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Exclusive Albums: Tidal and Apple v. The People

Recently, artists have withheld albums from the masses by exclusively releasing them on platforms like Tidal and Apple Music. This has led to a massive commentary worldwide about how this could affect the future of the music industry.

Noah Smith, Opinion Editor

September 19, 2016

Why should anyone care about exclusive album releases? Simply put, they are an important issue because the nature of these exclusive releases is to make more money. Greed is fueling the music industry and even Kanye West has stated, “I need Tim Cook, Jay Z, Dez, Jimmy, Larry, me and Drake Scooter on...

Treasury Department Adds Harriet Tubman to $20 Bill

Within the next decade, this image of President Andrew Jackson will be replaced with Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery to fight for abolition and save others from slavery.

Matthew McFadden, Staff Writer

May 11, 2016

Since 1928, President Andrew Jackson, a war hero who owned slaves and signed the Indian Removal Act, has graced the twenty dollar bill.  However, the United States Department of the Treasury has announced that Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and helped over 60 people escape from slavery through t...

Brazilians Protest in Massive Corruption Scandal

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been fighting for her political life against politicians and protesters alike demanding her impeachment, but there is a small group of supporters convinced that the investigation against her is simply an attempt at a coup. These fiercely loyal government supporters are mostly made up of racially mixed working-class people who have benifited from innovative welfare policies implemented by the Workers’ Party which have lifted an estimated 40 million out of poverty.

Jack Scott, Staff Writer

May 10, 2016

Brazilians are protesting in the streets en masse, calling for President Dilma Rousseff to step down in the fallout of the largest corruption scandal, in terms of dollar amounts, in any democracy ever. The wave of protests came after Rousseff appointed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, simply...

Man Hijacks EgyptAir Flight, No Passengers Injured

Mustafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir flight, surrenders himself to police after releasing passengers and crew.  Photo courtesy of CNN.

Matthew McFadden, Staff Writer

April 27, 2016

On March 29, 2016, Seif El Din Mustafa took control of EgyptAir Flight MS181 and changed the aircraft’s course to Cyprus, causing confusion and fears of terrorism when the plane began to fly over the Mediterranean Sea.  However, the plane landed safely, and all passengers and crew were released b...

A Moderate Opinion of Trump’s Agenda

Donald Trump at a recent rally.

Ethan Simmons, Photo Editor

April 21, 2016

With a strong performance in many caucuses, the likelihood of a Trump GOP nomination seems to be increasing. Trump has said several controversial things; in fact, edgy statements are the hallmark of his campaign. Yet few things seem to get people riled up more than his plan for immigration reform. As...

Sawnee Mountain Preserve Opens New Hiking Trails

The new six miles of trails travel around Sawnee Mountain and pass by Tower Road and the cell towers at the top of the mountain.  This is the third phase of Sawnee Mountain Preserve, which opened its first phase in 2005.

Matthew McFadden, Staff Writer

March 30, 2016

For those who are drawn to the many outdoor facilities that Forsyth County has to offer, the list of options has grown larger.  On Friday, January 29, the Sawnee Mountain Foundation performed the opening ceremony for the third phase of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve.  The new branch is located on the...

Zika Virus Strikes the Americas

After being identified in Uganda in 1947, Zika Virus spread throughout Africa and India. Since the 1950’s, Zika spread throughout equatorial countries in Africa and Asia before reaching the Pacific island of Yap in 2007. In 2015, the virus reached Brazil, beginning the largest outbreak of the disease yet.

Jack Scott, Staff Writer

March 15, 2016

On Monday, February 1, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika Virus a “Public health emergency of international concern.” Zika is the latest major disease outbreak in the world and has spread across North and South America since October 2015 when an out...

Top News-Worthy Headlines of 2015

The Dress, a popular trend in 2015, had everyone, including popular celebrities, talking.

Morgan Champion, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 10, 2016

From horrific terrorist attacks, to bacteria infested burritos, everyone was affected by one headline or another at some point in 2015. Now that the chaotic year has finally drawn to a close, here is a recap of some of the biggest stories to make the front page in 2015. Paris Attacks Perhaps one of...

North Faces West at Varsity Basketball

West’s girls team was simply taller than North’s. Two of their players (Jenna Staiti and Kalie Schlegel) were over six feet tall, making the game much more difficult for North’s girls.

Jack Scott, Staff Writer

February 5, 2016

The varsity girls basketball team faced a sound defeat against West at their basketball homecoming game on Friday, January 15. After starting off with a very early lead, North ultimately saw tough opposition as West fought back hard, scoring 32 points to North’s 17. In the second half, West maintained...

UN rejects US embargo of Cuba

The United States-Cuba embargo is over after 53 years of hostility. The underwhelming support for the US in this decision was startling. “The continuation of the embargo is totally unjustified and against Cuba’s efforts to achieve a sustainable development,” Ali Khoshroo, the Iran ambassador, said.

Raicheal Havins, News Editor

January 27, 2016

In late October, the United Nations met and discussed the US-Cuba embargo. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of ending the 53-year economic standoff. Of the 192 members, only four voted in favor of sustaining the embargo. The US was supported by Israel, Marshall Islands, and Palau. The Federation States of Micronesia was the only member that abstained from voting. The i...

Black Friday Online Sales Trending Upward

More Americans shopped online on Black Friday than they shopped in stores, and statistics from Black Friday 2015 suggest that the event is quickly becoming less relevant.

Austin McIntosh, Staff Writer

January 14, 2016

Black Friday 2015 saw more online shopping than actual in-store doorbuster shopping. The (New Product Development) NPD Group estimated 103 million online shoppers versus 102 million in store shoppers. These numbers changed drastically compared to last year. The NPD vice president said, "We're on the pa...

Recap of Varsity Basketball Games Versus Lambert

Both varsity basketball teams lost hard fought battles in their first game against Lambert High School in the new season. North will meet Lambert again later in the season.

Austin McIntosh, Staff Writer

January 8, 2016

The Varsity Girls basketball team suffered a tough defeat against county rival Lambert on Tuesday, December 1. North played a strong first half offensively scoring 23 points, but gave up 29 points on the defensive side. The game was kept in single digits until the final three minutes, in which Lambert...

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