In the News ~ August 25

More than 550 participate in Galesburg teachers strike ~ More than 550 employees have participated in the teachers strike in Galesburg as the union and board of education are unable to reach a contract agreement. The Register-Mail reported the strike has gone on nearly 2 weeks. School was scheduled to start earlier this month. Superintendent Bart Arthur says the Galesburg Education Association and the district have to negotiate…


205 contract negotiations: No agreement reached in Sunday meeting; recall rights remain issue
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/25/2014)

No contract agreement was reached during Sunday’s four-hour mediation session between the Galesburg Education Association and District 205 Board of Education. Mediation is not expected to continue until 2 p.m. Tuesday. Some movement has been made, however, both sides confirmed. Recall rights — a ranking system for laying off and hiring back teachers — is the one remaining issue, …


State officials answer District 205 strike questions
(Peoria Journal Star © 08/25/2014)

As the District 205 strike enters its 12th day, several questions remain about negotiations and the effect of the delayed start of school. Local and state education officials help answer some of the most pressing reader questions. How many of the missed school days will have to be made up?


Mediation fails to settle Galesburg teacher strike
(Springfield State Journal Register © 08/25/2014)

Thousands of students are staying home again in Galesburg as a weekend mediation session between a teachers union and the board of education failed to result in a contract agreement. The (Galesburg) Register-Mail reports that a mediation session between the Galesburg Education Association and the District 205 Board of Education lasted four hours Sunday without a resolution.


Frustration builds as Galesburg teachers strike continues
(WEEK (NBC) 25 Peoria © 08/25/2014)

Students in Galesburg District 205 will not be in the classroom Monday as the strike continues to Day 13. The District and teachers union met with the mediator for four hours on Sunday. …


GEA: “One Word” Difference Between Deal, No Deal
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/25/2014)

There is still no deal between the Galesburg School District and the Galesburg Education Association, and the stalemate now comes down to “one word.” That’s according to Galesburg Education Association spokesperson Tami Qualls, who spoke to reporters at the close of a four-hour meeting Sunday involving a federal mediator.


Teachers expect tenure to end
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/24/2014)

Teacher tenure is a major question in negotiations between School District 205 officials and the Galesburg Teachers Association. GEA spokeswoman Tami Qualls said earlier this week teachers could lose tenure in 2015. However, Superintendent Bart Arthur said there is no contract, state law or other binding language that says tenure will be eliminated in 2015 if something


WEB EXTRA: Listen to Latest Galesburg Education Association Press Conference Here
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/25/2014)

The Galesburg Education Association says “one word” related to the issue of recall rights is what remains until a deal can be reached, bringing students back to the classroom after a nearly two-week-old strike. Hear the GEA’s Sunday night press conference in its entirety here….


WEB EXTRA: Listen to District 205 Superintendent Bart Arthur’s Sunday Night Statement
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/25/2014)

Galesburg School District Superintendent Bart Arthur spoke to reporters Sunday night, after contract talks with the Galesburg Education Association failed again.


Still no resolution, Galesburg teacher’s strike continues
(WHBF (CBS) 4 Quad Cities © 08/25/2014)

Class will not be in session Monday morning, or perhaps anytime soon in Galesburg. More negotiations Sunday night did not bring an end to the teachers strike, now entering its third week. After meeting for four hours Sunday, the Galesburg Education Association and the board still have not reached a new contract agreement.


Editorial: Get a contract today
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/24/2014)

This is the 12th day of the District 205 teachers’ strike. Five-hundred and sixty teachers and paraprofessionals are standing on sidewalks with signs instead of doing what they’ve built their careers to do. More than 4,300 students are having an extended summer break instead of taking the next crucial steps in their development that only education can provide.


Teachers’ strike questions answered
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/24/2014)

As the District 205 teachers’ strike enters its 12th day, several questions remain about negotiations and the impact of the delayed start of school. Local and state education officials help answer some of the most pressing reader questions. How many of the missed school days will have to be made up?


Students rally to end strike
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/23/2014)

Some District 205 students joined picketing Galesburg Education Association members at the Lincoln Education Center on Friday to call for a return to class. The purpose of the 4 p.m. student rally, according to those involved, was to show how much they want school to begin, though most support their teachers at the same time.


