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Florida students try to petition school after Halloween

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The petion ultimately gained about 70,000 signatures.

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The Hillsborough County School Board has responded to a petition created online by students regarding school on the day after Halloween, November 1st

Students from Hillsborough, Polk, and Pasco county each began a petition on change.org proposing that students should not have to go to school after Halloween and a night of Trick-or-Treating. The Hillsborough county petition has nearly 60,000 signatures to, as the petition states, “Get no school after [H]alloween so we can turn up with our homies.”

The Polk County petition, begun by Moises Rodriguez, had more formal phrasing, explaining that holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving each have weeks off, and asking for one day off for Halloween isn’t too much to ask. 

Ja-Leo Boswell, a sophomore at Durant who signed the petition said, “Nobody’s gonna be feeling good cause they eat a lot of candy or are gonna get themselves sick or are gonna party and stay up late until like 3 o’clock in the morning.”

Many students agreed with Boswell explaining they can’t function at school if they are “hung over on candy.”  Another student signed the petition because the school board has already cancelled early release days for the rest of the first semester due to Hurricane Dorian. 

Emily Daugherty commented in favor of the petition saying, “I’m signing this petition because I believe that Halloween is a night to live it up! And how we gonna do that when we have school the next day and homework to do that night also[?] This petition is great [because] I really think that we should have the day after Halloween off!”

However, the school boards from each county have responded to the student led petitions.  

The post from the Polk County School Board reads “We respect the spirit of grassroots activism behind the petition…Unfortunately, our yearly school calendar is set well in advance, and barring an emergency, we cannot close schools on short notice.”  

Christine Lybbert, one of the Spanish teachers at Durant, says the school board’s response was “absolutely” appropriate because of the required time students need to come to school. 

The school board responded to another student comment claiming that students will be sick from eating candy saying, “Our school nurses will be ready to assist you with any candy-related ailments when you return… on Friday.”

Principle Gary Graham says he does not support the petition but says “I don’t think [the petition] was inappropriate. I think there is a form for student voice all the time.”

Mrs. Lybbert agreed with Mr. Graham, saying “We have a right to ask. I learned a long time ago that if you never ask the answer is always going to be no.”

The students’ efforts are applauded, however, some issues-such as school attendance-are not negotiable. But, echoing Mrs. Lybbert’s take on the matter, it never hurts to ask.

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Lilyann Belcher, Staff Writer

Lily Belcher is a sophomore at Durant High School and she is a Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of Durant’s Flag Football team,...

Tampa Bay Lightning looks to make statements this upcoming season

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Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to win its second Stanley Cup in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup was in the 2003-04 NHL season. The Lightning look to dominate and make a statement this upcoming season. 

With new additions for the Lightning for the 2019-20 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to add more physical players to the roster. The Tampa Bay Lightning added Stanley Cup Champion, Patrick Maroon, 31, for this season. Last season, Maroon played and won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues and is a hard working player who can score and can add depth to the Lightning. Maroon will not back down from a fight and had sixty-four penalty minutes during the regular season. This shows that Maroon will stick up for his teammates and will provide depth for the team.

 The Lightning also added Luke Witkowski, 29, a free agent who the Lightning inked for 2 years from the Detroit Red Wings can provide the team with his ability to hit and fight. Witkowski is not a big goal scorer, but can support his team with body checks and hits. 

The Lightning had to trade some of their stars this offseason and make some tough choices and decisions. Ryan Callahan, 34, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators, spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and will likely retire from playing hockey due to his severe back injury that doctors recommended he should stop playing hockey. In exchange for Callahan, the Lightning got goalie Mike Condon and a draft pick.

The Lightning also traded forward, J.T. Miller, 26, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two first round draft picks. The Lightning also gave up forward, Adam Erne, 24, to the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for a 2020 fourth round draft pick. 

The biggest news is that the Lightning haven’t made a deal to extend one of their top stars, Brayden Point. Point, 23, is a restricted free agent who scored a total of 92 points in the 2018-19 NHL season. Point said in an interview “I would like to stay in Tampa,” but the season is very close to starting and he has yet to sign a contract with any team. This has made Lightning fans worry about a fan favorite player, not resigning with the Lightning. 

