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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 15 -- March 16, 2009

-- Review--

A classic 'Mockingbird' comes to Hartford Stage

By Rachel Glogowski in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. The theater adaptation of Harper Lees classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, breathed new life into a classic traditionally read by students in the United States and around the world.

Now playing at Hartford Stage, the show dutifully told the story of Scout and Jem Finch, two young children of a lawyer named Atticus from a small Southern town in the 1930s.
The three main child actors who played Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill, superbly represented the characters described by Lee in the book
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When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore in 2005, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal, chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at Hurricane Journal. Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the eye of the worst storm in recent history.





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The colors of summer make for vigrant Holi

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By Harsha Mishra in BAREILLY, Uttar Pradesh, India -- Its official summer is here. The cycle of seasons in India is once more completed and its time to celebrate the arrival of summer. In India, almost all the seasons has an accompanying celebration to welcome it. Winters are welcomed with Diwali, spring with Basant Panchami, and summers with Holi.

Holi is celebrated all around the country in one form or the other, but everyone who is celebrating shares the same feelings of peace and harmony. They also forget their cares for a few moments and get wet in the colors of love.  Read more

Representing Mauritania at Model U.N.

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By Janani Ramachandran in BANGALORE, India Sitting on the second leg of my nearly 18-hour journey, Im trying to stay awake and finish some last minute research. As I wearily highlight endless facts from my documents, I know that sleeping would lead to a horrid jet lag that I could clearly not afford, considering the conference would start the morning after our arrival.

Endless weeks of preparation, research, and practice would pay off in this three-day event, and I wanted to savor every moment of it, considering that I came all the way from India to Boston for it.

It was my first large Model United Nations conference, and I wanted to have a great experience. And an incredible experience it was. Read more

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-- Opinion--

Trying to prevent the next school shooting

By Katie Grosser in MESCHEDE, Calle, Germany Its something most students would never think about. Its what teachers hope will never happen. Its a parents worst nightmare.
Last week, 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer entered his former school in the small Southern German town of Winnenden and gunned down 12 people before killing three more on his flight and finally taking his own life.
On Wednesday, March 11, Germany was, and Germany still is, in shock.
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German students react to school massacre

By Katie Grosser in MESCHEDE, Calle, Germany In the foggy, frozen air, three children walked around a public park in Kabul one recent winter evening, carrying boxes of Lays potato chips.

The boys, 12-year-old Hamid, his eight-year-old brother Shoaib and their friend, Nabi, 13, were trying to sell the snacks to help their families survive.

After finishing school each day, they come to Qargha Lake, a popular park, to sell their goods.

We are very poor people and the income of my father is not enough as we have got lots of problems, so that is why I come here every day to sell chips and earn money to support my family and studies, said Hamid.

On a cold January day, the hills and mountains around Kabul were dressed with snow as the boys offered their wares at Qargha Lake.  Read whole story



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