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Lone Soldier: Birthright Is ‘Not Responsible For The Loss Of My Arm' -
Lone Soldier: Birthright Is ‘Not Responsible For The Loss Of My Arm'
A recent Slate article drew harsh criticism for suggesting that an Israeli organization that sponsors a 10-day free trip to Israel for young Jewish people is partially to blame for the recent death of an American lone soldier serving in the Israel Defense Force. Max Steinberg, 24, first visited Israel on a trip sponsored by Birthright two years ago. Upon his return, he told his parents that he was going to serve in the IDF, which they supported. On Monday, Steinberg was killed. The day before his funeral, Slate senior editor Allison Benedikt wrote this piece arguing that Birthright propaganda is partially responsible for Steinberg's death. She wrote: "You spend hundreds of millions of dollars to convince young Jews that they are deeply connected to a country that desperately needs their support? This is what you get," she wrote. Izzy Ezagui, an American who also went on one of these sponsored trips, joined the IDF and had his arm blown off during battle. He told host Marc Lamont Hill...
NASA Satellites Reveal Shocking Groundwater Loss In Colorado River Basin -
NASA Satellites Reveal Shocking Groundwater Loss In Colorado River Basin
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites. Researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine say their study is the first to quantify how much groundwater people in the West are using during the region's current drought. Stephanie Castle, the study's lead author and a water resource specialist at the University of California, Irvine, called the extent of the groundwater depletion "shocking." "We didn't realize the magnitude of how much water we actually depleted" in the West, Castle said. Since 2004, researchers said, the Colorado River basin — the largest in the Southwest — has lost 53 million acre feet, or 17 trillion gallons, of water. That's enough to supply more than 50 million households for a year, or nearly fill Lake Mead — the nation's largest water...
U.S. Weighs Refugee Status For Honduran Youth Displaced By Armed Conflict -
U.S. Weighs Refugee Status For Honduran Youth Displaced By Armed Conflict
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras, one of the world's most violent nations, to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. Similar in-country screening programs were set up in East Asia after the Vietnam War and in Haiti in the 1990s. The officials cautioned that no final decision on the matter has been made and said the proposal is among a range of ideas the White House is considering. The officials briefed reporters ahead of President Barack Obama's meeting Friday with Central American leaders on the condition they not be identified by name. The United Nations has been pushing the U.S. to treat children arriving at the southern border from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador as refugees displaced by armed conflict. The...
Don't Buy This Jacket (Part 2) -
Don't Buy This Jacket (Part 2)
The garment and apparel industry accounted for almost $3 trillion of the world's economy in 2011. Photo courtesy of Eileen Fisher. GREIFENSTEIN CASTLE, SWITZERLAND -- By now, most of us have heard about the controversial Patagonia ad entitled "Don't Buy This Jacket." In the copy, Patagonia basically cops a plea and admits that even with its sustainable practices in place, the carbon footprint of the garment depicted in the ad is much higher than anyone would think. Huge amounts of water and other energy resources are required for the manufacturing process of virtually all clothing. Especially when most of it is made in developing countries without regard to environmental regulations. Patagonia's ad entitled "Don't Buy This Jacket" proudly encourages its customers not to practice overconsumption. At a recent economic conference I attended at this stately 16-century restored castle, Impact Economy CEO Dr. Maximilian Martin provided a plethora of statistics to back up the point made in...
Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian, Three Others, Reportedly Detained In Iran -
Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian, Three Others, Reportedly Detained In Iran
NEW YORK -- Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, appears to be detained in Iran, the paper revealed Thursday. The Post reported that his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two others were also detained Tuesday evening. Rezaian holds dual American and Iranian citizenship, while Salehi, a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National, is an Iranian citizen and has applied for U.S. permanent residency. The Post did not name the two other American citizens detained, but identified them as freelance photojournalists. It’s unclear why Iranian authorities would detain them. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told the Post that the government is aware of reports of the detentions, but did not provide additional information. Douglas Jehl, the Post’s foreign editor, said in a statement to HuffPost that the paper “received credible reports” the four are being held. “We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned for the welfare of Jason,...
