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  • Athletes of the Week: Austin Geller (Boys Bsktbl); Leidaly Riveria (Girls Weightlifting) Gabriella Vogel (Cheer)

  • Athletes of the Week: Diego Longa (Boys Soccer); Kaitlyn Cierpik (Girls Soccer); Michael Butler (Wrestling)

  • Students of the Week: Yi-Ju Wang (Fr.); Cassandra "CJ" Vyazmensky (So.); Andrew Chea (Jr.); Kaylee Cunningham (Sr.)

Trump Expose Fire and Fury Becomes a Best-Seller Amid a Firestorm of Furious Controversy

Trump Expose Fire and Fury Becomes a Best-Seller Amid a Firestorm of Furious Controversy

Marie Preuss, Features Editor

January 23, 2018


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The recent release of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a controversial tell-all book by Michael Wolff, has caused an enormous stir in the media and Trump administration. Some people see the book as an entertaining story, and some believe it to be a relatively accurate account of the curr...

Social Media Obsession Can Lead to Depression for Teens

Social Media Obsession Can Lead to Depression for Teens

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

December 21, 2017


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Social media can be an unhealthy factor in a teenager’s everyday life. The number one target for social media sites is teenagers. From sunrise to sunset most teenagers are absorbed with that little device that is as big as the average hand. The most popular social media sites among teenagers are...

The Man and the Story Behind the Often Taken for Granted 9-1-1 Emergency System

The Man and the Story Behind the Often Taken for Granted 9-1-1 Emergency System

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

December 20, 2017


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We might never know what our fanatical and chaotic world packed with homicide, terrorism, and disease would look like without the invention of a universal emergency number. As 21st century civilians, it is easy to take the technology we use in our daily lives for granted, but to imagine a world with...

Personal Observations on the Las Vegas Shooting Aftermath

Personal Observations on the Las Vegas Shooting Aftermath

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017


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Torch staff writer Ashley Perry was in Las Vegas shortly after the mass shooting that took place on October 1. Here, she provides her personal reflection on her observances on how the city was affected by the tragedy. October 1, 2017 was a day that cannot be forgotten. That night, a gunman carried o...

Olympic Heights Seniors Look Back on Freshman Year

Olympic Heights Seniors Look Back on Freshman Year

Isabelle Eisenberg, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


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Many seniors have just finished submitting college applications, attended their last homecoming, and are now beginning to worry about what life is going to be like after the tassels are moved from right to left. Before the class of 2018 becomes official alumni of the Lions’ den, some of the Olympic...

Coco’s International Popularity Rooted in Its Family-Oriented and Hispanic Themes

Coco’s International Popularity Rooted in Its Family-Oriented and Hispanic Themes

Marie Preuss, Features Editor

December 11, 2017


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Disney-Pixar’s newest animated movie Coco has been experiencing unbelievable success. The film takes place in Mexico on El Día de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). It focuses on a boy, Miguel Rivera, who has musical aspirations. However, the shoemaking Rivera family has had a strict no-music policy e...

Clim-ACT-ivists Club Works Locally to Make Global Impact

Clim-ACT-ivists Club Works Locally to Make Global Impact

Marie Preuss, Staff Writer

December 5, 2017


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  The new motto of the Clim-ACT-ivists, devised by the club’s secretary Elisa Weinberg, says it all: “Knowledge is power, but action is progress.” This depicts the Clim-ACT-ivists’ mentality of both educating about climate change and taking active measures to hinder it. The Clim-ACT-ivists...

The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

Giana Toussaint, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


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Sexual harassment has been going on since the age of womanhood, but it seems that only recently that it is being taken seriously and that the harassers are finally being held at least somewhat accountable. On October 15, actress Alyssa Milano reignited the social media “#MeToo” social media campaign...

Are Dual Enrollment Courses Worth the Effort?

Are Dual Enrollment Courses Worth the Effort?

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


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Many students around the country spend endless hours and nights cramming in rigorous material just so that they can enter the college of their choice. For many students living in the U.S., it’s a “hard, knock life” devoting themselves to their studies, rather than enjoying the last remaining years...

As Florida Renews Executions, the Debate Ramps Up

As Florida Renews Executions, the Debate Ramps Up

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

November 10, 2017


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On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the state of Florida executed death row inmate Patrick Hannon (53) via lethal injection for his involvement in the 1991 murder of two men. Hannon’s execution was the third to be carried out in Florida since August when the state made changes to it death penalty sentencing law...

FAU Grad Leyla Sharafi Working with United Nations on Behalf of Women Worldwide

FAU Grad Leyla Sharafi Working with United Nations on Behalf of Women Worldwide

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

October 27, 2017


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With the media overly focused on the strife and contention that permeates international affairs, it is rare to hear of those who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others on a global scale. It is even more rare to discover that such a person has ties to the local community. One such...

Looking Back at National Hispanic Heritage Month

Looking Back at National Hispanic Heritage Month

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

October 21, 2017


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National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 15) is a time when Hispanics from across the country celebrate and recognize the important presence and endowments of Hispanics and Latino Americans to the United States. There are 4.3 million Hispanics living in Florida, and approximately one-third...

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