Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Top Stories, World | No Comments

Last weekend, our neighbor to the north turned 150, celebrating with huge parades and festivals all over the country. Here, btw takes a brief look at the history of Canada. Origins Like the United States, Canada was once populated by tribes of Aboriginal people who were eventually displaced by European explorers. In 1534, French explorer […]

British Election Upset

British Election Upset

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Top Stories, World | No Comments

On June 8, the United Kingdom held a general election, with surprising results. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost 12 seats in the UK’s Parliament, which means they also lost their majority. The Labour Party, on the other hand, gained nearly 30 seats. So what does this mean for Britain, especially with Brexit looming? […]

New Health Care Plan Scrapped

New Health Care Plan Scrapped

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

Two weeks ago, btw reported on the new health care plan proposed by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans, called the American Health Care Plan (AHCA). The AHCA was introduced as a replacement for the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”). However, last Friday, the legislation was killed before […]

California County Fights Trump’s Order

California County Fights Trump’s Order

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

On January 25, President Trump issued a statement that cities and counties refusing to comply with his controversial immigration order would be denied federal funding. There are roughly 400 such “sanctuary cities” around the country, all of which have repeatedly refused to question or detain immigrants in compliance with Trump’s immigration policy. Now, Santa Clara […]

Photo Essay: Women’s March on Washington

Photo Essay: Women’s March on Washington

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

The day after President Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children came to march in the streets of Washington, D.C. (as well as in other cities in the United States and around the world). Called the Women’s March on Washington, the public protest was designed as a way to speak out against […]

Election Central: Inauguration Day

Election Central: Inauguration Day

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

Today on the Election Central Web site there is information on the big Inauguration Event happening in Washington, D.C. Today, Donald J. Trump officially becomes the 45th president of the United States. There are many things happening in the nation’s capital city today–much ceremony and important speeches given. Even if you are in class–and your social studies […]

New Guidelines for Peanut Allergies

New Guidelines for Peanut Allergies

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

Chances are, you or someone you know is affected by a peanut allergy. About 2 percent of children in the United States are allergic to peanuts, and the number is growing every year. For this reason, you may have heard that babies shouldn’t be fed peanuts. However, a new study has just come out that puts […]

Russian Hacking and the Presidential Election

Russian Hacking and the Presidential Election

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

Rumors about Russian involvement in the presidential election have been circulating as long ago as last summer. Now, however, there is more evidence that Russian hackers, under orders from President Vladimir Putin, interfered in the election by breaking into the computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and spreading propaganda and fake news stories. New […]

Bidding Farewell to John Glenn

Bidding Farewell to John Glenn

John Glenn, the American astronaut and former senator, died December 8 at age 95. Last weekend, roughly 2,500 mourners–among them, Vice President Joe Biden–gathered at Ohio State University to pay tribute to the hero. A funeral procession through the center of Columbus carried Glenn’s casket past thousands more mourners, including Ohio Governor John Kasich, who […]

Fake News Makes Up Its Own Headlines

Fake News Makes Up Its Own Headlines

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Top Stories | No Comments

“Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President.” “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead of Apparent Murder-Suicide.” These are just two of the many fake news stories that went viral during the course of the 2016 presidential election. Fake news Web sites are those that use deliberate hoaxes and information in order […]