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Decision Time

October 26, 2018

On November 6, Americans will vote in midterm elections. Midterms are held about halfway through a president’s four-year term. The purpose is to elect members of Congress. This year, there are also state and local elections. The midterms will decide…

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Votes for Teens

October 26, 2018

I will never forget the first time I cast a ballot. I was 19 years old. I voted in the 2006 election for my next U.S. senator. Casting my vote inspired me: I realized I was helping to make our…

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8 Questions for Nate Silver

October 26, 2018

Nate Silver is a statistician and writer. He founded the website FiveThirtyEight, where he analyzes polls to predict election outcomes. TFK Kid Reporter Josh Lee spoke with Silver about what the polls can tell us about the upcoming midterm elections.…

World

On the Move

October 26, 2018

A caravan of migrants from Central America set out from Honduras on October 13 with about 200 people. By October 22, it had reached Mexico, and the number of migrants had swelled to an estimated 7,000. The group is traveling…

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Shrinking Giant

October 25, 2018

A new study shows that Pando, one of the largest organisms on Earth, is shrinking. Pando lives in Fishlake National Forest, in Richfield, Utah. Its name is Latin for “I spread.” The group of 47,000 aspen trees has a single…

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Ben's Big Adventure

October 25, 2018

We know Benjamin Franklin as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Now we get to learn what he may have been like as a boy. Gen-Z Media has created a podcast called Young Ben Franklin. Listeners meet…

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Kid Power

October 24, 2018

CHELSEA CLINTON is the daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But Chelsea is more than just a famous daughter. She’s an activist. That’s a person working to make the world a better place.…

Technology

Lifesaving Drones

October 19, 2018

For several days, 2-year-old Ghislane had been screeching in pain. Her blood cells were being attacked by malaria. There was nothing the staff at the local clinic in central Rwanda could do. They called an ambulance. But by the time…

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Health

Food for Thought

October 19, 2018

Margaret Morris is a scientist at the University of New South Wales, in Australia. She is giving her rats a memory test. She sets them in their usual box. But she has rearranged the objects inside. Some rats sniff them…

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Michael's Fury

October 19, 2018

Hurricane Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle on October 10. It left a trail of destruction as it traveled inland to Georgia and up the East Coast to Virginia. At press time, officials confirmed that at least 26 people were…

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Journey's End

October 18, 2018

At the end of summer, Hailey Dawson, 8, stepped up to the plate at Angel Stadium. It is in Anaheim, California. She threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch. By doing so, she also achieved a big goal. It was to…

Technology

Facebook Cracks Down

October 18, 2018

Facebook said this month that it has removed more than 800 accounts and pages that spread misinformation. In a statement, the social-media company said the accounts and pages use “sensational political content” to bring people to their websites. It added…

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Uncovering History

October 18, 2018

Two Roads, by JOSEPH BRUCHAC (pictured), tells the story of 12-year-old Cal and his dad, Pop. It’s set in 1932, during the Great Depression, when many people struggled with poverty. Pop, an Army veteran, joins a march on Washington, D.C.,…

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Realms of Wonder

October 18, 2018

In Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a young girl named Clara goes to a holiday party and finds the key to a priceless treasure. She loses the key when she is transported to another realm. There, she meets…

Environment

Climate Crisis

October 12, 2018

On October 8, the United Nations (U.N.) issued a warning: The worst effects of climate change could come sooner than expected. A U.N. panel of scientists says the Earth has warmed by 1.8°F since the 1850s. The temperature could rise…

Community

A Promising Start

October 12, 2018

There’s a new public school in Akron, Ohio. Teachers greeted students on opening day with cheers and big smiles. But no one had a bigger grin than basketball hero LeBron James. “This is a huge moment in my life,” James…

Arts

Going, Going, Gone

October 12, 2018

Nothing seemed unusual at an October 5 art auction at Sotheby’s in London, England. Then the unthinkable happened. A work by Banksy—a famous British street artist whose identity is a mystery—had just sold to an anonymous buyer for nearly $1.4…

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Mysterious Mission

October 12, 2018

The Vickery twins have lived in a house in Poplar Wood for as long as they can remember. Lee Vickery lives in the west wing with their mother. She works for Memory. Felix Vickery lives in the east wing with…

Health

Habits for a Healthy Brain

October 12, 2018

A new study shows that meeting three benchmarks for health can strengthen kids’ brains. The benchmarks are getting nine to 11 hours of sleep each night, exercising at least 60 minutes a day, and spending less than two hours a…