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

Republican lawmakers wave the white flag yet again on health care

Zoe Griffin | Contributing Writer The GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has not fared well with Republican lawmakers. The goal of Republican lawmakers was to meet the Oct. 1 deadline of passing the American Health Care Act before the current fiscal year ended, but they were unsuccessful yet again. Now that the deadline passed, the bill can’t be passed with a simple majority. It now requires the cooperation of the Democratic Party. On Jan. 10, just days before President Trump’s inauguration, he told The New York Times that Republicans would have Obamacare … Continue reading Republican lawmakers wave the white flag yet again on health care

Hampton student’s family survives close call in Las Vegas

Zoe Griffin | Contributing Writer Las Vegas native Carrington Peterson was awakened Monday by 59 messages and notifications from family members. “My parents decided to go on a ‘staycation’ [Sunday] night and got a hotel room,” Peterson said. They stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where a gunman on the 32nd floor that night would kill 59 people, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, was identified as the sniper suspect by police. His room contained 16 rifles, one handgun, 18 firearms, explosives and thousands of rounds of bullets, … Continue reading Hampton student’s family survives close call in Las Vegas