10 Must-See Landmarks in Nova Scotia

The East coast is filled with wonders. There are a number of breath taking views to see and historic landmarks to visit. In my experience of visiting Nova Scotia for the past three years, here is a map of places that are worth your time.

Photo by: JML

Kayne West vs. Global Warming


By Jessica Larocque

For the past 50 years researchers have been studying the progression of global warming and the effects that it will have on the world. This includes a higher increase in temperatures all over the globe and devastating weather events. A huge factor that could make or break our lives in the future. But what seems to be more important to the United States population is Kayne West becoming bankrupt for trying to pursue his fashion career. One tweet states, “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…” One would think that this topic would be more relevant to our country, but think again. Take a look at the Google Trends chart to see the details.


Sources: Kayne West, Global Warming  

Does “America really Run on Dunkin’?”

By Jessica Larocque

It’s Monday, and you didn’t get as much sleep as you wanted. You’re already dreading the next eight hours before you even get up from under your covers. Doing anything else other than getting your daily dose of caffeine is unthinkable. The one thing that keeps you and I from falling apart, crashing and burning after one heck of a weekend is that fresh brewed cup of dark, embodied goodness that gets your blood flowing. Both coffee powerhouses, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, have been in competition for the past 10 years after Dunkin’ Donuts decided to focus more on their beverage quality instead of the quality of their donuts.  Starbucks proceeds to take the upper hand, owning almost twice as many stores compared to Dunkin’ in the United States. The stats show that DD sells 1.8 billion cups of coffee annually. Let’s also consider the fact that 4 billion Starbucks cups are accumulated annually as well, found through efforts of recycling. Our world population is around 7.5 billion people, meaning the amount of Starbucks cups is almost half of the world’s population. Ultimately, it’s clear here whose dominating the coffee industry nationally and globally. So the real question is, who does America run on? Click the link to see more details on Google Trends.


Sources: https://www.fastcompany.com/3034572/dunkin-donuts-and-starbucks-a-tale-of-two-coffee-marketing-giants

Practice Post

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org. It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:



By Bob Smith


Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wedsenday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.


“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”


MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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