USA Today natl education writer. Author of THE GAME BELIEVES IN YOU: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (out 4/21) @gamebelieves

Newsome: Confederate flag "the banner of racial intimidation and fear" — The helmeted woman who scaled a flagpole in front of the South Carolina State Capitol last week to remove a Confederate battle flag calls it "the banner of racial intimidation and fear whose popularity seems to expand whenever black Americans appear to be making gains economically and politically in this country."

Do Video Games Inspire Violent Behavior? — On the morning of August 12, 2013, nearly eight months after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, Michael Mudry, an investigator with the Connecticut State Police, drove to nearby Danbury to try to solve a little mystery.

Digital Games Promise to Improve Math Skills — Greg Toppo is USA Today 's national education and demographics reporter. Raising children in a world "driven by images, media, and interactive technologies" gave him a different perspective on education reform and aroused his curiosity in video games and the role they could play in learning.

The Game Believes in You — Modern video games encourage exploration and, above all, failure, concepts often missing from the classroom environment, Toppo says...Well-designed games, Toppo writes, ' don't reward casual effort, mindless repetition or rat-in-a-cage responses. Instead they reward practice, persistence, and risk-taking.' - T.

Lawsuit says body laid in Metro station for four days — The family of a Washington man who lay dying for four days in a Metro station after falling from a subway escalator is suing the transit system, charging that Metro personnel saw the mishap and could have saved his life, but did nothing to help.

Baltimore, other cities see violent holiday weekend — Violence surged in major U.S. cities over Memorial Day weekend, bringing new highs for homicides in Chicago and Baltimore after years of declining crime. In Baltimore's monthly monthly homicide rate soared to its highest point in more than 15 years, taxing a city and police department already pushed to its limits after rioting last month.

Police believe more than one person killed D.C. family — The members of a prominent Washington, D.C., family identified in a grisly quadruple murder were longtime members of a tightknit, upscale community, churchgoers who volunteered at their children's schools, neighbors said.

Police: Shooter had 'fixation' with Zimmerman — (USA TODAY) A Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman in an apparent road rage incident last week had a "fixation" with the one-time neighborhood watch leader, who gained national attention in 2012 for killing an unarmed black teen, according to a police report made public on Tuesday.

We’re boring our kids in school: This easy reform will actually help them learn — Excerpted from "The Game Believes in You" In 1967, media critic Marshall McLuhan predicted that within two decades, technology would make school unrecognizable. "As it is now, the teacher has a ready-made audience," he wrote. "He is assured of a full house and a long run.

What if we prescribed video games, and not Ritalin, to treat ADHD? — One in five high school boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Here's how gaming may change that. By Greg Toppo The following is an excerpt from The Game Believes in You , which explores how digital games can inspire and motivate children - and result in better learning outcomes.
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Jul 05, 2015

RT @wjoav: Burt's Bees co-founder Burt Shavitz RIP. Sad. But because of his love for honey bees and nature, a great company was born #BurtLivesOn

Jul 05, 2015

@aldoyle sweet! So glad you are enjoying it. Let's talk when you're done. Thanks for your help...

Jul 05, 2015

RT @parisreview: “One of the jobs of poetry is to make the unbearable bearable by clear, precise confrontation.” —Richard Wilbur

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