How to raise readers and expand young minds
The pandemic is being blamed for an increase in babies and toddlers missing their talking and reading milestones. It’s not because of the isolation or the masks that covered everyone’s face, it’s because their parents have been too busy working from home to devote enough time to them.
Letters: Take a stand
Let us take a stand this time! How many lives are we willing to sacrifice upon the alter of an absolute right to own a gun? Baldomero GarzaKatyTo sella tacoTo sell a taco in Texas you need to:(1) Obtain a permit from the Department of State Health Services. The state of Texas requires this for the safety and protection of its residents. Also, many places in the world are experiencing immigration problems, whether they be from Ukraine, Africa, Syria, Lebanon or other Middle Eastern countries.myrgv.com
CDC panel grapples with who needs a COVID-19 booster shot
An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention is grappling with the question of which Americans should get COVID-19 booster shots, with some members wondering if the decision should be put off for a month in hopes of more evidence.
Uvalde County health officials push vaccine education as infections rise
Uvalde Health officials are taking steps to increase the vaccination rates as an increase in cases continues. Health officials say they're working with area health providers, schools and other community members to make the vaccines more readily available.
Retired Navy Admiral explores what World War III could look like in new book
The UNited States and the former Soviet Union had many confrontations during the Cold War. That reality is what inspired Admiral James Stavridis to write his book, “2034: A Novel of the Next World War.” The U.S. Navy veteran and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO said he believes Cold War literature helped prevent a full-on war between the U.S. and Soviet Union. However, the Admiral also noticed the rising tensions with China, and how some people are calling it a Second Cold War. “Be part of that international world support those international organizations, they’re flawed. You can get a copy of “2034: A Novel of the Next World War” here.
Starbucks strikes deal with EEOC over alleged racial bias in promoting employees
Starbucks bags with free items, in recognition of the Starbucks coffee shot that is slated to go in at the CollegeTowne location, Reading, Pennsylvania, January 12, 2021. Starbucks said on Wednesday that it has resolved allegations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about alleged racial bias in its employee promotions, based on data from 2007 through 2011. The agreement with the federal agency was disclosed in Starbucks' third annual Civil Rights Assessment from the law firm Covington & Burling. A Starbucks spokesperson said that the company was engaged in on-and-off dialogue with the EEOC before reaching the agreement earlier this year. Earlier in March, Starbucks promoted Dennis Brockman to the role of global chief inclusion and diversity officer.cnbc.com
Adult literacy: the hidden crisis in plain sight
CHICAGO – It’s a crisis hidden in plain sight, as about 20 percent of people in the United States cannot read at all and 50 percent of adults can’t read to pass an eighth-grade level. “People who can’t read have all kinds of troubles in life that you might not even think of,” Joanne Telser-Frere, Director of Program Development at Literacy Chicago told Ivanhoe. That’s why Joanne is part of Literacy Chicago, an organization whose mission it is to empower adults through reading. “People often need someone to tell them they can do it, because their whole life they’ve been told they can’t,” Joanne said. Literacy Chicago classes are free to students.
17 picture books you’ve never heard of, but that your kids will love
Who doesn’t love “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” (And the polar bear version. And the panda edition!) Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle definitely have that formula down to a science. And well, the classics are the classics for a reason, and most parents can probably agree there will be room for those books on any shelf.
Celebrate Black History Month with these must-read books
Former first lady Michelle Obama, at left, discusses her book "Becoming" with Sarah Jessica Parker at the Barclays Center on Dec. 19, 2018 in New York City (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images). Yes, we do assume that, by now, you’ve all heard the rave reviews for former President Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land.”Not to mention, the praise for former first lady Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming,” which debuted in 2018. From the website Black Enterprise, this is called “12 must-read books by Black authors.” And then the list “25 Must Read Books For Black History Month” looks like it has some incredible reads, as well. Leave your book recommendations in the comment section below. AdAuthor’s note: Although “Americanah” came out in 2014, so I’m late to the party, the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a real page-turner.
