A True Underdog Story: Heat Vs Cavaliers

Directing The Stories

LeBron James joined the Heat in 2010. He changed Miami from a B-team to a grade-A shoe in for the finals. And they did just that. Until 2014, every season with LeBron brought the Heat to the NBA finals- winning two championships while they were there.
Now that is over. LeBron has returned to his hometown of Cleveland: forming a new big three featuring Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Leaving the Heat in a rut scrambling to keep their remaining two stars of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. And even that wasn’t enough to save their season; the Heat currently hold a record of 13-16 holding the 7th seed in the Eastern conference.
Of course that was until Christmas day where Erik Spoelstra and the Heat were reunited with LeBron in a game that turned from a marketing ploy to a massive upset with the Heat emerging victorious 101-91.
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Feliz Navidad

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Behind an innocent face and a caring smile there are the moments that truly define us. Even thought caring for a little one is tiring here is my mother caring for my sister like the first time she laid eyes on her.

I’m part of a family where we don’t celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas but Noche Buena and Navidad. Our group of friends gets together and we do novenas. We don’t go around caroling but we sing gozos. We share laughs and stories for the books. We celebrate every single birthday, every single anniversary and every single accomplishment. We found each other and have stuck together; it’s something stronger than family ties. Like the saying goes “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”

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A 21st century Santa Claus reading the printed label on a last minute wrapped toy store gift.
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It’s not a party if everyone doesn’t consume their own weight in alcohol.
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I can’t keep myself from photographing this munchkin every time i have my camera in hand.
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This adoptive family all mashed up together.
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it’s custom for the host to say a few words and pray before passing out the food on Christmas Eve.

My letter to Santa Claus

Imperator Fish


    Dear Santa,

    It’s not easy for me to write this letter.

    I have been an admirer of yours for many years.  I have been impressed with the way you have embraced reform within your own organisation, and not shied away from making brave decisions.

    I have supported you during the tough times, and when things have been good. I was right behind you when the elves launched legal proceedings after you made them all redundant and hired them back as independent contractors at half their hourly rates. What did they expect? That they could continue to do nothing for most of the time, working barely two months in a year while collecting a generous salary? And when you finally broke into the lucrative Chinese market I celebrated your success.

    But being a friend sometimes means having to be a critic. I want you to succeed, but I also want you…

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Sydney Siege

Summary/Analysis:

Sydney hostage taker, Man Haron Monis or also known as Sheikh Haron, had an uncanny familiarity with the police. This man – the one who kept hostages locked up in a coffee shop for about 16 hours – already had an extensive criminal record.

“He had a long history of violent crime, infatuation with extremism and mental instability,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters.

Haron’s file contains charges of one sexual assault and six other sex related charges, accessory to murder, and he pleaded guilty of writing offensive letters to military families but never seemed to learn. Of Iran origin, this radical Sunni extremist was speculated to be affiliated with ISIS because of a flag he made hostages hold up with Arabic writing worshipping God as he sees it.

Haron demanded to speak to the Abbott multiple times making his requests known through the hostages’ social media sites but was never pleased.

In an unexpected turn, five hostages managed to escape Haron’s hold and run towards the police crowded streets in search of safety. As a result, Haron enraged and commenced screaming orders at the remaining hostages.

Early Tuesday gunfire erupted as policemen rushed into the popular café where he gunman was holding the hostages. During this encounter, three people were killed in total: two hostages and the one lone gunman.

For the full story please visit CNN.

A Family Away From Home

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This is my journalism family.

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Christmas is a time to rejoice and spend time with family and these people (somehow someway) came to be my family away from home.

This is my first year in the Pink Room and we have just barely started to get to know each other. We have yet to find out one another’s quirks and pet peeves so like every other family, we annoy each other 24/7.

Nonetheless it is rumored that by senior year we will love/hate each other like never before and the bond will be strong. How can you not become close to someone you spend a whole 8 hours with Mon – Fri, and then some.

Anyways, it’s not everywhere that you get to build these type of lasting relationships and this Christmas i am glad i found my home away from home. Finally i found a place where i can be myself and people are not shy to point out some irksome idiosyncrasies  and yet still embrace them.

