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Annual Tree Lighting Strengthens Sense of Community

by Joshua Manning – Staff Writer

The tradition of lighting the tree at the Don Henning roundabout in downtown Covington is an annual occurrence which seeks to bring together to the community of Covington through the topic of the Christmas Season. The event started at 4 PM with live music and a few scenes from “Scrooge, The Musical” as well as live caroling shortly after. Many Covington service clubs, as well as our very own Kentlake Key Club were present at the event to serve hot beverages such as cider and cocoa as well as cookies and other refreshments. In addition to the food, the City of Covington also had arts and crafts stations set up for ornament making.

The tree lighting itself took place around 6 PM which is when attendance to the event swelled the most. The big tree on the roundabout that the lighting used to happen on was notably cut down years ago but it has since been replaced with a smaller one for the lighting ceremony since the lighting is a tradition and it is the thing that the most people show up to on the day of the event. Many people when asked why they showed up to the lighting just simply said “out of tradition”, while others tended to expand on the ideas of community and how the event can fortify ties with other people you may not have met otherwise.

Although the event officially started at 4 PM, the Covington Kiwanis Club held a pancake breakfast, ran a craft bazaar, and facilitated a 5k event. These events were part of the Hollydaze Saturdays in December, which is also a tradition of Covington in which every Saturday before Christmas, special holiday events for the family are held. These events took place over the course of the whole day whereas the tree lighting started at 4 PM and ended at 6 PM. The Kiwanis Club also had their own booth and sold goods at the tree lighting as well to raise money for future events they will be holding as well as to raise money for the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program for pediatric oncology.

Open hearts Big Dreams Fund Raises money for Education

by Madison Marko – Head Photographer

Nine-year-old Leyla Angelidis, daughter of math teacher Michael Angelidis, has inspired Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund—a fund that has raised about half a million dollars to benefit education in Ethiopia.

“We would have no other connection to Ethiopia if it wasn’t for Leyla. When we brought Leyla into our lives, we wanted to connect to her native country. We want her to have a sense of who she is and where she came from. This is all because of her,” Mr. Angelidis said.

The fund, a nonprofit, was founded by Michael’s wife, Ellenore Angelidis. It held its sixth fundraising gala on Dec. 9 at Hangar 30 in Magnusson Park. The gala featured silent and live auctions, a wine wall, and a raffle. Ethiopian food, art, and poetry were celebrated throughout the event. The Ethiopian Community Center Dancers performed a traditional Ethiopian dance. In total, the gala raised around $100,000.

The money will be divided to support the Early Reader Books Project, Technology and Coding Project, and Art Education Project. The Early Reader Books Project will continue to create Ready Set Go Books that have been translated into four Ethiopian languages. The books will be shipped by Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund to different libraries in Ethiopia.

For the Technology and Coding Project, the fund will work with another nonprofit, UCodeGirl, and support them as they bring more technology and coding to Ethiopia. Mrs. Angelidis is on the advisory board for UCodeGirl, and has been working on locating partners to collaborate with for the project.

The Art Education Project will work with artists and teachers to create curriculum for students to learn to create art that can be used for Ready Set Go Books. The artist will create art while they are in Ethiopia. The fund will sell this art to raise money to be able to provide classrooms with supplies to continue the programs throughout the year.

“The goal of the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund is to continue to empower people through education. We believe that education is not a privilege, it is a right. You should be able to get educated no matter where you were born— whether that is in Ethiopia, or Kent, Washington, or Athens, Greece. Education is the most empowering thing for people,” Mr. Angelidis said.

Some of Mr. Angelidis’s students, as well as many Key Club members, stepped up to volunteer at the event. Leizllyn Nicolas (11), Key Club member and one of Mr. Angelidis’s calculus students, said, “Mr. Angelidis told our class about the fund, his adopted daughter, and how Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund has helped kids in Ethiopia. I knew I wanted to be a part of that. It was a new experience for me, and I loved seeing so many people come together to help raise money for the cause.”

