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Interactive Earthquake Map: Get to Know Your Local Faults

News & Civics | August 20, 2015

Interactive Earthquake Map: Get to Know Your Local Faults

A 4.0 earthquake, centered in the Oakland Hills just north of Piedmont, rattled much of the East Bay and other areas of the central Bay Area Wednesday morning, jolting thousands of residents out of bed.

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Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

News & Civics | August 17, 2015 | 24 Comments

Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

The Federal government is setting new guidelines aimed to improve school climate by transforming discipline practices and policies. What does discipline looks like at your school? Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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What NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Saw on Its 3 Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto

News & Civics | August 10, 2015

What NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Saw on Its 3 Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto

If you’re still looking for a good opportunity to dork out on New Horizons’ path past the outer limits of our solar system, look no more! Stuart Lynn’s visualization will guide you thorough the longest road-less trip ever.

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Back in the Day, Medicare Had Its Haters, Too (And We Never Did “Awake to Socialism”)

News & Civics | August 3, 2015

Back in the Day, Medicare Had Its Haters, Too (And We Never Did “Awake to Socialism”)

Fifty years ago — on July 30, 1965 — President Lyndon Johnson, as part of his War on Poverty, signed into law the bill that created the Medicare and Medicaid federal health insurance programs. Like Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the programs faced staunch opposition and lofty implementation challenges.

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Since You Can’t Ride BART Across the Bay This Weekend, Might As Well Learn about Its Origins

News & Civics | August 1, 2015

Since You Can’t Ride BART Across the Bay This Weekend, Might As Well Learn about Its Origins

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system transports nearly 400,000 passengers on an average weekday. It’s the nation’s fifth-largest rail system, with 104-miles of track stretching from the far reaches of the Bay Area’s eastern suburbs to San Francisco International Airport, south of the city.

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How the Birthplace of the Modern Ku Klux Klan Became America’s Largest Confederate Monument

News & Civics | July 27, 2015

How the Birthplace of the Modern Ku Klux Klan Became America’s Largest Confederate Monument

This is Stone Mountain, and it’s become part of a heated national debate about Confederate flags and monuments, an issue that flared anew last month after a young man with suspected white supremacist leanings allegedly murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC.

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Amazing Grace: Presidential Clemency Works and Why Obama’s Letting 46 Drug Offenders Out of Prison

News & Civics | July 24, 2015

Amazing Grace: Presidential Clemency Works and Why Obama’s Letting 46 Drug Offenders Out of Prison

President Obama last week (July 13) commuted the sentences of 46 inmates in federal prison, all of whom were serving time for non-violent drug offenses, mostly related to cocaine trafficking.

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Totally Confused about the Greek Economic Crisis? Here’s the Deal

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

Totally Confused about the Greek Economic Crisis? Here’s the Deal

Greece is in the middle of a debt crisis. The government is running out of cash and doesn’t have enough to pay back what it owes.

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What’s the Deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

What’s the Deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

The majority of products we purchase — from cars to clothing, computers to smartphones, even lots of foods — are manufactured (or grown) through a vast global production process.

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Heat Map (Literally): Real-Time Interactive Wildfire Trackers

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

Heat Map (Literally): Real-Time Interactive Wildfire Trackers

Wildfire season is upon us, as California and other bone dry western states brace for what is all but guaranteed to be another flammable summer.

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