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Open Door Mission provides assistance for homeless population

Open Door Mission provides assistance for homeless population

Kylie Hughes, Features Editor

February 21, 2019


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Throughout the Omaha area, 2,000 people are living without a home, according to the Open Door Mission. For some, it started with the loss of a job. For others, it was substance abuse that led to the loss of their home and sometimes, everything they know. It’s the point where people who have lost...

Fontenelle teacher put on administrative leave

Tyvon Smith, In-Depth Editor

February 14, 2019


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During the 2018-2019 school year, Omaha Public Schools has had a staff member be put on administrative leave with a pending investigation on sexually violating children on the job. The Omaha World Herald reported that Gregory Sedlacek, former first grade OPS teacher at Fontenelle Elementary School,...

Speech, Debate gain recognition with over 50 degrees

Hannah Miller, In-Depth Editor

February 14, 2019


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In about two months, Speech and Debate has their Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) and National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) district tournaments. As a team, Speech and Debate wants to try and get as many people as possible to qualify for nationals and state. These competitions...

Breakdown of the shutdown

Breakdown of the shutdown

Paige Anthony, News Editor

February 14, 2019


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On Dec. 21, 2018, Congress let funding for roughly 25 percent of the federal government expire. By the midnight deadline, the House and the Senate had not passed a spending bill appropriating money to nine federal agencies, resulting in the shutdown. This shutdown came to an end on Jan 25, 2019 after...

JROTC sends their best for competition

Zach Hansen, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2019


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The North High JROTC program will be traveling to Northwest High School to attend a color guard competition. Over the past three years, the Viking battalion have performed 90 color guards within the Omaha North community and the greater Omaha city. They can also be seen providing courtesy patrol during...

BSLC plans for upcoming annual events

Molly Schmeits, Entertainment Editor

February 12, 2019


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Black Student Leadership Council (BSLC) is back in full swing after the two-week winter break. Second semester is one of the busiest times for the council. Last March, BSLC put on the first ever African American Professionals Day for the students at Omaha North. Sanjaya Bolton, 12, believes that event...

Barnes navigates the business world

Barnes navigates the business world

Dejunae Dandridge, News Editor

February 12, 2019


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Michael Barnes is a black man who has 3 companies, which makes him a small minority business owner. Barnes has sole proprietorship, an enterprise that is ran only by one individual and there is no distinction when it comes to the owner and business entity. Barnes owns a “design and marketing strategy...

Delayed payment causes cancellation of trips

Delayed payment causes cancellation of trips

Dominick Bartels, News Editor

February 12, 2019


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North High’s Art Club and National Art Honors Society have planned for various trips over the past few years. However, an issue in booking the 2018 National Art Educators Association Conference (NAEAC) in Seattle led to higher than expected prices that carved drastically into the club’s fundraising...

North High aims for another year of receiving scholarships

North High aims for another year of receiving scholarships

Tyvon Smith, In-Depth Editor

February 6, 2019


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According to the publisher of FastWeb and FinAid, Mark Kantrowitz, less than 20,000 students a year receive a completely free ride to college. In America, there is approximately 250 private scholarships that cover full ride costs to attend four-year college and universities. Meanwhile, the remaining...

Giving thanks, giving back

Paige Anthony, News Editor

February 6, 2019


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Thanksgiving is a kick-off to the holiday season as people spend time with family, the weather gets chilly, and holiday tunes are blasted on the radio. Thanksgiving is a time when people enjoy stuffing themselves at a festive meal, but not everyone is lucky enough to be able to do the same. It’s...

OPS, NSAA include transgender students despite Trump Administration

Dominick Bartels, News Editor

February 6, 2019


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President Donald Trump has been publicly against transgender rights since his 2016 election. Recently, he proposed an order that would mandate and define gender as only male and female. The proposal would ban a legal change in gender after birth. In a statement to the press the president claimed he...

2018 Midterms elections bring new faces to US legislation

Emily Mann, News Editor

February 6, 2019


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On Nov. 6, 2018, over 113 million American voters (49 percent) gathered to their local polling places to vote. The 2018 midterms produced the highest voter turnout recorded for any US midterm, something not seen in any election since 1966, presidential elections included. Richard Thompson, 12, voted...

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