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Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Paradise Lost Once again, Northern California is finding itself ravaged by wildfires–and this year is the deadliest and most destructive one yet. The confirmed death toll currently stands at 85, but with at least 249 still missing, it’s expected to continue to rise. Furthermore, after two weeks, the Camp Fire has destroyed more buildings than […]

Midterm Election Update

Midterm Election Update

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site provides an update on the close midterm election races that were not resolved after the events of Election Day on November 6. Imagine that you’re running for political office. It’s a close race, and as the numbers roll in on Election Night, you’re not sure […]

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Deadly Shooting in California It was supposed to be just a fun night out. But for a dozen people at a California bar, the evening ended in tragedy. Last Wednesday evening at about 11:20 pm, during “College Country Night,” Ian David Long entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, dressed all in […]

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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 […]