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The Maryland General Assembly passed two new bills that aim to increase minimum wage and to allow public school districts to choose when to start school. The two bills were met with opposition from Gov. Larry Hogan, who vetoed both bills but were both overridden by the State House and Senate.

Md. Minimum wage increases beginning 2020

By Brandon Li, Senior Writer May 9, 2019

When looking for a part time job, most will value salary over enjoyment and experience. However, with the new increase in minimum wage, that tradeoff may not exist anymore. The Maryland General Assembly...

Amazon’s proposed HQ2 location in NYC was shut down by local activist groups. The groups argued Amazon would drive the cost of living up, hurting the surrounding New Yorkers.

Amazon cancels plans to create new headquarters in N.Y.

By Brandon Li and Joe Raab March 6, 2019

After publicly revealing the creation of two new headquarter locations in Arlington, Va. and New York City, N.Y., Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced Feb. 14 he will cancel the construction of...

With the addition of the automated flagger assistance device, the need for workers using hand-held “Stop” and “Slow” signs will be eliminated.

New automated flaggers boost road safety

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor December 14, 2018

Maryland highway officials are testing a new method of directing traffic in a construction zone. Usually, a construction worker will be holding a sign that says “Stop” or “Slow,” but with the new...

WCHS hockey coaches pose with the team after winning the state championship last year.

Hockey hopes to win fifth consecutive championship

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor November 21, 2018

Not one, not two, not three, but four state championship titles, back to back to back to back years. With the season already underway, WCHS varsity ice hockey looks to add one more title. After winning...

Maryland’s “Move Over” law now requires drivers to move over for waste and recycling trucks, as well as service and utility vehicles. The previous law only required drivers to move over for emergency vehicles, such as ambulances and police cruisers, but the expanded law now includes work trucks as well.

New MD law helps to protect service vehicles

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor October 11, 2018

Starting Oct. 1, Maryland drivers will have to yield to transportation, service and utility vehicles that are parked along the side of the road. Maryland’s Move Over law, which details the proper...

MCPS supplies free ACT, SAT vouchers to students

By Brandon Li, Online News Editor February 8, 2018

MCPS is now offering a free SAT or ACT voucher for every junior.   In order to receive the free voucher, students must apply through the Counseling Department or the College/Career Center....

The Observers guide to college research

The Observer’s guide to college research

By Alissa Li, Observations Editor September 11, 2014

Once students graduate from their “underclassmen” status, they are suddenly burdened with a lot more stress. Not only do they have to worry about keeping their GPA afloat, they need to start researching...

Miss HIMYM? The Observer Recommends New Shows

Miss HIMYM? The Observer Recommends New Shows

By Alissa Li, Observations Editor May 23, 2014

As How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) left the television scene with a legendary bang, die-hard HIMYM fans were left with a gaping hole in their hearts. Suddenly, the show that they had followed for nine full...

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