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How Does the American Dream Relate to You?

News & Civics | May 1, 2015 | 95 Comments

How Does the American Dream Relate to You?

Not too many years ago, the “American dream” seemed to be a pretty uniform vision: landing a well-paying job, owning your own home and filling it with cool stuff, maybe even having a family and sending your kids to good schools and colleges. How do you personally define the “American dream?”

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What’s the Value of Graduating High School Versus Earning a GED? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

What’s the Value of Graduating High School Versus Earning a GED? Students Weigh In

In 2013, nearly 750,000 took the GED. View what students had to say about the value of earning a GED versus graduating from high school.

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Interactive Maps: Explore Nepal’s Earthquake and Aftermath

News & Civics | April 27, 2015

Interactive Maps: Explore Nepal’s Earthquake and Aftermath

More than 4,000 thousand people are dead in the aftermath of Saturday’s massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the landlocked Himalayan nation of Nepal. Mouseover the maps to explore the region’s geography and the locations of where the earthquake and aftershocks hit.

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Students Tackle Hot Button Issue: Should Teachers Carry Weapons?

News & Civics | April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students Tackle Hot Button Issue: Should Teachers Carry Weapons?

Western lawmakers are weighing proposals to potentially eliminate gun-free zones in places such as public schools. This would allow guns in schools, in hopes of avoiding mass shootings that often happen. Lawmakers who support this proposal are using the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which gives citizens the right to bear arms, in their favor. […]

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A Brief History of Earth Day

News & Civics | April 21, 2015

A Brief History of Earth Day

Here’s a quick quiz about the history of Earth Day.

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Now that You’ve  Finished Your Taxes (Hopefully), See What They’ll Actually Pay For

News & Civics | April 17, 2015

Now that You’ve Finished Your Taxes (Hopefully), See What They’ll Actually Pay For

Let’s be blunt: paying taxes sucks. After all, that’s your hard-earned cash siphoned out of every paycheck. And for what, exactly? Where does it all go?

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Students Respond to How We Should End Violence Against Women

News & Civics | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students Respond to How We Should End Violence Against Women

A report from the United Nations states that nations have made only limited progress in gender equality worldwide, and high levels of violence against women still persist. According to the report, 35% of women that have survived physical violence were most commonly inflicted by an intimate partner. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO), […]

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Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

News & Civics | April 14, 2015

Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

After the driest winter on record, California is bracing for another hot, thirsty summer. Deep into the fourth year of its historic drought, with no relief in site, the state is frantically trying to figure out how to cope with a lot less water. View this map that shows fluctuations since 2010 in California’s 30-largest reservoirs.

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Visualization: A Blueprint of Police-Involved Homicides Since 2011

News & Civics | April 14, 2015

Visualization: A Blueprint of Police-Involved Homicides Since 2011

This visualization, produced by San Diego design firm 1 Point 21, shows all 2,695 verifiable officer-involved homicide nationwide since 2011, as reported and cataloged by crowdsourced database Fatal Encounters. Select any of the lines to see incident information at top.

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How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Finding the Water Footprint of Your Food

News & Civics | April 13, 2015

How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Finding the Water Footprint of Your Food

Looking to minimize your water footprint at the dinner table? According to a new Los Angeles Times data analysis, the raw ingredients in that meal require less water to produce than almost any other combo plate of a protein, a fruit/veggie, a starch and a beverage. Use the site’s new interactive tool to build a combination of meals and see how much water is needed to produce California’s most commonly consumed foods (sources and methodology listed at the bottom of the graphic).

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