Laurie Black is director of Onondaga County’s Early Childhood Alliance.Before that, Black led Syracuse 20/20, a non-profit group dedicated to modernizing government and improving the region’s quality of life. Her interest was in education and early childhood development. 20/20’s conversations and evaluations of educational studies and state test scores, made it apparent that too many children were not ready for kindergarten. That can lead to failure in school, choking children’s future and ultimately perpetuating poverty.What can parents do? The simplest solution is for parents to read to their child from birth on. Turn off screens, sing to children, talk directly to children, and read to them often.The first year of life is critical. Black says studies show that the human brain’s wiring for language is well underway by eight months of age. To some extent, effective brain development depends on adult behaviors with children. In too many families, Black … [Read more...] about Laurie Black on leadership: Be genuine, dig deep for facts, care about people
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index World Cup Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement World Cup 2018 Supported by ByRory Smith July 6, 2018 MOSCOW — Each dossier holds close to 300 sheets of paper, so thin they are almost transparent, some filled with precise, clipped handwriting, others with symmetrical rows of type. Some contain allegations and accusations, but most are transcripts of interrogations carried out at the height of Stalin’s Great Terror by the feared agents of the secret police. For 75 years, the files have remained locked away in the archives of Russia’s state security service: The country’s laws dictate that only after that amount of time can classified documents be released. In the last few months, the first two of nine volumes related to this case have been declassified. The remaining seven are scheduled to be opened next year. Yet even when those thousands of … [Read more...] about In Russia’s Archives, a Soccer History Cloaked in Contradictions
With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: Get ready for Macron-mania. Donald Trump was the first president since Calvin Coolidge, a century ago, not to welcome a foreign leader for a state visit during his first year in office. Fifteen months into his presidency, Trump is finally rolling out the red carpet for French President Emmanuel Macron. The country’s tricolor flag is flying all over downtown, and three days of events are planned in the capital city. After Macron lands this afternoon, the presidents and their wives will take a helicopter to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, for a sunset dinner on the terrace overlooking the Potomac. Trump and Macron will meet one-on-one tomorrow morning in the Oval Office. Vice President Pence will host a lunch for Macron at the State Department, and he will tour Arlington National Cemetery. The state dinner is Tuesday evening. “In a break with tradition, Trump invited no Democratic members of Congress or … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Macron wants to be Trump’s buddy. Can it last? Five flash points to watch.
Wall of Legends honors tradition of NWI greatness When John Davies was growing up on a farm in Porter County, his father would regale him with tales of the legend of King Arthur.Those stories of the heroics of Arthur and Lancelot inspired him. When he returned to Northwest Indiana years later with his family, he asked where the legendary people were who made the world better.He said he was told there were none.“I knew that was not the case,” said Davies, founder of the South Shore Wall of Legends Project and volunteer coordinator. “I became inspired to discover those individuals and teams who were worthy of being named legends.”Thus the South Shore Wall of Legends was born in 2004.Legends are individuals who have lived or worked in any of the seven counties in Northwest Indiana and have had a substantial impact with “lasting implications.” Those counties include Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and Starke.They are considered … [Read more...] about South Shore Wall of Legends: Region residents who made the world a better place
A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished themselves away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an America without black people. At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they said, “No more crime, drugs, violence and welfare. All of the blacks have gone!” Then suddenly, reality set in. The “NEW AMERICA” is not America at all — only a barren land. 1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave-supported system. 2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors. 3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the Super … [Read more...] about Imagine That: Life Without Black People