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Morning Roundup: From the Los Angeles Times: Rallies to focus on cutbacks in education Protests by students, parents and...


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From the Los Angeles Times: Rallies to focus on cutbacks in education
Protests by students, parents and faculty members are planned at state campuses and in Sacramento.

From The Washington Post: R.I. district may rehire fired high school teachers
Obama had supported firings but triggered criticism from teachers.

From The New York Times: No-Child Law Is a Highlight of Hearing on Education
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has a large, ambitious agenda, of which the revision of the No Child Left Behind law is perhaps the most prominent question mark.

From NPR: The Teen Brain: It's Just Not Grown Up Yet
Nerve cells that connect teenagers' frontal lobes with the rest of their brains are sluggish. Teenagers don't have as much of the fatty coating called myelin, or "white matter," that adults have in this area. Recent studies show that neural insulation isn't complete until the mid-20s. This also may explain why teenagers often seem so maddeningly self-centered. And insight requires - that's right - a fully connected frontal lobe.

Image via Luis Sinco at the Los Angeles Times.

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Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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