the phantom voice
Visiting a college is a valuable experience for any high school student because it gives them an idea of the many options they have. When visiting colleges, students should have a basic idea of the types of things to look for and find out about in order to determine whether or not this school is suitable for their needs.
This list highlights 10 major components of a college that students should learn about while visiting:
Any student that is not planning on commuting or living off of campus during their four years in College should check out the dorms while visit. Being that this is the area in which students will be living, dorms that are too small, or seem gross, may turn students away from a school.
Learning about all 10 of these components of a school of interest will allow students to make the best decision in order to thrive, and be successful in their college years.
1.Red Sox 101-61 Offseason grade A+. What a team.
2. Blue Jays 91-71- Offseason grade B. Canada’s last stand?
3. Orioles 85-77 Offseason grade B. Homer’s = Playoff Spot?
4. Yankees 84-78 Offseason Grade B+. A New Era?
5. Rays 77-85 Offseason Grade B. Just Keep Swimming.
1. Indians 96-66-Offseason grade A. Heartbreak to winners?
2. Tigers 88-74-Offseason grade F. Too many contracts.
3. Royals 81-81-Offseason grade D+. Last year together?
4. White Sox 73-91- Offseason grade A++. Your 2021 Champs?
5. Twins 68-94-Offseason grade D+. 1st pick 2017?
Rangers 96-66-Offseason grade C+. It’s their rodeo.
Astros 93-69 Offseason grade A. It's the year.
Mariners 89- 73. B+ Playoffs or bust.
Angels 76-86.Offseason grade B. The dark horse.
A’s- 64-98. Offseason grade D-. Ironically not athletic.
Nationals 94-68- Offseason grade D. Lead the nation?
Mets 89-73 Offseason grade B.Must stay durable
Marlins 79-83-Offseason grade B-. Sink or swim?
Braves 75-87-Offseason grade B+. Keep chopping on.
Phillies 73-89-Offseason grade C. Wait until 2019.
Cubs 98-64- Offseason grade C+.Two in 109?
Cardinals 85-77-Offseason grade B+. Fly to Playoffs?
Pirates 81-81-Offseason grade D-. Competitors or fakers?
Brewers 74-88-Offseason grade D. Starting to reboot.
Reds 65-97-Offseason grade D-. Need a GM.
Dodgers 92-70-Offseason grade A. World Series or bust?
Giants 91-71-Offseason grade B+. Giant of NL?
Diamondbacks 82-80-Offseason grade C-. Slithering to playoffs?
Rockies 80-82-Offseason grade B+. Wild card berth?
Padres 57-105-Offseason grade D-. Ha Ha Ha.
With the Great South Bay down the road, our town has had a rich history in sailing. With many yacht clubs spread out along the south shore, there is still an obvious interest in sailing. So much of an interest, other schools like St. John's have a sailing team for students with an interest in sailing. Who says that we couldn’t have a sailing team here?
The idea is completely plausible. The bay is just down the road from our school! Even if we don’t have the budget there are plenty of facilities nearby that are not used in the fall and spring, such as Wetpants. These facilities already have boats, saving us another expense. There are already many people nearby who know how to sail, and a lot of people who have been sailing since childhood. Not only that, but there are plenty of people who have an interest in learning how to sail. And if we need a larger team, it is possible to do a combined SayBayBlue team similar to our swim team.
Sailing teams are also great because it brings people together much more than other sports. I mean, when you are in a boat in the middle of the bay with no way out than you are bound to develop some kind of relationship. Sailing is a great sport to support especially because sailing is a sport for any age, both young and old. Sailing teaches skills that couldn’t be taught anywhere else. It teaches you how to use your environment, and how to problem solve. Sailing is an excellent timeless sport that could use some more recognition, and if we develop an interest in it now by creating a team, it can have a lasting impact on our school and on people's lives.
