Posts Tagged as syndicated (page 14)

Turning Down The Background Noise Could Help Toddlers Learn

Toddlers make their fair share of noise. But they also have a lot of noise to contend with — a television blaring, siblings squabbling, a car radio blasting, grownups talking.Amid all that clatter, toddlers must somehow piece together the meanings of individual words and start to form their own words and sentences.Loud background noise may make it harder for toddlers to learn language, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Child Development. Many other studies have already found that background noise can limit children’s abilities to learn. Television noise, in particular, is ubiquitous in American homes and may negatively affect a child’s ability to concentrate.But few researchers have looked at how background noise affects toddlers as they are just beginning to learn words.Learning words early is important and can affect basic reading skills later on, says Brianna McMillan, a psychology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lead author on the

Continue reading »

The Grand Ambitions Of A Slain Journalist In Ukraine

Just last month, I sat across from journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukrainska Pravda’s media center — a cavernous room and cafe tucked away in a small alley in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Sheremet, a teddy bear of a man with an imposing presence and blue eyes that twinkled, was the driving force behind this center, which had a news website and was dedicated to investigative reporting. Sipping cappuccino, he explained that he had chosen Kiev as home because it allowed him to practice his craft. Sheremet, 44, was a fierce journalist who bumped up against authorities in the former Soviet states where he worked. A native of Belarus, he had been chased out by the country’s authoritarian leadership, facing threats, harassment and even prison. He went to Moscow until it, too, became too dangerous. So he settled on Kiev, which he felt was far more open by comparison. His news outlet invited me to the city in June to teach a class in investigative reporting. So it was a complete shock when I heard

Continue reading »

Trump-Cruz Feud Flares Anew On Third Night Of Convention

For all those who view the nominating conventions of the major parties as overly scripted, predictable and boring, Wednesday night’s session of the Republican National Convention came as a jolt. The third night of this extravaganza had all the usual hoopla — plus a blackout on the jumbo screens, delegates screaming at each other, and a major presidential candidate getting booed off the stage. Not since the parties and their nominees began carefully scripting these quadrennial affairs a generation ago have we seen such an outburst of dueling egos and counterproductive emotion. Did we say we wanted more sense of drama? Imagine two famous actors involved in a climactic scene, each fired with his own ambition and working furiously to upstage the other. Now envision such a clash playing out before thousands of delegates and onlookers and millions of TV viewers and voters. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the first- and second-place finishers in the GOP’s primaries and caucuses, went at it once

Continue reading »

As Indiana Governor, Mike Pence’s Health Policy Has Been Contentious

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is in the spotlight this week as the man Donald Trump has picked to be his running mate. Pence’s decisions about health and health care in Indiana have drawn attention from within and outside the state. His record could be important in November, because Trump doesn’t have a legislative record at all.Here’s a quick look at the governor’s history in terms of health policy in Indiana.Medicaid ExpansionPence has always been a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act, even after the federal law passed in 2010 and was upheld by the Supreme Court.But when faced with the choice of whether to expand Medicaid to cover Indiana residents who earn incomes that are 138 percent or below the federal poverty level — a key part of the ACA — Pence made a compromise. He debuted a conservative-friendly version of the expansion, one that requires Medicaid recipients to pay a monthly contribution, based on income, into a health savings account. Recipients that miss a payment can be

Continue reading »