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An interview with Unheard Voices Of FCPS, the Instagram account spotlighting the silenced

An interview with Unheard Voices Of FCPS, the Instagram account spotlighting the silenced

Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 11, 2020

Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) is ranked number 11 out of 132 Virginia schools, in terms of diversity. Despite the demographics, students can still experience discrimination and go unheard. Instagram is a place to share and be seen, and two former FCPS students are using this platform to help ot...

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 4

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Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

June 4, 2020

This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.    After successfully reopening to phase one, Governor Northam stated that he is now slowing Northern Virginia’s transition ...

Richmond to remove statue of Robert E. Lee

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Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

June 4, 2020

Robert E. Lee’s statue is a six story tall symbol of the racism and shame that fills Virginia’s history. Home to more Confederate monuments and statues than any other state in the United States, the topic of how to best tell the story of the commonwealth has sparked controversy for years. Virginia’s...

A state of unrest – The DMV experiences historic protests for the #BlackLivesMatter movement

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Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

June 2, 2020

Washington DC became the world’s focus as flames, fury and a flurry of presidential Twitter activity engulfed the region.

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 news briefing, May 28

“Local artist Rajan Sedalia works on a mural at Eastern Market Metro Plaza on Tuesday.” - Via Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

May 28, 2020

This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing  on everything happening in Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.    The rest of Virginia began phase one of a slow and safe reopening process on Friday, May 15, while Northern Virginia (NoVA) r...

Class of 2020 celebrates with Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Editor-in-Chief and senior Leana Travis with her

Leana Travis, Editor-in-Chief

May 27, 2020

     Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the class of 2020 has had to conclude their senior year of high school in an untraditional manner. In the absence of typical end-of-year celebrations such as prom or graduation, communities both small and large have banded together to recognize the seniors’...

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 news briefing, May 21

Fairfax County's Delegate Ken Plum, Image via Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

May 21, 2020

This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing  on everything happening in Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.    The rest of Virginia began phase one of a slow reopening process on Friday, May 15, while Northern Virginia (NoVA) remained o...

The weekly wrap up: COVID-19 news briefing

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Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

May 14, 2020

Welcome to the “The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing,” the Sentinel’s now weekly news briefing  on everything happening in Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus. Quick, factual and easy to understand information can be found here each week to update you on how Virginia i...

Virginia legalizes swearing in public

Illustration by Michael Witte, Living Virginia

Rhea Braganza, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

The law no one knew existed and one you have probably broken is finally being decriminalized: Swearing in public is a crime in Virginia. Mentioned along with public intoxication, it’s found in the Code of Virginia. Both actions are considered a Class 4 misdemeanor. The crime in Virginia code states that "if any person profanely curses...

Virginia passes a slew of bills – Big changes made in LGBTQ+ rights, marijuana, gun control, hair and more

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Helen Ehrlich, News Editor

May 7, 2020

Virginia’s legislature turned entirely blue for the first time in 26 years, shaking the state in a bold Progressive wave (read more about it here). Rapid changes have been made during this time, making Virginia a beacon of Democratic values and legislation in the South. Numerous bills have been si...

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