Remembering Woodstock ‘69


Staff Writer

Today, we live in a world of musical technology. With a simple press of a button, you can create a beat that can end up having millions of views on social media. But what about back then? Without social media? You may not have been alive, but in 1969, the legendary music festival, Woodstock, intrigued more than 400,000 people. In only a time span of three days, different cultures, races, and bands all came together to create the greatest music festival of the decade. From the opening act of Richie Havens to the closing with Jimi Hendrix, the festival was filled with music, laughter, and peace.

With 400,000 people, something bad was bound to happen. However, out of 400,000 people, only 2 were pronounced dead, as one had died from a heroin overdose, the other one was ran over by a tractor. Births? It’s recorded that there were two women going into labor during the festival, but there is no proof that there were any babies specifically born on the field in Bethel, where the festival was hosted.

It rained, the ground was muddy, and hippies were packed on the overcrowded field, but the music still played on. It was a legendary and diverse set list of bands from 1969. Performers like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix jammed to their best songs on stage. Some bands were more experienced than others, and some were just getting started. Either way, it was a perfect combination to bring people together in the world of music.

Woodstock ‘69 is still considered one of the most legendary music festivals of all time. Drake, Rihanna, or Beyonce might not have been there, but as we look back on it, sometimes the best kind of music involves a simple strum of an electric guitar.

SCICON Counselor Experience


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On Friday, October 14, 2016, I was selected to be a counselor for SCICON. I left for SCICON October 17, and returned on October 21. On Monday morning, my parents drove me to Houston Elementary School at 7:30 am, and I did not leave from the school until 9:15 am. I got to SCICON at 10:45am and had to help unload the luggage from the bus. After we unloaded the bus, all the counselors had to check in and sign up, make a name tag, play a name game, and turn in our phones until Friday. Next, we had to take a tour of the school and then get trained and listen to a presentation. Then it was lunch time and we got to know what cabin we were going to be in and the twelve kids’ names as well. When my friends and I got the cabin papers with student’s names on it, they were happy and I was surprised because while they got a girl’s cabin, I got a boy’s cabin! I did not really get to talk to my  friends for the rest of the week after Monday because they were in the girl’s village and I was in the boy’s village.  


However, while I was at SCICON, I got to see my aunt who I had not seen in a long time and enjoyed her hard work for our meals up there. My schedule for the week was; games on Monday; homework time on Tuesday morning, and a trail in the afternoon on Tuesday; a morning trail and an afternoon trail ride on Wednesday; and on Thursday was the elective trail and I did Sky Trail. We had a fancy dinner afterwards  and also performed our cabin cheer.


I got to meet new friends from other schools and my school as well and the boy counselors were very helpful and nice to me . I really enjoyed getting the chance to get selected to go to SCICON last week and receive a new experience, not just for me, but also for the students. My favorite trails I went on were the Astronomy , Museum , Aquatics, Tree Nursery, and Sky Trail. My favorite activities were the songs we learned and sang , the games, the campfire, and line dancing. However, I was not very happy to get a cabin full of twelve boys, but I learned to get along with and attached to them by the end of the week. I got two boys that were homesick and I helped them get over it and gave them great advice. The first day the boys did not listen to me, but as the week went along they respected and obeyed me and we became friends. My boys wanted me to sign their autograph books and they were crying while saying goodbye. They also gave me hugs.


Finally, the end of my experience came and I left SCICON. In conclusion, I had a great experience as a counselor at SCICON and got back to Houston Elementary School at 1:30pm. I was happy to see my family on Friday and they showed me how much they missed me all weekend. In the end, I hope I get the chance to go again next semester!

Who Still Doesn’t Know?

By: Esmeralda Molina

Staff Writer


The story of the first missing child on the milk carton is back. In 1979, six year old, Etan Kalil Patz, was walking to school, but never made it. His teacher noticed his absence, but did not report it. When he did not come home that day, his mother called the police. This was the crime that shattered Manhattan’s sense of safety.


Etan was declared legally dead in 2001.


