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The Spill: A Young Holiday

All the hot news this week.

Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

Constitution and Citizenship Day

America celebrates independence on the Fourth of July. But while many consider this the nation’s birthday, the true anniversary of the creation of the United States is September 17. On this day in 1787, 39 men signed the document that would become the Constitution of the United States, officially establishing the nation and becoming forever after known as the Founding Fathers.

Today, September 17 is celebrated as Constitution Day. It’s a day that honors the nation’s birthday, the signing of the Constitution, and the citizenship of the people – whether native-born or naturalized immigrants.

September 17 has only been officially called Constitution Day since 2004, but the celebration itself goes back much farther. William Randolph Hearst suggested in 1939 that we have a holiday to celebrate American citizenship. Hearst reached a lot of people with his newspapers, but he also had significant political connections. In 1940, Congress named the third Sunday in May “I am an American Day.”

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North Korea Reaches Out to Trump for More Peace Talks

The threat of nuclear war is too dangerous to ignore. That’s why world leaders got together in 1985 to sign a treaty to reduce nuclear weapons and increase peaceful cooperation.

This is why it is so important that President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, continue with their peace talks. North Korea is an isolated country that continues to conduct nuclear weapons tests. Throughout the years, representatives and other US officials have met with North Korea, but never has a US sitting president visited the country until Trump.

Recently, Kim Jong-un sent a letter to the president, inviting him to North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. The letter suggested that the leaders hold their third meeting to discuss denuclearization, or the reduction of nuclear weapons. This is a good step in coming to agreeable terms.

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Student Wins Hearts with Shirt Design

Not every news story is about a major scientific discovery or national leader – some can begin in our schools. A fourth-grade student made headlines after he was teased over a homemade football t-shirt.

An elementary school in Florida recently held a “college colors” day where students were asked to dress in support of their favorite college sports teams. The unnamed fourth-grader was excited to express his support for the Tennessee Volunteers football team, which plays for the University of Tennessee. Unfortunately, he didn’t own any official clothes displaying the team’s logo. The student “made” his own shirt by handwriting “UT” on a sheet of paper and pinning it to an orange t-shirt to represent the team colors. The boy wore the shirt until some fellow students made fun of the design during lunch, an episode that ended in tears.

In the age of social media, however, these matters don’t always end immediately.

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