What’s Up South Texas!: Young author, mother accomplish goals together despite life obstacles
Jordan wrote and published his first book, “Not Too Little to Play.”“I made this book about love,” Jordan said. Then I created this book.”The book is about a small boy named Elijah who accomplishes his goals of scoring touchdowns despite many people underestimating him. “At first, I was very concerned when I learned from doctors that he had ADHD,” said Rachel Hinton, his mother. Hinton, who is a single parent, started working to give Jordan a better life when he was a toddler. Let God order your steps and keep him first and you can accomplish anything.”RELATED: What’s Up South Texas!
Libyan man sentenced to life for deadly UK park stabbings
A Libyan man who stabbed three friends to death as they sat in an English city park on a summer evening has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Judge Nigel Sweeney said on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 that Khairi Saadallah should be given a rare whole-life prison term for the ruthless and brutal attack. (Facebook via AP)LONDON – A Libyan man who stabbed three friends to death as they sat in an English city park on a summer evening was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no chance of parole. Judge Nigel Sweeney said Khairi Saadallah should be given a rare whole-life prison term for the “ruthless and brutal” attack. Saadallah, who had convictions for offenses including theft and assault, had been released from prison just two weeks before his deadly attack.
What’s Up South Texas!: Man shares love of comic books with South Side community
SAN ANTONIO – One South Side man is passionate about keeping his love for comic books alive in the community. We have to open up.’ This was everything we had.”In the beginning, their store looked a lot different from what it looks like today. Through it all, he said the passion for comic booking started with his love of reading. It is like a little group.”He said it makes him happy seeing the community having the same experience he has when he reads comic books. But I love what I do.”AdHe said the biggest enjoyment is serving the South Side community.
October pending home sales fall unexpectedly, as high prices take their toll on buyers
Pending home sales fell 1.1% month-to-month in October but were 20.2% higher compared with October 2019. This reading is a measure of signed contracts on existing homes, so it is a future indicator of closed sales. In the Midwest, sales fell 0.7% monthly but rose 19.6% annually. With the supply of existing homes so low, sales of newly built homes benefited. Builders, however, are now having the same issue as the existing market.cnbc.com
New FIFA rules to protect female players' maternity rights
(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)GENEVA – Female soccer players should soon get their maternity rights protected under new employment rules announced Thursday by FIFA. “The idea is to protect female players before, during and after childbirth,” FIFA chief legal officer Emilio Garcia said on a conference call. The rules are expected to be approved by the FIFA Council next month and would take effect on Jan. 1. “We think these rules are part of common sense,” he said of the move, which follow International Labor Organization standards on compensating maternity leave. At least eight weeks of the 14-week minimum maternity leave must be after the player gives birth.
SAISD’s ‘Book Buddies’ program is helping students build up home libraries, create interest in reading
SAN ANTONIO – A program in the San Antonio community aims to help students get into reading by helping them build up their libraries at home. The San Antonio Independent School District’s Book Buddies program provides free books to students in grades Pre-K through eighth grade. SAISD said this school year, the Book Buddies program hopes to grow and distribute over 100,000 books to more than 16,000 students in more than 35 area schools. SAISD needs volunteers to help sort books for its Book Buddies program. We are very proud to support this effort," said Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio.
Libyan man admits stabbing murders of 3 friends in UK park
LONDON – A 26-year-old Libyan man pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday for stabbing three friends to death as they sat in an English city park. Khairi Saadallah admitted to three counts of murder and three of attempted murder for the June 20 attack in Reading, 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, were enjoying a warm Saturday evening in the city's Forbury Gardens park when they were stabbed. Each died from a single stab wound. The judge set a sentencing hearing for the week of Dec. 7.