Mr. Angelidis said, “I am Greek, my wife is Dutch, our boys are American, and our daughter is Ethiopian. We feel like we are more of a ‘world family’. It humbles us to see where we are and what other people are dealing with. Even in our worst days, there is a lot more suffering in the world. If we can make a small difference in somebody’s life, then we are grateful for that. We are all citizens of the world, and if we can help somebody, let’s help somebody.”

Cult Leader Charles Manson Dies at Age 83

by Jillian Felker – Entertainment Editor

Cult leader and notorious murderer of the 1960’s who frightened the entire U.S nation, Charles Manson, died on Nov. 19. Manson died while in a hospital in Kern County, Cal. from natural causes, after having been admitted several days beforehand.

After marrying several times and having one child, all resulting in divorce, and after being imprisoned due to petty crimes (soon released in 1967), Manson formed the cult known as the Manson Family, which later evolved to more than 100 members.

Cult formed due to a similar liking for hallucinogenic drugs, and non-conventional lifestyle, especially during The Summer of Love (1967). Within the cult was a small group of hard-core believers, very young women, who believed he was Jesus and his prophecies of a race war

After the formation of the cult, the particularly hard-core followers were those who were believed to have carried out about 35 killings, mostly led by Manson. The most famous one beginning with Roman Polanski, acclaimed movie director, and his wife, Sharon Tate, an actress well-known for her roles in films such as Valley of the Dolls, and modeling during the 1960’s.

On Aug. 9, 1969, the murder of Polanski and all of those staying in the house that Polanski was renting north of Beverly Hills, which included his eight-month pregnant wife, Tate, took place. While Manson was not directly present during the killings, he directed four of his most devoted followers to the address of the home and instructed them to kill everyone.

After murdering those in the Polanski home, the following night the followers went out to the home of a wealthy supermarket executive and his wife, in which they also murdered the couple in a similarly tragic fashion.

During the trials for the murders, which were started on suspicion of vandalism and evolved into a murder trial upon evidence, members of the Manson Family came forward to testify against Manson, and spoke on how he used them emotionally, mentally, and physically over time. During the trials, it was revealed that they had planned to also murder Elizabeth Taylor and husband Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen and Tom Jones. The celebrities chosen so that the murders committed would shock the world and make people take notice.

In Jan. of 1971, Manson was convicted of first degree murder for the direction of the past murders, taken place during the 1960’s, in which Manson was initially given the death sentence. Although Cal. supreme court repealed the death sentence in 1972, his sentence was then converted to life in prison. Within the past decades, Manson has been denied parole 12 times.

Senate Bill Aims to Expand Student Press Protections

by Nicholas Shepard – Web Editor

A new bill concerning our journalistic rights and continued excellence in the Falcon Flyer, WA Senate Bill 5604, is designed to protect and expand on the rights of school newspapers throughout the state. The bill was introduced by Democratic Floor Leader Senator Marko Liias of the 21rd legislative district on January 26, 2015 – yes, almost two years ago – and still, regardless of the benefits the bill would provide if signed into law, has stalled yet again.

The bill seeks to increase the power – but with it, the responsibility – of the students in charge of the paper. Under 5604, officials are permitted only to prohibit media that is considered libel or slander, as defined by the bill; an unwarranted invasion of privacy; obscene or indecent as defined by the federal communications act; or incites students to commit unlawful acts, violate school regulations, or cause material or substantial disruption of the operation of the school.

Political expression of students in their school papers is also clearly defined as not a use of public funds for political interests, in the bill, and any student or their parents can file complaints due to perceived violation of the aforementioned rights.

While 5604 did reach a vote and pass with a majority in the Washington State Senate on February 20, 2015, less than a month after introduction, but stalled at the caucus stage after a hearing before the House Education Committee. It has been repeatedly re-introduced and retained by resolution but so far hasn’t made significant progress.

