Earth’s tree count has been cut down to size: 3.04 trillion

English: Cleacut logging of old-growth forest as seen in the Bugaboo Creek area of the Gordon River near Port Renfrew, BC. This clearcut harboured many giant stumps, some measuring up to 15ft across. Photo by TJ Watt/Wikipedia

Cleacut logging of old-growth forest as seen in the Bugaboo Creek area of the Gordon River near Port Renfrew, BC. This clearcut harbored many giant stumps, some measuring up to 15ft across.
Photo by TJ Watt/Wikipedia

By Deborah Netburn
Los Angeles Times(TNS)

How many trees are there on planet Earth?

A new study estimates the number at somewhere around 3.04 trillion.

That’s about 400 trees for every person.

And while that may seem like a lot, the researchers say that before humans began clearing forests, the Earth was home to nearly twice as many trees.

“The number of trees cut down is almost 3 trillion since the start of human civilization” said Thomas Crowther, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who led the study. “That is an astronomical figure.”

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Language Arts Teacher Promoted to House Principal

By Chloe Eames
Courier Staff Reporter

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She’s been a student, a teaching intern, a teacher, Language Arts department chair, and more at James Logan High School.  Now Alicia Elbert has added House 3 principal to her list of accomplishments.

Elbert, a member of the Logan graduating class of 1993,  got the promotion this summer, but has known she wanted to be an administrator since about 2009.

She knew she wanted to be a principal “when I started working in the [Institute for Community Leaders], she said.  Her experience in the ICL made her realize that she wanted to help change the school system for the benefit of all students, not just the students in her classes. To do that, she needed to become an administrator.

Logan Principal Abhi Brar said he’s happy she’s made the switch.  “What could be better than to have one of our own lead our school,” he said.

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Album Review: The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness

By Jannet Rodriguez

Courier Staff Reporter

So, lets talk music. This past week, on August 28, to be exact, Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, released his third very anticipated album. The album is called “Beauty Behind The Madness” and it includes fourteen tracks.

 
Three of the tracks feature artists, the first one is called “Losers” and the artists Labrinth. The song is very upbeat and pop, the sound is very different from The Weeknd’s past albums. The second song is called “Dark Times” and is sung with Ed Sheeran. Sheeran’s and Tesfaye’s sounds are very different, so at first this collaboration seemed odd to me. Although, when I listened to the song I noticed that their voices meshed well together and created a calm and soft tone for the song. The last featured artist on this album is by Lana Del Rey and the track is called “Prisoners”. This is one of my favorite songs on the album because it is very chill, but has a beat. It is one of those songs that you play in your car all the way up and just vibe to. Lana’s beautiful, low, raspy voice combined with Abel’s smooth vocals really brought a sense of mystery to the tune.

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Logan’s Varsity Team Shuts Down Tennyson 39-0

By Khamaria Hillmon

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The James Logan High School varsity football team is off to a great start of the 2015-16 season. The Mighty Colts defeated Tennyson High School on Friday, August 28, 2015. By the end of the 4th quarter, they had an outstanding score of 39-0.

In the first quarter, quarterback Rogelio Reyes made the first touchdown. The fantastic play amped up the crowd and the rest of the players. The first quarter ended with a score of 7-0.

Towards the end of the 4th quarter, Jamaria Young, cornerback, prevented Tennyson High School from making a touchdown, by tackling the offensive player on the 10-yard line.

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Iranians hope to fill vacuum as US lowers its Mideast profile

By Roy Gutman McClatchy

Washington Bureau (TNS)

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief by world powers was welcomed at every level of society here, but nowhere more warmly than in the foreign policy community, which foresees a big boost for the Islamic Republic’s regional role, especially as the U.S. lowers its profile.

There is even gloating about what many expect to be the major spinoff from the accord – a U.S. loss of interest in the Middle East and its many conflicts, opening the way for Iran to play a leading role in the region.

“The nuclear deal is a turning point,” said Kayhan Barzegar, chairman of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran. “The main change is in the regional context, and Iran’s place in it. To be honest, I think Iran has an upper hand on the regional issues.” He referred to President Barack Obama’s statements that the U.S. will not take the lead role in crises such as Syria’s devastating civil war and will seek regional solutions to regional problems.

“Having no policy is a good policy – good for Iran, no doubt,” Barzegar said.

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What’s Good VMA’s?

