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A Message From The Principal

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Did You Know…?

Did you know that March 9th is National Meatball Day? Meatballs were originally made to hide vegetables in and since have become a staple food among several nationalities of people.  Celebrate the day and have a meatball!

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Environmental Club Makes A Difference

The Environmental Club is helping to keep RMS environmentally aware.  Bring a trash free lunch and earn a green ticket to be put into a drawing. Thank you Environmental Club for making us aware that everyone’s actions make a big difference! … Continue reading

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Peak Inside Of Mr. Petito’s Classroom

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Where In The World Are We?

Can you name this place?   Photos Taken By Kayla Bezich Answer:  El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California   If you have taken pictures of an interesting place and would like to see them in the newspaper, please share … Continue reading

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RMS Family College Challenge

Between now and the end of Spring Break, visit a college or university campus. There will be a follow up Homeroom discussion the week of April 14.  All students that visit or tour a college campus and share the experience with their Homeroom will … Continue reading

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Making Math Fun

Barbie Bungee Math Teacher Stephany Nakamura goes to great heights to teach math lesson. Hula Hoop and Jump Roping Olympics Math Teacher Wendy Turner has students jumping and hula hooping for a Math lesson.

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Happy Birthday President Lincoln!

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was 6’4″ tall?  He was the 16th President of the United States.  He served from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.  He is best known for abolishing slavery, strengthening the national … Continue reading

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Photo Album: Hearts Are Everywhere!

Photos By Q3 Journalism Students  This photo album was inspired by the book Find It In Everything by Drew Barrymore.  (Ms. Bezich has a copy if you would like to look at it.)

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Did You Know…?

Did You Know…?  is a recurring post that will give an interesting fact about someone on campus.  Look for these to pop up in the newspaper from time to time. Did you know…that Ms. Saira Hirji is double jointed?  

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Music Department Performs At The Armstrong Theatre

On December 12th under the direction of Music Teacher Karrie Willett, Beginning and Advanced Band, Jazz Band and Choir members all performed to a full house at the Torrance Armstrong Theatre.  It was a program filled with holiday music plus … Continue reading

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Photo Album: Fun With iPads

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Scarabs Bring Good Luck To RMS

Mrs. Alison Newman’s Sixth Grade Social Studies classes made Scarabs.  Scarabs were made during Egyptian times.  They were named and given characteristics. RMS students in Newman’s Social Studies classes were given the chance to make these good luck charms. River … Continue reading

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Header Turkeys

The Cases collect turkeys.   Ask them why!     Photos By Lisa Case.  

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Lego League To Compete

Lego League students will be competing in their first contest on November 9th at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood (1309 N. Wilton Place, Los Angeles 90028).  The competition runs from 8:00AM until 5:00PM.   All are welcome to watch. … Continue reading

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Make New Friends

Want to make new friends while helping the community?  Then, the Builders’ Club is for you! Builder’s Club is sponsored by School Counselor Stephanie Hunnel, Sixth Grade Teacher Lisa Case and Kiwanis Member Tony Goorchenko.  This club meets every Tuesday … Continue reading

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Tech Trekkies Share Their Experiences

One Regular School Day… By Eighth Grader Elisa B. It was just a regular school day.  I was in my fourth period science class with Ms. Malpede, doing class work and wondering what was for lunch.  That was when I … Continue reading

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Meet Mark S.

By Brendan H. Do you Know Mark S.? If not, here is some information about him. He is an eleven-year-old Sixth Grader who goes to RMS. His favorite subjects are science and math. In his free time, he likes to … Continue reading

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All A’s For Bailey

By Annabelle B. Did you know that Bailey L. earned straight As in Fifth Grade? Although Bailey is good at every subject, she says math is entertaining because of the challenge. “I love math because I’m never bored in math … Continue reading

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Hisham Holds A Secret

By Jacob V. Do you know Sixth Grader Hisham A.? Hisham is a fun person who loves to play basketball during his free time. He hopes to become a famous basketball player for the Clippers. When he is not playing … Continue reading

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Alex J. Aims High!

By Allison P. Alex J. loves soccer! He plays soccer every chance he gets. He is eleven years-old and has two brothers and two sisters. His favorite book is 39 Clues and his favorite movie is Star Wars 3. He … Continue reading

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Annabelle B. Flips For Gymnastics

By Bailey L. Do you know a girl who is a great gymnast? I do, her name is Annabelle B. Annabelle is a Sixth Grade student at Richardson Middle School. She has just enjoyed her first week in middle school. … Continue reading

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Terrific Thea

By Michelle C. Do you know someone who still loves The Little Mermaid? Dorothea D. does. Dorothea’s nickname is Thea and she was born on October 24th. The schools that she has attended are Riviera Elementary and Richardson Middle School … Continue reading

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Meet Sixth Grader, Tylin B.

