Firefighter Adopted The Baby He Helped Deliver

By EMILY CARRILLO

Staff Writer

 

On November 11, 2011 everything changed for Marc Hadden that day. He received a medical emergency while working with the medical unit regarding a pregnant woman in labor. Hadden and his partner helped the woman in the ambulance after arriving at the scene where she began to give birth. At the time this was Hadden’s very first time taking charge of a delivery.

 

After they had called for backup, the mother and her newborn child were rushed to the nearest hospital for medical care. Later on after they had arrived at the hospital, Hadden had overheard that the mother wanted to put her baby girl up for adoption. Although Hadden and his wife were very fortunate to have their two sons, they were unable to have any more children due to medical complications.
Later on that day, Hadden introduced himself to the mother of the newborn baby and told her about his family and why they wanted to adopt the little girl. After they brought the baby girl home, they named her Rebecca Grace Hadden after Hadden’s wife. Lately she has been going by the name “Gracie”.

Our Ancient Ancestors Reveal More About Their Past

by KOBE HERNANDEZ
Staff Writer

 

In recent science news, scientists have just uncovered an amazing discovery of our ancient ancestors, the neanderthals. Scientists recently analyzed four neanderthal fossils in the Belgium’s Spy caves. After the scientists analyzed the DNA from the fossils, they discovered woolly rhinoceros and sheep in their teeth. This means that these individuals hunted and ate sheep as well as rhinoceros. Scientists believe that this makes sense because back in their day they lived in grasslands. This was really a breakthrough because we now know what their diet was, and we also know where we got some of our methods of eating from as well.

Also, there was another breakthrough that we uncovered from the fossils. The individuals had plaque, which isn’t surprising. However, one in particular had something else. This unique individual who was named El Sidron had abscess, which is a pus-filled infection. Also, he even had a stomach germ that causes a diarrheal disease and other germs that causes gum disease. Finally, El Sidron had plant DNA from poplar trees which is an ingredient for a modern day painkiller known as aspirin. This indicates that neanderthals used to treat themselves of infections to stay alive.
This is not the only thing that we uncovered about neanderthals in the past. We discovered that they had human DNA, which is a good sign that we evolved from them, they used ancient tech skills to build things like weapons and even shelter, and a neanderthal wearing ancient jewelry made from bones. Not only that, they seemed to have relatives from Europe and Australasia (lands in the South Pacific that include Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and a host of nearby islands). All of this evidence seems to point to the fact that we evolved from neanderthals, but in time we may finally have the truth of our human heritage.

Museum Heist

by AUBREY REBELO

Staff Writer

 

Early Monday morning, Berlin police discovered that a two hundred and twenty pound gold coin disappeared into the darkness of night. The coin sat behind bulletproof glass in Berlin’s Bode Museum for seven years.

 

Since December 2010, the gargantuan coin amazed the museum visitors, who admittedly could not imagine the absurdity of transporting such a weighty chunk of money. “The coin was stolen last night,” museum spokesman Markus Farr told reporters. “It is just gone.”

 

How it was stolen remained a mystery Tuesday morning. Berlin police stayed very quiet on the museum heist, offering only a few details. The museum’s back wall faces passing railroad tracks, about four yards above the tracks is a window leading to the museum, which police found open. Near the open window, they found a ladder that may have been used in the robbery, police stated.

Avalanche In Japan Kills Eight, Injures Others

by KHALANI GARAY

Staff Writer

 

Tragedy struck Monday, March 27, 2017, at a Japanese ski resort. A total of seven high school students and one teacher was killed after being caught in an avalanche. Poor weather conditions hampered rescue efforts by crews originally as they failed to reach the Nasu Onsen Family Ski Area, a small ski slope on the side of Mount Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture, about 200 kilometers north of Tokyo.

 

The students were a part of a mountaineering club and had been taking part in a climbing event when the avalanche occurred. In total, sixty-two teachers and students were participating in the lesson and forty-eight of them were in the area when the avalanche happened. Forty people were hurt as well, two sustaining serious injuries. Thirty-two students and teachers were able to get down the slope safely.

