‘Un-Gala’ for mental health to feature actor Sean Astin – News – telegram.com

WORCESTER – The affable sounding Sean Astin is known for his roles of resilience and everyday heroism, such as Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies,” the title character in “Rudy,” and Bob Newby in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

He is also an active advocate for mental health education and for ending the stigma of mental illness. Asked why he became involved in the cause of increasing mental health awareness, Astin had a two-word response: “My mother.”

Patty Duke (1946-2016) was a beloved actress who won an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. She was also “really one of the first celebrity types to talk about bipolar disorder, or manic depression as it was known at that time,” Astin said.

“We watched her devote the second part of her life to advocacy, doing shows, speaking to Congress,” he said.

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Leaders hope museum will educate, inspire community | News

HUNTINGTON — The home where she once lived will soon become a resource others can use to learn about the life and legacy of former Huntington resident Memphis Tennessee Garrison. 

Don’t let the name confuse you — Memphis made her mark in Huntington and called it home after moving to the city in 1952. She spent much of her life as a teacher in McDowell County, West Virginia, for more than four decades.

In addition to teaching, she helped to develop and sustain chapters of the NAACP in southern West Virginia, and served as a national vice president and as a field secretary who undertook special organizing and membership activities.

After relocating to Huntington in 1952, she continued working as a substitute teacher and remained active in the community. Her home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

On Tuesday, members of the community and several

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De Pere school district to keep learning online through Nov. 6


DE PERE – One district is reopening, the other will remain closed at least until Nov. 6.

Leaders of the West De Pere and De Pere Unified school districts on Tuesday announced dramatically different plans of educating their students as coronavirus cases continue to spike in Brown County.

Benjamin Villarruel, superintendent of the Unified School District of De Pere, said in a Tuesday letter to families that the decision to keep the district’s schools closed was made with input from the De Pere Heath Department and local health care leaders.

As of Tuesday, the district’s COVID-19 dashboard showed it has 14 active cases among students and staff, while 66 have recovered. Sixteen staff members are currently under quarantine.

The school district closed its school buildings and moved all learning online at the end of September, less than a month into the school year, after nearly 900 students were absent.

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The cruel irony of a female originalist

Amid a White House COVID-19 outbreak that also encompassed members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rushed to reassure supporters that the senate was still on track to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Amy Coney Barrett, by election day.

a close up of a woman with pink hair: Amy Coney Barrett: The cruel irony of a female originalist

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Amy Coney Barrett: The cruel irony of a female originalist

If Barrett’s nomination goes forward, Democrats cannot let a chaotic news cycle detract from the damage the judge could do to women’s rights.


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To highlight the absurdity of Barrett’s judicial philosophy, senate democrats should ask Barrett one basic question: can a female judge truly be an originalist?

Barrett subscribes to a judicial philosophy known as originalism – in which judges pledge to interpret the constitution as understood by the framers and the public at the time it was written. Barrett also describes herself as a textualist, meaning that she interprets the

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Online Language Learning Market to reach USD 21.57 billion by 2024, Cengage Learning Inc. and Duolingo Inc. Emerge as Key

  Online Language Learning Market to reach USD 21.57 billion by 2024, Cengage
  Learning Inc. and Duolingo Inc. Emerge as Key Contributors to growth |

Business Wire

LONDON -- October 13, 2020

Technavio has been monitoring the online language learning market and it is
poised to grow by USD 21.57 billion during 2020-2024. The report offers an
up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and
drivers, and the overall market environment.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Online
Language Learning Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Online
Language Learning Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various
industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few
industries will register a drop in demand, 
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Habitat for Humanity BCS launches podcast to educate on housing issues, policy

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -Bryan College Station Habitat for Humanity has launched a new podcast series aimed at informing the community of housing related issues in the Brazos Valley. The podcast named “Think Brazos” features interviews from candidates in local city council and commissioner races.

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Think Brazos discusses policies that impact housing affordability and financial stability for families in the Brazos Valley. Candidates from Single Member District 4, Flynn Adcock and Dorris Machinski, Brazos County Commissioner precinct 2 candidates Jane Sherman and Russ Ford, and candidates for College Station City Council place 4, Elizabeth Cunha and Joe Guerra, kick off the series of interviews.

“We did a wide array of interviews that we think the people in the community may find interesting, especially since this is the first day of early voting. We want the people to have as much information as

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Morris: Burnham using extra time to sharpen education

Like many people, Bryan Burnham suddenly found himself with a lot of spare time on his hands.

With the CFL season cancelled due to concerns created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the BC Lions sure-handed receiver was looking for ways to put in his day.

“I’d rather be playing football right now,” Burnham said from his family’s home in New Jersey. “With all this time off, every morning I was waking up thinking ‘man, what am I going to do? ‘

“Then the light bulb went off in my head. Dummy, you’ve been wanting to go back to school for so long, let’s do it.”

Burnham has enrolled in a philosophy and ethics class with Athabasca University, which offers a variety of on-line courses and allows students flexible schedules and timelines.

Burnham will also be working with Athabasca to make sure that others understand the opportunity the university provides to accommodate

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4 Troubleshooting Tips for Smooth Remote Learning

What will you do if students are having issues submitting assignments on their LMS? What if your school’s or district’s videoconferencing software experiences an outage? And if the internet suddenly goes down, what happens then?

Having a set of backup tools can help administrators and educators prepare for these scenarios. For example, some schools have already identified an alternative videoconferencing platform to switch to if they encounter any issues with their main system. Others have prepared educators to set up asynchronous and offline learning opportunities, such as paper packets or prerecorded lessons saved to a student’s device, to avoid any lapses in learning time if the Wi-Fi isn’t working.

If feasible, it’s also worth purchasing extra equipment. Students and teachers can’t just rely on one camera or one mic for the entire school year, for example. If something breaks, they should have a substitute ready to use.

2. Provide Clear

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Billionaire Ray Dalio’s Foundation Funds $50 Million ‘Health Justice’ Center To Curb Health Disparities Affecting Minorities

A $50 million pledge from billionaire hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio’s Dalio Philanthropies is funding a new center for health justice at NewYork-Presbyterian, the hospital announced on Tuesday.

The new Dalio Center for Health Justice will “address health disparities and health justice through research, education, advocacy and investment in communities,” according to a press release. One of its top priorities will be to focus on reducing disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color.

“Our goal is to contribute to equal healthcare and equal education because we believe that these are the most fundamental building blocks of equal opportunity and a just society,” Dalio said in the statement. “We know that these don’t adequately exist, and we are excited to have a great partner in NewYork-Presbyterian, who we are confident will find ways

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NMSU study finds decrease in New Mexico teacher vacancies

Adriana M. Chavez, New Mexico State University
Published 2:58 p.m. MT Oct. 13, 2020


Leaves change colors outside of O’Donnell Hall as fall arrives on the New Mexico State University campus in November 2015. (Photo: Karrie Lucero/NMSU)

LAS CRUCES – The number of teacher vacancies in New Mexico has decreased 11 percent compared to last year, while the number of admitted students and program graduates in higher education teacher programs have increased, according to the 2020 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report compiled by the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation & Policy Center at New Mexico State University.

“Despite the pandemic, the same teaching areas and subjects continue to yield the most vacancies, including math, science and English language arts among subject areas of need, and elementary and special education teachers continuing to make up a majority of all teacher vacancies,” said Rachel Boren, director of the Southwest Outreach Academic

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