Hunter Greene is a 17 year old who goes to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California. Greene is a right handed pitcher and a shortstop. He is 6 foot 4 inches and weighs 197 pounds, with that frame Greene's fastball range is pretty much 96-100 mph and scouts are interested. Yes, Greene can throw 100 mph but he is also a great hitter and he shows tremendous power with speed and a good batting average. No high school right handed pitcher has ever been drafted 1st overall but according to multiple reports he might be the first to go 1st overall in the event that would happen the Minnesota Twins would get him. Over Hunter Greene's baseball career he has had many awards and has participated in many big events. At 15 years old Greene played for the USA baseball team, he is a two time gold medalist with team USA. He also has played with Area Code baseball which is a very good team. In the Summer and fall Greene plays for the Milwaukee Brewers scout team and by him playing for this team he has caught many scouts attention. Hunter Greene is a Perfect Game and Under Armour All American. As of right now Greene is committed to UCLA on a baseball scholarship, and with what scouts are predicting him to go in the draft I can't see Hunter Greene going to college. Off the field Greene is a good person he shows up at camps, signs autographs for kids, and he even trains with kids. In my opinion he really gives back to his community off the field and on the field is the number one prospect in the class of 2017 in the country.
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. Cameron grew up in Chippawa, Ontario, and attended Stamford Collegiate School in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His family moved to California in 1971, when Cameron was 17 years old. He dropped out of Sonora High School, but later went to Brea Olinda High School to finish his education. He attended Fullerton College, a two-year community college, in 1973 to study physics. He switched to English, then dropped out before the start of the fall 1974 semester. After dropping out, he worked many different jobs before figuring out what was right for him. Cameron finally quit his last job, as a truck driver, and emerged into the film industry by writing, directing, and producing an entire movie called Xenogenesis. For the next few years, he spent his time working on low budget, rapidly produced, miniature model productions.
Cameron’s career was really given the chance to take off when he was offered the position as the director of the sequel to Piranha, Piranha II: The Spawning. The original director of Piranha quit due to creative differences with fellow producers and assistants on the set, giving Cameron the chance he really needed to get his name and his work out into the world in 1981. The next three years were spend directing and producing a few mediocre films that didn’t get much attention. In 1984, Cameron wrote the screenplay for The Terminator, his first very popular movie. He wanted to sell the rights to the screenplay so he could direct the movie, and ended up selling it to a company called Pacific Western Productions for one dollar, only on the condition that Cameron gets to direct the film as he pleased. Gale Anne Hurd was assigned as a producer on the task. The Terminator was a low budget film, costing just over $6 million to create, but it managed to profit by $78 million at the end of its showing in theaters. Cameron and his producer, Hurd, ended up falling in love and were married in 1985.
While Cameron was writing The Terminator, he also was writing two other screenplays called Aliens and Rambo: First Blood Part II. The next film Cameron directed was Aliens. Even though Aliens didn’t go as well as The Terminator did during production, it did significantly better in the box office and in the eyes of the public. The film won Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects along with nominations for several other awards. In addition to the Academy Awards, the film’s lead actress made the cover of TIME magazine as a result of the numerous scenes of women strength and empowerment. These scenes helped to strongly express the feminist theme of the film.
Cameron’s next film was a very popular one called The Abyss, with a very interesting back story. Cameron thought of the idea for this film while sitting in biology class in high school. The Abyss is about oil-rig workers who discover unimaginable underwater creatures while on a dig at work. The production of this film was much more expensive than they expected it to be, running considerably over the $41 million allotted to the film. After The Abyss, Cameron directed and released three films in three years, one being a sequel to The Terminator.
1997 started the biggest and most profitable portion of Cameron’s career with the release of the film, Titanic. Released to theaters on December 19, 1997, Titanic grossed less in its first weekend, at $28.6 million, than in its second, at $35.4 million, an increase of 23.8%. This is very uncommon for a widely released film, which is proof to the movie's appeal to all. This was especially surprising, due to the fact that the film is more than three hours long, the number of showings each theater could schedule was very limited. It held the number 1 spot on the box-office charts for months, eventually profiting a total of $600.8 million in the United States and Canada and more than $1.84 billion worldwide. Titanic became the highest-grossing film of all time and was also the first film to make more than $1 billion worldwide. The start of the new century led to great things for Cameron.
His next step into the directing business was in the field of documentaries. He would direct live, Earth-centered documentaries about what is going on around our world. He was very interested in the art of 3-D filmmaking along with the unknown wonders of the Earth. He had cameras deep sea diving and going into volcanoes just to get the perfect shot of the planet’s magnificent features.
