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“Then, while we look for an orphanage or place that
                                                            takes … lo...
Mrs. Bird turned to the girls. “We’ll check Kitty in late.    herself on top of Cindy's dead body. My name is
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I swore to her soul that I would revenge her. Maybe I        The windows were open and the warm summer breeze
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  1. 1. The Locker The Wellesley Middle School Newspaper Winter 2009 We’re
Killing
Our
Air
Source

 Alice
 
 The
 trees
 on
 the
 earth
 are
 the
 lungs
 of
 the
 planet.
 Mother
 Earth
 can
 barely
 breathe
with
the
air
we
have
today.
The
environmental
organization,
Greenpeace,
 says
 that
 80%
 of
 the
 world’s
 ancient
 forests
 have
 already
 been
 destroyed/damaged.
 The
 portion
 we
 have
 left
 is
 being
 threatened
 by
 illegal
 and
 destructive
 logging.
 Every
 two
 seconds,
 chunks
 of
 forests
 the
 size
 of
 football
 fields
are
being
destroyed,
even
as
you
read
this.
Each
year,
the
earth
is
losing
32
 million
 acres
 of
 its
 natural
 forests.
 Forests
 are
 also
 at
 risk
 from
 cattle
 grazing,
 Contents agriculture,
mining,
oil
mining,
population
expansion,
dams,
pipelines,
and
other
 infrastructures.
 Activity Pages 
 Comics These
 things
 put
 the
 world
 at
 risk
 in
 very
 serious
 ways.
 Trees
 and
 plants
 have
 News very
important
parts
in
our
live,
even
if
we
don’t
know
it
very
well.
They
stabilize
 Stories the
 climate
 by
 removing
 green
 house
 gases
 and
 holding
 them
 in
 their
 root,
 Sports leaves,
wood,
and
soil.
Destroying
trees
allows
the
dangerous
gases
to
stay
in
the
 “The Locker” is produced by atmosphere.
 Scientists
 have
 predicted
 that
 the
 consequences
 of
 global
 warming
 the current members of the will
 increase
 floods,
 heat
 waves,
 droughts,
 wildfires,
 species
 extinction,
 and
 WMS Newspaper Club. WMS spread
of
disease.
Everything
will
be
wide
range.
It
has
been
proven
that
20‐25%
 students who would like to of
 all
 carbon
 emissions
 are
 resulted
 from
 deforestation
 and
 land
 use
 changes.
 contribute to future editions About
 the
same
percentage
comes
from
 the
cars
and
trucks
in
 the
 US
 that
emit
 should listen to the school harmful
gases.

 announcements for future club meetings! 
 Editors: Yuto and Deforestation
 is
 negative
 towards
 biodiversity.
 It’s
 estimated
 that
 70%
 of
 the
 Alice , Jonathan world’s
animal
and
plant
population
live
in
forests.
Many
animals
will
disappear
 Assistant Editors: if
their
habitat
is
 destroyed.
 The
Tropical
rainforest
 of
 the
world
 take
 up
12%
 of
 Bill, Noor, the
world’s
land
but
contain
half
the
world’s
known
species
and
plant
life.
In
100
 Stephanie, Melanie, and Haruki years,
 all
 the
 rainforests
 in
 the
 world
 would
 be
 wiped
 out
 if
 they
 keep
 being
 Faculty Advisor: destroyed
 at
 the
 rate
 they
 are
 being
 now.
 Their
 ecosystems
 would
 disappear.
 Lynne Johnson Trees
play
a
key
part
in
protecting
riverbeds,
preventing
landslides,
and
flooding.
 The
poverty
rate
would
go
up
as
well.
1.2
billion
people
earn
their
livelihood
from
 forests.
 
 So
next
time
you
write
on
only
one
side
of
the
paper
and
then
go
throw
it
away,
 think
again
and
keep
it,
or
a
least
recycle
it,
because
paper
comes
from
trees
and
 you’re
killing
the
air
you
breathe
and
the
planet
you
live
on
too.
So,
try
and
be
a
 little
 more
 considerate
 of
 the
 amount
 of
 paper
 you
 use
 and
 what
 happens
 to
 it
 when
you’re
done.
