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Monday, May 23, 2011

Beach Reading

A Book Review
by Mrs. Sower, FHS Librarian

Early Autumn
by Robert Parker
New York: Random House, 1981

Classic. Detective. Novel.
No one is a cool as Boston Private Investigator Spenser. He runs at least 5 miles a day, quotes Shakespeare and Frost, boxes, has a whit sharp as an heiress's stiletto, and he could charm a raccoon out of the garbage. When a pretty blond asks Spenser to help her get her son back from her ex-husband, Spenser collects the 15-year-old kid with no problem. But when he realizes that Paul's parents are only using him as a pawn, Spenser does his own kidnapping.

I admit that I am totally biased - I LOVE detective stories. Reading a good mystery feels like sipping hot coffee on the back porch under chilly gray autumn skies. So, needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Spenser's so clever that I actually stopped to reread a few sentences just so I could take a moment to enjoy his crackerjack whit. This title is on the English Summer Reading List for students entering Grade 10, and it is the perfect beach read.

Bottom Line:
Love detective stories? Don't miss this one. Never tried the genre? This is an excellent start.

For more English Summer Reading List book reviews check out my Outside of a Dog Blog [http://outsideofadogblog.blogspot.com/].

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

By Dan Tursky (Class of 2011)
Professional Tennis player David Ferrer was participating in the Sony Ericsson Open Quarterfinal match against Mardy Fish when a spur of events turned the match upside down. A wailing baby in the stands sparked Ferrer’s frustration as he lost his composure and decided to lob a ball up in the general direction of where the noise of the infant was coming from.

Though his action of technically throwing a ball at a helpless baby may have been an act of frustration and it may have been unintentional, it was a completely ruthless and an unnecessary act that brings a question to mind that has been coming up more recently in the past few years. Are athletes and fans alike beginning to go overboard in incidents involving sports and setting poor examples for younger viewers across the globe?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Troubling Police Questions

by Queen Moore (Class of 2011)
Once in a while you’ll hear of a policeman accidentally gunning down a victim in Boston or New York, but no one would have suspected it to occur in our neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prom Prices: A Pity

By Shea Lessing (Class of 2012)

As spring approaches and the amount left of school dwindles down, for seniors and juniors in Framingham High School this can be a stressful time. It is a tradition every year that a prom and cotillion is made for seniors and juniors. Everyone wants to be a part of this enjoyment but for some the costs can really play a part on these expensive events.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Street Construction Will Complicate

By Rachel Lomot (Class of 2011)

Affecting Framingham High School will be the constructing of a new sewer beginning at the bottom of A Street.  There will be short-term traffic adjustments and possible displacement of cars in the Junior Lot; however, the overall goal is improve the aged sewer systems in Framingham.  It is unclear exactly when the construction will begin; the exact start date hasn’t been determined but it will almost certainly be before the end of the school year. 

Girls Tennis 2011

On April 14, 2011the Framingham Flyer s girls tennis team played Weymouth, and won 5-0.  Coming into this game we were nervous about the meet, but we kept our hopes up and worked together.  Playing doubles, Raissa and Tina won 8-6 and Zeban and her partner Alex also won with the score 6-4.  We were all so proud of these girls who tried their best and never gave up.  We all give our best during practice and the games, we always encourage one another to try hard, and cheer each other because we are a tight team and know that we can accomplish anything.  Girls tennis might lose some games, like all other sports, but we consider ourselves to be one of the best beacuse of our strong team and how we try our best but still have a smile on our faces when we lose.  We are determined, adventurous, and most of all we never quit.  We could have never have done this without our coaches, Ms. Stevens and Mr. Wilbur who encouraged all the girls from the start.

Mayra Faria

Boys LAX: Off To A Great Start

By Sawyer Hulme (Class of 2011)

The Boys Lacrosse team is off to one of its best starts in years and hopes to continue its strong start into the season.  The boys are 2-1 with wins against Medford and Acton/Boxborough, with the only loss coming to traditional powerhouse Wellesley.  With the hopes of making the playoffs, this year's lacrosse team is going into every game with the mindset to win.  The boys LAX team has a serious chance of making the playoffs this year and a good chance of finishing the season with a winning record for the first time in years.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Softball vs Weymouth April 14, 2011

FHS Softball vs Weymouth
April 14, 2011

Girls Tennis vs Weymouth April 14, 2011

Girls Tennis vs Weymouth
April 14, 2011

Girls LAX vs. Weymouth
April 14, 2011

Apple: Not a Cure

By: Jessica Lerner (Class of 2013)

There has recently been much controversy over the Apple “Gay Cure” application. This application or app was aimed at Christians who were struggling with their sexuality. However, Apple faced pressure to remove this app, as some saw it as offensive.

Dave Grohl: Music Man

By Andrew Rich (Class of 2011)

Few artists in rock and roll history have switched bands and instruments with such an incredibly high amount of success as Dave Grohl. Able to play guitar, bass, drums and vocals, Grohl has managed to achieve fame in nearly every band he’s been in.

