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Virgin Galactic to launch space flights for public

By By Yasmin Akbari, Online News Editor

December 22, 2010

Imagine blasting off into outer space in a rocket and experiencing the thrill of the earth rising.  At one time, only professional astronauts could leave our atmosphere, but in the near future, many ordinary people with extraordinary wealth will be able to. Virgin Galactic, in tandem with Scaled Composites...

Budget shortfalls put school busing at risk

By By Justin Rheingold, News Editor

December 22, 2010

After a report published last February that detailed Montgomery County’s budget shortfall, legislators in the Maryland general assembly have been hard at work trying to close the deficit. Though it has since been withdrawn from consideration, a bill proposed by Maryland Senator Richard Madaleno (D-18,...

FDA reccomends HPV vaccine for young males

By By Spenser Easterbrook, Advertising Manager

December 22, 2010

Recently, the FDA recommended that the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), traditionally administered to girls, should also be given to males ages 9 through 26. The vaccine, manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals, is marketed under the name Gardasil and is given as three injections over a six-month...

Students prepare for production of ‘Mouse Trap’

By By Luke Frentsos, Sports Photo Editor

December 22, 2010

CHS has a rich tradition of performing fantastic, critically acclaimed plays.  The drama department will continue its tradition when it performs Agatha Christie’s most famous play, The Mouse Trap, February 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. The play will have two separate casts, each performing on Friday...

K-12 Math Work presents county with changes for its math curriculum

By By Sarah Reitzes, Fact Checker

December 21, 2010

The K-12 Math Work Group presented a set of 26 recommendations for changes to the MCPS math curriculum to Superintendent Jerry Weast and the Board of Education in early November. Assembled in January 2009, the K-12 Math Work Group’s objective is to improve the MCPS math program. “The goal of the...

Community reacts to ‘A Race to Nowhere’ screening

By By Olivia Parven, Contest Manager

December 21, 2010

A Race to Nowhere, directed by Vicki Abeles, is a documentary that raises questions and concerns about how students today are being increasingly pressured to succeed by parents, teachers, society and themselves more so than in previous years. The film was presented at the CHS auditorium Nov. 22 to raise...

Futuristic Coke machine comes to California Tortilla

By By Sophia Tapper, Staff Writer

November 29, 2010

Coca-Cola’s new coke dispenser, Coke Freestyle, offers over 100 different soda flavors, and will soon replace the average drink dispenser at Cabin John Mall’s California Tortilla around Thanksgiving. The Freestyle’s dispenser automatically cools the drinks so there is no need for ice, although...

Law sets guidelines for sports-related concussions

November 23, 2010

Sophomore goalie Rebecca Ewel felt somewhat dazed after being kicked in the temple, but she decided to stay in her club soccer game. Later that day, Ewel began to feel very dizzy and nauseous. Little did she know, she had just suffered a concussion. “A concussion can potentially be very lethal,”...

Ugandan newspaper calls for hanging of homosexuals

By By Yasmin Akbari, Online News Editor, and Andrea Mirviss, Editor-in-Chief

November 23, 2010

In a country where 64 percent of the population wants the Bible to be the law of the land, and where 80 percent of Christians believe homosexuality is immoral, Uganda’s independent newspaper, Rolling Stone, published an “exposé” in early October, outing closeted homosexuals by printing their pictures...

Local tutoring service expands to elementary school

By By Joel Denicoff, Staff Writer

November 23, 2010

Although it started as a small Montgomery County company, Peer2Peer tutoring has expanded to Howard County, Fairfax County, Westchester, New York and, for the first time, to an elementary school. Peer2Peer is now providing free tutoring for students from Strathmore Elementary School. Strathmore is...

Gifford’s chain closes after serving imposter ice cream

By By Dana Youngentob, Public Relations

November 23, 2010

All of the Gifford’s Ice Cream stores have been shut down due to an investigation which revealed the sale of Hood ice cream, a grocery store brand, inside the Chevy Chase Gifford’s store this summer. According to an Oct. 23 Washington Post article, Neal Lieberman, Gifford’s wholesale business...

Unique, frozen attraction returns for a second year

By By Stacey Stein, Public Relations

November 23, 2010

For the second year the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center will offer ICE!, an attraction with sculptures and slides made completely out of ice. This year, the theme is Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and various scenes from the book will displayed.  The 15,000 square foot...

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