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Earth Day: little actions make a big difference
Earth Day: little actions make a big difference

April 22, 2021 - Today on Earth Day, a large swath of the Midwest has weather fit for winter instead of spring. Snow fell and temperatures plummeted below freezing on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, spring snow made for beautiful photos. It's an Earth Day reminder to be good stewards of the planet, that gorgeous blue marble three planets from the Sun.

Word of the Day
gorgeous: adjective;beautiful, visually appealing; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of April 19

additional: adjective; more, another, in addition to;
Deep freeze to ease

biodegradable: Select Part of speech...; able to break down in the environment naturally;
The answer to marine debris is prevention

harmonic: adjective; related to harmony (noun form), the state of something going to together in a seamless, pleasant way, such as an orchestra playing music
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Today In History

April 23

1813: Library of Congress: U.S. congressman, senator, and presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon, Vermont. Short in stature but influential in Congress, Douglas was nicknamed the "Little Giant." In the Senate campaign of 1858, Republican hopeful Abraham Lincoln challenged Douglas to a series of seven debates, known today as the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Although Douglas won the election of 1858, he lost the presidential election of 1860 to Lincoln in a four-way race that included John Breckinridge and John Bell.

1791: James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania.

1635: The Boston Latin School opened in Boston, Massachusetts with a focus on teaching humanities such as Greek and Latin. It is the oldest school in America opening one year before Harvard, also located in Boston.

1616 and 1564: William Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564 and died on this day in 1616.

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