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The One Lesson I Remember From Jr. High

10/23/2017 · by ecasey77 · in Classroom Ideas, Guest Educators and Explorers, Main. ·<p>When someone asks me about my junior high social studies classes, I can tell them very little. I just turned 40 this year, so junior high was quite some time ago. Also, most of my social studies classes consisted …

The 'Ali summit': a turning point in sports' fight against injustice

In 1967, athletes put their weight behind Muhammad Ali after he refused to be drafted. Fifty years later, NFL players are again taking a political stand<p>In 1962, as a cornerback for the American Football League’s Boston Patriots, Walter Beach rallied his fellow black players – there were about five …

How thousands of immigrants could suddenly lose their legal status

AUSTIN — For the last 16 years, Dallas resident Edwin Murillo has built a family, a business and a home, never worrying about his place in the United …

Trial in killing of Iowa teenager to focus on gender motive

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Retired nurse Jenna Sansone said it was a normal night in the quiet eastern Iowa neighborhood where she lives on a hill above the Mississippi River. Then she heard the "bang-bang-bang" of gunshots and called 911.<p>Responding officers made a gruesome discovery: the body of a …

So Many Father-Led Families Are Crossing The US Border That Immigration Agents Don’t Have Room To Hold Them

There’s been a spike in Central American fathers and their children crossing the US border illegally over the last seven months, BuzzFeed News has learned. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official confirmed the increase, which human rights activists say is the unintended byproduct of the …

Immigration

Students call for professor’s firing after he hosts ‘female or shemale’ quiz during class

A sociology professor is under scrutiny for asking students to play an insensitive game called “female or shemale,” which encourages students to make …

Transwomen

Judge turns down NFL request to move up Ezekiel Elliott hearing

A federal judge rebuffed the NFL’s request for an expedited hearing on Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s preliminary injunction.<p>Judge Katherine Polk Failla ruled in a filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York made public on Monday that the case would stick …

McCain Insists ‘Bone Spur’ Remark Wasn’t About Trump

Senator John McCain on Sunday condemned the ways in which wealthier Americans avoided serving in the Vietnam War, but insisted on Monday that he was not talking about President Trump when he did so.<p>Speaking on C-Span on Sunday, Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, used bone spurs as an example of the …

The Reality Of Virtual Reality In 'Ready Player One'

<i>Written in collaboration with Samuel Steinberger.</i><p>Ready Player One (2011) is a prescient novel by Ernest Cline about a dystopian near future where young people, “the missing millions”, spend most of their time in a metaverse called “The Oasis”, which also happens to be the most valuable company in …

Syria's largest oil field captured by US-backed forces

<b>(CNN) —</b> US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces say they have captured Syria's largest oil field from ISIS, the latest in a series of recent setbacks for the jihadists in the east of the country.<p>Laila al-Abdullah, a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said that the group had "liberated" the oil …

Donald Trump gambled you wouldn't care about his tax returns. He was right.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A week ago today was the last chance to file your 2016 federal income tax returns -- a time which, in the past, has occasioned the president to release a portion of his own taxes.<p>Not this year.<p>I only know this because my former Washington Post colleague Callum Borchers noted it …

Donald Trump

Middle school students used Snapchat to pretend to rape black classmates in the locker room — and it shows a dangerous trend

A Snapchat video of middle-school students simulating the rape of black students ignited fire in the small Virginia community of Glen Allen, The Washington Post reported.<p>The video, which was captioned, "What really goes on in the football locker room" featured white football players at Short Pump …

Florida coach Jim McElwain says family, players getting death threats

Florida football coach Jim McElwain revealed Monday that his family and players have received death threats amid the program's 3-3 start.<p>"There's a …

Federal Judge Strikes Down New York City's Dragnet That Seized Thousands Of Cars Without Warrants