 

Over a foot of snow fell in the Nasu highlands region between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to data supplied by the Japan Meteorological Agency. They had issued an avalanche advisory for the region as well. Snow showers are expected to continue through Monday and into Tuesday as well. Police had initially reported that there were eight students feared dead, but they have since revised their estimate.

Harmful Makeup Products

By: CELINA ARZOLA

Staff Writer

 

Over the past few years, scientists have discovered chemicals, heavy metals, and bacteria turning up in everyday makeup products, skin creams, and hair styling products. One in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals which include: skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disruptors, and are carcinogenic. Carcinogenic products have been known to link directly to cancer just like Carbon Black, a dark pigment used in eye makeup.

 

Foundations, BB creams, primers, or tinted SPF creams, should be all natural, since the skin absorbs a lot of what is put onto it.  However, these products often include parabens, which has been linked to cancer, that can often lead to health issues. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast. They do more than that. Parabens also possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They are mainly found in makeup products, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, and facial cleansers.

 

According to a recent piece by The New York Times, “Millions of women and girls apply lipstick every day. And not just once: some style-conscious users touch up their color more than 20 times a day.” A recent study also found that “a wide range of [lipstick] brands contain as many as eight other metals, from cadmium to aluminum.” Besides endocrine disruptors like propylparaben, other harmful substances in typical department store and drugstore lipsticks are tocopheryl acetate and retinyl acetate, which usually exists in nanoparticle form. Nanoparticles have been shown to cross the cell barrier and drive into organs, including the brain in humans, where they can cause long-term oxidative damage.
Millions of teenage girls wear makeup and use hair styling products on a daily basis. Year after year, manufactures produce new products in both makeup and hair products, yet not one of these teenager girls or their mothers take the time to see what their precious daughters are putting on their skin or using in their hair. Many women in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s use skin creams to help with wrinkles, crows feet or just to help keep them looking young, yet most of those women don’t take the time to take notice of the ingredients of the creams they put on their skin.  With all the bad ingredients in women’s everyday products, every woman and girl should be aware and take precaution to what they are putting on their face and body.

Of Monsters and Men

KIERSTYN WILBOURN

Staff Writer

 

Forming in 2010, in the small town of Reykjavik, Iceland, five people formed one of the world’s most famous indie-alternative band: Of Monsters and Men. The band began their work in 2009 when lead vocalist, Nanna, wanted to add to her new solo project. A few more band members later and with a name everyone agreed on, the band was set.

 

My Head is An Animal (2011-13): Their first album was released in February 2011, and by August, Philadelphia’s radio began playing Little Talks which led the band to national popularity. As their fame grew, they signed with Universal for a worldwide release of their debut album and soon released My Head Is An Animal in the United States in 2012. The band has performed at several music festivals such as the Newport Folk festival, the Osheaga Festival, and even Lollapalooza in 2012. They also performed Little Talks and Mountain Sound on Saturday Night Live on May 4, 2013. In addition, Of Monsters And Men has contributed to several hit television soundtracks and their music was also used for an Iphone 5 advertising commercial.
Beneath the Skin (2014- Present): The band started to work on their new album in 2013, and in an interview, Nanna stated that an album would be arriving soon but did not give a release date. A teaser video to one of the tracks Crystals had been posted on March 16, 2015 along with the date for their album release, June 8, 2014. SInce then the band has yet to release any information on any upcoming albums and was included on Coachella’s 2016 lineup.

Logan

by SARAH SERRATO

Staff Writer
Logan came out on March 3, and it is a superhero movie based on the character “The Wolverine” played by Hugh Jackman. This movie is the tenth installment in the X-Men film series. It was directed by James Mangold, and the film is based on a past-his-prime Logan venturing on an adventure across the “future America”. They filmed in New Orleans, Mississippi, and New Mexico. People who have viewed it called it “one of the best films in the X-Men series!” This movie has made $300 million worldwide. The film takes place in the year 2029, and the mutants are on the brink of extinction. Logan spends his days as a chauffeur and hustles for drugs on the low. Since his powers are now starting to harm him, he has aged greatly and takes care of Professor Charles Xavier along with a colleague. Logan and other mutants he has met throughout his journey seek out for a new beginning. This movie is recommended for people who enjoy a good thriller and superhero movie.