Public schools look at ways to save money and alternative revenue streams
(Southern Illinoisan © 08/24/2014)

Even though Illinois schools received promised grant payments from the state on time earlier this summer for the first time since 2007, schools continue to grapple with state funding shortages. Finding ways to adapt and deal with less funding have become inspirational stories of dedication and courage for many Southern Illinois schools.


New primary school opens in Carterville
(Southern Illinoisan © 08/25/2014)

A new preparatory school has opened with goals of offering individualized attention for its students with lower student-teacher ratios, one of its teachers and a founder/board member said. “We eventually hope to have 75 kids. We are getting new inquiries every week,” said Diane Taveau of Herrin, one of the founders of Carterville Christian Preparatory Academy, which began classes o…


Program helps Hoopeston Area students
(Danville Commercial-News © 08/23/2014)

Karla Coon, the director of Danville Area Community College’s Hoopeston site, and high school principal Larry Maynard presented a new idea to the Hoopeston School Board at Thursday’s meeting. Project Future: Creating the Dream is an extracurricular counseling program offered for high school students through a partnership between DACC and the Hoopeston Area High School to


Shelbyville schools keep budget conservative
(Decatur Herald and Review © 08/23/2014)

In its first meeting since the new school year started the Shelbyville Board of Education learned Thursday night the district’s financial picture hasn’t changed much since the previous school year. “We’re projecting a $785,000 budget deficit,” Superintendent Denise Bence told the board. “That’s not significantly different.” Bence said the district has 224 days of cash on hand,


Rodney Davis: Congress trying to aid college debt battle
(Springfield State Journal Register © 08/23/2014)

As students head back to campus this fall, one question weighing on the minds of many of them and their parents is how they are going to pay for it. The average student enrolled at any four-year university in Illinois is slated to graduate with more than $28,000 in debt, contributing to the $1 trillion in cumulative student debt held by graduates throughout the country.


Kids pay the price for weak oversight of charter schools
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/23/2014)

For the next week, more than 400 frantic families who had planned to enroll at a new charter school near Chatham will instead be scrambling to find a new school. The Chicago school system officially pulled the plug on the Concept Schools campus because its building isn’t ready. But that’s simply the latest domino to fall in a summer of trouble for the Concept Schools,



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A Week Until School Starts!


School’s a week away – what’s new or different so far?  Meantime, Karen Lewis continues her coy media tour (media laps it up), Sun-Times digs back into the school closings report nobody paid much attention to (and weak charter school oversight, too). Elsewhere, NYC gears up for its first year of universal preschool, and the NYT reviews a new book about teachers.


Back to School Sept 2014 CPS Obsessed: FINALLY, the OAE site is directly linked from CPS.  Finding everything else may take a little more time.  Find a School, which I use a lot is one extra click away now.  Other CPS news – free lunch for everdiyone.


Lewis talks about Emanuel but avoids his name Chicago Tribune: Parents of schoolchildren need to shoulder more of the financial burden of funding the Chicago Public Schools. After all, homeowners who use.


Super PAC, Seven-Figure Donations Could Bolster A Karen Lewis Mayoral Run Chicagoist: Karen Lewis must be privately enjoying the way local media are hanging on her every move these days, as she continues to play coy with thoughts on a mayoral run.


Can Karen Lewis guard the henhouse? Chicago Sun-Times: Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, is clearly preparing to run for mayor of Chicago — filing the necessary forms with the State Board of Elections, circulating petitions to get on the ballot and meeting with community groups.


Kids pay the price for weak oversight of charter schools Chicago Sun-Times: Unlike traditional schools, charters do not have to report publicly, or to their authorizer (the Chicago Public Schools) the names of their vendors or how…


Rauner takes ALS ice bucket plunge; prods Madigan, Karen Lewis Chicago Sun-Times: Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner posted on Facebook that he underwent the ALS ice bucket challenge. In the video, Rauner gets swamped by three different buckets.


