Friday, 10 January 2020 10:51

WE THE PEOPLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

The Arizona We the People State Competition was held on Friday, January 10th at Mesa Community College. The We the People program simulates congressional hearings where students testify as constitutional experts in front of panels of esteemed judges; often legislatures, judges and lawyers. Ten high school teams competed in the competition from all across the state but ultimately, at the end of the day, Mountain View High School reclaimed their first place title. Mountain View will have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the We the People National finals. Our second place winners, Corona del Sol High School, will also have the ability to join them this year as Arizona has received a Wild Card allowing Arizona to bring two teams. Hamilton High School took third and Gilbert Classical Academy took fourth place. Congratulations to all who competed and Good Luck to those who get to compete in D.C.  If you would like to get involved with the We the People Program talk to your teachers to see if you have a program at your school. Need more information about how to get a team started? Click here and fill out the contact us form.
Monday, 23 December 2019 13:39

FIREWORK FUN

Starting December 24th many Arizonans will be able to start using consumer fireworks. Fireworks have been on sale since the 10th but aren't allowed to be used until the 24th without being fined. Remember only certain fireworks are legal to find out which ones go to our My Streets page. You can also see a picture of the different types of fireworks here. Have a safe and happy holiday!    
Monday, 25 November 2019 12:11

140 YEARS

The Arizona Court of Appeals sentenced a 17 year old to a 140 year prison term. Mark Kasic Jr. was “found guilty of 32 felonies arising from six arsons and one attempted arson” according to the Arizona Capital Times. However, what makes this case interesting isn’t the crime but the choice of sentence imposed by the court. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to impose a life sentence on juvenile offenders who do not commit homicide. While the Court of Appeals did not technically sentence Kasic to a life sentence some are wondering if a 140 year sentence is essentially the same thing and for that reason should not be allowed. What do you think? Do you agree with the judge who doesn't think the Supreme Court's rule applies to this case or do you side with the Supreme Court? Talk with your parents and let us know on our Facebook page.
Friday, 06 December 2019 12:03

FIREWORKS FOR SALE

Starting December 10th the winter fireworks season officially starts! Individuals 16 and over will be able to buy fireworks, but before you set off to find a stand you may want to view our My Streets map to see if fireworks are legal in your area. It should also be mentioned that while you may be able to purchase fireworks from December 10th through January 3rd you will only be allowed to set them off from December 24th through January 3rd.
Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:08

STREET MEDICINE

A couple of University of Arizona students are bringing Street Medicine to the homeless. "Justin Zeien, a third-year medical student at the College of Medicine – Phoenix, and Jeffery Hanna, a graduate student in the Clinical Translational Science program at the college, created Street Medicine Phoenix in May 2017 after learning about similar programs in other metro areas." Street Medicine is a program that provides free medical assessments, care and resources to the homeless around Phoenix. According to StreetMedicinePhoenix.org, "Student volunteers and faculty preceptors represent a variety of professions such as medicine, physician assistant, nursing, social work, nutrition, public health, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychiatry. These students come from schools all across Arizona to help assist this vulnerable population and make a difference to individuals who might otherwise would not be able to receive this care. Street Medicine Phoenix shows the difference students can make when they identify a problem and come up with a solution and that you don't have to wait until you are "older" to do it. In fact students just like you have been making a difference  in their communities, just like Street Medicine Phoenix, through a program called Project Citizen. Project Citizen is a portfolio-based civic education program for grades 5-12. It helps teachers and students understand public policy and use this information to create change in their community thereby empowering them and their teachers. Find out how you can bring Project Citizen to your school and start making a difference today.    
Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:44

BAD IMPERSONATIONS

Have you ever wanted to be a police officer? Would you like to serve` your community, keep people safe and carry a badge? Being part of the police force is a noble profession but impersonating an officer can get you into a lot of trouble. Now pretending to be a police officer doesn't mean that you can't dress up like one and pretend to catch bad guys with your friends. Impersonating an officer is when you use the power or authority that an officer has to make another person do something. For example, a man in Prescott Valley put lights on his car to look like a police vehicle and used them to pull people over. The lights made people think that this man had the authority to pull them over because they thought he was a police officer. He has been arrested by the real authorities and is being charged with a felony. Head to our laws section to learn more.
Friday, 08 November 2019 09:08

