Advice from teachers on how to make happier students
Parents can learn a lesson or two from teachers about what their kids' instructors want in the upcoming year. Teachers in several school systems were asked what parents can do, beyond reading with their kids, to help their children be better students. Here's what they had to say.
College sets Guinness world record for thumb war
More than 800 members of the University of Central Oklahoma community descended on Wantland Stadium for Thumbmania Tuesday, as students and faculty set a world record for the longest continuous chain of thumb war.
Diploma withheld from valedictorian who used 'hell' in speech
High school valdictorian Kaitlin Nootbaar says she doesn't consider the context in which she used the word "hell" in her commencement speech inappropriate or even impolite.
Super-commuters: How far would you travel for a paycheck?
A growing number of workers are now traveling long distances every day to earn a dollar, and we're not talking about commuting just an hour or so. A report conducted by the NYU Wagner Rudin Center showed that Manhattan had the highest number of extreme commuters in the country.
TLC's gamble: Sticking to reality
Reality TV is at the heart of TLC's formula, as it is with much of cable television's, but a sea change may be occurring: Competing networks such as Bravo and History are turning to scripted programming to appeal to an increasingly fragmented audience and to attract ad dollars.
D'oh! Postal Service stuck with 682 million 'Simpsons' stamps
In a move that wasted $1.2 million in printing costs, the U.S. Postal Service produced 1 billion of "The Simpsons" stamps and sold 318 million.
10 things that kill more people than sharks
You're more likely to be crushed by the vending machine while trying to shake free your Snickers bar than killed by a shark.
Record heat, drought point to longer-term climate issues
Under the most wide-reaching drought since 1956, and torched by the hottest July on record dating from 1895, the United States has been under the kind of weather stress that climatologists say will be more common if the long-standing trend toward higher U.S. temperatures continues. Most immediately affected are the nation's water sources and the people and crops that rely on them.
It takes everyone to put an end to bullying
As an Army brat, I always considered myself a professional “new kid.” New schools. New neighborhoods. New friends.
Mortgage rates: How low can they go?
For consumers who want to buy a home and can't qualify for a mortgage, it has to be agony. Mortgage interest rates continue to fall, making homes even more affordable. The decline in rates, coupled with rising home values, just might improve your chances.
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