In the latest blow against civil forfeiture, Judge Ronnie Abrams ruled that New York City’s policy of seizing cars without warrants violated the owners’ Fourth Amendment rights. As part of a strategy to crack down on unlicensed taxis and other vehicles for-hire, between 2012 and 2015, inspectors …

FBI al Qaeda infiltrator: ‘I am appalled at what these animals are doing’

An undercover Muslim FBI operative opened up in an interview on Sunday about his experience working in terror cells in an effort to relay information …

Super Mismatch: Patriots continue mastery of Falcons with foggy rout

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and the New England Patriots toyed with the Atlanta Falcons - sound familiar? - 23-7 in a …

Trump says poll about fake news, published by ‘dishonest’ Politico, is real news

By Callum Borchers<p>Callum Borchers<p>Reporter who covered the intersection of politics and media<p>Bio Follow<p>You can’t trust the media, according to President Trump — unless the media happens to tell you that many people don’t trust the media. In that case, you can trust that the media is reporting …

U.S. Politics

Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study

Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life<p>If the outlook for marine life was already looking bleak – torrents of plastic that can suffocate and starve fish, overfishing, diverse forms of …

Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, …

“We are no different”: An awareness campaign in Zimbabwe sheds light on life with albinism

Across Africa, people with albinism face numerous challenges including discrimination, abduction, trafficking, and even murder.<p>Owing to a lack of melanin, the genetically-inherited condition leads to people having little or no pigmentation in their eyes, hair, and skin. And given the mythology …

FBI tried and failed to unlock 7,000 encrypted devices

The agency’s director said encryption is ‘a huge, huge problem.’<p>In an 11-month period, the FBI failed to gain access to around 7,000 encrypted mobile devices, <i>BBC News</i> reports, which is about half of those targeted by the agency according to FBI Director Christopher Wray. In a speech given at the …

Privacy

Families of young people with autism struggle with mental health needs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows.<p>These young people -- who may shout for hours, bang their …

Autism

Border Patrol agency applicants keep admitting to serious crimes during polygraphs

Customs and Border Protection has an employment crisis. After a massive growth in ranks through the 2000s, the agency has been steadily losing Border Patrol staff since 2011, even as President Trump demands more. The problems are manifold, including low pay for jobs in remote areas. To widen the …

Megyn Kelly fires back at Bill O'Reilly

NBC's Megyn Kelly responded to former Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly's claim that a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him was a smear campaign.

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

In the gritty industrial town of Yiwu, workers prepare jeans to be dyed in a vivid range of colors.<p>Two months ago, this factory — and this entire city, located in China's eastern province of Zhejiang — was a much quieter place. Inspection crews from the environmental bureau had shut businesses …

US Reportedly Prepping Nuclear Bombers for Posture Not Seen Since Cold War

The U.S. Air Force is reportedly preparing B-52 bombers outfitted with nuclear weapons for 24-hour alert, a posture unseen since the Cold War.<p>In an …

The Bill of Rights

The First 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution<p>The year was 1789. The U.S. Constitution, which had recently passed Congress and been ratified by a …

Bill Of Rights

So you’ve learned you’ve got a “pitifully” low IQ. How worried should you be?

IQ is real, it’s important, and it’s also unreliable on the individual level.<p>The past few years have seen an important shift in popular understanding of IQ. Dismissive slogans like "IQ just measures how well you take tests" have been replaced by a growing understanding of how IQ is real, partially …

Why You Need to Start an AI Company As Soon As Possible

If there's any way you can start an AI company, making a new voicebot, or a home appliance, or a robot development platform, or a consulting company that offers to test out the AI bots from other companies--do it.<p>A report about how much Silicon Valley companies are paying AI engineers caught my eye …

Bots

Roy Moore Is An Outspoken Fundamentalist About Everything But Climate Change

The Alabama Republican, now a Senate nominee, bases most stances in a hard-line interpretation of Christianity. Climate change denial appears no different.<p>Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore takes a hard-line Christian fundamentalist stance on just about every issue.<p>He’s written poems …