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BY: Laila Borsari & Olivia Thillard
Listen to the coolest top hits of 2019, all of the songs have links so if you are interested in that song just click onto the song name and you’ll be listening to the best songs in no time.
6. Senorita Artist: Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes
7. You should see me in a crown Artist: Billie Eilish
8. Bad things . Artist: Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly
9. Love me like you do Artist: Ellie golding
10. I know what you did last summer . Artist: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
11. Beautiful people Artist: Ed Sheeran
12. South of the border Artist:E d Sheeran, Camila Cabello, ft. Cardi B
13. Happier Artist: Marshmello ft Bastille
14. Sweet but psycho Artist: Ava Max
15. Salt Artist: Ava Max
16. Mercy Artist: Shawn Mendes
17. Mia Artist: Bad bunny & Drake
18. I’m a mess Artist: Bebe Rexha
19. 2002 Artist: Anne Marie
20. Someone you loved Artist: Lewis Capaldi
21. Dancing with a stranger Artist: Sam smith & Normani
22. How do you sleep Artist: Sam smith
23. Eastside Artist: Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid
24. Without me Artist: Halsey
25. Don't call me angel Artist: Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus,& Lana Del Rey
26. Stay Artist: Zedd, Alessia Cara
27. Beach house Artist: The Chainsmokers
28. Let me down slowly Artist: Alec Benjamin
29. Break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored Artist: Ariana Grande
30. Liar Artist: Camila Cabello
By Kelly Du
Every single October 31st, there is a holiday called Halloween. Many people celebrate this by either trick or treating, or putting up scary decorations. The majority of us see this as a spooky holiday, but do many of us really realize where Halloween started or what it celebrates?
Let’s just start with what Halloween means. According to our local dictionary, Halloween is the night of October 31st, the eve of All Saint’s Day. Just to break it down even more, All Saint’s Day is a christian festival to honor the saints in heaven. At the night of this festival it is said to be when ghosts and spirits come abroad. So basically, it was believed that the night of a holy day would be full of spirits.
Now, let’s talk about where Halloween originated from and came from. Halloween came from the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain. In Celtic Ireland (around 2,000 years ago), this was the festival to separate the lighter half of the year with the darker half. Or the lightest/brightest season, summer, with the darkest/coldest season, winter. During this time, the division between our world, and the believed “other world”, was the thinnest, which made it easier for spirits to cross through. Since there were spirits roaming around, people decided to wear scary costumes to hopefully scare the spirits off.
Although this isn’t the entire story of Halloween(because that would take a long time to explain and write about) it’s the main gist of the story. To learn more about this, you can use our friend, the internet, but to make it up to you, I will include some random Halloween facts.
By Aerin Song & Viana Xie
It was a sunny afternoon when James ran home. As James ran, about 50 feet away, he saw a white van in front of his house. When he got home, he heard a man break open his front door. The man had a gun and a knife. James quickly whipped out his phone and dialled 911.
“911, how may I help you?” The scratchy voice at the end of the phone quietly asked.
“An armed man is breaking into my house!” James cried loudly, and quickly.
This alerted the man in the house, as James heard clanging and fast footsteps, as if the robber was hurrying. Then, the man took a long metal rod and quickly bangged the rod on James head. James fell and fainted, as the phone dropped to a thump.
“ARE YOU OKAY?!” the voice through the phone yelled.
The man carried James outside and threw him into the white van. The man got in the van and drove quickly down the street.
James awoke in a dark room, tied to a chair, the chair was tied to the wall. James blinked hard, hoping this was all a dream.
James pinched himself, and immediately knew it wasn’t a dream. He strained to see the rest of the room, but it was too dark. All he could see was a knife next to his foot. Was that left purposely for me? James questioned himself, but knew he had to get out. Don’t dilly dally! He told himself.
He wiggled himself and reached down, trying to get a hold of the knife. He couldn’t reach it. Damn! Then he realized he could just move the knife with his foot. He skimmed his foot across the floor, maneuvering his feet so the tip of his foot was right at the handle of the knife. He dragged his foot back to him, and the knife dragged with his foot.
Once the knife was close to his foot, he reached down as far as he could. He could feel his body stretching. It hurt, but he kept reaching down. Finally, he felt the blade touch his finger. He spread his fingers wide and grabbed the back of the blade.
The blade flung around and cut his thighs. It wouldn’t hurt as long as I get out, he thought to himself quietly. He tried cutting the rope, but when started cutting, it would make a “Erk Erk” noise. He wouldn’t hear it, right? He continued to cut the rope. But once he finished cutting, a man walked in.
“Stand back! I have a weapon!” James screeched. Then man, unaffected by his words, pulled out a pistol.
“Make one move, and I will pull the trigger.” the deep voice rumbled.
