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Every morning, I get up at 5:45 A.M, wait for the bus, and take the red line to get to my high school - Uplift Community High School in Uptown. I get off at the Wilson stop, an area known for fights, violence and shootings. I used to ask myself... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at The Teen Reporter
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Even though I had been preparing for months, the day before taking the ACT, I was studying all night long. I was so worried about studying that I didn’t eat or make sure I had everything ready the next morning, which led to horrible day. Not resting enough made me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at The Teen Reporter
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The year 2011 has been named the Age of Technology. Everything has advanced in the past few years; from entertainment to medicine, technology has had breakthroughs that put many at ease with what used to be very difficult. However, with the ease that technology has renovated, separation of the Haves... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at The Teen Reporter
Nearly one third of high school seniors say they have a credit card. Is this a path to financial literacy or destruction? The teens at Mercy Housing Wentworth's digital connectors program made this great video, showing the challenges of giving teens credit cards and outlining the consequences. Take a look: Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at The Teen Reporter
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When we you think of Race, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind? Some might say a competition in which two or more persons compete to see who can reach a finish line first (like my friend Noe might jokingly say). Others, about 97.9% of the human... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at The Teen Reporter
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“Love is like a rubber-band: we keep pulling; one person lets go; and the person that held on gets hurt.” -Anonymous Have you ever been heartbroken? Loved? I have. Lying is one of the most common ways to end up being heartbroken. I know this because I’ve lied before, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at The Teen Reporter
Adults like to remember their teen years as easy, fun and stress-free. But is that really true? Do most adults really remember what it's like to try to figure out school, home, work, friends and love for the first time? While it's easy for us grown-ups to idealize, the teens... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at The Teen Reporter
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As a child, I was continuously taught that material objects do not matter. That anyone can rob you of your luxuries at any given moment; that treasuring something that has no soul makes you as empty as your morals. But in that same breath, my dad would always say that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at The Teen Reporter
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Technology has become our life. We can’t picture ourselves without it. Ironically, most of us don’t know what to do with it. Sure, we use it for contacting one another from afar, advertising our business, and other things made easier, but what are we really doing? I will tell you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at The Teen Reporter
About two weeks ago I did a series of posts about surviving high school, but I didn’t really say anything about safety. So I just want to you know tell you a couple of rules that I think every teen should try and practice, even if my suggestions sound stupid.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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Double standards in general are unfair, but particularly to minors that have been convicted as an adult and they can’t even have adult rights. I mean I know I’m only 15, but it just doesn’t seem right that a 17-year-old has the same rights as me but can’t get the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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Okay, sure, if you don’t do well on your report card, your mom is going to go off like a bomb during The Blitz (that's a reference to Nazi Germany's bombing of downtown London and other parts of Great Britain during World War II for the few that are failing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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Okay students, it’s time for auditions in the role of “shrill girl screamer.” High school can sometimes make you want to scream like Esther in this video from the movie “Orphan.” (It’s probably one of the scariest movies EVER!) Even though screaming feels like the best idea when you get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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Just like many TV shows, you'll notice that the brainless head cheerleader and the half-Neanderthal quarterback are treated like heroes in high school. They're more like undercover dictators of the student body. I mean they really control the entire social aspect of high school. Usually, they think that since they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
I don’t expect a lot of guys to know about Tim Gunn, but he co-hosts the show “Project Runway” with Heidi Klum. And one of his most famous quotes is, “Make it Work!” because designers are given limited time to fashion a look on a budget based on the challenge.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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Deep breath people. You’re about to be faced with one of the most important steps in a teen's life … High School! Now, it’s time for some tips that are going to save you from drowning in academic and social suicide. I’m going to go through stress, homework, types of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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What’s more important for you to listen to, your wallet or your body? We all face this question everyday, and usually you listen to your wallet since it’s in charge of what is available to you that day. All day, everyday you run from class to class just waiting for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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Well, I just read an article about healthy eating and saw how adults might actually think that all teens are vain. Shocking, I know. Anyway, the article advised parents to tell their teens the kind of stuff they’d tell younger kids like: if they drink lots of milk, they could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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Now, I know we all remember watching “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with our parents as kids. And watching the little orange and green Oompa Loompas sing about how Agustus was a greedy little boy and got exactly what he deserved. Well, you know what? Agustus wasn’t really smart... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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According to statistics from hazing expert Dr. Susan Lipkins, 1.5 million high school students are hazed each year. Nearly half of high school students, 48 percent, report being subjected to hazing activities. Personally, I think that hazing is an unnecessary activity, one that only hurts people in the end. Beating,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
Surveys show that 39% of all teenagers either send or post sexually suggestive messages and 20% of all teenagers have sent or posted nude pics or videos of themselves. Sexting, is sending sexually explicit or nude pictures to someone. Although they are sending explicit pictures, this is increasingly becoming a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at The Teen Reporter
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The Associated Press cited an analysis by The Chicago Reporter that found that Illinois' for-profit nursing homes provided the lowest amount of daily care per resident in the country. Reporter Carla Johnson wrote An analysis of federal data from 15,212... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at tcrBLOG
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Recent appointees to the Chicago City Council, Joe Moreno in the 1st Ward and Deborah Graham in the 29th Ward, are likely to be elected to full terms next year, according to The Chicago Reporter's analysis of election results for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at tcrBLOG
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Cronyism will remain a problem in county government when Cook County Board President Todd Stroger steps down later this year because neither he nor his 8th Ward political base are the only sources of patronage hiring. An analysis of county... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2010 at tcrBLOG
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Once again, state Rep. Art Turner finished second in a vote to determine the Democratic Party nominee for Lt. Governor in Illinois. Citing her potential appeal to downstate voters, party leaders chose Sheila Simon this past weekend to be Gov.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at tcrBLOG
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