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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

Sept. 19, 2020 - Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last night due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to the Supreme Court of the United States. She was 87.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of September 14

auditory: adjective; related to sound, hearing;
Fourth of July fireworks: Protect hands, fingers, eyes - and ears

hygienic: adjective; related to hygiene, practices to prevent the spread of infections;
Cover your coughs and sneezes!

lenient: adjective; not strict, relaxed, casual;
Find refuge, if permitted, at a National Wildlife Refuge

reluctant: adjective; hesitant, not ready to do something;
Women who flew through the clouds to reach the stars

Today In History

September 20

1878: Upton Sinclair, American novelist and politician, was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1853: Library of Congress: Elisah Graves Otis sold his first "hoist machines," or elevators, featuring an automatic safety brake that he had recently patented. His seemingly simple invention - guaranteed to stop a rising platform from falling if the ropes that held it broke - not only launched Otis' business, but made possible the development of passenger elevators and, with them, the modern high-rise building. While before 1850 most buildings were no more than six stories tall, today's skyscrapers range from fifty to more than one hundred stories in height. 


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