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Decriminalization is the Right Step Forward

ELIAS BENDA, OPINIONS EDITOR On July 17, marijuana was decriminalized (NOT legalized), in Washington, D.C. It is no longer a criminal offense, even if you are under the age of 18, to possess an ounce or less of pot or to smoke it in the privacy of your own home. (Smoking in public is still

D.C. Reacts to Shooting In Ferguson

CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Protests have erupted in Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation over the past two weeks after unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The case has drawn attention to issues with racial profiling and police brutality, heightening tensions between black communities

Mo’ne Davis is Better Than the Boys

ERIN DOHERTY, CO-SPORTS EDITOR Move over Nationals, Mo’ne Davis has hit the sports spotlight. The 13-year-old phenom from Philadelphia has made quite a name for herself in the past couple of weeks. Within the last week, Davis has made the cover of Sports Illustrated, been the first girl to pitch a shutout during a Little

Ellie’s Fool-Proof Advice for Freshmen*

ELLIE MELICK, STYLE EDITOR Being a freshman can be hard. You’re in a new place, with new people, and everything is stressful and intimidating. You don’t know how you’re possibly going to survive. But to all you fretting freshmen out there, I am telling you with 100% certainty that you will make it through this

‘Palo Alto’ Paints a Dreamlike Portrait of Teenage Life

BY ELLA FELDMAN, CONTRIBUTOR James Franco and Gia Coppola, a young member of the famed Coppola family, have brought yet another film about teenagers in the American high school system to screens this summer. “Palo Alto” is like a darker “Dazed and Confused,” with the characters usually drunk or high and floating around in an aimless

New Editors Address the School

CLAIRE PARKER & ANNIE ROSENTHAL, CO-EDITORS-IN CHIEF The Beacon has served as the voice of the Wilson student body since 1936. Eighty-six years later, we’re thrilled to be leading the paper in carrying on that mission. We are committed to providing hard-hitting, relevant, and thought-provoking coverage of events and issues impacting our community. And we reaffirm

Back to School Playlist

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