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Wednesday: Learning

Wintertime picnics can get children outside

A picnic is a state of mind and can be anywhere. Winter picnics can be more like a camping experience with campfire cooking, or a quick picnic snack in the backyard. Each way gets children out of the house in the fresh air when the temperature is not too cold. It is an added plus when when ...

AG suspends investigation of MSU over Nassar

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — State Attorney General Dana Nessel has suspended a nearly two-year-long criminal investigation into Michigan State University's handling of complaints against now-imprisoned serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The ...

Sawyer students meet for food, games

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer K.I. SAWYER — It’s not every day a grade schooler wants to go to a board meeting. At K.I. Sawyer Elementary School, though, it’s a BOARD meeting — and it involves things such as good food, Scrabble Junior and camaraderie instead of listening ...

‘Dragonfly Soup’

MARQUETTE — When your book has poems with names such as “My Lizard Friend,” “Sally the Snail” and “Professor Turtle,” it’s bound to be on the whimsical side. “Dragonfly Soup” by Marquette’s James Keast definitely has that quality. The recently published book includes 15 ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.” — Carol Rifka Brunt Winter trees Being in a snowstorm is not fun, but afterwards when the sun shines, exploring places where children have not walked before is great fun. Look for evergreens. ...

US drinking more now than just prior to Prohibition

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK — Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in ...

Grandparents Teach, too

The smell and taste of apple pie makes the home feel warmer when anyone comes in from the cold. The cooked apple pie smell swirls around the house and freshens the place. Apples existed 3,000 years ago in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Later they were carried to Europe and brought to the American ...

Facial recognition software raises privacy concerns

By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press LOCKPORT, N.Y. — An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. The Lockport Central School District said it ...

Gearing up for robotics season

MARQUETTE — How can you defend the world from incoming asteroids with power cells, a shield generator and a part that resembles a lazy Susan? When you’re part of the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — is a Manchester, New ...

Grandparents Teach, too

There are millions of boxes being delivered to front doors this winter. Sometimes what is in the box is not as fun as the container itself. Children can spend an amazing amount of entertainment time with these boxes. Some children will cozy right in or under them with their blankets. They ...

14-year-old prodigy pursues degrees at two Michigan schools

By MARTIN SLAGTER By MLive AP Exchange ANN ARBOR — Daniel Liu is used to being ahead of the curve. He learned the alphabet by age 1 and began reading by the time he was 2. At age 10, he became the youngest person to ever win the national You Be The Chemist challenge, allowing him to ...

Flannel and flapjacks

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer NEGAUNEE — What are the odds of every fourth-grader at Lakeview Elementary School wearing flannel on Tuesday? When it’s time to eat their lumberjack breakfast. The event appropriately included flapjacks and cackleberries — hen’s eggs used ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the snow.” — Aristotle Dashing around for 20- minutes or holding hands and making your own path in a snowy yard is a welcome break for children and adults in winter. The fun makes the hassle of bundling ...

Virtual reality tour gives students look at Holocaust

By SUE LOUGHLIN Tribune-Star The Associated Press SULLIVAN, Ind. — The story of Eva Kor, her message of forgiveness and her lessons from Auschwitz live on through a virtual reality tour experienced by Sullivan High School freshmen. Kor died July 4 in Krakow, Poland, at age 85 while on ...

Congo lingo

MARQUETTE — A third-year French major at Northern Michigan University is furthering his language skills in an unusual way. Billy McCoy is in the Congo where he is continuing his French studies, studying the local lingala language and serving an internship as an English teacher. He also is ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.” — Oprah When the days are short and darkness is long, the Swedish people make their own light. One of their proverbs is: “Those who wish to sing always find a song.” Those who want ...

Michigan Sea Grant gets new educator

By CINDY HUDSON Michigan Sea Grant and KELLEY CHRISTIANSEN Michigan Tech Science Writer HOUGHTON — Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Technological University have announced a new collaboration to enhance fisheries and aquaculture outreach and education in the Upper ...

Students in Iowa use video games to hone key skills

By NICK HYTREK Sioux City Journal AP Member Exchange CHEROKEE, Iowa — For many of us who are members of older generations, we might consider the hours younger people spend playing video games as nothing more than a diversion from doing something more productive, such as ...

Stories from grandparents to kids will link generations

Children who are successful readers have many stories read and told to them. They have family conversations about a wide variety of subjects including their culture and ancestors. Young children may not understand every nuance of the stories now, but they will later. Family gatherings ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Children and adults who know how to be nice tend to be healthier. Darnell Hunt and Daniel Fessler from UCLA have been studying kindness and what it does to the body. They say that receiving kindness from others and providing kindness are good for our health. Engaging in kindness, contemplating ...