LATEST FEATURE: HURRICANE FLORENCE AFFECTS NORTH CAROLINA
RECAP: 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS
By: Jennifer Vazquez E.
Midterm elections were held on November 6, 2018, and in those elections many states voted for their senators, representatives, and governors along with other local positions. There were many key races during the elections that had everyone’s attention and continue to be in many people’s mind a week later. The elections included both Democratic and Republican victories, however it is very likely that Democrats are hitting the Republican Party quite hard with their victories. Here’s a recap of some key election results. One major Democratic victory was the Democrats taking back the House of Representatives by leading with 237 seats and the Republicans with 198 seats. Within the House, many women made history by winning their elections. America gained their first Muslim women in Congress, including Rashida Tlaib representing the 13th District in Michigan and Ilhan Omar representing Minnesota’s 5th District. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also made history by becoming the youngest woman to serve in Congress at the age of 29, representing the 14th District of New York. Ayanna Pressley representing Massachusetts’s 7th District became the first black woman in Congress from Massachusetts. Lucy McBath, mother of 17 year old Jordan Davis who was shot and killed in 2012, won the race to represent Georgia’s 6th District. Overall, many of the victories in the House of Representatives has left us with the most diverse Congress the United States has ever had. One final Democratic win is Jared Polis in Colorado who has become the first openly gay man elected to be governor in U.S. history. On the Republican side of the elections, there were also some victories however losing the House is definitely going to hit the Republican party hard. A key race that the Republicans won is the Senate race in Texas with Republican Rafael “Ted” Cruz winning reelection against Democratic candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. Many Democrats were extremely disappointed at this loss, however it did bring out the idea that O’Rourke may consider running for the 2020 Presidential Election. In Florida, Republican Ron Desantis managed to barely win as governor against Andrew Gillum. Democrats were very disappointed at these results, especially when noting how close the votes were. More issues in Florida occurred with the Senate race due to machines overheating and other issues that rejected certain ballots, such as voting by mail. A recount is taking place because of these problems with possible legal issues to extend the deadline for the recount. Meanwhile in Georgia’s governor race, Democrat Stacey Abrams trailed very closely behind Republican Brian Kemp, however the race remains unsettled thus far. Because of this, a recount is taking place while Abrams refuses to drop out of the race. There has been much controversy regarding the governor’s race due to Kemp being Secretary of State, a job that oversees elections, causing many to put out the possibility that Kemp may have used this power to turn the election in his favor. Despite the Republican Party only losing the House, much of the controversies revolving around members of their party also affected them, including the allegations of tampering with certain aspects of the election in order to favor their party more. This year’s Midterms were especially notable due to the extremely high amount of voter turnout compared to previous Midterms. The grand majority of the states had a voter turnout of about 40% or more, Minnesota having an astonishing 64%. Based on these elections, we can certainly presume that the 2020 Presidential Election may have some of the biggest voter turnout we’ve seen yet.
TRAFFIC CONCERNS AROUND ECHS
By: S. Prasad '22
October 31, 2018, was an eventful afternoon for the students who ride bus 208. The bus had gotten in an accident around 4:10 p.m at Hillside High School. The students didn't even leave school grounds when, BOOM!, the bus had crashed. Luckily this accident wasn’t a major one but the bus got into a condition that was really hard to fix and now we, the students, had to ride a different bus, which is more crowded.. For the past two weeks, there have been multiple accidents around North Carolina Central University involving students, especially when they are trying to cross roads to get to their destination. To be more specific these accidents are happening in narrower roads, where there is a lot more traffic and crossing sides.
ECHS is on Fayetteville Street which is narrow and is filled with traffic. There are students always crossing, and trying to get to where they need to go. A lot of students were super close to accidents, mostly because they didn’t pay attention and were in a hurry to get to class on time. It’s not only the driver’s fault but also the student’s. In this case, it’s hard to know who to blame.
I took the opportunity to interview Officer Anderson from Central’s police department. He told me that road crossing is a serious issue, and believes that there is no solution to it other than trying to prevent accidents from happening as much as possible. There hasn’t been any serious accident recently or were any recorded, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any to come. We should be cautious of where we are walking, and look in both directions before walking. The officers are working really hard to prevent accidents, and are doing their best in any way possible. We should try to appreciate them by saying a “thank you” or just giving them a small smile while walking past them.
As a side note, I would like to do something for the officers working here at NCCU to show that we really appreciate their work, so if you have any ideas please email me at Shonya3343@gmail.com or talk to Mr. Becker (204) about it, so we can plan something out. Please and thank you! :)
HURRICANE FLORENCE AFFECTS NORTH CAROLINA
By: S. Prasad '22
Hurricane Florence didn’t really have much of an effect on us but there are some students who believe that the actions taken towards Florence was a little exaggerated and should have been done a little differently. Nya McDougald ‘22, Zaniya Peaco ‘21, and Mya Bumpass ‘20 all said that this was exaggerated, and there was no point in preparing for it. It was all a waste of money and time. However inconvenient and anticlimactic the storm may have been for the Triangle, it’s still critical to be prepared. We might not have been impacted much, but there are still a lot of areas that were heavily impacted and had almost no time to prepare because of the sudden change in direction. We were lucky that we were even able to prepare a little bit. If Florence hadn’t changed directions, we would have gone through the same things that most of these people went through. For example, the storm dumped over 30 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina. Swansboro, a town near North Carolina's coast, received 30.58 inches of rainfall as of Saturday morning, setting a record for tropical storm-associated rainfall in the state, meteorologist David Roth said. This was enough rain to cause flooding all over, making transportation impossible, trapping people inside their homes.
Altogether there were more than 18 trillion gallons of rain, enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay. The storm has already broken North Carolina state rainfall records.
How did Hurricane Florence affect agriculture? According to CNBC, the storm, which is now broken into remnants, moved out of the area, leaving behind massive destruction, including in the region's agricultural industry. North Carolina's poultry sector suffered the loss of at least 3.4 million chickens and turkeys as a result of impacts from Hurricane Florence. The Tar Heel state's swine losses are now estimated to be 5,500 hogs, according to industry estimates. South Carolina also appears to have suffered damage to its cotton crop, the state's top agriculture official said.
Stated by Topical-Research-Reports: The National Weather Service in Raleigh estimated early Tuesday that Florence had dumped about 8.04 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina. Florence also caused at least 33 deaths, with 26 of those in North Carolina, according to The Associated Press. There has been enough damage done already and there are some students who say that North Carolina didn’t do enough to prepare for the Hurricane. Imani Bynum ‘20 stated: “ I think the N.C government should have provided the poor and elderly help with getting prepared for the hurricane and getting those in evacuation zones more help.”
Do you think we had prepared enough or too little for the hurricane? Do you think we should have canceled school, do you think other parts of N.C should have canceled school? How should we have done this differently? Remember, the Community Service Club is collecting non perishable food and toiletries for the thousands of people who were displaced by the hurricane. Donations are being accepted through October 31 in Mrs. Smith’s room (006).
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