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Politics as sport: Fight night, every night

I’m not a boxing fan by any stretch of the imagination, but in the last month, I watched hours of advertisements for the money-grabbing pay-per-view showdown between champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA fighter Conor McGregor.

Every time I was forced to sit through another one of these ads as I waited to watch the next episode of my comedy-drama, I had a strange sense of deja vu. I tried to put my finger on it, and eventually I realized that the familiarity I felt while watching these ads came from watching the CNN advertisements for election night last fall.

Eliminating litter: The importance of keeping a clean ocean

It is important not to litter. Do not throw trash into the ocean – it can be dangerous.

Weighted or non-weighted GPA: Which is better for college admission?

To weight or not to weight a grade-point average – that is the question facing high school administrators throughout the U.S. and here in our own backyard.

How the Electoral College hampers the democratic process

Eleven score and eight years ago in the dusty Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton declared, “Let one executive be appointed for life who dares execute his powers.”

His proposal of a timeless term for the Executive Body shocked the Constitutional Convention, whose mandate to concoct a more powerful form of American governance was delivered not by the quibbling ink of legislators, but by the smoky muskets and screaming bullets of Daniel Shay.

Katie gives advice on making play dates


Courtesy of Katie Noble
Pinewood student Katie Noble eagerly awaits incoming letters.

Katie Noble, a fifth-grader at Pinewood School, writes for the student newspaper and recently placed second in the Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest. She wants to help her peers solve their problems.

To submit a question for “Ask Katie,” email Schools Editor Traci Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What I learned from watching the Rio Olympics

The Summer Olympics takes place every four years and is a worldwide event. Families sit together huddled on their couches and watch, awed, as the best of the best compete on one of the biggest platforms in the world.

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