This American Fought For Israel But Feels 'Terrible For The People In Gaza' -
This American Fought For Israel But Feels 'Terrible For The People In Gaza'
Two Americans serving in the Israel Defense Forces were killed last weekend in Gaza, but they’re not the only U.S. citizens fighting for Israel. One former lone soldier who fought in the Golani Brigade, sat down with HuffPost Live on Thursday, to discuss his motivations for joining and why he feels “terrible” for the victims of Gaza. “I was always really politically aware ... but I felt that wasn’t enough,” Cohen told host Marc Lamont Hill. “I felt that I had to actually feel it on my flesh and not just go to Washington [for AIPAC] once a year and advocate for Israel.” But after volunteering with the army and seeing the carnage firsthand, Cohen said his own opinions regarding the conflict shifted. While the former soldier feels for those in Gaza, he suggested that Hamas’ leadership could be responsible for much of the hardship. “I do identify with the fact that some of the Palestinians have tough lives, and I don’t think that’s necessarily all Israel’s fault,” he said. “I think that a...
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Promises To Dedicate A Home Run To Fan With Cancer, Hits 2 -
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Promises To Dedicate A Home Run To Fan With Cancer, Hits 2
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo may be a hard hitter, but he has a softer side, too. Both aspects of the slugger's character were on equal display Tuesday, when the player pointed to the sky after each of his homers against the Padres. Turns out the mysterious gesture was a shout-out to Mike Kasallis, a fan who'd been diagnosed with leukemia. Rizzo had promised to dedicate a home run to him. Many players might hesitate to dedicate a homer, fearing they may not hit one, let alone two. That doesn't seem to be a problem for Rizzo, who currently leads the National League with 25 home runs. Rizzo not only hit two homers for Kasallis, he did it on the fan's 22nd birthday, adds. If dedicating two home runs to a sick patient feels familiar, there's good reason for your déjà vu: Former Yankees player Paul O'Neill made a similar promise to Kramer in a 1995 "Seinfeld" episode.
20 Items You're Gonna Need For The Real World -
20 Items You're Gonna Need For The Real World
College taught us many things, like how to think critically, engage socially and stay awake for 36 hours on nothing but 5 Hour Energy shots and Kit Kats. But in order to fully adjust to the real world, you're going to need some supplies. We speak from experience when advising that you invest in... 1. A set of classy drinking glasses We're not taking handle pulls and passing red cups anymore, people. Your guests might expect something nicer. 2. A pop-up tent Like the 20-dollar-from-Walmart kind. Because you never know when you're gonna want to get away, or just pretend you're five and have a camp-out in your living room. 3. A miniature food processor Hummus, coleslaw, cookie dough... the possibilities are endless, and endlessly easy to make. 4. An iron The wrinkled-chic look is NOT hip anymore. 5. An air mattress People are gonna want to come visit your new homeland, and it's pleasant to offer a sleeping option that's not the floor. Plus, it makes a great couch until you get around to...
11 Tricks to Get Engineers to Sort of Respect You -
11 Tricks to Get Engineers to Sort of Respect You
As we all know, software engineers are the smartest, sweetest, most pretentious bastards in corporate America. I should know -- I'm engaged to one of them. But there's no need to sacrifice your lifelong happiness like I did. Here are eleven quick ways to get a software engineer to say those five little words: "I sort of respect you." 1. Send text-only emails Engineers aren't impressed with your fancy headers, bold red text formatting or inline images. What they are impressed with is multi-level ascii lists. If you want emphasis, put it in between *two asterisks.* If you want over-emphasis, put it between _two underscores_. And never ever end any email with "cheers." 2. Talk about things being "orthogonal" Whenever a new point is introduced, say something like, "Isn't that orthogonal to this conversation?" Even if it isn't, you still get points for saying "orthogonal." 3. Mention the first article of Hacker News Go to Hacker News and read the first headline. Memorize it. Then, next...
A Property Tax Freeze in Illinois? At Least One State Rep. Thinks It's a Good Idea -
A Property Tax Freeze in Illinois? At Least One State Rep. Thinks It's a Good Idea
Illinois State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says he thinks property taxes should freeze all across Illinois in an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune. The state has the second-highest property taxes in the country, after New Jersey, and they might get higher for residents of the state's biggest city following passage of the Chicago Public Schools 2015 budget. McSweeney writes: "Enough is enough. We need an immediate, across-the-board property tax freeze. A freeze is not a comprehensive solution to Illinois' property tax problem, but it is a good start. One reason I have been pushing a property tax freeze is to buy us some time to work on consolidating some of the more than 7,000 units of local government in Illinois. That would help to reduce the cost of government and ultimately lower residential property taxes. We cannot keep throwing money at all of these units of government and ignoring the outcome -- higher property taxes." For homeowners who are already struggling to pay...