In order to excel you need to be confident and what’s a better place than where you are one with all your peers but still a unique individual.

” #teacherappreciationtweet “

Sometimes he likes to trick us, confuse us, stress us and put us on the spot but he is still my favorite teacher.
Sometimes Mr. Ramses Gonzalez likes to trick us, confuse us, stress us and put us on the spot but he is still my favorite teacher.
This man may not have the most conventional ways of teaching - putting kids in the "hot seat", competition between students, prizes - but he still manages to get me through every test. I can honestly say i've learned more in four months of Honors Chemistry than i did in ten months of Honors Biology.
This man may not have the most conventional ways of teaching – putting kids in the “hot seat”, competition between students, prizes – but he still manages to get me through every test. I can honestly say i’ve learned more in four months of Honors Chemistry than i did in ten months of Honors Biology.

White House and G.O.P Clash over Torture Report Release

Monday, December 8, 2014, Obama and his fellow republicans clashed over whether releasing the Senate report on the US government’s use of torture would set off backlashes overseas and in home soil. As of right now diplomatic facilities and military bases have heightened security on the eve of a declassified summary release on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Republican lawmakers advice and warn that the release of such reports of harsh interrogations during the G. W. Bush administration will evoke unrest and violence. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s states that all the methods of interrogation were justified and therefore there should be no backlash of violence of any type.

The White House acknowledged the report could put Americans in Middle Easter countries in danger. It also acknowledged that the government has been preparing for years for the possible repercussions on this release so now is as good a time as ever. “When would be a good time to release this report?” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, asked. “It’s difficult to imagine one, particularly given the painful details that will be included.”

Earnest also stated that president Obama wishes to be transparent with the public so a release of such document can serve to declare that nothing like that will ever happen again.

Secretary of State John Kerry and the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, both warned of unrest that might be caused by the report but Mr. Clapper stated he favored the release of the report. Among the administration’s concerns there is that terrorist groups will exploit the report for propaganda value. They don’t want the Islamic State going any farther.

Republican Takeover and What it Means

After this year’s midterm elections, the Republican Party has taken over Democratic Senate seats while also keeping their majority in the House of Representatives, meaning that President Obama’s remaining two years in office will most likely consist of a lot of disagreement on major issues.

In North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, West Virginia, Arkansas, Montana and South Dakota, Democrats have filled the Senate, giving them Senate majority since 2006. Republicans retained their majority in the House of Representatives and even won back more than the 218 seats needed to keep it.

When Obama first ran in 2008, the Democrats held the majority of both the House and the Senate. Now, Democrats have become a minority by a landslide, and Obama is expected to take every little bit of opportunity there is to push his agenda through the waning years of his presidency.

After the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, there was a lot of momentum to push for new gun control laws, but Democrats couldn’t turn that into passable legislation. Now that Republicans have taken over, it is less likely that they will give the president any kind of shot at it.

Democrats and Republicans have had a constant battle on the issue of immigration reform and how it should be managed. It’s speculated that unless the president drastically changes his stance, Congress isn’t going to help him in any way. Obama, nonetheless, has protected as many as six million illegal immigrants from deportation threats, and he plans to use executive order to revamp the nation’s immigration laws.

One thing both parties agree on is new infrastructure but not on the methods of how to accomplish it. Republicans will not accept an increase in taxes in order to pay for new roads, dams, or electrical grids. They are in favor of making cuts to social programs, which help provide food, education, healthcare, and money to US citizens through subsidies of college education and such. The Democrats are 100% against this method and will not stand by it.

Then there is Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare. Obamacare contains reforms to the insurance and health care industries in order to combat rising health care costs and to provide affordable health insurance to more Americans.

Obamacare has been controversial since before its implementation. Republicans are against it; they say it will destroy the economy by forcing businesses to spend more on health care costs but they cannot overturn it now. They will definitely make it hard for Obama and other Democrats to refine policies.

President Obama does not agree with the Republicans’ (the majority’s) views on issues, so the legislative process is expected to be extremely slow and drawn out. Because of the two conflicting powers in office these next two years are sure to be two long and discouraging ones.