In between documentaries, Cameron decided to take a step back into movie making. In 2009, Cameron released Avatar, also shot in 3-D like many of his documentaries. Avatar had an estimated budget of over $300 million and was released on December 18, 2009. This marked his first feature film since 1997's Titanic. It is composed almost entirely of computer-generated animation to create the unique blue skin and features of the characters in the movie, along with the intricate scenery and animal-like monsters. Avatar broke several box office records during its first release in theaters. It made $749.7 million in the United States and Canada and more than $2.74 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-paid film of all time in the United States and Canada, surpassing Cameron's Titanic. Avatar also became the first movie to ever earn more than $2 billion worldwide. After Avatar, Cameron’s filmmaking life began to settle down and he began to spend more time with his family.
Cameron has been married five times to spouses, Sharon Williams, Gale Anne Hurd, director Kathryn Bigelow, Linda Hamilton, and Suzy Amis, who he is still married to. Throughout his 5 marriages he has had 4 children, one daughter with Hamilton and one son and two daughters with Amis; they currently all live in New Zealand. In more recent days, Cameron has been one for adventure going on major deep sea dives to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench. He has also created a new healthy lifestyle for himself and his family as vegans. The family have practiced veganism since 2012 and have never been happier or healthier. Cameron explains that "By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world". Him and his wife cofounded a school for kindergarten through 12th grade called MUSE school in 2006. In 2015 the school transferred over to an all vegan diet, being the first of its kind. He feels that he can help the world by getting people to help themselves. When asked what's the best thing an individual can do to fight climate change, Cameron said, "Stop eating animals."
Q: What is your favorite word?
Q: What is your least favorite word?
Q: What turns you on creatively, emotionally, or spiritually?
Q: What turns you off creatively, emotionally, or spiritually?
A: Stressful situations
Q: What sound or noise do you love?
A: Birds chirping in Spring
Q: What sound or noise do you hate?
A: Chalk squeaking on a blackboard
Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: Physician's assistant in Neonatal care
Q: What profession would you not like to do?
Q: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
A: Time to party!
Q: Why did you want to be a biology teacher?
A: I had a fantastic AP Bio teacher in high school that made science fun and made me want to do the same for my students.
Q: What is your favorite branch of biology and why?
A: Genetics and bioengineering. It is constantly changing and research is being done all of the time and I find that so interesting because there is always something new to learn.
Q: What are your thoughts on biomedical engineering and cloning?
A: I believe it is the key to the future in curing diseases and identifying genetic abnormalities. However I do believe it should be highly regulated. I think that cloning organs would be fine using someone’s own stem cells but cloning a whole organism would be pushing ethical boundaries.
Q: You teach both Biology and Chemistry, which one do you prefer and why?
A: Biology. The fact that you are able to see biology is more interesting and intriguing to me. I also love the lab setting in biology and I love investigating organisms. Chemistry is difficult to see which is a downside to me.
Q: What is your favorite and most rewarding part of being a teacher?
A: When students go onto study science in college and knowing I was the one who inspired them to do so. I also love getting to know the students in class and outside of class through clubs.
As the school year begins winding down, the deadline to decide where you will commit to college draws nearer. It is one of the biggest decisions a person will make in their life due to the fact that the college you attend will determine your future career as well as any relationships you will make and how much debt you will have to pay off in adulthood. And these decisions are made by 17 and 18-year-olds. It may seem impossible to narrow down where you want to go, but there are many things you can do to help you make your decision.
Start by grouping your colleges based on their similarities. By looking closer at a college’s likeness to another, you will find smaller differences that may make one stand out over another. This will help you narrow down your list if you have many colleges to choose from.
Next, make a pros and cons list. An example of a pro could be a more welcoming campus life and a con could be not having the exact major you have your heart set on. You will find that a school may have more cons that you can overlook than another, enabling you to remove more colleges from your list.
Then, consider tuition. A lot of people will tell you to not let tuition be a factor and to choose where you will be at your happiest, but it is still a very important part of your decision-making process. With colleges being as highly priced as they are today, you will most likely have to take out a few loans. And you will be paying those loans off for quite some time. They are a burden and may prevent you from feeling confident enough to do something in your adult life such as buying a house or car, or starting a family. A school that has a lower tuition than another, or offered you a scholarship will prevent you from having too many loans, therefore lowering that burden on your future.
