Sunday: Our Youth

Batkid Miles Scott is healthy and thriving now cancer-free

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s beloved Batkid is cancer-free and thriving. On the five-year anniversary of the day that then-5-year-old Miles Scott captured the hearts of millions by saving the day in San Francisco as “Batkid” — his ...

Initiative gives children cars to accommodate disabilities

By PETER SALTER Lincoln Journal Star AP Member Exchange LINCOLN, Neb. — Reagan Graham rolled into the west Lincoln warehouse in a wheelchair, but soon she was cruising in style. The 2-year-old wheeled around in her new blue Ford, the gathered crowd making room for her, music on her ...

Voices of youth

What’s your favorite family tradition?

eCommerce for pets

MARQUETTE — Who wouldn’t love a heartwarming sticker on a backpack that says “My therapist has a wet nose”? Or one that has a paw print on a coniferous wilderness setting with the sun in the background? Juniors and seniors in Northern Michigan University’s Marketing and ...

Remembering the good times with a family friend

ANJA Mcbride, 13 I used to live on Baraga Street. When we lived there we had neighbors that lived two houses away from us and they were really nice. Their names are Renee and Ron Wicklund. They have three kids and four grandchildren. Renee is a long-standing member of the Sunshine Girls, a ...

Spacing out

MARQUETTE — A new community arrival made its appearance during the Second Thursday Creativity Series at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. The Marquette Astronomical Society brought a new telescope, nicknamed “Galileo,” that will go to the Peter White Public Library for ...

Don’t spank

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer The nation’s leading pediatricians’ group has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. In an updated policy released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that can ...

More US adults and kids are doing yoga, meditating

NEW YORK (AP) — If you can do a downward-facing dog, you’re among the increasing numbers of Americans doing yoga. A new report says more adults — and even kids — are practicing yoga and meditation. A government survey conducted last year found 14 percent of adults said they had ...

5th-graders to elect ‘kid governor’

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — They are years away from reaching voting age but fifth-graders across Connecticut will have a say in an election of their own. Voting begins Monday and will run for a week in Connecticut’s Kid Governor contest. The civics program created by the Connecticut ...

Youth in Wonderland

MARQUETTE — Superior Arts Youth Theater is nearing its first performance of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” at the Forest Roberts Theatre Nov. 15-18, 2018. This production is directed by Jalina McClain with vocal direction by Jeff Bruning and choreography by Taylor Koski. ...

Youngster reviews new video game

My last column was about how I love to make card games and board games. I’ve also written columns about Scratch, which is a programming software used to code video games. In case you couldn’t tell, I like games. A lot. I was like pretty much every other 21st century kid with access to ...

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What’s your favorite thing to do outdoors?

New anti-hunger program starts at Sawyer school

K.I. SAWYER — A typical day goes so much better for youngsters when they have full bellies instead of empty ones. To help alleviate hunger in the region, a new program called Paw Packs has been created to get foods in the hands of students at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Hannah ...

Milwaukee launches initiative to help kids save for college

By ANA MARTINEZ-ORTIZ Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service MILWAUKEE (AP) — For children from low-income families, the thought of attending college may not even cross their minds. Recent studies have shown that post-secondary education goals of black and Latino students are ...

Fresh Coast literacy

MARQUETTE — A lot was going on at the Marquette Commons during the opening night of the Fresh Coast Film Festival on Thursday, with movies, food trucks and campers filling the area. Just a short distance away at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, located at 123 W. Baraga Ave., ...

Even tech execs fret about their kids’ smartphone addictions

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of parents, Mike Herrick occasionally sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children’s brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that ...

‘Girls on the Run’

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Sinking a free throw or hitting a home run are fine athletic accomplishments, to be sure. However, they can be even more gratifying when achieved with a good mental attitude. Girls on the Run Upper Peninsula is entering its second year ...

‘Laughing grandmother’ video makes picture book a big hit

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — The country’s hottest book isn’t a hit because of Oprah Winfrey or Donald Trump. It’s all because of a laughing Scottish grandmother. Thanks to a viral video of Janice Clark reading Craig Smith’s “The Wonky Donkey” to her baby ...

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If you could invent an app, what would it be?