Keystone Pipeline Causes Major Controversy

by Nolan James – Staff Writer

The construction of the Keystone Pipeline XL has caused much controversy in recent times. The Keystone Pipeline already has three major constructions, built by TransCanada, and a fourth has been in the works for many years now. The plans, passed by the House and Senate in 2015, was later vetoed by President Obama, and the Senate failed to override him. However, during his first few days of presidency, Donald Trump decided to go forward with the plans to build the fourth phase, the Keystone Pipeline XL.

The Keystone Pipeline XL is a proposed project for a 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline extending from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, according to TransCanada’s main website. There are many who oppose and many who support the construction of the pipeline, with arguments on both sides. The major group upset with the construction of the pipeline are environmentalists, who believe that the pipeline could potentially lead to much environmental damage and increased climate change.

The first issue environmentalists have is the potential spills of the pipeline. There are many different estimations for the potential spills, which include Dr. John Stanbury of the University of Nebraska, who estimates that the pipeline will have “91 significant spills over the pipeline’s operational lifetime” as opposed to TransCanada’s estimate of “11 significant spills […] over 50 years.”

Dr. Stanbury also claims that the potential damage on the surrounding areas could be devastating. “Contaminants from a release at the Missouri or Yellowstone River crossing would enter Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota where they would adversely affect drinking water intakes, aquatic wildlife, and recreation. Contaminants from a spill at the Platte River crossing would travel downstream unabated into the Missouri River for several hundred miles affecting drinking water intakes for hundreds of thousands of people […] as well as aquatic habitats and recreational activities.”

The second point of contention is global warming. Many environmentalists believe that the pipeline could potentially contribute to climate change and pollution. While even the existence of global warming and humans’ contributions are heavily debated topics, the government has concluded that the pipeline will have “carbon emissions (equal to) less than 1 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” according to the New York Times. However, when President Obama was considering the construction of the pipeline, the EPA concluded that “construction of the pipeline is projected to change the economics of oil sands development and result in increased oil sands production, and the accompanying greenhouse gas emissions, over what would otherwise occur.”

Environmentalists aren’t the only people upset by the potential construction of the pipeline, however. Many Native Americans protest the construction of the pipeline for its potential to leak into sacred territory. A few Native Americans have actively protested the construction of the pipeline. A story by the Huffington Post detailed the story of a group of Native Americans who set up teepees near the planned construction sites. They interviewed archaeological monitor Keith Fielder, who claimed that “the pipeline threatens culturally sacred lands.”

One of the major draws of the construction of Keystone Pipeline XL was the jobs it would create. TransCanada predicted that the construction of the pipeline would create 20,000 jobs – 13,000 in construction and 7,000 in manufacturing. However, the State Department has

estimated that only 3,900 jobs in manufacturing would be created, and that only 35 permanent jobs would ultimately be created, according to the New York Times.

Another obstacle has arisen in the construction of the pipeline. One of the other three constructions spilled, according to CNN, a total of 210 thousand gallons of oil. The pipeline was shut down immediately. Brian Walsh, who spoke on behalf of South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, claimed that “there were no initial reports of the oil spill affecting waterways, water systems, or wildlife.”

The pipeline has generally been positively received by the public. Polls such as that of Washington Post, CBS, the Pew Center, and USA Today show that the public generally approves of the construction of the pipeline. However, the most recent survey by the Pew Center, taken in February of 2017, showed that its popularity has dropped, with 42% for and 48% against. The Keystone Pipeline XL has had a lot of obstacles preventing its construction, and much controversy surrounding it, so it still is undeterminable whether it will be built or not.

Mosque Attack Devastates Sinai Region of Egypt

by Taylor Bailey – Staff Writer

Sinai is a triangular peninsula in Egypt that lies between Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Red Sea. On Nov. 24, during daily prayers in an Egyptian mosque in Sinai, tragedy struck. In the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Egypt and one of the largest attacks worldwide, 305 people were killed and 125 were injured in a town with a population of roughly 800 people. The mosque of the attack had people in it who were praying for Sufism.

