Katie O'Donnell

Katie O'Donnell

Bio: Katie O’Donnell is originally from Northern California and is a 2020 Graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, where she studied political science and journalism. She hopes to use her majors to improve the world by telling people’s stories and sharing common experience. She is immensely passionate about representation, human rights and environmental protection. Katie spends most of her time writing, reading and helping out at her family’s restaurant alongside her parents and siblings.

Certified Lover Boy postponed a second time

Drake has pushed back the release of his much-anticipated sixth album, Certified Lover Boy. The rapper posted the news on his Instagram story Wednesday and told fans that he will not be dropping the album this month, as he is recovering from knee surgery.

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Grizzlies postpone three consecutive games

The Grizzlies postponed their next three games on Thursday after COVID-19 contract tracing led to their roster. The postponement is in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocol, which has recently become more stringent, taking entire teams out of circulation once anyone in their lineup has been exposed. Before, players who were exposed were singled out and benched.

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Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black pardoned

Kodak Black and Lil Wayne were among some of Trump’s last and most notable figures to be pardoned. Wednesday morning saw 143 pardons and commutations announced by former President Trump in his final hours occupying the office. Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were set up for meetings with former President Trump by lawyer Bradford Cohen.

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Biden signs stack of orders in first few hours

President Joe Biden went to work hours after being inaugurated, signing a flurry of executive orders to reverse some of Trump’s most controversial policies.

“I thought with the state of the nation today, there’s no time to waste.

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New coronavirus variant discovered in South African lab

News outlets are reporting on a variant of the coronavirus that has been discovered in a South African lab. The strain was discovered in October in South Africa but has since been found in more than ten countries around the globe.

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The theme of this inauguration: Unity

Today, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris was the first woman to be sworn in as vice president. The event itself was historic and barrier-breaking, but also was kept in line with as many traditions as possible in our “new normal” world in which we’re battling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as increasing threats of domestic terrorism.

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Willy Wonka Origin Story Coming in 2023

The long-awaited prequel to Roald Dahl’s classic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now has a release date. March 17, 2023 has been officially marked by Warner Brothers as the day the origin story will be shown in theatres.

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Heightened vetting for troops at inauguration

Multiple National Guard troops have been excluded from inauguration duty by a security vetting process meant to weed out anyone with ties to extremist groups.

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NFL’s concussion protocol being put to the test

Concussions have been a complicated issue in the NFL for years and have come to the forefront of sports news in the past week. After two star players, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, did not return to their games after taking hard hits this week, the NFL’s commitment to concussion protocol is being tested.

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Tracy Chapman wins in lawsuit against Nicki Minaj

Tracy Chapman was awarded $450,000 dollars in a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj. Chapman filed the suit after her song “Baby Can I Hold You” was sampled in Minaj’s song “Sorry” without permission. The Minaj team did ask for permission back in July of 2018, however Chapman declined within a matter of days.

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Why has Tik Tok become fascinated with Sea Shanties?

One of the latest and arguably one of the most unusual Tik Tok trends to surface features young adults listening to 19th century sea shanties.

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Harden to leave Houston

The Brooklyn Nets are embarking on a four-team trade that will significantly upgrade their current lineup.

The star of this deal is James Harden, the eight-time All-Star who has made it abundantly clear that he wants out of Houston, to the point of going on the record and saying that the Rockets are “not good enough.” Durant, who now plays for Brooklyn, has been outspoken about wanting to reunite on the court with Harden, who he played with in Oklahoma from 2009-2012.

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