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Senate votes to end national emergency

Senate votes to end national emergency

By Jessica Irrera, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

March 20, 2019

A shocking twelve Senate Republicans voted against President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the nation’s southwestern border. However, Trump quickly used the first veto of his presidency this week to overturn the vote and continue to circumvent funding for his border wall. The...

DACA remains uncertain for Dreamers

DACA remains uncertain for Dreamers

By Priscila Solis, CONTRIBUTOR

March 20, 2019

More than 600,000 immigrants currently living in the U.S. under temporary conditions were left out of the recent federal spending deal and dispute that caused the 35-day shutdown, prolonging a harrowing sense of uncertainty for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients across the country. In S...

Venezuelan people face ongoing crisis

Venezuelan people face ongoing crisis

By Melody Martell, SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

March 20, 2019

Venezuela’s current humanitarian crisis involves a shortage of food, water, electricity, medicine, and medical supplies. In 2017, the former Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, was accused by the U.S of “playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking,” according to The N...

Dozens of wealthy parents charged in nationwide college admission scam

Dozens of wealthy parents charged in nationwide college admission scam

By Kiley Russell, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

March 14, 2019

A nationwide college-admissions bribery case has snared dozens of the country’s rich and famous in criminal indictments announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice. The case revolves around alleged bribes to college entrance exam officials, athletics coaches and other administrators at some of the nat...

FDA cracks down on E-Cig products

FDA cracks down on E-Cig products

By Marcel Penaranda, CONTRIBUTOR

March 14, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration plans to stringently regulate flavored e-cigarette products by late 2022 across the United States in an attempt to reduce the popularity of vaping and smoking among those under 18 years of age. The FDA announced a plan on Nov. 15, 2018 that would regulate the sale ...

Governor Newsom reveals new state budget

Governor Newsom reveals new state budget

By Dylan Lazaga, CONTRIBUTOR

March 7, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently proposed a two-hundred billion dollar budget plan, which is titled as “California for All.” In his proposal, he revealed forty million dollars of the annual budget would be spent on supporting a second year of free tuition for community college students. ...

Deadly drug Fentanyl reaches bay area

Deadly drug Fentanyl reaches bay area

By Marinda Avalos, CONTRIBUTOR

March 7, 2019

There has been an alarming increase in overdoses over the last few years from the highly potent synthetic opioid Fentanyl in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has prompted local agencies to seek new ways to educate and assist addicts and recreational drug users about the potentially deadly effects of ...

Trump defunding Planned Parenthood

Trump defunding Planned Parenthood

By Ethan Alonzo, CONTRIBUTOR

March 7, 2019

There are moments in life where we can not admit to the ones we love that we need help. Moments where it seems like a better option to walk into a clinic, where no one knows you, and receive the help you need. Moments like that are the reasons Planned Parenthood is a necessity for people. Presiden...

Supes vote to make changes to Urban Shield

Supes vote to make changes to Urban Shield

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

February 28, 2019

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 at the end of a five-hour meeting on Tuesday to accept most of a committee's recommendations to make sweeping changes to its "Urban Shield" first-responder training exercise. Those changes recommended by an ad hoc committee appointed by the board last...

NorCal Regionals comes back to Bay Area

NorCal Regionals comes back to Bay Area

By Earlene Mary Escobal, CONTRIBUTOR

February 21, 2019

One of the largest fighting video game tourna- ments in Calif. is returning to San Jose. This year’s NorCal Regionals will be taking place on March 29 through the 31. The event was previ- ously held in Sacramento in 2018 and is in the San Francisco, Bay Area this year. NorCal Regionals is a fig...

Obama calls on youth of Oakland

Obama calls on youth of Oakland

By Craig Lazzeretti, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

February 21, 2019

Accompanied by Grammy-winning musician John Legend and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, former President Barack Obama sought to empower and inspire an audience of young men to change society for the better during a national gathering Tuesday of his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in Oaklan...

Trump sued over a declaration of national emergency

Trump sued over a declaration of national emergency

By Jesicca Irrera, MANAGING EDITOR

February 21, 2019

President Trump declared a national emergency last week in order to bypass Congressional approval for border wall funding. The move came after a 35-day government shutdown and a political standoff between Democrats and Republicans over whether providing the funds was not only an option but also if...

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