Pet Photography Aidan Gough, Kayla Bell, and Micah Owens What about pets? Pets are the perfect animal to capture a quick shot for your Instagram feed. Even if they are a handful and take a lot of patience to deal with, you can get some really unique shots with the faces they make at their surprise. Dogs for example. Dogs have excellent hearing. They may not listen but they can hear you. If you turn the volume up on your camera or the device you are using then they will make a hilarious face. Also, when taking photos focus on their eyes; the eyes are your ticket to success. This trick shows emotion and it is like seeing a waterfall of puppies. Just adorable. 68% of the United States has pets. Take this as an opportunity and blossom a career of creativity and love. When taking a picture, you necessarily want a good angle, lighting, background, and main topic. To successfully take a good picture you have to make sure you know your pet and their personality. To get them to sit still during the picture taking process so it does not turn out blurry is to get some treats or chew toys to have them sit patiently. If your dog is antsy this may not work. Make sure the camera is at your pet’s eye level. If you want to get a pretty rocking picture then you can get their eyes. Eyes are mesmerizing in a way and show lots of emotion. Now, you can go out and get a picture or two with your one and only pet. Make sure to give lots of love and affection along with showing your talent to the world.
Zombie Deer Faith Fitzgerald and Gabrielle Head A deadly disease is spreading amidst wild game across the United States. Chronic wasting disease (CWD), also coined as zombie deer disease, is a prion disease (a disorder characterized by the degeneration of the nervous system through proteins) most commonly affecting deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer, and moose. “It may take over a year before an infected animal develops symptoms, which can include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness, and other neurologic symptoms,” (CDC). This disease is fatal to the affected animal, the symptoms developing too late to take necessary actions. But should hunters be worried? Not necessarily. CWD has existed for many years. In fact, a similar disease named mad cow disease was easily prevented after the prion transmitted meat from the affected cows was banned in 1988. Furthermore, Dr. Appleby, one of the experts interviewed for Health, explains “we don’t have any evidence that it’s transmissible to humans.” The main concern right now is a little amount of research behind this issue. “Not only do we not know if transmission to humans is possible, but we also don’t know what that would look like,” Appleby explains. “Most prion disease tends to look fairly similar, but really the only way to know where a disease is coming from is to look at the brain tissue.” Due to this, the hunting industry fears the amount of impact it will have. “Steve Demarais, a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Agriculture at Mississippi State University, said most states now have some form of regulation that forbids hunters from transporting deer carcasses across state lines,” Fox News states. Though illegal, some people may move a deer to improve the genetics of local deer, but it is actually causing more harm than good. If an infected deer die in the area, local deer are more prone to disease. “If they die in the environment, their carcasses degenerates, decay and release the infective agent in the soil. It’s very difficult to get rid of once you’ve got it.” The state of Tennessee hopes to prevent the issue by establishing management zones in three counties throughout the state. They have also banned the transportation of deer from CWD-positive areas without first being processed. Still, there is no treatment or cure known for the diseases mentioned.
Smoking is bad Micah Owens Every year around 480,000 people dies from smoking. 36% die from cancer, 39% most likely die from heart disease and stroke, along with 24% die from lung disease. It doesn’t matter if it is from chewing, spitting, or smoking tobacco, but it can be very harmful to your body. 41,000 people die from secondhand smoking. Secondhand smoking means that you have been around peers that smoke and you are affected by it. On average smokers 10 years earlier than non-smokers do. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. Never smoke when you are pregnant. This can cause health problems for you and your baby. You have a greater risk of losing your child. Your baby may have a low birth weight and the baby may have trouble breathing when born. There is also a great chance that the baby could die from SIDS. No one under the age of eighteen is allowed to smoke cigarettes that include tobacco. This is a law. If you break this law there will be a fine along with classes about smoking. If you are smoking, it is best to quit. This is your choice but there will be serious health choices along the way if you do keep smoking. If you don’t know how to quit you could get involved in a class or a support group. There are seven tips to quit smoking. First, you have to focus on your motivators. Make sure you are actually into this and are not being told or forced to. You also have to build your confidence. Make sure you are strong enough to do this. Stress management is key. Make sure that you are not breaking down and find other ways to relieve stress. It is never too late to quit. You can do it at any time period of your life. You can learn from past experiences too. Make sure you are not doing this alone. Last but not least, every smoker can quit. You may not want to but it probably is best.
Luke Perry Emily Shaw Luke Perry was an actor who has recently passed due to a stroke that he could not recover from. Luke played Fred, also known as Archie’s father on Riverdale, but more commonly known for the role Dylan McKay on the iconic Television show “Beverly Hills, 90210” and many other movies. He passed away with his children, fiancé, and ex-wife surrounded by him and over 200,000 condolences from people who also loved him. Luke also had a stroke at a fairly young age of 52 years, which was pretty peculiar because he was very healthy. We all wish the best for his family and others who are mourning over his death. Rest in Peace Luke.
Momo Challenge Faith Fitzgerald and Gabrielle Head Arising in popularity, the “Momo Challenge” has become a national sensation in the media again in the news. The Momo Challenge is a grim “game” that challenges children specifically to follow a daily task sent to them from a mysterious phone number for 50 days. The challenge starts off seemingly harmless, with things such as watching a horror movie at night. The challenge then escalates quickly in the following days, telling the challenger to harm others or themselves, even suggesting suicide. Some have even said that the creator of the challenge has hacked children’s Youtube videos, promoting it. This is only misinformation, though. There have not been any incidents of children taking part in the challenge or the actual challenge existing at all. In fact, the same internet sensation occurred less than a year ago in Latin-America and countries speaking Spanish. “The Momo challenge wasn’t real then, and it isn’t real now,” The Atlantic Magazine states. YouTube even says that the hacking is a hoax. The Atlantic Magazine also says “If the videos did exist, a spokesperson for YouTube said, they would be removed instantly for violating the platform’s policies.” By misinforming schools and parents, it has frightened many people, especially children. Momo itself is only a sculpture. It was created by Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa for the special effects company Link Factory. “Mother Bird,” as it is titled, demonstrates a half bird-half woman being. The woman has long, black, matted hair, bulging eyes, and a sinister smile that gives the viewer an eerie feeling. The sculpture is currently displayed in Tokyo’s Vanilla Gallery, and has taken residence there for three years. Addressing the challenge, though, parents should not be worried about the Momo Challenge or their children watching hacked videos. Additionally, schools should look into the facts rather than frightening its students and parents with warning letters. Despite this, it is important that the parent monitors what their child is watching or doing. Though the Momo Challenge is not real, there have been occasions similar to it where an unknown number threatens the child if they do not comply with their instructions. It is important for everyone to block unknown numbers, and children should report it to their parents or a trusted adult.
Fanfiction Gabrielle Head Have you ever heard of fanfiction? It is a type of writing that is done by fans written about characters from a show or movie, members of a band, or other people that they are a fan of. There are many sites that writers, or fans, in this case, publish their stories. This includes Wattpad (which is the most popular of the sites), Archive Of Our Own, fanfiction.net. Fanfictions or “imagine” are also found on social media like Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Fanfiction, though sometimes frowned upon, is a way that fans can share their creativity in a way that connects with other fans or readers