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Out of Left Field: Dear Tabloids, YOU DON’T KNOW ME. Sincerely, Katie Holmes

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I blame the radiator, really. After all, if the device in my car that controls the temperature gage had not threatened to erupt at speeds over 30 miles an hour, I wouldn’t have ended up on the Metro that day. And I wouldn’t ha...

The Killers Recover from the Bombastic Sam’s Town

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Killers are back. Their new album Day & Age is everything that the last album, Sam’s Town, was not. The Las Vegas band took a gamble with their previous collection but in simple words, it was a bust. It lacked true rock n...

Calling All 30 Rock Viewers… All Three of You

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Thursday night. To the bulk of WJ students that means one thing: The Office. But while The Office is undeniably awesome, at 30 minutes an episode it always seems to be painfully short. To fill the void left after a half hour of...

Heartbreak Never Sounded So Good

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Kanye West climbed to the top of the hip-hop universe by beating rappers at their own game, using catchy beats and intelligent lyrics in his first three studio albums to establish himself as the best artist in the rap game. In...

Great Films are Made of Milk

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

No other word can accurately describe Milk, other than sensational. At a time when homosexuals had to fight tooth and nail to make themselves heard, to have the rights that they deserved, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) was the one ma...

When I Was Your Age, Toys Were Life-Threatening

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Feature

This holiday season, many lucky teens can expect to unwrap the hottest new gadget, whether it be a top-of-the-line iPod or a new touch-screen cell phone.  Yet there was a time not long ago when toy makers gave “hottest new gadge...

From South Africa to South Korea: It’s Not Just About Santa

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Feature

Adorned with ornaments, tinsel and lights flickering a rainbow-like array of colors is the Christmas tree. Then there is  Old Saint Nick with his full white beard, gleaming blue eyes and red hat with a puffy white ball resting pr...

The Insider’s Guide to the Holidays: Feeling Poor? DIY Gifts!

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Feature

With the economy declining, we could all use a few extra dollars in our pockets.  These four gift ideas from the heart will keep your pockets heavy and your friends and family filled with holiday cheer. For Mom and Dad:Peppermin...

A Day in the Life Of: The Mall Santa

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Feature

Forget college apps, transcript requests and the SAT. Ever since I walked into the plastic log cabin pitched in the middle of Montgomery Mall I’ve been counting down the days until I could be the one sporting a velvet hat, bl...

Curveball: Ironed Private Pants vs. Public No-Pants

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Opinion

As many of you already know, outside of WJ there is a whole other world of education, a whole new brand of the purgatory that is high school, a world of collared, button down shirts, pre-frayed hats cocked to one side and most im...

Point-Counterpoint: MCPS Pays the Price for New Holiday

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Opinion

If January 20, 2005 had not fallen on a Saturday, would MCPS have considered shutting down all facilities so that students could witness President Elect George Bush’s inauguration into office?  The 1997 inauguration of President Bi...

Point-Counterpoint: Board of Ed. Makes Right Call in Cancelling School

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

Filed under Opinion

The Board of Education made the right decision in closing schools on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. The significance of this moment in American history coupled with the logistical nightmare it would be to open schools warrants th...

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