According to The New York Times, the Militants detonated a bomb inside the mosque and then unloaded a barrage of gunfire as the people fled. There were believed to be anywhere from 25 to 30 militants that executed the attack. The reportedly shot at cars to prevent people from getting away and even shot at ambulances.

CNN has stated while no group has claimed responsibility for this terrorist attack, the militants was reportedly carrying ISIS flags. People across the world were shocked by the militants’ choice of target. Not just because it was in a mosque but because the militants targeted Muslims. Experts believe that ISIS sees Sufism as a “mystical” form of Islam, or in other words, a “threat” to Islam.

The mosque has put Egypt on the edge. They have decided to take actions on those who have done them wrong. The Egyptian military has ordered airstrikes on militants fleeing the town. The President of Egypt did respond to this terrorist attack by promising to avenge those who perished that day by using what he calls “brute force”. He also restated that only he can guarantee Egypt’s safety. President Trump also responded to the attack, tweeting that the attack was “tragic”. Trump also used the attack as a chance to promote the border wall and travel ban tweeting: “We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before.”

ASB Auction and Dinner Labeled as Success

by Elijah Monuteaux – Staff Writer

With Budget cuts making school money scarce, students are having to take action to raise

money for their clubs and other activities. On Saturday October 21, Kentlake ASB held an auction

fundraiser to support these clubs. There are many clubs here at Kentlake, and each has things they’d like

to accomplish.All these clubs and teams were given an opportunity to donate a basket to the Kentlake

ASB auction fundraiser to help add to the amount of money raised in the outcome of the fundraiser.

Whatever each club donated would become a 70/30 spilt with Kentlake ASB. 70 percent went to the

club who donated the basket and the other 30 percent went to Kentlake ASB.

The Kentlake ASB Auction Fundraiser made over seven thousand dollars from selling over 70

baskets during the auction. It seems that the auction was a success. Some items sold include Huskie

tickets, a 42” TV, a spa night and a Barbeque. All these things were donated by clubs from Kentlake.

After the auction Kentlake ASB president Jordan Fong said “It was pretty successful for the first time!

We sold over 80 baskets.” Since the auction was a success this means clubs have received funds to help

them achieve their goals, and afford things to better their club. There will be other fundraising

opportunities in the future for clubs and teams so don’t miss out!

 

Somalia Bombing Leaves Many Victims in Wake

by Josh Manning – Staff Writer

Two trucks carrying lethal explosives were blown up in a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The most recent statistics of the incident were 358 confirmed dead, 56 still missing, 226 injured. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for this attack, and investigations are still underway in search for survivors. The first explosion was responsible for most of the casualties as well as responsible for much structural damage, destroying many stalls and hotels in the center of the city.

Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed, the president of Somalia, issued a statement on twitter about the event, saying that “Today’s horrific attack proves our enemy will stop at nothing to cause our people pain and suffering. Let’s unite against terror”. President Donald Trump has so far declined to comment on the situation in Somalia. American troops in Somalia have been looking to give training to the Somali forces. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense of the United States stated that the objective of the United States involvement in Somalia was to “buy time” for Somalian government to build up its own security.

Medical responders on the scene issued statements on the severity of the issue. The Aamin Ambulance Services on twitter said, “In our 10-year experience as the first responder in Mogadishu, we haven’t seen anything like this”. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Medina Hospital in which a great number of injured were taken, said “This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past”. The victims of the attack were described to have been “burned beyond recognition” and some were said to be missing several limbs.

The Mogadishu bombing has been claimed to be one of the deadliest events to take place in sub-Saharan Africa as of recently. CNBC said in their article that this attack was “larger than the Garissa University attack in Kenya in 2015 and the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998”.