Another important aspect of deciding is visiting the college multiple times. You may have visited one before and gotten a bad vibe or it was raining that day, therefore plaguing your memory of it. If you return, you may discover certain features of the school that you had missed. In addition, talk to your admissions counselors and deans or professors. Build relationships with those people and they can describe the college to you from their perspective.
And finally, see if you can picture yourself living there. Imagine yourself walking through the campus, eating in the dining hall, and making friends. You are going to spend the next 2-4 years here, so you need to make sure you will be happy there.
Jillian Carson and Lizzy Papa
It should be no shock that vaping has spread throughout the country like wildfire. It is a growing problem that is becoming addiction rather than hobby. People are clinging to the idea that it is a “better alternative to smoking.” But as the contents of e-cigarettes are being further examined, more harmful chemicals are being found within them, as well as heavy metals, such as lead. Based on a study in 2015 by Connecticut high schools, one fifth of students who vape were using it to smoke marijuana. People are not becoming fully informed on the effects of vaping, they are just doing it because everyone else is too. Well, it is time you know the truth.
When people vape, it is not always with what parents, teachers, even peers, assume. People have been taught to think it is just a nicotine liquid. That is not the case. Professor Meghan Morean of Oberlin College in Ohio told Reuters Health, “forms of cannabis that can be vaporized, like hash oil, can be many times stronger than marijuana that is smoked.” Also, in a research conducted by her and the college, it found that students in high school are twenty-seven times more probable to smoke THC, the drug found in marijuana, in their e-cigarettes than adults. It is known that marijuana is a gateway drug, and if more teens are doing it now, it means that it can lead to harder more fatal drug as they move through life.
“In theory—and how they’re marketed—e-cigarettes are a safer product because they don’t have tobacco, which has known carcinogens,” Avrum Spira, a pulmonary care physician and School of Medicine professor of medicine and pathology and bioinformatics, says. “The question is: does safer mean safe?” she added. Dr. Steve Dubinett (a pulmonologist at UCLA) began studying the effects of vaping on the body, and found that electronic cigarettes were able to cause cells to become more cancer-like by growing more quickly than cells should be able to.
Many efforts are being done to slow down this epidemic, especially from the FDA. On August 8, 2016, vaping regulations, applying for all other tobacco products as well, were put into place for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. For more information, you can visit their website to see if you qualify as a manufacturer, retailer, or consumer. If you do, it is crucial to know how you can be regulated by the government.
No matter how much you might think you need to vape, it is important to know the facts behind such an activity. By using an e-cigarette, you are opening the door to addiction down the line.
As we all know the New York Mets 2016 season was a disappointment because of the many injuries surrounding the team. Plagued with injuries the Mets had no choice but to try to rectify the issue by trading for all-star outfielder Jay Bruce. Bruce however, was unable to have the same success in New York as he did in Cincinnati. But, a new season is on the horizon and Mets fans are excited to see the team at 100 percent. However, this raises the question who do the New York Mets start in the outfield?
So let's start out with the obvious. Yoenis Cespedes just signed a four year, $110 million contract and the Mets aren’t going to pay the All-Star to just sit on the bench. The mets have already told Jay Bruce they plan on starting him in right field this season so he also has a starting job. This just leaves Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, and Michael Conforto all fighting for the final starting position in the outfield. So if I ran the New York Mets here’s what I would do: send Michael Conforto down to the minors and make him practice is hitting and fielding in centerfield. Conforto was praised for his ability to not swing at bad pitches but, after receiving tremendous pressure from the organization last season he has lost his ability. So, he should spend a majority of the 2017 season trying to regain his skill and return to his former glory.
Next up, Juan Lagares should be kept in the majors as a backup or fielder when the team has a designated hitter against American League teams. Lagares has extreme fielding talent winning the Gold Glove award playing in just 116 games. His problem lies in his hitting as he has a lifetime batting average of .259 and an on base percentage of .298 which is below average to say the least. If Lagares can work on his contact hitting and ability to draw walks he can potentially be a great future lead off hitter.
