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Logans mourns for another loss

By Mary kay  Floyd, Courier News Editor

On the morning of Monday, May 29th, a horrifying car crash left two people dead, including 17 years old James Logan High School student, Simon Sotelo.

Simon and six other passengers were in a pickup truck, when suddenly, they crashed into a minivan at an intersection of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue in Alameda.  Briana Ortega died at the scene and Sotelo died shortly after being taken to the hospital.  The other passengers suffered critical injuries.   The only person who was in the minivan was the driver and he also suffered critical injuries.

The police revealed that speed could be at fault for the terrifying crash.  The truck was racing down the street when it suddenly clipped the minivan. The truck rolled over 3 times, as what a surveillance video showed.  Police say that this is a “major accident investigation.”

It is hard to face a tragedy like this, but for James Logan, it is even harder.  Three students’ lives were already taken this year to car crashes.  These students include June Ioramo, Izaiah Mease, and the latest, Shane Marcelino.  This is a reminder to drive safely, as doing the most simplest thing can save one life at a time. At the same time, we mourn for the loss of yet another friend and member of the James Logan community.

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13 Reasons Why looks for extras in the Bay Area

By Mary Kay Jimenez, Courier News Editor

Do you have what it takes to become an extra for 13 Reasons Why?  If yes, audition as a background for the hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

For the second season renewal for 13  Reasons Why, they will need background and extras.  The best part is that they’re filming right here in the Bay Area.  If you are interested in taking part of the show, the casting call will be at USA World Classics Museum in Vallejo.  It’s this Sunday, from 11AM to 3PM.  A talent registration form is required, as well as a California Entertainment Work Permit.

Casting directors are looking for people our age (high schoolers).  If you get in, you will most likely play the role of students walking in the halls, cheerleaders, or football players.  It should be a fun process!  

For those of you who haven’t joined the hype of 13 Reasons Why, it’s a Netflix series that deals will depression and suicide, and how people cope with it.  A sophomore named Hannah Baker commits suicide, and leaves 13 tapes for people on whom she blames for her death.  The series mostly revolves around a good friend of Hannah’s, Clay Jensen.

This casting call may be the first step to your Hollywood dream! So hold onto this opportunity and start on your journey into the film/TV industry.

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ZEDD lit up the Stanford sky

By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief

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ZEDD, along with Broods, led the 6th annual Frost Festival at Stanford Stadium on Saturday May 20th. The festival is an occasion for Stanford students to perform alongside with Grammy-winning artists, while providing a relaxing yet artistically exhilarating break for students’ from intense mid-terms.

Before the festival began, Stanford students had already started partying. Across the campus, various groups of Stanford students were playing beer pong in different locations, sometimes even setting up ping pong tables in the middle of fountains. Under the chilling shades and in the pools, Stanford students started their pre-rave parties, waiting for the musical festival to start.

The festival started at 5:30 PM, with different amature bands playing to set up the atmosphere. The sun was slowly setting, projecting an orange aura all over the stadium. People slowly walked into the stadium. Some are laying on the grass areas, hiding away from the harsh, lowering sunlight. Others were dancing in the gigantic shadows casted by the stage and the stadium walls. As lower bleachers became slowly filled up, the staff members walked up and down the bleachers, selling water and frozen lemonade. Underneath the burning sun, everything was coated in a sense of playfulness, as people danced, laughed, and slowly got ready for the main acts.

Once Broods came up stage, the crowd soon became heated. The duo brought a refreshing momentum to the stadium, with catchy and upbeat anthems bringing the crowd together, despite the burning hot summer sun blaring at the audience. As Broods worked through their setlist, the anticipation for ZEDD grew more voraciously than ever.

The sun was setting, the orange sun had then turned the sky into a mosaic of  fiery clouds and red sky.

The digital screen suddenly displayed a tree that was splattered with lights and different shades of colors. It is the symbol of ZEDD’s most recent album, True Colors. At the same time, a rhythmic countdown started; its beats grew faster and louder. The crowd went into a frenzy. Everyone, either on the bleachers or in the field, all stood on their feet, shouting and screaming in anticipation.

Beautiful Now, the album’s lead single, blasted throughout the stadium as the countdown drew to a climax. Alongside, the cheers, screams, cries, hands in the air, and people’s singing, all exploded to a climax. At the height of the crowd’s excitement, ZEDD appeared.

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Logan Senior Involved in Fatal Car Crash

By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief

On May 14th, Sunday morning, at approximately 3:30 a.m., student Shane Marcelino passed away after being involved in a fatal car accident.

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Shane was a senior at James Logan High School. She was beloved by her classmates and was always a source of happiness and support for the people around her.

Shane was on her way back home, right after senior prom night. At the intersection of Fremont Boulevard and Darwin Drive, a blue Chevy Malibu ran the red light, and collided with the black Toyota Yaris that Shane was in.

