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Don't be tripped up by tryptophan
Nov. 25, 2015 - Don't get tripped up by trying to understand tryptophan, an essential amino acid needed to build proteins in the body. It is found in many different types of food, including turkey. But does it cause the Thanksgiving post feast collapse on the couch?
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maligned: verb;to be thought of in a negative way; to be criticized; Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of November 23

caustic: adjective; capable of burning, very dangerous;
Take a hike - literally!

lofty: adjective; high or elevated in terms of idea, feeling or plan; high in the air;
Astronauts harvest lettuce grown in space

preeminent: adjective; top, above others, superior;
Philly named first World Heritage City in US

valorous: adjective; having valor, brave, courageous;
Capt. Florent Groberg receives Medal of Honor

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November 26

1942: Library of Congress: The film Casablanca opened in New York City as Allied Expeditionary Forces (AEF) secured their hold on North Africa during World War II. Casablanca, Morocco's chief port city, was the setting of the film. During "Operation Torch" - the Allied invasion of North Africa in November 1942 - Casablanca was bombarded under the command of General Dwight Eisenhower. The city served as the site of the Casablanca Conference from January 14-24, 1943. Attended by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and French Resistance leaders Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud, the Allied leadership developed a unified military strategy and decided that Germany, Italy, and Japan must surrender unconditionally.

1922: Charles Schulz, creator of the popular Peanuts comic strip, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Nov. 10, 1975: The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake SuperiorNov. 10, 1975: The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior
Nov. 10, 2015 - In Lake Superior on this day in 1975 during a storm, 29 men went down with the Edmund Fitzgerald, a lake freighter.


1. Describe the change in weather conditions that led to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

2. How does the song written about the sinking tell the story in a powerful way? Choose one verse and explain its meaning with details from the story and videos.

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Freedom shines brightly Freedom shines brightly
Nov. 19, 2015 - President Lincoln's 1863 Gettsyburg Address is more relevant than ever as the world stands in solidarity with France in defense of freedom.
Take a hike - literally!Take a hike - literally!
Nov. 17, 2015 - At Lassen National Volcanic Park, the 3-mile Bumpass' Hell Trail takes hikers inside a crater of a dormant volcano. Now that's a hike worth every step!
World mourns with FranceWorld mourns with France
Nov. 16, 2015 - Nohemi Gonzalez, an American college student spending a semester studying in Paris, was one of the 129 killed in the Paris terrorist attacks.
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Nov. 13, 2015 - Multiple terrorist attacks are ongoing in Paris, France including restaurants, a concert hall, and a soccer stadium. (UPDATE: Nov. 14)
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