premises of the church.

Locked out: Exclusionary tactics in urban design

Hostile architecture is a design technique employed in urban environments to guide, discourage or outright exclude certain behaviors or individuals. Implementing this in neighborhoods can result in detrimental social effects for the surrounding community.
By Delmis Vaquerano, Staff Apr 3, 2024
Hostile architecture is a design technique employed in urban environments to guide, discourage or outright exclude certain behaviors or individuals, resulting in detrimental social effects for the surrounding community.
In spite of the severity of the conflict, the Israel-Hamas War has been viewed by social media as just another trend to cycle through. Many are posting inaccurate information in an effort to keep up with the fad.

Trending: The Israel-Hamas War

The presence of the war in Gaza on social media has evolved into yet another trend that many throw aside despite its severity.
By Mia Ramirez, Staff Mar 30, 2024
The presence of the war in Gaza on social media has evolved into yet another trend that many throw aside despite its severity.

HERSTORY: Biddy Mason’s Los Angeles legacy

Born enslaved in Georgia in 1856, Bridget "Biddy" Mason was the first African-American woman to own property in Los Angeles. After receiving her freedom, she would go on to found one of the largest Black congregations in Los Angeles. 
By Abigail Kim, Staff Mar 25, 2024
Born enslaved in Georgia in 1856, Bridget "Biddy" Mason was the first African-American woman to own property in Los Angeles. After receiving her freedom, she would go on to found one of the largest Black congregations in Los Angeles. 
Donna Hubbard was Van Nuys High Schools first female principal. She joined the faculty as a Spanish teacher in 1920 and worked her way up to becoming girls vice prinicipal in 1924, before becoming principal of the entire school in 1935.

HERSTORY: Donna Hubbard’s legacy at Van Nuys High School

This Women’s History Month, Donna Hubbard stands out as the mature, wise and compassionate former principal of the school. Joining as a Spanish teacher in 1920, she worked her way up to become the school's first female principal and led students through the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II.
By Abigail Kim, Staff Mar 18, 2024
This Women’s History Month, Donna Hubbard stands out as the mature, wise and compassionate former principal of the school.
The clash between Stallion and Minaj has seen both of them releasing diss songs about each other and the people they were in relationships with.

Stallion said “Hiss,” Minaj responded with a diss

Disputes between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion have resorted to calling each other out through the release of new “diss” songs.
By Skylie Molina, Staff Feb 16, 2024
Disputes between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion have resorted to calling each other out through the release of new “diss” songs.
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