The Nineteenth Amendment Turns 100

The Nineteenth Amendment Turns 100

Posted by on Aug 26, 2020 in United States | No Comments

August 18, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification to the Constitution. This amendment granted white women the right to vote. The struggle for white woman suffrage was finally achieved when Tennessee became the final state to officially ratify the amendment. Here, btw remembers the seventy-year effort needed to accomplish this important […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

#NoCoronaSummerSlide It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the negative news about COVID-19 lately. That’s why it’s especially important to learn about amazing people who view the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to make their communities better places. Chrishawndra Matthews is one of these special people. She has taken it upon herself to combat […]

EU Allows Travelers . . . But Not From the U.S.

EU Allows Travelers . . . But Not From the U.S.

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in World | No Comments

Planning a European vacation? Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that you will be able to take it anytime soon. That’s because the European Union (EU) has barred travelers from nations with high levels of COVID-19 . . . among them, the United States. Here, btw takes a closer look at the reason for the ban, its potential […]

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

Posted by on Jul 3, 2020 in People and Culture, United States | No Comments

In a normal year, you might celebrate July 4th by attending a community fireworks show or participating in your town’s local parade. Since many of us will be avoiding crowds due to coronavirus quarantine this year, you may have to celebrate at home by wearing red, white and/or blue; consuming vast amounts of cookout food […]

History of Juneteenth

History of Juneteenth

Posted by on Jun 19, 2020 in United States | No Comments

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 […]

Yosemite National Park Reopens

Yosemite National Park Reopens

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in People and Culture, United States | No Comments

You’re probably excited about your favorite stores and restaurants opening back up again after many states have begun to relax their stay-at-home orders. National parks are starting to open up as well, albeit with additional safety precautions in place. One example of this is Yosemite National Park, located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The park, […]

Protests Occur Nationwide Following George Floyd’s Death

Protests Occur Nationwide Following George Floyd’s Death

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Current Events | No Comments

On May 25, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while he was being arrested. A bystander video taken while the arrest occurred shows Floyd, an unarmed African American man, being held on the ground by a white police officer. Officer Derek Chauvin restrained George Floyd by pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck to keep […]

No Free Money

No Free Money

Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 in Economics | No Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown has been a disaster for many small businesses in the United States. To help address this problem, the federal government created the PPP, or Paycheck Protection Program. The first round of PPP money–$349 billion–was gone in just thirteen days. However, the second round–an additional $310 billion–still has about a […]

When is the Right Time to Reopen?

When is the Right Time to Reopen?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Top Stories | No Comments

To say that the global coronavirus pandemic has been devastating would be an understatement. Worldwide, nearly two million people are infected, with more than 120,000 dead. Right now, 82 countries are imposing some form of lockdown. Around the world, 1.4 billion children are out of school, and the global economy is expected to shrink by […]

COVID-19 and the Economy

COVID-19 and the Economy

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Current Events, Economics | No Comments

By now, you are hopefully adjusting to the “new normal” of self-isolation and social distancing. But what effect are all of these closed-down restaurants, bars, fitness centers, schools, and more having on the economy? Experts agree that we will probably face a significant recession (or even a depression) as a result of these widespread closures. […]