The victims of the attack were devastated. Zainab Sharif was a mother who was affected by the attack, she said “There’s nothing we can say. We have lost everything”. Shopkeeper Abdullahi Omar said “I closed my shop and ran away” and “We still have much fear and still the shock is persisting in our minds”.

Al-Shabab terrorism is nothing new to the world, it has been fought against by African Union troops and American counterterrorism efforts ever since 2007 and this event appears to be another bloody chapter of the story. The counterterrorism efforts of the United States have been promised to be expanded under President Trump and whether the fruits of that promise will manifest themselves is still a mystery.

Wildfires Tear Up Northern California

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

Wildfires have been burning out of control in Northern California. For over a month, firefighters have been battling these flames and are continuing to struggle to control them.

Since Oct. 8, wildfires in the northern part of California have scorched more than 220,000 acres of land, destroying 8,400+ structures, and claiming at least 40 lives. The fires were most likely caused by humans. According to the U.S. National Park Service, almost 90 percent of wildfires in the United States are started by humans. A large portion of these fires are a result of campfires being left unattended, the burning of debris, carelessly discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The other 10 percent of wildfires are started by lava or lightning. “These are all fires that were in areas that are populated, and 95% of the fires in our state are started by people,” said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Recent reports have cited PG&E’s power lines as a possible cause of some of the current wildfires in the state’s wine country. Dry conditions and strong winds have also been a factor in the spreading of the fires. 50 mph winds have been aiding the blazing fires, with hurricane-force gusts of 79 mph reported in Sonoma County.

The fires are up to 50% contained as recent rains and firefighters battle to extinguish the flames. Evacuations have been lifted in certain parts of California, and residents have began to

return back home. However, many people returning are coming home to realize that there’s not much left of home. People rummage through the ruins to try and recover anything they can. The ash and debris may be very toxic and health officials are warning residents to be careful when sifting through the debris. The people must come together as a community as they work through this. “This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced, “Gov. Jerry Brown said. “The devastation is just unbelievable, is a horror that no one could have imagined.”

Wildfires are threatening due to their unpredictable nature. A wildfire in nature can spread extremely quickly if it’s dry enough. Winds will also spread the fire and can even cause it to jump highways.

Firefighters are continuing the fight against the fires. Officials say that they should have all the fires contained in the next week. A total of 42 people were killed in this tragedy.

Businessman & Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies

by Jillian Felker – Entertainment Editor

The death of Playboy Magazines founder, iconic businessman, and influencer of the sexual revolution, Hugh Hefner came to the surprise of generations of readers. At the age of 91, Hefner died due to cardiac arrest and respiratory failure in his home, the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles on Sept. 27, as announced by the Playboy Enterprise. His legacy will be honored in the latest issue.

Hefner has been a success since the beginning of Playboy, which published its first issue in 1953 and featured the actress Marilyn Monroe as its first playmate, helping to support the initial release. At the time, Hefner was married to his first wife at the age of 27.

After the magazines initial release, in a later issue Hefner wrote an editorial about the lifestyle of jazz music, drinking, and sex, which not only shocked the public, but created an era of “premium boys style”, of a way of being a young, swinging, man who is indifferent to the bonds of social responsibility.

The atmosphere of the brand and Hefner himself helped to blossom the company and transform its image, despite the fact the Playboy brand was often frowned upon socially. By the 1960’s, Playboy’s circulation had reached one million, and peaked at about seven million by the 1970’s.

Cooper Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s 25-year-old son, has now assumed total creative control of the brand, and has brought the magazine back into the spotlight with recent news again, as it will soon welcome its first transgender Playmate. Changing the overall style of the magazine, the French Model, Ines Rau, who has already been featured in a past article from 2014 titled “Evolution”, will appear in the November/December centerfold spot, which will be available on Oct. 31.

Cooper Hefner told the New York Times that choosing Rau as the Playmate “speaks to the brand’s philosophy,” and said that “It’s the right thing to do.”