In 2004 Jose Antonio Ramos was declared at fault for Etan’s death, but was never prosecuted criminally for it. When Ramos was first questioned, he stated that on the same day Etan disappeared, he took a boy back to his apartment to rape him, but he later sent him on his way on the subway.


In 2010, the case reopened. After four days of searching the basement near the Patz home, the police found nothing conclusive.


On May 24, 2012, Pedro Hernandez confessed to murdering six year old, Etan Patz. Hernandez was born in Puerto Rico and arrived in the U.S. in 1970. By 1979, he was working in a bodega in New York. Hernandez told the police he saw Etan walking to his bus stop on May 25, 1979, and offered him a soda.


Etan followed Hernandez into the bodega. It was then that Hernandez claims to have strangled Etan, then later threw him in a garbage can.


According to his family, Hernandez has been talking about his killing of a little boy in New York since the event took place, but they did not think much of it because of his past with mental problems.


Hernandez was charged with second degree murder, and authorities continued the search to find evidence to support his confession.


The case has now opened once again, with the question of who can sit on the jury bench for this trial. The new argument made falls into the category of having made a false confession because of his mental illness. The defense attorney brought Hernandez’s problem up to show the public what went through his head on the day Etan was killed.

Japanese Suicide Note


Staff Writer


On October 23, 2016, a man was  killed and three people were injured in a gruesome explosion in a Japanese park on Sunday afternoon. A suicide note was found stuffed inside the sock of a 72-year old resident of Utsunomiya, Japan, local police told CNN, after he was blown apart by an explosive device.


The incident took place near the parking lot of Joshi Park, in Utsunomiya, where a festival was being held. Utsunomiya Police told CNN they received emergency calls saying a man was burning, and when they arrived they found metal pieces in the area and a severely damaged body. A number of locals reported hearing at least one explosion on Sunday, which left two nearby cars on fire. Utsunomiya Fire Department officials told CNN that both cars were destroyed in the fire while a nearby building was also partially burned.


Apart from Kurihara, three other people were injured in the explosion on Sunday, two of them are in critical condition. Local police confirmed that a 64-year-old man suffered a head injury and possible ear-drum rupture, while a 58-year-old man suffered lung and liver damage. A 14-year-old boy was also injured in the blast, but only lightly, according to authorities. Local media reported Kurihara was a retired Self Defense Forces officer. Police confirmed his home had also caught fire earlier that day.

Governor Brown’s Vision of A Clean Future in California

Kobe Hernandez

Staff Writer

On September 8th, 2016, Governor Brown of California signed a legislation that would cut down on greenhouse gas emissions to prevent further global warming. “What we’re doing is farsighted, as well as far-reaching. California is doing something that no other state has done,” Governor Brown stated as he signed the legislation at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles.


Also, according to the Los Angeles Times, the legislation, SB 32, requires the state to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. This is a daunting task for the state due to the amount of the cut down. Our greedy corporations would most likely not allow changes to their companies, and residents here would not bother to spend their valuable time to care.


According to the Lawrence National Laboratory, they state that our current policies will only get us halfway there. So with luck the government, and California in general, will approve some of the new policies coming our way in the future.


Some of the other aspects that are needed are new, cleaner technological advances, an increase in solar power, and an increase of electric cars along with statins for them. These are some of the things that can help delete decrease on greenhouse gas emissions.


Governor Brown and others are skeptical of reaching the goals, but they are still hoping to reach them anyways. Also, Governor Brown hopes that this aggression and determination will help influence other states and countries as well. He is proud that the U.S. is becoming close to number one in climate pollution reduction.


Finally, Brown hopes that he can change the minds of Republicans and businesses on this issue, but of course this is uncertain. In the Los Angeles Times article on this topic, they state, “Brown said he would have additional leverage to persuade businesses to support an extension of cap and trade. Otherwise, he said, the state would rely on less flexible policies to reach its emissions goals.”


The goals on reducing climate change here in California seem doubtful and uncertain. However, Brown believes that this is very possible and hopes that the government and businesses will help him. Brown and his followers hope the best for the future of the U.S., and is not afraid to set goals to accomplish them.

