Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00


Five 9th graders are getting international notoriety for their science experiment. What started as a school project rocketed them into the spotlight for what they discovered. The girls noticed that having their cell phones by their head as they slept caused them to have less concentration at school and difficulty sleeping so they decided to test the theory for their biology class. They took trays of cress seeds and placed them in a room both with and without Wi-Fi routers, routers use the same type of waves as cell phones, and gave them the same amount of water and sunlight; the results of what happened over the next 12 days are nothing but astounding. The seeds that had been placed with the router not only failed to grow but some were even mutated or dead. The seeds that were not subjected to the router grew strong and healthy. Scientist have been impressed with the girls precision in the experiment and are now setting up their own similar experiments to further test the results.
Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00


Social Media as we know it today, websites and applications that a person uses to communicate with other users, started twenty years ago in 1997 with a site called Six Degrees. Since then a lot has changed and social media has become a daily, hourly, activity for its many users. With such widespread use it was only a matter of time before the law would get involved with social media. Now major applications, like Facebook, are facing controversial choices about how their sites should be used and policed and not just by their local state or even their national governments but internationally as well. Many social media sites are being asked to crack down on fake profiles for a variety of reasons such as: the spreading of fake news and hoaxes up to more personal reason such as the use of fake profiles to harass a person or revenge porn. Some social media companies are willingly complying but others are worried about the cost both of implementing the software an their users privacy and 1st Amendment rights. While the law is trying to catch up to technology the question remains should social media companies be doing more to protect their users? Let us know your thoughts on What Do You Think?
Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00


The temperature is rising swiftly as we head towards the extreme heat of Arizona summer. Anyone who has lived here does not need to be told twice that the heat can be taxing and down right dangerous if your not careful. In fact, "even on a relatively cool day, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly spike to life-threatening levels if the sun is out," according to researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In light of this information and to stop heatstroke related death of children and pets in vehicles Arizona legislature has created Bill 2494 which prevents people from being arrested or sued if they use reasonable force to remove an animal or child left in a hot car. Do you think this bill should become law? Let us know in What Do You Think?
Friday, 07 April 2017 00:00


This week a woman who was trying to take a spectacular selfie made a misstep that ended up with her plummeting 60 feet from the girder of one of California's tallest bridges. "The bridge's off-limits underbelly seem to be a popular, but dangerous spot for social media posting;" according to CNN. This is one of many instances where a person has made a bad decision trying to get the perfect "pic" (see Mannequin Challenge Gone Wrong). Luckily, this selfie seeker did not pay the ultimate price but, her troubles may not be over. While selfies have become a way of life they are also photographic evidence of the activities you choose, legal or otherwise, and that includes trespassing. Trespassing can be a crime, to learn more visit the Laws section.
Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00


Hazing, a ritual that colleges have attempted to extinguish for years, has found its way into the high school system. This week Hamilton High School, a school located in Chandler, Arizona, is at the forefront of the conversation. Six football players were arrested, five of which are teenagers, for crimes that started with hazing but lead to charges that also include sexual assault and kidnapping. Hazing originated as a right of passage to "teach newcomers respect for [group] policies, rules and leaders" but has been known to turn from mildly degrading to dangerous and even deadly. The first recorded death from hazing happened at Cornell University in 1873 and by 1912 death by hazing had become a common headline in newspapers. Since that time school administrators and legislatures have attempted to end hazing through hazing prevention laws like A.R.S. § 15-2301. Learn more about hazing in the school offenses section of this site.
Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:07


Spring breaks is here, or is rapidly approaching depending on your school district, and the sun is out and shining bright. Spring breakers are off; headed outside to hang out in the sun and are staying out later as the daylight hours get longer. If you are under 18 you may want to remember to head back in doors when the night hours reach the double digits. Many of Arizona's cities and town have curfew laws, and while they are not always displayed teenagers who are caught after hours  may still face the dismal consequences of the law. Don't miss out on your spring fun; instead stay informed and check out our Curfew section and ensure a happy spring break.      
Thursday, 09 March 2017 00:00


Well, while driving that is. A new Arizona bill, SB 1080, that is currently making its way through the Legislature would ban teenagers from texting while driving for the first six months of their license. Arizona is currently one of four states that does not have a statewide law on texting while driving. Legislatures have been working on passing a bill for the state for the last ten years and many believe that this new ban will be the gateway for Arizona to have a stricter law for all drivers. Let us know how you feel about the new possible law in our What do you think? section.
Thursday, 02 March 2017 00:00


Today is Dr. Seuss' birthday! For us it is hard to imagine a time without the Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham but back in the 1950s children were taught to read using dull books called Dick and Jane. Thankfully, Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, changed all that when he was commissioned by a textbook publisher to write a children's book for the classroom that used 255 words a six year old could understand. Dr. Seuss took to the challenge and added his own whimsical flair to create the Cat in the Hat story we all know today. The whimsy of his work engaged readers, while the brilliance of his writing style taught them to read by rhyming familiar site words with unfamiliar phonetic ones. To date Dr. Seuss and his collection of works are still among the most celebrated and recognized in the world and are still teaching young readers. Thank you Dr. Seuss and happy birthday! The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss
Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:00


The term "Fake News" has gone rampant, from social media to television news casts; however, while the term has hit the spotlight, fake news is not a new concept. In fact fake news has been around for centuries, if not since we developed the written word. Over the years it may just have become harder to spot, especially on the internet. Today, there is so much information at the tips of our fingers, literally, that we easily trust what we see on the internet and the things our friends post, and that may be part of the problem. We take these posts and blogs at face value and often do not look any further than what is written. Luckily there is help! Learning How to Spot When News is Fake, is an article that gives you some easy tips to help you determine if you are reading "Fake News" or the real deal. Check it out!    
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:10


February 14th is commonly known for Valentine's Day, the celebration of love adorned with flowers, candy and hearts; however, it is also the day that Arizona became a state! On February 14, 1912 Arizona became the last of the continuous states to join the United States of America. In celebration of becoming a state The Arizona Republic has created a slideshow of 100 thing you might not know about Arizona. Check it out while eating those candy hearts!