This year, Tampa Bay Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, 29, will play in his twelfth NHL season looking to win his first career Stanley Cup. Stamkos has led the team since 2014 since the departure of Martin St. Louis, who is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stamkos also led the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final in 2015, when the Lightning took on the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning lost the series, 4-2. After their historical season in the 2018-19 NHL season ending with the best record in the league, they lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4-0, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stamkos said “it was a fluke.” The Lightning plan to come out aggressive, strong, and end that way, but this time with a Stanley Cup. 

The Lightning have many star players such as Nikita Kucherov, 26, Victor Hedman, 28, Tyler Johnson, 29, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 25, and many more, as they have a stacked lineup filled with top scorers. Kucherov, is coming off a historical season ending with 128 points winning the Hart 

Memorial Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player, Arts Ross Trophy for most points in the NHL, and Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player for the season. Kucherov set the NHL record for most points in a single season by a Russian-born player. Hedman, came off a season of injuries, but is ready to go for this upcoming season and is feels like he is healthier than ever. Johnson tied his own record for most goals in his career during a single season with 29. Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy for the best NHL goaltender. 

This shows that the Lightning can be one of the greatest teams with their style of playing and having great coaches and players. The Lightning plan to win the Stanley Cup and they plan to be one of the greatest teams for a long time.

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Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

Disney Plus streaming service is to arrive soon

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In this day and age, the public can watch whatever they want, whenever they want.  With media service providers such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video almost any movie or television show is available to people with just the press of a button. Now there is new competition for these companies arising within the industry, it’s called Disney Plus. Disney has created its own media streaming service that will be released on November 12, 2019, and it will include movies and television shows from Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Star Wars, and Marvel Studios.

With all of these shows and movies being on Disney Plus, companies like Hulu and Netflix are going to have to give up all of their movies and TV shows that were made by Disney. This means that no one can watch any Disney movie or television show on any streaming service except for Disney Plus. Disney is also taking some programs from different film industries, more specifically 21st Century Fox’s programs, such as The Simpsons and The Sound of Music. So it is not just all Disney projects, but Disney is also taking from other companies as well.

Disney is not just taking back their movies and TV programs from competing companies, but they are also making brand new television shows and films that are coming out with Disney Plus. Like Netflix and their own original shows and movies like Stranger Things, Disney has made a whole line up of brand new original shows and movies that can only be seen through Disney Plus. There will be new live-action movies, spin-offs, original films, and so much more. With all of these new projects going onto Disney Plus, there will also be many old shows and movies going on as well. These old films will be anything from The Parent Trap, to Hannah Montana. Disney Plus will have all old, current, and new programs available to their customers.

Disney Plus is going to make it harder for the other straming services to match the content available on their website. Many viewers are being drawn from the old services to Disney Plus.  With this new competition, a lot of things are about to change. 

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Mattie Powers is a senior at Durant High School and a Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. Not only is Mattie Powers involved in the PawPrint, but...

Trump attempts to investigate former President and First Lady Obama

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Barack and Michelle Obama have recently resurfaced in the White House. This caught social media’s attention when they informed the public on their plans after serving their two terms as President and First Lady. Their plans include book deals and Netflix partnerships, both first announced in May 2018. Both ventures will give the public an inside look as to what it was like being the first African American President and First Lady.

It was not a huge surprise when the couple announced their Netflix deal, since entertainment and politics are becoming increasingly intertwined. The Obamas created the joint production company, Higher Ground, to capture inspirational stories that will include controversial topics that the Obama family have experienced throughout the years. 

Their goal is to create  entertainment for a variety of ages, they believe their series will contain something for everyone to enjoy. Over the next couple of years, the Higher Ground production company will be releasing a number of series: American Factory, Bloom, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, Overlooked, Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents, Fifth Risk and Crip Camp.

With the controversial information that will be supplied to produce these series, it has raised some questions with the current President. President Trump wants to advise an investigation on the Obamas’ “ridiculous” Netflix and book deal. With the Obamas’ book deal being worth around 65 million dollars and the Netflix partnership being an ‘high-8-figure’ deal. Trump has asked the government to look into the details.

Trump’s reasoning for this investigation suggestion was to focus the attention off him for a change as he says “…for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades.”

 He mentions the Netflix deal on Twitter where he suggests Democrats look into Obamas’ business deals and not his own, as he has been under fire for quite awhile. 

As this is not Trump’s first time complaining about the former President, the media was not surprised when he threw out the investigation. President Trump hoped to push over the negativity on his own scandals asl well as the scandals of his administration such as Justice Kavanaugh’s, to the Obamas’ new business arrangement, although deals with Netflix and book contracts are legal and free to carry out. 

