Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church dies at 84

L Martin, Features Editor

May 6, 2014

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Death is supposed to be a time of mourning. Many cultures across the globe have some sort of idea of honoring the dead or at least not disrespecting one in death. But every once in a blue moon comes the death of someone that doesn’t bring tears, but a sigh of relief.         At age 84, Rev. Fred Phelps, Sr., founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has died. On March 19 two of his children who also double as spokespersons for the church told Kansas’ WIBW that their father died before midnight of natural causes.  The funeral will be private. After hearing such a celebratory event—as many Americans would call Phelps’ death—some people have decided to picket the funeral. In response to the potential threat of karma coming back and slapping the church across the face, Shirley Phelps-Roper, one of Phelps’ daughters and one of the many spokespersons for the church, challenged the protesters. “It would be in extremely poor taste if someone went to protest my father’s funeral just because they disagr...

Elusive spring: March goes in like lion, out like irritable lion

L Martin, Features Editor

March 29, 2014

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O spring, where art thou? So far 2014 has been the fourth-snowiest and third-coldest, according to the National Weather Service. Not surprising, in the month that supposedly marks the beginning of spring, winter’s remains still linger. In fact, only half way through March, we’ve experienced temperatures in the low single di...

SAT changes student expectations everywhere

L Martin, Features Editor

March 29, 2014

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On March 5, David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, announced in an event in Austin, Texas that the SAT was getting a makeover for 2016.             “Standardized tests have become disconnected from the w...

History Classes, RC celebrate Black History Month

L Martin, Features Editor

March 29, 2014

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Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, an annual celebration that grew from the creation of national Negro History week started by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland in 1926 to finally acknowle...

Mr. Lancer competition a must-see

Sharon Abraham, Features Editor

March 20, 2014

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Brace yourselves, it’s that time of year again, when the young men of Lake Park strut across the stage, model fashionable attire, and entertain an audience for the ultimate title: Mr. Lancer. Ten students will compete on March...

DECA success takes team to internationals

Sara Bobek, Staff Writer

March 20, 2014

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“We all said this was going to be the year we all went to internationals,” said national qualifier Caroline Gilley. The weekend of March 6, Lake Park DECA competed at the annual ILCDC state competition. Lake Park students...

Lake Park helps to dodge poverty

Abby Vehrs, News Editor

March 20, 2014

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What’s more fun than you and five of your friends taking a night to simply dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge some more? Lake Park’s Service in Action classes are hosting the annual school dodgeball tournament in order to...

New dance a success at Lake Park

Abby Vehrs, News Editor

March 5, 2014

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This month marked Lake Park's first ever winter turnabout dance. After many requests for the girls-ask-guys formal, administration agreed to give Lake Park one more chance at a winter dance. There hasn't been successful support...

Technology changes afoot @LakePark

Sara Bobek, Features Editor

September 19, 2013

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The internet is a huge (as in globe-sized huge) grey area for the school system. Boundaries are easy to cross and hard to enforce, and widespread anonymity makes tracking rule-breakers even harder. Even still, the internet is...

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