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Is it safe to reopen schools?

Dilara Vural
Dilara Vural‌ ‌, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

As more people receive their COVID-19 vaccines, there is hope that school will soon resume normalcy. As a result, the most pressing question these days is whether or not the school is truly safe to reopen....

The funeral of Prince Philip: A lookback on the life and role of the Royal Consort

Lorne Fowler, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

On April 17th, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal Consort to Elizabeth II, was laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel. This was following his passing on April 9th, where he had passed away at...

Gun Violence in D.C.

April 29, 2021

D.C’s 51 homicides at this time of year represent a 34% spike from last year’s number. In 2020, the final number of killings surpassed the previous year’s number - 166 - which is the city's highest...

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Ivan Aleksic

PSAT day

Oakton sophomores take the PSAT for the first time
Harriet Limkin, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

  Dozens of sophomores arrive at Oakton High School on a bright and chilly Monday morning.  It’s PSAT day, their first taste of the many standardized tests they’ll take before college. The...

Photography courtesy of Josh Redd

Deal with the devil: Nike and MSCHF reach settlement over Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes”

Rania Shah, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

In an attempt to halt a New York art collective from using their signature "swoosh," Nike has established a temporary restraining order against the producers of "Satan Shoes." These designer works...

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North Korea To Withdraw from the Olympics

Anna Allred, Staff Writer April 15, 2021
Last Tuesday, North Korea announced that it wouldn’t be participating in the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this summer. Concerns over coronavirus have already caused a record delay of the Olympics, which have previously only been canceled during world wars, but North Korea is the first country to withdraw completely. 
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Teens Eligible to Receive Vaccines Starting April 18th

You might be able to receive a vaccine soon. Here's how to get one.
Max Dolinh, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

Vaccine season is in full swing this April thanks to more orders of doses by the Biden administration. While your parents and/or grandparents might have already received a dose or two, it’s possible...

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Stranded with no way home

Australia’s strict travel ban has left thousands of Australian citizens stuck in a foreign country for over a year.
April 15, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone, but imagine being stuck in a foreign country, far away from friends and family, with no way to get back? This is the problem that 40,000 Australians have...

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The Truth About the COVID-19 Vaccine

How does it actually work?
Veronica Preaskorn, Editorial Board April 15, 2021

While the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 grows, so does the number of questions. How does the vaccine actually work? Does everyone still have to wear a mask? Does the vaccine prevent you...

A Brood Like No Other: X

These Periodical Cicadas will Soon be Emerging After 17 Years of Hibernation
April 15, 2021

In early to mid-May, billions of cicadas will emerge from the ground, filling the air with buzz. With their black bodies, long wings, and red eyes, Brood X cicadas are the largest of the periodical cicadas....

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How COVID-19 is Affecting the Olympics

Serena Hirani, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

After a historical postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics due to COVID-19, there is still some doubt whether they will take place this year in Tokyo. After all, the pandemic continues to rage on despite...

NASA Ingenuity helicopter endures its first freezing night on Mars

NASA Ingenuity helicopter endures its first freezing night on Mars

Rania Shah, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

The Ingenuity helicopter experienced its first night on the frigid surface of Mars, a primary milestone in the rotorcraft’s journey ahead. The 4-pound helicopter separated on April 3 from the abdomen...

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