Melody Smith

Melody Smith

Bio: Melody Smith is a second year Media Studies major at Emerson College. She is from New Jersey where she spent a lot of time with her friends and family. She loves learning, and spends a lot of time analyzing film, television. She loves exploring the world of entertainment and how it connects to people. Aside from her schoolwork, she writes in her freetime-- mostly creatively. In the future, she would like to explore PR and Marketing. She is looking forward to learning even more, and growing as a writer.

Former NY State Senate Candidate Charged for Capitol Riot

On Wednesday, former candidate for NY State Senate, Daniel Christmann, was arrested for participating in the January 6th Capitol riot. Christmann, from Brooklyn, was a plumber. He got into politics to become an “activist taking on these full of crap politicians,” as he described on Facebook.

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Severe Florida Algal Bloom Destroys Wildlife

An algal bloom just off the coast of Florida is destroying massive amounts of wildlife. Across beaches in the Tampa area, dead sea creatures litter the sand. Residents have also noticed particularly thick and foggy waters by the beach.

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Naomi Osaka is Out of the Olympics

Tennis star Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics after losing a third-round match 6-1, 6-4, to the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova, who is ranked 42nd. Osaka is returning to the court after withdrawing from the French Open to focus on her mental health. She entered the Tokyo Olympics feeling “refreshed and happy.” Eventually, the stress caught up to her.

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President Biden Calls Reporter a “pain in the neck”

At a press conference on Monday, President Biden playfully shut down a veteran reporter for asking an irrelevant question, calling the reporter a “pain in the neck.” Biden called for questions surrounding the U.S. military in Iraq. Kelly O’Donnell, a reporter for NBC News instead took the opportunity to ask about the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) vaccine mandate, as the government begins mandating vaccines for certain groups.

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Mayor de Blasio Announces that NYC Workers Must Either Get vaccinated or Get COVID Tested Weekly

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that any New York City government workers would be required to get their COVID vaccines. If they do not comply, they face weekly COVID tests. Nearly 340,000 city workers would be impacted by this mandate. The Department of Education, FDNY, and NYPD will all be impacted.

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U.S. Men’s basketball team has its first Olympic loss since 2004

Yesterday in Tokyo, the U.S. had its first Olympic loss since 2004 in men’s basketball. The team lost to France in an 83-76 game, breaking a 25-Olympic-game winning streak.

During the game, Team USA lost their lead in a 16-2 stretch where Jrue Holiday, Kevin Durant, and Zach Lavine missed wide open three pointers. In total, the team missed five shots during that crucial stretch.

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Kanye’s newest project is in the works

Kanye West, expectedly, didn’t release his album on the day he announced that he would. His album, Donda, after his mother, Donda West, was set to release at 9 p.m. on Apple Music but was never actually released.

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Newly passed Texas bill cuts topics addressing inequality

Texas has recently passed a bill that would cut many U.S. history topics in school curriculums, targeting subjects that point to racial inequality within the nation.

Senate Bill 3, says that a “teacher may not be compelled to discuss a particular current event or widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.”

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The CDC revisits mask guidelines

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could be revising its mask guidelines soon because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Since May, guidelines said that people who are completely vaccinated against COVID no longer need to wear their masks in large or small gatherings, regardless of whether they’re indoor or outdoor.

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The 2021 Olympic opening ceremony kicks off the games

Hundreds of protestors marched outside, as Tokyo’s 2021 Olympic opening ceremony took place today. Demonstrators claimed that Tokyo should not have hosted the Olympics this year because of the pandemic. COVID cases are still at record highs in the area. Regardless, Tokyo kicked off the controversial 2021 Olympic games with a dazzling opening ceremony.

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New York State ends child marriage

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would prevent minors from getting married. The age of marital consent was raised from 17 to 18. Four years ago, children as young as 14 could legally get married. The new law permits 17-18 year olds to pursue marriage with permission from a parent or guardian.

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Mississippi directly asks the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

On Thursday, The State of Mississippi filed a brief, explicitly requesting that the The Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. The state is currently defending its 2018 abortion laws, which ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The state wants for the Supreme Court to uphold their restrictive abortion laws in an upcoming case. The laws are being challenged by the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only organization in the state that provides access to legal abortions.

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