Cristina Gonzalez McAllister

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Girl Scouts add new STEM badges in robotics, coding, and racecar design

You go, girls<p>Today, the Girl Scouts of the USA introduced 23 new badges in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, and the outdoors. This is the largest rollout of new badges for the organization in almost a decade, aiming its focus on encouraging interest in STEM and environmental …

Prepare to update, because Google Drive PC app dies next March

If you're among the hundreds of millions of people using Google Drive to synchronize files across your PCs and phones, be warned: you've now got three months to install its replacement.<p>Google announced in July that it's replacing the Google Drive software for personal computers with Backup and …

2 Biker Rallies: One White, One Black — One 'Badass,' The Other, Just 'Bad'

In his column this week, Charles Blow of <i>The New</i> <i>York Times</i> broke down the difference between "bikers" and "thugs" in the wake of the deadly biker gang shootout in Waco, Texas:<p>"The words 'outlaw' and 'biker,' while pejorative to some, still evoke a certain romanticism in the American ethos. They …

The G Word: Gentrification and Its Many Meanings

Changing neighborhoods may be a class issue, but in America, that means it's also a racial one.<p>Ask city-dwellers to describe what, precisely, gentrification is you’ll get an array of answers. The term is a murky one, used to describe the many different ways through which money and development enter …

New York City

Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm Arrive In U.S.

"She doesn’t know it yet but she’ll have a soft warm bed for the rest of her life now,” a worker said.<p>Dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm are destined for lives of belly rubs and squeaky toys after being flown to shelters in the U.S. over the weekend.<p>Humane Society …

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Expire This Month | Marijuana

Share<p>Tweet<p>Share<p>Pin<p>Three weeks.<p>That’s how long until a law that protects people who are following state medical marijuana laws from being prosecuted …

Cannabis

11 Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods You Eat Every Day

11 Foods I Thought Were Healthy, But Really Aren't<p>Don't be fooled by deceptively "healthy" choices.<p>November 20, 2016<p>All too often, I get tricked by …

How University Costs Keep Rising Despite Tuition Freezes

Ballooning fees are leaving some students feeling nickel-and-dimed.<p>DAYTON, Ohio—At a time when public anger is laser-focused on tuition charges that are rising three times faster than inflation, something less well understood has actually been largely responsible for pushing up the cost of college: …

College & University

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated)

The company declined to do so, but the case raises bigger questions about IoT privacy.<p>Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help …

Smart Homes

Using Multiple Social Media Platforms May Lead to Depression and Anxiety, New Study Finds

This is scary.<p>By now, it's no secret that social media affects your mental health. The downside of social media has been well-covered and, perhaps ironically, often shared. It's linked with depression and can seriously impact your mood. But what hasn't been said about social media, at least as …

How the Justice System Pushes Kids Out of Classrooms and Into Prisons

The playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith explored the link between schools and incarceration in her one-woman show Notes From the Field.<p><i>This is the third installment in our series examining the intersections of education and entertainment in 2016. Read previous entries on</i> <i>a</i> <i>documentary and</i> …

Fatal shootings by police remain relatively unchanged after two years

By Kimbriell Kelly ,<p>Kimbriell Kelly<p>Investigative reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Wesley Lowery ,<p>Wesley Lowery<p>National correspondent covering law enforcement, justice and their intersection with politics and policy<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Steven Rich ,<p>Steven Rich<p>Database editor for the investigations unit<p>Email Bio …

Law Enforcement

These climate change truths are much worse than inconvenient

By Editorial Board<p>THE EARTH’S natural systems are so complex that it can be hard to prove links between specific instances of extreme weather and the long-term shifting of global temperatures that humans are causing. But that does not suggest there are no links, or that warming is not happening. In …

Climate Change

How to Support Mental Health Through Urban Planning

This group advocates designing cities with emotional well-being in mind.<p>TheTokyo-based psychiatrist Layla McCay founded the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health over a year ago, and it’s grown at a more rapid pace than she expected. “Be careful of finding an unmet need,” she jokes, noting that …

