Great Heat – Major Heat

Great Heat/Major Heat (大暑), it’s a season with the highest temperature, where the crops grow fastest and the most frequent time for drought, water logging and windy weather. After this day, firefly comes out, soil gets more and more humid and heavy thunderstorm comes from time to time. Dashu, literally translated as Great Heat, is […]

Cellphones vs. Landline Phones

Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group — people with a landline phone at home. According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in […]

Cursive Is Making a Comeback

Cursive writing is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students who know only keyboarding, texting and printing out their words longhand. Alabama and Louisiana passed laws in 2016 mandating cursive proficiency in public schools, the latest of 14 states that require cursive. And last fall, the 1.1 million-student […]

Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, Begins February 1st – February 28th/29th, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and […]

Lunar New Year Dos and Don’ts

It’s time to say goodbye to the Monkey and hello to the year of the Rooster. This year’s Lunar New Year, which marks the beginning of the 15-day Spring Festival in China, begins on January 28. It’s the biggest holiday of the year for many Chinese — and for some the only time they get […]

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, who played TV’s first sexy housewife and then a single, career woman who could turn the world on with her smile and toss her hat in the air like no other, died on Wednesday. She was 80. Her longtime rep issued a statement: “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at […]

$20 Million Cash in Box Spring

A Brazilian man arrested in connection with the discovery of about $20 million in cash hidden inside a box spring in a Massachusetts apartment has been held without bail. A judge on Monday ruled that 28-year-old Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha is a flight risk and held him on a charge of conspiring to commit money […]

Lower-Case KKK

Aziz Ansari opened his Saturday Night Live hosting gig with a nine-minute monologue where the comedian took aim at Donald Trump and the “lower-case KKK” while applauding the efforts of the massive Women’s March that took place earlier in the day. “Pretty cool to know though [Trump’s] probably at home right now watching a brown […]