James was frightened. His heart was pounding loudly. What should I do?! James asked himself. His heart pounding quickly, he threw the knife at the man. BOOM! The man pulled the trigger. James was shot, blood pouring all over him.
Without a blink, the dangerous man put on gloves. He picked up James and dumped him into a big body bag. Ugh. So many bodies. Probably like 3 bodies now. What should I do with them? The mindless man thought. He picked the body bag up and put it in a big dark room.
Where am I? James awoke on some clouds of white. Am I in Heaven?! Did I die?! He stood up and put his hands on his face. He looked down, and saw the blood was gone. He then saw a puddle in the cloud. James trotted over to the puddle and looked down. What he saw put him in awe. He saw a man watching TV. It looked like the man who shot him. When he touched the puddle, the image zoomed out, and he was now looking at a dark, ruined house in the middle of the woods. He looked up and walked over to a lady wearing a plain white dress with golden wings. “Welcome to Heaven!” the lady yelled happily. James looked back at the puddle. “I need to go back. I need to go back!” James started running towards the pond. “My family needs me! My mom! My dad!” James cried as he looked into the pond. Without thinking, he jumped into the pond. “COME BACK!” screeched the angel. But James didn’t care. He swam deeper into the pool, and the world seemed to get closer to him. “MOM, DAD! I’M COMING!” he tried to say, but all that came out was bubbles. Gradually, energy drained from him like a sponge was sucking all the life out of him. But he was already dead. Could he die again? He looked at the face of his mom and dad. I can’t give up. They need me. He swam deeper and deeper into the pool. His lungs screamed for air. His chest was tight. It felt as if he was going to throw up. But he hadn’t eaten anything since. I threw up gallons of water.
Suddenly, the tightness in his chest disappeared. He felt the ground beneath his feet. He looked around. He was in his house! He saw his mom and dad. He rushed to meet them and hug them, but instead, he ran right through them. He was frightened. His parents hadn’t noticed them. Was he a ghost now? He tried picking up a piece of paper that was on the ground, but instead, his hand went through the ground. Tears rolled down his cheek.
It was the day when the robber killed James. The robber’s nephew was at his home.
“Uncle, can we go to the mall?” The nephew asked.
“ I have some business to do to day”
In the robber’s head he thought, Time to go rob. The robber locked his nephew in a room and told him not to get out until he told him it was okay to come out. But the nephew had found keys to open the door. Since he wanted to obey his uncle, he decided not to unlock it.
An hour later, his uncle came back, but it sounded as if he was dragging another person. He wanted to see what was happening. The nephew unlocked the door and left a little crease so that he can see what his uncle was doing. Oh my lord! Is that my friend? What is he doing with him? His nephew’s name was William. William peered through the keyhole to get a better view. William started to panic. He didn’t know what to do. So he blasted open the door.
“Uncle Peter! Put that man down right now!” William commanded.
“William!” His uncle jumped in surprise. “What are you doing!” His uncle’s face all of a sudden turned stern and angry. “I told you to stay in your room! Your grounded!”
“You can’t ground me!” William shot back in defiance. “I’m calling the police, YOU PUT JAMES DOWN RIGHT NOW!” William screamed.
“YOU DON’T TALK BACK TO ME YOUNG YOUNG MAN! You respect me!” William quickly darted towards the kitchen. “DON’T YOU DARE!” William heard his uncle’s footsteps pounding toward him. William grabbed the biggest knife he could find, then ran back to his room. He snatched his phone and called the police. “911, what’s your emergency?”
“MY UNCLE IS A BIG FAT LIAR WHO MURDERS PEOPLE!” he screeched.
“HE KIDNAPPED MY FRIEND NAMES JAMES FORD! HE IS UNCONSCIOUS! I THINK HE WAS HIT IN THE HEAD!”
“Where is your house?”
“3245 on 4th Street crossed with Market Street and Fracton Street!”
“On our way! We are sending a police car and an ambulance. Alright, you hang in there.” When William peeked through the hole, James body was gone. Then he heard a crack in the air.
William sat in his room for what felt like half an hour before the police arrived. He heard wood splinter as the police knocked down the door. He flung himself out of his room and grabbed the policeman's arm.
“Help,” William whispered. “Where is your uncle?”
“I don’t know, but James’s body was right here.” William pointed at the spot he had last seen James. “Then I looked, and he was gone. A few minutes later, I heard a crack in the air,” William explained to the police.
“Search the house,” the chief policeman ordered. The other police men and women spread out around the house. After a few minutes, there was all of a sudden a clang and a bang. One of the officers came back with Peter, two other officers flanking him. The officers had their tasers out. The lead officer commanded him arrested after another police women came in with a bag and dead bodies. One was James Ford. William gasped. He stood there frozen until something started to trickle through his body. It was like all the warmth fading from him. He saw something that he thought could never exist. He rubbed his eyes, but when he opened them, he indeed was seeing none other than James Ford, floating and transparent.