Navigating Campus Together

First-generation faculty can steer first-generation college students toward success.<p>I knew Sarah was one of them on the first day of class. We made eye contact as I reviewed the lengthy roll of campus resources listed on my syllabus. “Just so you know,” I said, “all of these people are here to help …

The good news and bad news about homelessness in America in 2016

Homelessness in the US has dropped 15% since 2007, with 97,000 fewer Americans living on the streets or in shelters, according to a year-end report (pdf) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development,<p>It’s a nice metric for the Obama administration to leave office on, but it’s worth asking …

Obama's Weak Defense of His Record on Drone Killings

His choices made unjust strikes predictable and inevitable—and with Donald Trump poised to take power, the precedents he set are all the more alarming.<p>When my colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates interviewed President Obama for his recent article, “My President Was Black,” the discussion briefly turned to …

Escaping the Disability Trap

What’s the best way to prepare special-needs students for the workforce?<p>Today, more than 1 million students are trapped in an education system that wasn’t built for them. That system wasn’t designed to accommodate their disabilities—the kinds of intellectual, cognitive, communicative, and physical …

A New Missouri Law Could Give Kids Serious Criminal Records For School Fights, Schools Say

And have a devastating impact on the school-to-prison pipeline.<p>A new Missouri statute is drawing the ire of civil rights advocates over concerns that it unnecessarily criminalizes children. However, a state lawmaker says that the statute is being mischaracterized and does not spur significant …

Civil Rights

Post-concussion exercise may help children, teens recover: study

Exercise increases blood flow to brain and could help speed up healing, improve cognitive function, researchers said.<p>TORONTO – Getting physical …

The Strange Case of the American Death Penalty

It’s a paradoxical moment in the history of the death penalty in the United States. The number of executions has dwindled to just a few, but the voters, even in the most liberal states, seem to want the punishment to remain on the books. That’s the message of the annual report from the Death …

Florida

Drinking on Antidepressants

“So why did you stop drinking?” my friend Brad asked recently when we were out for dinner. “You never seemed to have a drinking problem.”<p>The question surprised me, coming as it did a full two years after my decision to take a “break” from alcohol. He was scanning the wine list, and I sensed he was …

The Interesting Case of LCD Screens and Post Concussive Headaches

Managing headaches is a significant part of treating post concussive syndrome in my practice, particularly among high school kids, because of another major issue: pixelated screens.<p><b>Nellie Develops Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS)</b><p><i>Nellie is a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a sailboat boom five days</i> …

Headaches

D.C. Council votes for expansive paid family and medical leave for private-sector workers.

By Peter Jamison<p>Peter Jamison<p>Reporter covering D.C. politics and government<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The D.C. Council gave final approval Tuesday to a plan that will provide private-sector workers some of the nation’s most generous family and medical leave benefits, fighting off a last-minute revolt by the …

Health Care

Black men in the US are nearly three times as likely to be killed in an encounter with the police as white men

So far this year, 922 people were shot and killed by the police in America. Nearly all of those people were men. Nearly half of those victims were white, while a quarter were black, reports the Washington Post. That sounds good until you account for the fact that, according to the 2015 census, just …

How Much Is Too Much? New Study Casts Doubts On Sugar Guidelines

By now, you've very likely heard the case for limiting sugar.<p>Over the past two years the World Health Organization and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have begun urging us to consume no more than 10 percent of our daily calories from added sugar. Drinking more than one sugar-sweetened soda a day can …

A Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration

A Brennan Center report argues that releasing the “unnecessarily incarcerated” could reduce U.S. prison populations by almost 40 percent.<p>Much of the debate surrounding mass incarceration is centered on its statistics: The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its …

Charity Can’t Replace the Safety Net. This New Study Is a Reminder Why.

There are lots of reasons why private philanthropy can't replace the government safety net, but one of the most fundamental is that people tend to …

The Case for the Cuba Embargo

Senator Robert Menendez explains why he thinks Obama opened to the island too soon.<p>On November 26, the New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez held a press conference at the Union of Ex-Political Prisoners of Cuba, a human rights group based in Union City. Known colloquially as “Havana on the Hudson,” …