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California Muslim student misnamed ‘Isis’ in yearbook
A Muslim student says she is identified as “Isis” in the latest edition of the yearbook at her Rancho Cucamonga, California high school. Bayan Zehlif is instead labeled as “Isis Phillips” in the Los Osos High School yearbook photo she posted to Facebook.
Zehlif also expresses her anger, disappointment and embarrassment at the yearbook photo. She also says she doubts the school’s official response that the name was a typo.
Los Osos High principal Susan Petrocelli apologizes on Twitter, saying officials are working to understand and correct what she called a “regrettable misprint.”
Chaffey Joint Union High School District Supt. Mat Holton says Zehlif was incorrectly identified as another student whose first name is Isis. Holton also says to reporters the district will take “appropriate actions” if officials find that anyone involved in the situation “acted irresponsibly and intentionally.”
Teens charged in death of Delaware high school student
The Delaware Department of Justice says it is seeking to charge three minor girls for a “planned confrontation” that caused another student’s death. Cell phone video shows 16-year-old Trinity Carr punching 16-year-old Amy Inita Joyner-Francis in the girl’s bathroom at Howard High School of Technology. Authorities say the two other girls involved in the attack, Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright, stood by watching and filming the fight.
An autopsy shows Amy died from cardiac arrest after the stress of the incident.
The DOJ says since Trinity Carr was the only one who actually hit Amy, she will be charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and prosecutors will push to have her tried as an adult. Criminally Negligent Homicide is punishable by up to eight years in prison.
The official DOJ statement also says since the two other girls were not physically involved in the attack, but participated in its planning, they will be charged with Criminal Conspiracy. The charge is punishable by up to one year in prison.
Oxygen detected on Mars, first time in 40 years
Scientists at NASA say they have discovered new hope for humanity’s search for a home away from home. NASA researchers say they have detected atomic oxygen in Mars’ atmosphere thanks to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which soars on a plane 45,000 ft. above Earth.
Astronomers say this discovery could help them identify how gases escaped from the Red Planet long ago.
The last time atomic oxygen was observed in the Martian atmosphere was during the Viking and Mariner missions of the 1970s. Researchers say the long gap in the detection of oxygen is partly because of a fight with Earth’s blue skies.
Earth’s atmosphere is dense and moist enough to make it extremely difficult to accurately see the Universe lying beyond it.