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Nike Ad Sparks Controversy

“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”  

Nike recently stirred up controversy when they released their 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign featuring former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  

Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since he took a stand (or a knee) on his personal beliefs. He started a protest for police brutality and social inequality by taking a knee during the national anthem prior to the 49ers game. Other players in the NFL soon followed in support. The general public felt as if he was disrespecting his flag and country when doing so and he has now not played in the NFL since 2016.

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Could Stricter Laws on Purchasing a Gun Help Prevent Shootings?

The second amendment to the US Constitution states that a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Every American has been raised to believe that they have that right to own a gun when they become 18 and that is just their American right, but arethe_second_amendment_by_personofinterests-d7iadgw.png
some people too invested in their gun ownership? Times are beginning to change, public places aren’t as safe as they used to be and some civilians are blaming the guns. This is a very controversial topic that has been discussed many of times. There is an estimated 55 million Americans who own guns. The percentage of people who own guns decreased from 25% in 1994 to 22% last year. There is also an estimated amount of 300,000 to 600,000 guns that are stolen yearly. The US tops the list of countries with the most guns. The United States owns about half of the worlds guns while only taking up 5% of the world population. The average American gun owner owns about three guns. Are guns the problem to all of these shootings?

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7 Places to Visit Before They’re Gone

Glacier national park

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Glacier National Park is a wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. It consists of glacier-carved peaks and valley which run all the way to the Canadian border. The park holds over 700 miles of hiking trails, the Hidden Lake, and other activities including backpacking, cycling, and camping. Sadly, due to climate change, the 10th most visited national park is slowly melting away. Scientific estimates say the park could be gone by as early as 2030, if not sooner. If you have the desire to visit this beautiful place home of only 25 of it’s original 150 glaciers, act fast.

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Top 5 Taco Places in Cincy

Tacos are such a fun convenient hands on food to eat. Everyone loves their large variety whether its from chicken, steak, beef, all the way to fish. They’re cheap, delicious, and the variables are endless. Tacos can combine with sweet, salty, and spicy foods and still make your taste buds dance. So let’s take a look at the best taco places around Cincinnati to eat at.

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Student Walk Outs

The Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week left 17 students and staff dead. This school shooting replaced the 1999 Columbine High School massacre as the deadliest school shooting in America.

Gun laws and gun control has been a topic discussed for a while now, but after this event students are taking matters into their own hands. They aren’t waiting anymore for adults to make changes, they want action now. Students are demanding more mental health resources for troubled peers and for stricter gun control laws. Continue reading Student Walk Outs

Parkland Shooting

On Thursday at Stoneman Douglas High School, a 19 year old former student is suspected for gunning down at least 17 people. This massacre has now become one of the top 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Seventeen people were killed, more than a dozen were injured, five with life-threatening wounds.

Nikolas Cruz had been expelled from the school for unspecified disciplinary reasons, formerly described as a loner by one of his classmates. It is believed that to get a higher death rate, the suspect pulled the fire alarm to draw people out. Students had said they had a fire drill earlier in the morning so they thought it was strange when the alarm went off for a second time. The shooting occurred around 2:20 pm and lasted for several minutes. Cruz was armed with a AR-15 style rifle which was purchased legally and no laws were violated in the purchase of this weapon. According to a US official briefed on the investigation, the suspect bought the firearm in the last year and passed the background check to make the purchase of the gun.   

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Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar was supposed to be a top notch doctor who worked with elite athletes, so young athletes went to him for injuries and broken bones thinking that he could help them.

However, the doctor followed a repeated pattern. Under the disguise of medical equipment, Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting the athletes. He admitted to going back as far as 1998 to putting his finger into the vagina of girls as young as 13 and assaulting girls as young as six years old.  Into the sixth day of this trial, it is said that a total of 144 victim impact statements will be read in total. Victims got to deliver and talk about the hours of they spent of being assaulted and the tole it took on them after Nassar manipulated them.

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James Franco Allegations

On Sunday, James Franco received one of Hollywood’s top prizes at the Golden Globes. Franco has had an untraditional career as he has been a bankable leading man, eccentric auteur, and an Ivy League academic.

However though, after collecting his prize, five women came out accusing him of behavior they found to be sexually exploitive and inappropriate. Sarah Tither-Kaplan was a former student at a film school that Franco had funded. She said that the moment was like “A slap in the face”. Tither-Kaplan was one of the many women who came out with these allegations on twitter after Franco got the award. Some of these women tweeted in protest with a hashtag saying #TimesUp. Tither-Kaplan also stated that “I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable.”

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Fun Winter Activities

If you’re looking for some fun things to do around Cincinnati right now, here is a list of some fun festivities you can do that are both inside and out. Some are related to Christmas and others you can do anytime! Some things are more expensive than others, but they all are worth the money.

Right now at the Newport Aquarium there is Water Wonderland with scuba Santa which features Santa and his underwater friends to talk to you beneath the sea in a special dive show. The aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is $24.99 for adults and $16.99 for children ages 2-12 years old.  Continue reading Fun Winter Activities

25 days of Christmas Schedule

With the start of December and Christmas coming around the corner, Freeform begins its 25 days of Christmas countdown. So here’s the schedule for all of the Christmas movies playing!

Tuesday, December 5

7:30 a.m. – The Mistle-Tones

12:30 p.m. – Four Christmases

2:30 p.m. – Angry Angel

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4:35 p.m. – Elf

6:45 p.m. – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

8:55 p.m. – The Polar Express

12:00 p.m. – Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

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