More US Adults Using Marijuana

VOA As attitudes about marijuana change in the United States, more adults are using the drug, according to a new study. Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, writing in The Lancet Psychiatry, say that as more states
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85 Pre-K Providers Apply to Expand Quality Pre-K in Philadelphia

In June of 2016, the Mayor’s Office of Education (MOE) requested applications from pre-K providers who are interested in partnering with the City to create 2,000 affordable, quality pre-K seats in January 2017. Applications closed in early August, with 85 early education providers applying to expand quality pre-K for (more...)

American ‘Sriracha’ Tests Thai Tastebuds

VOA With sales exceeding $80 million annually, Huy Fong Food’s Sriracha brand has made a coastal Thai city a household name in America and propelled an Asian chili sauce to a condiment nearly as ubiquitous as ketchup. Sriracha sauce now flavors numerous other American-made products from popcorn to beer. It
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Discover Russian Programs

With an eye toward increasing access to high quality foreign language programs in the greater DC/MD/VA area, American Councils administers two STARTALK DiscoverSTARTALK this summer: a two-week training track for teachers of Russian as well as a four-week immersion program for elementary school students. The programs is co-located at Holmes Middle (more...)

Create Memorable Moments This Summer – Design an Outdoor Room for All to Enjoy

By Melinda Myers No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Start by gathering ideas from magazines, the internet and websites like Gardener’s Supply Company for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Next, select an area that is (more...)

Nadia Green Nominated for The Congress of Future Science & Technology Leaders

Nadia Green, a 10th grader at Science Leadership Academy of Philadelphia is Delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 29th - July 1st, 2016. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is (more...)

US Issues Travel Warning for Europe

VOA News The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning alerting U.S. citizens to the to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The Travel Alert that expires on August 31, 2016 states that "the large number of tourists visiting (more...)

Pastors Network Alerting Residents About Two Dangerous Bathroom Bills

The Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) is alerting residents about two dangerous and disturbing “bathroom bills” in the Keystone State—HB1510 in the House and its sister bill, SB974, in the Senate. According to the Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI), the bills are among Gov. Tom Wolf’s (more...)

New On Philly’s Hotel Restaurant Scene

Named after the floor it fills, elegant and towering American destination dining spot XIX (Nineteen) at the Hyatt at The Bellevue is just one of many hotel dining spots in Philadelphia. Credit: Photo by G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® In the decades since acclaimed classical French Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix opened his (more...)

US Women Make Strides Toward Equality, But Work Remains

VOA Mia Bush The beginnings of International Women’s Day — a mass protest by thousands of women in New York City seeking better pay and working conditions, and the right to vote — have evolved into a day to take stock of the progress made toward gender equality as well (more...)

ICYMI: City Speeds Up Process Of Closing Restaurants With Health Violations

In case you missed it, the Philadelphia Department of Health has teamed up with Licenses and Inspections to enhance the city’s ability to close down food establishments that have been cited for health concerns. Phila. health department gets power to shut dirty eateries Inquirer // Sam Wood For years, whenever the Philadelphia health department discovered a (more...)

WHO Convenes Zika Virus Emergency Meeting

VOA Lisa Schlein The World Health Organization has convened a meeting of researchers and health officials to determine whether the Zika virus should be declared a global health emergency. The WHO predicts the virus, which may be linked to neurological disorders in babies, could infect as many as 4 million people (more...)

Snow Blower Safety Tips: Keep Best Practices In Mind This Winter

With winter snows arriving, homeowners, contractors, and business owners will again rely on their snow blowers to clear driveways and walks. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is offering tips for safe and correct use of snow blowers. “Your indispensable winter friend, the snow blower is ready to be powered up (more...)

Poll: Americans’ Knowledge of Government, History in ‘Crisis’

VOA News Many people who live in the United States are “alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage,” according to a new poll. The poll found, for example, that 10 percent of American college graduates incorrectly think celebrity television judge Judith Sheindlin, known as “Judge Judy,” is a member of the U.S. (more...)

Zuckerberg Makes $45 Billion Charity Pledge to Baby Daughter

VOA News Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan introduced their new baby daughter to the world Tuesday along with a $45 billion initiative to improve the lives of those in her generation and those that follow. Presented as a letter to Max, who was born last week, Zuckerberg and (more...)

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