Dia De Los Muertos Celebración


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The Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico that is celebrated for three days. The occasion starts on October 31 and lasts until November 2. November 1 celebrates the kids, but on November 2 it celebrates the adults; the Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration of those who have passed on.


Altars are made celebrating their loved ones and have items such as candles, marigolds, incense, salt, a photo of the deceased, pan de muerto, sugar skulls, fresh fruit, as well as other Mexican delicacies. Every item on the altar has a different meaning. Candles are lit to welcome the spirits back to their families the yellow-orange flowers, known as cempasuchitl, symbolize death. The strong fragrance emitting from the marigolds lead the way for the dead to return to their altars. Marigold petals may also be sprinkled on the floor in front of the altar, or even sprinkled along a path from the altar to the front door, so that the spirit may find their way inside. The most commonly used incense is copal, which is the dried aromatic resin from a tree that originates in Mexico. The salt represents the continuance of life, and the photo is usually placed as the centerpiece of the altar. Pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, symbolizes the departed. The sugar skulls represents death and the afterlife; these skulls are not only given as gifts to the living during the holiday, but they are also offerings. The fruit is usually what is in season such as oranges, bananas, or apples. Other foods that are placed on the altar include atole, mole, tamales, and tortillas. Typically, the altar also holds the deceased’s favorite foods that are not limited to only Mexican items, but can include common items such as rice krispies or potato chips.


The Day of the Dead is celebrated in homes or graveyards. During the week in most Spanish classes, they made items such as papel picado, colored skulls, and even altars for famous celebrities. The Day of the Dead is my favorite topic to learn and talk about in Spanish. There is a movie that is based on Dia de Los Muertos – it is called The Book of Life. The Book of Life is a very colorful, funny, and romantic movie about the Mexican holiday. Ultimately, the Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday where altars are made for the dead and the spirits can see their families once more.



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Candace Parker: underestimated and looked down upon, but when the time comes, she shows you what she  is truly about. She and her team, the Los Angeles Sparks, won their first WNBA title in many years. Many people, for many years, claimed she was not good enough and would not make the USA national team. Although she did not make the US team national team, Parker proved wrong those who doubted her wrong. Parker won both of the titles – Rookie of the year and Most Valuable player – all in one season. She was also selected to be on six All-WNBA teams and three All-Star teams. These are the biggest leagues in the country for women to be on. She is definitely one of the top players in WNBA history.


On a daily basis, Parker practices and pushes herself to prove people wrong and prove she is good enough.When the WNBA finals were around the corner , she practiced harder than she could ever imagine. Parker posted YouTube videos of her workouts to show people what she did and why she did it. In one of her videos, she mentioned that this was the year that the Sparks would win the title. When they won the WNBA finals, Parker put out a video dedicating her titles and the championship to her college coach. Despite all the efforts of her critics to underestimate her, Parker was able to clench two amazing titles and win the WNBA finals. Such accomplishments are highly esteemed, thus establishing her place as an outstanding player.

Is Jay Ajayi Contending For Rookie of the Year?


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Is Jay Ajayi the next big thing? He turned into only the fourth running-back in NFL history to run for back-to-back 200 yard games. The Miami Dolphins second year running back has made sure his name is now known. Many fantasy owners have quickly added him to their teams and has become one of the most consistent backs in the NFL.


Ajayi has an explosive speed and deadly cutting power, and when he breaks his blocks he is almost un-catchable. He was Drafted in the fifth round and is playing like one of the highest picks in the NFL draft. He has attracted attention from other coaches and is making a big impact.


Time will tell if this is a small burst or if he is earning his title as one of the best in the runners in the league. Ajayi is fighting for offensive awards around the NFL and his hitting the record books.

Raider Take Lead in AFC West


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Sunday, November 6th, the Oakland Raiders hosted the Denver Broncos in a battle for first place in the AFC West. Oakland hoped to make their statement against the defending Super Bowl champions that they are a new force in the AFC West.


Starting the game, Denver received the ball off of the kickoff. They were unable to get in Raider territory and were forced to punt. Oakland was able to get on the scoreboard first with 24 yard field goal made by Sebastian Janikowski. The Broncos could not put together a string of plays to get them in scoring position, leaving them scoreless. With just under 5 minutes remaining in the 1st, Janikowski made another field goal. This time from 29 yards which gave Oakland a 6-0 lead.


Opening the 2nd quarter, Oakland continued their strong play. They extended their lead to 13 after a 1 yard touchdown run from Latavius Murray. 7 minutes later, Denver put themselves on the board for the 1st time with a passing touchdown by Trevor Siemian to Jordan Norwood for 36 yards. Oakland with a lead 0f 13-7 fired back with one minute remaining. Latavius Murray scored for the second time again from 1 yard out. The lead now 20-7. As time expired, Brandon McManus made a 55 yard field goal to shorten the Oakland lead to 10.