“J-James?” William stuttered.
“Yes, me.” Said James in a mysterious voice. “WHY DIDN’T YOU SAVE ME!” James suddenly snapped. William jumped at his tone. “I-I-I couldn’t!”
“You weren’t fast enough,” James cried.
“I couldn’t! My uncle would have killed me too!”
James sighed. He drifted into the kitchen and slumped.
“I’m stuck here. I can’t go back to Heaven now, the angel won’t let me.” James said gloomily.
“ What do you mean?” asked William starting to tear up.
“I can’t get out of this house. This is the place I was murdered. And I already ran away from Heaven.” cried James.
“ Then what are you to do?”
“Stay here. Live here forever until I fade. Fade into nothing”
“My uncle is arrested and my parents died when I was born. Where am I going to live?”
“Here. You can stay with me!” James said excitedly.
“ But I have to eat and you don’t. How are we going to get money for food?”
“The food bank can do that. And for money, WAIT! My parents can adopt you!” Squealed James.
“Oh my gosh! I can’t wait to see my parents!”
William took this into consideration. He finally saw the benefits. He would have parents, and the Ford family would have a son again.
“I’ll do it.”
James haunted the house until he was forgotten, and faded away in peace. William was successfully adopted by the Ford family and felt like he belonged somewhere.
By Alex Zlatev
I’ve recently started to take up the hobby of skateboarding and so far it has made life more simple. I can now get to and from school, much faster and I can now relate to a larger amount of kids. But it seems that at school, skating is frowned upon. For example, when I was in 6th grade everyone who had their skateboard was riding them in the yard having such a fun time. In 7th grade however, we lost the privilege to skate in the yard. Finally I’m in 8th grade class of 2020, and we can’t even bring our boards to the yard. It seems that over the years APG has looked at skateboards as if they were some sort of gang symbol, but in reality they are just another mode of transportation like a bicycle. Now if we bring our board we must bring it to counseling. This is a pain. The whole point of a skateboard is to ride it, to get from point A to point B faster. But ride on school grounds??? No. Now you might be asking yourself “Dude, why are you getting so worked up about skating, they stop you from skating because you could hurt someone else and yourself” and I would say:
1.Stop talking to yourself, you’re just reading the paper and
2.APG resides on a hill, perfect for skating to the counseling office.
The security guards stop us from skating down for, ‘fear of hurting someone’. The thing about skateboards is that they are loud, and I mean really loud, nowadays most cars are more quiet, so if someone can't see the board coming, they will hear it. There is also the fact that skateboards aren’t cars, we don't go 35 mph down the hill, we go at a nice 3 mph. And this whole thing about the speed and the guards and the office and the hill, wouldn’t even matter if we had a space in the yard that skateboarders could practice. Basketball has a space, Garden has a space, even the chickens have a space. Let skateboards have some space.
By Zoey Billings
Lots of kids hate homework or have way to much of it. Homework can also cause high anxiety and stress for most kids. But why is all of these things caused for kids and teens.
“If you compare the results of children who learn while doing less homework and the ones that still do a lot of it, we’ll see that the first ones are more relaxed and fond of many subjects in school, whereas the latter lose their interest and associate school with a mandatory institution which is against them.
So, yes, I’d say that teachers who don’t put pressure on children with a large quantity of homework are wiser and closer to determine children learn in a more enjoyable way.”
“Homework can affect students’ health, social life and grades. The hours logged in class, and the hours logged on schoolwork can lead to students feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. Navigating the line between developing learning skills and feeling frustrated can be tricky.
Homework is an important part of being successful inside and outside of the classroom, but too much of it can actually have the opposite effect. Students who spend too much time on homework are not always able to meet other needs, like being physically and socially active. Ultimately, the amount of homework a student has can impact a lot more than his or her grades.”
Some teachers across the world are trying to not cause all of this stress by not having students do only a little bit of homework or not any!
By Zoey Billings
Tryouts have finished, and there are actually many sixth graders so congrats for them. Tryouts started last week and the lists are in the girls locker room. This year we have lots of sixth, seventh and eighth graders so Yay!
