It’s a Monday morning and you’re in class -- distracted by the noise and getting nothing done. After the teacher issues assignments, imagine if you could pull out your phone, call up your tunes, and listen to music while doing your work. Class would be a lot quieter with everyone plugged in. You always hear a student say, “If you let me listen to my music, I promise I’ll get my work done. It relaxes me.” When you’re listening to music you are concentrating. This is what students do with homework. Sometimes class gets too noisy and students get distracted. So, cue up the songs and let the learning begin.
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He did not only have a beautiful face; he also had a beautiful heart. On Nov. 30, Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were leaving a charity event for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines when their deadly car crash occurred. Speed was a factor, investigators said. Star of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, Walker, 40, was a talented actor who had an amazing humanitarian side. In 2010, Walker dedicated his time and efforts by traveling to Haiti after the massive earthquake hit. That same year, he and his aid organization, REACH OUT Worldwide, tried to bring relief to the people of Chile who suffered their own earthquake. In 2011, Walker was in Alabama helping to clear the rubble after a tornado struck. Beauty is the actions an individual takes to have a positive effect on society -- not just what’s on the exterior. Paul Walker proved that.
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Imagine being taken from your family and beaten. Imagine that you know you are free but you are claimed as a slave, breaking your soul. The horrifying racism played out in this movie will touch your hearts deeply and drag you into the film. You will actually feel what’s going on. In “12 Years a Slave,” a young black carpenter and musician named Solomon was living a successful life as a free man in the North when he was kidnapped from his family during the night. He was beaten and handed a slave name, Platt. He spent 12 years enslaved. His life was harsh and brutal. Eventually, he was given back his liberty by those who realized he was a free man up North. People should understand that this movie is more than a movie. It’s a message to white, black, and all races that this was going on -- and it really wasn’t OK.
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Abroad View
Building a better future in Bangladesh
One day almost a year ago, April 24, 2013, started out like any other for so many who worked in a factory building called Rana Plaza. Suddenly, the structure collapsed. People in all of Bangladesh and around the world were very sad. In the accident, more than 1,100 died. Bangladesh is a small country in Asia with a huge amount of people. The population is 154.7 million. A large number of people are poor in this country -- 26 percent live below the poverty level. Many are forced to find cheap jobs and don’t worry about their own security. There are a lot of garment factories in Bangladesh that hire people for low pay at high safety risk -- including teens. In Bangladesh, many of the Rana Plaza survivors are having a tough time adjusting to lost limbs and shattered lives. And the country worries about more tragedies to come. That is why many are now saying that the government needs to pay more attention to old buildings and their owners.
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Imagine a beautiful place that has good beaches, lots of sun, and natural food that people cook all day. With more than 6,000 people from Cape Verde living in Boston, many people want to know more about the spot made up of many islands off the coast of West Africa. It is considered a small world, with a rich culture, that is filled with people who are hospitable and humble. Much of the lifestyle is rural. Soccer and church-going make up a lot of the social interaction. Music is a major export. Many young people and their parents have left Cape Verde and settled in places like Brockton, New Bedford, and Boston in search of a more plentiful life. They are following the path of ancestors who arrived on these shores in the early 19th century as crew members aboard whaling ships.
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