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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touts school choice, innovation in SLC while protesters gather

SLC summit » As protesters rally outside, DeVos says all key decisions should be made by states, not by the feds. Schools in the United States need to break free of the federal government’s “arcane” approach to education, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Tuesday during a visit to Utah. Education needs new models, she said, like how video rentals gave way to streaming media. And families deserve a range of school options, like choosing between cellular service providers. “Washington [D.C.] has been in the driver seat for over…

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Some Aspects to Consider While Buying Mother’s Day Gifts

Lifelong she has been the dynamic force to put the things right and unmatched inspiration for you. She is never demanding, always caring, and crossing the bounds to make your life happy and secure. She takes all possible burden on her shoulders to give you comfort in every way. Truly, the Mother’s Day is one special day of the year, when children can at least try to give some joyful moments out of the sense of gratitude and thankfulness. If you are planning to buy gifts for your mom on…

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Don’t Text or Talk While Exercising, Leave Your Phone at Home

Leave your phone at home, or at least turn it off, if you want to benefit from your workout. According to a new study, talking or texting on a smartphone while exercising and working up a sweat reduces the intensity of a workout and in fact affects your balance. Michael Rebold, Assistant Professor at Hiram College in the US found that texting and talking can have a negative effect on one’s balance during everyday activities. This is the first known study to examine the effects of cell phone use on…

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Another reason not to smoke while pregnant

Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range of birth defects. The current study offers fresh evidence that the kidneys are among the organs at risk for damage, said lead author Dr. Maki Shinzawa, a public health researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. “Cigarette smoking releases nicotine and other harmful or potentially harmful substances, such as nitrogen…

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Oklahoma mom says she was shamed for using handicap spot while carrying disabled son

An Oklahoma mother who claims she was shamed for using a handicapped parking spot while shopping with her disabled son has taken to social media to address what the alleged writer didn’t see. Colleen Scarlett-Stice explained that her 4-year-old son Rowan uses a wheelchair to get around, but that they had left it at home after he had an accident. “While I can almost appreciate your wanting to stand up for disabled people everywhere by ‘doing something’ about a person parking in a handicapped parking spot, please find another way…

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How I Kept Running While I Was Pregnant

Running is a huge part of my life. Most of my social life involves running. It’s my preferred form of therapy. I almost always have a race on the horizon, and I get up early to log miles before work more often than not. In other words, I’m one of “those people” – the generally eccentric bunch of fitness nuts that make Colorado Springs a top running town. When we found out I was pregnant with my first child in January, my husband and I were thrilled. After the initial…

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