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Joe Biden inaugurated as President of the United States

Joe Biden inaugurated as President of the United States
January 20, 2021

Today, at 12 p.m. EST, Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., along with Vice President Kamala Harris. Biden then delivered his inaugural speech,...

Trump and sports: A partnership now divided

In light of the recent riots at Capitol Hill, members across a variety of sports have voiced their disapproval of Trump's involvement with the riots at Capitol Hill. This is a prime example of how popular members of the sports world can create major change beyond the sports they play.
January 19, 2021

Historically, it has been an honor for the president to attend sports competitions: It was representative of the proud patriotic values Americans hold dear. However, after the Capitol Hill riots that happened...

Opinion: The Capitol attack was preventable

A scene from the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, as Trump supporters gather to protest the certification of the election results.
January 12, 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 will go down as one of the worst days ever for American democracy — the day that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, incited a mob to breach the Capitol building,...

The transition to thrifting: For better or worse?

Thrifting has become one of the most recommended and trendiest forms of shopping, as it helps restore our environment and our bank accounts. However, knowing thrift stores are oftentimes the only affordable option for lower-income families, staff writer Emilie Enser often feels guilty picking out items for herself.
January 10, 2021

Just a few years ago I, alongside nearly all the girls my age, begged my parents to buy me leggings that were over $100, simply for a brand logo that would be hidden under the back of my hoodie anyway....

Dear Sarah Fuller,

The heroes of today's world are just as much role models as they are public figures. When Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power Five football game on December 12, 2020, she became an inspiration to girls and women around the world, including staff writer Allie Bricca.
January 8, 2021

Dear Sarah Fuller, You are a trailblazer.  On Saturday, December 12, thousands of little girls, including me, saw you become the first woman to score for a Power Five football team. As the ball...

Two pros share pros of studying abroad

Nearly 20 years apart, senior Kate O'Neal and Los Altos High School counselor Dafna Adler traveled across the world to study abroad in France  and fully immerse themselves in the culture. Regarding it as one of the most magical experiences of their lifetimes, both are now strong advocates for international study in high school and college.
January 7, 2021

Strolling through the quaint streets of France and admiring picturesque architecture at dawn before stopping for a freshly-baked croissant isn’t just a daydream for senior Kate O’Neal. Instead, it’s...

Surviving COVID-19 from behind the mask

Over the last year, COVID-19 has infected millions of people across the world including fellow community members here in Los Altos. Ranging in the severity of their symptoms and age, some of those diagnosed shed light on their experience with the virus.
January 6, 2021

As the pandemic rages on, The Talon shares the stories of local COVID-19 survivors in this ongoing spread.

Washington D.C. updates: What’s going on at Capitol Hill?

Washington D.C. updates: What's going on at Capitol Hill?
January 6, 2021

A mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building, halting Congress’s counting of electoral votes around 1 p.m. EST today. The rioters, many wearing camouflage gear and carrying...

Popular fitness influencers reviewed: Fab or flop?

Fitness influencers often advertise for rapid fitness transformations, promoting at-home workouts that thrive on Instagram and Youtube, especially during the pandemic. Along with its popularity, though, fitness culture is often clouded with misinformation. Over the past few months, staff writer Emilie Enser put four popular influencers and their workout programs to the test.
January 5, 2021

As I browse the internet for a good workout routine to follow, I’m bombarded with hundreds of video programs like Chloe Ting’s infamous “Get Abs in 2 WEEKS” — promising quick results and boasting...

Senior Charlie Atkins finds purpose in philosophy

Senior Charlie Atkins delivers a TEDx Talk at Los Altos High School during his sophomore year on teen identity, backing his presentation with his philosophical findings. From running to blogging to “Jacuzzi Junctions,” Charlie incorporates his passion for philosophy into his identity and daily life.
January 3, 2021

When sixth-grade students pick their own topics for a research project, most don’t resort to complicated, obscure subjects like ancient Greek philosophy. Despite knowing hardly anything of the subject...

Feldman’s Books: The literary oasis of Downtown Menlo Park

Feldman’s Books is the last used bookstore in Downtown Menlo Park. Still exuding an old-timey charm and selling thousands of second-hand books to the community, Feldman’s is faced with possible closure during the pandemic.
January 2, 2021

In the middle of bustling and rapidly developing Downtown Menlo Park, Feldman’s Books is an oasis. With maze-like shelves and stacks of books three feet tall lining the floor, Feldman’s is a book lover’s...

Hiding grades on Aeries during finals is a band-aid on a gaping wound

Each year during finals season, the district closes the Aeries grade book, meaning students can no longer check their grades. The district offers this as a way to mitigate student stress — but in reality it does the exact opposite.
December 22, 2020

On the night of Tuesday, December 16, halfway through finals week, the Aeries gradebook portal locked as it does every year, preventing students from seeing their grades at the most pivotal time of year....

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