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Addicted, but happy gamer

Kimberly Vaides, In-Depth Editor

November 19, 2017

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At times like a free period and during class, students can be seen playing video games from something as simple as Poptropica to Halo. To those who are unfamiliar with the massive enjoyment of video games, many wonder how thes...

Video games do more good than harm

Hasan Royer, Staff Writer

November 19, 2017

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“Get off of that screen; your brains will turn into mush!” We’ve heard it all before. This is a common phrase stated by our parents and teachers. Contrary to the traditional belief of gaming being merely an addictive sour...

Marijuana users misunderstood

Casey Nguyen, In-Depth Editor

October 27, 2017

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Your eyes are closed, and the music is on. The joint is passed, and you inhale.   If there’s one thing marijuana is good for, it is being inexplicably tied to people’s identities and how others perceive them.Wh...

Should marijuana be legalized? NO

Kimberly Vaides, In-Depth Editor

October 19, 2017

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It could be argued that the legalization of marijuana would increase the number of people who use it, whether it be for medical or other uses. According to CNBC, marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the Unite...

Should marijuana be legalized? YES

Casey Nguyen, In-Depth Editor

October 19, 2017

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How did we end up in a society of such inequality? We live in a society where the two most damaging drugs, alcohol and tobacco, are legal. Whereas marijuana is still not accepted today, despite not having a single death ever recorded. Facts...

Marijuana breakdown

Elias Moura, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017

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Despite it being illegal in most states, it seems like more and more people are “blasting the joint”. Marijuana, also known as cannabis, refers to the dried leaves, flowers and stems found in the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis...

Marijuana Myths Debunked

Khadija Ahmed, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017

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MYTH: It is safe to drive after using cannabis. Fact: According to Casa Palmera treatment center, marijuana significantly impairs judgement, motor coordination and reaction time. As a result, Centers for Disease Control and Prev...

Why I am never smoking marijuana again

Anonymous, Special to The A-Blast

October 19, 2017

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The world and culture we live in today have become increasingly casual towards the idea of marijuana. It is becoming mainstream in music, literature and the daily activities of everyday life. The constant appearance of marijuana...

Statistics prove that suicide is prevalent

Erik Rivas-Martinez, Staff Writer

September 30, 2017

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Suicide is very prevalent in our society today because it overtakes three fourths of The United States death tolls. Homicide rates in The United states are 16,108 while suicide rates are 41,143. The only age where homicide ...

Powerful suicide prevention anthems

Casey Nguyen, In-Depth Editor

September 28, 2017

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  Empowering songs that bring awareness and appreciation to artists to gain more recognition. Behind the underlying beats and catchy lyrics, there is a deeper story to be told. Whether it is a sexual innuendo, or jus...

Stronger than depression

Anonymous

September 26, 2017

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I received prank calls. Unknown would call me, laugh, and say nasty things. I thought it would stop after a couple days, but I continued getting them for a good month. I didn’t tell anyone about this because I didn’t want to...

Here are signs of depression to look for

Kimberly Vaides, In-Depth Editor

September 26, 2017

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There is a difference between common sadness and clinical depression. Typical sadness comes and goes; it can be caused from drama,school, stress and being overwhelmed. However, depression is the constant feeling of hopelessnes...

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