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Presidential vendetta threatens individuals, institutions

Presidential vendetta threatens individuals, institutions

Will Matar ’21

January 4, 2019

There’s a new grinch in town, though he might be orange, not green. As the New York Post reported Thursday, Dec. 13, President Trump has cancelled a decade-long tradition in the journalism community: the annual White House Christmas Party for the press. Despite the nonconformance to convention, th...

Higher ages for tobacco purchases may help decrease teen smoking

Higher ages for tobacco purchases may help decrease teen smoking

April 8, 2018

By Isabella Bullock '19 After five states -- California, New Jersey, Oregon, Hawaii and Maine-- raised the legal age limit for tobacco to 21, Connecticut is considering doing the same. According to Tobacco-Free Kids, 95 percent of adult smokers started when they were teens, and according to “Editorial: Raise The Connecticut Smoking Age To 21”,...

Australia votes ‘yes’ on same-sex marriage

Australia votes ‘yes’ on same-sex marriage

November 17, 2017

By Julia Rosier '18 On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, Australia voted in favor of same-sex marriage. Although not binding, this will officially allow the Australian Parliament to legally create a bill for gay and lesbian couples. Hundreds of Australian citizens spent the day celebrating with rainbow-co...

Anti-Bullying Law implemented in Western New York

Anti-Bullying Law implemented in Western New York

October 25, 2017

By Chris Andrew '18 Parents are being held accountable by law for the bullying behavior of their children in the city of North Tonawanda. This upstate New York town is similar in size to our population in Westport. Earlier this month, a law was passed that stated that parents of a child under the age 18 wit...

Weaponized drones could be authorized in Connecticut.

Weaponized drones could be authorized in Connecticut.

May 17, 2017

By Seby Shuken ’18 A new law in the state of Connecticut’s House of Representatives could allow police to use weaponized drones within the next year if passed. These drones would have the ability to use lethal weapons in situations that call for them. According to CNN the bill passed in the Ju...

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act sparks controversy nationwide

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act sparks controversy nationwide

Max Bibicoff, Staff Writer

April 2, 2015

Protests broke out across the country last week in response to the state of Indiana’s passing of the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a law intended to protect the free exercise of religion. The law that Governor Mike Pence signed allegedly permits any business to deny their service to gay or lesbian customers on the basis of their religious beliefs. The law, for...

School Rules: A Look at Some of the Unwritten Laws at Staples

School Rules: A Look at Some of the Unwritten Laws at Staples

October 1, 2010

Image via Wikipedia Petey Menz '11 Executive Editor Deep within the supposedly progressive halls of Staples High School lurks a system of hierarchy rank more entrenched and immobile than the Indian caste system. Legend has it that it was this system that convinced Karl Marx that a classless socie...

To Follow or Not to Follow: Teenagers Decide to Both Obey, Neglect Driving Laws

To Follow or Not to Follow: Teenagers Decide to Both Obey, Neglect Driving Laws

October 1, 2010

Sammie Hardy '11 Web Sports Editor Since July 29, 2009, Maddy Fass ’11 has been licensed to drive. She is now legally allowed to have passengers in the car with her. However, Fass did not wait until she was licensed for an entire year until she drove her friends. According to the Conn...

Emergence of a President: Leadership of Teachers’ Union Shifts in Recent Election

Emergence of a President: Leadership of Teachers’ Union Shifts in Recent Election

June 9, 2010

Image via Wikipedia For the Westport Education Association’s president-elect Kathy Sharp, experience within the inner workings of unions began with her employment at a fruit cocktail cannery. “My decision to run for [President of the WEA] was influenced by many early experiences, from working at a f...

Title IX Shifts Gender Balance in Sports Recruiting

February 2, 2010

Constance Chien ’10 & Jesse Heussner ’11 Features Editors Thirty -eight years after the enactment of Title IX, which sought to ensure equality in educational opportunities, the act continues to be relevant in the process of recruitment that affects Staples students every year. Some teachers...

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