Redwood Bounces Back After Taking Their First WYL Loss


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The Redwood Rangers battled a hard fought high scoring offensive game, winning 12-6 through 7  innings.The game was a duel of the sophomores as the Redwood Rangers pitched sophomore Sam Bower. Sam gave up 6 runs to the Miners as Brent Vasquez hit a 3 run shot in left field for an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Parker Boswell pitched for the Miners and the Rangers came right back in the game answering back with 3 also, so at the end of the first it was tied up. The Rangers came back with 4 in the second and the Miners could not capitalize any more as the Rangers seemed to hit every strike the Miners had. Nolan Montgomery also had a home run late in the game.  The Miners need to win one and have Redwood lose to win WYL. The Miners are now 3-2 in league and play The Lemoore Tigers on Wednesday, April 26 at El Diamante.

El Diamante beats Redwood for their first loss in WYL


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The El Diamante baseball team beat the Redwood Rangers for their first loss in WYL and the second loss of their entire season.

The Miners pitched senior ace Mason Garispe in the win. His ERA for the game was 3.32 giving him his first win in WYL. Garispe also struck out 3 batters pitching the majority of the game through 6 innings. The Rangers Ace Vincent Pratti pitched a total of 4 innings and Vincent Cervantes closed for the Rangers.

Sophomore third baseman, Parker Boswell, had a batting average of 1.000 as well as having 2 runs batted in. Another sophomore with the name of Brent Vasquez also had 2 RBIs in the game.

With this win the Miners have a record of (5-1) in WYL and the defending Valley Champs have a record of (6-1) in WYL.


Before I Fall


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Life is something often contemplated; are we actually living up to everything we hoped and dream to be? In the movie, Before I fall, life choices have to be made by one girl who thought her life was perfect. Her name is Samantha. She was the popular girl at school, the one with the ‘perfect life’ or so she thought. After a traumatic crash, she revisits the day of the crash countless times until she realizes that it is up to her to change the fate before she falls.  She has to change her entire life from her boyfriend to her friends who she realizes are not the nicest people she thought they were. This movie has been referred as a crossover between Mean Girls and Groundhogs Day. Overall, the critics gave it a rate of three of the five stars, but I believe that it should be four of the five stars. The movie reminds the audience of the cruelty of high school teens and how young love can often be made from dumb choices. So if you are looking for a movie that’s filled with emotion and you want to ponder about life and choices we have to face, this is the movie for you.

Mummies Unearthed In 3,500 Year Old Tombs


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On Tuesday April 18, 2017, in the country of Egypt, Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, ten colorful sarcophagi, and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs. The tombs were found during an Egyptian archaeological mission in the Dra Abu Naga necropolis near Luxor in southern Egypt. The main T-shaped tomb belonged to a city judge by the name of Userhat and is typical of New Kingdom noblemen tombs. The Ministry of Antiquities, who were in charge of the mission, removed four hundred fifty cubic meters of debris, revealing the entrance of the main tomb and two joint tombs. Since the findings, excavation work is in full swing to reveal the secrets of the two tombs. According to the ministry, the inner chamber of the main tomb houses a collection of sarcophagi from the twenty-first dynasty and mummies wrapped in linen. The archaeologists also discovered ushabti funerary figurines made of faience, terracotta and wood as well as a collection of clay pots. In another room, the mission found “a collection of ushabti figurines, wooden masks and a handle of sarcophagus lid was unearthed ,” the statement said.

11-year-old boy commits suicide after girlfriend faked her death


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Tysen Benz from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula hung himself just two hours after receiving messages that his 13-year-old girlfriend committed suicide. The girl, whose name will not be released, has been charged with malicious use of telecommunication service and using a computer to commit a crime. The incident happened on March 14. The boy’s mother, Katrina Goss, said nothing seemed unusual that day when Tysen returned home from school that day. Tysen seemed happy and very proud of himself, because he went to his tutoring session without being reminded. Once after dinner, Tysen had went to his room. Then shortly after 10 pm, Goss went to tuck in her sons. Tysen had locked his room, but Goss was able to open it with her key.

At first she thought Tysen was playing a trick and being silly since he was not in bed and eventually found him in his closet. “I tried to hurry up and lift him up. I was screaming. I told my oldest son to call 911. My littlest one was bawling.” She told the post. The paramedics were able to revive Tysen. He was hospitalized for three weeks before he died on April 4. Tysen often used Snapchat. On the night of Tysen’s death he was said to be talking to the 13-year-old girl, who was using someone else’s account when she told Tysen that his girlfriend had died. However, no one warned her son that it was a prank. Goss said “I want him to be the face of the cause. It’s a serious issue that I feel is completely skirted.”

Oklahoma City Bombing


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Timothy McVeigh, the perpetrator of the bombing in Oklahoma City, one of the most horrific acts of terrorism in the country, was later convicted and executed in 1995. The families and friends who were victims and suffered losses due to the Oklahoma City bombing gathered to remember the past incidence. Many placed wreaths, photos, and balloons to remember those hundred sixty-eight people who had lost their lives in the year of 1995.

On Wednesday, a crowd assembled at the memorial and museum built at the original area of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to remember those that lost their lives and for the 22nd anniversary of the incident. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) lost thirty-five employees due to the attack; Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD, reflected in his speech about the significance of the terrorism aftermath which should bring unity instead of fear and distrust to the future generations of America.