The hidden lessons from closing 50 schools Chicago Sun-Times: … hard-hitting task force study — released in June by key members of the state’s General Assembly — on last year’s controversial, contentious and traumatic closing of 50 Chicago public schools, mostly in minority communities on the South and West Sides.


Kennedy-King College Now Offers Hospitality Management Degrees DNA Info: According to Roxanne Brown, a spokeswoman for Kennedy-King College, the name reflects the school’s new emphasis on providing skills to help grads take advantage of one of the highest growth industries.


Jackie Robinson West: America’s Team Tribune (editorial): Minutes after the double play that ended the run of an undefeated Las Vegas team on Saturday, a chant went up from the crowd at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa.




D.C. Area Schools Braced For Influx Of Unaccompanied Minors WAMU: Schools across the D.C. area are returning to the classroom this week, and hundreds of unaccompanied minors will be counted among their ranks, bringing their own unique challenges to school systems.


‘The Teacher Wars,’ Dana Goldstein’s History of Education NYTL The journalist Dana Goldstein’s “The Teacher Wars” serves up historical commentary instead of a searing philippic on one of the day’s hot-button issues: the role of teaching in America.


LA schools iPad project: How it started … before the bidding began KPCC: Superintendent John Deasy was a year into his tenure at the Los Angeles Unified School District when he started talking to the largest publishing company in the world, Pearson PLC, about working together on a digital transformation in public education.


On Turning Around a Troubled School: “Make Kids Feel Special” WNYC: A middle school principal explains how he turned around one of the most violent schools in New York City by establishing order and making his students feel special.


As city seeks out new pre-K teachers, a training challenge grows ChalkbeatNY: Emma Markarian, now a pre-kindergarten teacher in the city, was surprised to find herself leading an abbreviated course on child development in June to aspiring pre-K teachers who hoped to lead their own classrooms this fall — with only three months of training under their belts.



Political News


Biden hits Chicago for fundraisers for Quinn, House Dems
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/25/2014)

Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday as 2016 presidential politics are percolating. If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not run for president, Biden is the strongest alternative. Biden’s day trip to the city is to headline fundraisers for Gov. Pat Quinn and the House Democratic political operation and to pitch a minimum wage increase with Mayor Rahm Emanuel …


Finke: Number of gubernatorial debates up for debate
(Peoria Journal Star © 08/24/2014)

The great debate is becoming as ubiquitous in political campaigns as the debates themselves. The debate involves one candidate, usually the underdog, challenging his or her opponent to a series of debates. Generally, the number of debates demanded goes up the more obscure the candidate is or the further behind. The opponent will try to minimize the number to lessen the chances of a gaffe.


Quinn campaign touts high-tech approach
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 08/25/2014)

Governor Pat Quinn’s campaign says it has “revolutionized” the way the governor’s race is being executed with a high-tech approach. The Chicago Democrat’s campaign has hired a digital director who worked on President Barack Obama’s re-election and Organizing for Action….


Pat Quinn’s magic number: 1 million
(Crain’s Chicago Business © 08/23/2014)

Ten weeks from Election Day, the race for Illinois governor is much different from last time yet it still could be another nail-biter that comes down to turnout in Cook County. As Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner head into their post-Labor Day sprint to Nov. 4, the Rauner campaign is marginally but consistently ahead in the polls, just as Republican state Sen. Bill Brady was around this time four …


Quinn May Refuse to Support to Hynes in General Election
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 08/24/2014)

Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes, the Democratic candidates for Governor of Illinois, used their final forum Monday to continue a theme from their contentious campaigns. Each says the other is not fit for service. But that’s putting it nicely. …


Tom Kacich: Rauners focus will soon shift to Chicago
(Champaign News Gazette © 08/24/2014)

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus had words of warning for Edgar County Republicans: Don’t expect to see gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner in downstate Illinois after Labor Day. “He’s been all over southern and central Illinois,” Shimkus, the longtime congressman from Colinsville, told about 75 members of the GOP in Paris last week.


Rauner hits Quinn on ex-chief of staff subpoena
(Chicago Tribune © 08/24/2014)

Republican governor challenger Bruce Rauner on Sunday lashed out at what he called corruption under the leadership of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, saying a federal subpoena for the e-mails of Quinn’s former chief of staff goes right to the heart of the administration.


Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge
(Chicago Press Release Service © 08/25/2014)

Bruce Rauner jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon this weekend. The GOP Illinois gubernatorial candidate had three buckets of ice water dumped on his head to help benefit the ALS Foundation. Rauner challenged Mike Madigan and Karen Lewis to complete the challenge within 24 hours


Consolidating many governments in Illinois can create savings
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/24/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a couple of bills last week to make it easier for voters to get rid of unnecessary and wasteful units of government. This is nice because Illinois is the king of boutique governments, tiny tax-soaking entities that often handle a single job, such as street lighting or storm drainage. Illinois has 6,968 units of government in all, 42 percent more than the distant runner-up,


Voters need to see Rauner’s taxes
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/24/2014)

Bruce Rauner now has made it official. After Oct. 15, when he releases four more pages of tax information, that’s the last we’ll know of his vast finances. Studying only a few pages, reporters have already determined that Rauner dodged Medicare and Social Security taxes. By contrast, Mitt Romney released hundreds of pages of tax info, and that’s probably why Rauner is choosing to hide from the public …


Rauner dealt double blows over Illinois ballot
(DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 08/23/2014)

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner suffered a double blow Friday with the approval of a Nov. 4 ballot that does not include his referendum to limit the terms of Illinois lawmakers but features a Libertarian candidate which could undercut his draw of conservative votes.


UPDATE: Supreme Court Won’t Take Up Term Limits Appeal
(WIFR (CBS) 23 Rockford © 08/23/2014)

The Illinois Supreme Court is refusing to take up an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that prohibits a vote on term limits from appearing on the November ballot. The Supreme Court issued the order Friday afternoon shortly after the Illinois State Board of Elections certified the Nov. 4 ballot.


Rauner says Board of Election action a Quinn win
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 08/23/2014)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and “Springfield career politicians” were winners with finalization of the Nov. 4 ballot by the State Board of Elections. The board’s action Friday means the ballot does not include a referendum to limit the terms of Illinois lawmakers which Rauner championed. The board did allow on the…


Term Limits Will Remain Campaign Issue For Rauner
(WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 08/25/2014)

Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says not having a term limits measure on November’s ballot is a temporary setback.   He told reporters Sunday he’ll “campaign very aggressively” on term limits in both his bid to unseat Gov. Pat Quinn and on behalf of state lawmakers who commit to term limits.


Our Opinion: Voters don’t need term limits, they need to vote
(Springfield State Journal Register © 08/24/2014)

The issue of term limits for Illinois lawmakers is dead — for now, at least — and that ought to be welcome news for anyone who values democracy, freedom of choice and sound public policy. Term limits is an old idea that is resurrected every few years in Illinois. The most vocal proponent of the latest term limits effort is Republican governor candidate and “political outsider” Bruce Rauner,


Term Limits: The Walking, Talking Dead Constitutional Amendment
(WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 08/24/2014)

Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor, tried to put public pressure on the Illinois Supreme Court to hear the term limits case; it didn’t work. The Court issued a brief memo on Friday saying simply that it would not hear Rauner’s appeal of a lower court ruling that found the question unconstitutional.


Layoffs raise new issues in state hiring dispute
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 08/25/2014)

Quinn’s unexpected move to deal with a scathing report about political hiring in his administration will not put the jobs scandal to rest as he mounts a difficult campaign for re-election. Quinn aides announced last week that the state Department of Transportation was laying off 58 people at the center of a state investigator’s findings that more than 250 people were improperly hired …


Bernard Schoenburg: Former Rep. Johnson endorses Davis in 13th
(Springfield State Journal Register © 08/24/2014)

It took a couple of years, but former U.S. Rep. TIM JOHNSON, R-Urbana, has now endorsed a campaign of U.S. Rep. RODNEY DAVIS, R-Taylorville. It was after winning the primary in 2012 that Johnson dropped out of the 13th Congressional District race, leading GOP county chairmen in that district to appoint a replacement to the ballot. Davis got the nod, but Johnson never got behind him.



