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Tragic warehouse fire a fire safety reminder
Dec. 5, 2016 - A tragic warehouse fire over the weekend reinforces the importance of following fire safety guidelines at both homes and businesses. In Oakland, California, more than 2 dozen people were killed late Friday into Saturday after being trapped by a fire in a two-story warehouse where people were attending a late night party.
 
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Park your cell phone until the car is parkedPark your cell phone until the car is parked
Nov. 30, 2016- Distracted driving is not limited to roads. Using a cell phone while driving in a parking lot is also dangerous.
 
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Week of December 05

decline: noun; a decrease, especially in condition or quality of something and quantity;
New online tool supports citizen scientists

jitters: noun; anxious feelings or actions, nervousness about something;
Ready for winter?

malady: noun; sickness, disorder; prefix, mal-;
'Broken Doughboy' speaks for soldiers past, present, and future

splotches: noun; dabs, especially those that branch out in all directions;
Sunset and moonrise are spectacular sights

turbulence: noun; a state noted by being unsteady, turbulent, chaotic;
Meteorologists have new eyes in the sky

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1955: The Montgomery Bus Boycott began following the arrest of Rosa Parks on Dec. 1 when she refused to give up her seat on a city bus. The boycott lasted until Dec. 20, 1956 when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling was implemented integrating public transportation.

1933: The Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It repealed the Eighteenth Amendment which prohibited the sale of alcohol, called Prohibition.

1791: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria. He was 35.

1782: Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, was born in Kinderhook, New York. He was the first president to have been born a citizen of the United States.

   

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Political ads evoke powerful emotionsPolitical ads evoke powerful emotions
Oct. 3, 2016 - To understand the punch, power, and pure emotion behind political ads, visit I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads.

 

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1. At the end of the story, you will find a list of the 50 ads included in the exhibition. Watch 2 ads from each of the four categories of emotions. Why does each ad appropriately fit in its category? Note symbols and language in the ads to explain your answers.

2. What is the advantage of a candidate saying "I approve this message" at the end of a political ad? 

3. Why was the "Daisy Girl" ad only shown once?

 


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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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Tragic warehouse fire a fire safety reminderTragic warehouse fire a fire safety reminder
Dec. 5, 2016 - A tragic warehouse fire over the weekend reinforces the importance of following fire safety guidelines at both homes and businesses. In Oakland, California, more than 2 dozen people were killed late Friday into Saturday after being trapped by a fire in a two-story warehouse where people were attending a late night party.
Park your cell phone until the car is parkedPark your cell phone until the car is parked
Nov. 30, 2016- Distracted driving is not limited to roads. Using a cell phone while driving in a parking lot is also dangerous.
Wildfires raging in the southeast Wildfires raging in the southeast
Nov. 29, 2016 - Firefighters in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee are battling many blazes.
Fidel Castro (1926-2016)Fidel Castro (1926-2016)
Nov. 28, 2016 - Fidel Castro, titular head of Cuba's Communist Party that has controlled the country since 1959, died Friday. He was 90.
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