Navy Seal Convicted

BY: LAUREN BRENNECKE

A U.S coast guard officer was been arrested on drug and gun charges earlier last week. Prosecutors also found that Christopher Paul Hasson is a suspected white supremacist with ties to Russia, and pro neo-nazi and fascist views. In an investigation of his computer, investigators found threatening emails regarding lists of numerous Democratic leaders, web searches for spreading national plagues, botulism, and anthrax. A search of his Maryland home yielded 1,000 rounds of ammunition and 15 firearms, court documents say.

Helicopter Crash

BY: LAUREN BRENNECKE

A helicopter crashed in northern Kenya around 8pm on Sunday, killing four American tourists and their Kenyan pilot, officials say. It reportedly crashed in Central Island National Park.
Reports say two helicopters landed on the island's Labolo camp - one flying away safely. The cause of the crash is still not known, and the pilot, Mario Magonga had extensive training and experience. The US embassy confirmed the death of four Americans and named three of them as Anders Asher Jesiah Burke, Brandon Howe Stapper and Kyle John Forti.

Eleven Year Old arrested (2/22/19)

BY: ISABEL RUTLEDGE

A sixth grade student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida was arrested on February fourth for allegedly creating a disturbance in his classroom after refusing to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance and proceeding to explain why he thought the American flag was racist. The substitute teacher of the class then called school administrators and the student was asked to leave the class, but refused and was arrested. The eleven year old is to now appear at a court hearing and has since transferred to a private school.

Actor stages attack (2/22/19)

BY: ISABEL RUTLEDGE

Last month, actor Jussie Smollett allegedly paid three thousand five hundred dollars to stage an attack on himself in Chicago. Smollett claims he was harassed by two men and called several racial and homophobic slurs on January 29th. Smollett was arrested yesterday morning with a bail of one hundred thousand dollars in which he paid a bond of ten thousand dollars. The brothers who allegedly performed the attack were arrested and released without charge last week. Smollett is to appear again in court on March 14th, and still remains with his original claim.

Local Priest arrested (2/5/19)

BY: MADISON ANDERSON

A local priest at St. Louis’s Priory school, Michael McCusker, has been arrested after police received concerns of him peeking into a female teacher’s window, and hiding in her bushes. The attorney’s office has charged with second degree stalking and resisting arrest. He is currently being held on five hundred dollar bond. Reports say that McCusker has a history of inappropriate and offensive communication.

Summit State Wrestlers

BY: JACK RUBELMANN

Over the weekend both wrestling teams participated in the state wrestling tournament at the Mizzou arena. The boys finished in 5th place with 4 medalists. Seniors Karthik Mogallapu and Dezmond McSellars finishing their high school careers in 4th place, while Evan Brooks knocked off a returning champion en route to his class three 195 pound state title, and Sam Frankowski finished his high school career with a 3rd state title, with a 9-1 major decision. Both Frankowski and Brooks avenged their lone losses in the tournament. The only girls wrestler, Lilly Wallis did not place in the state tournament.

Superbowl Special

BY: JACK RUBELMANN

Last night the New England patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Superbowl 53. 13-3. The patriots are now tied with the steelers with 6 super bowl championships. Julian Edelman was named super bowl MVP after having 10 receptions and 141 yards. Edelman was the first wide receiver to win the award since Santonio Holmes in 2009, and the second player for the patriots, other than Tom Brady to win the award.

Government shutdown (1/14/19)

BY: JULIE JAMES

On December 22nd the second shutdown of 2018 started and is ongoing as of January 2019. This is now the longest shutdown in U.S. history. President Trump is refusing to approve a budget unless it includes 5.7 billion dollars for a wall along the Mexican border. Democrats have rejected his request for funding to build it and say they will not negotiate further until the government is reopened. Mr. Trump has also raised the stakes by threatening to declare a national state of emergency and circumvent Congress and get the money he wants.

Sports 11/28/18

BY: KAHLEN MCFADDEN

After losing to the Los Angeles Kings last night to make the Blues record 7-9-3, the Blues have decided to part ways with head coach Mike Yeo and name assistant head coach Craig Berube as the interim head coach. Yesterday, the Cardinals held a press conference at Ballpark Village to announce that they are bringing back the powder blue uniforms they used to wear in the 80s and 70s for Saturday road jersey alternates. Finally the Kansas City Chiefs played the Los Angeles Rams last night in LA and the game became the highest scoring Monday night football game in NFL history as the Rams won 54-51. Quarterback Jared Goff had 4 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, and threw for 413 yards in the win.

George H. W. Bush dies

BY: ALEXIS ROTTER

Former President, George H.W Bush died last Friday, November 30th. This week, for the first time in nearly 12 years, America will lay a former president to rest. George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday evening until Wednesday morning. Then there will be a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral. Bush spoke at the most recent presidential memorial there - a service for Gerald Ford in January 2007.

General Motors Laying off thousands

11/17/18

BY: MADISON ANDERSON

Due to the rise of electric vehicles being produced and purchased, General Motors will be firing over fourteen thousand employees, resulting in seven factories world wide being shut down. They plan on no longer producing certain models from Chevrolet and Cadillac.

Insight on Mars

11/17/18

BY: MADISON ANDERSON

Yesterday evening NASA’s Insight touched down on Mars. After plunging through the Martian atmosphere, it used a parachute to slow down and eventually landed on Elysium Planitia. After seven months of travel, NASA received a signal and a picture of the surface to show that Insight landed safely.

California Wildfires

11/16/18

BY LAUREN BRENNECKE

The death toll has risen to 42, after wildfires continue to spread across Northern and Southern California; destroying over 195,00 acres throughout the cities of Malibu, Calabasas and Thousand Oaks. 228 people are unaccounted for currently, according to Butte County Sheriff. Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for cities in Ventura County and Los Angeles County and City.

Superintendent Retires

BY ALEXIS ROTTER

On Thursday night October 11th Dr Knost, Rockwood School Districts current superintendent announced his retirement in an email sent out to parents, students, and staff members. Dr. Knost explained in his email “Things are very good right now, and please know nothing but the matter of time has precipitated these thoughts”. He is currently into his 31st year as a public educator and plans to retire after the end of this school year. This could mean big changes for the Rockwood School District.

Social Schools

BY: ALEXIS ROTTER

Rockwood’s social media presence just got bigger. They now have an instagram page to keep more students, parents, and teachers updated on school news. Rockwood also has a Twitter, Facebook, and an app. The Rockwood app helps students and parents get engaged in future events and what is going on at their school along with the new Instagram page to showcase.

Coffee Cartel Closure

BY: MADISON ANDERSON

11/16/18

Coffee Cartel, the coffee shop located in the Central West End, has officially closed after 22 years of business. Owners state that in the last two years, they have seen a great decline in business and could no longer afford to keep the business going. The business has won many awards falling under local, regional, and national publications. They have also supported 45 sports teams, over 450 charities, and have helped the city of St. Louis in many ways through community projects and donations.