 
 Sources:
 http://www.history.com/states.do?action=detail&state=Deforestation&contentTy pe=State_Generic&contentId=60564&parentId=earth

  2. 2. health care system." – Barack Obama in remarks Top Ten Silliest Political after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, Quotes Since Campaign 2009, accidentally saying that he wanted to add inefficiencies instead of efficiencies to the system. 2008 8. “I think it was in the Rose Garden where I issued this So as we begin 2010, we can look back and brilliant statement: If I had a magic wand -- but the president doesn't have a magic wand. You just can't laugh at all the crazy things that have been said say, 'low gas.'" --George W. Bush, Washington D.C., since the time of election ’08 in American July 15, 2008. politics… 9. "People say, well, do you ever hear any other voices By: Rishi other than, like, a few people? Of course I do." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2008, accidentally implying that he may be “hearing 1. "As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space voices”. of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border." -- 10. "And they have no disregard for human life." -- Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska's proximity to George W. Bush, on the brutality of Afghan fighters, Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview Washington, D.C., July 15, 2008. Oh, how kind! with CBS's Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008, displaying what we hoped to be her sense of humor…although that was unfortunately not the case! Before… 2. "Amigo! Amigo!" --George W. Bush, calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008. 3. "We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation." --Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 16, 2008, once again displaying her refined eloquence… 4. "I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." - -Barack Obama, at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon, May 9, 2008, probably meaning to say "I've now been in 47 states -- I think one left to go." After… 5. "I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. ... When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway." —Vice President Joe Biden, dispensing handy tips to protect against the swine flu and freaking us out, "Today Show" interview, April 30, 2009, and not reassuring us the least bit! 6. "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2008, accidentally implying that the North Koreans abducted the mother from the White Sources: about.com, House. http://blog.reidreport.com/uploaded_images/cheney-gun- cartoon-755917.gif, and 7. "The reforms we seek would bring greater http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/1/O/2/vice- competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our presidential-lk1016d.jpg
  3. 3. “Then, while we look for an orphanage or place that takes … lost kids, we’ll look for Alicia.” Lynn took the Myste rie s in Ne w York little girl’s hand and marched out of park. The three Part II: T o t he O rp ha nage trooped down the streets, eyes searching for a place for the girl. By Noor “You know what?” Myra announced, after five minutes Part 1 Summary of searching. “Let’s just give her to a policeman. Lynn, Alicia, and Myra have gone on a vacation to New Alicia’s missing and we need to find her.” York! On the way back to a park where Alicia “THIS IS NEW YORK!!” Lynn burst out. “THIS IS accidentally forgets a purse, the girls find a lost girl. HORRIBLE! HOW DO WE FIND A LITTLE What to DO? Upon their arrival at the park Alicia TEENAGER IN THIS HUGE CITY!?” mysteriously disappears, leaving her two friends along Myra watched her friend make a huge scene, attract with the lost child to find their way out of the bone- attention, and then calm down. “Lynn, stop it. You’re chilling, spine-shivering park. making a horrible scene!” Tears escaped from Myra’s eyes as she realized how true Lynn’s terrible words “Well,” Myra said, analyzing the situation. “Um, at least were. we have a place to go back to—the restaurant.” “How about we try a store?” Myra asked, firmly. “Let’s “For goodness sakes, Myra, where do we take this … go! We’ll ask a storekeeper where the nearest orphanage kid?” Lynn asked, annoyed. “The orphanage?” or day care or whatever is? Okay?” “That’s a great idea!” Myra smiled, brightly. “Let’s take her there and … yeah. We’re done with that problem!” Lynn silently followed her friend into a restaurant. The “Um, no, we’re not,” Lynn snapped. “What about brightly lit room with delicious smells of Mexican foods ALICIA?” escaped from the kitchen, causing Lynn an extra burst of Myra’s eyes darted apprehensively through the park. sadness at the thought of her parents waiting in the “Well, we can always … find a policeman?” restaurant. “Out here? In this DESERTED place with absolutely Myra approached the counter and asked, “Do you know NOTHING helpful?” Lynn burst out. “I’m going back to of any orphanages around here? Day cares, perhaps?” At the restaurant!” a lady’s staring, stern blue eyes Myra’s tone of voice changed. “WE are not orphans, ma’am. We just need to KNOW.” The lady gave directions and the three girls left. Ten minutes later, the girls arrived at the Parker Orphanage. Lynn pushed open the door to find a weary, old lady. “Ma’am, we found this girl on the streets,” Lynn announced. “Please, do you know what to do?” The lady took the little girl’s hand and asked, “What’s your name, dear?” “M-my name?” the girl asked, her trembling face The girls headed back to the entrance of the park. There, pinched in worry. “Mommy calls me … Kitty.” just by the gate of the park, lay a small, pink bracelet. “That’s Alicia’s!” Myra cried. “I’m so not kidding, “Kitty?” the lady asked. “Well, Kitty, come with me.” Lynn—it is a clue to where Alicia is! She’s probably left “Wait,” Myra cried. “What are you...?” the park by now!” “Would you girls like to come in and see her to her “Without us?” Lynn asked, skeptically. room—is that it?” the lady inquired. “Me tired and cold and…and…hun-gar-ee!” the little “Yes, please,” Myra responded. Lynn elbowed her. lost girl shivered, breaking up the word “hungry” as if “What?” she hissed. “We have to find Alicia!” emphasizing the word would get her food. “I care about Alicia,” Myra answered, exasperated. “But “Well,” Myra said, bravely. “Let’s assess the situation. I care about Kitty, too!” Who or what is our first priority?” Lynn and Myra followed the lady who defiantly “Alicia. And then this child,” Lynn announced. “So, we announced that her name was Mrs. Bird. She led them really need to find Alicia—fast! Our parents will be sick to a room that was filled with many girls, all ages seven with worry.” years and younger.
