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The Senseless Death of Leelah Alcorn

March 13, 2015

At 2 A.M on Dec. 28th, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn committed suicide by throwing herself in front of oncoming traffic. She was struck down and died at the scene of the accident. It was not until a short while later when Leelah's suicide letter was found on her Tumblr that activists picked up this story to fight for Leelah. Her story is significant to the LGBT community because it portrays something that ...

Transgender Students Deserve True Equality

Jade Flowers, Contributing Writer

March 13, 2015

Filed under Opinion

In February of this year, the Kentucky Senate approved a bill that discriminates heavily against transgender students. Essentially, transgender teens are restricted to the restrooms, locker rooms, and showers of the sex they were born with, preventing them from fully living as their true gender. The bill was originally voted on and struck down, but when it was “quietly” re-voted on, (while, conveniently, two thirds of the opposing senators were absent due to bad weather) it was passed with little opposition 27-9, and moved into the House. Quite honestly, I don’t understand how this kind of underhanded leg...

Why are Cigarettes Still Legal?

March 13, 2015

I am a second-hand smoker. For years, I’ve sat on the porch or in the passenger seat of a car and watched the way the soft, grey tobacco fluttered to the ground or zipped out the window with the deft flick of a finger. There was an art to the way a cigarette could be balanced between teeth and lips, an extension from the body, something that could only be perfected from daily practice. When they...

Teens are more accepting than you think

Teens are more accepting than you think

March 10, 2015

It's funny how today most teens don't really care about issues that have adults up in arms. To spend time at the government level arguing about where public school kids go to the bathroom seems like a real waste of time to us here at the Lamplighter. In the media we see more and more acceptance, like the new commercial campaign for Jazz Jennings, an openly transgender teen. While doing a serie...

Being Single on Valentine’s Day

Klaire Johnson, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I spent my last Valentine’s Day third wheeling my two best friends, sophomore Brooke Bledsoe and alumni Paulino Ortiz. I would have been perfectly happy spending the day at home watching Netflix by myself, but they dragged me along with them on their date, saying that I should not be alone on Valentine’s Day. We ate dinner at Malone’s, and it honestly was kind of upsetting being surrounded by happy couples. To my left there was a teenage couple sitting on the same side of the booth holding hands that made me want to gag, compared to the elderly couple in front of me that was happily enjoying their meal that...

The Flu: A School-wide Plague

December 19, 2014

It starts with that achy feeling when you wake up. You decide to drag yourself to school anyways—there’s a test you can’t miss. By third block, everything you touch feels like ice, and your mind is foggy. It’s fourth block, and it’s all you can do to stay awake. The second you get home, it’s PJ’s and bed-if you can fall asleep. You sleep the next day away, your head throbbing, simultaneously...

The Types of Moviegoers

Morgan Tallio, Contributing Writer

October 24, 2014

Filed under Opinion

This past winter, I have avoided the frigid cold weather as much as humanly possible, and found an oasis in the heated, dark rooms of the crowded movie theaters. In the dark, everyone seems practically the same, but as soon as the lights switch on, you can see the vastly different selection of people who have used the theater as an escape just as I have. It only takes one visit to the movies to see these different groups flooding the ticket line, drooling over food at the concession stand, and obnoxiously talking before (and if you are really unlucky, during) the movie. Here are the different types of people found at any th...

Teen Howl

Sarah Hunt, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Ever feel like your voice isn’t being heard or like you just need a chance to get your work out there? Teen Howl is a place for young writers to share their work aloud and draw inspiration from peers as well as successful authors. On the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., high school students from the Lexington area gather in the Carnegie Center at 882 E High Street. A featured adult shares and talks to the teens about their experience and career as an author. After this, students are invited to read their own writings to the group, allowing them to express their opinions in their unique voices. Teen Howl co-fo...

Undercover Colors

Kennedy Kruger

September 18, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Anti-rape nail polish: Why the criticism? As a child, I remember playing with “color-changing” Barbies. I would watch with fascination as I took my Barbie’s dripping hair out of ice water, seeing the blonde change to bright pink. When I got older, the newest fad was color-changing nail polish that when exposed to the sun the color would change from gold to bright red. As a soon-to-be college student, I never thought something like this could actually save my life. Four North Carolina University students have come up with a nail polish that changes colors when exposed to date-rape drugs such as Rohypnol, otherwise ...

Homecoming: Do You Care?

Homecoming: Do You Care?

September 12, 2014

Every school has a different idea of homecoming. For some people, it’s second only to prom. For others, it’s just one more football game to avoid. Dunbar seems to be closer to the latter. The average response to how much people care about homecoming at Dunbar was below five on a scale of 0-10. That’s low. I’m not expecting people to hang banners and get glammed up for a football game, but it...

Color Me Rad Comes to Lex

Brooke Bledsoe, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Not many people could say that running 5ks could be considered “fun” but the Color Me Rad 5k is a different story. The atmosphere is very friendly and upbeat everyone was enjoying themselves and having fun with their friends and family. The 3.2 run took place near Coldstream Park in Georgetown on April 12. This was my first time participating in the Color Run and it was extremely enjoyable. I usually don’t love running, but the fact that the Color Run kept an emphasis on fun made the task seem a lot easier than usual; the 3.1 miles felt like it was just a 1-mile easy run. Every 800 meters there was a color station...

Breakfast and Brunch at Wild Eggs

Kirby Fitzpatrick, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Lexington residents are scrambling to Wild Eggs, a new restaurant in Palomar Centre, to taste the delicacies of breakfast, brunch and lunch. The restaurant originated in Louisville and the owner opened up Lexington’s first franchised location in the beginning of February. Wild Eggs also has locations in Denver, CO. Wild Eggs has already received numerous accolades in the restaurant world. According to the restaurant’s website, they were voted the best breakfast/brunch restaurant in Louisville in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In an effort to keep up with the economic competition of Louisville, Lexington is ready to expand...