Spain Comes to Foxborough

By Marcelo Fernandes (Class of 2012)

The U.S Men’s National Team will face 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the number 1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. The high-profile friendly takes place three days before the U.S begins group play in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reading is a Fun Challenge

By Rachel Lomot (Class of 2011) 

For Stapleton Elementary School, what began as pressure to fulfill the district’s School Improvement Plan of 2009 to 2012 developed into a rush of enthusiasm throughout the school.  The Reading Challenge was enacted February 10 and will finish up on April 15.  All students have been challenged to read a set number of books at home as a school-wide competition, with the prize being only pride and joy for themselves and the benefits of enjoying a good book.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Supreme Court Ruling For Snyder v. Phelps: The Cost of Freedom

By Hillaree Hayes (Class of 2012)

Just how far should freedom of speech be allowed to go? On October 6, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have the right to protest what they do not agree with, even if what they say is disrespectful or emotionally abusive.

After the Westboro Baptist Church, a dogmatic Kansas religious group founded by Fred Phelps, protested outside the funeral of a fallen soldier in Topeka, Albert Snyder, the soldier’s father, filed a $5 million lawsuit against the church. Margie J. Phelps, daughter of the church’s founder and lawyer who defended the group in the Snyder v. Phelps case, fought the lawsuit by saying that they had the right to protest the funeral under the First Amendment, which gives them freedom of speech.

The 2009 Late Bus Cut and Its Effect on FHS Students

By : Hillaree Hayes

For many years, Framingham High School had a number of late buses available to students for transportation home after getting extra help with teachers, or participating in extracurricular activities or sports. In 2009, however, the school was forced to eliminate them.
According to the school principal, Mr. Michael Welch, “There are lots of misconceptions out there” about why they had to be cut. In reality, the main reason is because of budget restraints that forced the transportation department to find new ways to conserve.
            In the fiscal year of 2009-2010, more than fifteen percent of the budget for school transportation was cut – close to $500,000. “An obvious way to save money was to not drive students home twice” says Welch.

The Answer to Attendance Problems: Early-Morning Phone Calls by School

By Rachel Lomot

Fall River – Chronically absent students at various high schools around the country are now receiving morning phone calls to encourage them to get up and get moving.  B.M.C Durfee High School has brought the issue to light with their new policy enacted on Wednesday, March 8.

Starting Wednesday, if a student at Durfee High School has been absent more than 5 days in a 45-day term, they will receive a prerecorded wake-up call at 6:15 a.m. from Principal Marshall.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Harbor Waves

By: Jessica Lerner
On March 11, 2011, an 8.9 earthquake caused a 10-meter tsunami along the northeastern coast if Japan. More than 10,000 people are dead, and it generated a hydrogen explosion and a nuclear meltdown. However, how many of us actually know what a tsunami is?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a tsunami is a “set of ocean waves [or a wave train] caused by any large, abrupt disturbance of the sea-surface.” The severity of the disturbance and the proximity of the tsunami to the coastline affects the destruction done to local communities.

Friday, March 25, 2011

London Olympics 2012: More Than Just Games

By Rachel Lomot

The world looks forward to the Olympic games.  It is a time when people of various countries that would otherwise never gather together, unite. With new benefits for various communities and sustainable construction, London is creating benefits that will be felt across the globe long after the games. The next Olympic Games are being held in the summer of 2012.  Preparation for the competition is an immense amount of stress and effort for the hosting country.  However, London has taken this opportunity and made the best of it. 

The London 2012 sustainability plan created the organization “Towards a One Planet 2012.” With the help of many volunteers the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is focusing on five elements: climate change, waste, biodiversity, inclusion, and healthy living.  Lord Coe, the chair of LOCOG states to BBC News, “London 2012 will set new standards of sustainability.”

Breaking Bad Is Just So Good

By Andrew Rich

            Breaking Bad, a serial drama that airs on AMC on Sunday nights, has garnered critical acclaim over the last couple of years for its writing, acting, and cinematography, which has helped the show garner numerous awards and nominations.
            Bryan Cranston, known most famously as Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, stars as Walter White, an struggling but brilliant high-school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who is diagnosed with incurable, advanced lung cancer. In order to provide financial stability for his pregnant wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) and disabled son Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte) after his death, as well as pay for the expensive cancer treatment, Walter contacts a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and devises a scheme to cook and distribute methamphetamine.

The Revolution of e-book Readers

By: Jessica Lerner
Over the last several years, there has been an astounding increase in the popularity of e-book readers. However, due to the increase of e-readers, major bookstore chains like Barnes & Noble and Borders are beginning to suffer. Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookstore chain, reported a net loss of $63 million for the third quarter of 2010. The world’s second largest chain, Borders, recently declared bankruptcy.
            Representatives of Borders put partial blame on e-book readers. It is not entirely the massive increase of e-book readers that is at fault, but an error that the store made ten years ago.

