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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - June 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need To Lean In?

By Beth Novey

When it rains, it pours: Here's some advice for lady hurricanes on how to climb the corporate ladder.

We were alarmed to learn yesterday that hurricanes with female names are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts. It seems people in the path of a hurricane are more likely to heed warnings to take shelter or evacuate if the storm is named Charley than if the storm is named Eloise. Which can be a deadly decision. [Because, seriously: Hurricanes are dangerous — even if they have "lady" names. If authorities tell you to take shelter or evacuate, do it. Right away.]

Categories: Gender issues



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Administration Defends Bowe Bergdahl’s Release Amid Criticism

By Krishnadev Calamur

President Obama, Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 31 about the release of their son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

President Obama today [Tuesday] defended the deal under which Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed in exchange for high-level Taliban prisoners, saying his administration had consulted with Congress over a possible trade. And, he dismissed questions about how Bergdahl was captured by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in June 2009.

Categories: Government, Military



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The Common Core Curriculum Void

By Cory Turner

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Just some of the more than 700 math books that have been reviewed for Common Core alignment by professor William Schmidt and his team at Michigan State's Center for the Study of Curriculum.

Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because it is tougher.

Categories: Education

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