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Democrats Attempt to Reach Common Ground

Democrats Attempt to Reach Common Ground

Junhee Ryu, Business Team

January 14, 2020

The seventh Democratic debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, will take place on Jan. 14 at Drake University, where six candidates (Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren) will present their stances on national issues such as climate change a...

China Calls Muslim Detention Camps ‘Humane’ Among International Outrage

China Calls Muslim Detention Camps ‘Humane’ Among International Outrage

Minnah Tanzeen, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

On Jan. 8, a United States government commission led an effort to convince the Trump administration to put sanctions on China due to the country’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims, according to the Washington Post. The commission, which is headed by Representative Jim McGovern from Massac...

President Donald Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Justice

President Donald Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Justice

Jenny Won, Assistant A&E Editor

January 9, 2020

The House of Representatives voted on December 18, 2019 to impeach Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. This makes Trump the third U.S. president ever to be impeached, following Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999. The d...

Social Studies Department Blocks Out Grades Over Winter Break

Social Studies Department Blocks Out Grades Over Winter Break

Manan Mendiratta and Annie Qiao

December 20, 2019

Over winter break, the entire social studies department will be blacking out grades on Aeries in an attempt to decrease grade-related stress and prepare students for college, where students are also blocked from viewing their grades after final exams. “The grade really isn’t going to change at...

Redesigned Mac Pro is ‘Grate’

Redesigned Mac Pro is ‘Grate’

William Hsieh

December 19, 2019

Apple unveiled the long-awaited Mac Pro on Dec. 10; the computer model received its first refresh since 2013. The Pro Display XDR was also released along with the Mac Pro. The 2019 Mac Pro features a new boxy design with “cheese-grater” vents for improved airflow, a completely redesigned machine from the 2...

Aspirational Congressional Candidate Shares His Story with Junior State of America Club

Aspirational Congressional Candidate Shares His Story with Junior State of America Club

Junhee Ryu and Nicholas Hung

December 17, 2019

Aditya Pai, a Harvard Law graduate student and member of the California Democratic Party, spoke to the Junior State of America club in a lunchtime forum on Dec. 9 in room 608. Pai briefly spoke about his journey from Bombay, India to serving local and state political causes in Southern California. He...

Irvine Mounted Unit Is More Active During Holiday Season

Irvine Mounted Unit Is More Active During Holiday Season

Kate Hayashi, Assistant Opinion Editor

December 12, 2019

Irvine residents may notice police officers patrolling shopping centers on horseback as the holiday season comes into full swing. Because of their prior experience with horses, these officers take on the collateral duty of what is known as the Irvine Police Department’s mounted unit. According to O...

New 16-inch Macbook Pro is Apple’s ‘Magic Key’ to User Satisfaction

New 16-inch Macbook Pro is Apple’s ‘Magic Key’ to User Satisfaction

Ki Joon Lee

December 10, 2019

Apple released a brand-new generation of the MacBook Pro on Nov. 13, boasting an updated 16-inch screen along with a premium price ranging from $2,399 to $6,099 depending on the amount of internal storage. The tech community expressed positive reviews of the long-awaited reiteration of the Pro line, re...

Tesla Cybertruck Shapes New Future for Pickup Truck Market

Tesla Cybertruck Shapes New Future for Pickup Truck Market

Nicholas Hung and Aaron Sha

December 9, 2019

Tesla’s newest release, the Cybertruck, left an impression with its uniquely geometric exterior and sports car-like capabilities. Bearing little resemblance to the traditional pickup truck with a joint cab and bed design, the Cybertruck debuted onstage at the Tesla Design Studio on Nov. 21. “It doe...

Road Safety Concerns on Campus Pile Up

Road Safety Concerns on Campus Pile Up

Akshay Raj and Manan Mendiratta

December 5, 2019

As a result of the increase of new student drivers on campus this school year, the risk of hit-and-runs, car accidents and other incidents have raised numerous concerns regarding student transportation safety. Of these concerns, issues such as traffic safety, potential theft and abuse of provisional ...

Cigarettes and Vapes go Up in Smoke in Irvine

Cigarettes and Vapes go Up in Smoke in Irvine

Julia Kim, Opinion Editor

December 4, 2019

Irvine will implement a ban on smoking in all areas of Irvine except for single-unit private residence areas starting Dec. 12. Councilwoman Farrah Khan and Mayor Pro Tempore Anthony Kuo proposed the ordinance to the city council after Irvine received a rating of “F” from the American Lung Associat...

Hope Squad Brings Peer Support to Campus

Hope Squad Brings Peer Support to Campus

Bia Shok and Claudia Lin

December 3, 2019

In Janurary, the counseling department is expected to launch Portola’s first Hope Squad, a peer-led suicide prevention program equpping students with the skills to recognize and support others experiencing mental health issues. Throughout November, potential members will undergo an interview proce...

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