The scoring picked back up in the 4th quarter after a strong defensive effort from both squads. Denver scored first with another field goal from McManus. The 44 yard field goal brought the Broncos within a touchdown. This was until Janikowski put the Oakland lead to 23-13 with a 35 yard field goal. After a quick Denver possession, Oakland got the ball back and Murray scored for the third time. A 1 yard run put Oakland in control with a lead of 30-13. Denver scored with 5 minutes remaining, but they were not able to get any closer.


Oakland put their talent on full display Sunday night, showing that they are the top dogs in the AFC West for now. These two teams will face one another in week 17 of the NFL season in Denver.

El D Girls and Boys Water Polo Both Succeed in The First Round in Playoffs


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The Lady Miner’s water polo team (25-3) took on the Tulare Union Redskins (16-15) in the first round of division 2 playoffs last Saturday morning. The Lady Miners are seeded number one, whereas the Redskins were ranked number nine.


The Lady Miners took an early lead in the first quarter with a score of 5-0. They only allowed two goals in the first half and were leading 8-2 at halftime. In the next half, the Lady Miners only allowed two more goals as they scored seven more.


The leading scorer was Makenzie Huskey with six goals. They won the game with a score of 15-4.


The men’s water polo team (16-10) also took on the Monache Marauders (14-12). El D is ranked number four and the Marauders were ranked number five.


The Miners started off the game with a three goal lead five minutes into the first quarter. The Marauders scored two goals in the last minute of the first quarter making the score 3-2. Throughout the second quarter, the Miners managed to sustain a two goal lead over Monache. That lead extended to four goals and the Miners were up 10-6 at halftime. The Miners managed to keep their four goal lead the majority of the third quarter. The Miners were up 13-9 at the end of the third. They kept their lead the whole fourth quarter won the game with a score of 14-11.


Leading scorers were Wesley Hatcher with four goals and Matt Hatcher, Mikey Diaz, and Brad Kampen who all had three goals.

College Football: Roll Tide vs. Tigers


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Saturday, November 5th, the #1 ranked and undefeated team, who are (8-0)  in division 1 NCAA football,  Alabama Crimson tide play the #15 ranked team the LSU Tigers who are (5-2) . This game is always one that everyone knows is going to be good and exciting to watch because it’s a rivalry game. These two have played 80 times and it all started back in November 18, 1895. The record between them both is 50-25-5. Alabama leads with wins over them and haven’t lost to LSU since 2012.


Coming back from a week off Alabama was just not there. In the first minutes of the game Jalen Hurts, their quarterback, threw an interception that was caught by LSU’s safety Jamal Adams. Alabama’s offense didn’t start off on a good note but their defends was a different story. Rushing D. Etling and not letting their running back Leonard Fournette go anywhere. Alabama caused their offense to kick a 49 yard field goal and LSU missed it.


The whole game was back and forth. Both teams playing amazing defense not letting anyone score. LSU caused Jalen to turnover the ball twice in the first half. Alabama went for a 50 yard field goal kick in the second quarter and just couldn’t get numbers on the board.


The whole half was 0-0 both were fighting hard for a win. In the fourth quarter finally someone got numbers on the board. Jalen Hurts was get rushed and he ran for a touchdown in the first minutes of the 4th quarter. LSU tried to comeback and score but they threw an interception. Alabama fighting to get another touchdown but end up going for a field goal.


The game ended with Alabama a win and being undefeated still winning 10-0.

Is Commercial Hypersonic Flight Worth Funding?


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The last use of hypersonic flight was around 1967. The speed was mach 5.7, 5.7 times the speed of sound. This set a record for top flight speed that still stands today. The flight time between New York and Los Angeles takes “The same 4.5 hour flight as it did 30 years ago” (Messier). According to Livescience writer Douglass Messier, the field of aviation has remained fairly stagnant over the past 30 years or so.


Recently, however, there have been breakthroughs in the field of aerospace. The issue with this, is that NASA will need sufficient and continuous funding from the government in order to continue working on these advancements.


A possibility that can occur with the funding of this aerospace program is the beginning of hypersonic flight in commercial airplanes. In a world that is so reliant on things moving quickly, this would greatly increase the efficiency of air travel. Hypersonic flight is not used commercially, as a result of the creation of sonic booms that disturb people on the ground. The advancements in aerospace, however, are finding ways to greatly reduce the magnitude of these sonic booms, and make it more friendly to the population on the ground.


Currently, hypersonic flight is banned for the disturbances the sonic booms produce; however, there is a solution that can soon be implemented. NASA is looking to change this by giving a contract to Lockheed Martin, who has an experimental design for aircrafts to significantly reduce sonic booms


This state of being on the brink of a new technology also has the potential to call for another space race. Bedke believes that, “It is inevitable that hypersonic technologies are going to happen. It is not inevitable that we will be the first country to do it first”. This, in itself, has the potential to influence the government into putting research and funding into this technology.


