Virginia Passes Law for Expungement of Marijuana Charges

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer On Monday, Virginia took a step towards pro-marijuana reform by passing a bill that now allows those charged with marijuana possession to expunge their first charge by paying a $150 fee. The bill was proposed by Republican Senator Tommy Norment and had a 38-2 vote. Norment considered the bill’s win to be progress for marijuana reform. Norment’s Democratic colleague, Senator Adam Ebbin opposed the bill for its inability to stop the racial disparity of marijuana arrests, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Originally, Norment had planned to push for a decriminalization bill, but ultimately decided against … Continue reading Virginia Passes Law for Expungement of Marijuana Charges

Historic royal engagement excites millenials

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer After breaking the internet with their historic engagement announcement, Great Britain’s Prince Harry and television actress Meghan Markle have set their wedding date to May of next year, according to CNN reporters. They announced their engagement Nov. 28, and social media went into frenzy, since the love affair was widely considered so untraditional. Markle is half African-American, half Caucasian and a divorcee — the first to marry into the royal family in 81 years, Fox News reported. The most recent time America cared so deeply about social affairs in Great Britain was when Prince William … Continue reading Historic royal engagement excites millenials

Libyan slave trade: 700,000 victims and counting

Odyssey Fields | Staff Writer Hidden between walls of North Africa, over 700,000 migrants and refugees have been secretly kidnapped and sold into the horrific system of slavery. Libya has been under chaos since their dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, was overthrown in 2011. In response, uproar struck the impoverished country, leaving millions of people in danger. According to Brookings Institution (Washington D.C. public policy organization) reports , as the year continued, Libya’s economy plummeted and its resources continued to become limited, with its productive oil reserve declining as well. Their infrastructure began to deteriorate and the country was put at a … Continue reading Libyan slave trade: 700,000 victims and counting

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?

Hampton students get out the vote

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer Virginia kept its “blue status” after Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, where all three Democrats gained their sought political seats. Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie for governor with 53.9% of the vote. Justin Fairfax defeated Republican Jill Vogel for the position of lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring gained his second term as the attorney general of the state. Another notable win was the victory of Democrat Danica Roem, the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia as a state Delegate, whom beat 11 term seat holder and openly transphobic, Bob Marshall Various organizations on campus worked … Continue reading Hampton students get out the vote

Hampton residents want two schools to remove Confederate names

Zoe Griffin | Staff Writer Dozens of Hampton citizens gathered together in the auditorium of Benjamin Syms Middle School Thursday evening, October 26, to express their concerns before the Hampton school board. The purpose of this public hearing was to decide whether the Confederate soldiers’ names on Jefferson Davis Middle school and the campus at Lee, formerly Robert E. Lee, Elementary school should be taken down from school buildings. The Hampton chapter of the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference requested that the two middle schools be renamed following the events in Charlottesville. During the white nationalist rally on … Continue reading Hampton residents want two schools to remove Confederate names