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(Credit: tunart via iStock) What do “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Native Son,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Fahrenheit 451,” and “The Adventures of Captain Underpants” have in common? At one time or other, someone has tried to ban them from classrooms and public […]

Why your kid should read banned books



(Credit: Getty/fstop123) If you’re raising your kids to be bilingual, you’re probably aware of the usual methods parents use to encourage kids to speak two languages. But there can be bumps in the road. Kids resist. You get worn down. And the language of kids’ peers prevails. That’s when you […]

Raising bilingual kids? Get creative




(Credit: AP/Beth J. Harpaz) In the early grades, parents and teachers focus on teaching kids how to read. As kids get older, we hope they’ll want to read. Reading for pleasure has lots of benefits. It builds vocabulary and improves reading comprehension, writing, spelling, grammar, and knowledge of the world. […]

How to motivate a middle school reader


(Credit: AP/Beth J. Harpaz) In the early grades, parents and teachers focus on teaching kids how to read. As kids get older, we hope they’ll want to read. Reading for pleasure has lots of benefits. It builds vocabulary and improves reading comprehension, writing, spelling, grammar, and knowledge of the world. […]

How to motivate a middle school reader







Hundreds of animals were airlifted in a private chartered jet from their homes on the US Virgin Islands which were left devastated by a pair of catastrophic hurricanes.   Dismayed as Hurricane Irma whirled toward St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, Sali Gear who grew up on the islands but now lives in Virginia, swooped in to help some of the archipelago’s dogs and […]

Hurricane Irma: Hundreds of animals airlifted out of the Virgin ...


(Credit: NOAA via AP) As a category 4 hurricane battered Puerto Rico on Wednesday, residents suffered a total collapse of the electric grid as the island experienced major flooding and intense winds. Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. territory a mere two weeks since it had been grazed by Hurricane Irma, […]

Entire island of Puerto Rico loses power


North Korea‘s foreign minister has said he feels “sorry” for Donald Trump’s aides.  Speaking on the sides of the United Nations general assembly in New York, Ri Yong-ho also compared the US President’s threats against his country as the equivalent of a “dog barking”.  His comments followed Mr Trump’s description of North […]

North Korea's Foreign Minister says he 'feels sorry' for Donald ...





Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, and Ted Danson on “The Good Place” (Credit: NBC/Colleen Hayes) Based on my foggy recollection, the last time it was this bad was 2003. That was the fall broadcast television gifted us with “Tarzan,” “The Mullets,” the Norm Macdonald vehicle known as “A Minute with […]

Fall TV is in the Bad Place. So let’s go ...











Talking Heads (Credit: Sire Records) Last year, the rumor mill went into overdrive with whispers that Talking Heads might be reuniting. The very idea was momentous: Save for a 2002 appearance at their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, the beloved post-punk quartet — guitarist/vocalist David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth, […]

“Talking Heads: 77,” released 40 years ago tomorrow



The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has launched an investigation into the clinical trial for a herpes vaccine by an American company because it said its officials were not notified about the experiments. The vaccine research has sparked controversy because the lead investigator, a professor with Southern Illinois University, […]

St. Kitts launches probe of herpes vaccine tests on U.S. ...




As eager customers meet the new iPhone, they’ll explore the latest installment in Apple’s decade-long drive to make sleeker and sexier phones. But to me as a scholar of cybersecurity, these revolutionary innovations have not come without compromises. Early iPhones literally put the “smart” in the smartphone, connecting texting, internet […]

Is the new iPhone designed for cybersafety?


Securities fraud got Martin Shrkeli convicted. Calling for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair got him jailed. The former pharmaceuticals company CEO will remain in jail until his sentencing on a trio of fraud counts, Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto ruled on Wednesday, saying he felt compelled to side with the […]

Martin Shkreli to be jailed after bail is revoked





King Arthur: Legend of the Sword; Baywatch; Dunkirk (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures) Here’s the plot: Picture “Rocky” meets “The Social Network.” An aging Hollywood comes up against a young, scrappy website. The site may be small (staff: 36), but it’s figured out how to unite all of Hollywood’s biggest […]

Rotten Tomatoes must die!












The head of Nato has warned that the world is in a more dangerous position today than it has been in a generation.  Jens Stoltenberg said the number of different threats currently surfacing around the globe simultaneously – including North Korea, terrorists and an increasingly assertive Russia – was making […]

World is at its most dangerous point in 30 years, ...





Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, has vowed to lead the “rebuilding” of the European Union. Speaking in Athens, Mr Macron warned that “sovereignty, democracy and trust” were all “in danger” as he called for greater cooperation and solidarity among EU members.  The French President also reiterated his beliefs that […]

Emmanuel Macron vows to lead the 'rebuilding' of the EU






Hillary Clinton has said Bernie Sanders’ attacks against her during the presidential campaign “caused lasting damage”.  According to excerpts of her new book “What Happened” that have surfaced online, Ms Clinton accused Mr Sanders of paving the way for Donald Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign. Mr Sanders, an Independent senator, had […]

Hillary Clinton attacks Bernie Sanders for causing damage to her ...



(Credit: Getty/danchooalex) “The vitamins go on five.” I was standing in front of the open pantry with a bottle of Flintstones Gummies in my hand and an insistent four-year-old at my knees. I stared down at him bewildered. “Vitamins go on five?” I said. “I’m not sure what ‘five’ means. […]

How I embrace my son’s language of numbers





Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said Turkey should categorically not become a member of the European Union in comments that are expected to further inflame tensions between the Nato allies.  Speaking at a televised election debate with her rival, Martin Schulz, she said she would seek a joint EU position […]

Turkey will never become EU member, says Angela Merkel






Donald Trump is said to be silently growing frustrated with some of the top members of his administration.  In recent weeks, the President reportedly clashed with several of his officials on policy issues. Meanwhile, a top adviser expressed disapproval of Mr Trump’s controversial comments following a violent white nationalist rally […]

Trump reportedly growing frustrated with closest members of team






Donald Trump has called on Congress to put partisanship aside to create the “21st-century tax code that our people deserve” – while also criticising Democratic “obstructionists”.  During a speech in Springfield, Missouri, Mr Trump specifically urged Missouri voters to tell their Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill to embrace tax reform. If […]

Trump calls on Democrats to work with him on tax ...



(Credit: Getty/martinedoucet) Children have a reputation for selfishness. Picture a traditional morning-after-Halloween scene: A child is hunched over a huge mound of collected candy while their parent stands by begging them to share their spoils with a younger, less fortunate sibling. The frustrated parent in this scene embodies the common […]

Do kids have a fundamental sense of fairness?