However, Trump’s attempt to deflect negativity about himself onto the Obamas might have failed greatly. The widespread use of social media networking has come back to say that if the investigation was turned around onto some of the tweets and plans Trump has made, this battle would be fast ending.

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Marina Hawkins is a junior at Durant and is the Photo Editor and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity...

Apple displays new IPhone 11

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Recently Apple fans met up at the Steve Jobs Theater for Apple’s special event on September 10 , to view the many new hardware products for the 2019-2020 year.

However, in the spotlight was the new IPhone 11 with the new widely recognized camera setup. With apple making the iPhone available for pre-order as of September 13 on their website, many apple users have been posting and retweeting about the new edition with many mixed feelings.

The new “pro camera system” has created much controversy on why Apple had decided to place these three camera lenses on the phone. Thousands of comments have been made over the last couple days on the cameras, creating memes and web postings on the “funny looking”cameras for the new IPhone 11.

These cameras have been compared to oven stoves and made fun of in many twitter post like the “Mitosis” meme, which is the most popular tweet based on the new release going around.

Although an abundant amount of people our making jokes about the new IPhone, Apple keeps it name by always having plenty in store with their products. The IPhone 11 will be available on September 20 for most service carriers and they anticipate on having an ample amount of buyers.

With Apples statement on the IPhone 11 having “Pro cameras. Pro display. Pro performance” consumers should be very happy with the new product with “just the right amount of everything.”

Not only are there new colors of the phone, the dual camera system will brighten up each of your photos taken, creating amazing memories. Also having one of the fastest chips ever in a smartphone; it makes using your everyday cellphone faster and more efficient for school, work or socializing. Along with being fast i, Apple has risen the stakes with their updated all-day battery life for long days spent on your phone.

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Marina Hawkins is a junior at Durant and is the Photo Editor and the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity...

John Bolton’s disagreements with President Trump lead to termination

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September 10 brought an end to John Bolton’s two-year tenure with the Trump administration. The third National Security Advisor since 2016 has been known to disagree with President Trump over a variety of diplomatic issues.

In May of 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, against the advice of Bolton. The deal was made in 2015 under the Obama administration and Bolton had been on record advocating for the United States’ presence in the negotiation.

President Trump also butted heads with Bolton in January of 2019. Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan, refused to meet with Bolton to discuss U.S. troops in Syria. The meeting ended with both Bolton and the Turkish President angered with the conditions of the deal.

On May 26, Bolton condemned North Korea’s missile tests, noting how the tests violated the
resolution made by the United Nations Security Council. President Trump later tweeted about the missile
tests, noting how “some” of his administration were “disturbed”, but said that the missile launches did not
bother him. Many assumed this tweet was to made to undermine Bolton’s previous remarks.

In June, President Trump called off a last minute military strike in Iran that Bolton had supported
and in the following week, Bolton did not accompany President Trump and his delegation in the historic
North Korean summit with Kim Jong Un.

President Trump spoke with NBC that month and called Bolton a “hawk” and said he did not agree with many of his decisions.Last week, which turned out to be the last week of Bolton’s time in the White House, Bolton opposed President Trump’s controversial plan to meet with Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David.

President Trump and Bolton continue their disagreements even after Bolton left the White House.
Bolton claims that he had tendered his resignation, however President Trump tweeted that he “informed John Bolton…that his services were no longer needed at the White House.”

He referenced that he and Bolton had had many disagreements, but was thankful for Bolton’s service to the White House. Bolton was succeeded by Charles Kupperman who will be the new acting National Security Adviser.

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Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X

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On Monday, August 19th Planned Parenthood withdrew from the Title X program. Title X is a federal grant program used to provide family planning and healthcare services. The program allows low income families access to medical supplies and services: including contraception counseling, breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as pregnancy diagnosis and counseling.  

Title X is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regulations regarding Title X have been revised and many clinics receiving funding are being censored on what they can speak about with their patients regarding abortion. The new regulations regarding the grant prohibit doctors from referring their patients to clinics or physicians that provide abortions.  Planned Parenthood attempted to persuade Congress to pass a bill nullifying the Presidents new regulations however, they were unsuccessful.

Acting President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, released a statement stating the organization will “not be bullied” by the Trump administration, and has decided to withdraw from the grant. 

