Wild can't stop Blackhawks, lose Game 5 "The whole game, the whole series has been very tight," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Still not a lot of room and space, but that's what we've got to fight through. I thought we showed more determination in the puck area tonight."
Michael Sam takes aim at Vikings Michael Sam, who plays football and is also gay, was selected by the St. Louis Rams very late -- some say far too late -- in the NFL draft over the weekend. The Rams made a statement with the pick and now might face another difficult challenge: how to cut Michael Sam.
Ice cream song has its roots in racism The ice cream truck is making its first appearance in neighborhood last week. It didn't take long to recoil from its "fingernails on a chalkboard" signature song: "Turkey in the Straw." It's going to be even worse now that NPR's Code Switch blog has revealed the racist roots of the song. It's not about turkey or straw.
2 Ozarks communities, 2 contrasting cultures Recently, the former mayor of Marionville, Mo., was pressured to resign days after delivering this sound bite on TV: "Things going on in this country that's destroying us. We've got a false economy, and some of those corporations are run by Jews." But not far away, there's another town with a different perspective.
Why aren't teens reading like they used to? A roundup of studies, put together by the non-profit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline of teen reading over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year -- if that. That's way down from a decade ago.
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