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TPHS community supports injured student

TPHS student Brian Applegate (11) suffered a traumatic brain injury in a skateboarding accident on May 14, and is now recovering at the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Many TPHS students, as well as members of the surrounding community, have expressed support for Applegate as he recovers. Following the accident, Applegate’s family created the Brian Applegate Support page on Facebook as a forum of community support for Brian and to avoid redundance in answering calls or texts and to “give [their] time, energy and full attention to Brian,” according to the pag...

Opinion

Pro: Is it acceptable for the Clinton Foundation to accept foreign donations?

Since its creation by former President Bill Clinton in 2001, the Clinton Foundation has raised over $2 billion from the governments of foreign nations. Most of these governments were restricted from making further contributions after Hillary Clinton became the secretary of state in 2009. Following Hillary’s departure from the State Department in 2013, the fou...

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Entertainment

For Art's Sake

To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to go see the For Art’s Sake show. It was a Tuesday and, after a long day of school, all I wanted was to go home and take a nap. I trudged slowly across campus, dragging my feet the whole way there while wishing I hadn’t taken this story. ...

Sports

Day in the Life: Austin Sonnier

Austin Sonnier (12) wrenched open his eyes, blinked away whirlpools of salt water, and paddled with one arm away from the towering waves. He washed up on the shore with an injured shoulder and a hyperextended neck, in the midst of a crowd of concerned yet eager photographers. “I&...

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Offline

I am with three friends on a Saturday night, watching “Boyhood” in the living room — at least, sort of. It’s on the TV playing in the background. The main character, a high school boy named Mason, attempts a futile discussion with his girlfriend, Sheena,  about the ill effects of social media on human interaction. For her part, Sheena continues to look at her phone...

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    One in 2,726: Carolyn Chu

    Carolyn Chu (11) is usually splashed with paint — recently, her legs, hands and face have been streaked in dark blue from her ...

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    PALS Column – May

    Dealing with friendship and relationship breakups can be some of the most difficult parts of the high school experience. According t...

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    Community College

    Throughout the school year, as teachers post grades and students make plans for the future, phrases saturated with sarcasm like &ldq...

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    AB 949 proposes cheer as CIF sport

    On Feb. 26, California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced Assembly Bill 949, which stipulates that competitive cheerleading be...

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    ASB and TAP students play first annual kickball ga...

    Students from ASB and the Transitional Alternative Program  had their first annual kickball game on May 12 at the TPHS softball...

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    Falcon Tries: Rowing

    Here’s the thing: I am the human embodiment of a clumsy baby giraffe. Perhaps it is due to the weeks of sleep missed on accoun...

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The Great French Fry Taste Test

As serious journalists, the Falconer staff is committed to bringing sophisticated, high-quality articles to readers. Our news stories are of the utmost relevance, our opinion pieces are overflowing with wisdom and our food reviews are filled to the brim with exciting new restaurants that you probably never bothered to check out. Our dedication to producing only the best left us with no other option but t...

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    Beyond the LGB[TV]

    Gay best friend Damien of “Mean Girls” is always there to gossip and help you pick out clothes. Lesbian couple Marissa a...

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AP Physics 2 dropped from class list

AP Physics 2 will not be offered at TPHS for the 2015-2016 school year because only 11 students signed up for the class.  AP Physics 2 is the precursor to AP Physics C, which most physics students intended to take after AP Physics 1, according to student Derek Xiao (10), who had signed up for AP Physics 2.  “I’m pretty [disappointed] about the class getting pul...

Opinion

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Con: Is it acceptable for the Clinton Foundation to accept foreign donations?

The acceptance of millions of dollars from foreign governments by the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state was neither ethical nor legal.  The Clinton Foundation halted donations from foreign governments in 2009 after Hillary became secretary of state, as part of the gift ban agreement with the Obama administration. The ban was enacted due to concern that th...

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    Staff Editorial: Renewing the Patriot Act

    One month after the 9/11 attacks, former President George W. Bush signed into law the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing...

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    Government needs to better protect pollinators

    Agriculture is a major component of the U.S. economy, contributing $789 billion to the economy in 2013, according to Department of A...

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    Personal Perspective: Katie Mulkowsky

    Down Highway 101 we drove, as sea salt and smog slapped our necks with the wind. For us, the speed limit was never on a road sign. W...

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Pride Over Prejudice

Arms full of groceries, Nadine Kadri (11) walked out of Vons alongside her sister, when she saw the man. Walking through the parking lot, they watched as he spit on their car. Just minutes before, he had called out Nadine’s sister, who wears a hijab, in the store and rudely asked what she was wearing on her head. “It was not only terrible, but it also showed that these kinds of act...

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    Insult to Injury

    We crept outside into the quad with a pair of oddly-obtained crutches, an abandoned AP Euro binder and a trailing uncertainty about ...

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    Lying Un-Conscience

    No, the “kush wasn’t too loud.” It was a social experiment. We went into this experiment more with the concern tha...

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    Kitty Genovese

    On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was savagely murdered in plain sight or within earshot of 38 neighbors and residents of her apartm...