Shaved Head Controversy


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A girl of the age of fourteen decides to shave her head to help raise money for a local charity called Little Princess Trust that makes wigs for children with severe illnesses. Her school has an “extreme haircuts” policy and the length of her hair had to be one centimeter to be able to attend class. The girl’s name is Niamh Baldwin. Anneka Baldwin, her mother, believes that what her daughter did is brave and honorable and should not be shamed by the school. Mounts Bay Academy has a specific room named the “inclusive room” for students who have haircuts that are classified as “extreme haircuts”. Most schools in the UK have the same policy on extreme haircuts and have included their policy on their school website. Niamh Baldwin’s family believes that she should not have been shamed for donating to a charity. Baldwin did not show up to school that Friday because she felt ashamed to show up to school. Should the school still enforce the extreme haircut policy when it is due to donating to charity? Or is the Academy correct in enforcing the policy no matter the circumstance?

Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop



By Jorge Salazar

Staff Writer


29 year old Brandon Freeman, a Visalia resident, was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer after he pulled over a driver who turned out to be an off duty cop, according to Visalia police department.

At about 11:45 p.m., the off duty sergeant was driving by Mooney and Cartmill avenue when Freeman, driving a 2008 white Buick sedan, turned on red flashing lights to signal the sergeant to pull over. However, the sergeant became real suspicious about the lights, so he continued driving. The sergeant contacted on duty officers to pull over Freeman’s vehicle.

Freeman is also being charged with other charges, however, those were not specified to the public.

There was also a passenger in Freeman’s car who was arrested as well. The passenger was arrested for the outstanding amount of felony warrants  he had.

Suspected kidnapper in Visalia




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On Saturday January 6th, the Visalia Police Department was dispatched to the 8900 block of West Goshen Avenue. Employees of ABLE Industries called 911 after noticing a van had been stolen from their parking lot.


While officers were on their way to the scene they learned that two employees of ABLE Industries were in the vehicle during the time it was stolen.


Officers later spotted the van and tried to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle did not stop. The suspect led the officers on chase. During the pursuit, officers learned that the two victims in the van were released shortly after it was stolen.


The chase was shortly called, outside of city limits. Visalia Police contacted other agencies so that they could keep an eye out for the suspect and vehicle.


The vehicle was later found near the  Kingsburg area at  Avenue 400 and Road 24. The vehicle is being processed for evidence.

Trump Tower on Fire

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A minor fire erupted in Trump Tower on Monday, with a billow of smoke hanging in New York. Secret Service agents first noticed the fire and contacted emergency authorities. The emergency received an enormous response with around 70 firefighters that quickly extinguished and controlled the fire within the hour. It is reported that the fire started when heaters in the cooling system on the exterior of the building erupted into flames. Unfortunately one firefighter was injured from falling debris while 2 other civilians came out with minor injuries from smoke inhalation. As the fire was on the top of the building, no evacuation was necessary. Also, no member of the presidential family was in the building at the time, as they recently went to Washington DC. Social media erupted with messages of worry but the fire ended up only being a minor blaze.The fire seemed more like a conflagration because the union of fire and water under cold temperatures created excess steam, making the fire look more severe. President Trump expressed his sincere gratitude and thanks to the firefighters on Twitter by writing,“The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!”

John Young, Ex-Astronaut Who Walked On Moon And Commanded 1st Shuttle Flight, Dies



By JUSTIN EVANS                 

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John Young was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in Orlando, FL. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952 with a degree in aeronautical engineering.


He joined the Navy, serving on a destroyer before becoming a pilot in 1959. Three years later he was chosen to be a NASA astronaut. He spent a total of 835 hours in space, NASA said. He served as chief astronaut from January 1974 until May 1987. He retired at the end of 2004.


Young, a NASA trailblazer whose six journeys into space included a walk on the moon and commanding the first space shuttle flight, died Friday after pneumonia complications, NASA said Saturday. He was 87 years old.


“NASA and the world have lost a pioneer. Astronaut John Young’s storied career spanned three generations of spaceflight; we will stand on his shoulders as we look toward the next human frontier,” NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said.


Young, a former Navy pilot, was a member of the second group of astronauts the space agency hired, brought aboard in 1962 to add to the original Mercury Seven who had been selected three years earlier.


He ended up as one of NASA’s most professional flyers, becoming the first astronaut to fly into space six times, and the only one to enter space in each of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs. He took part in the first manned Gemini mission with Gus Grissom on Gemini 3 in 1965. According to various media reports, Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich in his spacesuit, a move that didn’t sit well with NASA staff in Houston who worried about the crumbs.

Young had later commanded the first space shuttle flight, with pilot Bob Crippen, over three days in April 1981.

Former President George H.W. Bush had stated that Young was “more than a good friend; he was a fearless patriot whose courage and commitment to duty helped our nation push back the horizon of discovery at a critical time.”


“Barbara and I join our fellow Americans and many friends in the space community in mourning the loss of astronaut John Young,” Bush said in a statement. “To us, he represented the best in the American spirit — always looking forward, always reaching higher.

Egypt Mosque Attack


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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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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


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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.

Hit and Run


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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                 

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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.