We The Kings Concert

By EMILY CARRILLO

Staff Writer

 

On March 19, 2017, my friend Emily and I attended the We The Kings concert in Santa Ana, California. The show took place at the Constellation Room and ended up being a sold out show! We were the very first ones in line and waited in that line for a total of eight hours. It was well worth our time because I had the chance to meet Frankie Muniz from Malcolm In The Middle, as well as one of my favorite interviewers, Nick Major.

 

We managed to make plenty of new friends in line and had a lot of fun talking about music and how excited we all were to ee Plaid Brixx, Astro Lasso, Cute Is What We Aim For and We The Kings. Since My friend and I had VIP, we were allowed early entry into the venue and got front row! All of the bands put on an amazing performance and my friend and I sang every single lyric from the We The Kings set.
After the show, Emily caught Danny Duncan’s drumstick from WTK for me and we went to the merch table to buy a shirt. When we arrived at the merch table, we ran into Jordan Davis, the lead singer of Astro Lasso and we chatted with him about the tour. Afterward, we stayed after for the meet and greet for  We The Kings. We talked with band about how their music makes us really happy, how amazing their set was and how much we appreciate them. They were all really sweet caring and we can’t wait to see them again!

Astro Lasso, Plaid Brixx, and Cute Is What We Aim For

By EMILY DE MELLO

Staff Writer

 

At the We The Kings concert in Santa Ana on March 19th, we were fortunate enough to see the opening bands and meet most of them. Astro Lasso, a band that started playing live merely a month ago, was the first band to play in front of a crowd of two hundred people or so. The next was Plaid Brixx and right after that, Cute Is What We Aim For. All of the bands played so well and added to the excitement of the concert.

 

Astro Lasso performed some of their songs off of their new EP. They talked and interacted with crowd and ended up passing out some glowsticks, which could later be use as a discount at the merch. Plaid Brixx came right after and the lead singer was full of energy. He got the crowd jumping even if they never heard of them before. Cute Is What We Aim For took on a more political sound and used their time to spread positivity.
After the concert, we hung out around the merch stand and waited for our meet and greet with We The Kings. While waiting, Jordan from Astro Lasso was out talking with fans and we were able to steal some of his time and talk about how we appreciated his music. He was incredibly nice, even though he was sick, and we talked for a good ten minutes. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to talk to the other bands. All of their music is awesome to listen to if you’re looking for a more positive vibe. Their music can be found on YouTube or Spotify.

Beauty and the Beast

By SAVANNAH GARZA

Staff Writer

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017 was my little brother’s sixteenth birthday. We spent most of the day in Fresno. We went to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, ate at Famous Dave’s, went shopping , and went to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie.

 

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies. Beauty and the Beast came out March 17, 2017. The movie stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad.

 

Ever since I saw previews for the movie I was dying and counting down the days to see it. I love the story of Beauty and the Beast; a story about a prince who was cursed and transformed into a Beast as a punishment for his arrogance and who needs to learn how to love another in order to break the curse before the last petal falls. The beautiful Belle is imprisoned in his castle and he must learn to love her and gain her love in return or he stays a monster forever. Belle is the most beautiful girl in France and has stolen the heart of the handsome, cold-hearted, jerk Gaston.

 

I had high expectations about the new 2017 film. At first I could not get into the movie and I was not sure about Belle. Emma Watson will always be known as Hermione, but she surprised me as Belle. I liked how the new Beauty and the Beast had a twist to the story and new music. I thought Josh Gad was perfect for LeFou, even though throughout the movie I wanted him to start singing ‘’ In Summer. ‘’

 

I really liked Belle and ended up thinking Emma Watson was a perfect fit because she is a simple, but pretty girl. My favorite characters in the film were Belle, Beast, LeFou, Miss Potts, and Chip. The movie exceeded my expectations with flying colors.