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Coronavirus comes to the DMV – State of emergency, school closures, supply shortages & event cancellations

Coronavirus comes to the DMV – State of emergency, school closures, supply shortages & event cancellations

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

March 13, 2020

The Coronavirus is a virus that leads to COVID-19, a flu and influenza-like respiratory disease. The mortality rate is currently being reported at 2.3% to 3.4%, compared to the typical seasonal flu mortality rate of 0.1%, though the COVID-19 has shown to only be fatal to those of older age. With ove...

Statue Controversy

Statue Controversy

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

March 2, 2020

Tensions have remained high in Virginia since the beginning of lawmakers’ efforts to remove Confederate statues from around the state, which began in 2015 after a hate crime shooting in a historically Black church in Charleston, South Carolina. A Conservative lawmaker from Lynchburg, Delegate Wendel...

Gun control bills in the Virginia Legislature

Gun control bills in the Virginia Legislature

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

March 2, 2020

Virginia’s newly majority Democrat House Of Representatives passed eight gun control bills. These measures were some of the biggest campaign promises from Democrats when they sent a blue wave through Virginia. The biggest financial contributor in Virginia’s election was Everytown For Gun Safety, a...

Marijuana Decriminalized in Virginia

Marijuana Decriminalized in Virginia

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

March 2, 2020

Legislation decriminalizing the possession of marijuana has passed through Virginia’s House and Senate, lowering the punishment to a fine of $25 to $50, instead of criminal charges.  Legalization of marijuana in Virginia has proven to be a bipartisan issue in Virginia, as legislators point ...

Virginia passes law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses

Virginia passes law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

February 14, 2020

On Tuesday, February 12, 2020 Virginia officially allowed people who have immigrated to the United States outside of documented parameters, to apply for driver's licenses. This bill was initially proposed by a senator from Fairfax County, Scott Surovell. It was then revised and pushed through the House by...

Coffee from criminals: What we can learn

Caiya Morrison, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Procreate Coffee, an organization contracted by the Department of Corrections to start a coffee school for inmates at Rikers Island, was discontinued in 2017. However, in November of 2018, the program at Rikers resumed when a new barista training lab was opened in Sunset Park. The program was created t...

The deadly Coronavirus possibly found in Fairfax County

The deadly Coronavirus possibly found in Fairfax County

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

February 10, 2020

The new strain of coronavirus, reportedly originating in China, has spread to an estimated 9,000 people, killing over 213 people. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak to be “a global health emergency.” The United States State Department issued a “level 4” travel warning, placing...

“Herstory” Made: Virginia ratifies the ERA

“Herstory” Made: Virginia ratifies the ERA

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

February 10, 2020

Virginia has officially become the 38th state in the United States to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Virginia House of Delegates voted 59-4 and the Virginia Senate voted 28-12 in favor of the ERA.  The ERA is an amendment to The Constitution that states that rights may not be de...

Reston MLK celebration; concerts, community service, and more!

Reston MLK celebration; concerts, community service, and more!

Evie Mohan, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Fairfax County just had one of the most blessed kinds of weekends - a long weekend! Sadly, the national holiday comes at the death of a great man. On Monday the 20th, Martin Luther King Jr. was struck down by an assassin, ending his long career working for social change and civil rights. The minister ...

Kobe Bryant’s legacy

Kobe Bryant’s legacy

Marc Goldstein, Sports Editor

January 31, 2020

  There is a saying that goes: “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” Over the past few days, that saying has held true more than ever. Kobe Bryant (41), retired basketball player who shaped the game of basketball and the world itself with his brand, tragically passed away in a hel...

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