Rosa Parks Arrives at the Rotunda

Last week, the calendar advanced from February—African American History Month—to March—Women’s History Month. Who better to lead us from one historic month to the next than Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement? This past week was an historic one for Rosa Parks. On Tuesday, February 27, Rosa Parks became the first African American […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Meteorite

Traveling at an estimated 33,000 mph, faster than the speed of sound, a 10-ton meteor broke into pieces above Earth on February 15, 2013. One meteorite hurtled onward toward Earth, streaking brilliantly across the sky above Chelyabinsk, Russia. Its shockwaves shattered more than 4,000 windows and engaged car alarms. Approximately 1,000 people sustained injuries. Scientists […]

Pope Benedict XVI Bids Adieu

The Pope is important to Catholics; however, last week, he was the talk of people worldwide, despite their religious preferences. The Pope is responsible for ensuring that all decisions made by the Catholic Church adhere to the mission, doctrine, and morals of the Church. He is not worshipped, but he is certainly revered and respected. […]

You have Mail…but not on Saturdays

“You have mail” used to refer to real mail, snail mail, mail in the mailbox by your curb or on your porch. For centuries the United States Postal Service brought letters that connected family and friends when phones and computers were non-existent, uncommon, or expensive. The USPS remitted bills and advertisements, and delivered invitations and […]

The Burmese Python Invades Florida’s Everglades

Florida has a problem. Not with politicians, too many sun-seeking tourists, part-time senior citizens residents, or vacationing college students. No, Florida has a problem with snakes. Burmese pythons to be exact. Florida, home of Walt Disney World, is accustomed to welcoming visitors from around the world. But, some visitors are more problematic. Burmese pythons, it […]

Boeing’s 787: Dreamliner or Nightmare?

When Boeing introduced the new 787 Dreamliner airplane in 2011, it touted the innovative airplane as lighter and 20% more fuel efficient than other airplanes due in part to the use of lithium-ion batteries. However, the Dreamliner has been plagued by a string of recent safety incidents. On January 8, 2013, a flight from Boston […]

Hail to the Chief

This week, Washington D.C. hosts a series of events that celebrate the fifty-seventh inauguration of the President of the United States. Barack Obama will officially be sworn in for his second term on Monday, January 21, 2013. It is the final step on a journey that began over a year ago on the campaign trail, […]

Beat the Flu Bug

Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, you may want to head out to a pharmacy or doctor’s office soon. This year’s flu arrived early and is packing a virulent punch. Last week, the mayor of Boston and the governor of New York each declared public health emergencies. In Boston, there have […]


The Battle over Bottled Water

The town of Concord, Massachusetts, this week banned…can you guess? Not handguns, oxycontin, or texting while driving. They banned the sale of water in plastic bottles one liter (34 ounces) or less. The law states: “It shall be unlawful to sell non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) […]

Ringing in a New Gregorian Year

2012’s final hours arrive on Monday, December 31. People around the world will mark the end of the old year and celebrate the promise of a new year with parties and fireworks. They will revel in the possibilities for self-improvement and make resolutions to be more organized, healthy, well-read, or diligent. Despite the fun, calendars […]

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