The Beachcomber

Cleveland Protests the Floyd Killing

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Brooklyn Hollimon, News Editor

June 5, 2020

Protests have broken out in cities across the country since May 25, when George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer.  Floyd was accused by a convenience store cashier of paying with a counterfeit $20. Chauvin, along with officers Tou Thao, ...

Lunch Service Continued Through School Shutdown

“[T]he program that we're running is actually a version of the national school lunch program summer program that’s already in place,” Beachwood’s Resident Director of AVI Foodsystems Lucy DuHaime said.

Prerna Mukherjee, Managing Editor

June 4, 2020

The Ohio Dept. of Education encouraged school districts to continue feeding students during the COVID-19 lockdown this spring.  Beachwood City Schools offered an expanded free and reduced lunch program during the school closure. Beachwood’s program began on Wednesday, March 18 and provided stud...

What Happened Was Wrong. Why Can’t People Accept That?

America has been built on protests, and these confrontations have given Americans eight hour work days, freedom from slavery, women’s rights and many other things that we wouldn’t have if the generations before us were just complicit.

Carrington Peavy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2020

Nine minutes. 540 seconds. 540,000 milliseconds. Since May 25, the whole world has watched Derek Chauvin holding his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes. For three of those minutes, Floyd was unresponsive and no longer the “threat” that police perceived him to be.  We watched...

Why #BlackLivesMatter Matters

In many cities, police and the National Guard, as well as local governments, have been fiercely pushing back nonviolent protests.

Amy Chen, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2020

Footage of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin holding down George Floyd went viral on May 25 and reignited conversation about police brutality towards African-Americans. In the video, Chauvin pressed into Floyd’s neck with a knee for a devastating eight minutes as the victim pleaded for his l...

COVID-19: The Perfect Disguise for Power Politics

Image by the author, created using public domain images from thenounproject: 'democracy' by 'Wichai Wi,' 'Mask' by farra nugraha and 'Virus' by Nawicon.

Yoav Pinhasi, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2020

These past few months have been an emotional time for just about everyone. Families are grieving loved ones lost to the pandemic, health care workers are putting their lives on the line treating the sick and people all over the world are persevering, six feet apart, in ways we never thought possible....

Hamilton and the Dangers of Historical Revisionism

President Obama meeting the cast of Hamilton in 2015.

Peter Soprunov, Editor-at-Large

May 27, 2020

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.”                                                               -Alexis de Tocqueville   Hamilton is a hip-hop musical about the career of the titular American founding father...

How to Fight the Virus

How to Fight the Virus

Ian Stender and Hiba Ali

May 26, 2020

At publication, the United States approaches the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, with over 1.6 million confirmed cases.  Ohio has over 30,000 confirmed cases and almost 1,800 deaths. Studies have shown that as many as 50% of people testing positive for COVID-19 do not exhibit sym...

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations, Graduates!

May 21, 2020

The last few months have not gone as expected, but these amazing graduates have crossed the finish line. Below we have listed their plans for next year, as reported to the guidance office as of May 20. Abigail Lee Adams Case Western Reserve University Alhameedi Abdulaitf Alqah...

The Stolen Season

Maddie Alexander won first place in high jump at the 2019 regional tournament.

Kacey Hoffman and Noah Weiskopf

May 11, 2020

High school athletes look forward to their senior season, when they will have the opportunity to lead their teams, participate in milestones and achieve goals they have worked hard for throughout high school.  Unfortunately, athletes from the class of 2020 lost all hope of a senior season on April 20 wh...

This Virus is Strong, But Hope is Stronger

We must find balance by accepting the pain we all feel but also by inspiring hope and bringing out the good in each other.

Hiba Ali, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

With all the chaos the COVID-19 virus has caused, it’s hard to notice the good flourishing in the world.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn't exist. Many have risen to the challenge of helping those who are sick or affected by the economic impacts of the coronavirus. The Red Cross is encour...

The Reason for Our Sacrifice

Kacey Hoffman, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Spring of senior year is a time that every kid looks forward to. Underclassmen watch seniors enjoying senior night for sports, senior skip day, the senior prank, senior search, prom, senior awards and graduation.  Not only is it a fun few months, but it is a memorable and meaningful time to comm...

Students to Take AP Exams at Home This Year

With school buildings empty, the College Board has adapted exams for an at-home format.

Brooklyn Hollimon, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

The College Board announced adjustments to this year’s AP exams on Friday, April 3 in response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement stated that exams will be shortened to 45 minutes, and that students can take exams at home on any device they have access to such as a...