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'Last Chance' schools prove to be best chance for struggling students

Alternative high schools, such as one in Boston, offer lessons in how to reach students who might otherwise drop out.<p>July 5, 2017 —At Boston Day and …

Nonprofits

7 Podcast Episodes to Get You Through a Long Drive

No matter where you're headed this holiday weekend, here's something to help you get there.<p>Getting away is fun, but it's rarely easy. For a long-haul holiday, you'll need snacks, maps, generosity and resilience...and something to listen to. How else will you distract yourself from the seventeenth …

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain–And Why You Should Have One Today

Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. Ready, set . . . snooze.<p>I’m a big fan of afternoon naps.<p>In fact, I was super excited when I joined Buffer to hear that the team is pro-napping. It’s not every day you come across a company …

How do you treat a dog with OCD?

Some dogs exhibit a compulsive disorder that is eerily similar to that found in humans. Can the methods used to treat man’s best friend work for us too?<p>Curiously, and perhaps eagerly, I am looking at a bull terrier named Sputnik, searching for a resemblance.<p>He’s a stocky three-year-old, mostly …

Pets

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Turns to Twitter for Philanthropy Ideas

Jeff Bezos made a fortune selling stuff online to American consumers. Now he’s turning to the masses for ideas on how to give some of it …

Jeff Bezos

An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos: Please Think Again About Your Philanthropy

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos has tweeted asking for advice on his philanthropy. At the time of writing he’s had more than 8,000 retweets and 30,000 replies. The most important sentence in his request is “I’m thinking I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now — …

Jeff Bezos

Do poor people eat more junk food than wealthier Americans?

Fast food is not just for low-income earners<p>Eating fast food is frequently blamed for damaging our health.<p>As nutrition experts point out, it is not the healthiest type of meal since it is typically high in fat and salt. More widely, it’s seen as a key factor in the growing obesity epidemic in the …

Why this retiree living in a modest brick house decided to give away $4 million

The unassuming millionaire lives in an aging brick house crammed with more than 50 years’ worth of stuff, including, somewhere, expressions of thanks from a major hospital, a local college and a handful of small nonprofit groups.<p>He drives a pair of Buicks. “To me, if it has four wheels and moves, …

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Companies Steal $15 Billion From Their Employees Every Year

The amount of money employers take from their employees each year–by refusing to pay overtime or misclassifying workers so they don’t get minimum wage–is larger than the value of all the theft by criminals.<p>When employers fail to pay overtime, withhold tips from waitresses and waiters, or …