USA Today edu writer. Author of THE GAME BELIEVES IN YOU: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter @gamebelieves gtoppo@usatoday.com

MacArthur 'genius' grant creates 'kind of halo' around recipients

usatoday.com — How do you get one? It's not entirely clear, even to the winners. You can't apply, and no one knows if he or she is even being considered. The award basically falls from the sky, landing on 20 to 25 people at no certain date each fall.

Expert: Terrorism frightens us 'far out of proportion' to actual risk

usatoday.com — Since Sept. 11, 118 people in USA killed by terror attacks, while more than 230,000 Americans have been murdered. Since last weekend, we've seen non-stop coverage of the terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey.

Searching for motive in bomb investigation

usatoday.com — After planting explosives in New Jersey and New York, the most wanted man in America then apparently spent the next two days on his own. There was no obvious support network to assist a getaway. No endgame for a potentially deadly campaign of terror whose obscure targets had officials initially questioning whether the acts actually represented terrorism at all.

WATCH: These Lehigh professors aren't so good at Snapchat

Critics blast UNH plan to spend librarian's gift on scoreboard

usatoday.com — When a longtime University of New Hampshire library cataloguer died last year at the age of 77, he left his entire estate to his alma mater, turning heads in New Hampshire and beyond. After Robert Morin's bequest cleared probate court, university officials this month said his estate, saved over nearly 50 years of frugal living, totaled $4 million.

$100 million from Jobs' widow aims to remake schools for high tech age

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - Teachers at Washington Leadership Academy, one of the city's newest charter high schools, long ago decided all students would learn chemistry. But they couldn't afford a fully outfitted chemistry lab, let alone the services of a qualified teacher.

IMG Academy moves into No. 2 spot, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), Roswell (Ga.) climb into Super 25

usatodayhss.com — IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) knocked off one Booker T. Washington to help itself pass another Booker T. Washington for the No. 2 spot in the Super 25 high school football rankings. RELATED: Latest Super 25 football rankings The Ascenders (3-0) were led by quarterback Kellen Mond, who threw for three touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown Saturday to defeat Booker T.

VIDEO: DQ McKinney of All Saints (Texas) goes 100 yards on the pick six

usatodayhss.com — Senior cornerback DQ McKinney at All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas) made an interception and then only had a lot of green in front of him. McKinney went 100 yards the other way for a touchdown in a 27-0 victory against Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth) to give All Saints its first victory of the ...

Recruiting Tip: Who do college coaches listen to?

usatodayhss.com — The USA TODAY High School Sports Recruiting Tips are provided by our recruiting partner, Playced.com . College coaches generally don't listen to anyone's opinion about a potential recruit other than their own coaching staff and the player's high school coach.

Alabama prep announcer: If you don’t stand for anthem, you should be shot

usatodayhss.com — A Southern Baptist Pastor who moonlights as a high school football announcer in Alabama raised eyebrows with an unscripted preamble in support of military personnel ... and against anyone who doesn't want to pay what he deems as proper homage to the flag. As reported by AL.
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Sep 23, 2016

RT @lauramandaro: Curious about the visual voicemail..iOS 10: Ten little things that add up to major update  http://usat.ly/2d5CY9Z  via @edbaig

Sep 23, 2016

@rogerrouth @CharlesKurzman 9/11 was tragedy of course but even if you added 9/11 victims it'd still be very small # compared to homicides.

Sep 22, 2016

@reillyzona 3,000 died on 9/11, but 230,000 murdered since. Terrorism clearly a threat, but y not react proportionally to bigger threats?

Sep 22, 2016

@rogerrouth @CharlesKurzman Don't think the message is to "accept" it, but to fight it differently.

Sep 22, 2016

@JadAbumrad Got a second to talk (briefly) about MacArthur award & what it's like to get the news? gtoppo@usatoday.com -tkanks

Sep 20, 2016

Mylan CEO's mother used position with education group to boost EpiPen sales nationwide  http://usat.ly/2cAHdq8  via @usatoday


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