English Premier League - Torres is Transferred

By : Marcelo Fernandes
Fernando Torres's transfer fee of $79.5 million from soccer team Liverpool FC to rival Chelsea FC broke the British transfer record. Torres was ranked the world’s 3rd highest transfer record staying behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s  $131 million and Kaka’s $92 million, both bought from the same Spanish team Real Madrid. Torres scored 81 goals in 142 games during 3 1/5 years at Liverpool, but grew frustrated as the 18-time English Premier League champions struggled to keep pace with England’s leading clubs. Liverpool hasn’t won the EPL since 1990.

[Text Box]"Having played against Chelsea many times since coming to England, and in some very big games I will never forget, I know there are many great players here and I will work hard to win a place in the team. I hope I can score some important goals for the supporters to enjoy this season,” said Torres.[Soft Break]
His fans and former fans were not happy
with the transfer of their best player to their archrival team. Fans showed hate towards Torres by burning a bunch of his number 9 replica Liverpool jerseys. Also, fans were sending him death threats, insults, and rude comments on his Facebook page. Some of the insults stated: “You’ll never walk alive!!” and “Get Lost!!!!” Another member of the Red’s family wrote “STUPID TORRES.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mexican Violence Seeing Dramatic Increase

By : Dan Tursky
Mexico’s drug war conflicts have caused the country to see an immense uprising in violence in the past few years. The increase in violence has brought Mexico up to being the sixth leading country in murders by year, and there have been 35,437 known murders alone since 2006. These murders have topped the scales in terms of what had been previously seen in the country, and the murders since 2006 have included over 1,000 police officers, judges, and prosecutors, 200 soldiers, 58 reporters, and an endless number of innocent civilians.

Increase Of Concussions In Ice Hockey

By : Julia Woodhouse
Overall the sport of hockey has had an increase in concussions this season with a 41% escalation since last season. Most concussions are caused by fighting and “accidental and inadvertent” collisions. Many hockey teams this season have been affected greatly by the up rise in concussions for the 2010–2011 season.
NHL injury reports indicated that on January 20, 43 concussions had been sustained since the start on the season. That’s a pace that works out to about 77 for the year. 154 concussions have been reported in practice or games from the start of the preseason through the 8th week of the 2010 regular season.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Gervais Creates Both Laughs and Laments at Golden Globes

By Andrew Rich

Ricky Gervais stirred up controversy recently due to the number of scathing jokes he told as host of the 67th Golden Globe Awards on January 16 in Beverly Hills, California. Gervais, the 49-year-old British comic known for his critically acclaimed shows The Office and Extras, hosted the Golden Globes for the second year in a row and was not afraid to lambaste plenty of Hollywood’s stars.
The targets on Gervais’s hit list included Mel Gibson, The Tourist, Robert Downey Jr., the cast of Sex and the City 2, Tim Allen, Bruce Willis, and “certain famous Scientologist actors who are pretending to be straight.”

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Is Democracy Best For Everyone?

By: Jessica Lerner

Due to the downfall of the Tunisian and Egyptian governments and the protests in Iran, Israel fears for its stability. Many citizens are glad of the step towards democracy in Tunisia, but if other Arab countries follow suit and rebel against their oppressors, it may cause future problems down the line for Israel.
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said, “If the current Tunisian regime collapses, it will not affect Israel’s present national security in a significant way. But we can, however, assume that these developments would set a precedent that could be repeated in other countries, possibly affecting directly the stability of our system.”
Shalom also added that if democracy was to replace the oppressive governments of Israel’s neighboring countries, the national security of Israel might be negatively affected and possibly threatened.

Separation of Darfur

By Jonathan Silva

Despite all of the countries helping Darfur, there is high death rate and rapes occurring as we speak. It is not fair for the citizens of Sudan to be suffering when they are so close to their independence. The country Darfur is trying to separate itself into two because of all the violence and The North where the government is will not have any supplies to maintain their part of country wealthy because they got nothing.
The Obama Administration tells the world that they are doing everything they can to engage with the citizens of Darfur and find more evidence to put Omar Al Bashir (President of Sudan) to jail.  “The referendum on independence for Southern Sudan has come off with minimal violence, and it seems that Sudan’s president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir will accept the inevitable outcome.”

The Unknown Best New Artist: Who is Esperanza Spalding?

By Rachel Lomot

Everyone in the audience was stunned when Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber for best new artist at the recent Grammy Awards. As an up-and-coming, immensely talented jazz bassist, among other things, it is only right that she won the award. The only problem is that mainstream music has not touched her, and a larger part of the audience watching the award show had no idea she even existed.  So, who is Esperanza Spalding?

Spalding is known for being a young and driven jazz artist.  She blends Brazilian and African-American influences into her music while still creating a contemporary sound.  With Spalding on acoustic or electric bass (sometimes violin) and singing in three different languages, it is outstanding to watch.  She usually surrounds herself with a jazz quartet, including a trumpet, drums, and another string instrument.