Uvalde County reinstates mask order following spike in COVID-19 cases
UVALDE COUNTY, Texas – Uvalde County officials announced Monday that a mask mandate would once again be enforced following a surge in COVID-19 cases. As of Nov. 9, the county has counted 900 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the virus. 😷 Mask Mandate REINSTATED for Uvalde 😷 Posted by Uvalde Police Department on Monday, November 9, 2020“I just want people to know that we have been skyrocketing in cases,” Reading said. "So, the mandatory mask mandate is back, it’s not us, it’s the governor. “So, just put your big boy pants on and wear your mask and do what you need to do and we’ll get through this together.”Read the mask mandate from the governor’s office in full below:Related: The Latest: Utah implements statewide mask mandate
Morgan makes English soccer debut for 1st match in 15 months
Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Morgan gestures to her teammates during the English Women's Super League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading at the Hive stadium in London Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Morgan came on as a 69th minute substitute, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON – Supported by her baby daughter in the stands, American superstar Alex Morgan made her debut in English soccer on Saturday. Morgan came on as a substitute in the 69th minute for Tottenham in a 1-1 draw against Reading in the Women’s Super League. She didn't manage to score in her first match in around 15 months, having given birth to Charlie in May.
San Antonio students can score prizes with Spurs What’cha Reading Program
SAN ANTONIO – Teachers in San Antonio and the surrounding areas can now register their classes as part of this year’s Spurs What’cha Reading program, which will take place starting Oct. 19, a press release said. The reading and literacy program is for students in first through fifth grade and is designed to encourage students of all reading levels to expand their reading abilities. “In the more than 20 years that Whataburger has partnered with the Spurs to support the What’cha Reading program, it’s been such a joy to see so many children develop a love of reading,” said Whataburger Sponsorship Director Jeff Altman. In partnership with the Spurs What’cha Reading Program, the San Antonio Public Libraries have created a monthly curated list of free downloadable books, available by clicking here. Teachers interested in participating can register their classrooms, either in-person or virtual, by clicking here.
Huawei says Qualcomm applied for a license to sell it chips and the Chinese giant will use them if allowed
The logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main U.K. offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020. Huawei said that Qualcomm has applied for a license to sell it chips and the Chinese technology giant will use them in smartphones if permission is granted by the U.S. government. China's Huawei was put on a U.S. blacklist last year that restricted American businesses from selling products to the Chinese phonemaker. U.S. companies, including Qualcomm, were required to get a license from the government to export goods to companies on that list. Huawei designs its own smartphones chips called Kirin, via its HiSilicon subsidiary.cnbc.com
Your child’s classroom can win a library of free books
SAN ANTONIO – Three great organizations are teaming up so that 1,000 teachers will win an estimated 20,000 books. To win, you must be a Title 1 teacher, federally funded teachers that work with students who have yet to master math and reading skills. From there, 1,000 teachers will be selected to win a batch of free books for their classroom. Teachers who win will go to a website and select the books they would like to receive, so this can benefit any age range, from babies to teens. Teachers can send books home for students to read.
Commentary: While We Are Apart, Reading Can Help Us Better Connect With Each Other
Self-isolation, social distancing, and other forms of withdrawing from social interaction are necessary responses to a rapidly spreading virus. Here is one other especially powerful means of connection for us to call on: reading literature. Im not saying that reading literature automatically leads to going out and doing good deeds. The benefits of reading literature are gradual and cumulative, more like every day exercise than dramatic life-saving surgery. But reading literature over time does help us become more responsive to others, more willing to let them count in our lives.therivardreport.com
Chick-fil-A's first UK location will close after pressure from LGBTQ rights group
Chick-fil-A opened its first location in the United Kingdom in early October. A little more than a week later, the British shopping center leasing the location has already said it will not extend the restaurant's six-month lease, BBC reported Friday. The Oracle shopping center in Reading faced pressure from a local LGBTQ rights group, Reading Pride, according to the BBC. This six month pilot licensed location in Reading, UK is part of our exploration in international markets." Read more about the shopping center's decision not to extend Chick-fil-A's lease here.cnbc.com
Sisters take story time to Facebook Live so no child has to miss out
Five nights a week, the girls, who are two of five siblings, read to whomever would like to listen on Facebook Live. We thought it may be beneficial for children who dont get this luxury, a post on the girls Facebook page reads. When they presented their mom with the idea to read on Facebook Live, even though she doesnt want them to be on social media, she agreed it would be a great, positive way to help light the world. The girls Facebook page Zaria X Hailey has quickly grown to more than 10,000 followers. For parents who don't want their kids on Facebook or Instagram, the girls also post their stories on their YouTube page.
