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Justice Kennedy Retires

July 2, 2018

Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, is retiring. He made the announcement last week. Kennedy is one of the nine United States Supreme Court justices. He has been a justice for three decades. He joined the court in 1988. “It…



Fires Rage in California

June 27, 2018

On Tuesday, wildfires continued to spread through a rural area of Northern California. The area is still recovering from last year’s devastating fires. The Pawnee Fire is the biggest blaze. It began on Saturday evening. So far, it has destroyed…


Warriors Win

June 11, 2018

On June 8, the Golden State Warriors won their second straight NBA championship. They defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108–85, completing a four-game sweep of the series. The win gave Golden State its third title in four years. It was also…


TFK: Making Headlines

June 11, 2018

On May 30, I went to the White House Sports and Fitness Day. I was there to cover the announcement of the new President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. I arrived at the White House, went through security and…


Young Game Changers

Can You Spell "Champion"?

June 4, 2018

Karthik Nemmani took an unusual path to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But on May 31, the 14-year-old walked out as its champion. Karthik didn’t win his regional or his county spelling bee. In the past, that would have…


NFL's New Anthem Policy

May 30, 2018

The National Football League (NFL) announced a new policy on May 23 in response to protests during the national anthem: Teams whose players kneel in protest during the national anthem will be fined. The policy says players have the right…



A Plan for Parks

April 27, 2018

The National Park Service (NPS) has backed down from a controversial plan. It has decided not to double admission prices at 17 popular national parks. Instead, it will raise fees by $5 at 117 parks across the United States. In November, the NPS announced that it…


Cactuses at Risk

April 20, 2018

The sun goes down and a truck pulls up to a giant saguaro (sa- wah -ro) in the Sonoran Desert. Poachers wearing protective gloves step out. They dig up the cactus, wrap it in a carpet, and drive away. Cactuses…



Climate in Court

April 5, 2018

Levi Draheim lives in Satellite Beach, Florida. It’s warm year-round there, and Levi, 10, spends most of his time outside. He often walks from his house to the beach to go swimming and boogie boarding. But when Levi grows up,…

The View

The Final Inning

March 16, 2018

For more than 70 years, the face of baseball in Cleveland, Ohio, has been Chief Wahoo, the mascot for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team. He’s a cartoon of an American Indian, with a big nose, feather headdress, and…