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Monterey Graduates Just Wanted a Chance to Succeed - myBurbank.com

Monterey Graduates Just Wanted a Chance to Succeed - myBurbank.com | What Interests Me | Scoop.it
Students left a bumpy road behind and set out for a second chance at Monterey High School. They credit their teachers with inspiring them to get the credits they needed to graduate
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I was interested in this article because it is about a high school in my hometown and I believe strongly that everyone should finish high school and be given a chance to go to college. As it was mentioned in the article, how Monterey High School is known as “the school where the bad kids go,” I have not once even looked at all the positive aspects this school has to offer. Because of its size, a lot of individual attention is offered from teacher to student. When students are given individual attention, they feel important, as if they matter and have a purpose being here. A lot of teens get lost in public high schools due to the fact that there are so many students and limited staff. But at the end of the day, all students want, is to be given a chance to succeed and Monterey has done that for all students who thought they had lost the only chance they were given. This school might be the school where students go when they cannot handle regular high school, but it does not mean they are bad kids. In fact, some students graduate faster than they would have in a regular high school.

 

I obtained this article from myburbank.com. It is a reliable source because it reports all news that goes on in the city of Burbank.  

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Anne Lamott on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Brain Pickings

Anne Lamott on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Brain Pickings | What Interests Me | Scoop.it
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."
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                Everyone has their own idea of perfection. What is perfect in my eyes might not be perfect in somebody else’s. Perfectionism will draw you away from your own creativity. It puts barricades around what you really want to express. This somewhat relates to me. While doing my work or performing a task I strive to be “perfect.” But what I have to understand, is that if I make things perfect in my eyes, it might not be perfect to the person grading my paper or supervising my performance. And if I make things ideally perfect in their standards, then I am losing a bit of myself. My assignment is then lacking my character. Nothing in this world is perfect. In fact everything and everyone carries their own flaws. But that is what makes them who they are. Those flaws are a part of their character and although they might be flaws to us, does not necessarily mean that they look at it the same way.

 

Brainpickings.org is a reliable source because it contains scholarly content. It displays articles that are able to help guide us and grow in writing and our overall knowledge of life.

 

 

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It's not Fiorina who is wrong in the Planned Parenthood fight - LA Times

It's not Fiorina who is wrong in the Planned Parenthood fight - LA Times | What Interests Me | Scoop.it
"Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.' This is about the character of our nation, and if...
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                The LA Times reports on current events happening in Los Angeles. Articles on the LA Times usually deal with important topics that politicians have to debate on. This specific article caught my attention because our next project happens to be an Op-ed. I also found it interesting because I would go to Planned Parenthood for my check-ups before I got medical insurance and I would want to know what takes place behind the scenes of the medical facility I am attending. When it comes to abortion, I believe it is wrong, but I will never enforce what I believe onto someone else. This decision is no one else’s but the parents of the unborn child, and whatever decision they make, is what they believe is best for both them and the baby. However, the fact that Planned Parenthood is a part of the buying and selling of organs and tissues from unborn fetuses is quite absurd. What is so disturbing about it, is the fact that the organs and tissues they are taking are coming from the fetuses that were aborted late. They are placed on a table, or in a bucket, you are able to see the baby kick. It looks like a baby, it’s the size of a baby, it must be a baby. It’s already being aborted, why not let the last few moments, it has left on this earth, be in peace.

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Deformed Dolphin Accepted Into New Family

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Swimming among a pod of sperm whales in the North Atlantic is a dolphin with an S-shaped spine.
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                I got this article from the national geographic website. Anything that goes on in the ocean always has my interest, but specifically this article. Usually creatures in the ocean surround themselves with the same species or even creatures that belong to the same family. But these sperm whales have allowed a dolphin to be a part of their group, and no one understands why. Especially since sperm whales do not really bond with other creatures, why the sudden change. In my opinion, this portrays “motherly” instincts. I believe that the sperm whales noticed that dolphin was alone and considering that they have similar predators, the sperm whales took the dolphin into their family to give him the best chance at survival, for it is better to travel with someone rather than alone in case anything happens. By adding the dolphin, the whales get extra help in having to take care of the calves, and the dolphin gets protection and a new family. This shows that humans are not the only ones who think this way, that every creature in the world have some type of “motherly” instinct, they all protect and provide and will help out any creature who needs help and guidance. 

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Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources | Writing Spaces

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I have always had trouble with reading comprehension. I think it’s because I never found reading interesting. I have always thought of it as boring, and a waste of time. I would tell myself, “If there’s a movie, how come I can’t just watch the movie?” At times when I would try to read, I was reading a bunch of words instead of reading the story. There would be time when my eyes just glance over the text without taking in the content I have just supposedly read. My reading has gotten better, but it is still not what it should be. I need to be interested in reading. I need to be curious about the text I am reading, that way it draws in my attention. Reading is a necessity, not only in school, but also in the real world. You must be able to comprehend what you read in order to make sense of things. While in this English course, I plan to further enhance my reading comprehension skills, and apply these skills to my life. 

