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It's National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
May 22, 2017 - Summer sun and fun is just around the corner. Backyard and community pools will be packed with swimmers, especially on sweltering days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency, has a few words of caution to ensure a healthy and safe summer of swimming. This week is National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.
 
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May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens erupts May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens erupts
May 19, 2017 - When Mount St. Helens started to rumble in March 1980, David Johnston, Ph.D., went there to study gases being emitted.
 
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Week of May 22

arcane: adjective; not known by many people
Can you find the Kunlun Mountains on a map?

exogenous: adjective; related to being outside of the space station, or other unit, and its control;
Watch the 200th spacewalk at the space station

inexplicable: adjective; cannot be adequately described or explained;
Irene Hasenberg Butter, Ph.D. - professor emeritus, Holocaust survivor

primeval: adjective; first, ancient; prehistoric;
National Park Week spotlight: Joshua Tree

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1802: Library of Congress: the first of first ladies, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington died of a severe fever. When she married George Washington in January 1759, she was twenty-seven years old and a widowed mother of two. She was also one of the wealthiest women in Virginia, having inherited some 15,000 acres of farmland from her deceased husband, Daniel Parke Custis. A prosperous farmer himself, George Washington ably took over the Custis estate, but moved Martha and his newly-adopted stepchildren Martha ("Patsy") and John Parke ("Jacky") to his own home, Mount Vernon, outside Alexandria, Virginia. There, the couple delighted in raising their children (though Patsy died of an epileptic seizure in 1773 at the age of seventeen, while Jacky died of camp fever during the Revolution in 1781) and entertaining Virginia society. It is estimated that between 1768 and 1775 over 2,000 guests visited the Washingtons, some staying for extended periods.

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Top of the morning, noon and night on St. Patrick's Day! Top of the morning, noon and night on St. Patrick's Day!
March 17, 2017 - Ed Beczynski visited more than 35 pubs in Ireland before opening one in Ohio. Pub culture centers on family and friends.

 

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1. Why are Irish pubs so important to Irish culture?

2. What types of products are exported from Ireland to the United States? 

3. How is Ireland governed? 


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I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 
 
 
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It's National Healthy and Safe Swimming WeekIt's National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
May 22, 2017 - Summer sun and fun is just around the corner. Backyard and community pools will be packed with swimmers, especially on sweltering days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency, has a few words of caution to ensure a healthy and safe summer of swimming. This week is National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.
Can you find the Kunlun Mountains on a map?Can you find the Kunlun Mountains on a map?
May 18, 2017 - Pranay Varada, an eighth grade student from Texas, won the 2017 National Geographic Bee.
Pedal the Prairie at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge Pedal the Prairie at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
May 17, 2017 - Friday is Endangered Species Day. Events will be held from coast to coast Friday and into the weekend.
Words of weather wisdom written by Ben FranklinWords of weather wisdom written by Ben Franklin
May 16, 2017 - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) conducted many experiments trying to understand weather.
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