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  • Elementary school quits homework

    CLEBURNE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – The Principal at Fruithurst Elementary in Cleburne County says research on homework prompted her to do away with daily take home assignments. Her students no longer have homework. “It doesn’t show any positive correlation in Elementary school between homework and academic achievement. There is no research that proves that, no,” Principal Dr. Christy Hiett said. Hiett says that research has been around for decades but educators have just been slow to change from what they have always done. “I read several about the pressures of homework. The stress on children, the stress on parents, the things children are not getting to do in the afternoons  because of the hours of homework they have to do,” she said. Hiett reached out to researchers including Alfie Kahn, the author of The Homework Myth.  “I’ve read that and gotten email responses from him with questions that I’ve had,” she said. Those researchers offered no evidence that homework helped …

    September 28, 2016 5:59 pm


  • Clinton enlists former foe Sanders in appeal for youth votes in presidential race

    DURHAM, N.H. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shared a stage with former rival Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to appeal for youth votes in the Nov. 8 election as opinion polls show a close race with Republican Donald Trump. Clinton told an audience at the University of New Hampshire that she would make college affordable if she wins the White House, the kind of promise that won Sanders many young supporters during the Democratic nominating contest. “We should and we will make public colleges tuition-free for families earning less than $125,000 a year,” Clinton said. She vowed to help those who already have student debt to refinance. Clinton’s campaign is worried that some polls show voters under the age of 30 might not turn out in great numbers at polling stations in November, potentially giving an advantage to Trump. Members of the crowd on Wednesday waved signs that read: “I will vote.” Recent opinion polls …

    September 28, 2016 5:59 pm


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • Rob Gronkowski: ‘I can’t wait until I’m going crazy out there again’

    5:41 PM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Limited to just 14 snaps in his return to action last Thursday, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was eased carefully into the mix. This was the equivalent of dipping his toe into the water instead of making it a cannonball-type plunge. Gronkowski, for his part, wants the cannonball as soon as possible. “I can’t wait until I’m going crazy out there again,” he said Wednesday. But being smart trumps that type of approach, as Gronkowski noted hamstring injuries aren’t the type of thing to push too hard. “You’ve got to be careful with any injury, but I mean, if you research hamstrings, if you know anything about hamstrings, you’ve definitely got to be careful,” he said at the interview podium, where he was filling in for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. “You’ve got to progress. You can’t just hop back in and be …

    September 28, 2016 5:18 pm

World News

  • Dutch investigation: Russian missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A Dutch-led investigation has concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine two years ago by a missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels. Dutch prosecutors traced Russia’s role in bringing the missile system into Ukraine and its cover-up attempts after all 298 on board were killed when the Boeing 777 jet broke up in midair during a flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 17, 2014. Prosecutors from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine laid out their evidence at a news conference Wednesday. “Based on the criminal investigation, we have concluded that flight MH17 was downed by a Buk missile of the series 9M83 that came from the territory of the Russian Federation,” chief Dutch police investigator Wilbert Paulissen said. Individual suspects were not named, and it was not stated whether Russian soldiers played a part. But Paulissen …

    September 28, 2016 6:19 pm


  • Shutter falls on life-logging camera start-up Narrative

    Image copyright Narrative Image caption The Narrative Clip cameras were a crowdfunding success but failed to catch on with the wider public The Swedish maker of life-logging cameras has told owners that it is shutting down. Narrative – which was originally known as Memoto – raised more than $550,000 (£425,000) when it crowdfunded its small wearable camera in 2012. Its failure follows the demise of Autographer, which sold a similar item. Others are still active in the sector and Sony has teased its own product. But one expert suggested such kit was doomed. “I loved [the] ‘lifelogger’ category, but it became clear through use, it was not viable,” tweeted Ben Wood from CCS Insight. Image copyright Sony Image caption Sony showed off the Xperia Eye wearable camera earlier this year but has not said if it will bring it to market The Narrative Clip cameras automatically took a photo every 30 seconds and could also …

    September 28, 2016 1:57 pm


  • Flash Physics: Salty life on Mars, predicting molecular properties and a new head for NASA science

    Salt mine could help shed light on Martian life Salty shapes: Peter Edwards and colleagues use a Raman spectrometer in Boulby mine In a bid to determine if there is – or has ever been – life on Mars, researchers in the UK are using Raman spectrometers to study environments on Earth that resemble the planet – including the Boulby salt mine in North Yorkshire. The team hopes to inform the European Space Agency’s 2020 ExoMars mission, which will land a rover on the Red Planet. The rover will be equipped with a host of instruments capable of analysing the composition and structure of material recovered from the near sub-surface of Mars. The researchers at the University of Leicester are part of a larger team that is developing a camera system for the rover’s one Raman spectrometer. Leicester’s Peter Edwards is looking into optimizing its performance by studying various types of samples recovered from extreme …

    September 28, 2016 1:37 pm


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ creator Agnes Nixon dead at 88

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) — All My Children and One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon died Wednesday morning at the age of 88. TVLine and Philly.com were among the media outlets that reported the sad news. Nixon’s other writing/producing credits include As the World Turns, Search for Tomorrow, Another World, Guiding Light, Loving and The City. She won several Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on soap operas. “We are very sad to hear of the passing of Agnes Nixon – a true giant in our industry. #allmychildren #onelifetolive RIP,” the Daytime Emmys Facebook page said. “It is with a heavy heart I mourn the passing of television pioneer Agnes Nixon, someone I was proud to call a friend. Agnes’ impact on daytime television and pop culture is undeniable,” Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement. “She was the first to champion socially relevant topics, and …

    September 28, 2016 6:39 pm


  • Five lessons we can all learn from Shimon Peres

    People across the world today walk with heavy hearts over the passing of one of the most iconic diplomats of our time. Shimon Peres devoted much of his 93 years to service.  As we mourn his death, let us all celebrate his life and the lessons it teaches us all about what statesmanship can and must look like. First, it is up to all of us to take action. As we watch the endless cavalcade of horrors crossing our twitter feeds and TV screens, each of us can work to effect different outcomes. Peres was born in a small town in Poland in 1923 and, after emigrating to Palestine with his family as a young boy, joined the Jewish underground and began fighting for an independent Jewish state: a dream realized in 1948.   Today’s wars take place on battlefields of all kinds, but the lesson we must learn is that it is not up to …

    September 28, 2016 5:38 pm

Odd News

  • ‘Pepe the frog’ cartoon designated as hate symbol by Anti-Defamation League

    NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A series of images commonly used on internet message boards depicting a cartoon frog were designated as hate symbols by the Anti-Defamation League. Images of the character “Pepe the frog” portrayed with a Hitler-like moustache, wearing a yarmulke or a Klan hood aimed at Jews and other groups were added to the ADL’s online “Hate on Display” database, according to a press release. According to the ADL, the cartoon, also known as the “sad frog meme,” proliferated in online forums such as 4chan, 8chan and Reddit along with other memes promoting “anti-Jewish, bigoted and offensive ideas” before reaching viral status on more mainstream online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Pepe memes joined the Swastika, blood drop cross and “(((echo)))” symbol as anti-Semitic hate symbols, according to the Anti-Defamation League. “Once again, racists and haters have taken a popular Internet meme and twisted it for their own purposes of …

    September 28, 2016 5:59 pm