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How books can help good kids turn into great adults

Matthew de la Peña knows what a profound impact literature can have on kids. As an author of young-adult fiction, he can talk all about how books like "The House on Mango Street" made him a reader by showing him diverse, non-white characters he identified with.

August 24, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Infographic: Google building a modular cellphone for those who can’t afford one

Project Ara is Google's idea to bring smartphones to billions of people around the world who cannot currently afford them. The accompanying infographic shows how its modular construction allows for individual components such as a camera or battery that can be swapped out when broken or out of date rather than the current predicament of having to purchase a whole new phone.

August 24, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


5 tips on teaching loyalty among siblings

For the most part, siblings fight over every little thing. Perhaps a little boy wants to play basketball with his older brother but is ignored or pushed away. Siblings want to join the same club at school, but only one is chosen. One sibling spends more time in the shower holding up the others. Even though arguments among siblings are common and inevitable, it is important for kids to understand how imperative loyalty is within their relationship.

August 24, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics


The Empty Candy Dish

My grandmother lived in an upstairs attic apartment, right across from an old flour mill that clanked continuously day and night. That made conversation hard, because she was old and growing deaf and I was young and too impatient to ever say anything twice. And she never put any candy in her candy dish.

August 24, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


A Look at Updated Test Questions for Your Driver's Exam, or All of the Above

During school hours, when children are in class, how loud are you allowed to honk your horn? A. Not above the drone of the teachers. B. Not at all. C. It doesn't matter; the kids are all playing on their iPads and won't notice a thing around them.

August 24, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Infographic: Death toll, tensions soar in eastern Ukraine

In the last two weeks, the civilian death toll in the Crimea conflict has almost doubled from the previous four months. The accompanying infographic shows the most recent state of the rift.

August 24, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Movies to get you excited for football season

THE GRIDIRON - Football season is right around the corner. NFL preseason is already underway, college football is just over a week and a half away and some high schools have already kicked off.

August 23, 2014 | John Clyde Deseret News National | Hot Topics


12 women to put on dollar bills

Maryam Mirzakhani made history this week. She became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, which has been called the "Nobel Prize of math."

August 23, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Learning from past parenting mistakes

Parenting is a learning process and unfortunately, even the best minds in the world have not produced a manual that encompasses everything a person needs to know. Only through the harsh mentoring of experience can a person learn what it takes to be a good parent and by then, the kids have already moved out. To help you, I've listed a few learning experiences of my own that have helped me be a better parent.

August 23, 2014 | Sean Fletcher Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Best exercise for older adults

Maintaining a healthy exercise routine is a fundamental part of life for all ages. Each age group stands to benefit from the advantages regular exercise can bring to one's overall health. This is especially true for older adults who are 50 years and older.

August 23, 2014 | Amy Cook Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Infographic: Islamic State extremists group continues to expand its territory

Reports about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been quieter lately, but the extremist group is continuing to expand its territory in both Iraq and Syria. The accompanying infographic shows how the militants have gradually expanded their presence.

August 23, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


7 reasons why prayer is good for you

If you pray, you may be opening yourself up to some unknown benefits.

August 23, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Getting last-minute financial aid.

Fall semester for college students starts up in just a couple weeks, but if you haven't figured out exactly how to pay for tuition, don't worry. Here are three last-minute financial aid options.

August 22, 2014 | Nicole Shepard Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Have You Seen This? 'World record' soccer punch

ALAND ISLANDS - Soccer - or futbol - fans understand the difficulty of goalkeeping.

August 22, 2014 | Rachel Konishi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Preparing for your second marriage? Here are some tips

Your first marriage was great - for a while. But then things turned south and you divorced. Maybe there were things that you wished you had seen from the beginning or maybe you just didn't know quite what to expect. Either way, you're all the wiser now and you feel like you're ready to get married again. Good for you! There's nothing that takes more courage than remarrying after you've seen some of the bad things that can happen in a marriage.

August 22, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


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Invisible ‘air umbrella’ pushes away rain

NANJING, China - A new product may eliminate the stress of having umbrellas rendered useless by strong gusts of wind.

October 24, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Churches have important role to play in boosting breast cancer awareness among African-Americans

"Think pink" is America's mantra in October, as breast cancer awareness takes center stage in sports stadiums, advertising campaigns and even religious worship services.

October 24, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics


8 tips for a smooth family morning routine

Ah, mornings. Sometimes they go smoothly and my day is lovely. Other times, I feel like I'm behind before I've even begun. If your house feels like a staging zone for a major event as you try to get everyone ready and out the door each day, these ideas for changing your family's routine will leave you smiling.

October 24, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


How daydreaming helped one woman go from receptionist to music executive in three years

Erica Grayson got a job as a receptionist in the music industry when she was 20. By the time she turned 23, she was a record executive leading the way in entertainment.

October 24, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Man charged with molesting three young children

A Savannah man was arrested Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted three young children in Effingham County.

October 23, 2014 | Staff report | Crime Reports


Effingham jobless rate drops to 6.1 percent

ATLANTA – Effingham County's unemployment rate shrank in September, even as the labor force grew, according to Georgia Department of Labor statistics.

October 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Resiliency in children: Helping your child foster inner grit

Resiliency is a fascinating subject of study pertinent to parenting. Children who are able to rebound from adversities are healthier psychologically and show better outcomes academically and socially, so it's in their best interest to develop a sense of inner grit.

October 23, 2014 | Whitney Barrell Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Evangelical Christian pastors frame environmentalism in religious terms

For the past five years, Mitch Hescox has served as president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. For 18 years before that, he served as a local church pastor. And for 14 years before that, he worked in America's coal industry.

October 23, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics


10 powerful mantras to help you when you're down

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own happiness. Sometimes it's easy to be happy, but the challenges of life often make happiness seem elusive. One way to keep going even when things are difficult is to think positively. Mantras can help. Here are 10 phrases to motivate and lift you when you're feeling down.

October 23, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Mom calls out Toys R Us for selling fake drugs with 'Breaking Bad' action figures

Susan Schrivjer, a mother from Fort Myers, Florida, has created a petition against the popular toy store Toys R Us for selling action figures of the characters from AMC's "Breaking Bad."

October 23, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Ask a therapist: How to find a good counselor

As a therapist and as owner of The Marriage and Family Clinic in Denver, CO, I get a lot of calls from people who want to set up appointments. Sometimes, people call just to set up an appointment and don't have many questions. Other times, people call because they've had a bad experience and want to change counselors. And, sometimes, people call just to get information.

October 22, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Have a soda — and a 50-minute run

A researcher who has spent four years calculating the calorie burn that juice, soda and other "treats" would entail believes people would make better food choices if they knew the truth: If you drink a soda, then you'd need to run for 50 minutes to burn the calories off.

October 22, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Harnessing what happens when curiosity lights up the brain

Arousing a person's curiosity lights up the brain in ways that appear to enhance both learning and memory, according to researchers at the University of California at Davis, offering help to parents and teachers as they work with children.

October 22, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics


3 reasons why “because I said so” is the wrong answer

As a parent, it can be exasperating when your kids question your authority. You have a set of rules and you expect them to be followed, but there's no avoiding the inevitable question, "why?" In fact, you're lucky if that's all the defiance you get. In a more likely scenario, you might find tantrums, shouting matches or maybe even threats to run away.

October 22, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


GOHS offers '5 to Drive' for teen driver safety week

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is marking National Teen Driver Safety Week by encouraging parents of teen drivers to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

October 21, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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