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Wildfire smoke causes disruptions to Woodside Teachers and Students

An orange, hazy cover of smoke is seen above the Woodside traffic circle and PAC on September 9th, 2020. The large amounts of smoke from the fire have been causing a variety of inconveniences for Woodside students and teachers since the fires were started less than a month earlier

Cedrik von Briel, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

According to a paper on Wildfire smoke by various government agencies, wildfire smoke can have “thousands of individual compounds, including particulate matter, carbon dioxide, water vapor, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and other organic chemicals, nitrogen oxides, and trace minerals, ” making its dangers similar to smoke from a house or building fire, though with much larger quantities of those materials.

Notes on the Pandemic

The coronavirus situation has changed from what it once was, with masks being commonplace. But what else was risen out of the ashes of shelter-in-place?

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Lifestyle/Technology Editor

June 24, 2020

My first experience with the novel coronavirus was as a result of a coincidence. I was researching stories to talk about on air for Woodside TV Live when a story of a new virus across the ocean in China caught my eye. In a week that saw the death of Kobe Bryant, the rapid but relatively small spread of a virus seemed like a mere afterthought, just another news story.

No Eyes for the Current Darkness: Why a 40-Year-Old Book Has Become Relevant Today

The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz is said to contain a prediction to the current coronavirus, however this may just be a coincidence.

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Lifestyle/Technology Editor

April 15, 2020

“Chilling.” “Gripping.” “Kept me on the edge of my seat.” An “emotional wringer.” That’s how various papers, websites, and amateur book reviewers described Dean Koontz’s 1981 thriller, The Eyes of Darkness.

Everything you need to know about the California State Senate candidates

All Seven candidates will be up for election Tuesday to see which of the two will compete for the California District 13 State Senate seat during the the general election

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Tech/Lifestyle Editor

March 2, 2020

With the primaries coming up on Tuesday, many of Woodside's seniors will be voting in the primaries for the first time. While the presidential election is the one most will pay attention to, there are other high-profile races that affect people at the local level. One of these is the California District 13 State Senate race to replace Democrat Jerry Hill, who will be termed out next year.

California State Senate Candidates Discuss Education, School Safety During Redwood City Forum

Forum Moderator Mark Simon poses a question to the 5 candidates running for California State Senate at the recent education forum held in the Redwood City Public Library on Thursday, February 13, 2020.  The candidates that attended were, from left to right, Democrat Josh Becker, Democrat Michael Brownrigg, Republican Dr. Alex Glew,  Democrat Sally Lieber, and Democrat Shelly Masur.

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Tech/Lifestyle Editor

February 26, 2020

When five candidates for California State Senate, one columnist, and a fourth-grader walk into a library, what do they discuss? Education, it turns out!

Giants Name Former Philadelphia Phillies Boss Gabe Kapler as New Manager

Gabe Kapler will succeed Bruce Bochy as the SF Giants new manager

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Lifestyle/Technology Editor

November 13, 2019

The former Philadelphia Phillies boss has already signed a three-year contract, and will become 39th manager in franchise history, and the 17th since the Giant moved to San Francisco from New York

Eliud Kipchoge’s Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Inspires Woodside Runners, Teachers

A pair of running shoes rest on the finish line at the Woodside High School track.

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Lifestyle/Technology Editor

November 7, 2019

The Olympic gold medalist and 12-time marathon winner succeeded in breaking this long-standing barrier on Saturday, October 12 at the Ineos 1:59 Challenge event in Vienna, Austria. His time of one hour, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds (1:59:40) stands as the fastest marathon ever run. Already, people are weighing in. 

Photo essay: 13 birds for the 3 billion lost

A male Blue Grosbeak sings for his mate on a fencepost in Boulder County, Colorado. Over 25% of all migratory birds like this one were lost since 1970, according to a new study.

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Lifestyle/Technology Editor

October 18, 2019

A startling report recently published by the Cornell lab of Ornithology states that North America has lost about 2.9 individual birds of many different species since 1970; that’s just over one in four individual birds lost. Here is just a sample of some of the many bird families that were featured in the study:

Apple Releases iPhone 11 to Mixed Reviews

A man grabs an iPhone 11 on September 21st, 2019 at the Stanford Mall Apple Store in Palo Alto. The iPhone 11 has the most color choices out of any iPhone, now coming in new colors like purple, white, green, and yellow, and familiar colors like red and black.

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Lifestyle/Technology Editor

September 27, 2019

The Cupertino-based company first teased the updated smartphone at an event two weeks prior, where they also released new editions of the iPad and Apple watch. However, by far the most-talked-about unveiling was the highly-anticipated release of the 11th generation of Apple’s flagship smartphone. 

High Heat Start of School Leads to Student Discomfort

A KRON 4 news weather report on August 14th 2019 shows just how hot it was across the bay during the heat spell that rocked the first day of school

Cedrik von Briel, Health/Lifestyle/Technology Editor

September 17, 2019

This two-day spell of heat came after scientists announced in early August that July 2019 had been the hottest month ever recorded, knocking July 2016 off the top spot by about a fraction of a degree. Yet, The Redwood city-Woodside area didn’t suffer as much in July as it did in June, with highs reaching around 97 degrees during the first few days of summer break.

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