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station_6Arson leads to over $11 million in damages annually, with over 50% of the suspects convicted being under the age of 20. City of Falls Church Fire Marshal Tom Polera spoke to the forensics classes at Mason on Friday, December 16, about major arson cases and how the job of a fire investigator helps settle disputes by determining the exact cause of a fire.

Oftentimes, when the public fire investigator for the fire department investigates a fire, only a broad investigation is conducted. Polera has been working as a private fire investigator for many years, and he has learned that the cause of a fire might not always be what it appears to be. For example, a burn pattern on the floor under a chair might lead someone to think that that is where the fire started, when it was actually caused by the melting material on the chair.

When the MGM Grand Hotel caught fire in the early 1980’s, citizens demanded better fire safety and prevention such as fire alarms and sprinklers in most public buildings. The Station Night Club fire in Rhode Island killed 100 people in 2003 when a fire broke out during a concert. Deadly fires like this could easily be prevented by meeting standard fire codes.

Usually, the highlight of the fire marshal’s visit is getting to see the arson dog sniff out a small drop of gasoline on a strip of carpet the length of the TLC. Even though the dog was not able to visit this year because it was in training, students were still actively engaged in the discussion and interactive learning about how fires start and the process of determining the cause of them.

 

Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

By Tara Holman , Erin McFall, and Nicole Zorniak   

The Lasso is calling all junior and senior class members. Prom Night is scheduled for May 10. Have you found your prom dress, tuxedo or shoes? Have you planned the perfect way to ask that special someone? If not, The Lasso has created a series of Pinterest boards to spark your interest.

Below you will find a collection of Pinterest boards created to inspire students with prom dresses, tuxedos, women and men hairstyles, jewelry, shoes, promposals and more.

Stay tuned for more Prom themed articles on The Lasso. Also, don’t forget prom tickets go on sale on Monday April 7. 

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Mason cracks down on illegal parking

Threats of towing become a reality for the student drivers of George Mason

By Julie Smith  

Are you parking in a school parking lot without a pass? If so, you should probably pay for one, unless you want to have your car towed. The threat of towing cars without the shiny red and white George Mason parking pass sticker has been passed around for years, the only difference is that now, it’s actually being enforced.

“I walked out to the junior lot after school and spent like five minutes looking for my car till I realized what had happened,” said Annie Wilson, junior, a recent victim to Mason’s parking crackdown. “I didn't have a chance to talk to anyone before getting towed; it was a total surprise.”

Wilson was not contacted while her car was getting towed. She lives on the opposite end of town and had no immediate alternative way to get home. Later on she was forced to make the trek to Henry’s Towing in Merrifield to get her car back, and on top of that, once you are towed you are required to pay a towing fee of $125 in addition to the fee already required for a school parking pass.

“I didn't get a pass earlier because I think it's ridiculous to pay that much,” said Wilson. “Other sch...

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Podcast Episode 2 - Snow storms, spring sports, SATs, Oh My!

Podcast Episode 2 - Snow storms, spring sports, SATs, Oh My!

By Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall

Co- news editors Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall sit down for a second episode of the newly named, “Melerin” podcast series. Although it has been a while since the first podcast, Melissa and Erin sit and talk about the past couple weeks involving the many snow storms, starts of spring sports, and the newly revised SATs coming out soon.  

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“The Fault in Our Stars” wins Lasso poll for Best Book Movie of the Year

“The Fault in Our Stars” wins Lasso poll for Best Book Movie of the Year

By Megan Jenkins

After a poll asking Lasso readers which book-movie coming out in 2014 is most popular ( The Fault in Our Stars , Divergent , The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ), The Fault in Our Stars won with 11 total votes, or 42%.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is directed by Josh Boone and stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as Augustus (Gus) Waters. The author is John Green , who has also written popular books such as “ Looking for Alaska ” and “ An Abundance of Katherines ”.

The movie centers around two teenagers (Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters) who meet at a cancer support group. Throughout the book, the two fall in love.

Booklist reviewed this book as: “Green’s best and most ambitious novel to date. In its every aspect, The Fault in Our Stars is a triumph.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was a close second to “The Fault in Our Stars” with 10 votes out of a total 26 votes.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is part of trilogy a (First book being The Hunger Games and second book Catching Fire) about a dystopian world where children ages 12-18 are forced to fight to the death until one survives. The story takes readers through the journey of a past victor, Katni...

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