Octomom’s Obscene Accounts for Welfare Fraud

by SONALI SAMA

Staff Writer 

With a reputation of previously being bankrupt, and experience in rehab for drug addiction, it is no surprise that Nadya Suleman (aka Octomom) has been an irresponsible mother of 14. Also, it is palpable that she would lie about her income in order to receive public aid. On January 6, Octomom was charged with three accounts of welfare fraud.

This middle-aged single mother failed to report her $30,000 income she had received from making personal appearances and videos. On January 6, she was taken into custody and bail was set for $25,000. If Octomom is convicted of fraud, she will face about six years in prison.

Information on the special appearances and videos Suleman starred in is not disclosed. However, we do know that in the past, she has been in porographic films, posed topeless for various publications, stripped and pole danced for a club, and participated in a boxing match with released criminals. Octomom participated in those events to support herself and her 14 children. When she had her octuplets, she was unemployed and needed money desperately.

On January 17, Suleman plead not guilty in court for her case. She denied any accusations of failing to list the earnings she had made from her porn video. She was then released from court, expected back in disposition court where she will attempt to work out a deal with the authorities to avoid a trial.

Nadya Suleman has gotten herself into a very messy situation, in which she could lose her 14 children. If Octomom goes to jail, she will be serving up to 6 years in federal prison. If she pays the amount required, she can get away with probation and community service. Either way, let’s just hope she learned her lesson: Cheating never benefits anyone.

The Day of Love

by ZOEY BLAND

Staff Writer

Love. A beautiful word. February is almost here… have you found your Valentine? Finding your special someone is one thing and trying to figure out what to get them and what to do on the actual day is another. Valentine’s day is such a great day to tell and show your loved one how much you truly love and care about them. This day of love only comes once a year so it is important to make it extra special.

There are several cute date ideas and so many lovely, sentimental gifts that you can give. When you think of any kind of holiday, you think of money. Everything seems to be so expensive nowadays. The great part about Valentine’s day is that you don’t necessarily have to spend money. A very sweet and heartwarming gift idea is to get a deck of cards and write “52 reasons why I love you” on the first card. After this, you will then write on each card, everything that you love about your special someone. This is a simple but cute way of showing the love of your life how special they are to you.

Food is another great idea for any holiday. A great date idea is to take your ‘honey’ out on a picnic date. To prepare this, you can make his or her favorite food and have it all ready, then you just need a blanket and a basket and you’re set to go. You can have a picnic pretty much anywhere, it just depends on how far you are willing to go. The park is always an option, the beach, the mountains, or if you and your sweetheart have a special place that you share together, that would be a perfect plan and a guaranteed heart melting moment.

Valentine’s day is a day for every hopeless romantic seeking to find their one true love. It is the perfect opportunity to take a risk and get under a love spell. Cupid is ready to shoot his arrows of love on this holiday! Love brings nothing but joy and happiness, you just need to find that special someone and you are set for life. So, grab some flowers, cook a little lovin’, and fall in love!

Martin Luther King: A legend

by RACHAEL FEIL

Head Editor

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This photo was created by RACHAEL FEIL.

The famous reverend, Martin Luther King Jr., was one of the most influential leaders during the African-American Civil Rights movement in the 60’s. An American pastor, activist, and humanitarian, he helped accelerate the shift towards integration by using non-violent civil disobedience, and consequently changed the lives of many.

MLK became involved with the fight for civil rights early in his career. He was in his twenties when he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, King discovered a perfect opportunity to start a movement. He started the bus boycott to make the public aware that African Americans were ready to make a change. All of his efforts were in pursuit of equality among all races and justice in the law.

Later, in 1957, MLK helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and served as its first president. With this organization he led an unsuccessful struggle against injustice in Albany, Georgia, in 1962, and instigated nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. These protests received national attention after scenes of a brutal police response were televised.

King was arrested on various occasions for his instigation and participation in the movement. One of these times was in Birmingham following one of his non-violent demonstrations against segregation. Police put him in the Birmingham City Jail for demonstrating without a permit. King was imprisoned for eleven days, and during this time he wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham” in response to local clergymen’s request for the blacks to end all demonstrations. In this letter, King argues that it was his moral obligation to disobey unjust laws, much like the famous writer Henry David Thoreau. African Americans had gone too long without having full citizen’s rights and MLK was brave enough to do something about it.

The next year, in 1963, he helped organize the March on Washington, where he delivered his famous and inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech. This speech brought hope among all the African Americans that one day, there would be equality among men. As part of his speech, MLK explained:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” -Martin Luther King-

MLK helped not only himself and his people, but all others that desired equality, both during his time and in the times to come.

For his work in combating racial equality through nonviolent measures, MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. His work did not stop there, however. In 1965, he and the SCLC arranged the Selma to Montgomery marches. He also expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War. In 1968, MLK was planning a national occupation of Washington DC, which would be called the Poor People’s Campaign, but that was interrupted when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee later that year.

Posthumously, MLK was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Because of his great influence, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a US Federal Holiday in 1986, a holiday that we celebrated as we had the day off from school last Monday. On all future Martin Luther King Jr. Days, let the day serve as a reminder of the greatness of him and his influence upon all generations.

Hotel Safety

by YAILIN LEDEZMA

Staff Writer

 

One of the most common businesses throughout the world is the hotel business. Hotels were made to make its occupants feel like they are at home. Yet, what most people do not know is that the typical hotels we see as we drive by on the freeway can have many health hazards, including bed bugs and dirty glass cups. Hotel hygiene is one of the most important things to think of when choosing where to stay, yet the most neglected.

 

Microbiologists have come to the conclusion that taking extra sheets or covers when traveling is the best way to go. Humans shed up to 1.5 million cells, so one could only imagine what is lurking between the sheets of a hotel bed.  But the worst part of hotel rooms happen to be the bedspreads, which in many cases are not ever replaced by room cleaners. Deep cleaning within rooms rarely happen, and duvets usually remain the same from guest to guest.

 

Germs surround every corner within a hotel. The shower floor, toilet, and even the sink happen to be some of the germiest parts when not disinfected. There have been hotel room studies that show the improper cleaning techniques and how they result in a large amount of germs that reside in a hotel room. These germs are mostly hiding in places that are hardly ever touched and never cleaned, including doorknobs, telephones, and the remote control. Because of these germs, colds or flus could spread easily to the next guests.

 

In Atlanta, a hidden camera proved the theory of the improper cleaning techniques true. A maid used the same gloves from cleaning the toilet to clean glasses. This violates health codes because it leaves germs in the cups for the next guests.

 

Although not all hotels require a checklist to keep rooms in order, we can hope the state codes can put some sort of stop to the bad cleaning techniques. If not, one should take extra precautions to make sure the next visit to a hotel is the best and cleanest so they can enjoy their stay and wish to return again.