By Olivia K. Do you like going out to get ice cream? Sixth Grader Tylin B. does.  She loves to get ice cream after a hard day at school.  Her favorite place to get ice cream is McDonald’s. She has … Continue reading

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Hot Dogs, Hot Dogs…Get Your Hot Dogs Here!

By Shane C. How about those Dodgers? Not only are they the National League West Division Champs and one of the best teams in baseball, Dodger Stadium is also known for something else…the Dodger Dog. It is a hot dog … Continue reading

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8th Graders Honored At Assembly

Congratulations to all of the award winners.  We are proud of you and what you have accomplished at RMS!  Thank you to Joelle Conner for organizing this assembly and putting in all of the hours it takes to make the … Continue reading

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Awesome Threesome: Two Speakers And A Singer Take Center Stage

Amanda M. and Ninabella G. will be speaking at this year’s 8th Grade Promotion ceremony.  Tryouts were held and students were asked to write and give their speeches to a panel of teachers and staff members.  Thank you to all … Continue reading

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Header Photo By Kayla B.

The Terranea Resort Hotel and Spa is located at the end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  There are walking paths to the ocean’s edge just past Nelson’s Restaurant.  The rocky beach is open to the public and is free of … Continue reading

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Former RMS Student Leads Communications Club

The Communications Club met every Tuesday and Friday after school at 4:00. There were nine members this year and they hope it will grow next year. The person in charge was South High debate student Jillian F. Jillian is a former RMS student.  Friday, June … Continue reading

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Two Tech Trek Scholarships Awarded

Two students were chosen to receive Tech Trek Science & Math scholarships.  Our two winners are Lauren P. and Elisa B..  They were recognized at the June 3rd School Board meeting and they will spend a week this summer at University California Santa Barbara … Continue reading

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Photo Fun: Where In The World Are We?

Where was this picture taken?  If you guessed California State University Channel Islands, you are right. Fun Facts: 5,000 people attend CI and in 2018, that number will be closer to 20,000. CI offers 23 BA degrees. School Mascot-Dolphins School Colors- Red … Continue reading

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RMS Salutes Our American Heroes

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Top Students Compete In Math Competition

On Saturday, May 4th, Eighth Graders Rachel G., Julia H., Jin Y., Victor J. and Seventh Grader Bennett K. competed in the 3rd Annual Torrance Regional Middle School Math Competition against kids from other schools in the South Bay.  The competition … Continue reading

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RMS Awarded California Distinguished School

  Principal Chad Mabery, Assistant Principal Justine Lang, Sixth Grade Math/Science Teacher Lisa Case, and PTSA President Michelle Nadeau represented Richardson Middle School to receive the plaque and banner for the California Distinguished School award. A luncheon was held at the … Continue reading

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6th Grade is Mad for Math!

By Frances T. Have you noticed some students around RMS with brightly colored bandanas? They are 6th Graders proudly displaying their team pride. The entire 6th Grade Class has been divided into 8 teams: Radii, Graphs, Proportions, Percents, Triangles, Outliers, … Continue reading

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ELA Extravaganza Makes Learning Fun

By MiMi B. Designed after the Math Madness the Sixth Graders are doing this year, the ELA Extravaganza is a four week review of the year’s material. “It is a fun way to make learning a competition,” said ELA Teacher … Continue reading

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Workers Spruce Up RMS

  As part of the Campus Beautification, Sonny and Big Bill replaced lights in the Computer Lab.The Library was recently repainted and redecorated. Be sure to check it out.   Thank you to everyone who came out to help during … Continue reading

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Student Perspective: Coffee-Your Best Friend Or Worst Enemy?

By Kristy L. It’s your morning energizer, your daily sweet treat, your break between classes, but is coffee healthy for you? What are the side effects? There are those “old wives’ tales” claiming that coffee will stunt your growth, but … Continue reading

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Field Trips Make Learning Come Alive

Eighth Graders Go To The Museum of Tolerance Editor’s Note:  Pictures are not allowed to be taken in the Museum of Tolerance. Do we all have Tolerance?  By Eric H. People all across the world are not always tolerant with … Continue reading

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Choir Competes For The Gold!