Low Salaries Keep Many Teachers Out Of The Middle Class: Report -
Low Salaries Keep Many Teachers Out Of The Middle Class: Report
Teachers’ starting salaries may be nothing to brag about, but a big problem lies in the fact that these salaries barely grow over time, says a new report. Released this week by the Center for American Progress, the report says many areas of the country barely pay teachers more as they gain experience. This problem might be contributing to high teacher turnover rates and keeping educators out of the middle class. While the report recognizes that low teacher pay is not news -– especially when it comes to low entry-level salaries –- researchers were interested in seeing if the salaries of mid- and late-career teachers “were high enough to attract and keep the nation’s most talented individuals.” However, in a profession where teacher turnover costs up to $2 billion annually, the results they found are quite depressing. According to the report, there are several areas of the country where teachers with up to 10 years of experience qualify for federally funded programs that help families...
No Security: Hope X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 2 -
No Security: Hope X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 2
This is Day 2 of my journal shooting my history on computer hacking at HOPE X Conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania July 18-20, 2014. You can read day 1 here. Day 2 10:00am- First thing this morning I snorted one ritalin, drank one and a half cups of black coffee and I'm eating a red apple right now at the hotel. I slept like a rock after HOPE X day 1. My sinuses shut down during the night from yesterday's heavy drug intake, but a lovely nurse sorted me out at 5am. I was asked to be on HOPE's radio show today, which is a great honor. They are also looking for Phiber Optik. Maybe we can go on together. That would be fun... I'm set up at the same spot at HOPE with my crew waiting for our first interview with Tiffany Rad. Tiffany is a high powered Washington attorney who is also a computer security analyst. I am slightly concerned about my questions, which I wrote on the fly at 9pm last night. What I find so hard about documentary filmmaking is doing all the research before every...
UK Supermarket To Use Food Waste To Power Itself -
UK Supermarket To Use Food Waste To Power Itself
Where does all the leftover food go when the grocery store closes at the end of the day? Maybe it's repurposed somehow or thrown out, but what if it could help a supermarket become energy independent? A Sainsbury's supermarket in the United Kingdom will soon power itself with leftover food waste and disconnect from the National Grid. Sainsbury's is partnering with Biffa, one of the U.K.'s largest waste management companies, to make this possible. Sainsbury's trucks its food waste from all over the U.K. to Biffa's plant in Staffordshire. Biffa then converts it into biogas, and this biogas is then burned to meet the energy needs of a location in the town of Cannock. "Sainsbury's sends absolutely no waste to landfill and we’re always looking for new ways to reuse and recycle," said Sainsbury's' head of sustainability Paul Crewe in a press release. "We’re delighted to be the first business ever to make use of this linkup technology, allowing our Cannock store to be powered entirely by our...
Baby Alligator And Tortoise Might Be The Best Partners In Crime -
Baby Alligator And Tortoise Might Be The Best Partners In Crime
Here's an animal story that gives us paws: Carlos is a young alligator, about 12 inches long, who normally lives at the Garlyn Zoo in the small Michigan town of Naubinway. Earlier this week, however, the little guy escaped -- and he might have had some help from a slow and steady accomplice: a roaming tortoise. The zoo didn't realize Carlos was gone until a witness spotted him near a major road and contacted police Sunday, according to MLive. Fortunately, it wasn't one of their larger alligators -- Carlos is too small to be of danger to humans, and probably wouldn't survive into winter on his own in Michigan's climate. That's why the zoo is hoping someone spots him again and calls police or the zoo itself (Anyone who does spot Carlos is warned not to touch him.) But how the escapee made his getaway is the best part of the story. Carlos lives in a pond with snapping and painted turtles. According to Up North Live, Garlyn owner Gary Moore believes a tortoise on the other side of the...
