USA Today natl education & demographics writer. Author of THE GAME BELIEVES IN YOU: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (out 4/21/15) gtoppo@usatoday.com

4 questions to ask yourself before transferring schools

college.usatoday.com — Most high school students devote a great deal of time to the college selection process. But what do you do if your perfect school no longer feels like the correct fit after a semester or a year? A natural reaction - and occasionally a wise option - is to transfer elsewhere.

Thanksgiving brings reprieve in Ferguson protests

usatoday.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - After days of turmoil, Ferguson found a semblance of normalcy on Thanksgiving Day, a reprieve after days of violence and protests that unsettled this town. Hundreds of protesters had gathered late Wednesday for a third straight night outside the Ferguson Police Department following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Grand jury charges are easy, except against police

usatoday.com — New York state judge Sol Wachtler once famously remarked it's so easy to get a grand jury to indict, they'd indict a ham sandwich if that's what the prosecutor wanted. Except when it comes to police officers. A grand jury proved that Monday when it declined to charge a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black youth.

Nation reacts to Ferguson grand jury decision

ksdk.com — Protests erupted across the nation Monday night, shortly after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. Demonstrators reacted in several cities, where police were braced for raucous protests, but they reported initially that gatherings were mostly peaceful.

Pope says annulments should be cheaper and easier

cruxnow.com — ROME - Pope Francis on Wednesday called for speeding up the process for granting annulments, a ruling from a Church court that allows a Catholic whose marriage

I’m upset that my parish priest refused to allow more than one person give remarks at my father’s funeral

cruxnow.com — The Catholic funeral Mass is not intended to be a "celebration" of a person's life, marked by a parade of make-you-laugh, make-you-cry intimate stories. But there is a loophole.

Voters pass wage hikes, legal pot; divide on abortion

wcnc.com — Voters on ballot initiatives in 41 states gave a resounding thumbs-up to recreational marijuana and higher minimum wages, while dividing on abortion-related measures and GMO labeling. Scores of measures that thickened ballot booklets from Alaska to Florida included a ban on bear baiting (overturned), immigrants IDs (rejected) and gun background checks (approved).

Voters take to polls on marijuana, abortion, other heated issues

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- Voters in 41 states took to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes deciding the future of medical marijuana, minimum wages, bear hunting and controversial gaming. Some of America's most debated issues - abortion, pot, gun owners' rights - were at the forefront in several states.

Voters take to the polls on marijuana, abortion, other heated issues

usatoday.com — Votes in 41 states took to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes deciding the future of medical marijuana, minimum wages, bear hunting and controversial gaming. Some of America's most debated issues - abortion, pot, gun owners' rights - were at the forefront in several states. Among the most polarized questions is marijuana.

Dallas nurse is Ebola free: 'I feel fortunate and blessed'

ksdk.com — The Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., is free of the virus and was discharged on Friday, the NIH says. Nina Pham appeared outside the hospital shortly before noon on Friday at a briefing on her treatment, saying, "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today."
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @Joy_Resmovits: "What astonishes me is...belief in the wizard of oz theory of school change," says @joeliklein, as if one person in tweed can change all

Dec 17, 2014

RT @WSJ: Breaking: Four largest movie theater chains in U.S. won't show 'The Interview' wsj.com

Dec 16, 2014

RT @nickconfessore: Telling a story in 38 charts is not actually a user-experience improvement over telling it in 700 well-chosen words.

Dec 16, 2014

RT @PublishersWkly: PW's obituary for Clifford creator Norman Bridwell, who died on December 12 at age 86 pwne.ws/139OsiV

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