That leaves one man who I give the starting position at centerfield, Curtis Granderson. Granderson is 36 years old and is entering his final contract year and is speculated to possibly retire at the end of the year. Although, Granderson has a poor average on the Mets he has a veteran presence and has team leader qualities. However, I would not keep him at leadoff but have him batting 6th or 7th in the lineup because he still has power in his later years hitting 30 home runs in 2016. Then as the season progresses if Conforto or Lagares is ready Granderson could be traded for a quality hitting catcher. So, I advise the New York Mets to take my advice and start Granderson on opening day.
Nowadays, most families in the tri-state area of New York own at least two cars. They use their cars to drive all over to get groceries, go shopping, and to transport them to and from work/school. Personally, my family has always had two or three cars at a time, but I’ve recently questioned it. I was taking the s40 bus from Sayville to Blue Point, and I noticed that there were only about 5 people riding the bus. Given the fact that it was 5:00 on a Friday, I was a bit confused why people don’t take a bus or a train.
On Long Island, there is a big traffic issue, especially during rush hour. On fridays, there is traffic heading out east caused by people going to their weekend home, and others going out to a bar or a restaurant. The first thing that comes to mind in this situation is, why don’t people take the bus or the train? Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the positive aspect of having your own space of your own car, but it also produces many negative affects.
Using public transportation would substantially improve the flow of traffic across the island. Last week, it took 30 minutes to get from Nicolls Road in Blue Point to the Shirley/Mastic exit on Sunrise Hwy, rather than the usual 10-15 minutes. The traffic was so congested and slow that you could see people driving across the median and cutting across oncoming traffic to get to an exit. Considering how dangerous that is, using public transportation could also reduce the amount of major car accidents. Aside from safety and traffic, it is a much faster way to get from point A to B. Trains on the LIRR travel at an average speed of 45mph, which may sound slow, but the train is also cutting straight across land with only few stops to be made.
Exhausted, covered in mud and desperately hungry, a team of Swedish athletes sat down for a meal as they prepared to take on a dangerous 20-mile trek through the Ecuadorian rainforest. The Swedish group were taking part in the Adventure Racing World Championship through the Amazon rain forest, with their final two stages left. As they finally got to sit down, team member Mikael Lindnord spotted a scruffy, miserable dog. Feeling sorry for the starving animal, he gave him a meatball and thought nothing of it. But, as the team started to get ready to continue their final two stages of the race, which consisted of a 20-mile trek through the Amazon Rainforest and a 36-mile kayak around the coast, the dog started to follow the team, and didn't stop.
As the team continued on their last parts of the 430 mile Adventure Racing World Championship, they group of four befriended the dog and decided to name him King Arthur. As the race dragged on, King Arthur continued to take part in every gruelling task the team faces and even when they tried to get rid of him, he wouldn’t leave.
At one of the segments in the race, a 36 mile kayak trip around the coast- the team was told that they couldn’t bring King Arthur, so they tried to take off in the boat without him, but he jumped into the water and swam beside them until team member Mikael Lindnord pulled him into the boat. After six gruelling days, the team finished the race in 12th place, and King Arthur had suffered severely. The team decided to take him to a vet in Ecuador where King Arthur underwent serious medical care. After weeks in the veterinary facility King Arthur was finally well and ready to be part of a new home. Lindnord developed such a bond with the pooch that he decided to adopt Arthur and take him back to Sweden. He also started the Arthur Foundation, which was created with the intent to help out other stray dogs.
It’s been about two months of Trump and I feel my mind slowly weakening after the constant news alerts on my phone warning me about our newly found oppression. Sadly, I don’t at all find it surprising that Trump has done all of the things he’s done because, well, I knew he wouldn’t do anything beneficial for anyone but himself and his followers. But, to be honest, I’m glad that Trump keeps up to date with shouting out baseless claims, and unleashing late-night tirades on celebrities and politicians, because it shows the world his pent up insanity. Additionally, since Trump’s only sources of news are FOX and Breitbart News (because he deemed every other news network an “enemy to the American people” and “fake news”), it makes sense that Trump would never really know what was happening in our country. Perhaps Trump has overfilled his administration with too many incompetent yes-men that consistently flood Trump with misinformation and lies.