Was Paul Pogba Worth All the Money?


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Paul Pogba, arguably the best upcoming star in the soccer world, was bought for a record breaking one-hundred sixteen million dollars by Manchester United. He had played at Juventus before being signed  by United. Pogba was in top form, attracting attention from all of the World Class clubs. Pogba, plays midfield, is a fantastic dribbler, and one of the best distance shooters in the world. Yet, after all that money spent on him, he has not been living up to his hype.


Pogba has played in eight games, but has only scored one goal on twenty-five shots. Granted, he plays midfield, but a lot more was expected from him. He and his manager, Jose Mourinho, are planning on incorporating him in more of an attacking position. With all of the money and hype surrounding him, fans are disappointed in what they have seen so far, and are even regretting the transfer. It was a big change for him to transfer from the Italian League to the English League, as he has to get used to a new environment, new teammates, and new players. It will take some time to adjust to all of that and for him to also figure out where he belongs out on the pitch.


Fans should not be worried about his talent and whether he was money wasted. The twenty-three year old has a bright future and a lot of potential still to be discovered. Only time will tell, but he has potential to be one of the best players to ever play the game. He is already one of the most talented all-around players and is only going to get better. He is such a prolific goal scorer from outside the box, he dribbles with such class, he is so pacey on the ball, and a great defender. He could almost play anywhere on the pitch.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere


Staff Writer


After almost eight months of waiting for the season seven premiere of the hit show, The Walking Dead, fans are devastated to find that the long loved character, Glenn Rhee, played by Steven Yuen, and Abraham Ford, played by Michael Cudlitz, were the victims of the shows current villain, Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The season six finale ended with a major cliff hanger when an anonymous victim is beaten with Negan’s barbed wire baseball bat called “Lucille” in the first person point of view.


Based on the comics by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead is about a zombie epidemic that spreads throughout the whole world with the walking dead (walkers), dominating the world while the living try to survive to keep the human race alive. The show stars actor Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, and has a massive fan base from both the comic books and the T.V. series.It is available to watch on AMC with new episodes on Sunday nights.


Steven Yuen’s character had been on the show since the very first season, and has grown to be a huge part of the series, as well as Michael Cudlitz’ character, Abraham, who first appeared on the show in season four. Fans of the comic books have always known that Negan’s victim had been Glenn, but fans of the series knew that the writers of the show like to bend the rules on the shows characters and how they get put down.


As fans are still devastated over the loss of their favorite characters, the fan base is still excited for the shows future conflicts and how the remaining characters will handle them. You can catch The Walking Dead on Sunday nights on AMC.

California Tour Bus Crash Kills 13


Staff Writer

On Sunday, a tour bus was returning to Los Angeles on the Interstate 10 highway from Red Earth Casino. A little over an hour after the tour bus had left, it collided with the rear of a tractor trailer. The incident took place near Palm Springs.


“There were no skid marks from the bus at the time of the collision,” Californian Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele stated to CNN reporters. There was no attempted break made by the bus according to CNN reporters.


The crash victims consisted of twelve passengers, and the driver himself. Most of the victims who were announced dead were sitting near the front of the bus. The driver was identified as Teodulo Elias Vides. There were forty-four total passengers on the bus, thirty-one of which were immediately taken to hospitals, including the driver of the tractor trailer, Bruce Guilford.


Most the passengers were of Hispanic descent; most of who perished were reportedly asleep during the crash.


“In almost 35 years, I’ve never been to a crash where there’s been thirteen confirmed fatalities,” reported Abele to New York Times.


The bus was noted as going faster than the speed of traffic. It was stated that traffic, including the tractor trailer, were slowed due to the maintenance crew working alongside the road. “The bus was traveling significantly faster than the tractor trailer that it struck from behind,” Abele told CNN reporters on Sunday. The bus was reportedly inspected in 2014-2015 and recently in April. No mechanical problems were discovered. This has been the deadliest Californian crash in recent years.