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Miles apart, two worlds shaken

By Eli Okun | Feb. 5, 2010, 3:43 p.m. | In Print Features »

Late afternoon, on Jan. 12, junior Ruben Dumay's sister delivered a shocking piece of news to him: An earthquake had struck Haiti, their home country. Her tone of voice lulled him into disbelief. The cries on television and photos on the Internet soon revealed a new reality, though: The earthquake had been a lethal, 7.0-magnitude catastrophe. Dumay wasn't sure what to feel. He trudged to school the next day, but when he returned home, he dammed the flood of media around him – television darkened, computer powered off – and collapsed into bed without speaking to anyone.

Comic relief

By Natalie Rutsch | Feb. 5, 2010, 3:42 p.m. | In Print Features »

In eighth grade, Steven Sugar happened upon the first book of the cult comic "Hellboy." Four years later, he would give Mike Mignola, the creator of "Hellboy," a copy of his own comic at the San Diego Comic-Con.

In our own backyard

By Samantha Lint | Feb. 5, 2010, 12:23 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

In the wake of a typically generous holiday season, countless charity groups have benefitted from many people's resolutions to donate and volunteer more. Unfortunately, one group remains largely forgotten. Hundreds of needy people within our community have gone unnoticed for yet another year: foster children.

Freshman year: Obama's report card

By Eli Okun | Feb. 5, 2010, 12:17 p.m. | In Print News »

In November 2008, shortly after an exuberant American electorate chose him to lead the world's foremost superpower, Barack Obama told an interviewer, "The first hundred days is going to be important, but it's probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference."

Beyond the boulevard

By Laura Anthony | Feb. 5, 2010, 12:11 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

From Paris with Love (R) - John Travolta has a goatee, a million different guns and an unorthodox spy mentality to help him stop a terrorist attack in Paris with the help of a low-ranking employee at the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The director of "Taken", Pierre Morel, brings another action movie reminiscent of "Die Hard" and just about every other spy movie out there. But the car chases and explosions are still pretty cool. (Feb. 5)

Rogers steps in as acting principal

By Olayinka Oladiran | Feb. 5, 2010, 12:07 p.m. | In Print News »

Principal intern Myriam Rogers assumed the role of principal on Jan. 26, a position she will fill until Feb. 26 as part of the Secondary Principal Internship program, according to the schools administrative secretary Cherrie Avery.

Soapbox: Blazers speak out

By | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:57 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

"At the beginning of my freshman year I had a stress fracture in my lower back. I was out almost the entire season and I had to stay off it and avoid all athletic activity." -junior Andrew Lichter

Talent of Olympian proportions

By Tasnia Habib Samantha Lint | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:51 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

The medals, the snowsuits, the way an ice skater's feet execute a perfect triple axle — the Winter Olympics are full of wonder. Every four years, world-class athletes from across the globe come together for hair-raising competitions on ice and in snow. We, your entertainment editors, were shocked and embarrassed when we were not invited to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Demeaned but determined, we decided to host our own event in Silver Spring to showcase our Olympian talents in three winter sports.

Anti-gang task force formed along county border

By Rebecca Guterman | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:49 a.m. | In Print News »

A new anti-gang task force along the border of Montgomery County and Prince George's County will form this year with the help of newly attained federal funds, according to special investigations division director Captain David Gillespie of the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD).

Blair dropout rate rises

By Rebecca Guterman | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:44 a.m. | In Print News »

Blair's dropout rate has been steadily increasing for the past decade, despite a decrease in Maryland's overall dropout rate, according to the 2009 Maryland Report Card. The Report Card which records state, county and individual school statistics regarding standardized tests and graduation.

Working canine to five

By Jenny Sholar | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:34 a.m. | In Print Features »

The little building is filled with surprises. Single-storied, white with a red awning, from the outside it looks like it could be a warehouse, or maybe a simple store. But its well-lit, bustling interior is filled with wheelchairs, walkers - and dogs. In the foyer, a man laughs as a dog says goodbye to him through licks and tail wags. In the main room, a train of people in wheelchairs and scooters lead their dogs in a circle around the floor. In a side room, a woman with a walker speaks to a group of teenagers about why she loves her dog so much.

Magnet makes Tech Ed changes

By Sarah Schwartz | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:34 a.m. | In Print News »

Magnet students will be required to take Principles of Engineering (POE), starting this semester with the class of 2012, in order to fulfill recently modified Technology Education (Tech Ed) requirements. According to Magnet coordinator Peter Ostrander, the new course offering is part of a series of related changes to the Magnet program curriculum.