So what is it that Trump did now? A short series of tweets was sent out by Trump on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in which Trump claimed Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the 2016 election. He also said “how low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” So many things wrong in these short sentences, but nevertheless, Trump made a baseless claim about something he doesn’t understand and called Obama a sick man. Apparently, this tweet was written by Trump and not a four-year old kid, which I feel is hard to believe, but either way he tweeted this out in anger and was disproved by several of his own followers and many Democrats.
Former deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes, immediately sent a response to Trump, that said, "no President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you”. Perfect response to horrible Trump.
There were also many Republicans that completely disagreed with Trump, including the famous turtle- I mean Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. He denied that he has seen any evidence of wiretapping at all. FBI Director, James Comey (who made a new case about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal right before the election) also asked DOJ officials to officially knock down allegations against Obama. So, even though I don’t like these people, I can completely agree with them on this.
Anyway, it is obvious that Trump isn’t aware of how much effort it takes for a President to wiretap someone. US law says that no President has the ability to eavesdrop on anybody without a warrant authorized by a special surveillance court. This shows Trump has a shockingly terrible misunderstanding of law and is not right for his position because he doesn’t understand simple parts of how the government really works. If he’s in a position of power, he should know this. When Trump is disproven, this will be a scandal that will follow him until the end of his reprehensible term.
Jim Morrison was a legendary rock icon who affected the music industry forever. Jim was the lead singer for a popular band called The Doors in the 1960’s. Although he didn’t live for too long, within the time he was alive The Doors came out with songs like “Light My Fire”, “Break on Through”, “Touch Me”, “Peace Frog”, and many more that are considered classics to this day. Their intoxicating, genre blending sound made The Doors one of the most unique bands of its time. Unfortunately, in the prime of the band’s career, Jim died from a drug overdose at the age of 27.
Jim was born in Melbourne, Florida on December 8th, 1943 and was the oldest of three. He had a younger sister named Anne, a younger brother named Andy, and a mother and father named George and Clara. When Jim was seven, his family went on vacation to New Mexico, and while driving, they came across what Jim later said was “the most important event of my life”. They came across a group of Pueblo Indians, bleeding to death in the road. Jim would refer to that moment many times while writing songs.
By the time Jim was ready for college, he had started experimenting with many drugs like acid and alcohol. He attended UCLA with future band member Ray Manzarek. While studying on day, Jim and Ray decided they wanted to start a rock band. The band still needed more members and eventually John Densmore and Robbie Kreiger would join the group. The inspiration for the band name came from the title of a book by Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception.
Before Jim and The Doors made it big, they were a local band. They played in bars and restaurants throughout California. One night, a representative from Elektra Records came to watch them play. After the show, he went backstage to speak to the band about their performance. The Doors had signed with their first record label, Elektra Records, in 1967.
Later that year The Doors released their debut album titled, The Doors. The album had songs like “Alabama Song”, “Break on Through”, “The End”, and “Light My Fire”. By June, 1967, “Light My Fire” was the number one song in America. The Doors had become so famous, they were invited to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show; the only requirement was that they change the lyrics of a song because they were drug related. They agreed, went on stage, and started to play, but Jim decided he liked the original lyrics better so he sang them. Ed was so infuriated that he never invited them back and even refused to shake their hands.
On December 9th, 1967, Morrison was arrested onstage during a concert in New Haven, Connecticut for attempting to incite a riot. He told the audience that a policeman had sprayed him and journalist Patricia Kennealy with mace backstage before the concert. In June, 1968, the group hit the top of the charts again with their album "Waiting for the Sun", which had the number one hit, "Hello, I Love You." But things came to an end on March 1, 1969, during a concert in Miami, Florida where Jim was arrested for exposing himself to the audience and using profanity. As result of Jim's legal troubles the group lost their bookings for the next several months. In August, 1970, Jim was brought to trial for the Miami incident. He was acquitted of charges of inappropriate behavior, but found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity. He was sentenced to eight months in prison.