It's Time to Protect Consumers From Toxic Chemicals -
It's Time to Protect Consumers From Toxic Chemicals
Almost 80,000 chemicals are sold in the United States, and we are exposed to many of them on a daily basis. We know with alarming certainty that some of these cause cancer, but most remain unexamined and unregulated. In its 2010 report, entitled, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, the president's Cancer Panel declared, "Research on environmental causes of cancer has been limited by low priority and inadequate funding." As a result, "the consequences of cumulative lifetime exposures to known carcinogens and the interaction of specific environmental contaminants remain largely unstudied." The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, states flatly that 100 agents in use today are "carcinogenic to humans." Several hundred others are classified as either "probably" or "possibly" carcinogenic to humans. Harmful chemicals abound in household cleaning agents, personal care products, cosmetics, as well as pesticides and weed...
Obamacare Website Getting So Much Traffic It's Surprising Experts -
Obamacare Website Getting So Much Traffic It's Surprising Experts
This story was co-published with NPR's "Shots" blog. For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using by April 19, the end of the open-enrollment period. But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. People are allowed to sign up and switch plans after certain life events, such as job changes, moves, the birth of a baby, marriages and divorces. The volume of these transactions was a jolt even for those who have watched the rollout of the ACA most closely. "That's higher than I would have expected," said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "There are a lot of people who qualify for special enrollment, but...
Parasite In Cat Poop Could One Day Treat Cancer -
Parasite In Cat Poop Could One Day Treat Cancer
By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 07/24/2014 12:02 PM EDT on LiveScience A microscopic organism that lives in cat poop could one day be used as a cancer treatment, researchers say. Toxoplasma gondii is a single-celled parasite that lives in cats' intestines, but can infect other animals and people as well. Although infections with the Toxoplasma parasite are common among people, very few people show symptoms because their immune system attacks and keeps the parasite from causing illness. Now, researchers are aiming to harness the immune response triggered by the parasite and direct it to attacking tumors. Although the Toxoplasma parasite is hardly the only microbe studied in the hot field of cancer immunotherapy, it may have some unique abilities, the researchers said. "We know [that] biologically, this parasite has figured out how to stimulate the exact immune responses you want to fight cancer," said David J. Bzik, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel...
Rand Paul Proposes Measure To Shield State Medical Marijuana Laws From Feds -
Rand Paul Proposes Measure To Shield State Medical Marijuana Laws From Feds
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patients and physicians in those states, from federal prosecution. Paul's Amendment 3630, filed Thursday morning to Sen. John Walsh's (D-Mont.) jobs bill being heard on the Senate floor, allows states to "enact and implement laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical use" without fear of federal prosecution. There are 33 states that have enacted laws protecting some form medical marijuana. The amendment also prohibits prosecution of patients and physicians in those states for violating federal laws against the drug. "What we're trying to do is look at the law and allow states that have changed their laws and have allowed medical marijuana to do so, for doctors to be able to prescribe and for people to be able to get those prescriptions without being worried about the federal government coming...
Family Asked To Deboard Plane After Dad Sends Tweet Criticizing Gate Agent -
Family Asked To Deboard Plane After Dad Sends Tweet Criticizing Gate Agent
A Minnesota dad isn't exactly feeling the "LUV" after he and his two kids were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight last weekend following confusion over the airlines' boarding process for children. Duff Watson was traveling with his two kids, ages 6 and 9, from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, when he says the agent at the gate prevented him from boarding early with his children. As an "A-List" passenger, Watson told CBS Minnesota he's entitled to priority boarding. The gate agent let Watson through but wouldn't let his children board the plane with him. “I am not trying to game the system,” Watson told ABC News in an interview Wednesday. “I’m not going to leave my kids alone to board. That doesn’t make sense.” With no other option, Watson says he and his family waited to board the plane later, with Watson promising to alert Southwest customer service to the agent's conduct. “I thought she was very rude and wanted to complain to customer service, so I asked her: ‘Can I...
