How Much Does Aaron Rodgers Mean to Green Bay?

by MARCUS GARCIA

Staff Writer

 

 

Aaron Rodgers has been the Packers’ quarterback since 2008, and ever since Rodgers took over as the starting quarterback, the team has been a consistent playoff contender. Sadly, Rodgers went down with a severe collarbone injury and the Packers have completely fallen apart. Rodgers went down and their record without him has been 0-5. The Packers have placed Rodgers on IR and he is not set to return until week 15. The Packers are experiencing a significant struggle and hopefully Rodgers’ return can save them.

Egypt Mosque Attack

By ARJAN BATTH

Staff Writer

 

Egypt is in a state of mourning currently as over 300 lives were claimed on November 24th in the Egyptian city of Bir al-Abed as attackers barraged a mosque. It was the most fatal shooting to ever occur in Egypt.

 

The attack was carried out by many men said to be supporters of ISIS. The men positioned outside the mosque, heavily armed, and detonated a bomb. Their intention was to let no people flee, as they began shooting at people attempting to escape. Additionally, they burned cars so people couldn’t abscond and shot at ambulances attempting to aid people.

 

While most people are puzzled why Muslim radicalists would attack a mosque, there was a substantial reason.  The al Rawda mosque was Sufist,  which is a mystic branch of the Islamic faith. Radicalized Muslims see them as not following correct Islamic beliefs preached by their religion and consider them polytheistic because of their reverence of their saints. Not to mention, this isn’t the first attack on Sufis. Other Muslim groups have targeted their mosques and gatherings before.

 

Being the worst shooting in modern Egyptian history, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt, said that Egypt will “respond with brute force.” This is already evident as Egypt launched airstrikes at several terrorist outposts and the vehicles used in the attack with the people inside.

Gloria House

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By JENESSA SANCHEZ

Staff Writer

 

There is a new shelter in Visalia for teenage girls ages 14-17 who have been abused, exploited, or kicked out of their homes. This place is called Gloria House.

 

Gloria House started when Co-Founder Kathy Looper met a teenage girl who was on the verge of becoming a human trafficking victim again. The teenager was not safe at home and had no other place to stay, so she decided to run away and is still missing.

 

Looper said that there needed to be a place in an event of an emergency where teens can get help. The name Gloria House was named after another teen who took her own life.
Gloria House has showers and beds for the teen girls as well as food for them. This place is designed to give teen girls a place to stay and if they keep returning Looper said they will counsel them, and teach them life and relationship skills. One day they hope to open a boy’s shelter.

Royal Engagement

By PEYTON SMITH

Staff Writer

 

 

Prince Harry of Wales has finally put a ring on it: He is engaged to Meghan Markle. Ms. Markle is from Los Angeles, CA. Meghan Markle has been married previously to man for about two years and then divorced. Markle has some TV background, being a Deal Or No Deal Model and doing a couple TV shows here and there.

 

The royal couple has been dating for more than a year. Their first outing was in September in Toronto at the Invictus Games. How this royal couple came to be is through a blind date and the only thing she asked her close friend “Was he nice?” and the engagement came to be.  Both families are happy for the royal couple and are wishing them the best of luck. The wedding is set to be in the springtime after Princess Catherine has had her child, the due date is set around April. Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ecstatic for their future and are happily in love.

The End of the Beginning

by ZACHARIAH MCCORVEY

Staff Writer

 

 

Ironically, to every beginning there is an end.

The end of the beginning.

We all finish grade school…

The end of the beginning.

The first day of middle school, new ways of school, and life is changed.

The end of the beginning.

Most go through high school and think life is over, but…

It is just the end of the beginning.

Pressured to succeed in all that we do like failure is wrong, but what is life without adversity.

The period of the end of the beginning is a stress that we go through in all stages of life in one way or another.

In the beginning of the end you have a routine.

You have been there done that and are in the home stretch of a smaller or larger success.

In the end of the beginning you have a task of adversity in front of you rather than behind.

The End of the Beginning determines success

Those who pick up a routine and seem to just get whatever they are doing in the beginning of the end have a grasp and lead.

The faster we adapt and develop ways to succeed in the end of the beginning, setting yourself up for success makes the beginning of the end so easy.

Hit and Run

By ESTEBAN BARCENAS

Staff Writer

 

A man who survived the massacre shooting in Las Vegas was killed in a hit and run in Southern California. Roy Mclellan and was the age of 52, and was killed on November 17, 2017.  While walking 60 miles outside of Las Vegas in the town called Pahrump, Roy was hit by a Chevrolet Camaro which fled the scene.

 

Him and his wife had survived the Las Vegas shooting just 7 weeks before this new tragedy. Roy’s widow does not understand why death chased her husband down but she says, “I hope my husband found peace and that he is safe now”.

 

Roy is not the only one to die so recently after surviving a massacre. Another man by the name of Dennis Carver and his wife Lorraine Carver both died in a high speed car accident that drove them right into a fence. This world is really scary; not everybody is supposed to escape death.

Navy Ends Its Search For 3 Missing Sailors Lost at Philippine Sea

By JUSTIN EVANS                 

Staff Writer                 

 

The US Navy stopped the search and rescue mission to find three sailors who went missing after their plane crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday, a statement said.

 

One commander expresses,”Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70. “As difficult as this is, we are thankful for the rapid and effective response that led to the rescue of eight of our shipmates, and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication shown by all who participated in the search efforts,” said the Navy statement, which was released Thursday.

