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Oil spill cleanup continues
May 22, 2015 - California Governor Edmund Brown issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of an oil spill from a ruptured pipeline on Tuesday. Many federal and state agencies, along with the private pipeline company, are involved in cleanup efforts.
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monitoring: verb;checking, Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of May 18

facilitates: verb; to make happen;
Ice breakers now on break

modified: verb; to adjust, change;
Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Doolittle Raiders

reverted: verb; to go back
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

transfused: verb; to transfer from one person to another;
ABCs of ABO transfusions changing

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May 22

1802: Library of Congress: the first of first ladies, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington died of a severe fever. When she married George Washington in January 1759, she was twenty-seven years old and a widowed mother of two. She was also one of the wealthiest women in Virginia, having inherited some 15,000 acres of farmland from her deceased husband, Daniel Parke Custis. A prosperous farmer himself, George Washington ably took over the Custis estate, but moved Martha and his newly-adopted stepchildren Martha ("Patsy") and John Parke ("Jacky") to his own home, Mount Vernon, outside Alexandria, Virginia. There, the couple delighted in raising their children (though Patsy died of an epileptic seizure in 1773 at the age of seventeen, while Jacky died of camp fever during the Revolution in 1781) and entertaining Virginia society. It is estimated that between 1768 and 1775 over 2,000 guests visited the Washingtons, some staying for extended periods.

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2012-2013 has been a busy and exciting time and we are really looking forward to 2014 with our continuing coverage of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The stories to the right are some of our favorites with video and/or printable activities to support learning.

70th anniversary of D-Day
Rosie the Riveter had no time for selfies
Whiskey 7 on her way to Normandy (SNN Video)
World War I Centennial
The 'No. 1225' transports magic (SNN Video)
War of 1812 Bicentennial
America wins Battle of Lake Erie - again (SNN Video)
Don’t Give Up the Ship
(Printable activity used by students in 1813!)
Get ready for battle on Lake Erie
(Video and music – “Some Nights” by Fun)
Brig Niagara: living history lesson (SNN Video)
Civil War Sesquicentennial
First Battle of Bull Run reenacted (SNN Video)
Battle of Antietam (SNN Video)
Gettysburg 150th begins (SNN Video)
Tiny photos reveal untold Civil War history

Rare bird is something to tweet about (SNN Video)
It was a Snowy Owl surprise! (SNN Video)
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U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 Sesquicentennial
Weekly News Quiz
Of the following, what is an accurate statement about overall ice cover this winter on the Great Lakes?
At its peak, ice covered about 50 percent of the five Great Lakes.
At its peak, ice covered about one-third of the five Great Lakes.
At its peak, ice covered more than three-fourths of the five Great Lakes.
Thomas Jefferson: 'I cannot live without books'Thomas Jefferson: 'I cannot live without books'
May 19, 2015 - 'Out of the Ashes' is a new exhibit at the Library of Congress.
Strong aftershock strikes NepalStrong aftershock strikes Nepal
May 12, 2015 - A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal at 3:05 a.m. EDT today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS.
Flyover marks VE anniversaryFlyover marks VE anniversary
May 11, 2015 - Friday marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day - Victory in Europe, the end of World War II in Europe.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2015 - Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May, celebrates this day in 1862 when a force of Mexican troops defeated a French force in the Battle of Puebla.
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