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  • RTREDHAWK TIMES WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOLBlythewood, South CarolinaDec. 2014/Jan. 2015Vol. III, No. 2 Forthefirsttimeinforever,nothingsinmyway!YoucouldpracticallyheareachofthecontestantsmindsscreamingastheycrownedthewinnersoftheMissWest-wood2014FrozenPageant. Senior Baili Byrd won the overall title of MissWestwood.AlandriaHayeswonMissSeniorwithZakiyaHarris earning runner-up. Senior Ekklesia Hawkins wascrownedMissCongeniality,andseniorAlyssaCastelluc-ciowonMissTalent.JuniorSarahLeeJenkinstookMissUnderclassmenwithjuniorKristenLincolnasrunner-up.JuniorSamaryaJenkinswonMissPublicity,anewtitleforthispageant. The opening number of Do you wanna build asnowman?hadtheaudiencefallinginlovewiththesetal-entedyoungladies. Byrdsaid,Thefunniestparthadtobepracticingtheopeningdancenumber.Icantdanceatall,soweallhadfunlaughingatmyattempts. Lincoln said, Iwould likemore time toactuallyprepareforthepageant;Ifeltlikeeverythingwasdueandhappeningsofast. WhatIwanttokeeparoundforthecontestantsinthefutureisforthemtokeeptheirconfidenceupfordo-ingthispageantandexploringtheirhorizons,andlearningfromtheirexperiences,saidHaynes. Thegirlsseemedtoenjoybeinginthepageant.Iwantthepublictonotbeafraidtoputyourselfoutthere,Haynes said. This pageant is a confidence booster. Itsnot about themost expensive dress or themost glamor-ousshoes;itsaboutyourconfidenceandcouragegoingupthereandhavingfun.

    by Brianna Brooks, staff writer

    Nothing is in Miss Westwoods way

    Pictured:MissSeniorAlandriaHaynes,MissSeniorrunner-upZakiyaHarris,MissWestwoodBailiByrd,MissTalentAlyssaCastelluccioandMissCongenialityEkklesiaHawkins.

    Activists responding to police killings see potential for new civil rights eraNEWYORK _The chants are angry, butsimple:Icantbreathe!Handsup,dontshoot! Black lives matter! They haveechoedfromtheAmericanheartlandtothecoastsinthewakeoftworecentgrandjurydecisions that cleared white policemen inthedeathsofunarmedblackmen. Now, activists are counting on theragebehindthosewordstospuramovementthatwouldforcethecountrytoconfronttheinterlockedissuesofraceandpolicingandpressthegovernmenttoautomaticallytakecontrolofcasesofallegedpoliceabuse. Theyreaskingforsomethingsim-ple.Theywanttobetreatedthesame,NewYorkMayorBilldeBlasiosaidofprotestersThursdayashesoughttocalmacitywheremanywereseethingoveragrandjurysde-cisionnottoindictDanielPantaleo,awhiteofficer,inthedeathofEricGarner. Largely peaceful demonstrationsbrokeoutinNewYorksoonafterWednes-days announcement of the Staten Islandgrand jurys decision. Protesters blockedmajorroadsandgatheredatlandmarksites,includingTimesSquareandGrandCentralTerminal. Police made 83 arrests, mainlyforminoroffenses. Itwasamurderonvideoandtherewas no justice, said Mickey Thomas, a21-year-oldHunterCollegestudent.Idefi-nitely thinkweve had enough. I feel likethereisanewcivilrightsmovement. Lastweek,violence,arsonandloot-ingeruptedinFerguson,Mo.,afteragrandjury declined to indict Darren Wilson, awhite policeman, in the shooting death of

    by Tina susman, Los Angeles Times

    MichaelBrown.MarcheshavebeenalmostdailyoccurrencestheresinceBrownsshoot-inginAugust. At a Thursday news conference,black leaders, includingAlSharptonof theNationalAction Network and Marc Mori-al,presidentoftheNationalUrbanLeague,sought to draw protesters from around thecountry toWashington for aDec.13eventaimedatpressingforfederalinterventioninexcessive-forcecases. Marchesandboycottsledtothe64CivilRightsAct,Sharptonnoted.He saidthatjustasfederallegislationledtochange50yearsago,similaractionisneedednowtoensurethatprosecutorsnolongerhandlecas-esinvolvingtheirownpolice.Thatswhat(Dec.)13thisallabout,Sharptonsaid. Holder has launched federal inqui-riesintoseveralpolicedepartmentsinrecentyears,andmanyhaveledtheJusticeDepart-menttomandatereforms.Butthoseinvesti-gationsoften followyearsofabuseclaims,andtheyareneverguaranteedtotakeplace.ThedemandmadeThursdaywastoautomat-icallyputinfederalhandscasesinwhichlawenforcementofficialsfacepossiblecriminalchargesarisingfromciviliandeathsorinju-ries. The visceral impact of Garnersdeath,whichwascapturedonvideo,andtherecentdeathofTamirRice,ablack12-year-oldshotdeadbyClevelandpoliceinaninci-dentalsocaughtonvideo,couldhelpgalva-nizeprotesters,expertssaid.

