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There is no doubt that Black Americans have played a massive role in the formation of this country.

Black History is American History

Justin Jordan, Devils Eye Writer May 15, 2023

Teaching students the events of the past allows them to better comprehend the world around them; however, recently, as school curriculums have become more politicized, the content that students are taught...

All Florida public schools will be required to report on the titles, authors, publishers, and contents of the books and other instructional materials they utilize as part of the inventory.

Books: Relevant or Restricted

Hema Mangat, Sports Editor May 15, 2023

In a move that has stirred up controversy, the state of Florida recently passed HB1467, which mandates a comprehensive inventory of all school books used in the state's public school system. While supporters...

Red tide is being studied extensively and can now be predicted and tracked.

A Plague Off Our Shores

Norah Craig, News Writer May 15, 2023

If you’ve been living in Florida for any amount of time, you’ve likely experienced red tide, whether or not you know what it is. It ruins beach days and brings an awful smell, but most importantly,...

Mayor Welch’s priority is “communication,” which is why he implemented “City Hall on Tour,” an initiative to get out into the community.

A Mayor for the Youth

Olivia Moore, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2023

After over a year into office, Ken Welch has impacted St. Petersburg in a multitude of ways. In August of 2021, before he was elected mayor, I interviewed him on what he planned to do if he was elected...

School boards are quite important in ensuring that students receive a quality education that prepares them for a future of success and achievement.

Conversations with the School Board

Sasha Kelley and Justin Jordan May 15, 2023

School boards across the countries have come into the public spotlight as they become places for political discourse in a way that has not been witnessed in years. Florida has become a hotbed for new “culture...

Though it is good to be mindful of one’s consumption and shopping habits, there is nothing wrong with buying nice items and splurging occasionally within reason.

De-influencing Overconsumption with the Media

Shayla Nguyen, News Writer May 15, 2023

Is that $700 camera necessary, or should everyone just get by with their $800 iPhone? In recent months, TikTok influencers, specifically, have taken a liking to a new trend. This trend emphasizes the act...

Left to Right: Peyton McClung (SPHS), Victoria Torrealba (OFHS), Lauren McClung (SPHS), Pharyn McCrae (GHS)

St. Pete’s First-Ever Rockin’ Roller Rink! 

Hayden George, SPHS News Writer May 4, 2023

Did you get the opportunity to check out St. Petersburg’s first Rockin’ Roller Rink? Thursday, March 9th marked the rink's soft opening, and on March 10th, the pop-up roller rink had its grand opening...

This fresh, delicious salad uses springtime fruits and vegetables to create a perfect side or main course.

Five Spring Recipes to Try!

Maya Matheney, News Editor March 6, 2023

As an individual who loves cooking, trying new recipes is amusing, challenging, and rewarding. As the spring season approaches, here are five of my favorite fresh recipes. Spring Kale Salad: This fresh,...

When we buy a pet from a store, we are indirectly supporting this cruel industry. Every purchase fuels the cycle of animal mistreatment, and it is up to us as consumers to break this cycle.

Pets or Profit: The Heartbreaking Reality of the Pet Store Industry

Hema Mangat, Sports Editor March 6, 2023

As animal lovers, the thought of a pet being mistreated is enough to bring tears to our eyes. The reality, however, is that animal cruelty is a daily occurrence for countless animals in pet stores across...

When war does not happen, when a coup is quietly averted, when Kenya has 7.5% GDP growth, and when anti-pollution regulations are expanded, nobody hears about it.

Why Does the World Suck Right Now?

Bryan Shedden, News Writer March 6, 2023

If you could plot something as vague as “goodness” on a chart, how would you think the chart has trended over time? Have things gotten better or worse? Clearly far too broad of a question to have...

The stories of the Florida Man are incredibly bizarre and, at times, almost completely unbelievable.

Florida Man: The World’s Worst Superhero

Hayden George, SPHS News Writer March 6, 2023

As we all know, Florida is quite an interesting state. It is seen by many people in the United States as one of the most peculiar states– with the alligators that inhabit every body of water, hurricanes...

The University of Florida has recently begun constructing a new A.I. facility.

Exploring the Capabilities of ChatGPT

Hema Mangat, Sports Editor February 23, 2023

The artificial intelligence (AI) text generator ChatGPT responded as follows when asked to describe itself: “I am ChatGPT, a large language model developed by OpenAI. I am trained to understand and respond...

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