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Common Core: Q&A

Friday, March 27, 2015

By ERIC PFAHLER Scripps News Common Core State Standards began as a state-initiated effort to build consistent K-12 standards throughout the country. Though Common Core started as a bipartisan effort, the standards have evolved into a battleground issue for a sizable portion of the country and could even become an issue in the 2016 presidential election. Concerns ranging from the … 0

Preserving Cherokee

Friday, March 27, 2015

CHEROKEE, N.C. — Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction. Yet his mother purposely didn’t teach him. “She told us she had a hard time in school … 0

Racist chant taught on fraternity leadership cruise, university says

Friday, March 27, 2015

An investigation by the University of Oklahoma has found that the racist chant by university members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was learned during a leadership cruise sponsored by the fraternity’s national headquarters. University President David Boren released the school’s findings Friday and asked the national fraternity if it has investigated the source of the chant. The national SAE did not immediately respond to … 0

Is your face the future of computer passwords?

Monday, March 23, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You’re not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are … 0

NC State halts fraternity parties after pledge book with rape, lynching jokes surfaces

Friday, March 20, 2015

North Carolina State University announced an immediate halt to all fraternity activities involving alcohol Friday, less than 24 hours after campus officials obtained a copy of a “pledge book” filled with jokes about sexual assault and lynching black men. The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity was suspended Thursday night, … 0

FBI asks for patience in black man’s hanging in Mississippi

Friday, March 20, 2015

PORT GIBSON, Miss. — An FBI agent appealed for patience Friday after a black man was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi, saying 30 federal, state and local agents were working intensively to determine whether he was … 0

Boehner off to Israel; Netanyahu’s ties to Obama hit new low

Friday, March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Israel as already strained relations between the White House and newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low this week. On the surface, the Republican leader’s … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, March 20, 2015

Phoenix Zoo finds 2-year-old bear is female, not male PHOENIX — The Phoenix Zoo is fessing up to what it calls an “embearassing” mistake regarding one of its animals. Zoo officials say they were planning to transfer Luka to the Nashville, Tennessee, zoo when they recently discovered that … 0

US first lady in Cambodia to promote girls’ education

Friday, March 20, 2015

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plans to meet Cambodian students Saturday to hear their stories and share America’s perspectives on education as part of a campaign to help girls around the world stay in … 0

New movers, shakers in seeking government info

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Newspapers were once the dominant force in dislodging documents and other records from reluctant federal government agencies, but a new crop of media players, advocacy groups and corporate interests now drive the release of information. The … 0

ACLU sues TSA for data on passenger-observation screening program

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Transportation Security Administration on Thursday, seeking information on a controversial passenger screening program. At the center of the lawsuit is the TSA’s Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques program, known as SPOT. The program is designed to catch potential terrorists by observing … 0

Cop shootings of mentally ill reveal gaps in care, say experts

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DALLAS — A fatal shooting last year by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of a homeless man with a history of schizophrenia triggered large demonstrations. A month later, Milwaukee police shot a mentally ill man 14 times. In … 0

The unemployment and the damage done

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Unemployment isn’t just bad for your bank account. It can also do serious damage to mental health — especially for younger adults who are just starting out in life, new research shows. Nearly 12 percent of Americans between ages 18 and 25 were deemed to be depressed based … 0