National News


Let Them Sleep In: Docs Want Later School Times for Teens
(WMAQ-TV (MSNBC ) Chicago © 08/25/2014)

Your teenager wants to sleep later and now his doctor agrees. Middle and high school students shouldn’t have to start school until 8:30 in the morning or later, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. The research is clear that adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being overweight or suffering depression, are less likely to be involved in automobile accidents, and have better grades …



Downtown apartments on a five-year   hot streak

The   downtown apartment market is defying skeptics who predicted it would start to   feel the cooling effects of a construction boom that has added thousands of   units to the market. Crain’s explains what’s feeding the rise in   rentals.

Quinn under the gun on corruption   issue

The   last thing Gov. Pat Quinn needs at this point in his re-election campaign is   a renewed focus on ethics and corruption in his administration. But a report   on political hiring and news that the feds have subpoenaed emails of some top   aides have left the Democratic incumbent reeling, writes Crain’s Greg Hinz.

Also: Ten weeks from Election Day, the race for Illinois governor is much   different from last time — yet it still could be another nail-biter that   comes down to turnout in Cook County. Crain’s reports.

The last printer standing on   Printers Row

Decades   ago, Palmer Printing was just one of many printing houses lining Dearborn and   Clark streets in the South Loop, part of a thriving industry that gave   Chicago a reputation as the printing capital of the country. But as Crain’s reports, that picture has changed   drastically over the past decade.

How to ace the new trend in MBA   admissions: online video essays

Three   elite business schools, including Northwestern’s Kellogg School of   Management, have added a mandatory video component to its application for   full-time students, part of an effort to virtually “meet” candidates. Crain’s Focus offers tips on how to face the   camera without panic.

Iconic NY store brought to you ‘by   Walgreens’

New   York City’s Duane Reade drugstores are getting new nameplates that read   “Duane Reade by Walgreens,” the first time the Duane Reade brand has been   forced to share billing with Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., its corporate   parent. More from the New York Post.

Burger King moving HQ to Canada?

Burger   King Worldwide, the second-largest U.S. burger chain, is in talks to buy Tim   Hortons and move its headquarters to Canada, becoming the latest American   company to seek a move to a lower-tax country. Bloomberg has details.

FBI drops $500 million, no-bid   Motorola contract amid questions

In   the face of multiple vendor protests, the FBI has cancelled plans to hand   Motorola Solutions a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million, saying   that it will reassess how to upgrade the bureau’s nationwide two-way radio   network. More from McClatchy’s DC bureau.

CME Group resumes trade after   technical glitch

CME   Group delayed the start of trading on its electronic platform by four hours   today due to technical problems, the latest glitch to hit the world’s largest   futures market operator, according to Reuters.

Jackie Robinson West falls short of   world title, but wins city’s heart

All   told, the Jackie Robinson West All Stars went further in the Little League   World Series than any Chicago team in more than four decades. Their 8-4 loss   to South Korea yesterday doesn’t erase their standing as the U.S. champion,   and a homecoming parade is planned for Wednesday. More from the Tribune and the Sun-Times.

J.B. Pritzker’s ice bucket video   puts yours to shame

Billionaires   J.B. Pritzker, Joe Mansueto and Eric Lefkofsky have taken part in the ALS ice   bucket challenge, as have CME President Terry Duffy and 1871 CEO Howard   Tullman. Watch this video to see why Mr. Pritzker,   the venture capitalist, philanthropist and entrepreneur, takes the cake for   creativity.


Docs: Start School Later

The American Academy of Pediatrics wants to prescribe later start times for teens, saying that delaying the start of school until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked to poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems


Burger King Eyes Canada Move

The fast-food giant is reportedly in talks to buy Canadian chain Tim Hortons, a deal aimed at lowering taxes by moving its base outside the U.S.

American Held in Syria Is Freed


The 2014 VMAs: The Good, the Bad, the Beyoncé

Beyoncé delivered a mind-bogglingly perfect medley of tracks from her self-titled album, dancing around the stage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. As Jay Z and Blue Ivy watched from the sidelines, she was clearly having more fun than anyone else in the room


Brown’s Father Wants ‘Day of Silence’ for Son’s Funeral

The father of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown, whose shooting death by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer sparked widespread protests, called for peace as he and his family prepared to lay their son to rest on Monday. “That’s all I ask,” said Michael Brown Sr.