  4. 4. Mrs. Bird turned to the girls. “We’ll check Kitty in late. herself on top of Cindy's dead body. My name is For now, thank you for bringing her here.” Andrew. I was Cindy's best friend, even though I was a Just then, Kitty rushed to Myra and buried her face into servant. I'll be telling the story from this point. Cindy is Myra’s jacket. “Don’t go, sissy!” she wailed. gone. It's hard to say that now... Lynn gasped. “She thinks you’re her sister!” “Am I, really?” Myra laughed, nervously. She hugged "Andrew!!!" The Duchess grabbed my hair and pulled Kitty back and took her to a bed. “Lie down, okay, me aside. I restrained myself from swearing. Kitty? Mommy will, um, come soon, okay?” Kitty smiled up at Myra and gave a small, cute smile. "Yes... milady?" I tried to keep my voice from shaking, Myra smoothed Kitty’s hair and in seconds, she was but I could feel my throat starting to close up. My head asleep. was starting to feel really light from clenching my jaw. With one last wave, Myra and Lynn left the orphanage. "Andrew!!! Are you even listening?" (TO BE CONTINUED IN THE SPRING EDITION…) "Yeah... What do you want?" What did I just say?? 'What do you want?' Oh, she's going to kick me out now. Cinderella Twist Part II She's talking to me, what does she want me to do now? (Formerly known as The Cinderella Story) "-the body to the cellar. Hide it in the loose floorboard. By: Melanie Now go! Hurry before anyone sees." The Duchess hissed. I looked at Cindy's body. It looked different... Almost weaker or something of the sort. I was supposed Overview: to drag her body down to the cellar? And hide my best friend's body in a floorboard? I, Cindy the daughter of the great ruler of our land, has been turned into a slave. I will have vengeance on my Not. stepmother for murdering my father. I will rise to inherit the Saw House and all the land under it. I will overthrow I took her body down to the cellar, but out the secret Anna with my friend Andrew at my side. She cannot door Cindy and I used. I dug the rock hard dirt grave toss my aside like the little girl I used to be. I will be with my own hands. The tears streamed out of my eyes strong. and into the hole that I dug. My jaw was quivering with sorrow. Deeper and deeper I dug until my arms gave out. "Come on people!!" Drat. Nothingness. Head hurts. The dirt was practically soaked this time I finished crying over Cindy's dead body. I'm proud though, I was "Get her to the healer!!" Shouting. A lot of blood. Can't the person who dug Cindy's grave. She would have had feel anything. tears coming out of her eyes too. Maybe she would have told me what she was going to say before the Duchess "What happened?!!" Duchess? Anna? Like she doesn't made her lay the stones. Maybe she would tell me what I know. Ugh... Getting hard to breathe... needed to do now. Maybe she would tell me to get revenge. "Something fell on milady..." No. She threw one of those freaking floor stones at my head. Stop screaming I carefully placed her limp body in the hole that I dug. everybody... She was still wearing her necklace, the one that she had the day I met her. "Hurry!! Where is the healer???" Like she cared... Can't... Breathe... Take it. "Cindy?" They're calling me... No... Her... I... I can't... I reached down and the gold pendant seemed to come to my hand as if willingly. I placed the dirt over. Layer by Andrew layer. I rested a rock on top of the grave. "Cindy... She's-" "I will love no one else but you, Cindy. Will you wait for me, on the other side? The only thing keeping me from "DON'T SAY IT." Anna cut me off. suicide is to see your goal accomplished. I will overthrow Anna. I promise you all these things." "Cindy is dead." The healer announced. Anna threw
