Archives for October 2017

A hot new single from local Bay Area artist, Marteen

By Kelly Lan and Romi Cablay, Courier Staff Writer

Cover of Marteen’s Sriracha

An up-and-coming pop and R&B singer Marteen Estevez, recently released his new single, “Sriracha”.

Marteen was born on April 6, 2001 in San Francisco, California. He started to pursue his music career at the age of 12 on Instagram where he instantly gained attention.

His producer known as JR Rotem has built Marteen’s career on promoting young singers and turning them into pop artists hitmakers. Who then eventually got signed a record deal with Warner Bros.

Marteen has also opened for singers such as Bryson Tiller, Fifth Harmony, and his cousin Kehlani. In 2017, he also took over the radio station Wild 7at7 with host Gabby Diaz.

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Students outraged over Netflix price raise

By Catherine Nguyen & Sheris Mendiola, Courier Staff Writers

On October 19, 2017, Netflix increased their subscription prices by a dollar.

Netflix hasn’t raised their prices in two years, so the October dollar raise took a few people by surprise, including Logan students.

Out of all of the students surveyed, 81% are Netflix users. The non-Netflix users use other streaming outlets like, Youtube, Kodi and, illegal streaming sites.

Some students have said Netflix raising their prices is a good idea for several reasons.

Mary Kay Jimenez, a senior, thinks Netflix is making the right choice. “They’re in a 20 billion dollar debt. Thankfully, they actually make good shows and movies.”

Joan Benasa, a 12th grader said, “… it does make sense due to their success rate at the moment. I would probably pay the few extra dollars.”

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City Hall Targeted by Bomb Threat

By Horace Assar, Princess Ganutan, Demisha Simmons-Price, and Arjot Pabla, Courier Staff Writers

Around 11:40 am yesterday, 37 year old Eleno Sinay, a Hayward resident, was reported to allegedly have brought a bomb into City Hall.

 

Union City police evacuated the city hall and police department, which share the same building, before they brought in the bomb squad to investigate. Almost two-hundred people were evacuated from the building.

 

UCPD declared the scene all clear once the bomb squads checked Sinay’s bag and confirmed it did not contain any explosive devices.

 

Sgt. Steve Mendez told the courier, “He got upset for some reason and then made mention that he had a possible bomb. Since the Police Department’s downstairs, we went up and detained him immediately.”

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East Bay Children’s Book Project in Danger of Closing

By Sukhmani Batra, Rachel Ocampo, Rajvir Dhaliwal, Courier Staff Writers

The East Bay Children’s Book Project, a program that provides free books to children in low-income households in Oakland, is now on the verge of closing.

The program began when Amy Katz, the current head, and a group of retired teachers began by distributing the books they had collected for their class libraries over the years at the Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, and the program began its road to success from there.

As the program gained popularity, it began to receive donations from local bookstores and community members.

By 2009, the program had expanded vigorously and eventually became too big. It relocated several times, before settling at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in West Oakland.

Since 2005, the program has remained a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, and has distributed over a million books total. But with soaring building rental costs, nonprofits are increasingly being displaced all across Oakland.

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The bold new show on ABC’s Freeform

By Alyssa Tornel and Roxanne Ramos, Courier Staff Writer

Everyone wants a job that they not only love but gives them purpose. “The Bold Type”, which premiered on June 20th this past summer, follows three friends living their lives as magazine editors for a popular magazine company, “Scarlet”. In the show, Kat, Jane, and Sutton go through events that all young adults can relate to. The show highlights important yet taboo issues like racism, immigration, female sexuality and feminism. The Bold Type embraces female empowerment in the male dominated world of publication.

The show’s main character Jane Sloane, is played by Katie Stevens (MTV’s Faking It), while her two best friends Sutton Brady, played by Meghann Fahy (ABC’s One Life to Live), and actress Aisha Dee (ABC’s Chasing Life) who plays Kat Edison.

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We took the Puente trip to southern California this month. Here is how it went

By Salvador Esquibel, Alexa Fernandez, and Kaitlyn Espinoza, Courier Staff Writers

Left to right: Vanessa G, Stephanie G , Salvador E , Liliana G, and Kaitlyn E.

From October 11th through 13th, the students of the James Logan Puente Program took a trip to Los Angeles to learn more about the colleges and universities in southern California.

My partner and I were fortunate enough to attend the trip and share our thoughts and feelings about the experience.  

Salvador: I am currently one of the Puente students from James Logan.  For me personally, the So-Cal trip was a really interesting experience considering the fact that most of the time I was really tired. The first college that we went to was UC Riverside. I felt a very strong connection with this college because I could actually picture myself there. UCR also had many clubs to offer such as ballet folklórico and Chicano studies. My least favorite college was CSU Fullerton because the campus was dirty and old and our tour guides weren’t very sure of what they were doing. Overall it was a real eye opener and made me think of my future. I would encourage anybody to go if eligible.

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Sunday Funnies!

By Victoria Meneses and Erica Garcia, Courier Cartoonists

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California Court of Appeals turns against bee-killing pesticides

By Rachel Ocampo, Courier Staff Writer

Photo by: Alvespagar

The population of bees has been dropping drastically over the past several years. There are many reasons as to why the decline of the bee population is occurring, but the use of pesticides is a prime component to this concept.

A few students at James Logan shared their opinion on this topic.

In 2014, environmental groups such as Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Beyond Pesticides challenged California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) approval of pesticides which was shown to affect bees. The DPR found evidence that the pesticides were killing the bees but did not take further action to save the them.

The DPR proposed to expand the use of two bee-killing pesticides, “Venom Insecticide” and “Dinotefuran.”

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How many Logan students are thinking about college?

By Catherine Nguyen, Courier Staff Writer

Photo by Jasonm at Wikimedia Commons

Many students at James Logan High School are thinking about college and any other post secondary plans they may have.

A majority of the students at Logan have plans to go to college after high school whether it is community college, private college or, a public college. 

Sarah Hernandez, a senior, said she wants to go to college to further her academic career but to also, “earn a higher paying job in the future.”

Another senior, Trokon Johnson also said he wanted to go to college to further his education and achieve his dreams.

“I want to further explore what I’m good at and have interest in, not the things I’ve struggled at in high school,” said a junior.

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Listen up! The Foo Fighters are back in action with ‘Concrete and Gold’

By Horace Assar, Demisha Simmons-Price, Arjot Pabla, and Princess Ganutan, Courier Staff Writers

The Foo Fighters. Photo by Christopher Simon.

“Concrete and Gold”, the ninth album of the Foo Fighters is filled with thick sounding guitars and throat shredding screams.

Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters founder, never tried something tricky with the albums. Listening to the Foo Fighters is like listening to songs in a TV show. They have produced little in the way of artistic development.

With Taylor Hawkins powerful performance on the drums and Dave Grohl’s voice and guitar, the Foo Fighters earned Pitchfork’s “World’s Most Okay Rock Band” with several hit albums like “Foo Fighters”, “The Color and the Shape”, and “Sonic Highways”. These ones are boring albums but good ones as well. It is impossible to dislike the Foo Fighters but out of the question to love them.

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