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The reason some feminists are ditching the pussyhats and going in a new direction

The Women’s March is back in 2018, with its “Power to the Polls” anniversary protests this weekend. The focus during this Women’s March reboot is to register more women to vote, and to elect women and progressive candidates to public office. “This year, we’re about getting people mobilized,” an official with the march said. “Our theme is ‘power to the polls.’ We want to reclaim our state and turn Kentucky blue (Democratic) again.”

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Friends could be family. What people are finding out from DNA sites.

People across the globe are using DNA companies, including 23andMe, MyHeritage, Ancestry and Family Tree DNA, to find relatives — in addition to creating digital family trees that go back hundreds of years. DNA tests at the doctor’s office might cost upwards of $400, but these are typically less than $100 and are just as accurate, author Jennifer Stagg said.

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For teens on autism spectrum, improv classes can aid communication

Recently, at the start of an improv class, some teens excitedly joined in while others sat off to the side. Others said they'd rather go home. But after a few games, giggles and encouragement from teachers, all the students participated. Parents in the audience clutched their bellies with laughter and beamed with pride.

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Book review: 'Mae Among the Stars,' simple bio teaches preschoolers about first African-American female astronaut

Parents need to know that "Mae Among the Stars," by Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Burrington, is a picture book biography of Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut. Since the book doesn't have much concrete information about her life or her path, it's best for the youngest kids, who'll come away with the simple and clear message that when she was young, Dr. Jemison had a dream of what she wanted to do, and her parents encouraged her, even when peers scoffed and her teacher tried to redirect her. A very short afterword gives a bit more information about Jemison's impressive scholarship and accomplishments.

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Social Security: Celebrating our nation's diversity

On January 15 we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a federal holiday and a day of remembrance. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to creating and fostering equal rights for African Americans, and he died during his efforts to make his dream a reality.

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Game review: 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Champions' Ballad,' expansion brings more mild combat and creative puzzles

Parents need to know that "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Champions' Ballad" is a paid expansion to the action/adventure game "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild." The original game is required to play. Expansion content is similar in tone and variety. Players again take on the role of a heroic adventurer out to help people and save his kingdom. He fights aggressive fantasy creatures and robots using swords, axes, bows and arrows, and weapons infused with magic. Defeated enemies disappear in a puff of smoke. New puzzles challenge players to come up with creative solutions by devising clever ways in which to use their weapons and abilities to bypass trickily designed obstacles. Note that players must be well into the base game's story – all four divine beasts must be freed – in order to access this expansion's new quests and content.

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App review: Daily Vroom, terrific brain building tool for toddlers

Parents need to know that Daily Vroom is a free app for parents and other caregivers of young kids (ages toddler to five) that suggests everyday learning activities and tips appropriate for each kid's age. The fun activities are organized by topic, situation, or time of day, or adults can schedule a random daily tip to be delivered at the same time each chosen day. Each tip includes a "see what your child is learning" explanation about the science-backed intellectual, social, or emotional skills that can be developed through the activity. Parents can keep an in-app journal with photos to document their child's progress. Multiple kids of different ages can be included in one adult's account, and parents can read tips in English or Spanish. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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The sneaky science behind your kid's tech obsessions

Son won't turn off his video game? Daughter obsessed with "likes" on Instagram? It may not be entirely their fault. Like the high-octane sugar in a pint of Ben & Jerry's and that irresistible chemical spice in Flamin' Hot Cheetos, the ingredients in social media, video games, apps, and other digital products are carefully engineered to keep you coming back for more. While researchers are still trying to discover whether kids (and parents) can be addicted to technology, some computer scientists are revealing their secrets for keeping us hooked.

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Parents @ Play: Escaping boredom and solving crimes – together

Escape the Room-type games are all the rage, and for good reasons: They're challenging, fun, often educational, usually require cooperation and teamwork, and are all-around wonderful activities to do with family and friends. This week we review several new entries into this growing segment. We've enjoyed them, and know that you will too.

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Mental health disorders are not tangible realities

Psychiatric and psychological diagnoses are not tangible realities; rather, they are constructs. Cancer is a verifiable reality. A physician who diagnoses lung cancer can provide concrete proof — e.g. a biopsy — to support his verdict. But a mental health professional who diagnoses a child with, say, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can provide no such verification.

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