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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...

What is Lent?

What is Lent?

March 2, 2020

 Lent is a 40-day period, not including Sundays, of fasting that resembles the length of time Jesus Christ walked in the desert without food or water. A select few individuals fast their meals for the entire season. The majority of others give up a favorite of theirs: sweets, social media, TV, caffeine, etc.   Freshman Valarie O’Nan decided to go without the social media app Instagram for L...

The Effects Of Climate Change

March 1, 2020

Climate change is a short-term increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system, shown by temperature measurements. These measurements show that at the current rate of change, temperatures will continue to increase and make winter shorter and summer long. The world has been affected by climate change in various ways, such as sea levels rising. Increased temperatures cause ice gl...

Joe Biden is the right man to become the President in 2020.

Why I’m Voting for Joe Biden

February 28, 2020

I remember the 2016 election vividly. It was the first time I was truly interested in politics and cared about the outcome of an election. I was 15 at the time, and therefore was unable to vote, but all I kept thinking was “2020 is going to be the year my voice is heard.”  Since 2016, I have spent a lot of my time educating myself on the issues that plague this country so I can figure out wher...