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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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Let the Games Begin!

The winter Olympics opened February 7 in Sochi, Russia amid security concerns, rumors about missing stray dogs, and fervor over Russia’s anti-gay laws. And then all that faded and the focus became the world’s elite athletes who were invited to this city on the edge of the Black Sea to demonstrate their prowess, to amaze […]

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Smoking Stinks

Smoking was big news last week. On Wednesday, February 5, CVS announced that beginning in October, it would no longer sell cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. Representatives for the nation’s second largest drug-store chain cited its desire to focus on customers’ health—and smoking contradicts that goal. The decision is a bold one—CVS will likely lose […]

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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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Protect Your Credit Card from Sneaky Cyber Thieves

On Saturday, January 25, Michaels, the largest craft supply chain in the United States announced it is investigating whether its customers’ credit cards had been hacked while making purchases. If confirmed, it is the latest in a string of in-store credit card breaches. Between November 29, 2013 and December 15, 2013, during the Black Friday […]

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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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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Using peaceful methods, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a protest for equal transportation rights in Alabama that became a national Civil Rights Movement that changed America. It transformed American race relations, ended legal discrimination and segregation, and reminded us of our shared humanity and intertwined destiny. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recognized with a Pulitzer […]

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The Cost of a Traffic Jam

Americans, especially those who live and work in cities, are used to traffic jams. A traffic stand-still during rush hour is part of the commute. So when is a traffic jam not a traffic jam? When the traffic jam is at the center of a political scandal that threatens the political life of a governor, […]

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

The weather outside is about to become frightful. An Arctic blast is expected to deliver blizzards, snow, and super cold to much of the north and eastern United States. The nor’easter that visited Massachusetts and New York last week and this week’s expected storm both will bring more than a shovelful of snow. Snow and […]

Texting and Driving: It Can Wait

Many teens covet a driver’s license with a white-hot passion. A license to drive and the keys to a car opens the (car) door to greater independence. Finally! You can do what you want and get where you want to go with your friends. Earning a license is a highlight of the teen years. However, […]

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