Is the issue stricter gun control laws or mental health?

Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer Over the past months, there have been various mass shootings in the U.S. The country was outraged following the shooting in Las Vegas, when 58 people were murdered. Most recently, on Sunday November 5, a man opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 27. Democrats are now calling for stricter gun control laws in result of the massacres, in which loose gun regulations played a part. According to CNN reporters, the Texas church shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley had a history of domestic violence, escaped from a mental hospital, and attempted to … Continue reading Is the issue stricter gun control laws or mental health?

Virginian-Pilot cuts nearly 10 percent of staff

Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer Nearly 150 years after the Virginian-Pilot was founded in 1865, the largest Virginia newspaper in Virginia is cutting close to 10 percent of its staff. The parent company, Pilot Media, has offered to pay buyouts to long-term employees who have served at least 25 years with the paper, however they have also declared that if there are not enough volunteers, they will proceed with forced layoffs. Cashara Quinn, a first-year journalism major and writer for HerCampus, has a strong opinion on the changes being made. “I think it’s unfair that people are losing their jobs … Continue reading Virginian-Pilot cuts nearly 10 percent of staff

Rising Epidemic of Opioid Addicted Babies

Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer   The number of opium-addicted babies continues to rise, with the rate of children being born into addiction quadrupling over the past 15 years. Babies with desperate, high-pitched wails and shaking bodies reside in hospitals all over the U.S. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is the condition of symptoms babies go through when they are exposed to drugs in the womb. When a birthing mother has suffered from abuse of drugs and has a baby, the newborn’s nervous system can trigger symptoms of withdrawal. Up to 94 percent of babies exposed to opioids end up experiencing withdrawal. … Continue reading Rising Epidemic of Opioid Addicted Babies