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Stuff YOU Should Know
Aug 28, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Jimmy Carter’s Cancer News The years 1977 to 1981 were turbulent ones for Jimmy Carter, our 39th president of the United States. The country suffered high inflation and interest rates, as well as an energy crisis. Despite playing a successful role in the Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt, Carter’s presidency was plagued […]

A History of Educational Fixes
Aug 26, 2015

A History of Educational Fixes

Right about now, more than 55 million kids are starting back to school in the United States. Thirty years ago, our nation’s education system was ranked one of the best in the world. Today, that brag is slipping further out of our grasp as our math rankings in particular continue to fall below our expectations. […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Aug 24, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

U.S. Embassy Reopens in Cuba Last year, President Obama announced the end to a decades-old foreign policy with Cuba. Since then, there has been much speculation over what actions might follow. On August 14, the American embassy in Havana formally reopened. The occasion was marked with a ceremony in which Secretary of State John Kerry […]

Does Anyone Care About the Olympics Anymore?
Aug 17, 2015

Does Anyone Care About the Olympics Anymore?

Once upon a time, the Olympics were a source of great pride for many countries all over the world. The founder of the modern games (1894), Pierre de Coubertin, created a vision of an international movement that, “stood for respect, fair balance, pursuit of excellence, joy in effort, and balance between mind, body and will.” […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Aug 14, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Ferguson: One Year Later August 9 marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis). The incident sparked a riot in that city that lasted several days and flared race relations across the United States. To mark the […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Aug 7, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Too Many Landmines? Rats! A landmine is an explosive device that is buried just under the surface of the ground and activated when someone steps on or drives over it. They are often used in war. More than 40 years after the Vietnam War, the Cambodian government estimates that there are approximately 4-to-6-million landmines still […]

ADA: 25 Years of Equality, Independence and Freedom
Aug 5, 2015

ADA: 25 Years of Equality, Independence and Freedom

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. This is civil rights legislation intended to create equal opportunities for people with disabilities. It provides both protection from discrimination and requires employers and public facilities to provide appropriate accommodations. In honor of its 25th anniversary of this important […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jul 31, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Minimum Wage Gaining Maximum Attention Last month, the City of Los Angeles, California passed a landmark ordinance to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Similarly, the City of New York announced that it received a recommendation from its “wage panel” (appointed by NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo) to raise rates for those […]

Reforming Our Prisons
Jul 30, 2015

Reforming Our Prisons

Last month, President Obama made a visit to the El Reno Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, making him the first sitting American president to visit a federal prison. The trip was an effort to highlight his commitment to overhauling the nation’s criminal justice system. “Mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off,” he said in […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jul 23, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Close Up on Pluto Back in 2006, NASA launched New Horizons, a mission to explore the Kuiper belt. This is the region of our solar system that lies beyond our planets and includes Pluto. On July 14, the unmanned spacecraft made its closest approach, getting within 7,800 miles of the former planet (downgraded to dwarf […]