Congratulations to the RMS Choir on receiving a Gold Rating at their competition at Biola University on Friday, March 1st. Additionally, the Soprano Section received an Outstanding Musicianship Award. Way to Go Choir!  Thank you to Mrs. Laura Savitz and Mrs. … Continue reading

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Japanese And Chinese Schools Meet On Saturdays

By Kristy L. What do you do on Saturday mornings? Whether you’re watching TV, playing a sports game, or sleeping, you’ve probably never thought of going to school on a Saturday. Some people, though, are doing just that – and … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!

By Lauren H. Hello everyone! Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner? With events like L.A. County Irish Fair and Music Festival, and South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival and many more, there … Continue reading

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Clippers Honor Conner

Congratulations to Mrs. Joelle Conner for being honored at the Teacher Appreciation Night at the Clippers Game on Sunday, March 10th.  We are proud of you! http://thelatesthiss.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Joelle.mov

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Colorguards Take First Place

Under the direction of Ms. Karrie Willett, the RMS Colorguards Team had been practicing for the West High School Spirit Competition for the past few weeks.  They competed on Saturday, March 2nd. They took home the First Place trophy!  Go Rattlesnakes!

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GATE 8th Graders Swim With Plankton

By Amanda M. The Eighth Graders’ GATE Trip To CIMI went from  Friday, February 1st to Sunday, February 3rd and they stayed at CIMI (Catalina Island Marine Institute) at Toyon Bay. On the island, they studied marine life and oceanography. “I learned … Continue reading

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Coach Kamiyama Makes Believers

“Nobody really expects much from a first-year coach and a lot of people doubted us,” [North High School Girls Basketball] Coach Lauren Kamiyama said.  “But the kids played with heart all season and I think we turned some doubters into … Continue reading

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A Peak Inside The Classroom: Gymnastics in Kamiyama’s Class

Students in P.E. Teacher Lauren Kamiyama’s class learn some gymnastics moves.

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Adventures In Art: Students Imitate Honore’s Caricatures

Damier Honore 1808-1879 This artist was a sculptor and was best known for his caricatures (a picture, description, or sculpture ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things) of political figures.  RMS students got the chance to imitate … Continue reading

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“Cool Kids” Recycle

By Olivia Adair   “Come join the Environmental Club. Not only will you be doing a good deed for planet Earth, you get to hang out with cool people and you will become instantly popular,” said Science Teacher Mandy Malpede. … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year: The Year of the Snake

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快樂! Happy Year of the Snake! People born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025 are born in the year of the Snake. According to Chinese legend, Snake was the sixth … Continue reading

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Come To The Island

By Eric H. Did you know that people study in many different ways? Some people study with cards, memorization techniques, games, and many other ways. At this point in time, technology has been getting more and more popular. Now, you … Continue reading

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iLEAD Students Take The Lead

Through several workshops, iLEAD students have learned about what it takes to be a leader.  RMS is proud of these students. These future leaders have a lot to share with the world.  Go iLEAD Team!   

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Henna Tattoos: The Old Art Turns To New Fashion

  By Olivia A. It’s no secret that tattoos are something reserved mostly for adults. But for over 5000 years, ancient civilizations such as Egypt have been using an alternative for dying their skin and hair: henna. This old practice … Continue reading

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No Matter The Weather, People Line Up For Handel’s

By Kristy L. Even on cold winter days, there’s still a line shivering outside, waiting for a scrumptious sweet treat from Handel’s Ice Cream and Yogurt. Ever since their Redondo Beach location opened in 2010, people from all over the Los … Continue reading

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Rose Bowl and Parade

By Jocelyn H. Ever wonder why the Americans have a parade filled with floats and then a football game at the beginning of the year? That’s because we start off the New Year with some celebrations. This year was the 124th … Continue reading

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Newseum: An Unique Museum Experience

By Kristy L. From the outside, the Newseum looks almost like any other building in Washington, DC, but on the inside, it’s a completely different story. As you step inside it all hits you at once and your eyes take … Continue reading

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Vroooom Vrooom

RMS hosted the Seventh Grade S.T.E.M. Car Races on Wednesday, January 23rd.  Students in S.T.E.M. education from Calle Mayor and Casimir middle schools were invited to compete their CO2 powered cars in races against each other and RMS students.  They completed … Continue reading

