By Devin Prado

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SpaceX is a private American aerospace manufacturer, founded by and owned by Elon Musk. Elon is a South-African born Canadian, he runs several companies including SpaceX and Tesla, with a total net worth of around 19.2 billion USD. SpaceX designs tests and implements new technologies to be used for future space exploration. They have several accomplishments under their belts such as the Falcon 9 which successfully launched into open space and landed itself on an ocean platform with near perfect accuracy. They have several plans for the future such as planning to send an privately crewed spacecraft to a distance further than the moon by next year. Both their achievements and their goals shoot for the sky, literally. This appears to be the future of space travel and the future of science in general. It is daunting or scary to some people because change and progress is frankly, terrifying. Nonetheless it cannot be stopped or forestalled, so it will happen whether people want it to or not.

The Wife Beater


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The famous thin white tank tops famously worn by many people seem to have a name that offends many. Now what is the name? These shirts are called wife-beaters.

A search through the web shows that many kids nationwide are wearing these shirts alone or under another shirt. Even adults are wearing these shirts under their professional suits. They come in all different colors and sizes.

People who wear shirts under the age of 25 seem to have no problem with the name of these shirts. Although the cruel stereotypes behind these shirts are obvious, people still seem to have no shame while saying the name, or even wearing them.

The Oxford Dictionary explains the term wife-beater as:“1. A man who physically abuses his wife 2. Tank-style underwear shirts.  Origin: based on the stereotype that physically abusive husbands wear that particular type of shirt.” The World Book Dictionary locates the origin of the term wife-beater in the 1970s, from the stereotype of the Midwestern male wearing an undershirt while beating his wife.

These shirts are known to be popular during the 1980’s. They were worn at many different sporting events.

There has to be a better name for this popular piece of clothing. After all, this clothing item makes both men and women appear more sexy.


Egg Recall



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Over 206 million eggs have been recalled across the United States from fears of salmonella. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that in certain conditions can be lethal, and causes diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pains. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heard reports of a small outbreak and tried to trace back the source. They discovered that the eggs were produced by Rose Acre Farms in Hyde County, North Carolina. This plant produces 2.3 million eggs every day.  The company claims that this is the first time it has contaminated eggs and worked compliantly and transparently with the FDA. These eggs were sold all over the continental US: Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and California. They were sold under the brands of Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, and Great Value. So far, 22 illnesses have already been confirmed on the East Coast. This is a relatively small number of infected because this type of salmonella is unorthodox, and could easily and quickly be isolated. This is the largest salmonella outbreak in the United States since 2010.


A Wrinkle in Time falls short of true magic


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“A Wrinkle in Time” was first published in 1962 by Madeleine L’Engle, and is now being turned into a TV movie. Expectations are raised, however, by the prospect of Disney-backed blockbuster broadly aimed at a family audience. DuVernay made a shrewd move by enlisting Oprah Winfrey as one of her co-stars, which blesses the project with the billionaire’s coveted seal of approval as well as her marketing clout.


The story centers Meg(Storm Reid), who was an unhappy outcast at school when it was the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of her father, who was a scientist who had been exploring grad universal forces. Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace introduces Meg to a trio of magical benefactors who had come to recruit warriors. If left unchecked, Meg is warned, “darkness will fall across the universe.” Meg, her brother, and their classmate Calvin, are whisked off to a fantastic realm that resembles any number of other fantastic cinematic realms seen before. At last, there is a good deal of emotion in Meg’s heroism and efforts to reunite her family, while learning to accept herself as she is.


Meg’s tradeoff is that her presence accentuates the underlying message of self-empowerment and learning to love oneself, in a way that makes the movie feel a bit more like an inordinately lavish after school special than it otherwise might. When the movie was announced, it was noted that DuVernay would become the first woman of color to preside over a live action movie with a budget in excess of $100 million.


Khloé Kardashian’s Perfectly Pinked Out Baby Shower


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It was the baby shower any mom-to-be dreams of.


Khloé Kardashian followed in her sister’s footsteps and threw a super pink and lavish baby shower on Saturday March 10. Celebrating her baby shower with NBA player boyfriend Tristan Thompson, at an over-the-top party in the Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills, California in the same hotel where the couple first met.


The mom-to-be, pregnant with a girl, wore a stunning, curve-hugging custom Sergio Hudson blush-colored dress that was embellished with embroidery and crystals for the pink-themed party.


My baby shower was unbelievable, magical, everything I could have dreamed of and more!!!” Khloe shared on her website. “We felt so much LOVE from everyone and it is a day I know Tristan and I will never forget. I’m still dreaming.”


“I have to give a major shout-out to the people who made it all possible: Jeff Leatham, Mindy Weiss and their teams are seriously so talented and special,” she wrote. “And I can’t forget my glam team, Andrew Fitzsimons and Mary Phillips, and Jill Jacobs who helped custom make my Sergio Hudson dress. Thank you to Amazon too!”

Perhaps one of the best gifts from the weekend was a neon sign that will go in the baby’s room. The present, seen on Khloe’s social media, the present had significant meaning for the future parent.

“I thought it was a great idea to have it in someone’s handwriting so it would be more sentimental,” Khloe explained. “I had my mom write out ‘Baby Thompson’ in a few different ways and I picked my favorite signature. It’s the perfect touch!!!”

