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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions… Throw in the towel and dump the homework, By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand -- Dear A+K; Is April too early too give up on caring about school?  I am completely burned out on all things homework, projects and extracurricular.  Please tell me this is okay. Sincerely, Schooled Out. Dear Schooled: In fear of enraging every school teacher out there, we will play it cool and tell you to stick it out until the very last bell.  But reallyyyyyy..... Throw in the towel... read more.
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Representative Jim Buchy… Agriculture in the City Update—Positive Movement For Urban Youth - Agriculture in the City is a state funded program which teaches agriculture education to students in city schools. This program is being piloted in one high school and one elementary in Cleveland and Cincinnati. The schools implementing this program have started to see some tremendous results. Agriculture is a huge industry in the state and the values instilled... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Ohio Students from For-Profit College Scams
Imagine working for months or years toward a college degree — investing hours in late-night study sessions and tens of thousands of dollars in loans, all in the hopes that your diploma will open new doors and improve your job prospects. Now imagine that just weeks before you were scheduled to graduate, your school lost its accreditation. Your diploma... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Did I mention I hate my dishwasher, By Aprill Brandon
I hate you, dishwasher. I hate you so much. Seriously, so much. Like, if you were on fire and screaming in pain and I really had to pee, I’d still use the toilet. Because you know what? The toilet doesn’t constantly remind me what a failure at housekeeping I am. Sure, it starts to murmur something after too many weeks of neglect but you…oooooh…YOU... read more.
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Revelations: A new way of thinking… Plants and their medicinal purposes, By Aaron Olson
Well my entire family has been sick at some point in time over the last month or so. Bronchitis, head cold or a combination thereof. So I figured it would be a good time to write an article on medical preparedness. I'll try to keep my biases to myself, because there are a lot of things about our medical system I don't like. So, imagine if you will, a time in the future when doctors are... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Ohio's Second Annual Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day
Many people can trace their career success to participation in an internship or co-op. Internships and co-ops prepare the next generation of professionals to become leaders and step into important roles with work experience and a better understanding of their career field. Young professionals need training and opportunities to learn and grow within... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Ohio’s General Assembly Standing Strong in Opposition to Obamacare - In Ohio we have recognized Obamacare for the failure it is and rejected Washington’s attempt to burden Ohioans with the bureaucratic responsibility of managing his federal health care exchange.  Our state budget has been choked by the federal expansion of Medicaid, leaving Ohio with few options.  We must encourage our Congressmen... read more.
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A Whack Job on Reality, By Kate Burch
What is the first thing we notice about a person we encounter?  Even if the person exhibits a feature that is outside of the average or normal range, such as extreme stature or girth, remarkable beauty or ugliness, a noticeable disability, or attire that stands out because it is unusual or very handsome or ugly, we are not likely to report to a friend... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Fighting for Ohio Steel and Ohio Jobs
For generations, the steel industry has provided Ohio families with good-paying jobs. Steel is in the cars we drive and the bridges we drive on. It is a major part of our economy and our national defense. But the steel industry is facing a crisis. A flood of cheap imports from countries like China is crippling the industry. And families and communities who rely on... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Snot Factory, By Aprill Brandon
It’s over, people! It’s finally over! Insert high-pitched and highly inappropriate creepy laugh here!  Winter is officially dead. Ha! Burn (freeze? freezer burn?) in hell, you frosty bastard! Or have fun torturing New Zealand or wherever it is you go now. Whatever. I’m not a freaking meteorologist. All that matters is, mild though you were this year, you are now someone else’s problem and no longer... read more.
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State Rep. Jim Buchy… Results Show Paper Options Should Remain for Testing
Testing season is quickly approaching for students across Ohio.  After the debacle with PARCC last year, the legislature has taken great strides to ensure that this year’s experience goes much more smoothly, producing better and more accurate results.  This year, students will be taking the AIR test, which has produced much better results in the past... read more.
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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions… Bedtime: Hide the books and bring in the National Guard
By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand -- Dear A+K, Why is something so simple as a bedtime so impossible to achieve?! I mean, is it an impossible dream that all kids be in bed reading, or asleep by 8? Instead, it looks like a cross between a dance party and bar fight. But really- how can I make this process easier for everyone? Sincerely, Tired O' Tryin. Dear Tired, From forgotten tooth brushing... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Eat Traditional—Stop the War on Our Family Farms
In western Ohio, we enjoy the good fortune of traditional family farms that use the latest technologies to provide affordable, wholesome options at our local grocery stores.  All-to-often it seems our local agriculture is under attack by those who oppose traditional family farms. In particular a push for cage-free chickens raises concerns about our ability to provide enough food to feed the world. Popular marketing trends... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… My Not Knocked Up Bucket List, By Aprill Brandon
You know that game you play where you come up with the title of your autobiography? Like, for example, a few years ago, mine would have been “Why Yes, I Will Have a Fifth Glass of Wine.” Or maybe “And That’s Why I’m Not Allowed Back Into Delaware.” Or even perhaps “The $8.23 In My Checking Account & Other Numbers That Make Me Sad.” Ah... read more.
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Metro Turns 40, By Susan Olling
Our little subway system turned forty on 30 March.  Not before some big bumps in the road. In a recent installment, I mentioned a tunnel fire on Monday, 14 March, that disrupted commutes through downtown D.C. all day.  An uninsulated third-rail power cable was the culprit.  This incident was similar to a tunnel fire at another station in January... read more.
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Preparing for the End Times II: Gardening & Hunting, By Aaron Olson
The Bible talks of prepping several times.  Look to the story of the 7 brides waiting for their bride groom, or to the story of Noah. He was, in my opinion, the ultimate prepper. Only he and his family survived the flood. Granted, the reasoning was divine will in his favor. However, he was called to gather, with the help of God, enough food for his family and all of the animals that were aboard, along with building the ark... read more.
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The Positive Behavior Wave Starts at Woodland, By Jennifer Statzer, Assistant Principal, GCSD Woodland Primary School -- Woodland Primary’s mission is to provide a safe and secure learning environment and to develop healthy, independent, lifelong learners and responsible citizens. One way that we are living into our mission, is through the implementation of a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support) model. This model for positive behavior began this summer with a staff... read more.
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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions… The Short & Sweet Toy Cycle, By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand
Dear A+K: I am starting the spring cleaning process and mistakenly started with the toy room.  I am overwhelmed and want to throw everything out.  Do my kids choose the worst toys on the market or are they all equally as annoying? Sincerely, Toy Trasher. Dear Toy Trasher, We have been at this toy thing for awhile and can honestly attest that there are VERY few toys that pass our test... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Mad (Wo)Men, By Aprill Brandon
So, this past week I have been living in the 1960s. In all, its booze-y, smoke-y, American Dream-y, white picket fence with 2.5 kids-y glory.  Alas, it's all been vicarious living courtesy of one Mr. Stephen King and one Mr. Jon Hamm. Still, the other day I caught myself saying "Golly!" so it at least felt pretty real.  Yes, after devouring King's novel "11/22/63," which is all about a man... read more.
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