More Information About Ebola

By: Anish A

The current outbreak of Ebola originated in Guinea and has ever since travelled between countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia. The first case of this monstrous outbreak was in March 2014. The recent Ebola outbreak (2014) has killed more than 4500 people. In the current outbreak there has been more cases and deaths than in all other outbreaks combined. For that reason it is the largest and most complex outbreak since this virus was first recorded in 1976. In 1976 the Ebola virus broke out in two different places, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola virus originated from a village near the Ebola River from where the virus got its name. Recently Ebola spread to the U.S. when Thomas Eric Duncan unknowingly flew from Liberia to the Texas on September 19. Duncan was hospitalized on Friday September 25, 2014, but since he did not have insurance he was released from the hospital. Two days later went to the hospital in an ambulance. Two days after that he was diagnosed with Ebola. Eight days later he died. There is a also a second case in the USA spread by Duncan. That second case (Amber Vinston) flew to the Cleveland area and then came back to Texas. Some organizations that help people with Ebola are the World Health Organization (WHO), Doctors Without Borders and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Everybody should not be freaking out statistically speaking. People say this because Ebola and similar viruses don’t usually happen in big numbers as they currently are.

My Top 10 Halloween Candy

By: Kira M.

  1. Hershey’s Chocolate Bars: this chocolate is on the list for being some of the best chocolate around for a low price. Not to mention, Hershey is loved by many Americans nationwide.
  2. Nerds Candy: these come in many different flavors, and in cute little boxes. There are many in each box, so they are perfect for a Halloween party and to share with your friends.
  3. M&Ms: not only is the chocolate great, they are covered in a sugary, colorful coating that melts in your mouth. Also, don’t forget those hilarious commercials.
  4. Jolly Ranchers Hard Candy. While these may be slightly annoying when they stick to your teeth, the vibrant flavors, of this slightly less well known candy, make up for it.
  5. Werther’s Hard Candy. These caramel flavored discs of delight will have you in love at first taste. Don’t hesitate to buy these tasty treats for Halloween.
  6. Haribo Gummy Bears. Almost everyone has had a gummy bear, but the most high quality gummy bears you can get would definitely be Haribo. They are the 5th best candy on the list.
  7. Kit Kat Bars. These are great to share with friends because they are breakable. These chocolate covered wafers will have you head over heels for Kit Kat bars.
  8. Milk Duds Candies. I know, they ALWAYS get stuck on your teeth, but it’s worth it for milk duds. Milk Duds will bring you so much joy, it’s unbelievable.
  9. Laffy Taffy.  This cheap version of saltwater taffy is still amazing, not to mention those funny –I mean punny–  jokes! Get some sugar and have a laugh with your friends on Halloween.
  10. Twix Bars. There are no words. I cannot think of something to describe the greatness of Twix. I don’t know how they do it, but they are so delicious, I don’t even care. If you do not know what Twix Bars are, you have not lived. I am not even exaggerating.


By: Shreeya S.

Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding. Ebola has been spreading across Africa and doctors all across the world come to help the people who have it. They need special suits to help them because Ebola is highly contagious. There is no cure for Ebola that can kill the virus but research scientist are working on a new vaccine that can prevent the infection. Ebola started in West Africa and about 4,400 people died because of Ebola there. At least 17 Ebola cases have been treated outside of West Africa in the current outbreak, including two Dallas hospital workers who have tested positive for Ebola. More than 400 health care workers in West Africa have been infected with Ebola during the current outbreak, and 233 have died as of October 8, 2014. The prevention of Ebola is still a very challenging task as it is still unknown how humans really contract the disease. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, severe headache, vomiting, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, and abdominal (stomach) pain. The picture (below) shows Ebola virus mutating rapidly. Ebola is a big consequence in Africa and it is now getting to the U.S.

The iPhone 6

By: Alex W.

The new iPhones are here, they are boasting a 4.7 inch display, for the iPhone 6, and a 5.5 inch, for the iPhone 6 Plus. The phones have a sapphire camera lens. The iPhone 6, at $200, and the 6 Plus starts at $300. The sales are expected to be 189 million in 2015. The sales are going to rise rapidly in Black Friday and Christmas. So far the iPhone 6 sales have already made more than 21 million. So Apple are you worrying about that? Is that stopping you from buying them? Well I can assure that if you don’t try to bend it, and if you put it in a case, it won’t get bent.

Pumpkin Carving Tips

By: Sarah Z.

  • When carrying your pumpkin, never hold it by the stem. If you break the stem off, the entire pumpkin will rot faster.
  • Keep your uncut pumpkin in a cool and dry place, because warmth and light will quicken the rotting process.
  • When thinking about your pumpkin design, consider adding a few more gords to impact your display.
  • Mix a gallon of water and teaspoon of chlorine bleach. Then use this mixture to wipe the outside of your pumpkin. This will prevent mold.
  • When you are carving your design into your pumpkin, use a sawing motion. This will be done with a straight edged knife and pure force; the pumpkin might get damaged as well as the knife.
  • When you are removing all the seeds from the inside of a pumpkin, remove all of it. If you don’t, mold will start appearing and spread all over your pumpkin.
  • If you are too lazy to scrape out the inside of a pumpkin, another option is to buy a hollow acrylic or craft pumpkin. This has the same look as a pumpkin, but they can last longer.
  • Buy a carving kit. The kit provides tools that make the carving process easier and your work more precise.
  • Use designs other than faces. You could carve moon, cats, or haunted houses. Be creative!
  • If you want to light up your jack-o-lantern, use an electric light instead of an actual flame. The heat of an actual fire will cook your pumpkin. You probably don’t want your jack-o-lantern to turn into pumpkin pie.