“Shania Twain Apologizes Over Trump Comments”

Saul Mendez

Staff Writer

Singer Shania Twain has apologized for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump if she had been able to vote in the 2016 US presidential election. The Canadian singer said on Twitter that she did not “hold any common moral beliefs” with Trump and regretted appearing to endorse him in an interview with the Guardian that was published Sunday. “I would have voted for him, because even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” the newspaper quoted her as saying. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bulls**t. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?” Twain said in her interview. But late Sunday the country star tweeted a four-part apology. “I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context ,” Twain said.

 

Man Arrested at Airport for Hiding Knife in Shampoo Bottle

By MARISOL GUZMAN

Staff writer

A Florida man tried to bring a knife on a plane by hiding it in a shampoo bottle. Gonzalo Gonzalez was flying out of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina when officials noticed something wrong with his bag on the scan. That’s when they noticed the knife in a mini shampoo bottle. The 72 year-old man was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon. Passengers are allowed to carry knives and firearms as long as the weapon is reported and in a check bag. Nobody knows why Gonzales brought this knife or even had it in the first place.

64 Pounds of Trash Kill Sperm Whale

By ARJAN BATTH
Staff Writer

 

A young sperm whale was beached in late February in Murcia, Spain. Recently, the necropsy has been released, and researchers have undoubtedly concluded that the 6 ton whale died from the consumption of 64 pounds of plastic and trash: bags, nets, and ropes. All of the synthetic waste clogged its digestive system and gave it gastric shock. This led to peritonitis, an infection, and its intestines ruptured, killing the whale.  

This is not the first time something like this has happened. All marine wildlife is at high risk. Scientists estimate that there are around 150 million tons of trash littering oceans. This number is predicted to steeply incline with 8 million tons of trash entering the seas annually. It is quite common to see marine wildlife (whales, fish, turtles) tangled in plastic or dead from eating garbage. Even more dangerous is “microplastic”, or small, infinitesimal pieces of plastic, littering the sea floor. Additionally, experts have discovered a large area in the ocean the size of Mexico, completely full of floating trash. In the future, the only way to limit these incidences is to educate the public. In Murcia, a campaign has been launched just in time for Earth Day to clean up its beaches and make it more safe for wildlife.

 

Richest People in the World

By DEVIN PRADO

Staff Writer

In our society we throw around a lot of big names, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk. These are names most if not all of us have heard at least once in our lifetime. These are some of the richest people in the world. Bill Gates, who formerly was the man with the highest net worth sitting at a whopping 90.5 Billion Dollars, was just surpassed by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon with a net worth of 125.7 Billion Dollars. Through recent purchases and business decisions, he was able to surpass him to become the richest man in the world, which is a very heavy title to bear. Both of these men have a massive accumulation of wealth. And, because of the way our world works, these are both very powerful men. They have more money than the average working person hopes to achieve. To most people it is crazy to fathom that much money. It brings up the question such as what would you do with it? How much would you donate? What if you get bored? These are the questions of a billionaire.

Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth To Baby Boy

By JUSTIN EVANS                    

Staff Writer           

 

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a new prince who is fifth in line to the British throne Monday Morning.

The duchess and Prince William drove to St. Mary’s hospital in London early in the morning, and the 8 pound, 7 ounce (3.8 kilogram) boy was born at 11:01 a.m., with royal officials declaring the birth to the world about two hours later.

In the afternoon, elder siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived  to meet their baby brother. Around 6 p.m., Kate emerged alongside her husband, wearing a red dress and holding the tiny royal highness wrapped in a white lace shawl.

Prince William announced the couple “very delighted” to the new addition to the family.

News of the royal birth came through announcements on Twitter, and also proclaimed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace with a framed notice perched on a golden easel.

 

Disney Disaster

By KIMBLEY BATES

Staff Writer

 

A Disney trip meant for 6,500 high school students was in jeopardy on the 18th of April, when a trailer loaded with Disney California Adventure tickets was stolen.

 

The trailer was set to travel from the office of the California Future Farmers of America Foundation, in Galt, to Anaheim, where the 90th annual California FFA leadership conference was taking place the next week. The four-day event for high school students includes job skills training, agricultural visits and a private event for attendees at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

 

But the foundation’s surveillance camera captured a man entering the group’s parking lot at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Bradley said. The man cut the lock on the trailer, attached it to his own dark, extended-cab pickup truck and drove away. The stolen trailer is a white, double-axle Wells Cargo trailer with the license plate 4KJ1127, he said.

 

Disney has voided the 8,000 stolen tickets and reissued new ones for the conference.

It’s not clear that the thief was looking for Disney tickets in particular. Reports say the man didn’t look inside the trailer before taking it.

 

The wristbands and the tickets were worth about $800,000 before they were voided. The trailer also contained AV equipment worth between $15,000 and $20,000 and FFA-branded merchandise including mugs, sweatshirts, picture frames and shirts worth about $12,000, she said.

 

The Disney tickets are now worthless, so people should be wary of buying resold admissions to the theme park.

 

“We recommend that guests purchase tickets only from Disneyland resort or an authorized retailer,” Jaeger said.

 

Luckily, the 90th state FFA Conference went on as expected and the FFA members still enjoyed a day at the happiest place on earth.

