Michele Skalicky

MO NAACP Conference in Springfield Spurs Ideas for Action

The Missouri NAACP ’s president began his address at the state conference in Springfield by remembering playground fights and how telling the teacher only went so far. At some point, he said, you have to “put your dukes up.” He compared that scenario to the travel advisory the chapter issued this summer. "We as an organization have not resorted to that extreme," he said, "but we did decide that we were going to tell everybody. We had to find a different teacher." Chapel listened to...

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The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media

For more than nine months, Twitter and Facebook have tried to dodge the intense public scrutiny involved with the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. Now they're in the spotlight. Congressional investigators are digging in on Russia's use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to try to influence the 2016 campaign. And after a series of escalating complaints by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook said Thursday it...

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Sen. John McCain may, once again, be the savior of President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

The Arizona Republican announced in a statement on Friday that he opposes the latest GOP legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Michele Skalicky

The Missouri NAACP’s president began his address at the state conference in Springfield by remembering playground fights and how telling the teacher only went so far.  At some point, he said, you have to “put your dukes up.”  He compared that scenario to the travel advisory the chapter issued this summer.

"We as an organization have not resorted to that extreme," he said, "but we did decide that we were going to tell everybody.  We had to find a different teacher."

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The oud (pronounced "ood") is one of the more ancient musical instruments still actively utilized around the world.  You'll have a rare local opportunity to hear the oud played by a virtuoso on the instrument today (Friday Sept.22) at 5:00pm in Missouri State University's Craig Hall Coger Theater.

Can Teaching Civics Save Democracy?

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Young adults are losing faith in American Democracy and have difficulty distinguishing between "fake news" and reliable news. That's according to a new research paper out from Tufts University.

The solution? Support civic learning programs in K-12 education at the state and local level, the researchers argue.

"We know that if you study civics in high school you are more likely to be an informed voter," says Peter Levine, co-author of the paper and an associate dean for research at Tufts.

Sometimes it's hard to get people to pay attention to the biggest problems of the world — poverty, hunger, disease. But what if they were printed on M&M's?

Protesters were forcibly ejected from a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York City on Thursday, in the latest U.S. confrontation involving protests against Turkey's leader.

Erdogan was speaking to an audience at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square when, as the AP reports, someone shouted "Terrorist!"

(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

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Amber Senter, Andrea Unsworth, Nina Parks and Tsion "Sunshine" Lencho are women of color who work in the legal cannabis industry in Oakland, Calif. Even in 2017, that's unusual.

As the city's weed industry grows, the players who are most likely to jump in on the "green rush" have two things in common: They are overwhelmingly white, and have access to lots of money.

So together, Senter, Unsworth, Parks and Lencho decided to change that.

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