  5. 5. I swore to her soul that I would revenge her. Maybe I The windows were open and the warm summer breeze should throw a stone at Anna's head, see how she likes blew in. I must have been really tired because I woke up it. Maybe. the next morning in my shorts and a tee. As I walked back to the room that Anna gave me, I heard My stomach growled. I remembered I hadn’t eaten the a rustling in the bushes. An animal? I don't have any ‘dinner’ they had served on the flight last night. That’s intention to go after it right now. It would be pointless what they called it. I didn’t believe them. I smelled being that I wouldn't have anyone to show the "cutest something really good coming from downstairs. animal in the world" to. Remembering my father was absolutely hopeless in the kitchen I slipped out of bed and went downstairs to When I got to my room, I looked around. investigate. I wandered around the entire first floor of the huge new house until I finally found myself in the Without Cindy, the room seemed so dull. Cindy had kitchen. To my surprise my father was sitting at the always brought everything I had to life. Even me. counter on a stool, drinking coffee. Standing at the stove Whether it was gardening, which she somehow made was a man I had never seen before in my life. very fun, dusting, which she loved to do, or polishing which was always bothersome. “Uhhhh…” I was at a loss for words. For all I knew my father only had scientist ‘colleagues’ or whatever in San How come it took me so long to admit it to myself? I Diego. I was pretty sure ‘colleagues’ didn’t come over at love her. I love Cindy. And I will never be able to say ten thirty to make us breakfast. My father hopped up that to her ever. from his chair. “Oh! I forgot! Savannah, meet Frosoir. He’s our new San Diego personal chef, since, as you know, I am absolutely By Charlotte hopeless in the kitchen.” I stepped into the airport. Even inside it was different “Would you like something for breakfast, miss?” He from my house in Hawaii. It just felt strange. Most asked in a thick French accent. people think of my hometown a vacation spot. I used to love going to a coffee shop downtown and watching “No!” was my forceful reply. I stormed out the front flustered tourists in outdated rental cars pull over and door. hurriedly ask natives for directions to a place right down the street. But of course, my father was right next to me before I could even decide where to go. I had only been tromping That was then. This is now. I continually have to remind down the sidewalk for about thirty seconds. myself that I no longer live in Hawaii. I now live in the lamest city on earth, San Diego, with my lame dad “I understand why you’re upset,” he said. I turned my who’s now a famous scientist. Frankly, I don’t care for head away. “But you have to come back inside and have his shiny gizmos he keeps in the basement. One day he some breakfast. You haven’t eaten in more than twelve came home from his lab and exclaimed “I’ve done it! hours.” I realized that he was right and let him drag Were moving to San Diego!” back into our house. Frosoir had cooked me up an omelet and I sat down, thanked Frosoir and ate it. Maybe Our cab driver took us to the fanciest townhouse I've San Diego wasn’t so lame after all. ever seen. “Welcome home,” my father said. I stepped out of the A Vanishing Act cab and walked up to the huge wooden front door. My By Stephanie father stepped up beside me and unlocked it with a key. Then, he led me upstairs to “my room”. The walls were Due to being besieged by the evil forces of cream and in the center there was a dark, wooden four- poster bed with white sheers. I dumped my suitcase on Lord Homework, A Vanishing Act has the ground and sat on the bed. vanished. “I’ll let you settle in,” my dad said, and left the room.
