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When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

Defining Empathic Distress<p>I first heard the term <i>empathic distress</i> from Dr. Joan Halifax, an anthropologist, educator, and pioneer in the field of …

Mindfulness

Tennessee Strips $250,000 From Memphis As Payback For Removing Confederate Statues

The city of Memphis could lose a quarter-million dollars as punishment for removing statues of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate President Jefferson Davis last year.<p>The Tennessee House of Representatives voted Tuesday to strip the money from next year's state budget. The sum …

Rights & Freedoms

This California nonprofit turns discarded crayons into new ones for children’s hospitals

<i>Bryan Ware, president of the Crayon Initiative, wants to donate 200,000 packs of crayons this year. His nonprofit provides reconstituted crayons to</i> …

Crayons

Native American Tribe on U.S.-Mexico Border Blocks Trump's National Guard Troops From Its Lands

There’s at least 75 miles of the U.S.‐Mexico border where National Guard troops can’t go, no matter what President Donald Trump says.<p>The Tohono …

Immigration

Hundreds of ex-DOJ officials now urging Congress to ‘forcefully respond’ if Trump fires Mueller

Hundreds of former Justice Department employees are now urging Congress to “swiftly and forcefully respond” should President Trump fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who …

Donald Trump

Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen’

COPENHAGEN — The statue of the woman is nearly 23 feet tall. Her head is wrapped and she stares straight ahead while sitting barefoot, but regally, in a wide-backed chair, clutching a torch in one hand and a tool used to cut sugar cane in the other.<p>In Denmark, where most of the public statues …

History

Iceland’s 1st Black Citizen? An Ex-Slave and War Hero Denmark Now Disregards

COPENHAGEN — Long after his death, Hans Jonathan has, at last, gotten some attention. He is the subject of a well-received biography and a groundbreaking genetic study, and is something of a celebrity in Iceland, where he is thought to have been the first black person.<p>But in Denmark, where Hans …

Black History

Black teen misses bus, gets shot at after asking for directions in Rochester Hills

- A 14-year-old missed his bus and it nearly cost him his life.<p>Things took a dangerous turn when Brennan Walker went looking for help at a Rochester …

Crime

Links to 10 Dr. Seuss Fonts

Does your family love the Dr. Suess books, and do you love making scrapbook pages about it? Then you will love these 10 free Dr. Suess fonts that you …

Typography

Why the Extinction of America's Only Native Parrot Matters

The Carolina Parakeet tells a bigger story.<p>It was winter in upstate New York in 1780 in a rural town called Schoharie, home to the deeply religious …

Birds

5 of Modern History's Most Persistent Myths About the Gender Wage Gap

Equal Pay Day — which in 2018 falls on Tuesday, April 10 — is an annual time to reflect on the persistence of the gender wage gap. The day, picked by …

Gender

Was the Iroquois Great Law of Peace the Source for the U.S. Constitution?

Back in 1744, colonial leaders from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland met with a delegation from what at the time was one of the great powers on …

New York State

15 other presidents who were caught up in salacious sex scandals before Trump's Stormy Daniels saga

Porn star Stormy Daniels' allegations of an affair with President Donald Trump are some of the most salacious to be made against a president.<p>Daniels, an adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says she had an affair with Trump at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament in 2006. Former …

Donald Trump

10 Strategies for Defusing Your Partner's Anger

Constructively responding to your partner’s anger can be a challenging task in even the most loving and secure relationships. It is a moment when …

Anger Management

Tutorial and pattern: Sloth plush softie

This adorable sloth plush is a free pattern from Sew Desu Ne? Velcro at the paws lets him hang from your arms – or a bedpost, or anything, really. …

Sewing

10 hiking apps and gadgets for hitting the trail this spring

Prepare to face the great outdoors.<p>A spring hike is a great way to take advantage of the newly-warm weather. But it also comes with hazards like lingering snow, unpredictable downpours, and winter-damaged roads and trails. To prepare, you need to bring basic essentials like extra clothing, snacks …

Camping

Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

next<p>prev<p>An 1862 letter from President Abraham Lincoln politely declining an offer of elephants from the King of Siam is on display at an exhibition in Thailand.<p>King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair of elephants to the U.S. as a gift of the friendship between the two countries.<p>Lincoln, likely …

Elephants

See Seven Ancient Wonders As They Would Have Looked In Their Prime

From the unmatched wonder of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat to the sprawling majesty of the temples of Bagan in Myanmar (aka Burma). From Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza to the extraordinary carved city of Petra in Jordan. The wonders of the ancient world have long cast a spell over travelers from every corner …

Ancient History

Breffu: a slave, a rebel, a fighter – and a woman almost invisible to history

Early one November morning in 1733 on St Jan, a small island in the Danish West Indies, two slaves waited outside a small stone house belonging to a family of plantation owners, the Krøyers. The slaves, Breffu and Christian, were listening for the sound of a cannon to be fired by their compatriots …

Black History

Everyone is buying DNA kits—here's what you need to know

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>This past Christmas, …

Genealogy

Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya on Monday, leaving his species one step closer to extinction, even as a group of scientists undertake an unprecedented effort to try to keep this animal from vanishing entirely.<p>Sudan was 45 years old, and his health had …

Wildlife

10 Basics of Sportsmanship for Kids

As soon as children start to play youth sports, they begin to learn the basics of sportsmanship for kids. In fact, this is the best reason for young …

There's a Serious Story Behind Mexico's St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Though St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday about Ireland that’s perhaps most famously celebrated in the United States, one of the more festive St. …

Mexico

Here's how 10 of the largest and most important naval battles in modern history played out

The waters of the Earth's oceans have seen as much violence and conflict as its land.<p>For centuries the only way to travel the world was to brave the high sea. Control over shipping routes was essential for the security of nations and empires. Throughout history, the nations of the world have built …

World History

10 Reasons Why Fathers Are Just The Best

Father And Child (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)<p>Moms are our pillars. A shoulder to cry on, and our go-to for emotional support. But sometimes, we …

Stephen Hawking’s 3 Pieces of Advice to His Children

The physicist, who passed away today, shared them with Diane Sawyer back in 2010.<p>By<p>Mar 14 2018, 1:25 PM<p>GETTY<p>Famed physicist and father of modern …

France's first black general once fought a cavalry squadron by himself — and emerged unscathed

General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was covering the retreat of his 30 dragoons and light infantry across a bridge in the Italian village of Klausen when his horse was shot out from beneath him.<p>With his aide-de-camp severely wounded, Dumas found himself alone on the narrow bridge as an entire Austrian …

French History

These 5 Little Things Can Calm Anxiety In An Instant & They'll Fit Right On Your Desk

Feelings of stress and anxiety can often balloon into something that seems totally out of your control, to the point of derailing an entire day. …

Mindfulness

How to Pick a Lock With a Paper Clip | The Art of Manliness

So you know how to pick a lock with a tension wrench and rake. This is an incredibly useful skill, which will allow you to get in your house if you …

Crafting

The Survival Mom: Free Live and Online Courses

The internet has an abundance of free online courses as well as links to live free courses. Learning something new every month is such a valuable way …

Texas A&M