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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed to Supreme Court

Jack Meyer, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2020

On Oct. 26, Amy Coney Barrett made history as she was officially confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice of the United States of America. After several weeks of high intensity meetings, hearings and questioning, Barrett became the newest member of the nation’s highest court after a 52-48 vote in the S...

Miami Palmetto Senior High Confirms COVID-19 Cases, Quarantines Students

Information and image courtesy of the MDCPS COVID-19 Dasboard. MDCPS has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 at Miami Palmetto Senior High.

Nicole Markus, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2020

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Miami Palmetto Senior High administrators called some students and teachers to inform them they must remain virtual for 14 days due to direct contact with COVID-19 in school. This quarantine, which has affected multiple classes, accompanies a confirmed update to the MDCPS COVID-19...

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty in OxyContin Case

Angelina Astic, Copy Editor

October 25, 2020

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the prescription opioid OxyContin, reached an agreement with the Justice Department to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges.  The agreement includes a payment upwards of $8 billion in restitution for Purdue Pharma’s contribution to the widespread na...

Recap of the Oct. 22 Presidential Debate

Katriona Page, Contents/Copy Editor

October 24, 2020

On Thursday, Oct. 22, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off against Republican presidential candidate and sitting President Donald Trump in the second and final presidential debate of 2020.  At Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, moderator Kristen...

Palmetto’s Mock Elections

Bella Martin, Sports Editor

October 17, 2020

On Monday, Nov. 2, Miami Palmetto Senior High School plans to host a mock election for students. On this day, students can vote for the President and Vice President, as well as for Florida state representatives.  Starting on Monday, Oct. 26, students can register to vote through the National Mock Elect...

Florida Students and Seniors to Receive 6.4 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests

Kate Stuzin, Managing Editor

October 17, 2020

The federal government has designated Florida to receive 6.4 million rapid coronavirus tests in increments of 400,000 per week, prioritizing schools and nursing homes.  Abbott Laboratories created the new BinaxNOW testing kits, which only take 15 minutes to register a positive or negative result. The tests require a nurse, or someone administered b...

Breaking Down the Vice-Presidential Debate

Gianna Hutton, Design Editor

October 15, 2020

On Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. EST, the Vice Presidential debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence aired from Salt Lake City, Utah; the first major event of the presidential race since current President Donald Trump’s diagnosis of COVID-19.  Moderated by USA Today’s Susa...

Thirteen Men Arrested in Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor

Ella Pedroso, Design Editor

October 15, 2020

On Oct. 8, The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Michigan state authorities revealed that a militia group conspired to kidnap Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Authorities arrested 13 men from two anti-government groups who planned to kidnap the governor and take her to a “secure location”...

MAST Academy Closes After Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Valentina Arias, Multimedia Photo Editor

October 14, 2020

On Monday, Oct. 12, MAST Academy closed due to two students testing positive for COVID-19. Instead of being able to do in-person learning, they switched back to online learning after being in school for less than one week. They returned to school Tuesday after staff properly cleaned the school. These st...

An Analysis of The Antibody Cocktail Trump Received

Jacob Grindstaff, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2020

On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump tested positive for SARS COVID-19 via rapid test following a visit to a campaign fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey.  Following a second more thorough test on Thursday, the President tweeted that he had tested positive for COVID on Friday, Oct. 2.  That same ...

Controversial Diabetes Drug Recalled

Sofia Vinueza, Business Manager

October 12, 2020

On Oct. 5, 2020, Marksans Pharma and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries recalled Metformin, a diabetes drug, because of traces of carcinogen NDMA, nitrosodimethylamine, found in the drug. Much controversy has surrounded this drug since Dec. 2019. The first statement released in Dec. 2019, written by director o...

White House Pressured CDC to Open Schools

Tomas Curcio, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

According to documents and interviews obtained by the New York Times, the White House pressured the Center of Disease Control (CDC) to encourage schools to open for the upcoming school year. The White House also tried to gain additional data showing the deterioration of the pandemic and the minimal impact ...

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