  6. 6. hit. Vander Meer proceeded to get two outs but walk three batters in the process. While it appeared he had lost his control, Vander Meer, who struck out seven, got Leo Durocher (Later a Hall of Fame manager who managed the Giants when Bobby Thompson hit his The Record That Will Never “shot heard ‘round the world) to fly out to center fielder Harry Craft. Be Broken Many serious baseball fans have heard of Johnny By Jonathan Vander Meer, but few know that at the time of his Lou Gehrig played 2,130 games in a row: broken by legendary accomplishment he was just a twenty-three Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs year-old rookie. Just a small town kid from New went up in smoke to Roger Maris, again to Marc Jersey, Vander Meer couldn’t handle the pressure of McGwire, and again to Barry Bonds. Hank Aaron’s being in the national spotlight and by 1940 was “insurmountable” 755 (home runs) is no longer pitching in the minor leagues. Without being flustered written in record books as well. But there is one by the publicity, Vander Meer then proceeded to win record that has stood the test of time and will never be 49 games over the next three seasons. While it broken: appeared once again as if he was destined for a great career, after missing two seasons due to World War II, Johnny Vander Meer pitched for the Cincinnati Reds Vander Meer had lost his rhythm and had only one for the first 11 years of his career, 1937-1949, which winning season for the rest of his career (17-14 in was interrupted by World War II. After finishing his 1948). career with the Cubs in 1950, and one game with the Indians a year later, he had compiled more losses than Despite putting up a respectable ERA (3.44) and wins. He pitched just three innings in the 1940 World playing in four all-star games, Vander Meer is Series, his Reds winning in seven games. Vander remembered for this accomplishment alone. After all, Meer did throw two no-hitters in his career, but so did other than Vander Meer, only three players (Virgil many others, including little-knowns such as Bill Trucks for the Tigers in 1952, Allie Reynolds for the Stoneman, Jim Maloney, and Johnny Lush. But Yankees in 1951, and Nolan Ryan for the Angels in Vander Meer is remembered while these others are 1973), have ever pitched two no hitters in a season. not, because his no-hitters came in a row. No pitcher has ever thrown three no hitters in a season, and for Johnny Vander Meer to be bested On June 11, 1938, in the middle of a nine game some one would have to throw three no hitters in a winning streak, the longest of his otherwise average season, and they would have to come in a row. Johnny career, Johnny Vander Meer took the mound against Vander Meer holds the baseball record least likely to the Boston Braves. Vander Meer displayed unusually ever be broken. excellent control, but didn’t throw his hardest. Still, Vander Meer was perfect through the first three innings before Gene Moore walked to start the fourth inning, but was gunned downed trying to advance on a John Cooney fly out. Tony Cuccinello also walked, and was picked off leaning too far away from the bag at first. Vander Meer walked three and pitched to twenty-eight batters, just one more than the minimum, and finished the afternoon with four strikeouts. June 15, 1938 was the first night game ever played at Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In this game, Vander Meer threw his fastball and sinker hard but struggled with his control, the flaw that kept him from being a great pitcher for the rest of his career. **Information from www.baseball-alamanac.com Going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Vander Meer had walked five batters but not yet surrendered a and http://bleacherreport.com
  7. 7. Women’s Speed Skating: 2010 Olympic Preview Jennifer Rodriguez: With 2 bronze medals, she is the By Matt face of Cuban-American speed skating Men’s Snowboarding: As you may know, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games Shaun White: The Winter X Games 9-time gold are going to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia. medalist is expected to awe the crowd The city was selected as the host in 2003, and they’re definitely ready. When I visited Vancouver over the Seth Wescott: The Torino gold medalist looks to shred winter break, all the hype was about the Olympic the snowboard cross slopes games. Here are some Americans to watch in each of Women’s Snowboarding: the main events: Lindsey Jacobellis: After an embarrassing fall in Torino, Lindsey looks to redeem herself Men’s Skiing: Hannah Teter: Winning pretty much every major half Bode Miller: This heavy favorite is a 4-time World pipe competition, Teter is a favorite Champ and 2-time Olympic medalist Ted Ligety: This legendary injury-prone veteran The Vancouver Olympics begin on February 12, 2010. dominates while healthy The city is ready. Will you be? Women’s Skiing: Lindsey Vonn: As 2008 and 2009 World Champion, she is one of the best American skiers Julia Mancuso: 2006 Turino gold medalist, she is out to get another one in Vancouver Men‘s Figure Skating: Evan Lycasek: US and World champion, Evan will compete for his first medal Women’s Figure Skating: Sasha Cohen: After a calf injury, the young Torino silver medalist is making a return Pairs Figure Skating: The “Inukshuk” is the official symbol of McLaughlin/Brubaker: A young pair 2-time world the 2010 Olympics. It resembles a person