Sammy Hallal

Opinion Editor


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Partisan attacks on the FBI are weakening our democracy

Today’s Republican party has taken partisanship to a level never before seen in the United States. Politics has always been nasty and divisive, but with the Republicans’ various recent attempts to undermine the FBI and Department of Justice, they have proven that they value remaining in power more than a functioning democracy. By deceiving and misleading the very people who elected them, they have found a way to delegitimize anything and everything that could threaten their power. There was once a time when the truth mattered, when facts were the center of every story. Sadly, under this new administration, that is n...
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Lockwood Table Cafe

I usually spend my weekend mornings sleeping until noon to make up for the sleep I missed during the week, so when I was told I would be reviewing a brunch restaurant, I honestly wasn’t very excited.  After eating at Lockwood Table, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I met up with some friends at the restaurant and I was impressed before even looking at the menu. The quaint restaurant, located on Cedros Avenue, was trendy and relaxing. I sat at the table my friends had been patiently waiting for me at, and the waitress politely poked fun at me for being 20 minutes late (better late than never, right?), whi...
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The United States is no longer a moral leader

For decades, the United States of America has prided itself as the leader of the free world, something that I once firmly believed. Since the election of Donald Trump, this high honor has been resigned. Our current president, with his blatant racism, lack of compassion and bold disregard for human rights, has propelled our great nation into a moral crisis. The U.S. is no longer committed to increasing awareness around the globe, but rather uses its platform to spread hatred and intolerance. Trump claims that “the world is finally starting to respect the United States of America again,” and this s...
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Kevin Ren (12) and CCA students win $25,000 at Siemens

From December 4-5, Kevin Ren (12), along with Canyon Crest Academy students Anlin Zhang (12) and Rachana Madhukara (9) attended the final round of 2017 Siemens Competition, taking home a $25,000 prize for their research on epidemics and how they spread. The Siemens Competition is an annual national competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Founded in 1999, the competition was established to increase access to higher education for students gifted in STEM. “You choose a topic or area of study and find a problem and try and solve it,” Ren said. “Even if you don&rsqu...
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TPHS 2016-17 CAASPP Test Scores Drop

Score reports for the 2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress revealed a 10.72 percent decline in English Language Arts and a six percent drop in mathematics scores among TPHS juniors compared to 2016 results. In 2014, the California Department of Education replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program with the CAASPP, as a part of its transition to the Common Core Curriculum. The test includes ELA and mathematics assessments for eligible fifth, eighth and 11th graders; the pilot assessment was conducted in 2015, when TPHS juniors scored in the 84th percentile in ELA and the 70th...
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Now is the time for gun control, not “thoughts and prayers”

Nine killed in a church. Twenty-six in an elementary school. Forty-nine at a nightclub. Twelve more in a movie theater. And now 58 more at a music festival in Las Vegas. These are just a few of the shootings that occur every day in the U.S. The death tolls change. The locations change. The victim’s change. The shooters change. The one thing that does not is what seems to come after these shootings. How can this keep happening in the most advanced nation on earth? Each year more than 30,000 American lives are lost due to gun violence, a number far above those of other developed (and developing) nations. This is a nat...
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Day in the Life: Stephen Lukashev

Fueled by his love of the water, Stephan Lukashev (10) stands on the edge of the starting block,  anticipating the buzzing sound that signals the start of the 100-meter butterfly.  For the past nine years, Lukashev has devoted himself to the water, which has led to many victories in his impressive swimming career thus far.  “I started [swimming] around the age of seven at [the University of California, San Diego] just to learn how,” Lukashev said. “I was always a kid that was fond of the water. Whenever I was in our pool I would always jump around and kind of adapt to the sit...
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Caliente

As a senior, I have spent the last three years frequenting many of the same restaurants during our 45-minute lunch block, but this week I got to try something new. Anyone who knows me knows that I will never turn down a good burrito, which is why I was so excited to review Caliente.  Located in Sorrento Valley, just two freeway exits south of TPHS, I got to the restaurant pretty quickly, which is great if you want to make it back to school on time. To avoid waiting too long, I called in my order while driving to Caliente and, to my surprise, all three of the items I ordered were finished and ready for pick-up when...
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Global Update: September 2017

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