Michael Nirula

Sports Editor


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Breakfast Republic

After arriving at Breakfast Republic’s Encinitas location for an 11 a.m. brunch, I encountered the restaurant’s biggest letdowns immediately — scarce parking and a 15-minute wait for a table of two. The restaurant does not take reservations, which can make breakfast or brunch especially difficult for larger parties. That said, I later found out that my meal more than compensated for the wait. As I waited, I noticed the restaurant’s wooden floors, walls and tables, as well as a vibrant green wall of plants which made for an earthy, enjoyable atmosphere. After being seated, I began to r...
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Girls basketball clobbers El Camino Wildcats 52-30

Buoyed by a dominant second half performance, girls basketball (8-7) swept past the El Camino Wildcats (5-7) 52-30. Although the Falcons began the game stagnant on offense, an aggressive defense made up for it.  Through a combination of contested shots, forced jump balls and a full court press, the Falcons kept the Wildcats at bay. After forcing three jump balls in the first two minutes, the Falcons drove down the court and got the ball to shooting guard Alexandra Babakanian (12) who knocked down a corner three for a 4-1 Falcon lead.  Although Rachel Shen (12) was able to draw...
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Japanese NHS to build Zen garden on campus

A Japanese Zen garden on the lower level of the G building is being built by the Japanese National Honor Society and will be finished by February 2. “Zen gardens are an art that sort of mimic the ocean,” said Japanese National Honors Society President YeRin You. “So the rocks in the zen garden are supposed to represent the water. That is why we rake the rocks, to make the waves of the ocean. We also put things like little stones for islands.” The garden is currently being built next to the Japanese classroom. Some of the key features are rocks, a bridge and bamboo edging.  ...
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District releases proposed voting maps

The SDUHSD board will vote for one of six proposed district region maps on Dec. 14, completing the transition from “at-large” member elections to “by-trustee area” elections for district representation by school board members. In at-large elections, the entire community votes for all school board members, but in the by-trustee area system, the district is split into six regions; voters in each region will elect a board member residing in that region. The elections are changing so that SDUHSD does not violate the California Voting Rights Act, which prohibits the “at-large” ...
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New process of electing SDUHSD board members passed

The SDUHSD passed a resolution on Sept. 27 that will change future board member elections from an “at-large” system to a “by-trustee area” system. In at-large elections, the entire community votes for board members, but in the by-trustee area system, the district will split into five regions; voters in each region will elect a board member residing in that region. “[The change is] kind of a financial decision for the district,” student board representative Isaac Gelman (12) said. “A bunch of districts nearby have been getting notices saying that they are not in accor...
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TPTV halts production but will likely resume in November

“TPTV,” a weekly show put on by the Advanced TV Production class, is likely to  resume in November after the show is “restructured,” according to the new teacher of the class, Derek Brunkhorst. The new program will be different in content, quality and duration, and will likely go by a different, undetermined name. “The main restructure is that a lot of the little sketches that were in [previous episodes of TPTV] aren’t going to be on ‘TPTV;’ it’s really going to be more of the happenings that are going on around school,” Brunkhorst said. ...
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Personal Perspective: Michael Nirula

Every Monday we have our meetings. I drive to my local church, recite the Oath and Law and do the day’s planned activity. I am a Boy Scout.  Being a Boy Scout has been a special experience for me.  It’s a journey that began after I walked into my troop’s first meeting of the year and did the most stereotypical Boy Scout activity — tying knots.  My Boy Scout journey would certainly take me to more interesting experiences, though.  During the past six years of Boy Scouts, I had a good taste of adventure. I backpacked down mountains only to be forced into jumping ...
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Trump must condemn authoritarian leaders who violate human rights

In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte is waging a deadly war on drug users. In Russia, Putin is restricting the citizens’ freedom of expression. In The Democratic People’s of Korea, Kim Jong-Un is holding tens of thousands of political enemies in prison camps. Donald Trump must respond to human rights violations like these as a part of his new job as President of the United States. For years, presidents have punished leaders that violate human rights. Barack Obama did so through refusing to talk with Kim and Obama and George Bush have placed sanctions on countries that violate human rights as a way of is...
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Double Happiness

After walking the sunny streets of Del Mar, I took a turn toward the Chinese restaurant Double Happiness. The restaurant was small and there were only three parking spaces to make things even more complicated. Nonetheless, I made my way inside and found a colorful restaurant setting with everything from bamboo poles and zodiac themed table mats, to pictures of blooming cherry blossoms. And while Double Happiness seemed like a hole-in-the-wall with limited seating,  a quick glance around made it obvious that there was ample seating inside. A polite waitress led me to my table, passed out menus and brough...
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SoCal shark sightings rise

Shark sightings and encounters have spiked in the past month across Southern California. Notable sightings ranged from the shark attack that took parts of Orange County local Leeanne Ericson’s  leg to the sighting of 25 sharks off the coast of  Capistrano Beach, 15 of which had surrounded a group of paddleboarders. According to Paul “Doc” Anes, who has been giving shark diving tours since 1994 for his company San Diego Shark Diving, the increase in shark sightings is a result of a growing shark population and increased  awareness of sharks due to “drones, beach patrols and coast guard pa...