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Rather than come to school a day early for orientation, this year's freshmen will begin school the same day as all other students. Courtesy of Wikipedia

Blair cancels its freshman-only day

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has made Montgomery Blair High School cancel its freshman-only day in the upcoming 2014-15 school year to avoid confusion with starting dates among Blair students and students around the rest of the county. Blair is requiring that all students come to school Aug. 25.
Conservative politicians have been attacking and repealing Common Core standards to the detriment of their own states' educational systems Courtesy of US News & World Report

A purely political effort

The recent push by conservatives like Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to repeal Common Core is purely political and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the program.
The number of social media applications has vastly increased over the last few years. Courtesy of V3 Integrated Marketing

The pros and cons of school social media monitoring

Washington County public school officials recently stated that they will begin using a new software called Social Sentinel to monitor students' social media posts. The software tracks social media posts for certain keywords, and if posts containing these keywords are threats of violence or bullying or references to drug or alcohol use, the posts will be forwarded to school officials and/or the police.
In "Dead Poets Society," Robin Williams taught his students--and the rest of us--to seize the day. Courtesy of Disney

O captain, my captain

Though they all live on in film, a part of each of Robin Williams' characters is gone, disappeared along with the beloved comedian and actor who committed suicide on August 11, 2014, allegedly for reasons related to substance abuse and mental illness.
This Congress is one of the least productive in history  Courtesy of Huffington Post

The brokenness of American democracy, in one poll

For the first time in the history of the survey, the majority of Americans disapprove of their own Representative. †And the scary thing is that this finding doesn't matter one bit.

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What's the best part of summer?
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Watching TV
  • Sleeping all day
  • My awesome job/internship
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Going back to school!
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Driverless cars ready to traverse cities and help save lives

Though it may seem unlikely now, the speed at which the technology is being developed suggests that driverless cars could be seen cruising down your street as early as 2017.

The not so minor, minor immigration problem

"Redskins" a little too strong on offense

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"MAD Fitness" to open in Takoma Park

Mother and Daughter (MAD) Fitness is a small personal training business run by former Blazer Eve Kenney and her mother Sue Immerman set to open officially at 7302 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, MD, in the near future.

Task force recommends that Maryland schools start after Labor Day

Professional composer and soprano visit Blair

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Save yourself: don't step "Into the Storm"

Following the overused 'disaster thriller' pattern, "Into the Storm" documents the small town of Silverton as it's slaughtered by an unprecedented amount of tornadoes. In an awkward and unconvincing hour and a half, the film tells the story of a bunch of good-hearted people who manage to escape catastrophe. Unsurprisingly, it fails to thrill.

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is worth the walk

"Lucy" is confusing and mindless

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2014 NWSL playoff predictions

Here's a brief overview of the current standings and what each team will need to do to secure their place in the playoffs.

2014 SCO NBA Mock Draft

The rise of Major League Soccer