Audra McDonald And Jimmy Fallon Sing About Life's Biggest Questions In Another Yahoo! Answers -
Audra McDonald And Jimmy Fallon Sing About Life's Biggest Questions In Another Yahoo! Answers
Life is full of tough questions like, "How do I become the life of the party?" and "What do I do if I think an ice cube is stuck in my throat?" Fortunately, Tony winner Audra McDonald is back to sing more Yahoo! Answers with Jimmy Fallon and "The Good Wife's" Josh Charles. These lounge singers have such silky smooth advice, you almost won't believe it's real. Like seriously. "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
This Little Stick Tells You If Your Drink Was Drugged -
This Little Stick Tells You If Your Drink Was Drugged
Plenty of women can relate to the fear that comes along with putting a drink down at a crowded party or bar: Did someone spike this cocktail? Was I just roofied? Now, there's a gadget -- a little stick -- designed to ease that date-rape drug anxiety. It's called, or the "personal drink ID." Here's how it works: Stick the pocket-sized gizmo into your drink, and it will scan for color, conductivity and temperature. It then takes that information and compares it to a database of drinks it knows by connecting to an app on your phone. If it finds that the drink is red wine and nothing more, a green light flashes. But if it spots a common date-rape drug like Ambien or Rohypnol, the red light lets you know to pour it out and consult the smartphone app, which will tell you what was in it. The in action. While the high-tech industry has been mired with its own gender-balance problems, Wilson said he has been encouraged by the support he has received from his techie colleagues. "A...
Musician Traverses Iowa, Recreates 'Blue Danube' Waltz With The Sounds Of Wind -
Musician Traverses Iowa, Recreates 'Blue Danube' Waltz With The Sounds Of Wind
In a new mini-documentary by Siemens, musician Will Bates harnesses the sounds of wind power in Iowa to recreate Strauss' "Blue Danube." Partnered with the company, Bates sought to enhance the beauty of turbines by combining their modern aesthetic with classical music. And to prove that Iowa's beauty is more than just corn, he embarked across the Hawkeye State to assemble the iconic waltz. Armed with microphones and PVC pipes, Bates experimented with wind in his studio in New York before heading out to the Midwest. "We had first envisioned creating an original piece but felt the scale and style of the Blue Danube waltz was well suited due to its recognizable sound and the quality of the tones," said Bates in a Q&A with Siemens. "It is haunting when translated." In 2013, Siemens was contracted to build the United States' largest on-shore wind power installation in southeast Iowa, to be completed by the end of 2015. The 448 new wind turbines will supply 317,000 households with clean...
Brad Burd: Courts Disagree Over Obamacare Subsidies -
Brad Burd:  Courts Disagree Over Obamacare Subsidies
Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right -
Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right
When I was a kid, I fell in love with musicals. All the other boys could quote baseball player stats and football scores all day long, but it wasn't my thing. I, on the other hand, reveled in discovering the breadth of Patti LuPone's career or learning every lyric from Weird Romance, an Off-Broadway flop from 1992 featuring some amazing performances. This was the little world I owned -- no one knew more about it than I did. In high school and college, I started discovering other people who had the same thrill over hearing the name "Chita Rivera" as I did. Finally I was discovering my community. People who were unabashedly obsessed with Broadway became the folks I could identify with and I wanted to spend my time with (as annoying as that may sound to the non-musical theatre afficianado). Netroots Nation is one of a few annual convenings of people who work in progressive campaigns, organizations and advocacy. The conference that brings thousands of progressives together prides itself...
Instagram Leaks What Looks A Lot Like A Snapchat Clone -
Instagram Leaks What Looks A Lot Like A Snapchat Clone
Instagram may be following in the footsteps of its parent company, Facebook, by developing a Snapchat clone -- and prematurely leaking it, too. Last night, some Android users reported seeing a notification in their Instagram feed announcing Bolt, a “one tap photo messaging app," The Verge reported Thursday. The notification, which apparently linked out to a nonexistent Google Play page, was taken down soon thereafter. A Facebook representative declined to comment, and Instagram did not immediately return a request for comment. But several screenshots of the notification have been posted to Twitter: Bolt, le "Snapchat" d'Instagram ? : ... — FrAndroid (@twandroid) July 24, 2014 Did anyone else get this weird bolt notification on their Instagram earlier? — areli i (@yo_areli) July 24, 2014 What is this, @instagram? #bolt — Richard Groves (@englishinvader) July 24, 2014 This is the...