U.S. Hit by ‘Most Unusual Year’ for Temperatures

The National Climatic Data Center reports 2014 may set a temperature record that researchers say is unique since the first stats were taken in 1900; a typical year would see near-average temperatures or a spike in ones either extremely cold or extremely warm


California Quake Damage Could Top $1 Billion

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck northern California over the weekend, the strongest the area has experienced in 25 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, is estimated to have caused at least $1 billion in damage


Parents Think Their Overweight Kids Are Healthy, Study Finds

A new study finds that between 2005 and 2008, parents—mostly mothers—were more likely to say they viewed their overweight child as healthy, compared to parents surveyed from 1988 to 1994; the largest increases were among low-income parents and African Americans


Actor-Director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90

The acclaimed actor and Academy Award–winning director of 1982′s Gandhi, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, died at age 90; British Prime Minister David Cameron called him “one of the greats of cinema”


2 People Die of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo

The two deaths of Ebola in Congo are unrelated to the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria that has killed more than 1,400 people, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said Sunday: “This epidemic has nothing to do with the one in West Africa”


Man Arrested After Climbing Brooklyn Bridge for Photos

A 24-year-old man was arrested on Sunday after scaling the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, where he took the opportunity to snap some photos with his iPhone. The stunt comes a month after two American flags on the iconic structure were replaced with white flags


Men More Likely to Make Dumb Decisions at U.S. Open

In tennis, men’s players embarrass themselves more often than their female counterparts, according to a new study that analyzed data from line-call challenges. The authors chalk up these gender differences to overconfidence, pride and shame



The Washington Post


Cellphones used as secret trackers worldwide

EXCLUSIVE | “Any tin-pot dictator with enough money” can buy systems marketed to foreign governments to gather users’ global location data.


Russia vows to send second aid convoy to Ukraine

In its latest and most forceful accusation, Ukraine charged that Russia had sent tanks across the border and engaged in battle.


From Outer Banks northward, methane seeps from the ocean floor

Researchers were surprised to find hundreds of undersea methane vents.


‘Professional Clinton hater’ may no longer find easy win in Virginia

GOP congressional hopeful Barbara Comstock touts her aggression in a state that has changed politically.


Story line of a ‘disconnected Obama’ adds to Democrats’ midterm worries

THE FIX | His party frets that his seemingly long-view approach to conflicts could loom at the polls.


At Mike Brown’s impoverished school, killing brings ‘stress on top of stress’

Brown’s death came amid one of the most chaotic chapters in this failing school district’s history.


Scottish vote’s impact on U.K. nuclear arms could be ‘cataclysmic’ for West

Nuclear-armed submarines could become nomads without a home port if Scots vote for independence.


The 8 best moments from the VMAs

STYLE BLOG | Beyoncé gave an intense 15-minute performance and received the Vanguard Award with her family on stage.


From Outer Banks northward, methane seeps from the ocean floor

Researchers were surprised to find hundreds of undersea methane vents.


Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 federal workers

Records were exposed during a computer break-in at a contractor that handles security clearances.


The Islamic State’s war on culture

The militants are destroying Iraq’s history. Who can stop them?


A big loser in the California quake: Napa Valley wineries

Wine that bled in cellars will likely make up a chunk of damages estimated to surpass $1 billion.


‘We just want a moment of silence’

Michael Brown’s father calls for a protest moratorium in Ferguson, Mo., on the day of his son’s funeral.


Syrian rebels release American captive


Travel Photo Contest 2014 winners: A bear at sunset, and other images


Rick Perry’s future tested by his past

The former and perhaps future GOP presidential hopeful still has baggage from 2012, but is looking for a fresh start in New Hampshire.


Word of the Day  Monday, August 25, 2014 

Ethos   \EE-thos, EE-thohs, ETH-os, -ohs \


1.Sociology . the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period: In the Greek ethos the individual was highly valued .

2.the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.

3.the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character’s action rather than his or her thought or emotion.