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The Trump Presidency and the Tragedy of Bernie Sanders

Evan Minniti staff writer To many, the victory of Donald Trump seems like a defeat for human progress. Many feel demoralized, angry and confused about how such a right-wing demagogue could be voted into power by the increasingly progressive American people. However, we must realize that Trump’s victory could have been prevented by an independent left-wing […]

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Hosting a tremendous election viewing party

Jason Harward, graphics editor Note: this piece is satirical and meant to be taken as such. Some things in life are certain. Black Friday sales will begin in the middle of June. There will be a typo in a Highlights newspaper. And Wolf Blitzer will grace the screen during CNN’s election night coverage. While this […]

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Weed should not be freed in California

AJ Wolken staff writer California Proposition 64, one of the many propositions to be voted on in November, proposes legalizing recreational marijuana for those 21 and older. The passing of the proposition would make weed just as easy to access as alcohol, which would have many consequences. Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, the only states […]

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Television has flipped the script on Hollywood

Isaiah Freedman Sports Editor Before the early 2000s, cinema reigned supreme over television shows. Famous actors would always flock to Hollywood, while TV was relegated to the actors who “couldn’t make it on the big screen”. But ever since shows such as ‘The Sopranos’,‘The Wire’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ became smash-successes quarterbacked by big-time actors in […]

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School board elections: Who votes?

Keith Stone co-editor-in-chief School board elections have become increasingly closer in results over the last couple of years. As the number of votes deciding the victors becomes smaller and smaller, who is allowed to vote has become increasingly important. Legally, people who live in Beverly Hills are allowed to vote in school board elections, but this […]

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Anonymous messaging app cultivates antisocial culture

Eleanor Bogart-Stuart culture editor As a senior in high school in 2017, I’ve grown used to the fad of the “anonymous message” app. Two years ago it was YikYak. One year ago it was Orqa, which was quickly shut down in order to prevent bullying. Now, students are faced with yet another medium to confess […]

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California Supreme Court upholds power of teacher unions, permanent status

Jason Harward, staff writer A polarizing issue, the relevance of teacher unions, was recently heard by the California Supreme Court by way of Vergara v. California, a case that dealt with the power and boundaries of teacher unions and the extent of permanent status. Permanent status, which is often (and mistakenly) called tenure, is what […]

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AP in dire need of reform

Ben Shofet Business Manager Every single year around this time, students stress over their upcoming AP tests. Students are brought up to believe that without AP classes on their transcript, they won’t be viewed as competitive candidates for the college of their choice. According to College Counselor Ah Young Chi, they are absolutely correct. “The likelihood […]

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Going to college? Think out of state

Juliette Deutsch co-editor-in-chief Keith Stone opinion editor Getting out of state for college is one of the most important experiences that any student can have. The opportunity to travel and spend four years of one’s life out of the bubble that s/he grew up in is invaluable. Stripping away the safety net in which they have been […]

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Letter to the Editor regarding ‘Sexism present in the arts’

May 6, 2016 Volume 89, Issue 14 This letter was written in response to the article “Sexism present in the arts” printed in the March 11, 2016, Issue 11. Dear Highlights. As the Producer/Director of the Performing Arts Department’s production of Spamalot, I feel obligated to respond to the recent article, “Sexism present in the […]

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