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Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 12, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Reforms in Ferguson It’s been nearly eighteen months since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked nationwide controversy over issues of race relations and law enforcement. This led to an investigation by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) which revealed that the Ferguson Police Department had, “engaged in a pattern and practice of […]

Black History is American History
Feb 11, 2016

Black History is American History

For the first time in history, more than half of children born in America (according to the 2012 US Census Bureau) are minorities. As the “collective minority” becomes the majority, we will surely see a shift in how we view our history. The History of “Black History” Carter Woodson was a black historian who earned […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 4, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Standoff in Oregon Ends Last month, btw brought you news of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by a group protesting federal land rights. Many of the residents of Harney Country, while generally sympathetic to the cause of the so-called “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, had become displeased by the ongoing disruption to […]

Remembering the Space Shuttle Challenger
Feb 3, 2016

Remembering the Space Shuttle Challenger

On January 28, 1986, NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven who were on-board, including the first civilian into space. Amid the wave of tributes in recent weeks, btw remembers this tragedy and points out some lessons. Background In 1972, President Richard Nixon announced the development of NASA’s space shuttle program. Unlike previous missions, the new […]

Election Central Keeps You Up to Date
Feb 2, 2016

Election Central Keeps You Up to Date

You might have heard that the Iowa caucuses happened last night. So, congratulations are in order, because the 2016 Presidential race is finally started for real. Candidates are being measured against one another by the American people and consequences are beginning to be felt. Last night, for the Republicans, Ted Cruz took the first contest from […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 1, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Jonas Hits East Coast Fourteen states around the country got more than a foot of snow this month, with at least six states on the East Coast seeing more than two feet of powder. Much of it came over the weekend of January 22-24 from Winter Storm Jonas. For many of the areas affected, it […]

Trouble in Flint
Jan 28, 2016

Trouble in Flint

Nearly 100,000 residents of Flint, Michigan (66 miles north of Detroit) are without safe drinking water and at risk of lead poisoning. The city’s water supply is been contaminated, which means people cannot safely cook, drink or even brush their teeth with tap water. Local, state and the federal government are now involved, as well […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jan 24, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

U.S. Soldiers Held in Iran On the heels of the historic deal between the United States and Iran, the U.S. has found itself in the middle of a military mishap. On January 12, ten American members of the U.S. Navy illegally sailed into territorial waters. The boats were allegedly en route on a 300-mile journey, […]

You Decide: Should Soda Come With a Warning Label?
Jan 21, 2016

You Decide: Should Soda Come With a Warning Label?

Last year, btw brought you a story about the state of New York’s failed attempt to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces in the state. . Now, one city (Baltimore, Maryland) and two states (New York and California) have introduced legislation that could require certain drinks to be sold with a warning label. It would […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jan 17, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Was 2015 a Good Year for Jobs? In the years since the Great Recession, our economy has reported many episodes of upturn. But 2015 was the first prolonged stretch of job creation since the late 1990s. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (the government agency that collects economic data and distributes it to the American […]