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Paper, plastic bag tax hits retail stores Jan. 1

Paper, plastic bag tax hits retail stores Jan. 1

By By Julia Greenzaid, Fact Checker

December 20, 2011

 Starting Jan. 1, all Montgomery County retailers, not just grocery stores, will charge customers five cents for each paper or plastic bag used to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags and to reduce litter in streams and public areas. Retailers will use one penny of each nickel earned throug...

Student bemoans Congressional food faux pas

Student bemoans Congressional food faux pas

By By Natalia Derechin, Features Production Editor

December 20, 2011

  Dear Congress:     You had me worried for a second. I thought our country was in shambles, but apparently it’s not. If you could take the time out of your busy schedule to declare pizza a vegetable, then we must be in fantastic shape. If both Republicans and Democrats were able to come toge...

UMD to cut eight varsity teams due to budget

UMD to cut eight varsity teams due to budget

By By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

December 20, 2011

  The University of Maryland (UMD) will cut men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, men’s tennis, women’s water polo, and the women’s acrobatics and tumbling team for the 2012-2013 school yea...

Basketball dominates in opening game on road

Basketball dominates in opening game on road

By By Joel Denicoff, Sports Editor

December 20, 2011

      The boys basketball team bounced back from a tough loss to Sherwood by demolishing Gaithersburg, 66-33, away Dec. 12.   The win improved the Bulldogs record to 2-1. Despite doubling the Trojans score, CHS was down for most of the first half but managed to tie the score at 30 at...

Rumored ban on leggings just stretching the truth

Rumored ban on leggings just stretching the truth

By By Allison Srour, Features Editor and Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

December 8, 2011

Twitter, Facebook and Hot 99.5 had students in a fury Wednesday night and Thursday morning with rumors about a new MCPS policy banning students from wearing leggings and yoga pants to school. According to a Dec. 8 Kensington Patch article, MCPS is not in fact putting a policy into effect. MCPS schools...

Football wins first playoff game in seven years

Football wins first playoff game in seven years

By By Joel Denicoff, Sports Editor

November 21, 2011

  The CHS football team came out hungry in its first home playoff game since 2004 by defeating Gaithersburg 24-6 Nov. 11.   CHS controlled the tempo of the game from the start when senior quarterback Lansana Keita found junior Dominique Williams for a 21-yard touchdown in the Bulldogs fi...

Students give back through cancer awareness campaign

Students give back through cancer awareness campaign

November 21, 2011

  CHS sports teams and clubs are uniting to raise money to support cancer awareness.   The football team, girls and boys soccer and girls volleyball teams and the Key Club have contributed to the cause either by wearing pink during games or by raising money for cancer research.   "I am...

Police presence aims to prevent illegal drop offs

Police presence aims to prevent illegal drop offs

By Spenser Easterbrook, Opinions Editor

November 21, 2011

  CHS began receiving assistance this year from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) to help control morning traffic outside the school. CHS is the only high school in the Rockville police district to receive support from the police for traffic-related problems.   MCPD began morning patrols in respo...

Middle school grades should not make transcript

By Online Opinions Editor, Emilie Plesset

October 26, 2011

 When in middle school, students are strongly encouraged to take certain classes, like world languages, that appear on a high school transcript. Some middle school students, however, have yet to recognize the importance of academics. Many are still learning vital studying techniques and have not yet...

In light of 9/11, where has all the patriotism gone?

By Observations Editor, Yasmin Akbari

September 27, 2011

I am proud to say that I recited the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time in high school Sept. 9. It’s not that I don’t pledge my allegiance to the union: America is and always has been my home. Ask any high school student: because teachers and administrators don’t force us to, we simply don’t...

E-books are far better alternative to textbooks

By Staff Writer, Dana Harris

September 27, 2011

Bring a 20-pound water cooler and walk around CHS for the day. You will likely feel exhaustion and muscle strain. Tomorrow, replace the cooler with a water bottle weighing about 10 ounces. It makes more sense to carry something light and convenient, rather than something bulky and unnecessary, so why...

Kyle in Context

By Kyle Edwards, Online Humor Columnist

September 27, 2011

Pools are closing, schools are starting up again, and the new football season has just begun. Summer is over, but planning for next summer's blockbuster season is just beginning. Capitalism is equal to successful manipulation, and blockbuster season screams capitalism—just like the sharing principles...

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