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Continue To Pledge

In November, students were invited to attend an Anti-bullying Assembly where they watched a film about ways they could make a difference.  They were asked to take a pledge against bullying.  Below is a list about what was pledged.  Ask yourself…What … Continue reading

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Tips For Staying Warm

By MiMi B. Is it chilly enough for you?  The sun still is shining, but Southern Californians are often ill-prepared for dealing with the low temperatures.  The following tips should help keep you warm as the cold streams pass through … Continue reading

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RMS Smells the Roses

On December 15th, students and teachers were invited to help decorate floats for the Rose Parade in Pasadena.  The Builders’ Club and others came out in force to help.  It was a great experience for everyone involved. “I had a … Continue reading

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Competition Encourages Team Work

By Jocelyn H. FLL Competition, FIRST® LEGO ® League (FLL®), created a partnership between FIRST (For inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group. The purpose of this program is to inspire future scientists and engineers. For … Continue reading

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Christmas Around The World

By Lauren H. Have you ever wondered what it’s like celebrating Christmas in another country? Have you ever actually celebrated Christmas in another country? There are some rich cultural traditions with parades, plays and other events. In Mexico, they celebrate Christmas with … Continue reading

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Family Friendly Holiday Shows For The Season

                              By  Lauren H. It’s the holidays people! That means… holiday shows and movies! On all our favorite television channels, there are all our favorite programming. Maybe even the best of them all… the Charlie Brown Christmas special! Nearly fifty years … Continue reading

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Hiss Chats With Jack

By Kristy L. Chef Jack recently appeared at Barnes & Noble for a book signing.  After a couple of weeks, The Latest Hiss caught up with Chef Jack to ask a few questions. 1. How old are you and what grade are … Continue reading

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Girl Scouts Help Out Community…You Can Too!

By Olivia A. Most people see the holidays as a time to see family, eat yummy foods, and most importantly, get presents! However, some people don’t have the luxury of experiencing the wonderful things we love about the holidays. If … Continue reading

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A Peak Inside The Classroom: Kissner’s Online Science Class

Students in Mr. Andrew Kissner’s Online Science class meet at 7AM on Wednesdays once a week.  The rest of the work is done online on the students’ time.  This class allows students to take an extra elective.

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Students Run For The Health Of It

Running Club members have many reasons for meeting after school on Wednesdays to run. “I run to maintain a healthy weight,” said Seventh Grader Chase M. Some are getting ready to play sports. “I run to stay in shape for soccer,” said … Continue reading

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There Is A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Once upon a time, Mrs. Stephanie Hunnel went to a pumpkin patch and put her name into a drawing to guess how much a pumpkin weighed.  A few days later, she received a phone call saying that she won the … Continue reading

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Student Perspective: Walmart Opens Despite Controversy

By Kristy L. Enter a busy parking lot that is almost completely full. Shoppers are rushing in and out of the store with shopping carts and children in tow. Inside, there are aisles and aisles of everything in the world … Continue reading

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Red Ribbon Week Has History

By Lauren H. Red Ribbon Week has recently just occurred at our school and around the world. Everyone knows Red Ribbon Week is a say no to drug/alcohol/tobacco week. But they may not know the history of Red Ribbon Week. … Continue reading

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Word Of The Issue

The word of the issue is plethora.  Plethora, according to the Scott, Foreman Advanced Dictionary, means  1.  excessive fullness; superabundance; excess. 2. an abnormal condition characterized by an excess of blood in the body. The first definition for the word is used … Continue reading

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Playing With Legos Pays Off

By Jocelyn H. The Widget club is all about Lego Logics. In Lego Logics, you use this software called Mindstorms to program robots, build robots, and build little stations on the mat, which are all made out of Lego. The … Continue reading

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Science Goes Online

By Eric H. Do you like science? Many students do and they are enrolled in Mr. Kissner’s Online Science Class. This science class lets students have new opportunities that you couldn’t get before. Many students and parents say it is … Continue reading

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Do You Play A Jazz Instrument? Jazz Band Needs You!

By Kimberly O. The Richardson Middle School Jazz Band is starting its second year here at RMS. This band currently consists of fourteen members: Andrew E., Kimberly O. (trombone), Steven L., Austin J., Sam K. (trumpet), Joey C. (drums), Leon J. … Continue reading

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Anika S. RMS’ Batgirl?

By Laruen H. Many of the people at RMS may know Anika Slizewski, an 8th Grader here at our school. But did you know she is a comic book/comic book hero genius? If you ask her anything about anything concerning those … Continue reading

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