Sitting in my living room watching the news, I was in extreme fear. I felt impotent and prayed that everything would work out best for the sake of our great city, Boston.
The Boston Marathon has been one of the most celebrated annual events, happening on the third Monday of April on Patriots’ Day for the past 117 years. This was supposed to bring endless happiness and remembrances from previous years, but instead it resulted in two bomb explosions that authorities at press time said had killed three people and injured 264 near the finish line on Boylston Street.
Days after the unexpected crime, police released pictures from the scene of two suspects they identified as the Tsarnaev brothers from Russia who had lived in Cambridge: Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26. Some may state: that’s not enough evidence; others believe it is enough to know the truth.
The oldest brother was killed after a shootout with police in Watertown but his younger sibling escaped, leading to what seemed like the biggest manhunt in the history of criminals. He was captured and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.
The most expedient way to help society with this crime is for more people to participate in the Marathon next year. This will bring more awareness and reveal more of Bostonians’ endless support and love for the city. Boston is strong, it has been through many countless conflicts, and those resolutions are what shape the city greatly. We will overcome this tragedy and we will stand strong against hate and destruction to our city.
Although the suspected bombers have done harm to Boston and its people, I cannot help but have some sympathy for the situation the younger brother found himself in after he was allegedly dragged into the plot by his older sibling.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Therefore, pointing fingers at certain stereotypes isn’t going to resolve the issue; working together and collaborating as proud Bostonians will.
Rest in peace to the three civilian bombing victims and the police officer shot and killed -- allegedly by the suspect brothers.
Hurricane Sandy hit hard in October, destroying homes and leaving people without power for weeks.
New York’s Staten Island drew a very bad hand during sandy. The storm led to massive flooding and extensive damage there. Sandy didn’t just wipe out homes – it took lives, as well. Days after Sandy struck, for example, police found the bodies of two Staten Island boys, ages 2 and 4, who were snatched from their mother when waves of water crashed into them, according to news reports.
But amid all the destruction, Islanders assisted their fellow New Yorkers. Those not affected as much rushed to help others evacuate their homes. Some took in victims. Endless food supplies were donated to shelters.
Although Sandy claimed the lives of more than 20 Islanders, what the storm didn’t take was the survivors’ warm hearts. They stood strong while catering to those in need. That shows whom we are as a nation – loving and caring even in our darkest days.
Levi’s has a huge selection of jeans. They have jeans that are skinny and jeans that are wider and jeans that can show off a woman’s curves. The stitching is strong -- so you can wash them multiple times without worry. Prices can run as high as the $100 range, but they last long and will fit you perfectly.
With Delia’s jeans, you can go from boot cut to low rise, from coral colored to orange blossom. For a $39.50 pair of Union Jack skinny jeans online, they offer an option to buy one and get another half off.
American Eagle jeans have multiple styles, from studded to skinny and a wild pair of paisleys that can be had online for $49.99.
Out of all three jeans, I would recommend the Delia’s. Multiple styles, nice fit, good price. Delia's jeans are the ones you'll fall in love with.
Teenage girls love to get their nails done. Not all of them wear fake nails, but recently there has been a re-occurrence of long acrylics. There are so many choices.
Do you wear your nails round? Cut them square? Go exotic and get them clawed?
“I prefer rounded tips because they are easier to use and they feel like natural nails,” says Erica Imoisi, 16, from the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science.
Rounded tips are the more tame look. They give off the illusion of being softer and less noticeable. They’re well kempt and make your hands look thinner.
Erika Holloway, 17, from the O’Bryant, says she tried squared tips but switched back to round ones.
These girls like to look conservative and urban at the same time.
Summer Arnold-Scott, 16, from the O’Bryant, prefers to have her tips squared with a little rounding at the corners.
She has tried claw-tip nails in the past, she says.
“But they were ugly and they weren’t for me,” she says.
Not everyone is comfortable with claws. While squared tips are classic and traditional, claws are more extreme.
I’m a believer. I practice Islam every day. I pray. I speak of Allah. I read the Quran. However, I don’t wear the Hijab, which symbolizes modesty.
As a believer, it is inadmissible to do something that has to do with God just because people are forcing you. Wearing the hijab is a request from God himself -- not from your parents or anyone else. I believe that it is much more important to do it for you and for your God because, at the end of the day, when we die, everyone is going to lie alone in different tombs.
I never grew up wearing the hijab. Up until I turned 12, my parents never said anything about it. Why should I suddenly start wearing it? It’s almost like going outside without clothing -- you are not comfortable doing it.
Several years from now, when I’m married let’s say, I’ll probably change my mind because I will feel mentally ready to choose to wear it. I won’t have my mom and dad wanting me to put it on – only myself and my God.