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Offensive Speech Like That At Charlie Hebdo Needs Protection Most Of All

Offensive Speech Like That At Charlie Hebdo Needs Protection Most Of All

By Kyle Schaff Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – As the world reflects on the Charlie Hebdo massacre – now that three suspects are dead and another additional five innocents murdered – people will undoubtedly place part of the blame on the satirical newspaper for its provocative satire. They’ll point out that Charlie Hebdo has received death threats for years and had even been firebombed back in 2011. They’ll argue that if the French journalists … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, France, free speech, freedom, journalism, Kyle Schaff, opinion, U.S.A., West Hartford

Stay Out Of Ferguson Echo Chamber: Hearing Opposing Views Is Crucial

Stay Out Of Ferguson Echo Chamber: Hearing Opposing Views Is Crucial

By Kiernan Majerus-Collins Correspondent Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Minutes after the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal August shooting of teenager Michael Brown, my newsfeed exploded. This didn’t really come as a surprise. I’m friends with a lot of highly opinionated, politically engaged people, and many of them had interesting reactions to the news. From all sides of the political spectrum came thoughtful, insightful responses.I didn’t always agree with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, opinion, racism, U.S.A., West Hartford

Hanukkah Means Food, Family And Lights

Hanukkah Means Food, Family And Lights

Olivia Kalsner Kershen / youthjournalism.org One family’s collection of menorahs, lit for the fourth night of Hanukkah. By Olivia Kalsner Kershen Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – “Come on everyone! It’s time to light candles for Hanukkah!” my mother shouts to us from downstairs. My brothers and I pull away from our homework, cell phones or other distractions and trudge downstairs to celebrate the Festival of Lights. As I child, Hanukkah was always my favorite holiday. There was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, family tradition, Hanukkah, Holidays, Olivia Kalsner Kershen, U.S.A., West Hartford

Thumbs Up For Creepy Coliseum

Thumbs Up For Creepy Coliseum

Mary Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org A side view of the replica of the Roman Coliseum in a Halloween yard display on North Main Street in West Hartford, Connecticut. Mary Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org A replica of a Roman temple stands next to the creepy Coliseum. Yelena Samofalova / youthjournalism.org The front door of the house is flanked by bloody skeletal gladiators and a coffin rests in the middle of the walkway to the door. Mary Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org More figures on the side of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Halloween, Holidays, Mary Majerus-Collins, U.S.A., United States, West Hartford, Yelena Samofalova

What Do Women Owe ‘Nice’ Men? Nothing

What Do Women Owe ‘Nice’ Men? Nothing

By Mudgha Gurram Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – It’s happened again.  More young women have lost their lives because of male entitlement. This time, the shooting in Santa Barbara, Calif., has taken six people and injured 13 more. Just last month, a teenage girl at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn. was stabbed to death for rejecting a prom proposal. A trend is emerging. But how apparent is this trend? Not as apparent as it needs … Read entire article »

Filed under: California, Connecticut, Elliott Rodger, guns, Isla Vista, mental illness, Mugdha Gurran, murder, Santa Barbara, sexism, violence, West Hartford, women's rights

‘Endless Love’ Sends A Terrible Message

‘Endless Love’ Sends A Terrible Message

By Celeste Kurz Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – I’ll admit it. On Valentine’s Day, two friends and I went to see the newly released movie, Endless Love. We told ourselves that we wanted to go in order to laugh at the movie. But let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little romance? When it comes to romanticism, I am as hopeless as they come. A classic story of forbidden love? It’s enough to make a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celeste Kurz, Connecticut, movie review, movies, U.S.A., West Hartford

Snow Is Piling Up, But Where To Put It?

Snow Is Piling Up, But Where To Put It?

Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org A mountain of snow and some plows for moving it sit in the corner of the parking lot at Bishop’s Corner shopping plaza in West Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, before the latest round of storms. Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org Snow is pushed off the road in West Hartford, Connecticut, but is piled up under the trees. Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org A snow pile in the center of LaSalle Road in West Hartford, Connecticut. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Francis Byrne, snow, storms, U.S.A., weather, West Hartford

A Sweet Russian Orthodox Christmas

A Sweet Russian Orthodox Christmas

Yelena Samofalova / youthjournalism.org A box of special candies for Russian Orthodox Christmas. By Yelena Samofalova Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut – As a Ukrainian immigrant, I know that Eastern Europeans celebrate their winter holidays differently than Americans, as they do most things. Our holiday season starts off with Saint Nicholas’s Day on December 19th. I can see how it connects with the American Christmas, since Santa Claus is sometimes referred to as “Saint Nick.” On Saint Nicholas’ Day, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christmas, Connecticut, Holidays, Russia, U.S.A., Ukraine, West Hartford, Yelena Samofalova

Obama Praises Connecticut On Gun Control; Urges Congress To Follow With National Law

Obama Praises Connecticut On Gun Control; Urges Congress To Follow With National Law

Annie Coursey / youthjournalism.org U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a crowd Monday at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. By Kiernan Majerus-Collins Correspondent Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – President Barack Obama hasn’t had much success enacting legislation since the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 2011, but the frustrations of Washington wrangling have done little to weaken his strident calls for a more progressive and enlightened form of governance in America. Visiting the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Annie Coursey, Connecticut, gun control, guns, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, President Barack Obama, West Hartford

Blizzard Blankets New England Towns

Blizzard Blankets New England Towns

Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org A blizzard Friday and Saturday dumped several feet of snow — with drifts much higher — in the New England region of the United States. Above, a sidewalk turned into a tunnel of white in West Hartford, Connecticut. Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org  A neighborhood in West Hartford, Connecticut blanketed in snow. Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org Not much chance of a basketball game in West Hartford, Connecticut after the storm. … Read entire article »

Filed under: blizzard, Connecticut, Francis Byrne, West Hartford

Winter Sets In At The Reservoir

Winter Sets In At The Reservoir

Youth Journalism International photographer Francis Byrne went exploring with his camera in the West Hartford, Connecticut reservoir recently and came back with these images. Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org Francis Byrne / youthjournalism.org … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Francis Byrne, nature, photography, reservoir, U.S.A., West Hartford

Showing Traditional Halloween Spirit

Showing Traditional Halloween Spirit

Youth Journalism International Correspondent Kiernan Majerus-Collins took a walk in his West Hartford, Connecticut neighborhood today and snapped these photos of Halloween displays: A ghost floats in the breeze Skeletal bridal couple The skeletal bridal party A porch with seasonal mums, Halloween lights and spooky decorations An impressive pirate ship sails in front of this home   This yard is full of dragons! The large dragon head The baby dragon tries to keep up This tombstone was part of a homemade front yard burial ground. Maybe … Read entire article »

Filed under: Connecticut, Halloween, Holidays, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, West Hartford

Who Is Bane? Why Does He Hate Batman?

Who Is Bane? Why Does He Hate Batman?

Bane battles Batman in The Dark Knight Rises By Mary Majerus-Collins Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Many viewers of the upcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises will find themselves mystified by the central villain, Bane. Bane is a criminal mastermind who grew up in jail and bargained for his release by volunteering for an experimental steroid. He gets superhuman strength by taking that steroid, called Venom. The steroid had killed all the other test subjects, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bane, Batman, Connecticut, Mary Majerus-Collins, superhero, The Dark Knight Rises, U.S.A., villain, West Hartford

New Citizen Likes The Memorial Day Parade

New Citizen Likes The Memorial Day Parade

YJI photo YJI reporters and Hall High School marching band members Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Mary Majerus-Collins and Yelena Samofalova with YJI reporter Ameni Mathlouthi after the Memorial  Day parade in West Hartford, Conn., on Monday morning. By Yelena Samofalova Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Every year, I look forward to a scorching hot day at the end of May when I get to take part in the Memorial Day parade along with all the band kids from West Hartford middle schools and high schools. I’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ameni Mathlouthi, Connecticut, Holidays, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Mary Majerus-Collins, Memorial Day, U.S.A., West Hartford, Yelena Samofalova

"The Phantom Menace" Doesn’t Need 3D

"The Phantom Menace" Doesn’t Need 3D

By Francis Byrne Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – Many generations have come to love the Star Wars series of movies. The films have been called the pioneer of science fiction movies as we know them today, with loads of special effects action. Movies had special effects before, but the Star Wars films were the first with really well done computer generated effects, opening many doors in the frontier of special effects. I grew up … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3D, Connecticut, Francis Byrne, movie review, movies, Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, West Hartford