 According to National Public Radio the new regulations are prohibiting doctors from referring their pregnant patients to clinics that provide abortions. Many doctors are afraid this new set of rules will begin to negatively influence a doctor’s freedom in the exam room, compromising doctor patient relationships.  

Ted L. Anderson, President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released a statement addressing the ACOG’s views on the new regulations. 

“Title X plays an essential role in ensuring that millions of women have access to the full range of reproductive health care. Restricting clinics that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal funding represents inappropriate intrusion in the patient-physician relationship and creates unnecessary limitations for patients to access non-abortion reproductive health care.”  

Roughly 4 million people rely on Title X funding in order to see a physician. Roughly 1.5 million of those patients are served through Planned Parenthood, the organization receives about $60 million dollars annually from the grant to aid the community in a range of health care related issues. (nytimes.com)

According to plannedparenthood.org in 2016 , “health centers used Title X funding to provide 720,000 Pap tests, more than four million STD tests (including HIV tests), and nearly one million women with breast exams.” 

President Trump released a statement regarding the adjustments to the Title X grant. “For decades, American taxpayers have been wrongfully forced to subsidize the abortion industry through Title X federal funding,” 

While taxpayers’ dollars indirectly support facilities that offer abortion services, the majority of the money granted to clinics is not funding abortion services. 

According to NPR.org, in a 2013-2014 budget report only 3% of the 10.6 million dollars funded abortion services the group provided that year. A large portion of the expenses was saved for STD/STI testing. 

   Planned Parenthood directly influences many of the lower-class citizens throughout America. By withdrawing from Title X the organization will be financially impacted due to the fact that the majority of their funding is through the government. Despite that Johnson has vowed to keep their doors open and to continue serving the public.

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Disney Bans Smoking and Over-sized Strollers in its Theme Parks

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Earlier this year, Florida’s Disney theme parks concluded that the toleration of designated smoking and large strollers would be banned from their facilities. Claims state that the announced ban will allow for guests to have a more enjoyable time in each park. The removal of such will allow for guests to move along more freely without the feeling of being congested by others who are taking up too much space.

While the ban has set to be in effect as of May 1st, Disney has also reported that loose and dry ice, generally carried by a guest containing the ice in a cooler, to also be banned. The report states the the loose and dry ice ban is in effect immediately after announcement.

Various sources have expressed their views on the matter and while some believe that the new policy is a plausible decision, others have expressed their annoyance with the ban.

According to the New York Times, the President of the International Theme Park Service, Dennis Speigel, stated that the Disney theme parks chose the “right course.” He continued to explain that in a family-oriented setting, nobody wants to encounter a person smoking.

Alongside the distraction of a smoking individual in a family-crowded facility, smoking in general poses a health risk toward the other guests inside the Disney parks themselves.

At Durant High School, 12th grader, Kyle Harper, explained that those who are smoking in the theme park create a hazard toward guests who have a difficulty breathing or struggle with asthma-related symptoms.

“Including myself, it’s not fair for those who have to worry about other people spreading hazardous smoke in the air at a theme park like Disney, where they should be able to enjoy their visit without worrying about symptoms acting up,” Harper said.

Even though smoking may be an enjoyable way for people to relax at their favorite theme park, other guests are put at an unfair risk. With the new rule being put in place, Disney hopes  that their action will allow all of its guests to feel safe from hazardous chemicals that put their health at risk.

According to a New York-based study in 2007, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  scientists concluded that the implementation of laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor workplaces would reduce the amount of hospital admissions for myocardial infarction in 2004.

Disney’s new rules will completely reduce the number of guests who are victim to secondhand smoking on theme park property.

In addition to the composed health risks, guests who are victim to secondhand smoking would face congestion within the theme parks due to guests taking up space to smoke. Confirmed in an interview by the Tampa Bay Times, the communications manager at Walt Disney World Resort, Lisa Mendillo, stated that designated smoking areas will no longer be available to guests to clear space in the park.

Another ban taking place to clear up the congestion within the walkways of Disney parks is the prohibition of oversized strollers. Strollers that exceed a width of 31 inches or a length of 52 inches will now be prohibited nder Disney’s new restrictions.

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Among the list of banned strollers, the infamous “wagon stroller” (pictured above) is no longer accepted into Disney theme parks. Photo by FavoriteGrampy.com

Similarly to the smoking ban, the banning of oversized strollers will allow Disney fans to walk more freely among the parks.

