Asian-American Actors Take On Hollywood

May 27, 2016
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Asian-American Actors Take On Hollywood

Should white actors play non-white roles? They often do. Asian-American actors have started to speak out. They call the practice “whitewashing.” It means a white actor plays an Asian.

They are taking Hollywood to task. The charges are that Hollywood is not sensitive to race or ethnicity. That Hollywood cares only about “box office” profits. That money drives the decision about whom to star in a movie or program.

At the...

Second Officer in Freddie Gray Case is Found Not Guilty

May 26, 2016
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Second Officer in Freddie Gray Case is Found Not Guilty

Freddie Gray died while in police custody in Baltimore, Maryland. His injuries happened in the back of a police van as the van was going to jail. He was not wearing a safety belt as required. Mr. Gray was black. Areas in the city erupted in...

Want to Stay Healthy? Read Nutrition Labels

May 25, 2016
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Old label is on the left.

Most consumers read the nutrition label on the food they buy. It is a good idea. The government makes changes every few years. A new label is about to come out.

The label itself will look the same. Most people agree it is easy to...

Using Drugs Can be Fatal – to Getting a Job

May 24, 2016
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Drug test

Many employers give drug tests to applicants. Some do it because a law says they must. For example, a school bus driver cannot be high on marijuana. Others do...

Washington Redskins: What is in a Name?

May 23, 2016
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In a name

There is widespread support for changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team. The name offends a cross-section of Americans. Many politicians and the president think the name...

Transgender Laws Raise Many Issues

May 20, 2016
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Transgender Laws Raise Many Issues

A law on transgender people passed in North Carolina. It said such people must use the bathroom of the sex shown on their birth certificate. The passage of the...

More Workers Will Get Overtime Pay

May 19, 2016
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Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Many more workers will get paid for overtime starting in December. A new federal rule says all workers who earn less than $47,746 will get overtime. That means time-and-a-half...

Common Sense on Candidates and the Economy

May 18, 2016
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Common Sense on Candidates and the Economy

There is an old saying. It is a Recession when your neighbor loses his job. It is a Depression when you lose your job. That sounds reasonable. But how...

Google to Ban Payday Loan Advertising. Will it Matter?

May 17, 2016
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UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 23:  A pedestrian walks by a Payday Advance shop on El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego, California on Tuesday, November 23, 2004. Since emerging from rural Tennessee in 1993, payday lending has expanded beyond the fringes of the consumer finance industry. In 2003, the industry generated $6 billion in fee revenue from $40 billion in loans, according to Stephens Inc., a Little Rock, Arkansas-based investment bank.  (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Payday loans can be a solution. They also can be a much bigger problem. People take them out when they need money to pay the rent, to fix a...

In Brief

Sleep and Get Rich

Sleep. Parents crave it, but children and especially teenagers, need it.

Scientists say that a primary purpose of sleep is called “learning consolidation. This is...

Fitness: It’s All-Good

If you are into trends in fitness, this article is for you. Experts are touting a new program called high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It...

Danger in Putting Your Baby to Sleep on a Sofa

About one in eight cases of so­-called crib death happen among infants who have been put on sofas to sleep.

Research had shown that couches...

Sitting, Standing, Moving: The Road to Health 

At some jobs, you stand all day. At some other jobs, you are sitting at a desk. Whether standing or sitting, eight hours of...


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