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Review: ‘Freakonomics’

George Yu May 4, 2010

Buy stock in Monsanto. Invest in solid gold. Sell Microsoft shares. This sounds like advice from a typical economist, but economist and author Steven Levitt is far from orthodox. In each chapter of "Freakonomics,"...

Earthquakes could hit home

George Yu April 9, 2010

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile killed more than 300 people. A few hours later, a 7.0 earthquake hit Japan. Another 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti; 230,000 have been confirmed dead, as reported by...

Color guard and drumline place in state competition

George Yu April 1, 2010

This past weekend, both the winter color guard and drumline scored high at a competition in Springfield, Missouri. Guard took first in the state while, drumline placed fifth. There were 13 other schools...

Vocalist qualifies for MOFAA

George Yu February 25, 2010

Sophomore Margaret Borgmeyer will attend the Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MOFAA) as a vocalist this summer. "There are 150 students going, probably 30 or so for vocals," said Borgmeyer. "To apply, I had...

Blue and silver day completes lethargic week

George Yu February 16, 2010

Participation was sparse. Blue and silver day was the final day of the winter spirit week; students are supposed to wear clothes promoting the school and its various clubs, organizations and sports. There...

2010 sparks new debates

George Yu January 29, 2010

In less than a year's time, elections and their campaigns will surface across the nation. Familiar again will be the debates, excitement, and tension leading up to the 2010 midterm elections. The candidates...

Harvester Road closes

George Yu October 23, 2009

Harvester Road will be closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) this weekend, Oct. 23-26. The MoDOT website announced that construction is contracted to Fred Weber Inc. From 8:00 p.m....

Unscheduled fire drill disrupts day

George Yu October 16, 2009

The end of 4th hour this past Wednesday (Oct. 14) was not accompanied by the normal school bell, but by the fire alarm. This fire drill was not scheduled. "The alarm company was in our building today...

Proposition B updates school district

George Yu October 4, 2009

Last November, voters decided to give $78.5 million to Howell, Howell North and Daniel Boone Elementary. This proposition was approved by 65% of voters. This large sum of money will be supported by general...

Blue and silver end spirit week

September 26, 2009

The best display of school spirit is on the last day of homecoming spirit week, Blue and Silver Day. Students and teachers celebrate their school by wearing the school colors. Participants wore Areté,...

Missouri law bans texting while driving

George Yu September 1, 2009

As of August 28, a Missouri law banning texting while driving is effective. Specifically, drivers under the age of 21 cannot text unless they are reporting illegal activities or emergencies. Those caught...

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