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As “Game of Thrones” Ends, a Look Back on Its Troubled Start

May 20, 2019

HBO aired the series finale of its epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” on May 19. The series was known for its engaging storylines, dynamic characters, production value, and graphic content. Surprisingly, the show almost didn’t get made due to a troublesome first draft of its pilot script. […]

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“Jeopardy!” Contestant Breaks Record for Single-Game Winnings

April 29, 2019

A contestant on the popular television show “Jeopardy!” earned $131,127 in a single game, breaking the record for highest single-game winnings, according to the show’s website. Professional gambler James Holzhauer has amassed over a million dollars in 17 nights, with no sign of slowing down. Here’s how. […]

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47,000 U.S. Bridges Classified As “Structurally Deficient”

April 11, 2019

A new report by a Washington, D.C.-based group says over 47,000 bridges across the country need repairs, according to an article by NPR. The group, The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), estimates an 80-year timeline to fix all the bridges. But the construction and deterioration of bridges are complex matters. […]

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Newly Discovered Harriet Tubman Photograph on Display at Smithsonian

April 7, 2019

A newly found photograph of a young Harriet Tubman is now on display at the Smithsonian, “The New York Times” reported. Restored by conservators at the Library of Congress, the previously unknown picture can be seen at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Tubman became a legendary abolitionist during the slave trade in America. […]

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Presidential Hopefuls Call for End of Electoral Vote

March 29, 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the latest 2020 presidential candidate to suggest the elimination of the Electoral College vote, according to “Business Insider.” Buttigieg said he would propose a Constitutional Amendment to abolish it. The Electoral College often causes voting paradoxes in the United States. […]

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As Costs Rise, Hundreds of U.S. Towns and Cities Scale Back Recycling

March 28, 2019

Recycling collection bills are skyrocketing, forcing cities to scale back or even stop recycling, according to an article in “The New York Times.” Increased costs result from recycling companies trying to recoup losses suffered due to fewer buyers in the global scrap market. Recycling is one of three waste disposal methods used today. […]

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Court Rules Middle Finger Protected by Constitution

March 25, 2019

An appeals court has ruled that a woman who flashed a police officer her middle finger was exercising free speech, “The New York Times” reported. Debra L. Cruise-Gulyas received an increased fine for “giving the finger” to an officer after receiving her initial traffic ticket. That decision has been overturned, ruling that the gesture is protected under the First Amendment. Learn more about the American “Free Speech Tradition” and its intricacies. […]

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Boeing Grounds Entire Fleet of 737 Max Aircraft in Light of New Evidence

March 18, 2019

Boeing has chosen to ground all of its 737 Max airplanes, BBC News reported Thursday, March 14. The decision follows reports that recent satellite data shows similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash March 10 and another fatal crash in Indonesia last October. It’s a tragic misstep in the evolution of aircraft design. […]

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