The idea of advancing in the fields of science has always been a plus for me, and I strongly believe in the progress of technology. The decision on whether or not we should fund the research for hypersonic commercial flight is an easy yes that poses many obvious advantages. The main advantage is the dramatic decrease in flight times around the world. With things moving faster than ever, flight times reducing would be a great aid in business and government meetings along with general public conveniences. It would be an achievement for the United States to achieve this mode of travel and pioneer hypersonic flights. It is a way of causing progress in the field of science which, to me, is always an acceptable priority. This is enough to make it viable to fund this program and begin the acceleration in hypersonic flight research.

YEEZY 2020?


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With our country in the hands of someone like Donald Trump, who has very little political experience, what’s stopping someone like Kanye West from becoming president in 2020?


Last year at the 2015 MTV Music Awards, Kanye declared, “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” At the time, Trump had recently announced that he would be running for his party, and  just like Kanye’s candidacy announcement, people took it as a joke. Nobody thought Trump, a reality TV star, was going to make it much further, but somehow he won his party’s vote.


The face of this country has changed overnight. YEEZY 2020 suddenly seems possible. If Donald Trump survives his term without being impeached, then the Democratic Party needs to match the Republicans’ Donald Trump with Kanye West.


No longer will we look to someone who has experience with politics, but instead to someone who can voice their opinion. Instead of a presidential debate discussing issues in this world, would it just become a reality TV show on steroids? Four years is a long time from now, but honestly if it comes down to Kanye and Trump, my vote goes to Kayne.

European Music Awards 2016


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The MTV 2016 EMAs were held on November 6, 2016. The EMAs were located at Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands and were hosted by Bebe Rexha. There were many different categories, as well as nominees. Each category had five or six nominees.The categories were Best Song, Best Video, Best Female, Best Male, Best New Act, Best Pop, Best Electronic, Best Rock, Best Alternative, Best Hip Hop, Best Live Act, Best World Stage Performance, Best Push Act, Biggest Fans, Best Look, Global Icon, Best UK Act, Best Danish Act, Best Finnish Act, Best Norwegian Act, Best Swedish Act, Best German Act, Best Dutch Act, Best Belgian Act, Best Swiss Act, Best French Act, Best Italian Act, Best Spanish Act, Best Portuguese Act, Best Polish Act, Best Russian Act, Best Romanian Act, Best Adria Act, Best Israeli Act, Best African Act, Best Indian Act, Best Japanese Act, Best Korean Act, Best Southeast Act, Best Chinese and Hong Kong Act, Best Australian Act, Best New Zealand Act, Best Brazilian Act, Best Latin America Northern Act, Best Latin America Central Act, Best Latin America Southern Act, Best US Act, and Best Canadian Act.


The nominees that won are Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Zara Larsson, Fifth Harmony, Martin Garrix, Coldplay, Drake, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, DNCE, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Little Mix, Benjamin Lasnier, Antti Tuisku, Alan Walker, The FOOO Conspiracy, Max Giesinger, Broederliefde, Emma Bale, Chlyklass, Amir, Benji & Fede, Enrique Bunbury , David Carreira , Margaret, Therr Maitz,  Andra, S.A.R.S., The Ultras, Wizkid, Prateek Kuhad, One Ok Rock, B.A.P., Dong Nhi, G.E.M., Troye Sivan, Broods, Anitta, Paty Cantú , Maluma, Lali, and Ariana Grande. All of these nominees won an award for one of the categories in different regions as well.


The nominees that received the most awards were Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. The nominees that received the most nominations were Justin Bieber and Beyoncé. Once I saw the commercial for the EMAs, I was excited because it said that Shawn Mendes was performing, and I absolutely love his music. I really did enjoy watching the EMAs on Sunday November 6, 2016. My favorite performances were Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars, and DNCE. In the end, the MTV  European Music Awards 2016 were very entertaining. I loved that I got the chance to see Shawn Mendes win two awards and hear him sing one of my favorite songs, ‘’Mercy,’’ from his new album Illuminate.

Penguins Need To Find Chill


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Twitter has recently blown up over a penguin family being torn apart by an affair in the family. The meltdown begins when the husband comes home to find his wife cheating on him with a new penguin, and from then on, the ice breaks.


The three-minute clip begins with the narrator commenting that “life here is good here,” showing thousands of little penguins waddling on the shoreline. However, the narrator also explains that “ this penguin has come home to his wife with another penguin,” and not long after, two male penguins confront each other, battling until one of them has the advantage.


Unlike other members of the bird family, penguin wings are strictly bone, which makes a hit feel like the blow of a baseball bat. The angry male penguin decides to bludgeon the other male repeatedly, in hopes of regaining his dignity and family back. But to no avail, the female takes her new spouse and waddles back into her home. The husband still does not give up; he follows them into the house and drags the home-wrecker, attempting to peck his eyes out. At the end of this war, the battered male makes one last plea to his spouse, but she does not answer. So the male waddles away, lonely, bloody, and sad, without his family or his pride.