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$394,000 Harry Potter Chair
By: Courtney Markel, Izabelle Guimaraes, & Sophia Grossi
Many of us know who Harry Potter is and his different movies. But you know the chair that he was born in, well someone is buying it for  $394,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on a simple chair. Keep reading to figure out more. .
Who is Harry Potter?
  A lot of people know who Harry Potter is, but there is people in the world who have no clue who he is. Well Harry Potter is the main character in all of the Harry Potter books written by JK Rowling. Harry Potter is the son to two of the most known wizards. When he was just a baby his parents were killed by Voldemort or the Dark Lord. Voldemort killed his parents while attempting to get to Harry Potter. Harry was declared the chosen one, so if Voldemort wanted to live he had to kill Harry. But if Harry wants to live he has to kill Voldemort because the prophecy stated that neither can live while the other one is still alive. So after his parents were killed Hagrid took him to his aunts and uncles house. They were very mean to him and hid his secret from him of how his parents died and that he was a wizard. Over the years he had to live with them, but finally when he was 11 years old he received the letter for Hogwarts and found out about how his Aunt and Uncle had been lying to him for so long. Harry agreed on going to Hogwarts and was really excited. Throughout  his years at Hogwarts he is always battling Voldemort and ends up getting away every time. However in the 7th book it finally comes to end. How wins I can’t say, but if you watch the movies or read the books you will find out what it comes to and what happens.    
Harry Potter’s Chair

    The chair that JK Rowling used to right the first two Harry Potter books has just been sold for $394,000. Now that is A LOT of money for a chair that somebody just sat in for writing a book. However she did decorate with gold paint putting things like Harry’s name, Gryffindor, and things like that. So it has the Harry Potter touch on it. The auction for the chair actually started off at $45,000, which is still a lot of money. But as you can see Harry Potter is a big deal to a lot of people and they will pay a lot of money for something like this. The person who got the chair from the bidding received a signed letter from Rowling and was sent by “Owl Post”. The things she put in the letter were things like the “ history of the chair, and how she was sad to have the chair leave her possession.” The auction for the chair was actually held in New York. However there is actually people who came to bid on the chair from all over the world. She has even said that she even stood on the chair while writing the book. JK Rowling was given the chair with a set of chairs. She was given the set of chairs when she was struggling single mother, while living in Scotland. That is just some of the information and background on the Harry Potter chair. The chair has even been used for raising money for certain causes too!
    Now that you know more about who Harry Potter is, his movies, and the $394,000 chair. What do you think. Was that way too much for a simple chair or wasn’t. Hopefully we gave you lots of information you didn’t already know.
Harry Potter’s Movies
    Harry Potter has many movies about his adventures. There are eight movies with his adventures. Harry Potter’s movies are basically about him defeating Voldemort. The first one is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone which came out in 2001. The second one is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which came out in 2002. The third one is Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azkaban which came out in 2004. The fourth one is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which came out in 2005. The fifth one is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which came out in 2007. The sixth one is Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Prince which came out in 2009. The seventh one is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 which came out in 2010. The eighth one is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which came out in 2011. According to the website IMDb they are all rated from 7.4 to 8.1. So they are all rated in between good and great. All of his movies are over two hours long.

NASA Honors Prince

NASA paid its respects to prince with a gorgeous space image that recalled the late musician's most famous album “Purple Rain”. NASA tweets thursday, april 21 “ A purple nebula, in honor of prince who passed away today, along with the photo view of the Crab Nebula taken from the agency;s iconic Hubble Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory. The screenshot of NASA tweet, to honor Prince’s death is up above. The crab Nebula which is 6,500 light-years away from Earth, is a “ supernova remnant”, a structure shaped by the explosive death of a massive star. Such stars burn incredibly brightly die young, so NASA’s photo tribute seems doubly appropriate; Prince, lauded as one of the most talented and influential musicians of his generation was just 57 when he died from a still unknown caused. We might even find out Prince’s cause of death for weeks, maybe even months! Accordingly to Quinn Strobl ( the doctor that examined Prince ) won't declare the death until after the office gathers all the relevant details.

Brandi Hart
Why Are Wild Horse Disappearing

​Mustangs have been a part of the landscape of the United States for centuries. Ever since the first horses escaped from Spanish conquistadores, feral horses have returned to their wild roots, roaming in small family bands lead by stallions, mixing with various breeds of other escapees -- including the appaloosas and paints of Native Americans, ranchers' quarter horses and cow ponies, thoroughbreds, and draft horses that ditched their farms. The mustang has become an exceptionally hardy breed of horse, adapting easily to rough and arid conditions in the west, with isolated bands still showing their centuries-old ancestry though particular conformation and markings. And importantly, the mustang is a breed we equate with freedom, an untamed spirit, and the history of our country.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is tasked to uphold the 1971 legislation written to protect these free-roaming horses, the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Unfortunately, the BLM's strategies are far from effective and are considered by many to be inhumane. The issue is complex and has many conflicting interests, from those who want to see wild horses stay free, to those who object to the strategies used for limiting herd growth, to ranchers who graze their livestock on public land and view the mustangs as competition. Here are some of the basics of the controversy surrounding one of the most iconic animals in the United States. The reason it is inhumane is the horses are rounded up with helicopters when the horses are running they can become separated from the foals her mom,  break there legs running over rough terrain, have heat strokes and collapse. Once they are there there are more problems stallions who are forced into pens with each other then fight over their herds causing to be unsafe for them and the other horses, foals can be trampled by the larger spooked horse, and lastly the horse are so crowded that they will try to jump the huge fences and seriously hurt themselves.

By: Logan Kobylanski and Brandi Hart
Is Indoor Tanning Safe?

Using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan is called indoor tanning. Indoor tanning can cause skin cancers including melanoma the deadliest type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Exposure to ultraviolet UV radiation also can cause cataracts and cancers of the eye ocular melanoma.Indoor tanning exposes users to two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, which damage the skin and can lead to cancer. Indoor tanning is particularly dangerous for younger users; people who begin indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of getting melanoma. This may be due to greater use of indoor tanning among those who begin tanning at earlier ages. Indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. Although indoor tanning devices operate on a timer, the exposure to UV rays can vary based on the age and type of light bulbs. Indoor tanning is designed to give you high levels of UV radiation in a short time. You can get a burn from tanning indoors, and even a tan indicates damage to your skin. A tanning bed indoors can also cause an electric fire causing power outlet to catch on fire and burn your house leading to you with no home.