The Story of St. Patrick’s Day

by Megan Luckiw

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain and was captured in the late 4th century at the age of 16. He was taken to Ireland as a slave. He eventually escaped and in the time that he was there he converted 432 irish people to Christianity. St. Patrick established monasteries, churches, and schools. When he died on March 17, 461 Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts.
This tradition came to the United States they turned it into a secular holiday In the article “Saint Patrick’s Day” on https://www.britannica.com/topic/Saint-Patricks-Day it says, “Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. Since 1962 Chicago has coloured its river green to mark the holiday. (Although blue was the colour traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day.) “

Florida Zookeeper Attacked by Rhino

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by J.C. Spencer

According to CNN, a zookeeper at the Jacksonville Zoo in Jacksonville, Florida was taken to the hospital Tuesday, February 26th. The injuries were resulted from a regular training session with Archie, a male rhino, when the zookeeper “made contact” with him. No guests were present at the time of the injury. NBC says that it happened around 9:40 AM Tuesday, and that Archie has been at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida since around 1975. Only seven weeks before this, a two year old girl had fallen into another rhino enclosure at a zoo in Melbourne, Florida, only 170 miles south of Jacksonville. She had many bruises all over her body, after two rhinos rammed into her repeatedly. Archie was born in 1969, making him one of the oldest rhinos in America. He was on exhibit with two other rhinos at the time, both female.

 

Sources:

www.nbcnews.com

www.cnn.com

www.fox17online.com

 

Summeritis is REAL

by Ally Andrade

Around 3rd and 4th quarters students focus on missing summer more than ever! They are so eager to get out of school and the weather to be warm again! It is really just an excuse for students to be more lazy and daydream more and more in class. I mean….who doesn’t love summer? However, there is a time for summer and a time for school. Just don’t focus of it and 3rd and 4th quarter will fly by!

 

Kevin Hart Oscar Controversy

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by Megan Luckiw

Kevin Hart was asked to apologize for homophobic tweets in his past and steps down from the Oscars host instead. He says that he already brought it up and apologized when they were more relevant. Some of these tweets involve him saying,” Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice “stop that’s gay”. As well as,” Ok I’m just now waking up and I’m in a good mood so I think I’m going to go to the gym and get big……..(no homo) lol.”

Obviously these aren’t very tasteful. Many comedians say that they can make jokes about anything. Which is fine but these aren’t  professional jokes on a stage with a punchline. Billy Eichner took to twitter to say his opinion about it. He writes,” Many of us have jokes/tweets we regret. I’m ok with tasteless jokes, depending on context. What bothers me about these is you can tell it’s not just a joke-there’s real truth, anger & fear behind these. I hope Kevin’s thinking has evolved since 2011.”

Another thing people have a problem with this is when he said he apologized for this in the past he never actually says the words “I’m sorry.” He says I don’t want problems with anybody and being homophobic can ruin a career. Which does sound kind of like a back hand apology but then he goes to say that homosexuality is not a joke and it’s not funny because of all these hate crimes that have been happening lately.

     Kevin even went on the Ellen Show to talk about his controversy in which he says ,” I know me and I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body.” Ellen says,” I know that and that’s why I think you should be the host of the Oscars.” To have Ellen DeGeneres stand up for him might persuade people’s opinions on Kevin Hart.

Kevin ended up not hosting the Oscars which aired this past Sunday. Instead the Academy opted for no host at all.