champions, they have won every event competed in and can be found in many different places. together. They look to beat #1 ranked Germany’s Savchenko/Szolkowy Men’s Ice Hockey: Patrick Kane: A young forward who led the Chicago Blackhawks to the playoffs last year Brian Rafalski: 3-time Stanley Cup winner and Detroit Red Wings defensemen Tim Thomas: Star Bruins goaltender with a .933 save percentage in the 08-09 season Women’s Ice Hockey: As I said before, the city of Vancouver is Natalie Darwitz: Forward and captain of the team who ready for the 2010 winter games. led the US to 2 medals so far Sources Jessie Vetter: Star goalie who led the Wisconsin The Official Site of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics The Official Site of USA Figure Skating University Badgers to a NCAA title The Official Site of the USA Ski Team Men’s Speed Skating: The Official Site of USA Hockey The Official Site of USA Speed Skating Apolo Anton Ohno: The 5-time Olympic medalist is The Official Site of Apohlo Anton Ohno The Official Site of USA Snowboarding back and better than ever
  8. 8. Blueberry Muffins Joanna Recipe from Alton Brown, Good Eats on Food Network Ingredients: • 1 1/2 cups cake flour • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 2 teaspoons baking powder • Heavy pinch salt • 1 cup sugar • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 1 egg • 1 cup yogurt • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries • Nonstick spray, for the muffin tins (if you don’t have it, rubbing a very little bit of butter around the sides of the tin works too) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, egg and yogurt. Add the dry ingredients reserving 1 tablespoon of the dry ingredients and toss with the blueberries. Stir mixture for a count of 10. Add 1 cup blueberries to mixture and stir 3 more times. Reserve the 1/2 cup of blueberries. Using an ice cream scoop, (for equal sized muffins) add the mixture to greased muffin pans. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of berries on top of muffins and press down lightly. Place into the oven and increase the temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Remove from oven and turn out, upside down on kitchen towel to cool completely. Serve immediately or store in airtight container for 2 to 3 days. Cook Time: 25 Minutes Makes 12 Muffins You can also make this recipe using other ingredients rather than blueberries, such as other berries, chocolate, etc… Word Search Answers
  9. 9. Texting. Has it replaced everything else? Tiffany Over the years people have always found ways of communicating. First it was writing letters, then came the telephone, then e-mail, IM, cell phones, and now we have texting. Look around you, so many people are texting. People are now texting more and more. So it’s convenient we know that. But does it mean we have to ignore every other way of communicating? I mean, no one even writes letters anymore. That’s because we have e-mail now and that’s so much faster, but now we’ve lost one way of communicating. We’re losing the telephone right now too because now more and more people have cell phones so it gives us no point to having a telephone. Who knew things could change that fast? I promise you that in a few years people will have found a way to replace e-mail and then in years after that, e-mail will be found as ancient as writing letters is right now. One more thing about texting, is that it has an affect on our language. People find it easier to abbreviate rather than text out the whole word. Some examples would be like, “LOL, TTYL, IDK” standing for laugh out loud, talk to you later, and I don’t know. Texting is really messing up what we’ve been learning in school about “proper grammar and spelling” and I doubt “LOL” would qualify as proper spelling. Some Texting Lingo... 2=to, too 4=for u=you r=are Idk=I don’t know Lol=laugh out loud, lots of laughs Ikr=inorite (I know right) Ttyl=talk to you later
  10. 10. By Han Gr. 8 Digital Artist Caddy One Tommy On my drive home from the airport last Sunday, January 17th I saw President Obama’s convoy of vehicles after his trip to Boston to campaign for Martha Coakley. His motorcade wasn’t hard to miss, because there were so many police cars and vans (approximately 35 cars are in his entourage.) What stood out was the presidential limo. It has a couple of names, “Cadilac One”, “The Beast” and “Stagecoach” which is a part of the president’s “First Fleet.” Past presidents also had presidential cars: President Harding was the first President to use a car at his inauguration, President Roosevelt had the first bulletproof car which was previously owned by mobster Al Capone and Lyndon Johnson had the first armored and enclosed car. How is President Obama’s presidential limo different? It can withstand a chemical attack given its sealed recirculation system, has doors that are as heavy as a Boeing’s 747 cabin door and the windows are 5 inches thick made of ballistic glass. “It is safe to say that that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world,” said Nicolas Trotta, assistant direction for the Secret Service Office of Protective Operations. A lot of the specifications are not discussed given security reasons. Next time Obama’s in Boston be sure to look out for Cadillac One. Source: Picture SodaHead.com 1.20.09 and wired.com 1.20.09 “Obama Rolls in an Armored Cadillac Stagecoach”

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