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What a super, sweet week it is!
What a super, sweet week it is!

March 19, 2019 - It has not happened since 1981 when the Vernal Equinox and a supermoon coincide. At 5:58 p.m. EDT Wednesday, winter officially ends and spring begins. Then watch the full moon, called the Sugar Moon or Worm Moon, rise in the sky beginning at 6:48 p.m. EDT for the last supermoon of the year. Maple syrup makers may not have time to look as sap is flowing from sugar maple trees, which means maple syrup is not far behind. And finally college basketball teams begin playing to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. What a super sweet week it is!

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whittled: verb;carved or reduced in size or scope; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Remembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nearsRemembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nears
Jan. 11, 2019 - For the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day, Student News Net will be honoring the people of D-Day. Sgt. Fred Bahlau was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne who "dropped" behind enemy lines on D-Day. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander who commanded more than 150,000 soldiers on D-Day.

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  1. Why is Rosa Parks called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. What prepared Rosa for the action she took on Montgomery City Bus #2857 on Dec. 1, 1955?
  3. Why was the life Rosa led such a courageous one?

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rosa Parks: A Life, speaks at the Student News Net Symposium on Sept. 14, 2018..

Weekly VOCAB

Week of March 18

congestion: Select Part of speech...; can mean a bottleneck as in traffic but also a symptom with colds and influenza in which respiratory passages (nose and sinuses) are blocked because of the infection;
Influenza viruses wreaking havoc for a long time

glaciologists: noun; people who study glaciers;
Expedition searching for Endurance shipwreck

projections: noun; estimates based on data and/or information that is reviewed;
Parker Solar Probe mission heating up

Today In History

March 19

1955: Bruce Willis, actor famous for his roles in the Die Hard movies, was born in Penn's Grove, New Jersey.

1892: James Alward Van Fleet, a U.S. Army four-star general who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War and then consulted with the Army during the Vietnam War, was born in Coytesville, New Jersey.

1860: William Jennings Bryan, American political leader who ran three times - and lost - the presidency, was born in Salem, Illinois.

1848: Wyatt Earp, legendary Old West figure known for his role in the fight at the OK Corral in 1881, was born in Monmouth, Illinois.

1813: David Livingstone, Scottish physician, missionary and explorer who was the subject of a search by Henry Stanley in 1871 in Africa, was born in Scotland.

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