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Stanford to provide cost-free education

By Christian Urrutia, Photo Editor
May 17, 2015
Filed under News, Spotlight

Stanford University has now extended financial aid opportunities beyond just students whose parents live in lower socioeconomic brackets, therefore opening up possibilities for many potential applicants. These economic thresholds have increased to allow more candidates who do come from affluent homes ...

‘Breakfast Club’ still rationalizes American youth

‘Breakfast Club’ still rationalizes American youth

By Jose Jimenez, Spotlight Editor
May 17, 2015
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

They say breakfast is good for you, but what if someone told you joining a breakfast club would enhance your mornings and life in general? This spring has marked 30 years since director John Hughes embraced all of us with a lifestyle close to that of which each of us grew up around.   Demanding parents,...

‘Trainspotting’

‘Trainspotting’

By Cody McFarland, Associate Editor
May 17, 2015
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

Subtext: Choosing life is the biggest decision anybody could make. In the sea of opportunity that is the first world, it is all too easy getting swept away by indecision and pulled down by an undertow of goalless inactivity, to breath salt and sink into the jade as the successful swim stoically ar...

Military sergeant, rapper connects own fate

Military sergeant, rapper connects own fate

By Jose Jimenez, Spotlight Editor
April 7, 2015
Filed under Campus Beat, Spotlight

One year before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, 34-year-old former and future Contra Costa College student Matthew Pruett was enjoying the beautiful shorelines with the 125th Signal Battalion in the Hawaiian Islands, 2,400 miles southwest of his hometown in Sacramento, Calif. After years of being surrounded by gangs, dr...

What’s wrong with weird?

What’s wrong with weird?

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer
December 10, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Spotlight

When you traverse the relaxing roads of the East Bay or enjoy a scenic stroll across the Cal-Berkeley campus, you will probably be privy to conversations in at least 30 different languages including American Sign Language (ASL). “Name-calling” aka “talking smack” or “negative labeling” is o...

Veterans get no respect

Veterans get no respect

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer
November 20, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Spotlight

“No one has been barred on account of his race for fighting or dying for America – There are no “white” or “colored” signs on the battlefields." — U.S. President John F. Kennedy   Before and after each visit to any Veterans Administration Health Services Center (VA), I practice co...

Local election divides Richmond

Local election divides Richmond

By Cody McFarland, Associate Editor
October 29, 2014
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Spotlight

Richmond, Calif. — City of Pride and Purpose. Though the pride of this city is indisputable, what the community believes is their city’s purpose is certainly open for debate. Residents have a chance to shape that purpose on Tuesday. Their decisions in the local election will determine future leadership,...

Proposal aims to boost economy, fight crime

By Roxana Amparo, News Editor
October 29, 2014
Filed under News, Spotlight

“It all comes down to whether you want to lose recreational services or a few pennies a day,” Measure U campaign manager and Richmond City Council member Jim Rogers said. Measure U is a half-cent sales tax ballot initiative that will generate revenue for Richmond’s general fund to enhance city...

Richmond groups take responsibility for decrease in crime

By Lorenzo Morotti, Editor-in-Chief
October 29, 2014
Filed under News, Spotlight

The rate of violent crimes within Richmond has dropped by 25 percent from last year, the lowest it has seen in 33 years. Community trust in its police department has strengthened because of crime solvency projects made possible through millions of dollars in donations. Richmond Police Department...

Shift in healthcare policy supported by local voters

By Brian Boyle, Spotlight Editor
October 29, 2014
Filed under News, Spotlight

The Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors Medical Negligence Lawsuits Initiative Statute, more commonly referred to as Proposition 46, is more than meets the eye. If passed, Proposition 46 would require that doctors be tested to screen for drug and alcohol abuse. In wake of a positive test, the doctor...

‘Rainy Day’ account planned

By Rodney Woodson, Sports Editor
October 29, 2014
Filed under News, Spotlight

California’s latest multi-year drought coupled with the state’s deficit coerced Gov. Jerry Brown to introduce Proposition 2, the “Rainy Day” Budget Stabilization Account (Assembly Constitution Amendment 1). This new legislation, if approved by voters in Tuesday’s election, will mandate a...

Bond to lessen drought woes

By Lorenzo Morotti, Editor-in-Chief
October 29, 2014
Filed under News, Spotlight

A rift has been created between environmentalist groups and the state Senate over the “Water Bond. Funding for Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, and Storage Projects,” or, as it appears on the ballot, Proposition 1. The majority of the 38 million residents of the state have had to endure a severe...

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