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Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Voter Controversy in Georgia A new development in the hotly-contested Georgia governor’s race has led to accusations of voter suppression. To review: in November, Brian Kemp, the Republican secretary of state, will face off against Stacey Abrams, the Democratic former state House minority leader. If Abrams wins, she will become the first black governor in […]

Kroger Bans Plastic Bags

Kroger Bans Plastic Bags

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

In June, btw brought you the story of how many businesses, and even cities, are banning plastic drinking straws in an effort to eliminate some of the plastic waste in our oceans and waterways. Now, one U.S. grocery store chain is taking another important anti-plastic measure, and banning single-use plastic bags as well. The Kroger […]

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Fight Fire with . . . a Bill? You can’t stop wildfires with a law. Or can you? California state legislators, facing a second year of record-level wildfire destruction, are trying to do just that. One proposal is to pass laws requiring a more rigorous emergency alert system, to give more people time to evacuate. […]

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Champion Promise LeBron James may be the best basketball player in the world. But now he’s contributing something to society that’s arguably even more meaningful: a school. Situated in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, James’s school–called “I Promise”–is no ordinary educational facility. Focusing on academically “at-risk” youth, the program seeks to do more than […]

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Soccer Team Rescued from Thailand Caves Last week, btw brought you the story of the boys soccer team that was trapped in a vast cave system in Thailand. Now, after a staggering seventeen days underground, all twelve of the boys and their coach have been rescued and brought to safety. The boys initially became trapped […]

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Hungarian Hard Line The United States isn’t the only country that’s divided right now over the controversial issue of immigration. Hungary has taken the debate a step further, by passing a law making it illegal even to help undocumented immigrants. Like Donald Trump, Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that immigrants are a threat to his […]

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Can Bees Do Math? Have you ever wondered if animals can count? What about insects? If that sounds like a crazy idea, you’ll be surprised to hear that honeybees can count to four. Even more impressively, Australian scientists have recently discovered that they may also understand the concept of zero. Here’s what happened. Scientists in […]

Women Win Big in June Primaries

Women Win Big in June Primaries

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines women’s victories in recent primaries. You may not have realized it, but June 5 was a pretty big day. Why? Because eight states held primary elections: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. In fact, it was the year’s […]

Stop Sipping to Save the Earth

Stop Sipping to Save the Earth

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Top Stories | No Comments

When you order your favorite soft drink or milkshake, how do you drink it? If you said “With a straw,” you’re not alone. In fact, Americans use an estimated 500 million plastic straws every day. But this is about to change. Across the country, universities, food service companies, and even entire cities are banning plastic […]

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Another Side of ISIS American reporters have managed to retrieve over 15,000 pages of documents left behind by the Islamic State (ISIS). These documents–most of which show day-to-day governmental transactions, such as land purchases and marriage certificates–help to explain how ISIS managed to stay in power for as long as it did. The bottom line […]