Nursing Schools Rejecting Thousands

By: Michelle See

Staff Writer

 

There’s a nursing shortage in the United States, but schools are turning down thousands of qualified applicants as they are struggling to expand class and hire more teachers for nursing programs. In America, experienced nurses are retiring, but there isn’t enough new nursing graduates to replenish the workforce. Robert Rosseter, said “There’s tremendous demands from the hospitals and clinics to hire more nurses”. “There’s tremendous demand from students who want to enter nursing programs, but schools are tapped out.”

 

There’s currently about three million nurses in the United States, and the country will need to produce more than one million new registered nurses by 2022 to fulfill health care needs. In 2017, nursing schools have turned away more than 56,000 qualified applicants from undergraduate nursing programs. But, going back a decade, nursing schools have around 30,000 applicants who met admissions requirements, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Rossester said, “The competition to getting into nursing school right now is intense and some of the applicants graduated High School with a 3.55 GPA or higher”.

 

35 years old, Ericka Kay is making her third attempt to get into a nursing program offered in a community college near where she lives in Southern California. She is already a certified surgical technician and a certified medical assistant. Kay said, “I’ve been working in health care since I was 21. This is my passion”. She has taken the standardized admissions test for nursing schools and applied to three community colleges but she didn’t get in. The average salary for a nurse practitioner is $97,000 compared to an average salary for $78,575 for a nursing school assistant.

 

Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, last year reduced the new admissions from 80 to 64 students being accepted twice a year into a two year associate degree in nursing program. “It changed from 10 students for one educator to 8 students. So we had to adjust our class size”, said Rebecca Myszenski, Dean of the Division of Health Sciences at Mott Community College.

Truth or Dare

By KIMBLEY BATES

Staff Writer

 

Starring: Aurora Perrineau, Brady Smith, Morgan Lindholm, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner, Sophia Taylor Ali, Gary Anthony Williams, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Lucy Hale,Tyler Posey, Violett Beane

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Genre(s): Thriller, Horror

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 100 min

Summary: A harmless game of ‘Truth or Dare’ among friends turns deadly when someone -or something- begins to punish those who tell a lie-or refuse the dare.

 

The Story(Without Spoilers): Olivia (Lucy Hale) and Markie (Violett Beane) are college students and lifelong best friends staring down their last year of higher learning. After Markie does some convincing, the duo, along with a group of friends, heads off to Mexico for one final spring break blowout.

All hell literally breaks loose when the gang is coerced by mysterious stranger Carter (Landon Liboiron), to visit a haunted castle in the middle of the night. There, Carter suggests they play a game of Truth or Dare. After the game starts, things are never the same.

Horror?: With some gore few and far between, this mild horror film is more about suspense and jump scares than than it is being about slaughter. If you have a weak constitution, you will be scared occasionally, but its short lived. At times, Truth or Dare plays like a teen romance, with a love triangle dominating the plotline. Personally, I find it weirdly amusing when the demon possesses people and does that distinctive smile/facial contortions.

Overall: This is a PG-13 teen horror flick that shows a lot of young adults being killed. It’s goal is just to provide mindless, violent entertainment for a couple hours, and it serves its purpose well.  The movie also keeps you guessing as to who meets the chopping block. If you have seen the trailer, then the movie is exactly what you would expect it to be. Appropriate to the targeted audience, the theaters were filled with, the majority, of young teenage girls. As such, the film was directed in a way that suited them. Regardless, if you’re looking for the next movie to make you tense up in your seat from fear, stay far away from here. Although if you want a film you can constantly get a laugh from, Truth or Dare may be right up your alley.

South Koreans Dare to Hope of Once Unthinkable Peace With Kim

 

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By JORGE SALAZAR

Staff Writer

 

On Saturday April 27, 2018 South Koreans woke up to an odd message from North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. When Kim appears on the screens in South Korea’s capital, it usually is a sign of danger. However, on Saturday Kim was talking about peace and reconciliation. This came after Kim and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, had a meeting for the first time in ten years. The two leaders announced that “there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and a new era of peace has begun.” A landmark deal was signed by the two leaders, however, the demilitarized zone between the two countries will stay.

In Friday’s meeting the Korean leaders discussed language as an important factor for the countries future. They also discussed how important China and the US are to settling tensions on the peninsula. Kim has already talked to Xi Jinping,–the Chinese President–and is just waiting to talk to Donald Trump, US President, later this year. According to CNN, “the fate of the Koreas is largely in the hands of the US leader.”

All though it would be easy for North and South Korea to sign a peace treaty, they would need the US and China to sign it as well because they also took part in the war. Moon and Kim have agreed to have a meeting involving China, South Korea, North Korea, and the US to declare an end to the war and at last establish permanent peace.

Golden State Killer

By CLAUDIA VILLEGAS

Staff Writer

 

Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested this past week and identified as the suspect of over 50 rapes and at least a dozen murders during 1976 through 1986. He was a former police officer and claimed to attack his first victim in the Sacramento area.

ABC 7 reported Nick Willick saying how he fired DeAngelo for shoplifting dog repellent and a hammer. Saying DeAngelo filed a lawsuit against the department. “I just never saw him as a person who could you know, kill somebody.” Willick said. Also including, “A short time after he had been fired, I woke up one morning. My 4 year-old daughter was lying alongside the bed. She said, “Dad, last night there was someone looking in my bedroom window with a flashlight.”

NBC news reported one of his victims reported hearing him say “I hate you Bonnie” while attacking her. Bonnie Colwell is a woman DeAngelo was engaged to, but never married. He has been detained and the hearing will be on Thursday and he is being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail.