The Observer

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...

U.S. nuclear experts review safety of American plants

By Yasmin Akbari Observations Editor and Yasmin Akbari, Observations Editor

April 13, 2011

After the devastating earthquake in Japan and the numerous problems that have been occurring with the Fukushima nuclear power plant, many U.S. officials have begun to investigate the 104 domestic nuclear power plants in America. Because experts at the U.S. Geological Survey forecast an earthquake...

Use of social media leads to Egyptian Revolution

By By Yasmin Akbari, Online News Editor

March 1, 2011

In the past, the United States has seen numerous domestic demonstrations, such as the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was organized by African American religious, civil rights and labor organizations and gained momentum solely through word of mouth and the spread of print publications....

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...

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...

MCPS proposes new loss of credit policy

By By Yasmin Akbari, Online News Editor, and Sushen Thiyagarajan, Breaking News Editor

May 6, 2010

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will propose changes to the current loss of credit (LC) policy at a May 11 meeting which would go into effect for the 2010-2011 school year. Currently, a student must have missed five or more class periods or have 15 or more unexcused tardies during a semester...

Maryland registration age lowered

By By Yasmin Akbari, Online News Editor, and Justin Rheingold, News Editor

May 6, 2010

The Maryland legislature recently passed a law allowing students to register to vote when they turn 16. The law, which is awaiting the signature of Gov. Martin O’Malley, is intended to make the voting process easier by extending the registration period. Lawmakers hope that the law will increase...

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