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Don't Just Talk to Kids About Violence, Help Them Take Action

Hiding what happened in Connecticut from kids isn't the answer. Help them take action.


This afternoon when I go pick my two sons up from school, I'm going to hug them extra tight. I know in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, every parent across America is doing the same. And then I'm going to have to tell my boys how someone went into that school and shot and killed seven educators and 20 children.

This won't be the first time I'll need to have a conversation with them about gun violence or a mass shooting. As black boys they also worry that, like Florida teens Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, they could be shot by someone who thinks their music is up too loud or that they look suspicious. Given the gun violence in Chicago, they're nervous about going to visit relatives there. And, after the mall shooting in Oregon earlier this week they're anxious about going holiday shopping.

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People Are Awesome: 80-Year-Old Lobster Rescued from a Boiling Connecticut Pot

Local man decides gigantic crustacean deserved more than butter and a bib.

A massive 17-pound, 80-year-old lobster that could have ended up on a lunch plate recently got released back into Long Island Sound thanks to the crustacean compassion of Don MacKenzie of Niantic, Connecticut.

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Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library

Local libraries are no longer just reading rooms. They're becoming noisy, interactive, hands-on laboratories of innovation.

In my elementary school years I and my siblings spent many hours in our local library in Washington D.C. It's where we would wait for my mom or dad between the end of the school day and the end of their work day. Our library was a modest brick building filled with stacks and stacks of books and a few big tables where we would read or do our homework. A stern librarian sat behind a high desk aggressively shushing any chatter. Learning in those walls was solitary and silent and visual.

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