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The kid suing Obama over climate change (Opinion) - CNN.com

The kid suing Obama over climate change (Opinion) - CNN.com | What Interests Me | Scoop.it
COP21: Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh is one of 21 young activists joining scientist James Hansen in suing the Obama administration for failing to ditch fossil fuels.
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This article caught my eye because when I noticed it, the title shown was “Generation with the most to lose” with a picture of a teen around my brother’s age. Once I read this article, I became even more interested because a boy at such a young age is suing the Obama Administration for something he believes strongly about. If teenagers are able to notice that adults are not doing their job, then wouldn’t you think that says something? This young boy started speaking of our climate issue at the age of 6. So now as he gets older and is realizing that our world is not getting any better, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He comments to Obama’s defense that “talk is cheap” and he would like to see “concrete action and concrete promises” being made by our country, along with commitment to helping better our climate. CNN is a credible news source because it is known to be the most trusted source for delivering news.   

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Man Faces 11 Years in Prison If Convicted of Punching 78-Year-Old Over Nutella Samples | KTLA

Man Faces 11 Years in Prison If Convicted of Punching 78-Year-Old Over Nutella Samples | KTLA | What Interests Me | Scoop.it
A Burbank man with an extensive criminal record faces more than 11 years in state prison if convicted in connection with allegations that he punched a 78-year-old Costco shopper following a dispute over a Nutella waffle sample.
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                This story made it to KTLA. KTLA5 is a reliable source because it provides true and accurate information. My boyfriend told me about this incident right after it happened. Derrick (man in article) is a guy back in my hometown that a lot of my friends know. When I heard about this story, I laughed. I could not believe that someone could be so mentally unstable to hit an old man. However, it was believable considering his criminal history and his drug abuse. Eleven years some might say is a long time for this specific incident, but after so many misconducts and an excessive record, there is really no other choice. Everyone who is trying to say he was not in the wrong is ridiculous. I believe Derrick is given a fair sentence, especially knowing his history. In the future, I know he will look back at this situation and feel stupid. He will think “wow I’m in here over Nutella samples.” I hope him and his fiancé can both better themselves from this incident. I hope they take it as an eye opener to change their lives around.

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                When writing a research paper, someone always inquires an issue regarding their research. A problem either about how to imply their research into their paper, or on what articles are considered appropriate research. This chapter is about how students have trouble incorporating their sources within their papers and how these issues can be avoided. When quoting, one must introduce who and where the quote came from. This sets a stage for the audience and gives them an idea on how to interpret the text. Never use a quote to begin or end a paragraph. By doing this, you are not explaining the quote or how it relates to the topic, thus the writing feels rushed and unfished. However, a quote that holds a lot of depth and significance can be a great eye opener and draw the reader in. In the end, we all have different styles of writing and will do what works best for us. This chapter should not be looked at as guidelines, but instead be looked at as advice. This article came from writingspaces.org. This is a credited site because all articles on here are scholarly sources, meaning that they have been looked at by scholars, those that know the criteria. 

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Immigrant arrested at her gynecologist's office with fake ID faces deportation - LA Times

Blanca Borrego has been living in the U.S. illegally for a dozen years, so she didn’t think she was risking arrest when she went to her gynecologist’s office earlier this month. Her husband works and has private health insurance for the family.
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                I have retrieved this article from the LA Times. Unfortunately I can somewhat relate to this situation. My mother was in prison for four years, and before that she was held in a jail for a couple weeks. I know what it feels like to watch a police officer take away a mother, and although it is their job, I had just wish they would take the time to make sure the family is not around to witness it or at least make the children go to a different room or area. Witnessing such an event does cause trauma to a child. In my opinion, no matter how bad of a crime someone committed, they should not be arrested in front of their children. This article makes me question a doctor’s confidentiality. This mother was not stealing someone’s identity, in fact her husband is the one who pays for their insurance so what was the need to report? There was no victim involved. Yes it was wrong that she has been living here illegally, and I think if it has been a while she should have just taken the proper steps to become legal, but what did she do that doctors had called the police on her? Especially in a situation where her health is the one being looked at, and she had not stolen an identity, but instead created one, why couldn’t the doctor surpass the documents and just treat her for what she needed? This isn’t like if they were shopping at a supermarket and a cashier reported her, this had to do with her health.

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'Aggressive' shark bumps into surfer, prompting swimming ban in Huntington Beach

'Aggressive' shark bumps into surfer, prompting swimming ban in Huntington Beach | What Interests Me | Scoop.it
Marine officials banned swimming and surfing in the waters off Huntington Beach on Friday morning after a shark exhibited “aggressive behavior” and bumped a surfer.
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Why are so many sharks appearing around Huntington Beach? Is it because the water is warmer there than the rest of the coast or are there other factors attracting sharks? Not only was there recently a beached shark at this location, but now there are sharks attacking surfers and swimmers. What can be done to prevent the migration of sharks to the shores of Huntington Beach? Families need to feel safe and secure while spending the day at the beach. A solution must be found in order to stop such events that danger the public. Especially now that the sharks are acting aggressively, we must take action now. In the past they did not show signs of aggression, but times have changed and therefore we must convert to their changes and be more aware of our surroundings while in the water. I wonder why these sharks are starting to become violent. Is it their diet, their surroundings, what can it be? 

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