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16-year-old Sacramento native makes it on “The Voice”

Larriah Jackson has performed in over 300 shows to date and has opened for well known gospel artist Yolanda Adams and singer-songwriter Lyfe Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brother Studios)
ARC Theatre performer snags a spot on Team Gwen
November 16, 2020

As soon as 16-year-old Larriah Jackson opened her mouth to sing during her blind audition for NBC’s “The Voice,” which aired on Oct. 27, she captured the attention of the four superstar judges. Kelly...

10 spine-tingling thrillers that are sure to haunt you

If you like being creeped out, this spoiler-free list is for you
October 21, 2020

The spooky season is among us, and while everyone else is getting excited about pumpkin spice, horror genre fans are on the hunt for new and intriguing films to enjoy. While this isn’t a traditional...

ARC student dead after suffering gunshot wounds from shooter

On Oct. 5, a shooter entered the halal market pictured above on El Camino Avenue and struck three victims. The first victim, identified by the college as Shujauddin Omar Kheil, was an American River College student, and died in a hospital shortly after he was transported there. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)
Shooter pronounced dead at the scene
October 20, 2020

An American River College student, identified as Shujauddin Omar Kheil, died by fatal gunshot wounds on Oct. 3 after a 33-year-old gunman entered a halal market in Arden Arcade and opened fire, striking...

Facebook drops the ball on livestreamed suicide

Ronnie McNutt, screenshotted here, took his own life with a shotgun in a Facebook livestream he filmed in front of a desk in his home on Aug. 31. Since the livestream, the video has gone viral and social platforms have scrambled to have it removed. (Best Gore screenshot)
Real-life media violence is desensitizing to internet users
October 7, 2020

Imagine you are on TikTok casually scrolling through and viewing videos on the “For You” page, not expecting anything out of the ordinary, just the daily dose of laughs, courtesy of TikTok’s millions...

Social justice courses use history lessons to empower change

Asha Wilkerson, department chair of Legal Studies, and Sociology professor for the fall 2020 semester is co-teaching Introduction to Social Justice Studies (SJS 300) in a synchronous online course at American River College. The SJS 300 course is a required course for students majoring in social justice. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)
SJS 300 dives into the importance of social consciousness
September 30, 2020

Over the last couple of years, the Los Rios Community College District has gone through an institutional redesign, with a commitment to the social justice and equity of all students who have experienced...

Los Rios and Sierra College break the news that fall semester will be fully online

Due to the recent news from the California Governor's Office that the same social distancing guidelines will most likely be in place this fall, the Los Rios Community College District and other college districts in California have announced their fall semesters will be entirely online. (Photo by Emily Mello)
Decision being made due to uncertainty over virus trends
May 14, 2020

In wake of the coronavirus-induced campus shutdown in March, the Los Rios Community College District has asked students to prepare to go online for the fall semester. On May 12, Los Rios Community College...

With churches becoming the center of coronavirus cases, church communities must move online

New Life Community Church, a church in the Sacramento region, pictured here, is one of the many churches in Sacramento that has chosen to follow stay-at-home orders and has transitioned all of their services and sermons online. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)
Churches ignoring stay at home order put everyone at risk
May 5, 2020

The California shelter-in-place order has made our lives drastically different. Non-essential businesses and facilities have been ordered to shut down in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus...

As coronavirus continues to spread, conspiracy theorists have a field day

Conspiracy theories spread and become popular topics of discussion because of the spread of misinformation online. It's important to remember conspiracies are theories and are not fact until proven otherwise. (Photo courtesy of 123RF.com)
Has the coronavirus awakened a conspiracy theory giant?
April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most unexpected things to come out of 2020. Months ago, we heard about a new virus that was breaking out in a small Chinese village, but we never thought it would affect...

Quaran-reads: 10 book suggestions for the readers out there

Reading can benefit you in many ways. It helps with thought development, increases your knowledge and understanding, keeps your mind active and further broadens your vocabulary. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)
A diverse list of reading material to try from picture books to short stories
April 15, 2020

We are only a couple weeks into shelter-in-place, and I’m sure at this point many of you are over self-quarantining. With all the time off, it can be hard to find things to keep you busy and pass the...

Los Rios scrambles to catch up in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of campus closures that went into effect on March 13, students and employees voice concerns about the sudden changes instructed by the LRCCD. (Photo by Emily Mello)
March 17, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 18 all Los Rios Community College District schools will close indefinitely in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus. While there have been no confirmed cases of infection throughout...

As coronavirus spreads in Sac, LRCCD closes campuses

Starting Wednesday, March 18, all campus facilities will be closed to all students, faculty, staff and community members, and classes will move to online or remote operations. (Photo illustration by Jennah Booth)
March 13, 2020

As concerns about the coronavirus continue to grow throughout the college communities, the Los Rios Community College District announced March 12 that, effective Friday, March 13, the Los Rios district...

Los Rios district confirms first exposures to the COVID-19 virus

 Four LRCCD students were instructed to go on 14-day self quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. (Photo illustration by Emily Mello)
March 2, 2020

On Thursday, American River College’s communications office reported to all Los Rios Community College District staff, faculty and student population through Rave Alerts sent via text and email, that...

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