New AP art courses to be offered

By Biruk Bekele | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:30 a.m. | In Print News »

Blair will offer Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory and AP Art History classes for the first time next year as a way to increase both the course variety for students and the number of students who take fine arts electives, said Sara Josey, fine arts resource teacher.

Ride-On plans cut

By Jenny Sholar | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:29 a.m. | In Print News »

A plan to cut Ride-On bus service from 27 area routes has been proposed by county officials and will go into effect in March if the County Council approves the changes. The cuts are part of an effort to offset the county's projected $600 million budget deficit this fiscal year, according to county spokesperson Esther Bowring.

Magnet makes Tech Ed changes

By Sarah Schwartz | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:26 a.m. | In Print News »

Magnet students will be required to take Principles of Engineering (POE), starting this semester with the class of 2012, in order to fulfill recently modified Technology Education (Tech Ed) requirements. According to Magnet coordinator Peter Ostrander, the new course offering is part of a series of related changes to the Magnet program curriculum.

Blair becomes more energy efficient

By Biruk Bekele | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:26 a.m. | In Print News »

New compact fluorescent lights (CFL) have been installed in school hallways and most teachers now have individual desk lamps that they can use instead of the classroom lights, according to Green Club sponsor Karen Shilling. These recent changes have made Blair more energy efficient, and were brought about by initiatives by the Randolph Maintenance Depot, the Green Club, building services and MCPS School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT).

Reaching the limit

By Jialin Quinlan | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:18 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

Imagine, 3,000 students milling about on a campus surrounded by two major roads. The cars whiz by at high speeds, as jaywalking students dodge their trajectories. Sound familiar? This is the situation that Blazers are faced with on a daily basis.

Catching the red and white fever

By Annie Buckley | Feb. 5, 2010, 11:12 a.m. | In Print Sports »

They all jump at exactly the same time. Crowds of people clad in red and white slam their bodies against the clear plastic, smearing their red face paint down the pane in long streaks. Screaming and clapping each other on the back, they congratulate the people gathered around them. The cause: A small black piece of plastic glided across the ice into the opponent's net.

Short strides to recovery

By Rebecca Novello | Feb. 5, 2010, 8:54 a.m. | In Print Sports »

It was a hard speed workout early on in the cross-country season, and junior Jeremy Ardanuy was focused on making good time. So when he first felt the sharp pain in his hip, he logged it as a typical runner's pain and ran on to finish the workout. He wouldn't find out until weeks later that the source of his pain was a stress fracture in his hip, an injury that would keep him from running for the rest of the season.

Rolling in money

By Lily Alexander | Feb. 5, 2010, 8:41 a.m. | In Print Features »

For most Blazers, the Blair weight room serves as a place to work out and build up strength. Kevin uses it to work up a mental sweat. After finishing a set of weights, he joins his friends, takes two dice from his pocket and rolls them with a flick of the wrist. The red dice spin around the floor as if in slow motion, teeter precariously and land with a four and three showing. He beams as he takes $10 from his friend's outstretched hand and picks up the weights for another set.

Country in profile: Ethiopia

By Philipa Friedman | Feb. 5, 2010, 8:32 a.m. | In Print Features »

When the whole family is around, freshman Beemnet Kebede, her parents and her brother all sit down around a communal tray and eat dinner together. This nightly ritual has always been a way to express love and to communicate. After all, not much has changed about her family dinners in all the years her family has been eating together, except their location.

Facebook network reads like an open book

By Vicky Lai | Feb. 5, 2010, 8:19 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

If your friends can see your most private information on Facebook, who else can? You wouldn't post your name and picture on a public wall for everyone to see. Yet that's what Facebook is doing with user data in its latest privacy modifications.

Keeping up with the beat

By Sarah Schwartz | Feb. 5, 2010, 8:18 a.m. | In Print Features »

Senior Brittany Reyes knows tonight is going to be a good night. She comes home from school and does her homework for the next day. A few of her friends come over, but instead of bidding them goodbye at the end of the afternoon, Reyes heads out with her group. Together, they plunge into a world of singing, dancing and music - the Washington, D.C., concert scene.

Money speaks volumes

By | Feb. 5, 2010, 8:15 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

By all accounts, there are two great enduring institutions in America: free speech and capitalism. But the intersection of the two can have disastrous results. This reality gripped the nation last month when the Supreme Court decided to lift all limits concerning amount of money corporations and unions can spend and the proximity to the election they can broadcast issue advertisements in the case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Separating GPA and attendance

By Jess Miller | Feb. 5, 2010, 7:49 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

We all know the story: student skips school, student gets marked absent from his or her class and the absence is marked unexcused. Rinse and repeat five times, and the student has a Loss of Credit (LC) on his or her report card. But the narrative will hopefully change next year, as a county proposal could eliminate this inefficient policy.

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