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This Mississippi community wanted Ginsburg to know just how much she mattered to them.

The Legacy of a Living Legend: Our Champion For Women’s Rights Passes On

September 20, 2020

At approximately 7:49 p.m. on Friday night, a PLD Lamplighter editorial board member sent us a message that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.  I gasped, turned to my mother and older sister, and told them the news. My sister could only think of “the utter devastation in not being able to take the moment to be sad and ...

Lamplighter’s Promise to Our Community

September 16, 2020

We’re entering a school year during extraordinary times. As a community, we’re experiencing a deadly pandemic and powerful protests against police brutality and racial injustice. We’ve witnessed epidemiological and natural disasters, and demands for electoral and social change. These are all stories that demand our attention. These are all stories that demand good journalism. So before PLD La...

Dunbar Considers 4x4 Schedule

Dunbar Considers 4×4 Schedule

July 29, 2020

The abrupt transition to online learning in March was a hectic one: teachers choosing between seemingly dozens of online platforms, administrators scrambling to put together some kind of schedule, everyone adrift in the chaos that marked the arrival of COVID-19.  Now, as schools around the country consider a virtual return to school, administrators are more prepared. On July 23, the Fayette C...

Protesters gathered outside Lexington Courthouse before marching down Main Street.

Lexington Protests against Racism and Police Brutality

June 4, 2020

The world is in the midst of history in the making. Americans and others across the globe are collectively using their voices to attempt to right the wrongs that have persisted for centuries. Time and time again in America, black people are murdered by police at an exponentially higher rate than whites, and for much lower stakes. The most recent of these deaths sparked the current outrage. On Ma...

Students had to use laptops like this one to take their AP tests, a change from recent years.

AP Testing Gone Awry

May 28, 2020

Between asking my family to stop streaming Netflix while I tested and arguing with my friends about College Board conspiracy theories, AP testing this year was thoroughly confusing and inefficient.  My WiFi problems and College Board discussions aside, countless AP students this year were negatively impacted by the new online testing procedures. After the COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread s...

I didn’t know that the last day of my high school career was just that...the last day.

Not How I’d Hoped This Would End

April 26, 2020

If I’m being honest, I’ve shed many tears over the loss of the most significant moments of high school graduations: I will not be able to walk across that stage with my head held high, I will not be able to shake hands and give hugs to those who helped me along the way, and I will not be able to grab my diploma or move my tassel. It's heartbreaking. Typically, the last three months of high sch...

The CDC has stated that in order to kill the coronavirus, people should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.

The Importance of Washing Hands During COVID-19

March 31, 2020

Flattening the curve is the priority as of now, so every little preventative measure helps. The more we slow the spread of COVID-19, the more time health officials have to come up with combative measures against the virus.  Most people touch their faces very often throughout the course of a day without even realizing it. Knowing this, the best way to prevent getting sick is to wash your hands.  ...

Practicing social distancing and self-isolation can have a great effect on the impact of COVID-19 as seen on the graph above.

What Flattening The Curve Really Means

March 26, 2020

Since March the phrase “flattening the curve” has increasingly become a household phrase. It refers to the protective measures taken in order to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission from person to person. Several in Dunbar’s community said that they have decided to help flatten the curve simply by staying home and practicing social distancing.  “I’m mostly staying inside and avoid...

President Trump holds a press conference about the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus Relief: Still Not Enough

March 24, 2020

As the United States reaches the threshold of 500 deaths and over 45,000 coronavirus cases people continue to fear the worse. As schools close and businesses shutter the threat of the pandemic is really beginning to come to life. Hospitals are overwhelmed, leading to ventilator and mask shortages, testing deficiencies remain, and the economy continues to spiral. As this situation continues to get wor...

The President addresses the nation in an effort to calm the storm.

Trump’s Coronavirus Failure

March 13, 2020

“We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on March 11 when the coronavirus outbreak was declared a global pandemic. The number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed 115,000, and more than 4,200 have died. In the U.S. there have been more than 1,200 cases confirmed and 39 confirmed deaths. Not to mention that the virus has spread to at least 40 states, many of which have declared a state of emergency. The largest outbreaks so far hav...

PLD Librarian Mrs. Summer Perry said that she decided to provide Clorox wipes at the library Chromebooks station so students can sanitize before and after each use.

What Qualifies as Necessary?

March 11, 2020

On March 10 Governor Andy Beshear announced two more confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Harrison County, bringing the Kentucky state total to eight confirmed cases: five COVID-19 cases are in Harrison County, two are in Fayette County, and one is in Jefferson County.  Since then, Fayette County Public Schools has released several statements reiterating that they are taking "preventative measures” against COVID-19. The FCPS website states “The district monitors student and staff attendance trend...

Max was born in Oregon in 2003. When he was 10, his family moved to Kentucky.

Being Chinese During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 2, 2020

When I was born, the world was in a state of panic and hysteria over the 2003 SARS outbreak--I was born into a correlation between China and infectious disease. According to the CDC, COVID-19 is caused by a virus much like SARS. Typically, coronaviruses cause patients to get common colds, but certain strains cause more severe symptoms that can be fatal. As an increasing number of cases w...