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Eclipse Mania Strikes the U.S.!
Aug 17, 2017

Eclipse Mania Strikes the U.S.!

In case you haven’t heard, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. How much of it you will see depends on where you live. Already, millions of Americans are making plans to travel to parts of the country where they will get a better view of this incredibly rare […]

The “Gig” Economy and You
Aug 16, 2017

The “Gig” Economy and You

When you think of the job you might have someday, how do you picture it? Do you imagine yourself working in an office setting with traditional nine-to-five hours, coworkers, and a pension plan? You may have to adjust your vision. Traditional nine-to-five jobs are making way for the growing “gig” economy, with interesting implications for […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Aug 11, 2017

Stuff YOU Should Know

New Rights for Women in Tunisia Tunisia, a country in the Middle East, is not known for its equal treatment of women. In fact, in 2016, sixty percent of Tunisian women reported that they were victims of domestic violence. Fifty percent reported that they had been the victims of public aggression at least once in […]

The Right to Robocall?
Aug 10, 2017

The Right to Robocall?

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story examines the problems causes by your cell phone and new telemarketing techniques. Your phone didn’t ring. But you have a voicemail from a telemarketer. How did that happen? And is this “ringless voicemail” even legal? Turns out, the answer is more complicated than […]

Meet Me at the Fair!
Aug 9, 2017

Meet Me at the Fair!

It’s August, and in many places, that means one thing: state fair time! Many people love state fairs for their rides, displays, and wide variety of unusual foods (deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, anyone?). Here, btw takes a look at the annual summer ritual of state fairs in the United States, and how they […]

“Skinny Repeal” Senate Failure
Aug 7, 2017

“Skinny Repeal” Senate Failure

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story describes the failed effort of the Senate’s “skinny repeal” health care plan. The latest version of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA (the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare) was nicknamed the “skinny repeal” bill. This version looked much the […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Aug 3, 2017

Stuff YOU Should Know

A New Continent? Can you name all seven continents? Get ready to add an eighth one to the list: Zealandia. It’s a 1.9 million square mile landmass located southeast of New Zealand and northeast of Australia. But don’t bother getting out your map to look for it: Zealandia is located almost entirely underwater. Scientists believe […]

California Leads the Way in the Battle Against Climate Change
Aug 2, 2017

California Leads the Way in the Battle Against Climate Change

Back in June, Election Central brought you the story of how California governor Jerry Brown was leading a group of governors and mayors from across the country who all pledged to follow the tents of the Paris Climate Accord even after President Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement. Now, we take a […]

Trump versus Mueller
Jul 30, 2017

Trump versus Mueller

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story describes the spotlight recently thrown on Special counsel Robert Mueller. Last week, President Trump called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt,” and hinted that Mueller and his team–some of whom have donated to Democratic campaigns in the past–are motivated by partisan politics rather than actual evidence. Then, the […]

Careers: Urban and Regional Planner
Jul 28, 2017

Careers: Urban and Regional Planner

What Is It? Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs that help cities and communities grow. They help figure out how to deal with issues related to population growth, and also come up with ideas for how to revitalize areas that might be struggling. Urban and regional planners develop public transportation systems; gather data […]