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COVID Vaccine Approved for Children Under Five
Jun 30, 2022

COVID Vaccine Approved for Children Under Five

There are approximately nineteen million children under five years old living in the United States. Until recently these children were not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. On June 9, 2022, the White House announced a plan to encourage vaccination for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old. Here, btw takes a […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jun 29, 2022

Stuff YOU Should Know

Sojourner Truth’s Legal Petition In 1828, Isabella Van Wagenen walked into a courthouse in Kingston, New York, to petition a white man to release her nine-year-old son, Peter, from illegal enslavement in Alabama. Peter was released from enslavement on March 15, 1828. It is believed that this case was the first time that an African […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jun 23, 2022

Stuff YOU Should Know

Another Independence Vote for Scotland? In 2014, Scotland held a vote on whether to declare its independence from the United Kingdom. The campaign for independence failed when 55 percent of Scottish voters indicated that they wished to remain with the UK. Since then, however, a lot has happened that may have changed people’s minds. One […]

LGBTQ+ Leaders: A New Generation
Jun 23, 2022

LGBTQ+ Leaders: A New Generation

June is Pride month–a time to recognize and celebrate the history, contributions, and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community. The movement has changed and evolved over the years, and so has its leaders, who include athletes, performers, activists, and more. Here, btw takes a closer look at a few of the members of the newest generation […]

Examining the Lavender Scare
Jun 16, 2022

Examining the Lavender Scare

(Note: This story discusses issues that might be upsetting to some readers, such as anti-LGBTQ discrimination and suicide.)  June is Pride Month: a time to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. But it is also a time to remember and reflect on important historical moments in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. One such […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jun 15, 2022

Stuff YOU Should Know

Glass Half Full or Half Empty? The world’s most used natural resource is water. Can you guess the second-most-used resource? It’s not coal or trees: it’s sand. Every year, the world uses fifty billion tons of silica sand. (That’s enough sand to build a wall more than 88 feet high and 88 feet wide around […]

History of Juneteenth
Jun 15, 2022

History of Juneteenth

President Abraham Lincoln declared an end to slavery in the United States with the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862. Following the Union army’s success at the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln proclaimed “That on the 1st day of January . . . 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a […]

The United Kingdom’s Platinum Jubilee
Jun 10, 2022

The United Kingdom’s Platinum Jubilee

Sunday, June 5th, brought the conclusion of Queen Elizabeth II’s four-day Platinum Jubilee, a celebration of her seventy years as monarch. At 96 years old, she is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Here, btw takes a closer look at some of the celebration’s most memorable moments, as well as at how the world has […]

YOU DECIDE: Should communities leveled by hurricanes be rebuilt in the same place?
Jun 10, 2022

YOU DECIDE: Should communities leveled by hurricanes be rebuilt in the same place?

It’s summer, and that means the start of hurricane season. Due to the effects of climate change, the United States faces more deadly hurricanes every year. During the past two years, a record fifty named storms formed over the Atlantic Ocean, with eighteen tropical storms and hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. Every year, communities […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jun 10, 2022

Stuff YOU Should Know

Monarch Butterfly Populations on the Rise  Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every winter. Migration is a dangerous journey. Monarch populations are also impacted by challenges such as drought, severe weather, habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. But even so, the number of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico this past winter was increased by a […]