Amanda Chen

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TPHS student shot and killed by SDPD officers in TPHS parking lot overnight after allegedly aiming weapon at officer

A 15-year-old male TPHS student was fatally shot by two San Diego Police Department officers in the early morning of May 6 in the TPHS drop-off turnaround in the south parking lot on Del Mar Heights Rd., after allegedly pulling out and aiming a semi-automatic BB air pistol at one of the officers. According to SDPD Acting Captain Mike Holden, who is in charge of the investigation, two SDPD officers arrived at TPHS in response to a 911 call at 3:27 a.m., requesting that officers be dispatched to “protect the welfare” of an unarmed 15-year-old juvenile who was reportedly standing in front of TPHS. ...
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“Humanz”

After a seven-year hiatus, Gorillaz has finally returned with their long awaited fifth studio album “Humanz,” which is scheduled for release today. The band, which is comprised of four fictional characters, 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs, first achieved  international recognition for their experimental style in tracks like “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.” over a decade ago. They’ve been quite busy over the past half year: launching their own music festival, Demon Dayz, in reference to their earlier album by the same name, which is set to take place this June in Eng...
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Personal Perspective: Amanda Chen

When I was in fourth grade, my teacher assigned our class a project where we had to make collegiate-style banners for our “dream schools.” Naturally, I picked Harvard. When the banners were hung up on the classroom wall, one of my classmates quickly pointed out that I had missed one “r,” so that it instead read “Havard.” I was mortified. “How are you going into Harvard if you can’t even spell it correctly?” they laughed. Turns out, they were completely right. I didn’t get into Harvard. And as pretty much anyone I’ve ever held a conversation via text...
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The Right [To] Education

Amid the Sunday morning bustle, neatly stacked piles of the previous day’s Wall Street Journal laid untouched by idle Starbucks patrons. But they would not remain in this pristine state for long; for as soon as he burst through the double glass doors, Connor McMillen (11) immediately brushed past the winding line, at the end of which his mother, Angela McMillen, was waiting, to the newspapers stand. After ruffling through the stack and skimming the front page, his eyes quickly fixated upon a headline about Iraqi airstrikes in Syria. Minutes later, he returned to his mother’s side, eagerly asking if she had heard about...
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Zel’s Del Mar

The main stretch of Camino Del Mar and the streets nearby are littered with a number of classy, upscale American bistros. I visited Zel’s Del Mar, which is located on the corner of 13th St., on a quiet Monday evening, fully expecting my dining experience to mirror ones that I had previously tried at other similar restaurants in the area. Only a few other patrons were scattered throughout the restaurant’s modern interior and warmly lit patio area and a friendly and attentive waiter seated me promptly. To start my meal, I ordered two appetizers: The Ahi & Crab Stack ($16.50) arrived in the form of a compr...
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Eleven Japanese cultural exchange students visit TPHS

Eleven Japanese students from Kyoto Girls High School in Kyoto, Japan visited TPHS from Feb. 3-10 as part of TPHS’s first weeklong Japanese cultural exchange program. According to Japanese teacher Sato Umabe, who organized the exchange, the exchange students attended all her Japanese classes as well as other classes with their host students during second, fourth and seventh period on Feb. 9 and 10. Japanese National Honor Society also organized activities for them outside of school. “We hiked at Torrey Pines State Reserve, explored Del Mar and had a beach party and bonfire at Moonlight Beach with...
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Eric Dill Named New SDUHSD Superintendent

Former Interim Superintendent Eric Dill has been named the new SDUHSD superintendent, after the Board of Trustees unanimously extended the offer to him on Dec. 14 in closed session,  according to an email from the district to SDUHSD families.  Dill will officially begin serving in his new role after his contract is formally considered by the board at the next regular board meeting on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office. “We have been impressed with Mr. Dill’s leadership of the district since he assumed the responsibility of interim superintendent last summer and are pleased that...
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Starboy

Abel Tesfaye, more popularly known as the Weeknd, is perhaps best known for two things: his dark, pain-laced R&B ballads about parties, sex and drugs and his elaborately spiked dreadlocks a la artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. So earlier this year, after he symbolically sheared off the latter, it became apparent that it was only matter of time before he permanently ditched the former. Yet, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to long-time fans; last year, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” launched him on an irreversible track to pop stardom, one that’s been solidified by the release of his third studio albu...
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“Animals”

Former Digital Photo students Miles Gallegos (10), Eiden Brewer (10), Malia Douglas (10) and Gaby Cary (10) had their photos exhibited in the 11th Annual Youth Exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, which runs from Oct. 8, 2016 to Feb. 5, 2017. This year’s exhibition is called “Animals” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the San Diego Zoo. According to the MOPA’s website, K-12 students in San Diego County and Tijuana were encouraged to “creatively explore the topic of animals and submit photographic or video art.”  Gallegos’, Brewer’s, Douglas&rsqu...