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Emboldened by the presidential election, white supremacists are recruiting youth under the guise of the “alt-right.” Here’s what you need to know

For anyone who hasn’t seen Pepe, the cartoon is a green blob that vaguely resembles a frog, a bizarre figure that I’ve encountered from time to time passively browsing the internet. The character has been placed into a wide variety of seemingly random situations through a series of memes known …

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Local teenage moms and moms-to-be find refuge in the Louisville Teenage Parent Program schools

Renée Sturgeon, a soon-to-be mother in the Louisville Teenage Parent Program (TAPP), was not surprised when her sleep was again interrupted by the pressure on her bladder. Midnight bathroom runs had been a common occurrence throughout Renée’s pregnancy, even more so as her due date approached. But, as she rolled …

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Why do some leaders want our schools to change, and do they have a better plan for JCPS? We break down what you need to know about neighborhood schools, charters, and new leadership

As we woke up for school on the morning of April 14, most of us were unaware of the looming changes happening within our school system. As we brushed our teeth, combed our hair, and laced our shoes, questions about the day ahead raced through our minds. Will the biology …

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Black Student Union chapters unite schools and communities

Up until that point, Isaiah Woodson had been sitting with his eyes closed while discussion continued around him. His fingers tapped lightly on a bongo resting in his lap. He sat passively as Jalen Posey (16), the president of Central Magnet Career Academy’s Black Student Union (BSU), launched into another …

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Louisville teens speak out against injustice in the radical sixties

→Westport high schoolers Eric Hansen and Tom Conley sat on Conley’s porch on a fall day in Louisville, tired of endless school rules. Tired of being told to cut their hair to “traditional” lengths. Tired of the draft looming over their heads. Tired of not being able to do anything …

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Bellarmine students fight local food insecurity, donating uneaten cafeteria food to people in need.

Tonya Summerlin and her crew strode briskly through the University Dining Hall’s double doors and out into the fading daylight, a tray of red potatoes in hand. After carefully packing the goods in her car, they were off to the next location. Pairing the potatoes with a main course could …

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Louisville youth are utilizing social media to develop and promote positive self image.

  Belle Phothirath clutched her stomach as she walked steadily towards Carroll High School. The scene was innocent at first glance, giddy students buzzing with ‘first-day-of-school’ excitement, but a nightmare to 14-year-old Phothirath. Phothirath’s high school consisted of teens sporting all different looks, from spiffy, to sparkly, to spunky or …

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Body image insecurities are all too common among teens, regardless of gender

One wall of the cozy yearbook staff room was covered by a line of computers; old spreads were strewn around the room – on chairs, on overstuffed couches, and plastered to the walls. A yearbook meeting for critiques of staff members’ spreads was taking place, and duPont Manual High School …

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Louisville youth are speaking out for what they believe in, tackling everything from political candidates to police brutality.

March 1, 2016. 5:00 p.m. The police stood at attention, their hands clasped tightly behind their backs, their feet planted firmly on the concrete. They stood silently, watching. Behind them, Trump supporters yelled without restraint and hoisted signs in the air. “Build that wall! Build that wall!”

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