Keith Lamont Scott, father of seven, was shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer last Tuesday evening, Sept., 20. The officer responsible, Brently Vinson, is currently on paid administrative leave after the incident sparked violent controversy.
Scott’s family claims he was sitting in his car with nothing more than a book, waiting to pick up his son from the school bus. Later on, police detectives found a gun reportedly belonging to Scott. In a press release, the police said, “The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.”
Since August, thousands of supporters from over two hundred Native American tribes in North Dakota have been protesting the construction of a pipeline that will transport oil from Sioux County, North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. Many Native Americans say that the pipeline, which will transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day, will disturb sacred land and burial grounds, and many others, including some that are not Natives, say that the pipeline runs the risk of contaminating their drinking water.
Although the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is said to potentially create twelve thousand jobs, the construction will disturb burial grounds and sacred land to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of Sioux County, North Dakota. The tribes around the location where the pipeline is said to be constructed were not properly consulted before the project was approved. Doug Hayes, an attorney at the Sierra Club who has been involved in many cases centered around pipeline construction, says that The National Environmental Policy Act requires pipelines to be approved, which did not happen in North Dakota or many other pipelines. Also, many others say that it is easier for industries to build pipelines without significant opposition in places with lower incomes since they do not have a way to fight back.
Should bathroom laws affect the people of North Carolina who just want to catch a first round Division one men’s basketball game? NCAA removed seven championship events from North Carolina because of LGBT bathroom laws. The laws in the NC Bathroom Bill state that you may only legally enter the bathroom of your biological gender. CNN states,
“The NCAA cited the bathroom law and other factors in its decision to keep championships and their corresponding prestige and dollars away from the state. The other factors included:
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Tell us about yourself? Ms. Patrick was born in Pennsylvania, later moved to Ohio. When she first started working in the school system, she was originally an elementary teacher but later got her degrees in school counseling and psychology. She now has four children, the youngest being an Apex graduate.
What were you like as a student? When we asked her what she was like as a student, she said, “Most educators were good students in school.” She also played lacrosse through high school, which was a new sport in schools for women and was only up north in the Pennsylvania area.
On Sept. 9, North Korea conducted its fifth, and largest, nuclear test to date. The force of the blast measured 5.2 on the seismic scale, meaning the bomb rivaled the one dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. In response to this latest test, the U.S dispatched two supersonic B-1B bombers to demonstrate their power against North Korea. They were joined in the flight over South Korea's Osan Air Base accompanied by the country’s own fighters.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) immediately condemned the action as a precursor to “mounting a preemptive nuclear attack”. The KCNA stated, “These extremely reckless provocation of the US imperialist warmongers are pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula to the point of explosion by hour by hour.”
The Zika outbreak has taken over the lower part of the United States. Zika has mainly raised concern for pregnant women, affecting the brain and memory, resulting in birth defects. Zika has many symptoms including fever, skin rash, throbbing behind the eyes, small welts on eyelids, exhaustion, and headaches. In July of 2016, the first reports of Zika entered the U.S. Since the first reported outbreak, spraying pesticides has begun in some Miami areas. One outbreak is almost over in another Miami area, and people are protesting pesticide use.
Zika has been spreading quickly, but one outbreak in Miami is almost over. Nobody new in the area has been diagnosed with Zika in forty five days. NBC news states, “The 45 days represents three full incubation periods for the Zika virus. It takes people a while to become infected after they are bitten by a mosquito, then to develop symptoms. And it takes a while for a mosquito to bite someone, become infected, and for that mosquito to then bite someone else and infect them.” NBC also says, “Florida is home to the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread the virus and health experts believe one or more mosquitos bit someone who was actively infecting others.” Miami was losing tourism since the Zika outbreak, so getting rid of one Zika outbreak will help tremendously.
Everyone was touched on Sept. 11 when 2,996 people died and six thousand were wounded. At 8:46 a.m., that exact moment, a terrorist plane struck the North Tower. Fifteen years later, hundreds of people gathered at ground zero and the One World Tower to grieve together. Recently, the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 has passed, and emotional tributes are occurring all over the world. Everyone attended the four hour ceremony at Ground Zero, including President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. Each of the three thousand people who lost their lives were honored as their loved ones read out their names at the footprints near the Twin Towers. Names were recalled on the border of the waterfall memorial, and people were walking along the bronze mural wall dedicated to the firemen that day. Miniature American flags were placed in between the names engraved on the memorials. Many people voiced that it was hard for them to come back to Ground Zero and were anxious of another possible attack.
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Before coming to Apex: He was a police officer in Raleigh, was In Raleigh for 4 in half years. Worked in field Operations and then Special Operations for an impact team.
Became a Police Officer because: His father was the chief of police and his grandfather was fire chief for 50 years.
Favorite Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Thoughts on Apex High School: Very big. Wide open campus. Becomes a concern because students can walk out on many doors.
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Teaching Experience: Taught 8 years at Leesville Road High School in business and marketing.
Why she is the director of AOIT: It’s all about “flexing a new muscle.” Ms. Robinson wanted to help students to graduate high school, reach college, and eventually the work force.
Main tasks of the AOIT director: The AOIT director puts moving parts together to make them work. Helping students combine technology and presentation skills to eventually help them to be as ready for college and working as possible.
Educational Background: Went to school at NC State University and earned a graduate degree in business and marketing.
The iPhone 7 is just around the corner, with new features and technology to this new Phone. We are here to talk about the good things, the bad things, and the things that may not be so good. Let’s start with the good things, first. The IPhone 7 and the 7 Plus are really fast so that is more than double the speed of the two-year-old iPhone 6. Their cameras give really nice and clear photos. The cameras carry 12 megapixel sensors, and Apple included optical image stabilization, a feature that helps photos remains clear even when your hands are shaky. Then we have the durability to the IPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The iPhones are now water resistant, people have dropped the phone into a bucket of water and the phone turns out to be ok. That does not mean you can play games under water. Another upgrade to the IPhone 7 and 7 Plus is that there is more storage, GB reaches to 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. With all of these new upgrades we have different colors for the IPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They have glossy jet black, matte black, gold, silver, and rose gold. I personally like the silver and matte black. Glossy jet black is shiny, but you can get a lot of smudges and finger prints on the back that I do not like, so you might as well get a case.
What people are not looking forward to and this has been on almost everybody’s mind, is that the IPhone 7 does not have an audio jack. Now Apple has the new EarPods headphones that connect through the lightning connector port. Apple is also bringing something new and that is the Airpod headset. They work very well and the music sounds clear. The only problem that people have, especially for teens who want to walk around listening to music, is the look of the Airpod headset. People feel awkward wearing them because they look like cigarette butts hanging from your ears. Social media said that they look ugly. Who am I to judge? if something works, I’m happy with it.