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The Truth About Blood Diamonds

The Truth About Blood Diamonds

By: Ali Chauldry, Staff Reporter
June 7, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

In America, the diamond is a symbol of love and commitment, destined to last forever. However, what if the gem lovers hold so dear was actually a symbol of destruction rather than adoration- fuel for civil wars, environmental destruction and human rights violations. It’s sad to say that certain...

Teachers Speak on Climate Change – A Concern For Generations

Teachers Speak on Climate Change – A Concern For Generations

By: Antonea Rufa, Staff Reporter
June 7, 2017
Filed under News, School Life, Showcase

It is not news that the earth's climate has been increasing over the years. According to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, there has been an increase of 1.53 degrees since the late nineteenth century. Whether one wants to accept this as a problem, or call it a hoax, even a meager i...

Manchester Attack Explained

Manchester Attack Explained

By: Taylor Marsico, Staff Reporter
June 5, 2017
Filed under News

The following article contains graphic details of a terrorist attack and the events that unfolded beforehand. The Overlook Journal has decided not to expose the first name of the attacker, believing that it will give him the attention he certainly does not deserve.    On May 22, 2017 fan...

The Crisis in Syria Explained

The Crisis in Syria Explained

By: Xavier Rogers, Staff Reporter
May 17, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The Syrian civil war has been an ongoing ordeal since 2011. The start of the war can be traced back to the Syrian city of Deraa, wherein fifteen school-aged children were arrested and tortured for anti-government graffiti that they had posted on a wall.  Upon hearing this news, the citizens in the ...

T-D Welcomes Japanese Guests

T-D Welcomes Japanese Guests

By: Olivia Cahill, Staff Reporter
March 25, 2017
Filed under News, School Life, Showcase

On March 11, Japanese students from Sera High School in Sera, Hiroshima, arrived to spend two weeks studying at Thornton-Donovan. The schools have a longstanding relationship. As recently as last June, a group of T-D upper schoolers traveled to Hiroshima shortly after T-D ended its school year. ...

Airport Protests Sweep the Nation

Airport Protests Sweep the Nation

By: Lena Blumberg, Staff Reporter
March 9, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

After Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27, banning travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, seven predominantly Muslim countries, thousands of protesters across the country gathered at airports to show their opposition to the order. Many stayed all day; some even...

Secretary Betsy Devos: Education For All?

Secretary Betsy Devos: Education For All?

By: Xavier Rogers, Staff Reporter
February 27, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Betsy DeVos has had quite the year so far. After being announced by President Trump as the nominee for the eleventh Secretary of Education back in November of 2016, she was sworn in last week on February 7, 2017. However, DeVos’s nomination didn’t go over well with a good portion of the po...

Trump’s 1st Controversial Travel Ban

Trump’s 1st Controversial Travel Ban

By: Brianna Henry, Staff Reporter
February 22, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Not long after entering the White House, President Donald Trump made an executive order, upsetting people all over the world. Now, for those who don’t know, an executive order is an official statement from the president which tells government agencies how to use their resources, and in Trump’...

2017’s Historic Women’s March

2017’s Historic Women’s March

By: Taylor Marsico, Staff Reporter
February 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On January 21, 2017, the day after President Donald Trump came to office, a women’s march was held in support of women’s rights and in opposition to Trump’s inauguration. Although mainly focused in Washington, D.C., there were several other protests held all around the U.S. and other cities acros...

Understanding the Flint Michigan Water Crisis

Understanding the Flint Michigan Water Crisis

By: Timothy Goldsmith, Staff Reporter
February 11, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Flint, a small city in the state of Michigan, has had a major problem with its water dating as far back as 2010. According to the Detroit Free Press chronology of the Flint water crisis, in 2010 the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) was incorporated to make a pipeline from Lake Huron to Flint and other c...

Donald Trump Press Conference Summary

Donald Trump Press Conference Summary

By: Taylor Marsico, Staff Reporter
January 20, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On January 11, President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference of the year, speaking on his most recent controversy regarding his ties to Russia and his issue with news media spreading what he calls "fake news". Introducing the press conference was politician Sean Spicer, speaking about a...

Trump’s Cabinet Picks

Trump’s Cabinet Picks

By: Timothy Goldsmith, Staff Reporter
January 11, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

President-Elect Donald Trump has many positions to appoint in the government before he is inaugurated in January 20, 2017. However, the 15 that stand out are the members of the Cabinet.  The Cabinet is a group of department heads that who also have the role of giving the President advice on anythin...

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