The driver of the Yaris, Shane’s mother, survived with non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, the driver and the passenger of the Malibu also survived with minor injuries. Sadly, however, Shane was pronounced dead at the scene.

Let us all mourn for Shane and support her family with our condolences in this difficult time, and at the same time, cherish and appreciate the people around us who are still graced with the blessing of life.

For those who are willing and able to support and donate to Shane’s family for the funeral expenses and medical bills, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/dk4vm-funeral-expenses-and-medical-bills

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Toddler involved in parking lot tragedy

By Lester Kyle Mascardo, Courier Staff Writer

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According to the police, a young child who ran into a Union City parking lot past Saturday was hit by a car and died.

The officers who responded said that the boy ran into the parking lot at 1720 Decoto Road, coming from a nearby store where his parents were shopping. His parents are devastated by the loss of their son, and that their 23 months son has not yet seen enough of this world before leaving forever.

The boy was hit by a slow-moving car that just got into the parking lot. Everything happened very quickly and the boy’s parents didn’t have time to react and prevent this tragedy. The police were dispatched to the parking lot at 3:15 p.m. and after minutes of searching, they found the boy under a car.

The boy was immediately taken to a trauma center, but he died not long after the treatment started. The police said that the driver of the vehicle is cooperating and several witnesses are providing consistent statements.

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AP Survival Guide: how to ace your tests and Treat Yo Self!

By Mary Kay Floyd, Courier News Editor

It’s that time of the year again–cramming in your last minute studying, pulling all-nighters with red bulls, and skipping breakfast because you needed that extra 15 minutes in bed.  You may think these strategies will help you pass your exam, but I hate to break it to you: they won’t.  Here is what y’all AP students should do instead:

  1. Make a special AP daily routine.

You might have a daily school routine, but AP testing requires so much more attention when the time comes around.  Planning and scheduling your day ahead will be so much more relieving and it also makes you feel organized.  This way, you won’t have to worry.

  1. Study (Duh!)

I’m not talking about the late night study jam the night before the big test.  Start studying two weeks in advance, for about 25-40 minutes each day or night.  You can also study when you have nothing else to do in any of your classes, or when you’re waiting for something such as the bus.  The goal here is to feel confident in getting a good score on your AP exam.

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Journey Into Greece: Athens

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Writer

Athens is the capital of Greece and the historical capital of Europe. The city dates back to 3000 B.C., is home to over 3 million people, and a common tourist spot.

The most notable historical site is the Acropolis, which overlooks the city. After a mild climb, you can view both the world famous monument from 460 B.C. and aerial view of Athens. During the walk up, there are beautiful views of the city and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The Odeon was built in 161 A.D. and was a theatre used for events until 276 A.D. when in was destroyed and left in ruins. It was renovated in 1950 and has since been used for some modern events, including a performance by Frank Sinatra in 1962.

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Gnash kicks off Sleepover tour in SF

By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Garrett Charles Nash, known as Gnash, is a recent breakout singer and songwriter. Before entering the spotlight with his hit single “i hate u, i love u,” he gained recognition through his three EP’s, “u” in March 2015, “me” in December 2015, and “us” in March 2016.

Much of his success was brought by his lead single “i hate u, i love u,” which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was written by the featuring artist Olivia O’Brien. However, he has a long history of expressing his emotions through music. DJing since 13, Gnash has never been afraid to follow his philosophy of “documenting the feelings (he has) in (his) heart in (his) art.” In his self-written bio, he reveals that he was “raised that it’s okay to have feelings,” and ultimately he wants to reach to his fans through his music, to ensure them that “they are not alone.”

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As he finished his “The U, Me & Us Tour” in North America and Europe, he kicks off his “Sleepover” tour in SF Regency Ballroom.

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Creator of Spongebob Squarepants diagnosed with ALS

By Sophia Ahmadi, Courier Staff Writer

Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the hit animated tv show, Spongebob Squarepants, recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS, a rare muscle disease.  The shocking news came from Hillenburg’s publicist, who shared a statement from Stephen himself. “I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS.,” the statement reads. “Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.”

According to a source close to Stephen, he is in the early stages of his diagnosis. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. It can’t be cured, but treatment may help some symptoms.

 

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Nordstorm attacked by Donald Trump

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Writer 

Nordstrom has been under fire recently after deciding to stop carrying Ivanka Trump’s products.

The decisions to drop the brand came after the sales dropped sharply following the election. Nordstrom ensured that the decision was strictly business. The Wall Street Journal revealed that sales of the line have plummeted by nearly a third in the last fiscal year and has dropped by 70 percent in the last three weeks of October 2016.

Donald Trump took to twitter to respond to this, saying “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

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