 

The Navy is withholding the names of the three sailors pending next of kin notifications.

 

The sailors were aboard a C2-A Greyhound transport plane that crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday afternoon.

 

A total of 11 crew and passengers were headed to an aircraft carrier when the plane crashed into the Philippine Sea around 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, the Navy said.

 

Eight people were rescued and are in good condition aboard the carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said.

 

Seven US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles in the search.

 

The aircraft was carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan to the carrier when the plane crashed about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa, Japan.

The Book Thief Review

By ARJAN BATTH
Staff writer

 

Markus Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief, is a creation of pure literary genius. The Book Thief follows Liesel Meminger, a young German girl in Nazi Germany, going to live with her destitute foster parents. As she struggles to navigate her new life, she awakens her profound love of reading. Soon, she befriends of a mischievous and charismatic boy, Rudy Steiner. However, because Liesel’s thirst for words cannot be quenched,  stealing becomes a normal occurrence. Her family begins hiding a Jewish boy, Max Vandenburg, from the Nazis. This significantly alters her life, as her and her family’s actions may have consequences in the tumult of World War II.

 

This book explores the importance of words in the world and how they can change entire societies, cultures, and even the world. The charismatic characters stay with readers long after the book’s confines.

 

Additionally, the book explores the greatness of friendship. Liesel has close relationships with many of the other characters and with people who see the world as she does. This book expresses the wonder of what friendship can do, and even the pain it can bring. Perhaps most importantly, it highlights that not all Germans were not supportive of the Nazi’s extreme beliefs and that some were still upstanding people.

Humans are Weird

By KIMBLEY BATES

Staff Writer

 

I can’t sleep.

I know that I only have four hours to sleep before a really long day of communicating with beings and with fixing things that other people broke. And I know that if I don’t sleep now, then I will probably be so tired by the end of my 18 hour-cycle shift that I will fall asleep where I stand, but whaatteveerrr.

My thoughts drift from one thing to another. Finally settling on the first day that I joined this crew on the ship.

 

I had came out of my Ship Repair class on top, having the fastest time of pretty much everything. Afterwards, I was stationed with a good crew before I got transferred to this one. First day, I was feeling really salty. I didn’t want to be transferred. I remember R’deel, walking up to me as I stalked onto the ship. He held his hand out to shake– a human gesture rather than his own species, a R’Oraag. I purposely disregarded it and walked past.

“I had notice that you were the best of your class, Human George.” R’deel said, making conversation.

“Nonsense, I am merely faster than my comrades, nothing more.” I informed him.

“I see. I have arranged for a pleasant tour of the ship for you to–”

“That is not necessary, I need only to see the engine room, I will begin repairs immediately.”

My new peer looked somewhat taken aback, but conceded with my wishes.

 

As the weeks went on, I made little effort to make conversation or even friends. I was the only human. Which sucked. After a time, the otherworlders on the ship stopped trying to talk to me in general, but none seemed particularly bothered that I was present, and went on with their own conversations. They were amusing to say the least but I never felt the need to join them. I had the feeling no one else wanted me to either. Although, I did make them new computers. I scavenged for parts and made some of the Karacks a computer, along with R’deel and R’sakas. They seemed to appreciate it and I was happy they were happy.

 

One day, there was an attack on the ship. Pirates. I was in the engine room and by the time they stormed in there, I was hidden behind a substantially sized barrel of oil and other minerals from a nearby planet. R’Cowd was not so lucky, though. He was near fainting, and the pirates saw him, holding him at plasma point against a wall. I came up behind them and managed to steal a small plasma shooter from their side sheathe, hitting both in their legs and enfeebling them. R’Cowd looked at me for a couple seconds and then actually fainted. I sighed. I pulled him behind the barrel, stole a big plasma shooter and then made my way to the control room. As quickly as I could, I hacked into the system of their interworld translators. I ran to where the pirates were holding my crew captive and I shot a few fireballs into the air.

 

“The first thing you should know is that I have control of your interworld translators, so everything your comrades says will sound like gibberish.” I yelled. They tried, and slowly panic settled in. “the second thing you should know is–” I shot a plasma ball inches to the head of the leader, “the next one goes in his chest.”

 

My crew stared at me. The pirates quickly ran off the ship and to their own. Minutes passed and once I made sure my crew was okay, I walked up to R’deel, ginning.

 

“Phew that was fun, are you alright?”

“Why?” He breathed. My grin faded.

“Why what?” I said.

“Why did you bother to save us? You could’ve kept hidden.” He said.

“I couldn’t have kept hidden, all of you guys were in trouble. Why would you ask me that??” I furrowed my brow and frowned.

“You have made no attempt to befriend us, Human George.” he said. “We were all working under the belief that you disliked us.” His expression looked angry. I felt like I’d been punched.

“I… you.. You don’t like me? I thought we were friends…” I could feel my eyes watering.

“You made no effort we just thought…”

“But I made you guys new computers.” I said. I could see that he didn’t understand. Of course, computers didn’t equal friendship. “I made you guys new computers.” He connected the dots. Why would I specifically make anything for anyone if I did not consider them friends. A minute passed before he said anything, and then he held his hand out.

“Greetings. My name is R’deel, and this crew welcomes you.” I suddenly noticed that the entire crew was around us, watching and listening. I let out a choked laugh and shake his hand.

“Hi, I’m george, and I appreciate your welcoming.”

 

And the rest is history.

I checked the time, and I had three hours and 56 minutes left to sleep. I closed my eyes and drifted off.