Durant High School seniors, Delton Newsome and Omar Gonzalez, shared their views on the current circumstance of oversized strollers in Disney parks.

“A larger stroller could be used to contain important supplies that a parent may need to provide aid to their kids,” Newsome stated.

While it is important for a parent to meet the needs of their children, Newsome agreed with the Disney’s restriction because certain strollers may be excessive. Restricted oversized strollers allow for guests to walk around the park with more ease.

“The rule is justified for those who want to walk around the parks more freely because too many families take advantage of the walking space that Disney provides for every guest,” Gonzalez added.

In order to make the parks safer and easier to maneuver to guests, Disney’s new restricts are now in affect until bigger issues arise. For more information regarding Disney’s park restrictions and policies, visit the official Walt Disney World website.

 

 

 

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R. Kelly accused of sexual assault

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Robert Kelly, famous R&B singer who goes by R. Kelly, has been accused of sexually assaulting and preying on young black teenagers specifically, for the past twenty years. Now, with the largely established #MeToo movement, R. Kelly’s alleged crimes are brought to the forefront of the public’s attention as women continually share their stories of his alleged sexual abuse done unto them.

Most prominently the Lifetime special “Surviving R. Kelly” has created controversy regarding R. Kelly’s alleged crimes against young black women. Many take to social media to share their opinions on: whether Kelly is guilty or not, and assuming he is guilty, whether his music should be muted or respected based on a separation from Kelly’s character.

Celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu’s morals have been called into question online. Henson claims that her statements about Kelly were misconstrued and she is in full support of the alleged victims. Badu, contrarily, has been criticized for her rumored refusal to take part in “Surviving R. Kelly,” which producer, Dream Hampton, asked her to join.

Although, Kelly has never been found guilty on any counts, many accusations have been made against him; in 1994 Kelly married an underage Aaliyah while she was just 15 and he was 24, in 1996 Kelly was sued by Tiffany Hawkins for sexual misconduct, in January of 2001 Kelly was indicted on child porn charges and found not guilty, in August of 2001 Tracy Sampson sued R. Kelly for alleged sexual abuse, in 2002 Patrice Jones sued Kelly for assaulting her when she was 16, and in May of 2002 Motina Woods sued Kelly for taping their sexual encounter without her consent. Kelly settled all cases of sexual assault and misconduct brought against him and many of the women signed non-disclosure agreements.

Kelly’s avoidance of any legal repercussions is not definitive proof of his innocence and does not indicate, as many argue, that the women who have shared their stories are lying. According to BBC.com only about 8 percent of all rape accusations are false. This percentage being much smaller than the number of rapes which go unreported each year.

The controversy surrounding R. Kelly in the media right now, regardless of his stance as an innocent or guilty man, could be detrimental to his career and may forever damage his image as a respected artist.

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Hailey Reyes is a former staff writer, and former Editor-in-Chief of Writing and Design for the PawPrint Newspaper. Hailey graduated from Durant in 2019. 

Pres. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, sentenced to prison

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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s Ex-attorney, was sentenced to three years this Wednesday for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.”

Cohen, 52, watched with self-disdain as a judge pronounced his sentence for evading $1.4 million in taxes, lying about Trump’s business dealings in Russia and violating campaign-finance laws in buying the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, who claimed they had sex with the candidate.

Cohen claimed that if it wasn’t for his “blind loyalty” for the president, things could have been different. “Time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass,” said Cohen, who once claimed he would “take a bullet” for trump.

The question now is, what will happen to Trump? He has ignored any questions about the issue and has denied having any sexual relations with the two women. Cohen, although he was once on his side, has been praised for speaking out against the most powerful man in the country.

Even with the President’s lack of cooperation, impeachment may not be out of the picture.

In an article by USA Today, it discusses a similar situation that occurred 20 years ago, the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

The price the accusers must pay in an impeachment are high. Many Republicans lost house seats in the election following the impeachment and Democrats are fearful that, if they go through with the impeachment of Trump, they may have to deal with the same repercussions.

“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” the President stated in an Oval Office interview last week. “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”

Trump, according to this quote, isn’t fearful of the consequences that his actions may bring because he believes he has done nothing wrong, he believes this even with physical evidence and many allegations against him by people who know the most.

Although he publicly believes he will not be impeached, the worry is still there. If Democrats take majority in the house, impeachment may become a real possibility for Trump.

