The Overlook Journal

The Crisis in Syria Explained

The Crisis in Syria Explained

By: Xavier Rogers, Staff Reporter

May 17, 2017


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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

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 8, 2017


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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 26, 2017


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         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 por...

Trump’s 1st Controversial Travel Ban

Trump’s 1st Controversial Travel Ban

By: Brianna Henry, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2017


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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


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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


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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 19, 2017


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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


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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...

Former Milwaukee Police Officer Charged with Homicide

By: Cecile Mcintosh, Staff Reporter

December 21, 2016


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On August 13, 2016, Dominique Heaggan- Brown shot Sylville Smith, a twenty- three- year old, during a traffic stop. According to court documents and the body cameras that Heaggan- Brown and his partner were wearing, Smith had a gun initially, but was unarmed when Headdan Brown fired the fatal shot. ...

Breaking Discovery: Dinos Had Feathers!

Breaking Discovery: Dinos Had Feathers!

By: Ali Chauldry, Staff Reporter

December 20, 2016


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Dinosaurs with feathers? Yes, you heard it correctly. Dinosaurs did have feathers, and a recent scientific discovery proves  it. Paleontologist Lida Xing, of China University of Geosciences in Beijing, has found a piece of amber with what looks to be prehistoric dinosaur feathers. The amber is said to be...

Tragic Chapecoense Plane Crash

Tragic Chapecoense Plane Crash

By: Jordan Drew, Staff Reporter

December 11, 2016


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On November 28th, a plane carrying 77 people crashed in Medellin, Colombia. The 77 passengers on board this plane were players, club staff, and crew for the Brazilian soccer team, called the Chapecoense. Of these 77 people, only 6 survived the tragic plane crash. The plane was on its way from Santa Cruz, Bo...

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