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    Wishes of Westwood brings hope, help for the holidays WishesofWestwood,akaTheElfDaysofGiving,started off with a bang atWestwood Night at Chipolte.Raising over $1,600,Student Governmentused the proceeds tohelpfundthepartyforthe 74 foster kids theWestwood family ad-optedthisyear. The Redhawkspiritofgivinginclud-ed:

    eCanned goods-sponsoredbyFCAeNewspapers/blan-kets for the local an-imalhospital-sponsoredbyNationalHonorSocietye Clothes forTriciasTrunk - sponsoredbyRedhawkHelpingHandse ToysforRichlandMemorialHospital-HOSAe Gentlyusedshoes-LeoClub

    After aweek of holiday giving, the assembly onDec.12hadeveryoneinthemoodforwinterbreak.

    e Sadie HawkinsWinter Ball e

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    January 15Westwood Cafe

    8-11pmSemi-Formal

    Who are you going to ask?

    SadieHawkinsDayisapseudo-holi-daythatoriginatedinAlCappsclassichillbillycomicstrip,Lil Abner.Thisinspiredreal-worldSadieHawkinsdances,wheregirlsaskboysout.

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    S Ebola:aninfectiousandgenerallyfataldiseasemarkedbyfeverandsevereinternalbleeding,spreadthroughcontactwithinfectedbodyfluidsbyafilovirus(theEbolavirus),whosenormalhostspeciesisunknown.AlsoknownasNOTthereasonyoushouldraidyournearesthospitalorSamsClub.ThisisnottheZombieApocalypse,butratheroneofthemostfeareddiseasesintheworldrightnow. WhythepanicwhenonlyninepeoplehavebeendiagnosedwithEbolaintheU.S.andeighthaverecovered?TheonefatalitywasthefirstEbolapatienttoeverentertheU.S. Werenotreallyinmuchdanger,especiallycomparedtoothercountries.Africaisthehardesthitcontinent.AsofDecember,Liberiahasalmost7,000opencases,andSierraLeonehasover5,000caseswithanearly90percentfatalityrate. Nottodownsizetheseverityofthisdisease,butlastyearalone,wehadover108pediatricdeathsofseasonalinfluenza,akatheflu.Whyarepeoplefreakingoutoveranon-airbornediseaseratherthanprotectingthemselveswithaflushoteveryyearsotheydontbecomeoneofthemanylivesthattheinfluenzatakes? Maybeitsbecauseofthemediaorapoliticalagenda.Althoughthemorelikelyreasonwouldbebecausethisdiseaseisnewandrelativelyunknowntopeo-plehereintheU.S. ThemainthingyoushouldknowaboutEbolaisithasyettobecomeair-borne.Thismeansithastobetransferredbyfluidsfromaninfectedpersoneitherby touchor throughconsumption.So,unlessyouhaverecentlybeen incontactwithanEbolapatientsfecesorvomit,thelikelihoodofgettingEbolaisslimtonone.

    ThefourthseasonofthehitseriesScandalkickedoffonSept. 25.The show definitely received some competitionwhenHow to Get Away with Murderstarted,whichisashowalsocreat-edbyShondaRhimes. Ithinkthattheseasonstartedoffabitslow,butdefinitelyendedwithabang.WelostHarrison(hisdisappearanceanddeathhaventbeenverydetailed,butweknowthatPapaPopehadsome-thing todowith it).WesawTomforced intoa falseconfessionaboutthekillerofFitzssonJerry,andthenwesawOliviamanip-ulateTomintospillingtherealconfession. So far this season,Olivia is still stuckbetweenFitz andJakeandcant seem tomakeuphermind.She looks like shesleaningmoretowardsJake,butinthemidseasonfinaleshestatedthatshewantstobeinVermontwithFitzaswellasstandinginthesunwithJake. Andcanwebelieve thatOliviawaswilling tokillPapaPope?Shepulledthetriggerinherowndiningroomonlytofindthatthegunwasempty.Tome,thishadtobethebiggestbetrayaloftheseason. Lets not forget about Cyrus, who has been absolutelywild.WiththedeathofJames,hehasnthadacompanion,soheturnedtootherresources.Unfortunately,hewasexposedbythefemaleheadoftheRepublicanPartyandwasthelaughingstockofthemedia.ThesaddestscenewaswhenCyrusturnedinhisletterofresignationtoFitz,butitendedupbeingbetterwhenOliviawasabletoturnthesituationaroundforthebetter(likealways). Lastbutcertainlynotleast,WHEREISOLIVIA?!?!Shewentmissinginthelastfivesecondsoftheshow,whichendedupbeingareallygoodcliffhanger.ThecountdownuntilJanuary29,2015isonGladiators!#WheresOlivia

    TherevealingofanongoingacademicscandalattheUniversityofNorthCarolinaChapelHillhascausedmanytoquestiontheintegrityoftheschool.Ithasalsocreatedanationaldiscussionofhowcollegesshouldtreattheirathletes. Forthepast18years,morethan3,100studentstookpaperclasses,themajority ofwhich took place in theAfrican-American Studies department.Theclassesrarelymet,werenotsupervisedbyafacultymember,andonlyrequiredthesubmissionofasingleresearchpaper. Fouremployeeshavebeenfiredandfivemorehavebeendisciplinedduetotheirrolesinthescandal.Oneformeremployeehasalsohadtheirhonorarystatusremoved. While unethical, there is nothing criminal about the actions of those in-volvedaccordingtoOrangeCountyDistrictAttorneyJimWoodall,althoughthereport,whichhasbeensharedwiththeNCAA,couldresultinseveralimplicationsfortheuniversity,includingtherevokingofseveralnationalchampionshiptitles.Bycomparison,a2009academicscandalatFloridaStateinvolvedsixty-oneath-letes,afarcryfromthenumberofthoseinvolvedatUNC.

    by Ashli White, staff writer

    Wait...Do I have Ebola? Probably not.Whats the Scoop on Scandal?by Brianna Brooks, staff writer

    UNCs fake class scandal unethical

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