>>  Sneakers at SJHS


In high school, fashion is a big deal. What you wear shows people what you believe in, and what styles and brands you like. You may not have Bape hoodies or True Religion jeans, but if you have cool sneakers, you’re in. Over the years, because of the high prices and poor quality, people have been wearing Jordan’s less and less. People have begun to value comfort rather than style, too. On June 27, 2016, the sneaker world changed forever. Kanye West released the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove”. Not only did the sneaker look unlike anything we’d ever seen, but it introduced new innovative and modern technology. The Yeezy Boost 350 was made almost entirely of a prime knit upper and a sole made of Boost technology making it not only incredibly light, but flexible and comfortable, too. Because of Kanye West’s eccentric personality and the limited quantity of the sneaker, it became a must-have for sneaker enthusiasts. Due to the success and popularity of the Yeezy 350, Adidas began releasing NMD’s and the coveted Ultra Boost. Both are less expensive and more comfortable than Jordan’s. Have Adidas officially become cooler than Jordan’s?

Which is cooler, Adidas or Jordan’s?
Michael- Adidas. They’re more hype and they look cooler. They don’t cost as much, either.

What do you think of the sneaker world right now?
Jamie- It’s cool. I mean, Jordan’s aren’t as dope anymore. It’s too expensive and the leather feels like trash. The Ultra Boosts are lit. They feel good and they go with anything. Plus, they still look cool even if they get dirty.

What are your favorite sneakers right now?
Brian- I love the Jordan 1’s. They look good with everything and you can get them dirty. They make you look cool.

Do you think Jordan’s fell off?
Megan- Yeah. Nobody wants to spend that much money on shoes. Plus, they don’t even look that good. Just wear slides or some Vans.

What do sneakers mean to you?
Rory- They just show who you are. The colors, the patterns. It just represents you. Sometimes they represent your culture. Sneakers just show your true colors. The rest of your outfit can be trash but if the shoes are fire, it doesn’t matter. They make everything cool.

>>  UFC 217


On November 4, 2017, 3 people shocked the world. For the first time in UFC history, three champions lost their belts. Michael Bisping lost to Georges St. Pierre via 3rd round rear-naked choke, Cody Garbandt lost to TJ Dillashaw via 2nd round knockout, and the most dominant champion of the three, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, lost to Rose Namajunas via 1st round knockout. This has been the biggest card the UFC has produced since UFC 205, where we saw Conor McGregor become the first fighter to simultaneously hold two titles in two different weight classes. The event has been properly titled “The Night of Upsets”. Each champion (which were also betting favorites) not only lost, but they did it in devastating fashion.

The most shocking upset wasn’t the main event. It was one of the most overlooked fights. It was Jedrzejczyk vs Namajunas. A straw weight title fight with five-five minute rounds. Jedrzejczyk has been one of the most dominant champions in MMA history next to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. Jedrzejczyk, a world renowned striker, was expected to blow through the less experienced Namajunas. Instead, Namajunas hit the former champion with a left straight to the chin, dropping her. Jedrzejczyk immediately got up, and Namajunas landed another left straight, dropping the champion again. Namajunas followed up with more strikes and ultimately made the former champion tap to strikes; something that rarely happens in MMA. Namajunas stopped the former champion’s effort to break Ronda Rousey’s record for most title defenses by a woman in the UFC (6) in the very first round.

Dillashaw came into his fight with Gabrandt with a chip on his shoulder. Fans and experts expected the former 135-pound champion to finish Dillashaw in the first round due to his notoriously heavy hands. They were almost right. Gabrandt dropped Dillashaw at the end of the 1st round, but the bell rang. Dillashaw came back with a vengeance and ended up knocking Gabrandt out at the beginning of the second round. Dillashaw showed his experience and his ability to overcome adversity and maintain his composure by coming back in the second round to win the bantamweight title for the second time.

Last but not least, the legend Georges St. Pierre returned after a 4-year hiatus, jumped up a higher weight class, and won the middleweight title at 36 years old. Because of his long break and controversial decision win over Johny Hendricks in 2013. GSP was taking on a much bigger man in Bisping. Not only was there a significant height, reach, and weight difference, but Bisping had been active for the past 10 years. Bisping was also viewed as the better with striker. Unbothered, GSP went into Madison Square Garden and finished Bisping in the third round after getting battered on the ground. He defied all odds that night and shocked everyone but himself. All three champions cemented their legacies that night and gave the world one of the best fight cards in history.

>>  Parkland Shooting


The FBI was warned in September about a school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday's Florida school shooting, according to a vlogger. Ben Bennight, a 36-year-old YouTube vlogger from Mississippi, noticed a troubling comment on a video he posted in September. He said he immediately contacted the FBI.

The comment said: "I’m going to be a professional school shooter," and it was left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz, the same name of the shooter who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday killing 17 people.

A law enforcement official said earlier on Thursday the FBI had gotten two reports regarding potential threats from the shooter.

But later on Thursday, a separate law enforcement official said authorities believe they only received one report regarding the troubling comment on YouTube. The source said the investigation is in its early stages, and information could change as leads are investigated. The FBI did not share the information with local law enforcement, the first official said.
Bennight emailed a screenshot of the comment to what he thought was an FBI tip line, but the email address was invalid. Bennight said he followed up with a phone call to the FBI. The comment on YouTube has been pulled down.

According to Bennight, agents from the FBI's field office in Mississippi contacted him and came to his office to conduct an in-person interview the next morning. Bennight told the agents he didn't know anything about the user. That was the last contact he had with the FBI until Wednesday, he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, after Cruz was arrested, Bennight got a call from an agent in the FBI's Miami field office, who wanted to follow up on the September incident, he said . A few hours later, FBI agents from the Mississippi office paid Bennight another visit.

"I saw the story kind of go across my news feed, but I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it, but when the FBI said it was the same name, the first thing that went through my mind was, Wow, I hope you were at least watching this guy that I alerted you to months ago. I think in today's online world, it's hard to narrow down who does what without more information, and unfortunately, I wasn't able to provide them with much."

Stating that he doesn't know exactly what it takes for the FBI to investigate these sorts of tips, Bennight acknowledged that "had more time and effort been put into finding out who the username belongs to, they may have been able to find out who this person was and put him on their radar."