Twenty years later, NIN and Soundgarden still rock

by Glenn Gamboa | Newsday Both Nine Inch Nails’ “The Downward Spiral” and Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” turned 20 this year, but the bands’ current joint tour isn’t purely about looking back. Nine Inch Nails More »

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ rockets to $94 million opening

by Mark Olsen | Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A raccoon in space and a talking tree may not seem the stuff of box-office magic, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” exceeded expectations More »

Understanding the difference between curriculum and standards

by Karin Chenoweth | McClatchy-Tribune News Service Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining More »

Tips to get ready for the new school year

by Kaleb Schwaiger | Staff Writer It’s that time of year again, where student have to begin thinking about gathering school supplies and waking up early to make their classes when the fall More »

Twin sisters from Twin Cities turn mere mortals into mermaids

by Katie Humphrey | Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Once upon a time, the mermaid Ariel dreamed of ditching her fins for feet. Every day in the real world, twin sisters Abby and Bryn Roberts More »

 

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Twenty years later, NIN and Soundgarden still rock

by Glenn Gamboa | Newsday

Both Nine Inch Nails’ “The Downward Spiral” and Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” turned 20 this year, but the bands’ current joint tour isn’t purely about looking back.

Nine Inch Nails is drawing from last year’s excellent “Hesitation Marks” (Nothing) album and Soundgarden pulls from throughout its career, including 2012’s “King Animal” (Republic).

Here’s a look at how the thoroughbreds of ‘90s alternative rock stack up:

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ rockets to $94 million opening

by Mark OlsenLos Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A raccoon in space and a talking tree may not seem the stuff of box-office magic, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” exceeded expectations with an estimated $94 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend at the box office.

That set a record for the biggest August opening of all time and is the third-highest opening of 2014. Only “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “Captain America: The Winter Solider” opened better than Guardians” this year.

Though it’s part of the same Marvel Studios brand behind the “Captain America,” “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was not the most obvious mega-budget blockbuster. Drawn from a relatively obscure comic book within the universe of Marvel titles, the film, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, got some unexpected comedic snap from director and co-screenwriter James Gunn.

Carbon producers can meet EPA’s limits as they have in the past

by Mindy Lubber and Susan Tierney | McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT Actor Pierce Brosnan testified at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on "the recent finding that carbon dioxide and other global warming pollution present a danger to public health and welfare," May 18, 2009, in Crystal City, Virginia.

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Actor Pierce Brosnan testified at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on “the recent finding that carbon dioxide and other global warming pollution present a danger to public health and welfare,” May 18, 2009, in Crystal City, Virginia.

Past is prologue, and as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moves forward with new limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s electric power plants, familiar alarms are sounding that the limits will drive up electric bills, threaten the reliability of our electric power system, and harm our economy. Nonsense.

Almost 25 years ago, when major amendments to the Clean Air Act forced power plant owners to cut pollutants causing smog, acid rain, asthma and respiratory illnesses, opponents made the same argument. Yet by 2012 those emissions – nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide— were down 74 and 79 percent respectively, and the system remained robust. Moreover, electricity rates are actually lower today than they were 20 years ago, adjusting for inflation.

Understanding the difference between curriculum and standards

by Karin Chenoweth | McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators.

But before going too far down that road, an important distinction needs to be made between standards — which outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level — and curriculum — which is what happens day to day and week to week in classrooms. Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

Tips to get ready for the new school year

by Kaleb Schwaiger | Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again, where student have to begin thinking about gathering school supplies and waking up early to make their classes when the fall semester begins. Summer has come and gone way too quickly for many, but there are ways to make the transition back into school easier when classes begin on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Advice was all across the board, ranging from “Just show up,” to setting alarms and making schedules.