Khloe’s pinked out magical baby shower was ever mom’s dream !!



March Madness Bracket Released

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On Sunday the NCAA Basketball Tournament committee released the sixty-eight teams they selected to have a chance at history. For the first time the selection show was on TBS hosted by Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel, but it was met with mixed reviews. Unlike years past, the thirty-four at large bid teams were announced in alphabetical order and the bracket region and seedings were released after. This system took away the thrill that bubble team players and fans would feel when the mid tier seeds were announced. This season one of the major storylines going into the tournament was whether or not the Arizona State Sun Devils would receive a bid into the tournament even though they finished ninth in the Pac 12, but at one point was the last undefeated team in the country and ranked #3 in the AP poll. Instead of the tension building throughout the show to the big reveal, Arizona State was the first at large bid team announced.


The one seeds were no surprise with them coming in the order of Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, and Xavier. UNC would have had a chance of stealing that fourth one seed if they won the ACC tournament, but Virginia took care of that. The two seeds were Duke, UNC, Cincinnati, and Purdue. The threes: Michigan State, Michigan, Texas Tech, and Tennessee. To round out the top of the region is Wichita State, Auburn, Arizona, and Gonzaga.

The Browns Are Making Moves

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The Cleveland Browns, the NFL team that went 0-16 last season, is starting to look like an 8-8 team before the draft. The Browns have been the most active team this offseason, pushing every major free agent to sign with them and making trades with every team to improve their team. The Browns have been handing out draft picks and getting players like Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, Jarvis Landry, and Damarious Randall. Free agency started just one day ago and the Browns have already made a statement for next year. With an entire league of players still available, the Browns may have a playoff run coming.

El Diamante Basketball Season Recap


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The 2018 Miner’s Men’s Basketball team sure did make the most of what started as a shaky season. The Miners finished out the 2017-2018 season with a spark of life, edging into the playoffs and pulling off a first round of Central Section Playoff upset against the five seed Monache Marauders.

The Miners started the season kind of rough with a 2-6 start to their campaign.  The Miners although did manage to go even with a (5-5) WYL record, but coming short of .500 in  the record book going (12-17) overall. The Miners had a multiplicity of tough road games and finished (2-7) away.

The Miners are losing a big part of the system,as their four year varsity point guard, Jake Gonzales is done wearing Miner green. He is undecided on his basketball future next  year at the collegiate level, but is more than capable of doing so.The Miners will bring back offensive threat with guard Lorenzo Quintana coming back as a senior next season. The guy was clutch and rose to become a threat in the Miner’s arsenal of three point shooters.

The Miners played great at the end of the year and managed to grind out  some incredible wins and went to the quarterfinals of the DII Central Section Playoffs. Coach Jerome Guzman should be ready for next season, not losing too much and getting his first year as the Miner’s head coach. I am extremely proud of this year’s squad, and excited for what is to come of this up and coming program.

Iceland’s Proposed Ban on Male Circumcision upsets Jews, Muslims

By: Michelle See

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Iceland is receiving backlash from religious communities about a proposed bill to ban non-medically requirement on male circumcision for babies. Icelandic progressive party MP Silja Dögg Gunnarsdottir said, “Those procedures are unnecessary, done without their informed consent, non-reversible and can cause all kinds of severe complications, disfigurations and even death.”  But then, Silja said, “ A child should be old enough to give informed consent for the procedure and defended the proposed ban as being about protecting children’s right, adding that it would not go against the religious right of their parents.”


One in three men globally is estimated to be circumcised, with the majority for religious and cultural reasons. If the ban were to come effectively, it will be a “violation to the right of religious freedom,” according to Imam Ahmad of the Islamic Cultural Centre Of Iceland and estimates the Muslim community to have at least 2,500 members.


The health benefits of circumcision include lower risks of acquiring HIV, genital herpes, human papillomavirus and syphilis. Circumcision also lowers the risk of penile cancer over a lifetime; reduces the risk of cervical cancer in sexual partners, and lowers the risk of urinary tract infections in the first year of life. However, the study also found that the procedure poses risks such as “bleeding and swelling.”


The new bill in Iceland, where female circumcision was banned by law in 2005 was put forward by representatives from four of Iceland’s political parties. It is “uncertain” when discussions on the bill about boys will conclude and what the outcome of the vote will be.

NBC Apologizes to South Koreans for Offensive Comments




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In the Pyeongchang Opening Ceremony, reporter Joshua Cooper Ramo discussed the significance of the games to Korea with Katie Couric and Mike Tirico, but offended many in his attempt. He said,”every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.” This comment raises so much controversy because of the brutal treatment inflicted on Korea from Japan’s harsh colonial and imperialist rule. Not only is it offensive, but called inaccurate by many other viewers. In response, thousands of people signed a petition demanding an apology from NBC news. This same topic has sparked controversy among Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who almost didn’t attend the Olympics because of Japan’s refusal to apologize for their ruthless actions to Korean women. This is not the only remark the commentator made that caused an uproar. He also said that these next few Olympic games will be an opportunity to experience “Asian cultures”, referring to these games in South Korea, the 2020 games in Japan, and the 2022 games in China. Some see this as inaccurately portraying that all Asian cultures are similar, just because they are Asian. To some, it seems to undermine the complexity of these different cultures. Consequently, Joshua Cooper Ramo has been reassigned.