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Honoring Flag Day

Flags stand in a row in the sunlight. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 every year. (Creative Commons)

Maeve Reiter, Reporter

June 14, 2020

The lesser-known of the summer’s patriotic holidays, this day focuses on one key part of our nation: the flag. Flag day was established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson as a day of honor on the anniversary the flag was accepted, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica. The flag, which was o...

Pride Month moves online in virtual event due to pandemic

Pictured is the Stonewall Inn during Pride Week in 2017.  The Stonewall Riot was a pivotal moment in LGBT+ history.  (Victoria Pickering/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Anna Callahan and Talon Smith

June 1, 2020

Annually, the month of June is marked by LGBT+ pride parades and events in honor of the community’s past and present struggles. This year, however, COVID-19 casts an ominous shadow over this historic tradition. According to the Washington Post, “more than 475 Pride events have been canceled or p...

Navajo Nation Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19

Pictured is the Navajo Nation, a Native American territory within the United States that occupies over 27,000 square miles, spanning across parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. It is the largest Native American reservation and is bigger than the state of West Virginia. (Google Maps)

Anna Callahan and Talon Smith

May 30, 2020

According to CNN, “The Navajo Nation has surpassed New York and New Jersey for the highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate in the US.” A total of 24,549 negative tests, 4,689 positive cases, and 159 confirmed deaths are reported by the Navajo Nation as of May 29, 2020. The Navajo Natio...

TikTok Users Protest Censorship of Black Creators with a Black Out

Anna Callahan and Talon Smith

May 30, 2020

On Tuesday, May 19 black creators took to the social media platform, TikTok, in order to protest the platform’s censorship of content made by black creators. This protest, named the Black Out, was intended to make videos by black creators appear on users’ feed more frequently. The Black Out mov...

Obama and other celebrities host virtual graduation ceremonies for class of 2020

Alina Zang, Layout

May 21, 2020

Barack Obama will be joined by LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, Ben Platt, and more celebrities on a televised special dedicated to high school students graduating this year. This event will be aired on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and other broadcast and digital streaming partners on May 16th at 8 p.m. Eastern....

PA Counties Decide to Reopen Against Governor Wolf’s Restrictions

Lauren Cribbs and Caroline Glus

May 21, 2020

Officials from several counties that are still in the “red” phase of Wolf’s reopening plan have said they will open against restrictions. Counties include Beaver, Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon. Governor Wolf called politicians who wanted to reopen against his wishes “cowardly” and “selfish,...

COVID-19 Lockdowns also Help Environment Say Scientists

Lauren Cribbs and Caroline Glus

May 12, 2020

The coronavirus has impacted most lives in the United States and other countries around the world with issued lockdowns. Being stuck at home due to stay-at-home orders, where the only time you can leave the house is for essicial reasons can be a downer, but not all bad has come from it. The environme...

Debunking: Rumors of Life Threatening Coronavirus Vaccine Trial in Africa

A healthcare worker in Madagascar documents a COVID-19 test on March 26, 2020.  The rumor of testing a vaccine in an African country is false, but multiple trials of the vaccine have begun around the world.  (World Bank /Henitsoa Rafalia)

Adrianna Malena, Reporter

May 7, 2020

Posts surfacing social media suggest that there have been vaccine trials for the coronavirus being conducted in Africa, which is completely false. There is no exact answer when asking how these rumours started; however, the idea may have been initiated by two French doctors who suggested the vaccin...

Statewide COVID-19 Cases Nearing 45,000

Paige Dalto, Lead Copy Editor

May 4, 2020

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as of April 28th, 2020, there are now 43,264 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state. Among the additional 1,214 positive cases confirmed today, the DoH has also released that the statewide death toll has reached 1,716. All 67 Pennsylvani...

Debunking: President Trump Suggests Using UV Light and Disinfectants Internally to Fight COVID-19

Alina Zang, Layout

May 1, 2020

At a recent coronavirus press conference, President Donald Trump claimed that using heat, light or injecting disinfectants such as bleach could be a possible cure to the coronavirus. “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said during the briefing. “And is th...

America Will Be Opening Businesses In Stages

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf addresses the media on March 16, 2020.  Wolf and Secretary of Health Levine are expected to release details for a statewide contact tracing program on May 1, 2020.  (Governor Tom Wolf/CC BY 2.0)

Caroline Glus and Lauren Cribbs

May 1, 2020

President Trump shared a 3-phase plan for states to ease their way out of lockdown. The administration's 18-page document explains the three phases to reopen state economies.  However, the final decision was left with the governors. According to BBC, each phase is to last a minimum of 14 days, as...

Protesters Outside State Capitol Demand Governor Wolf Reopen Pennsylvania

A Harrisburg city police officer watches the ReOpen PA Protest on Monday, April 20, 2020.  Police estimated the number of protesters to under 1,000, or 0.00078 percent of the Pennsylvania population.  (Paul Weaver/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Paige Dalto, Lead Copy Editor

April 22, 2020

On Monday, April 20th, the streets of downtown Harrisburg were filled with citizens protesting Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order and the continued closure of non-essential businesses. Hundreds of people crowded shoulder-to-shoulder, most without masks, in protest of the Governor’s orders to continue ...

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