Morrison’s mug shot after being arrested on stage in New Haven Connecticut
When he got out of jail, Jim and his wife, Pamela, moved to Paris, France, where he intended to continue his literary ambitions. One morning Jim woke up throwing up blood, but he just wiped it off and took a bath. He had been in the bath for a while and his wife began to get
concerned so she went to check on him. She walked in to find him dead of a drug overdose. He died on July 3rd, 1971, at the age of 27, and at the height of his career. Three years later, in August 1974, Pamela died in Paris from a heroin overdose. Coincidentally, she too was 27 years old when she died.
The 2017 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner and it should be very entertaining to say the least. In honor of this I have decided to make my predictions for the season.
x-Division winner *-Wild Card Team
Although Boston lost a great hitter in David Ortiz the team is still one of the best hitting teams in the MLB with Bogaerts and Betts. Toronto lost Encarnacion but gained Kendry Morales so they are still at the same level of play I believe. Baltimore is basically the same team they were last year but, it won’t get them to the playoffs. New York has hitting talent but an awful starting rotation. Tampa Bay signed Wilson Ramos but one man can only do so much.
Cleveland signed all-star hitter Edwin Encarnacion which alone should win them the division. Detroit signed Omar Infante and Alex Avila which just isn’t enough to with the team the wild card. Kansas City didn’t gain anyone and lost star pitcher Yordano Ventura to a tragic car accident. Chicago didn’t lose nor gain anybody and Minnesota has been awful for years with no sign of improvement.
4. Los Angeles Angels 74-88
5. Oakland Athletics 67-95
Although Texas is an old team, they always seem to squeak there way into the playoffs. Houston is young and I believe they will truly shine this season. Seattle is on the brink but it just won’t be enough this year but wait till next year. Los Angeles and Oakland are both in a rebuilding stage so they won’t be in the playoffs for a few years.
The National League East can honestly go either way if New York can stay healthy and if Washington can successfully replace Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa. Miami keeps developing and improving their young talent but aren’t a playoff team just yet. Philadelphia and Atlanta are still rebuilding to become great NL East powerhouses once again.
Chicago is without a doubt the best team in baseball and are the odds on favorite to win the World Series again. St. Louis is a great team but are still on the brink of making the playoff because of starting pitching. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati made virtually no moves to improve their team in the offseason so both teams record will stay relatively similar to last year. Milwaukee needs to do something or else they will continue to be one of the worst teams in baseball.
San Francisco will capitalise on the fact that Los Angeles made little roster changes and lost more than they gained. Colorado has all of the tools necessary to make the playoffs, but they will just miss out this year. Arizona and San Diego are both rebuilding and are nowhere near playoff status this year.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat up flavored liquid designed to deliver nicotine with and other chemicals to users in vapor instead of smoke. Electronic cigarettes can damage your lungs with the chemicals you inhale into your lungs. Since 2003, the evolution of e-cigs began. They were first invented to help chainsmokers puff on something less harmful than tobacco and nicotine, but now many young adults use the device as a toy. Scientists around the globe have had an ongoing feud on the topic of whether it is okay to be smoking an electronic cigarette or if it’s actually a detriment to your well-being. Many people around the world are using this device to help get rid of their habit of being addicted to the smoke, but smoke at all in your lungs can be a health risk for your body. Although older cigarette smokers feel embraced in safety with the new wave of tobacco free electronic cigarettes, the chemicals you inhale are not safe for your body. Electronic cigarettes are harmful to not only adults but also to teenagers. My goal is to inform the readers that electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative from smoking cigarettes and can be a huge health detriment to your lungs and to people the smokers are around as well.
There are many chemicals that come with smoking e-cigs such as tar, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia. and the chemical that gets people hooked on these devices are the nicotine. Nicotine may give a person a sense of delight in the moment of using the e-cig but can leave you wanting more with an addictive trigger. Nicotine has a mind altering effect. “Within 10 seconds of entering your body, the nicotine reaches your brain to release adrenaline, creating a buzz of pleasure and energy.” (BeTobaccoFree.gov). Out of forty-two different chemicals detected in electronic cigarettes, twenty of these are extremely detrimental to your health. Not only are these chemicals harmful to the user of the device, but also to the people surrounding them due to secondhand smoke. According to the research of the “American Lung Association” there is an ingredient found in antifreeze that is used in electronic cigarettes. One of the deadliest elements of this device are carcinogens. Carcinogens are the chemicals in e-cigs and tobacco producers that causes cancer. Some of the chemicals that are among this infamous list are aerosol and formaldehyde. Many scientists find these test results frightening. Also flavorings in these e-liquids can be very eye opening to the youth. The e liquid tastes like fruits and candies which make them appealing to the younger crowd. E-cig companies inform society that these liquids are safe because of the Fema Gras that comes from food. According to The American Lung Association these facts are false and could be harmful to inhale but only safe to eat. When smokers inhale the vapor from these devices, it generates relief to the user at the moment, but provides greater risk to lung damage over time.
