Autumn Horrors: Some Truly Scary Films

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With the advent of Autumn and the Halloween weekend looming, many of us crave the feelings of being disturbed and scared by good horror films. With today's CGI technology and state-of-the-art film processing, the horror film genre maintains its hold on us with realistic and fantastic images. Of course, the crucial elements needed to keep that […]

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Bullying Can End with You

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Does bullying happen in your school? How can you stop bullying in your school or community? National Bullying Prevention Month was created to bring people together to talk about bullying and how to stop it. Unite against bullying by wearing orange this month and by starting a discussion in your school about bullying. There are always two […]

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Remember Me: Day of the Dead/Recuérdame: Día de los Muertos

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Árboles (trees) ablaze with autumn colors, orange calabazas (pumpkins) carved with funny faces and falling temperatures just right for warm suéteres (sweaters) greet the annual celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). On November 2, families in México and Latin America, as well as Latinos in the United States, honor loved ones who've died with […]

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Scary Reads – for Me and the Middle School Crowd

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Calling all 'fraidy cats!  I know it's October, traditionally the time when people cuddle up under warm blankets to watch scary movies, read scary books and dress up in scary costumes. If you scare easily, like me, then you know it can also be an unnerving time. Just thinking about some of those gory movies […]

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The Good Thief’s Guide to Mysteries

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Chris Ewan is the author of a series of witty, deftly plotted mysteries all set in different cities, mostly in Europe. The reason his protagonist, the charming Brit Charlie Howard, keeps on the move is because in addition to being a minor novelist, he is primarily a cat burglar and knows better than to stay too […]

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What happened to Tyler Street?

Portrait of John Tyler

According to the Chicago Street Name Index, Chicago has honored many American presidents by naming streets after them. In 1833, the original Town of Chicago included streets named after Washington, the first president, and Jefferson, the third. Over time these streets were joined by streets named after: Adams (2nd) Madison (4th) Monroe (5th) Quincy (named after […]

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Make A Difference Day

Source: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Wallace Ciccarelli Jr., Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" If you're unsure of how to answer that question and want to do more, Make A Difference Day is for you. Founded more than 20 years ago by USA TODAY Magazine and Points of Light, Make […]

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Everyday Heroes

As children, our heroes were famous athletes, presidents and movie stars. We idolized them and expected great things from them, however, we were usually disappointed because the reality never measured up to the image we created in our minds. Several revered athletes have turned out to be not very nice people away from the playing field […]

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Awesomely Odd Books for Teens

Weird Picture of People in Witch Costumes in 1978

With cold in the air and ads everywhere for Halloween costumes and party supplies, you might be in the mood to read something a little strange. I've got books for your weird mood, featuring strange characters - the sort of characters that would be (and in some cases are) at home in a sideshow, mad scientists or a […]

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“It’s About This Nurse…” Favorite Stories Retold

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It sometimes happens when I go to the theater, or the movies, or read a book, that I find the minor characters more interesting than the people the story is supposed to be about. This often means that I am paying more attention to the servants or the villain than the young lovers or other main characters, […]

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