Anvitha Soordelu

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San Diego hepatitis A outbreak could and should have been prevented

In 2003, Chi Chi’s restaurant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania was the source of one of the biggest hepatitis A outbreaks, when over 900 people were infected after eating green onions. Hepatitis A outbreaks may be rare in the United States, but when it is known that hepatitis can easily spread through homeless communities, San Diego, with the fourth highest homeless population of the U.S., should have known an epidemic was coming. In September 2017, a public health emergency was declared in San Diego because of the hepatitis A outbreak sweeping through the homeless community, and although the city is taking steps t...
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Lets Break It Down: Media Mergers and Aquisitions

On Nov. 16, 2017, the Federal Communication Commission, which is responsible for regulating communications enterprises like phone, television and radio companies, rolled back regulations established in the 1970s on media mergers, making it easier for media mergers to take place. Media mergers consolidate ownership of media outlets, which has already happened drastically over the years. According to Business Insider, about 50 media companies controlled approximately 90 percent of the information that the public received in 1983. In 2017, the number is down to just 6 companies: General Electric, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom,...
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Home for the Holidays

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TPHS should add a mid-level Honors English class for juniors and seniors

Advanced Placement classes were created to offer students who were genuinely interested in a subject like, say, chemistry, an avenue through which to pursue that interest. Unfortunately, that idealistic view has been generally lost on the students at TPHS, many of whom often take multiple AP classes to make themselves more competitive in the college admissions race rather than to learn each of those particular subjects because they are passionate about them. However, when it comes to English classes, the attitude toward them shifts a little. Some students would like to step away from taking AP English classes, but they al...

Let’s Break it Down: Gerrymandering

In an idealistic system of democracy, everybody’s voice is heard, everyone is equally represented and nobody rearranges the situation to skew the results in his or her favor. Gerrymandering does not fit with that perfect form of government. Gerrymandering is the process by which an electoral district’s boundaries are changed in favor of a particular party or a certain candidate’s election. After every national census, which take place every 10 years, voting districts are reapportioned. During this time, districts are often gerrymandered to ensure that a certain political party has more voters in the dist...
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Elizabethan Desserts

I have what some people might call a dessert obsession. So imagine my delight when I got to eat dessert for a school assignment. Then, imagine my disappointment at learning that Elizabethan Desserts, which advertises its pies on its website and on its door, does not sell pies at its location anymore. Elizabethan Desserts has a nice ambiance for a dessert shop, but resembled a little girl’s bedroom; The teal walls and cabinet of china on the side of the store as well as a big glass case full of pastries gave off an almost eery a dollhouse atmosphere. I ordered the specials after a quick chat with the fr...
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Experience the Thrill

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Must See In September

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Wittertainment

“Is podcast a verb?” “I pod, you pod, we pod … we are currently podding.” “Wittertainment,” officially known as “Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review,” is what you might call an acquired taste. Radio presenter Simon Mayo and film critic Mark Kermode team up on a weekly two-hour critique of popular movies. Although two hours of two people talking may seem a bit drawn out — and at times, it is — the podcast keeps itself interesting with frequent, lighthearted banter between Mayo and Kermode peppered throughout episode. Oft...
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1 in 2,447: Elaine Song

Three office buildings, four floors and three hours after accepting what seemed to be a simple task, Elaine Song (12) has a gathered all the needed signatures for a bill on Pell Grants. Her feet are aching, and the decision to wear black heels seems like a mistake, but she had not expected it to be easy.  Song spent a month of her summer in Washington D.C. interning with San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis, the representative of California’s 53rd District. “I helped them sort emails that they got from their constituents,” Song said. “I ran documents to the Capitol Building for bi...