More people's lungs are damaged from smoking but some of those people do not smoke. Secondhand smoking is when someone around you is smoking a tobacco product or e-cig and you breathe the smoke into your lungs. This occurs most as family related situation when a parent or spouse smokes often around you. Now since electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular, you will find smokers puffing on them in public smoke-free areas. It is hard to go on a walk through a park without seeing someone smoking. People are now feeling free to smoke electronic cigarettes in all sorts of public places such as libraries, department stores, restaurants and more. It is not fair for the citizens around them to inhale the emissions given off by e-cigs. The emissions have been studied and proven that carcinogens are found in these emissions such as benzene and formaldehyde. Many public places have treated these devices like any smoking product, no smoking allowed. As of late many other bars and shops have been granting permission to the e-smokers to smoke on their property. Little do they know it is damaging their business and health to their customers. Families will not go to your business for food or goods because of the amount of health hazards there are in the air.
A question that many scientists and doctors have been doing mental research on is “Can e-cigs help a chain smoker quit smoking?”, many doctors do not approve of this method but the companies advertise their products that they help you quit smoking. Doctors see this new device as prolonging smokers addiction to nicotine in a less dangerous way. A doctor will try to help you stay away from these addictions, e-cigs only prolong them with the nicotine. This device basically lets people smoke a vapor that is less harmful than tobacco but still has people smoking toxins. Smokers are not quitting, they are just continuing their habit in a “more safe” way which has yet to be proven. Also many people use this device for recreational purposes and from what they hear from the commercials and see from the advertisements, they think “it’s safe” but they end up getting hooked to the nicotine. When cigarettes were adopted into our country, people were deceived that cigarettes were not harmful. Could the same be happening right now in our world with e-cigs?
The electronic cigarette era has come to not only adults, but to the youth as well. Recreational use from teens is common in today's society. The rates only go up with the youth and smoking paraphernalia, especially e-cigs. According to the “American Lung Association” the high school and middle school students use of e-cigs have tripled in one year (American Lung Association). The studies now show that there are more kids smoking e-cigs that tobacco cigarettes. Well is that a good thing some might ask. A major similarity between these two is that they contain carcinogens that leads to cancer. So if there smoking cigarettes or e-cigs it is still a huge detriment to our youth.
How do these young adults obtain these dangerous devices? Simply anywhere. At their schools there are dealers who advertise their “business” illegally. These young adults also create fake identifications that shops like 7/11 and other gas stations and mini-marts take as a legitimate identification. But now many “vape shops” are spreading all over the country to cut down on the illegal purchasing of e-cigs. The FDA now is doing there best to crack down on higher restrictions to these e-cigs to stop the possibility of our country to be addicted to nicotine.
Unfortunately in today’s world, many teenagers are living in a society where this is peer pressure in school, with family, or simply everywhere they go. One of the biggest topics of peer pressure are smoking cigarettes. Kids are lured into taking hits of a cigarette and that's when the nicotine reels them in. Next thing they know they are waking up in the morning wanting to light up a cigarette or ditching a period of school for a smoke break. So what if there was a device that would keep them safe from destroying their lungs and getting them off that addictive tobacco. That is when the teens find the electronic cigarette as the good alternative or safe route. But those teens do not know about the chances of cancer they have with every puff they take on this new scary device.
The knowledge behind this new technology will grow as time goes on, we know many things about electronic cigarettes, but we also have a lot of information we do not know. Smoking electronic cigarettes from what we know is not a safe alternative. But it is a safer upgrade from cigarettes for now.