13 Reasons Why Review


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13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series that has all of its viewers in tears. The show is about a fictional character named Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide her junior year. Before doing so, she made 13 tapes explaining why she did it. On those 13 tapes she explains 13 reasons why she did what she did. The rule is that they have to listen to all of the tapes and pass them to the person after them. The show focuses in on Clay Jensen’s point of view, a friend of Hannah’s, who was devastated by her death.

Since the series’ debut on Netflix, most people have watched this show already and have gone through the heartbreaking experience of Hannah’s life. Thirteen Reasons Why has viewers fall in love with the characters and the actors that play them. The show itself was amazing. The casting, cinematography, and music were perfectly chosen. The series has 13 episodes and each are an hour long. The episodes get more intense as you watch. The show always has you guessing who you can or can’t trust.

Many critics think that this Netflix series is far too dangerous and risky for teens to watch because of its contents. Some scenes are very graphic and potentially triggering for some people. They claim that the show could be influential toward the younger audience instead of just giving their message like they intended to.

The series has a great message and has excellent entertainment value. The show is extremely sad, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone looking for a light-hearted series. I highly suggest watching this show if you can handle heavier topics such as suicide and self-harm. It’s worth the 13 hours for the experience you get out of it.


Son of Mariachi Star Arrested, Charged With Human Smuggling


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Jose Emiliano Aguilar, 24, was arrested on March 14 for attempting to smuggle four Chinese nationals. They were stuffed in the trunk of Aguilar’s 2014 Chrysler 200 from Mexico into San Diego. Officers found three women and one man who had no legal ability to enter the United States. Two of them said they were headed towards Los Angeles, the two others said they were going to New York. The four Chinese women and one man were placed under an immigration hold while awaiting deportation proceedings. Jose Emiliano Aguilar turned out to be son of famous mariachi star, Pepe Aguilar. Pepe Aguilar has won Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Aguilar’s attorney, Jeremy Warren, wrote: “We understand the interest in our client Jose Aguilar because of his father’s musical career. However, this case has nothing to do with Pepe Aguilar. Jose Aguilar is a young man who will address this matter in court, and not in press.” Jose Aguilar was booked and released on a $15,000 bond while waiting for his arraignment. Also under the terms of his release, he was ordered to live with his mother, is not allowed to leave Southern California, and ordered to undergo counseling.

Teen Soldier


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Sargent Tyler John Vaughan, a 22 year old from Visalia, California, died on March 18, 2017, in a car crash while serving in the U.S. Army. A Visalia soldier stationed in Germany was brought home this week. An American Flag was draped over his coffin. On March 18, 2017, Sargent Tyler Vaughan died in a car crash near the Vilseck Army Base in Germany. Vaughan served with the U.S. Army’s Second Cavalry Regiment. He and three other soldiers were involved in the crash that authorities say was alcohol-related. Vaughan was a passenger in the vehicle. Vaughan was the only person who was killed. He was due back home in a few weeks to marry his sweetheart, Alissa Rader.

According to military police, the car zoomed past officers at more than 70-mph and it was being followed by military personnel with their lights flashing. The car swerved and hit a tree, German Firefighters reported. The driver of the car, who suffered minor injuries, had a blood alcohol level of 0.096 percent while the legal limit in Germany is 0.05 percent. The two other passengers suffered moderate injuries. Tyler was born and raised in Visalia. He attended Crestwood Elementary, La Joya Middle School,  and graduated from El Diamante High School in 2012. He played baseball all four years. He is the second El Diamante student to die overseas in the military.

Private First Class, Keith Williams, 19, was one of the two soldiers killed in July 2014 when the vehicle they were in was hit by an improvised explosive device in Mirasol Kalay, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. Tyler Vaughan’s obituary stated that he felt it was his duty to protect his country and was proud to serve in the U.S. Army. On Tuesday March 28, 2017, a Limo, an American Flag, and Police Motorcycles were seen headed to the funeral in honor of Vaughan in Visalia, CA. Turns out they were making their way to Los Angeles, CA, to pick up Tyler Vaughan’s body for the funeral. His memorial was in front of the Methodist Church, and his funeral was on April 3, 2017, at 10:00am.

Attack on Russia Metro


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On April 3, 2017 in Russia, a bomb exploded on the St. Petersburg metro. Fourteen people have been reported dead and fifteen people were injured according to CNN. The explosion happened at 2:30 pm between Sennaya Ploschad and Tekhnologichesky Institute. The conductor continued to the next station to allow passengers to evacuate and get the wounded off.  A spokesman for the National Anti-Terrorism Committee told CNN, “So far, we say it was an unidentified explosive device as investigators and the Federal Security Service’s bomb specialist are to establish the exact cause of this explosion”. There was a second device found at Plosched Vossaniya Station. It was hidden in a fire extinguisher. Authorities were able to disarm the bomb, the committee reported that the second bomb was bigger than the first one.
Authorities closed all St Petersburg metro stations. Moscow metro’s have beefed up their security. Putin left roses at a memorial for the victims. Putin was in St. Petersburg, speaking at a media event. Putin released a statement at the beginning of a meeting with Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, “The reasons for the explosion are unknown, so it’s too early to talk about it. The investigation will show what happened. Naturally, we always consider all options — both domestic and criminal, primarily incidents of a terrorist nature”.