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Recalled: Toyota’s Expensive Mistakes

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a $1.2 billion (that is not a typo—it’s billion with a b) fine against carmaker Toyota. The Department of Justice imposed the fine after investigating how Toyota handled the 2009 recall of 8.1 million cars. Watch an excerpt of the news conference where Attorney General Holder announces the decision […]

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Lost: Amelia Earhart

On March 8, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 left the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Beijing, China. It never arrived. Over a week later, rescuers continue to search for the plane and its 239 passengers in huge swaths of the Indian Ocean west of Australia, as well the mountains of Central Asia. The multi-national rescue […]

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Crisis in Crimea

Russian President Putin enjoyed the spotlight last month when Russia hosted the Olympic games. Last week, Putin returned to the headlines but for a very different reason. The Russian military is engaged in a tense military stand-off with Ukrainian forces as both sides lay claim to the Crimean peninsula. As the conflict deepens and western […]

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Celebrating Women Leaders – March 2014

This month, we celebrate women in history. By focusing on the great number of inventions, discoveries, ideas, and achievements by women throughout history provides students with an appreciation of the ingenuity that women have contributed to our world today. March’s focus on women should merely be a springboard for exploring the accomplishments of hard-working, intelligent, […]

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Riding the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman

Freedom, prosperity, and equality shape Americans’ national ideals and identity. America’s lineage is full of people who have worked hard and prospered. But, strife, inequality, and brutality are also a part of America’s bloodline. Thankfully, America’s story includes men and women who faced intimidating foes and overwhelming opposition yet asked a bold question: Why not […]

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Otzi/Oetzi the Mummy

In 1991, when walking near a melting glacier on the Otztal Alps in South Tyrol, at the border of Austria and Italy, tourists Helmut and Erika Simon noticed something they could not identify. Moving closer, they began to panic when they realized what they had found. It was not a discarded piece of worthless matter […]

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Goodnight, Pete

On Monday, January 27, American folksinger, songwriter, and life-long advocate Pete Seeger died at the age of 94. Pete Seeger believed deeply in the founding vision of America: justice and equality for all. Throughout his life he revived and used American folk music to unite people, and to work toward a more perfect world. For […]

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Perseverance and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote an interesting letter to her husband. As a member of the Continental Congress, John Adams had been working with colleagues to craft a declaration of independence for the newly ‘united’ states. Abigail reminded John to remember the ladies in this new democracy. In an attempt to placate his wife, John […]

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A Lot Happening in 1922

What do the following events have in common: Irish Civil War, Teapot Dome Scandal, the abolishment of the Ottoman Empire, and the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb? The common thread is that all of the mentioned events took place during 1922. Season 4 of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey began airing last month. This […]

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And the Nominees Are…

What makes a movie award-worthy? Is it movies that make you laugh out loud? (Not a little computer LOL but snorting, belly-laughing, for real out loud.) Is it movies that make you say, “Whoa!”? Is it movies that make you smile all day, or movies that make you think? Is it movies that most effectively […]

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