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Florida enters Phase One of re-opening businesses and beaches, but will patrons follow the safety guidelines?

Jacksonville Beach was among the first of Florida's beaches to re-open, drawing large crowds that were not adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

After almost two months of businesses being shut down or running at a very limited capacity due to Coronavirus, stores and businesses are starting to think about reopening. With various state and local precautions established, many businesses feel that now is the time to get back to work. But are pe...

Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards Presentation

Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards Presentation

May 14, 2020

The Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards were announced in an email to the OH community from principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke sent this morning.  In that email Burke mentions, "Although we are all disappointed we were unable to have a traditional Senior Awards Night to celebrate our amazing OH...

Climate gentrification threatens culturally rich neighborhoods

Minority neighborhoods rich in cultural tradition such as Miami's Little Haiti are falling victim to climate gentrification.

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

In Miami-Dade County, a new phenomenon known as “climate gentrification” is causing many problems for locals, but has proved beneficial for real estate speculators and developers. Gentrification, the real estate business practice of buying homes and properties in low-income, predominantly minority neighbor...

The Last Dance an intriguing glimpse into the mind of Michael Jordan and the drama of the Chicago Bulls dynasty

The ESPN and Netflix joint production of The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary miniseries on the career of Michael Jordan with emphasis on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls season, airs Sunday nights on ESPN.

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

May 9, 2020

The ESPN and Netflix joint production of The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary miniseries on the career of Michael Jordan with emphasis on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls season, is nothing less than fascinating. The series features rare behind-the-scenes film footage from a crew that had been given comple...

Teaching from home has its challenges for OH teachers

Olympic Heights art teacher Ms. Chrisanthy Vargo (left) and science teacher Mr. Lachlan MacKay (right) at their home teaching stations.

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

With the sudden change from physical school to online school due to COVID-19, students have been adjusting themselves to a new work environment and daily routine. However, it is not only the students who are feeling the effects of these changes. Teachers have had to adjust to teaching a set of teenagers witho...

Celebrities going online to entertain and raise pandemic relief funds offer a welcome quarantine distraction

The  iHeartRadio Living Room Concert for America that raised over $10 million for pandemic relief, featured (from left to right); Elton John, Billie Eilish, Billy Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and a host of other celebrities.

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

As people have begun to adjust to the life of staying inside during self-quarantine, many celebrities have taken their talents online in order to bring joy to their fans during these tough times. As America continues to deal with the current pandemic, celebrities have stepped up, trying to make the ...

OH Finance Academy’s Cheryl Shimmel wins Dwyer Award

2020 Dwyer Award winner Cheryl Shimmel (far right) with Finance Academy students.

May 6, 2020

Olympic Heights AICE Business and Finance Academy teacher Ms. Cheryl Shimmel was named the Dwyer Award winner in the Career Education Category Tuesday night in a Zoom video broadcast of the awards presentation. “As you can imagine, I am thrilled to have won this award,” Shimmel told the OH faculty a...

MUSIC REVIEW: Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape will suffice as a precursor to his anticipated summer album

Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes, which dropped last Friday, has its moments, but also comes up short at points.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

May 5, 2020

Phew! We finally have new music from a rap legend. It was rumored on social media that a Drake mixtape was set to drop upon midnight on Friday. Rumors were confirmed hours before midnight from Drake himself. Quarantined fans can finally relax and listen to his latest release Dark Lane Demo Tapes. From prev...

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Olympic Heights students show the love for their teachers via video

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Olympic Heights students show the love for their teachers via video

May 4, 2020

Dear Olympic Heights High School Teachers, Pease know how much you are missed.  We wish we were able to give you one last hug goodbye, and let you know how much you have inspired us. The student body at Olympic Heights has been so fortunate to have learned from such amazing teachers, who have also becom...

Pro sports leagues devising ways to get back to work

The Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena is still sitting empty as the NBA works to develop a format in order to finish the 2019-20 season once play resumes.

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

With some states starting to allow businesses that had been ordered closed in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, sports fans are starting to wonder how long it will be before the major sports will be able to swing back in action. With the businesses that are being allowed to be opened havi...

Zoombombing causes school district to ban the use of the Zoom platform for online distance learning class meetings

Zoombombing causes school district to ban the use of the Zoom platform for online distance learning class meetings

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

The video communication platform Zoom has become very popular during these days of quarantine as a way for people to stay connected with family and friends while adhering to social distancing.  Zoom allows up to 100 people to join a video call at the same time for free. In addition to being a us...

Are Google and Amazon eavesdropping? Yes. Yes, they are.

The Google Home device (above) is providing stiff competition to Amazon's Echo Dot.

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Do you ever get the feeling someone is listening to you? Do you ever say something that you don’t want anyone to hear?  Well, if you have a Google Home device or any smart speaker device such as Amazon’s Echo Dot - better known as Alexa - chances are not only is someone listening, but it is ...

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