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Science Says: Can a Super Bowl Ad Give You brain Tingles?
2/6/2019 9:59:29 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   A new Super Bowl commercial aims to calm frenzied football fans with oddly relaxing images of actress Zoe Kravitz whispering into a pair of microphones and softly tapping on a bottle. The beer ad already has drawn more than 10 million views and stands to expose a vast audience to an internet craze known as ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response. Some people spend hours watching videos of hair brushing, paper crinkling or “happy little clouds” artist Bob Ross painting because they say it makes their brains tingle. They report feeling a...

Study: Many Small Kids in U.S. Are Using Too Much Toothpaste
2/6/2019 9:57:19 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—Too many young kids are using too much toothpaste, increasing their risk of streaky or splotchy teeth when they get older, according to a government survey released Thursday. About 40 percent of kids ages 3 to 6 used a brush that was full or half-full of toothpaste, even though experts recommend no more than a pea-sized amount, the study found. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings were based on a survey of parents of more than 5,000 kids ages 3 to 15. Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water,...

Rep. Moore Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and How the ACA Saved Her Life
2/6/2019 9:55:04 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore has made a strong and very personal case for lawmakers to keep the Affordable Care Act. In a televised interview, Moore revealed her cancer diagnosis and where she believes she’d be if it weren’t for former President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation which allows her to afford the treatments and necessary medication to fight the deadly disease. “If I had to pay $15,000 a month for this medicine, I’d be here writing my obituary perhaps instead of talking to you,” Moore told...

The American Dream Remains Deferred for Black Millennials
2/6/2019 9:51:32 PM

By Stacy Brown   The American Dream is described as a national ethos: a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. That’s the Wikipedia definition. For African American millennials, the dream remains deferred—and in some cases, is a nightmare. “The American Dream, the idea that anyone can succeed through hard work, is one of the most enduring myths in this country. And one of its most prominent...

Losing Your Driver’s License to Debt: 43 States Allow Suspensions Due to Unpaid Court Debt
2/6/2019 9:46:54 PM

By Staff Reports   Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or suspended? In 43 states and the District of Columbia, driver’s licenses can be suspended because of unpaid court debt. In most locales, once a driver’s license is suspended, it can retain that designation...

Dangerous Steps Backwards on Discriminatory School Discipline
2/6/2019 9:44:35 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   In January 2014, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice jointly released a ‘guidance package’ on school discipline to help schools and districts meet their responsibilities under federal civil rights law to use nondiscriminatory discipline practices. Years of data have shown children of color and children with disabilities are disproportionately punished by school discipline practices and suspended and expelled from school. Many schools and school districts have finally begun reforming their policies to promote positive academic and...

A Dream Deferred—Is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Just Another Elusive Dream?
2/6/2019 9:43:12 PM

By Dr. Elizabeth V. Primas Program Manager, NNPA ESSA Awareness Campaign   In 1951, Langston Hughes laid bare the anxious aspirations of millions of Black people in America with his poem, “A Dream Deferred.” In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded America of the promissory note written to its citizens guaranteeing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, in his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson attempted to make good on that promise by signing the Civil Rights Act into law. And in 1965, President Johnson sought to...

Government Stance Over Reunifying Migrant Families, Blasted
2/6/2019 9:39:32 PM

By Elliot Spagat   SAN DIEGO (AP)—The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. Jonathan White, who leads the Health and Human Services Department's efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents, said removing children from “sponsor” homes to rejoin their parents “would present grave child welfare concerns.” He said the government should focus on...

McVay Looks to Future After Rams' Ride Derails in Super Bowl
2/6/2019 9:35:54 PM

LOS ANGELES—His coaching tenure had been a rocket ride all the way to the Super Bowl. Until Bill Belichick sent this bright football mind and his exciting team plummeting back to Earth. What McVay does about it will determine whether the Rams are still an ascending powerhouse or another NFL contender broken by the New England Patriots. After Belichick’s defense turned McVay’s offense into the worst version anyone had ever seen, the Rams’ 33-year-old offensive guru was visibly frustrated and embarrassed. His clenched jaw in postgame interviews also signified a...

East Los Angeles College’s First Female Football Player Featured In Superbowl Commercial
2/6/2019 9:33:53 PM

MONTEREY PARK—Ms. Toni Harris, the first female football player ever for the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Huskies, is the featured star of a Toyota commercial that is scheduled to air before an estimated 100 million television viewers during Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Ms. Harris was also featured this week in a four-minute-long news segment during a national network broadcast of CBS This Morning that highlighted her remarkable story and her role model status for future female football players. CBS carried the poignant interview with Ms. Harris and premiered the...