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Emergency Executive Order Makes Quarantine Optional for all M-DCPS Students

Jasmine Judge, Design Editor September 26, 2021

An emergency order signed Wednesday, Sept. 22, by Florida’s new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Lapado, has removed the decision to quarantine students exposed to COVID-19 from school districts. Instead,...

House Passes Legislation Protecting Nationwide Access to Abortions

Angelina Astic, Contents/Copy Editor September 26, 2021

In the midst of a nationwide debate in state legislatures regarding abortion rights, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which is designed to protect the right...

A Return to Normalcy: Biden ends U.S. Travel Ban for Vaccinated Foreigners

Denise Vaque, Design Editor September 23, 2021

On Sept. 20, President Joe Biden ended the nearly two-year-long travel ban, originally instituted by President Donald Trump to curb the spread of COVID-19 to the U.S.. With the end of this ban, foreigners...

The Disappearance of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie

Bella Martin, Editor-in-Chief September 18, 2021

Local and federal authorities are currently looking for Gabby Petito, a 22-year old New York native reported missing by her family on Sept. 11 after traveling with her Florida native boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.  In...

Pfizer to Seek Approval for Vaccination of Kids Under 5 in November

Sara Paredes, Copy Editor September 16, 2021

The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 has been set for approval for children younger than five years old in the coming months, with a plan to file for Food and Drug Administration emergency...

SpaceX Launched First All-Tourist Crew into Orbit

Ava Stuzin, Multimedia Photo Editor September 16, 2021

SpaceX made history on Wednesday night by launching their Dragon Spacecraft, which holds four civilians from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This marks the first mission to space without...

Governor Ron Desantis Pushing For New Bill to End FSA Testing

Isabella Hewitt, Multimedia Photo Editor September 15, 2021

On Tuesday, Sept. 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida announced a new bill that will end Florida Standards Assessment testing. The Florida Standards Assessment, also known as the FSA, takes place at...

Florida School Mask Mandate Ban Reinstated

Kate Markus, Life Editor September 12, 2021

The Florida Appeals Court reinstated Governor Ron DeSantis’ mask mandate ban on Sept. 11. The decision affects 13 school districts, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which began the school...

New COVID-19 Mu Variant Detected In Florida

Amy-Grace Shapiro, Feature Editor September 11, 2021

The Mu variant, one of the newest-discovered COVID-19 mutations, has spread to nearly 40 countries and a majority of the U.S., including Florida.  Back in January, Mu originated in Colombia and sporadically...

The Biden Justice Department Sues Texas Over Six-Week Abortion Ban

Allison Gould, Print Editor-in-Chief September 9, 2021

On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Justice Department sued Texas over its six-week abortion law. This comes as the Biden administration’s first step to combat one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the...

Miami Commissioner Ken Russell Announces He Will Run Against Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate

Gianna Hutton, Senior Media Editor June 4, 2021

On Thursday, June 3rd, current City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell announced in a series of videos on Twitter that he plans to challenge Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio in 2022.  Starting...

A Wrap-Up of Palmettos Silver Knight Nominees

Isabel Lopez, Multimedia Photo Editor May 23, 2021

On May 21, the Silver Knight ceremony announced the 2021 winners of the prestigious award for seniors. Miami Palmetto Senior High School had one Silver Knight winner, Robert Mazer, and five Honorable Mentions:...

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