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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

By Christian Aguilar
Courier Staff Writer
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Buffalo Wild Wings is a new restaurant that just opened on September 8th, in the Union Landing marketplace of Union City. The restaurant is known for their multiple flavors of their wings. Once the word spread about the opening, high schoolers rushed as fast as they could to Union Landing to avoid the 5-15 minute wait due to the restaurant already being packed.

“The fast food restaurant doesn’t live up to the word fast”, Anne Marie Bonifacio, a student here at James Logan High School stated, “the service was more than slow on their grand opening. It took them 30 minutes just to ask what I wanted to drink. It took another 15 minutes to take my food order.” That’s 45 minutes of waiting and she hasn’t even received her food yet.
By Abdullah Ayyaz
Courier Staff Writer
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Mobile apps are a privacy nightmare. Some apps are constantly connected to the internet and can upload your personal data such as your private photos, or documents to a random remote server without your knowledge. Does any of this concern us?

Every time you install an Android app, you’re asked to accept the app’s access to certain parts of your phone. You might see this, for example: (Image 1)

These apps seem to be getting greedy day by day. For example, why would the weather Channel app need access to your device and call information? Why would it need to know if WiFi is enabled and the names of all nearby WiFi devices?
Logan High School freshman Irfaan Ali was questioned about having concern on these specific problems, he commented “No not all, we don’t care about these issues. None of us ever realize it, and I would totally ignore.”

Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Amber McGee
Courier Staff Writer

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When I picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book of the Chaos Walking trilogy, I was wary. After the success of series’ like The Hunger Games and Divergent many young adult authors have been following in their footsteps, and now it seems as if every YA novel you find is a fantasy romance or a dark dystopian novel about teenagers rebelling against their state. Did I really want to read another one of those books? Where the same ideas were rehashed--usually mediocrely--over and over?

The summary on the inside gave me mixed feelings. On one hand the promise of a “white knuckle journey” made me roll my eyes, but other aspects of the book caught my interest. The setting, the plot, and the questions it asked were different enough to help me make up my mind. So I checked it out and read it, then a month later I was reading the sequel, and two months later I finished the final book.

Unfortunately the series didn’t give me white knuckles, but it did cause a few choice expletives to leave my mouth.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

By Jessica Esquibel
Courier Staff Writer

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Deadmau5 and Mickey Mouse. EDM and Disney Channel. They definitely have their differences. Let’s say it’s your first time seeing Deadmau5 and you might think, ‘It sorta looks like Mickey except way more creepier.’ You would leave it at that and not ponder on it any longer, but that’s not what the Walt Disney Company think. Apparently, they think you can’t set those two apart and it’s “stealing.” It’s like saying anyone who uses any kind of “M” in their logo is copying McDonald’s.

Sure, Deadmau5 has not been around as long as Mickey Mouse has, but why didn’t Walt Disney Company handle the issue earlier in his career in 2005 when he debuted his first album, “Get Scraped.” The artwork clearly showed the two massive ears that look “highly similar” to Mickey Mouse’s. Was the company waiting for him to gain millions of fans to say that he couldn’t do this anymore? It’s not like Zimmerman (Deadmau5) intended to ‘confuse’ people into thinking his trademark looks like Mickey Mouse, (it really doesn’t).

Friday, June 06, 2014


Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250012570

By Megan Liebig, Book Editor

Normally, when approaching teen romance novels, I am very critical and skeptical of them, and am often disappointed by the unrealistic and cliche nature. However, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell was a novel that exceeded every expectation I hold over novels in this genre, and stole my heart from the first chapter.

The novel focuses on two misfit teenagers growing up in the mid-eighties. Eleanor comes from a difficult living situation with a controlling and abusive stepfather who wants her out of the house at will stop at no cost to harass her. She struggles with body image issues, and acceptance of her weight. Many classmates find her oversized goodwill wardrobe and weight weird, and causes much teasing and cruel treatment from her classmates. Park is a biracial teen living in the primarily white occupied south. He does his best to stay out of everyone’s way, as long as they leave him alone.

Though they conform to the trend of “misfit youth” like many other young adult novels, Eleanor and Park are exceptionally well formed characters with real and serious conflicts.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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Big Deal members Kacey Underwood, left, and Alice Costelloe


By Megan Duenas, Courier Entertainment Editor
So maybe you watched Divergent this weekend, and heard the most beautiful sound and your uncertain on whether the music is angels singing or merely just a upcoming and coming band debuting there alluring songs that not only draws in ears wanting to engulf in the beautiful melodies and harmonies but more so to the extent of knowing who is the culprit to this new stir in music, so if your uncertain on what this unblemished, vibrant tune is, I must say it’s the rising band, Big Deal, who consist of no more thanLondoner Alice Costelloe and California-native Kacey Underwood, who I am inclined to say, are a very big deal.The charming Alice Costelloe was able to chat with me, and use that divine charm of hers, to make me even me even more certain that this band is more than just a big deal.

The Courier: What’s one thing – apart from music – that you can’t live without?

Alice: Ice cream... Coffee... Museums..my sisters . There's a lot of things!

The Courier: What has been the highlight of your career?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie
Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the
Age of Speed

by John F. Ross;

St. Martin's Press, NY;
400 pages, $26.9
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By Tish Wells

McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT)

WASHINGTON — In "Enduring Courage" John F. Ross aims to revive the memory of World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, who was also an early racecar driver of renown, and the creator of now-defunct Eastern Air Lines.

"I spent a lot of time reading about Eddie Rickenbacker, his buddies, the kids, the flyboys," said Ross at a book gathering, "and the early American air service over northern France flying against the real pros, the Germans, the Flying Circus. You read their journals and their letters home, they're talking these life-and-death things."

Rickenbacker was born in 1890 in Columbus, Ohio, the oldest son of two poor Swiss immigrants. His mother was the strongest influence on Rickenbacker.

"Eddie grew up watching his fiercely self-reliant mother doing whatever it was to survive," says Ross in the book. Rickenbacker was no slouch on his own, selling newspapers as a 5-year-old and keeping goats to sell their milk. After his abusive father died in 1904, he lied about his age and got a job at a glass factory.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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"Russian Roulette: How British
Spies Thwarted Lenin's Plot for
Global Revolution"

by Giles Milton;

Bloomsbury Press, NY (400 pages, $28)


By Tish Wells
McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT)



If you want some wonderful spy stories, and a lesson in 20th century revolution, try "Russian Roulette" by Giles Milton.

Just under a century ago, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov — better known today as Lenin — returned to Russia and swept away the old Czarist regime. His first speech to his followers was at a train station on April 16, 1917, and was monitored by three British spies.

Only one of the latter took him seriously.

The British government soon would take Lenin, Leon Trotsky and the other revolutionaries very seriously when they overthrew the regime, instituted communism and attempted to spread it worldwide.