Powerlifter Reading attends Battles Won Academy in D.C.
In May, Knippa High School powerlifter Tressa Reading was named a Semper-Fidelis All-American. King recounted the events Reading experienced during the four-day academy: On July 11, Reading arrived in Washington, D.C. She met her squad and went on a mini-tour that passed the White House. On July 13, Reading went to American University and trained with the Team USA wrestling team. Team USA put the All-Americans through a physical workout. Reading met inspirational athletes, such as Pittsburg Steelers running back James Conner; two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton; and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon.uvaldeleadernews.com
Spurs' Lonnie Walker IV holds free basketball camp
SAN ANTONIO - No matter how successful he becomes, Spurs shooting guard Lonnie Walker IV will never forget his roots. This week, he returned to his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, to host a free, three-day basketball camp for 300 kids. @lonniewalker_4 checks in from his first ever basketball camp in his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania! Stay tuned for more from the Lonnie Walker IV Basketball Camp pic.twitter.com/skQxPeTfYW San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 18, 2019Last season, the Spurs drafted Walker in the first round 18th overall. "I always dreamed about having my own Lonnie Walker camp and having kids come, but you never know when it's really going to happen.
Inside the Country's Biggest WWII Reenactment: 'We're Here to Remember and Honor'
The annual World War II Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania, sees thousands of people descend on the city to check out the explosive event hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. "It's a lot of work, it's hard work prepping for it, it's hard work getting all the equipment, it's hard work and we're on our feet all day long, but it's a good show," Hobson told InsideEdition.com. "We're here, really, to remember, honor, and serve our veterans in our own way," Maj. Eric Junger said. For more on the country's biggest WWII reenactment, check out the video above. RELATED STORIESWorld War II Vet Gets 50,000 Cards for BirthdayWWII Veteran Receives High School Diploma After Dropping Out to Join the War EffortDid the Mafia Help the Allies Invade Sicily at the Height of World War II?
"World's ugliest Christmas tree" lives on
It's the time of year when Christmas trees are normally being tossed to the curb, but in Reading, Pennsylvania, one tree has become immortal. It's not for the tree's beauty though. Steve Hartman goes "On the Road" for another look at the "World's ugliest Christmas tree."cbsnews.com
A small Pennsylvania town demands their Christmas tree be taken down
A small Pennsylvania town demands their Christmas tree be taken down In Reading, Penn., residents say Charlie Brown had a better Christmas tree than they do. The city decided to take it down, but some residents disagree. Steve Hartman is On the Road with the story.cbsnews.com
"Ugly" Christmas tree in Pennsylvania won't come down after all
"Ugly" Christmas tree in Pennsylvania won't come down after all A much-criticized Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, is still standing. Many community members complained that it looked ugly and local officials started to take it down Monday, but as Vicente Arenas reports, the tree got a last-minute reprieve.cbsnews.com
Signage outside of school causing 15 feet of confusion
Signage outside of school causing 15 feet of confusion Reading parking signs to avoid getting a ticket can be frustrating, but one particular sign in Culver City, California really takes the cake. It's a whopping 15 feet of rules and regulations, and it's caused so much confusion city officials have already had pieces of it removed. KCAL-TV's Juan Fernandez reports.cbsnews.com