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Americans look at the Electoral College with skepticism

Americans look at the Electoral College with skepticism

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer
October 18
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Election Day is just around the corner. However, many Americans either don't understand or like a key component of the election: the Electoral College. This system, in which appointed electors cast votes for presidential candidates, is a key factor in American democracy. Despite this method being aroun...

World chess champion advocates for women’s rights

World chess champion advocates for women’s rights

Sarah Tocatlian, Staff Writer
October 14
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On Oct. 8, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) announced that Iran would host next year’s Women’s World Chess Championship, which means that female contestants will have to cover their hair with scarves in accordance with an Islamic law. As a result, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, a United Stat...

Hurricane Matthew devastates America’s southeast coast

Hurricane Matthew devastates America’s southeast coast

Rachel Borshchenko, Staff Writer
October 14
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Another natural disaster has broken apart communities in the southeast portion of the United States. On Oct. 8, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the South Carolina coast after coming near Florida the previous day. At its peak, Hurricane Matthew was a category five hurricane, sustaining wind...

Confronting refugee crisis in the presidential debate

Confronting refugee crisis in the presidential debate

Justin Som, Staff Writer
October 12
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In the second presidential debate, the topic of foreign and domestic terrorism has reemerged in the political scene as a disputed conflict. In light of the stark contrasts between the ideologies of this year’s candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the amount of undecided voters who have...

To vote or not to vote: an American dilemma

To vote or not to vote: an American dilemma

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer
October 7
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America has a sad history when it comes to voter turnout, and citizens are wondering if this election will be an anomaly or another slice of the same. In the United States, the percentage of eligible voters who showed up to the polls on Election Day is one of the lowest for any developed nation. Data ...

Scare Wars: Attack of the clowns

Scare Wars: Attack of the clowns

Mona Murhamer, Staff Writer
October 7
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It started as just a sighting. In August, a clown was reportedly seen luring children into the woods in Greenville County, S.C. Since that first clown sighting, over a dozen more have followed suit in 29 different states, instilling fear in communities across the country. Most recently, students i...

Star pitcher José Fernández dies in boating accident

Star pitcher José Fernández dies in boating accident

Sarah Tocatlian, Staff Writer
October 1
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Early Sunday morning, Sept. 25, José Fernández, star pitcher of the Miami Marlins baseball team, died in a boating accident. Fernández, who was 24, was one of three men found dead when Coast Guard personnel found the boat at the entrance of Miami Harbor, according to CNN. According to The New...

Loma fire causes destruction across Santa Cruz Mountains

Loma fire causes destruction across Santa Cruz Mountains

Rachel Borshchenko, Staff Writer
September 30
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A devastating fire has been raging through the Santa Cruz Mountains since Sept. 26 and has grown to nearly 4,000 acres in size. At least one home has been destroyed so far, and over 300 others are threatened by the fire, causing evacuations of hundreds of people. Due to the hot weather and rugged terr...

Introducing the Clinton-Trump model of a ‘wrong’ debate

Introducing the Clinton-Trump model of a ‘wrong’ debate

Justin Som, Staff Writer
September 29
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It is a feeling that has been associated with the entire presidential campaign of 2016 by many American voters -- "wrong." According to junior Sammy Zhang, this word described the emotion felt by many Carlmont students as they saw the man who endorsed both misogyny and racism, ascend to the nomination...

Recent bombings resurrect fear in America

Recent bombings resurrect fear in America

Jordan Hanlon, Staff Writer
September 24
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On Sept. 17, a bomb exploded in Ocean County, New Jersey. Later that day, a second bomb exploded in Chelsea, Manhattan, injuring 31 people. State troopers discovered a third device just a few blocks away. The New Jersey bomb exploded at 9:30 a.m. in the area where the Seaside Semper Five Marine...

Big Sur goes up in flames

Big Sur goes up in flames

Mona Murhamer, Staff Writer
September 22
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Big Sur's scenic coast was engulfed by the Soberanes Fire on Monday, Sept. 19 after unexpected winds pushed the flames over the containment line. In an interview with the East Bay Times, Will Pi of the National Weather Service expressed the possibility of the wildfire spreading further along the...

NCAA removes championship games from North Carolina

NCAA removes championship games from North Carolina

Rachel Borshchenko, Staff Writer
September 18
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) decided to withdraw seven championships from North Carolina, including the well-known March Madness basketball tournament, because of a law passed by the North Carolina legislature. Passed in March of 2016, the law, known as House Bill 2 (HB2), r...

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