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  Inauguration Day by the numbers: 58, 45, 20
Inauguration Day by the numbers: 58, 45, 20
Jan. 19, 2017 - More than 1 million people are expected in Washington Friday for Inauguration Day, an event that happens every four years. The 58th inauguration will take place at noon to swear in the 45th president to fulfill specific requirements of the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Shortly after noon, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will begin their four-year term of office.
 
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Eugene Cernan (1934-2017)Eugene Cernan (1934-2017)
Jan. 17, 2017 - Eugene Cernan, former NASA astronaut who was the commander of the last mission to the moon, died yesterday.
 
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Week of January 16

molecules: noun; groups of similar or different atoms (chemical elements) held together by bonds; example: water (H2O)
Fire and Ice: Physics and Chemistry meet at the Plymouth Ice Festival

pelage: noun; the hair covering a mammal
Sea ice is crucial to polar bear survival

quorum: noun; the required number of people present to meet requirements to proceed for an organization to conduct official business
115th Congress convenes

transition: noun; the time between two events, such as during a change of leadership
Iowa governor nominated to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China

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1961: Library of Congress: John F. Kennedy distinguished his inaugural ceremony with a poetry reading by fellow New Englander Robert Frost. Blinded by the sun's glare on the snow-covered Capitol grounds, Frost found himself unable to read the poem he had prepared. Instead, he recited "The Gift Outright" from memory, his words moving many.

1937: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Inauguration - FDR became the first U.S. president sworn into office in January. It was his second of four inaugurations.

    Oath of Office
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

    Executive Oath of Office
    The Constitution of the United States,
    Article II, Section 1, Clause 8

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Avant Garden is 'magnifique'Avant Garden is 'magnifique'
Dec. 21, 2016 - Nerves calm, spirits soar, and the holiday frenzy evaporates into warm, moist air at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Is that a skirt growing in the garden? Yes, it is.

 

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I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 
 
 
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Inauguration Day by the numbers: 58, 45, 20 Inauguration Day by the numbers: 58, 45, 20
Jan. 19, 2017 - More than 1 million people are expected in Washington Friday for Inauguration Day, an event that happens every four years. The 58th inauguration will take place at noon to swear in the 45th president to fulfill specific requirements of the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Shortly after noon, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will begin their four-year term of office.
Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan. 13, 2017 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Monday the nation will honor his legacy.
This IS - and is NOT - your grandparents' carThis IS - and is NOT - your grandparents' car
Jan. 11, 2017 - At the North American International Auto Show this week, Volkswagen unveiled the Buzz. It will have your grandparents buzzing!
Fire and Ice: Physics and Chemistry meet at the Plymouth Ice FestivalFire and Ice: Physics and Chemistry meet at the Plymouth Ice Festival
Jan. 9, 2017 - Fire and ice are not usually paired, especially as a Fire and Ice Tower. What is it?
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