Rodney Reed: Texas prisoner facing death penalty

Sara Avery | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User 4WardEver CampaignbUK   Texas prisoner Rodney Reed is set to be executed Nov. 20 after spending 21 years on death row for the murder of 19-year-old Stacy Stites in 1966. However, new witness testimonies and doubt surrounding the initial evidence and trial of the case have helped garner nationwide support to stop the execution. Celebrities such as Yara Shahidi, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have used their platforms to bring awareness to the case and call on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to grant Reed clemency. “We must come together to prevent a gross injustice,” … Continue reading Rodney Reed: Texas prisoner facing death penalty

First transcripts from President Trump impeachment hearings released

William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Arlington National Cemetery Congressional Democrats have begun releasing transcripts of the testimonies given before the House Intelligence Committee during the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The inquiry was catalyzed by the complaint in September by a whistleblower, an intelligence officer who claimed that the president had inappropriate and possible illegal contact with the president of Ukraine. In the complaint, the whistleblower details an “urgent concern” that “pose[s] risks to U.S. national security and undermine the U.S. Government’s efforts to deter and counter foreign interference in U.S. elections.” The 2,677 pages of transcripts comprise the statements … Continue reading First transcripts from President Trump impeachment hearings released

Canadian general election presents deep political divide

William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer Despite losing the popular vote, Justin Trudeau has been elected as the Prime Minister of Canada for a second term. The Canadian General Election, which took place Oct. 21, was held to elect a prime minister and members of the Canadian Parliament. According to the National Post, this is only the second time in Canada’s history that a party has been tasked with leading the government without winning the popular vote. The Liberal Party, led by Trudeau, won 157 of the 338 seats available in Parliament. While this was the highest number of seats … Continue reading Canadian general election presents deep political divide

An update on the largest college admissions scandal in history

Simone Quary | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Lloyd Klein It is no doubt that the importance of obtaining a college education has risen this millennium. For a considerable amount of youth, it has been ingrained into their mindset that a college degree allows for career and financial prosperity, and most importantly, freedom from generational curses. As a result, students throughout the world strive to stand out from the rest of college applicants with a plethora of academic and extracurricular achievements listed on their college applications. But what about the students who appear to have the educational and economic advantages when … Continue reading An update on the largest college admissions scandal in history

Chilean protest is the newest in a series of Latin American uprisings

Gabrielle Chenault | Local and World Editor Throughout the continents and various countries, a revolution no matter how big or small has occurred. A revolution is the citizens’ way of fixing their country. The form of government they have in place has either discriminated against a group or the leader is simply not fit for office. Revolutions such as the American Revolution influenced others around the world to do the same. In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of revolutions in Latin America, and these growing revolutions could influence our country in a big way. Two Latin … Continue reading Chilean protest is the newest in a series of Latin American uprisings

President Trump’s request to keep tax returns secret is dismissed

Sara Avery | Staff Writer President Donald Trump might have to hand over his personal and corporate tax returns for the state of New York after a federal judge blocked his request to keep them hidden.  United States District Judge Victor Marrero dismissed the lawsuit, saying that President Trump’s claims of immunity from criminal investigations oppose the constitution. According to CBS News, the decision could result in the president releasing eight years’ worth of tax returns to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who is investigating allegations of hush money being paid to women who have claimed to have … Continue reading President Trump’s request to keep tax returns secret is dismissed

Is Bernie Sanders’ campaign run potentially over?

Justin Norris | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Bruce Detorres Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is having to adjust his efforts on the 2020 campaign trail after a recently suffered heart attack.  According to CNN, Sanders admitted that he will change “the nature of the campaign a bit [to] make sure I have the strength to do what needs to be done.”  Sanders, 78, suffered the heart attack three days before his campaign released the information. He defended the decision to delay the disclosure, telling NBC that he “think[s] that’s a media thing.” He added that the campaign was … Continue reading Is Bernie Sanders’ campaign run potentially over?