NONYA INSTA BUSINESS

If you are on social media then you know about Instagram, the app that "bring[s] you closer to the people and things you love." In fact, you are likely one of the 1 billion people to have an account. But if you're one of the many teenagers who have decided to get an Instagram business profile you may be giving the world more than you intended. The business profile gives account owners access to Instagram Analytics which shows detailed metrics about their posts; which can be fun, entertaining and insightful to young users. However, it also gives people direct access to your contact information like email address and phone number. If you are a real business, this is great information for your followers to have; but, if your just curious about your stats chances are you don't want to give this info out. I mean you wouldn't just give your number to just anyone, right? Luckily, in October Instagram made it possible for business users to hide their contact information, but you need to update your profile to do so. So, if you have a business profile, have fun; but, if you don't want some to contact you remember to hide your info.
Friday, 01 November 2019 19:18

LASER STRIKE

Lasers are used in a variety of ways today, most commonly for entertainment; they pump up a party and add energy to concerts. Even the little hand held laser pointers have an instant fun quality that just can't be explained. Maybe it is the way the light cuts through the darkness or the way it seems to go on forever. Maybe it's because that little light never seems to stop moving no matter how hard you try. Whatever the reason, it's just plain fun and unlike what has been said about them for years laser pointers are relatively harmless even if you do shine it in someones eyes. According to Scientific American, most laser pointers aren't strong enough to cause retinal damage. Now you still shouldn't do it and is still extremely obnoxious when it is done to you but it is not illegal and won't hurt you. However, not all the stories you heard about laser pointers were a lie. In fact, if you heard that you can't point a laser at at a plane that's true. Pointing a laser at a plane or helicopter is called a laser strike and can be very dangerous for pilots. Under A.R.S. 13-1213 it is illegal and can be a class one misdemeanor or an assault. So, have fun but be mindful next time you point your laser in the sky and keep it away from flying aircraft.      
Thursday, 24 October 2019 10:15

THE TRUTH HURTS, SOMETIMES

If you were lucky enough to see Lizzo last night at the Van Buren than you got to hear her Billboard chart topper "Truth Hurts". Lizzo's song has been number one on Billboard's Hot 100 meaning everyone has heard it; including three men who claim that they deserve some of the royalties for its signature line "I just took a DNA test...". Melissa Jefferson, better known as Lizzo, isn't standing for it and is asking the United States District Court in Los Angeles for a declaratory judgment. A declaratory judgment is a statement by the court defining the legal relationship of the parties, and is often the first step towards a lawsuit. In this case Lizzo is asking, "the Court to rule that they have no right to co-own the work or share in its profits." Now it is up to the Court to decide. Lizzo has stated that she was inspired by a meme that was rooted in a tweet from Mina Lioness, and has now agreed to give Lioness credit and a share of the songs royalties. Why would she do that? Find out by reading "Copyright".    
Friday, 18 October 2019 10:16

TIKTOK TROUBLE

TikTok, formerly Musical.ly, may be in trouble with the law again. TikTok is an app that allows users to create short videos with special effects, filters, music. etcetera and then upload them to their app for the public to view. Recently, TikTok settled a case for $5.7 million in response to allegations that they violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Now, they could be in trouble for copyright theft according to the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA). According to Music Business Worldwide, the NMPA president sent a letter to Sen. Marco Rubio; in it he stated,“We hope that if Congress looks further into matters relating to TikTok that copyright theft is included in the scope of its examination." TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, which is why the NMPA needs Congress to intervene in the situation.  A spokesperson from TikTok responded to the allegations stating, "TikTok has broad licensing coverage across the music publishing industry covering many thousands of publishers and songwriters and millions of copyrights, and has paid royalties since its inception." If you want to know more about copyright law, how it effects you and why its important read "Copyright" or you can read a real case in "Copyright Law and the Fair Use Doctrine" (Don't worry its not as dry as it sounds.)
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