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

Anheuser-Busch is sending 51,744 cans of water to firefighters

usatoday.com — Firefighters battling forest fires in the West will soon get a free cold one from the makers of Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch is sending 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water, a total of 51,744 cans, to Wenatchee, Wash., this week, according to a company statement.
Aug 25, 2015

Anheuser-Busch sending over 50K cans of water to firefighters in Wash. usat.ly/1JjtWxq via @usatoday

Australians, New Zealanders join U.S. wildfire fray

usatoday.com — Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand are joining the battle this week against unprecedented wildfires raging across the U.S. West. About 70 firefighters arrived in Boise, Idaho, to grab gear and head into the fray. They are stepping into one of the worst U.S.
Aug 25, 2015

Aussies, New Zealanders join U.S. wildfire fray. No end in site for fires across the West. usat.ly/1fDJAJf

Greg Toppo - The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter

politics-prose.com — Are digital games a distraction that threatens learning, or do they in fact teach important skills? Focusing on grades K-12, Toppo, education and national demographics reporter for USA Today, makes a strong case for the value of gaming. Presenting the work of innovative researchers, teachers, and game designers, Toppo illustrates how games can make school both more fun and more rigorous.
Aug 17, 2015

Join me 8/28 @ D.C.'s @Politics_Prose 4 a reading/chat re @gamebelieves: How Digital #Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter. bit.ly/1gSu6Ca

Aug 25, 2015

RT @GameBelieves: Join me 8/28 @ D.C.'s @Politics_Prose 4 a reading/chat re @gamebelieves: How Digital #Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter. bit.ly/1gSu6Ca

Thousands evacuated as wildfires race through California

usatoday.com — Some affected communities were using social media to stay connected as the fires raced toward their homes and communities, KXTV in Sacramento reported. On a page titled 'Rocky Fire Evacuees,' Sabrina Rich asked for news of her father's aunt. Neickol Cook answered her plea and that of another person who also hadn't heard from his relative.
Aug 03, 2015

Thousands evacuated as wildfires race through California usat.ly/1N4ms21 via @usatoday

Aug 03, 2015

Thousands remain out of their homes as fires roar in California. 6,000 homes threatened. usat.ly/1M6CAmv pic.twitter.com/5Ag7IVeaMB

Coast Guard shifts search for missing boys

usatoday.com — The Coast Guard shifted and broadened its search Monday in a race against time to find for two boys missing in the vast Atlantic since they left South Florida in a 19-foot boat three days ago.
Jul 27, 2015

Coast Guard shifts search focus in race against time to find missing Florida boys. usat.ly/1JLk3pL pic.twitter.com/2VUxG7U1oR

Jul 27, 2015

I really hope they find them alive somewhere -- the latest on the search for the 14-year-olds missing in Florida usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Stow the flash cards mom and dad: Social skills better for your kids

usatoday.com — Parents who want their kids to succeed have been known to play Mozart in the nursery and quiz their preschoolers with flash cards. A new study suggests these parents might want to go back to the basics by teaching children to share and take turns.
Jul 16, 2015

Stow the flash cards; social skills better for your kids. 5-yr-olds who share more likely to graduate college, usat.ly/1MwN8Iv

Jul 16, 2015

RT @LizSzabo: Stow the flash cards; social skills better for your kids. 5-yr-olds who share more likely to graduate college, usat.ly/1MwN8Iv

Books that snap, crackle, buzz and sing

hechingerreport.org — It was, she remembered, the first standing ovation she ever received as a librarian. Laura Fleming was working at an elementary school in River Edge, N.J., one of those tiny suburban school districts across the river from Manhattan. It was 2009, she'd been working in education for 12 years and she'd long been searching for ...

New York City settles Eric Garner case for $5.9 million

11alive.com — Nearly a year to the day after Staten Island police killed an unarmed father of six who was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, the City of New York said it had reached a settlement in the case. The city on Monday agreed to pay the family of Eric Garner $5.9 million, local media reported, citing a lawyer who represents the family.
Jul 13, 2015

New York City settles Eric Garner case for $5.9 million on.11alive.com/1IWJc4C via @11alivenews

Mexican Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Escapes from Prison (again)

wltx.com — A notorious Mexican drug kingpin who escaped once before from prison - and spent more than a decade on the lam - has done it again. This time, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman disappeared down a hole near his cell and walked nearly a mile underground to freedom, triggering a massive manhunt Sunday.

MD Boy Beaten for Taking a Slice of Birthday Cake Dies

wltx.com — Hagerstown, MD (WUSA) - A 9-year-old Maryland boy who was beaten unconscious last week for taking a piece of birthday cake has died of his injuries, police in Hagerstown, Md., said. Jack Kirby Garcia died Sunday, police told WUSA-9. Robert Wilson, 30, his mother's boyfriend, will likely face murder charges, police said.
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Sep 01, 2015

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Sep 01, 2015

DreamBox Learning raises $10M as it proves doing good can be profitable, too geekwire.com/2015/dreambox-… via @GeekWire


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