By Jessica Esquibel

Editor in Chief

This last Sunday, the infamous 2015 VMA’s were held. The show is broadcasted on MTV every year and is20929933596_2495bcafc2_o famous for a lot of different reasons. Big awards are given out such as Video of the Year, Best Male/Female Video, and Best Rock Video. Miley Cyrus hosted this year with no fear whatsoever. She was really open with her words, as was Nicki Minaj. The confrontation they shared on stage was one people will not forget. Besides all of the drama, there were other things to be happy about. For example, all of the mind blowing performances. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their newest single, Downtown, literally in Downtown L.A.. Twenty One Pilots collaborated with ASAP Rocky and did a mashup that blew everyone’s minds. Miley Cyrus closed the show her brand new song Dooo it!, not to mention she had a bunch drag queens to help her out, dancing along to the simple, yet catchy beat.

One thing that stood out from the whole night was Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Vanguard award. The last thing he said before leaving the stage was that he was going to run for president in the year 2020. By that time a lot of us students will be able to vote, so this does affect us in a big way. That’s why The Courier asked students their opinions on the whole situation.

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Kentucky clerk continues to deny marriage licenses, defying court order

The Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Wikipedia photo

The Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Wikipedia photo

By John Cheves
Lexington Herald-Leader (TNS)

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told two couples who asked for marriage licenses early Tuesday that she would not issue them, despite a federal court injunction ordering her to do so.
In a brief but tense encounter between Davis and a couple dozen marriage equality demonstrators, the clerk repeatedly said she was not issuing licenses.

“Under whose authority?” someone in the crowd asked Davis.

“God’s authority,” she responded.

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Chinese WWII pilot: From war hero, to outcast, to hero again

An undated portrait of pilot Long Qiming's early family sits in the apartment of Long Wenjun, his eldest son, in Chongqing, China, on Aug. 13, 2015. Qiming helped defend China, his adopted homeland, endure World War II by flying cargo planes over the Himalayas to resupply the Chinese resistance to Japan. Pictured in this portait are Long Qiming, right, his wife, Peng Tianming, and Long Wenjun. (Yue Wu/McClatchy/TNS)

An undated portrait of pilot Long Qiming’s early family sits in the apartment of Long Wenjun, his eldest son, in Chongqing, China, on Aug. 13, 2015. Qiming helped defend China, his adopted homeland, endure World War II by flying cargo planes over the Himalayas to resupply the Chinese resistance to Japan. Pictured in this portait are Long Qiming, right, his wife, Peng Tianming, and Long Wenjun. (Yue Wu/McClatchy/TNS)

By Stuart Leavenworth
McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

CHONGQING, China – By all accounts, Long Qiming was a Chinese hero during World War II. He piloted cargo planes over the Himalayas, helping to resupply China after Japan’s military had cut off land routes into the country’s interior.

Yet after WWII and the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Long paid a harsh price for his decision to stay in his adopted homeland, mainland China. Long was born in Hong Kong, so he held a British passport. He also had flown planes for the 14th Air Force Chinese-American Composite Wing, an arm of China’s nationalist government.
When Mao Zedong and his Communist Party seized power in China, both of these connections _ Long’s British passport and his collaboration with U.S. and nationalist forces _ came into question. At the start of China’s Cultural Revolution, the government stopped treating him like a war hero. Instead, according to his son, Long Wenjun, “they thought he was a spy.”

In a recent interview at his Chongqing apartment, Long Wenjun recounted the ups and downs of his father’s roller coaster life. From an early age, his father was a refugee, then a war hero, then an outcast and finally a hero again.
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Moment of Silence for Drowned Alumnus

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McWay Falls at Big Sur. Wikipedia image

 

Courier Staff Report

Nearly 4,000 James Logan High School went quiet Monday during second period announcements, when Principal Abhi Brar invoked a moment of silence in memory of Medina Faraz, a 2013 Logan graduate, who died after falling off a cliff in Big Sur on Friday.

According to various reports, Faraz, 20, was walking along  the edge of a precipice above the ocean at McWay Falls, near Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in the Big Sur area of California’s central coast, when she fell and plunged into the water below.  After Monterey County Search and Rescue and California State Parks recovered the body,  officials made a preliminary finding that she drowned.

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Thousands head back to school

Courier Staff Report

About 3700 students showed up for the first day of the 2015-16 school year Wednesday.  School officials say the process went fairly smoothly.

New Principal Abhi Brar told The Courier Thursday that the roll-out of the new school year went well, except for a few problems with classrooms and identification cards.

Brar said that the opening of the school was smoothed by the work of about 25 parent volunteers, who helped hand out schedules in Colt Court and Memorial Square.  As a result, the line of students needing their schedules was largely eliminated by the 8:20 a.m. start of first period.  In previous years, hundreds of students waited for their schedules well into the school day.  Brar said helpers from the Educational Services Center, also known as the district office, also helped pare down the line.

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