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Elena Shao
Elena Shao '21 is from Suwanee, Georgia. At The Daily, she is a Managing Editor for News. Outside, she's studying political science. She also enjoys learning foreign languages and is hoping to pursue a career as an investigative and data journalist. Contact her at eshao98 'at'

Opinion | When words fail

I know that estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey show that California has permanently lost 6 trillion gallons of water due to groundwater pumping practices that have reduced the state’s capacity to store water. I know that each year, we’re set to permanently lose tens of thousands of species to a mass extinction that humans are wholly responsible for. But I don’t know exactly how to express what I think about this.

Opinion | I’m glad, for a change, that my family is small

The smallness means there’s fewer people to worry about. Selfishly, I learn about the unrelenting and ruthless attacks against people of Asian descent, who have been called slurs, verbally harangued, spit on, shoved, kicked, beaten and killed, whose homes and businesses have been vandalized — and my pain grows roots of relief.

First coronavirus death hits Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County has seen its first death from coronavirus, the county’s public health department announced on Monday. The woman, in her 60s, was the third reported case of coronavirus in the county and the first infected “without any known history of international travel or contact with a traveler or infected person,” according to the…
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