Don't Get Too Excited About The 'HIV-Killing' Condom Yet -
Don't Get Too Excited About The 'HIV-Killing' Condom Yet
A groundbreaking new condom that uses an antiviral gel as added protection against HIV, herpes and HPV may soon hit the shelves in Australia. But some experts are wary of the effectiveness of VivaGel, the lube that makes the condom so potent against viral sexually transmitted infections. The VivaGel condom, made by pharmaceutical company Starpharma, is the only condom of its kind to incorporate the antiviral compound, asodrimer sodium, in its lubricant. Lab tests show that it can "inactivate" up to 99.9 percent of HIV, herpes (HSV) and HPV, according to the company's press release. But Dr. Anna-Barbara Moscicki, a pediatrics professor at University of California, San Francisco and an HPV expert, advises caution. She researched VivaGel as an intravaginal cream for women who wanted to protect themselves from viruses without using a condom, and found that it caused mild irritation and low-grade inflammation in study participants after two weeks of twice-daily use. That's more serious...
Arrest Made In Stray Bullet Killing Of 11-Year-Old Shamiya Adams -
Arrest Made In Stray Bullet Killing Of 11-Year-Old Shamiya Adams
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police say they've arrested a man in the slaying of an 11-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet while at a sleepover last week. Janel Sedevic, a Chicago police spokeswoman, says the man has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge and will be formally charged Thursday. She provided no other details. Sedevic says Superintendent Garry McCarthy will discuss the arrest at a Thursday morning news conference. Shamiya Adams was making s'mores at a friend's house in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on July 18 when she was struck by a bullet. She died early the next morning. Police have said the gunman may have been firing at another person in a gang dispute outside the house.
The 12 Songs You Need To Know This Week -
The 12 Songs You Need To Know This Week
Each week, the HuffPost Entertainment team will compile and share some of our favorite tracks discovered across the web, whether they are brand new tunes, new music videos or newly discovered artists. Dorothy - “After Midnight” Dorothy, named after the group's vocalist, is a band you will hear a lot more about soon. Dorothy's gritty, soaring vocals steal your heart, as the heavily distorted riffs and bellowing beats pummel you into the ground. They're dangerous, they kick ass and they're exactly what rock needs. Hopium - “Dreamers” ft. Phoebe Lou This electronic duo from Australia only joined Facebook in mid-February of this year and they're reluctant to share much more information than that. But we're still glad they're here. "Dreamers" is soothing, auspicious and depressing, but best of all, it feels important. Lecrae - “Fear" "Fear" easily has one of the best beats of 2014 thus far, with transitions that are just too smooth. Whether you agree with Lecrae's Christian sermon or not,...
50 Highest-grossing Chicago Movies -
50 Highest-grossing Chicago Movies
Not only are movies filmed in Illinois entertaining, they also boost the economy. To satisfy your movie cravings, we found the 100 highest-grossing movies filmed in the Chicago area, according to IMDb. Please note these are movies filmed in Chicago, not movies that necessarily take place in Chicago. We list the movies according to the category or genre they were listed under on IMDb. Check out 50 action and comedy titles here and 50 other comedies, horrors and romances at Reboot Illinois. Action - The Dark Knight (2008) - Spider-Man 2 (2004) - Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) - Man of Steel (2013) - Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) - The Fugitive (1993) - Batman Begins (2005) - Mission: Impossible (1996) - Divergent (2014) - Wanted (2008) - Eagle Eye (2008) - Payback (1999) - Backdraft (1991) - U.S. Marshalls (1998) - The Jackal (1997) - The Blues Brothers (1980) - The Negotiator (1998) - Running Scared (1986) - Midnight Run (1988) - Colombiana (2011) - Red Heat (1988) -...
To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy -
To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy
Friends, when a small group of parents and educators formed the Network for Public Education in 2013, we had a singular goal: to mobilize the allies of public education against the powerful forces supporting privatization and high-stakes testing. To advance that goal, we hoped to create a force to counter the large amounts of money that were being dumped into state and local school board races to undermine public education, to demoralize teachers, and to promote an agenda of choice, testing, and sanctions. We knew we were up against some of the wealthiest people in the nation. We knew they included a bunch of billionaires, and we could never match their spending. But we put our faith in democracy. We put our faith in the simple idea that we are many, and they are few. We believed -- and continue to believe -- that an informed public will not give away its public schools to amateurs, hedge fund managers, rock stars, for-profit corporations, athletes, fly-by-night entrepreneurs, and...
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