Congrats to these girls:
By: Lauren Lew, Tina Yang, Cecilia Yong, and Jocelyn Yu
In this article, you will learn about giant pandas and red pandas
Scientific Name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca Family: Ursidae
Giant pandas are really cute and big, as you can tell after just seeing one! They are native to South Central China. Giant pandas’ life spans go from 14-20 years. Males weigh typically up to 350 pounds, while females can weigh up to 150 pounds. Their lengths usually range from 3.9-6.2 feet long, and they can be as tall as 2-3 feet. No matter how unfortunate, the stereotypes are all true-- pandas eat bamboo a lot along with sugarcane and other tiny woodland creatures. They have black and white patches along they’re bodies, and black patches around their eyes. Their fingers are specially made to eat bamboo, as they have evolved to feed off of this plant. The shape and strength of their jaws have also changed to have the strength to eat the tough vegetation. They may look cute and adorable, but they eat up to 20-40 pounds a day! They also poop up to 40 times a day! So you wouldn’t want to get near them. A giant panda starts to breed from the ages 4-8 but continue to about 20 years. Baby newborn pandas weigh usually 3-5 oz when they are born. This is equal to eggzactly 0.0111111111% of their mother’s weight. At birth, the pandas are blind, hairless, pink and white and are really (x100000000000) cute!`
Scientific Name: Ailurus fulgens
Red pandas are small mammals with red and white markings. They have white marks on their faces, and red and white ‘rings’ on their tails.
They are native to the Eastern Himalayas and Southweastern China. Red pandas are endangered and there are only about 10,000 left in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss. The good thing is, killing pandas are illegal. They have a lifespan of about 12 to 14 years. Male red pandas are usually 8.2 to 14 pounds and females are usually 6.6 to 13 pounds. The average length of an adult red panda is 1.9 ft. Red pandas usually mate in early winter, then give birth in spring and summer.Newborn red pandas weigh about 3 to 4 ounces. They eat bark, grass, lichens, roots, flowers and leaves of plants other than bamboo. They might also feast on acorns, berries, fruits and mushrooms. Sometimes, they add meat to their diet in the form of insects, bird eggs, mice and rats. Snow leopards and martens are the main predators of red pandas. They are also called the lesser panda, which implies that they aren’t as important as the giant panda. *FuUN fAcTS
By Anya Sheppard and Eva Ciobanu
Once upon a time there was a gang of VSCO girls. They destroyed everything in their path with cries of “sksksksksk” and “and I oop”. They go around and burn down Urban Outfitters and Brandy Mellville after stealing all of their clothes. They run through the city snatching every scrunchie and puka shell necklace. They hit everyone on the head with their sticker covered hydro flasks and when the person falls they scream “AND I OOP”.
But then another fierce gang showed up. They were wearing oversized hoodies and armed with the iPhone 11 Pro and AirPods. They ran up to the devilish VSCO girls and started beating them up and cracking their phones screens on their head. As they hit the VSCO girls they yell “WE IRRITATING, PERIODT!!!” The VSCO girls cowered in fear and feebly raised their hydro flasks in surrender. “Sksksksk we’re sorry!!!” But the winning gang will never forgive them, and declare, “Thas clownery luv.”
By Zoey Billings
One of the most smartest animals, and surprisingly the most clean animals, are rats. Most people don’t like them, but why? How are they good pets? Are they good for kids and families? Many people ask these questions only because they are fascinated by these animals.
Most people hate rats because they think of them as dirty rats off the street. When they are pets it’s not like that. Well, only if you take good care of them. Many people don’t know, but rats are as smart as dogs. They can be trained and studies have shown that rats have lots of empathy for each other.
Rats are great pets because they are super clean; they don’t like getting dirty. They make really good bonds with their owners, so if you give them love they will love you back. Rats don’t require as much space as a dog or a cat. They also can be left alone for a whole day and be fine, as long as they have food or water.
Kids love things that they can touch, and rats are perfect for that because the child can learn to take care of animals and also learn to love them. They are easy to take care of so their parents don’t have to worry about that problem that most people worry about. Rats don’t take up very much space, so if you live in a small apartment then you also don’t have to worry.
Rats are super good pets for people with special needs. They need company, and rats are perfect for that. Pets make people with autism bring down their stress level and make people happier.
Rats are just really great pets, even though people really think they are dirty and in the streets. Now you hopefully have a better mindset about the pet rats, and how clean and easy they are to take care of, and that they are great for families and people with special needs. Rats are perfect for everyone, SO GET RATS NOW!!
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Contentious separatist protests have taken place in Hong Kong during recent months. The protesters feared that extradition to China could subvert judicial independence, something that Hong Kong values. City leader Carrie Lam agreed to suspend the extradition bill, but demonstrations evolved to include demands for full democracy and an inquiry into police actions. Clashes between police and activists have become increasingly violent, with police firing live bullets and protesters attacking officers and throwing petrol bombs. Protest action at Hong Kong international airport in August also led to hundreds of flights being cancelled. Recently in Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill known as the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.” The bill requests that several government departments consider whether recent political developments in Hong Kong require the U.S. to change the region’s special trading status. This is a demonstration of support to the protesters by the U.S., therefore, mainland China is likely to retaliate against the U.S. especially amid an intensifying trade war between the two nations. In conclusion, many Hong Kong civilians feared that extradition to China could sabotage judicial independence and have retaliated with violent protests.
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South China Morning Post
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