Further words about the presidents fate has yet to be released. With about one year left in Trumps term as president, the investigation could lean either way.

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BTS’ impact is spreading worldwide

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As the time passes, BTS’ impact on the world is steadily expanding. Their fanbase is unmatched, their loyal supporters residing all over the planet.

BTS’ songs hold powerful messages and the group addresses important topics such as mental health, societal pressures, self-expression, and loneliness in their lyrics. Their socially conscious lyrics and authentic and humble personalities are what draws most of their fans to them.

The group is very passionate about self-love, their recent album series, Love Yourself projecting a message of self-advocacy. The series ends on a hopeful note, highlighting the importance of loving yourself.

In September, BTS spoke at the United Nations for UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited launch, with RM giving a powerful speech on the significance of having your own voice and speaking for yourself instead of letting others speak for you.

“No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, gender identity: speak yourself,” said RM. “Find your name, find your voice by speaking yourself.”

In November of 2017, BTS entered into a partnership with UNICEF Korea and began the Love Myself campaign. The campaign is focused toward ending violence and spreading love in the world. All funds raised during the two-year collaboration will go toward protecting adolescent victims of domestic and sexual assault and providing educational opportunities in local communities.

It has been brought up multiple times that BTS is playing a role in redefining masculinity and erasing barriers that limit what an individual can and cannot do or be based on their gender. During a Billboard interview, the interviewer brought up the fact that the songs on the Love Yourself: Her album seemed to be gender neutral.

“I was reading the lyrics are gender neutral, which I think is really powerful,” said the interviewer. “Was that a conscious decision?”

RM replied, “The lyrics were based on rare and special things in life. So, I thought, those feelings transcend genders, cultures and barriers between people.”

Western audiences have a preconceived notion of what men should look and act like. Self-care and precise attention to appearance are considered feminine by Western standards, but BTS defies all of these ideas, sporting full-face makeup and impeccable fashions.

In 2016, BTS did a photo shoot for Singles Magazine in which they dressed in skirts and fishnets in open protest of gender norms.

There is a long-standing toxic belief that men should not cry or show emotion. BTS’ emotional vulnerability and authenticity in their lyrics goes against this belief and encourages others to disregard predetermined gender roles and live their lives the way that they desire.

In Suga’s song, ‘The Last’, recorded under his solo stage name, Agust D, he opens up about his struggles with depression, OCD, and social anxiety, including lyrics such as, “On the other side of the famous idol rapper stands my weak self, it’s a bit dangerous. Depression, OCD, they keep coming back from time to time.”

This degree of honesty and openness is uncommon for Korean hip-hop artists, who typically practice censorship when it comes to personal feelings such as these.

Even out of the studio, BTS is very vocal about their views on the importance of mental health. There is a long-standing stigma in Korea around mental health that prevents many people from seeking help and BTS’ outspokenness about sensitive subjects such as this defies all notions that individuals should keep their feelings hidden.

In a Billboard interview, BTS spoke up about mental health after the suicide of Jonghyun, a member of the K-Pop group, SHINee.

“I really want to say that everyone in the world is lonely and everyone is sad,” said Suga, “and if we know that everyone is suffering and lonely, I hope we can create an environment where we can ask for help, and say things are hard when they’re hard, and say that we miss someone when we miss them.”

The new wave of musicians and innovators like BTS bring new hope to the world and have the potential to change the music industry forever.

“Frozen 2” to be released in 2019

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Pixar’s Frozen proved to be an enormous success, earning a whopping $1.3 billion at the box office and earning the title of the highest grossing animated film in history.  Frozen’s impact spreads farther than the theater, as you can find Frozen toys and merchandise almost everywhere. The film even got its own Broadway show.

A Frozen sequel was announced back in 2015 and has been in the works for the past two years.

The four core cast members, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathon Groff, and Josh Gad are all confirmed for the new film along with some new cast members. According to Variety, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood are set to play roles in Frozen 2, though their characters have not yet been announced. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are also returning for the movie.

The songwriters from the original films are working on Frozen 2 as well, and four songs have already been written for the movie so far.

While little information has been revealed regarding the plot, it has been revealed that Anna and Elsa will embark on an adventure far from their home, Arendelle. It has also been said that the audience will get to know Anna and Elsa better in the new film.

According to DigitalSpy, filmmakers established the end of the movie before anything and are working backward from there.

The sequel is set to hit theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

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