Government shutdown (1/14/19)


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


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


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



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



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



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


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


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



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.