Read Full Story The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, has awarded a $650,000 cooperative agreement to a collaborative of experts who will work together to design a roadmap to prepare K-12 students for America’s constitutional democracy.Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education for All Learners will bring together more than 100 experts in civics, history, education, and political science to outline a strategy for teaching American Democracy in the 21st century. It will also issue a roadmap that will outline high-priority civics content areas and make clear and actionable recommendations for integrating the teaching of civics and history at every grade level, along with best practices and implementation strategies that teachers, schools, districts and states can use to shape their instructional programs. The roadmap will develop the foundation from which to prepare all students to understand the value of America’s constitutional democracy as well as its past failures and present challenges. The goal is to design a program that will secure a strong commitment to and sense of ownership of that democracy in students.Educating for American Democracy is a cross-partisan effort led by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and iCivics — the country’s largest civic education provider.
A North Vernon man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop led to his arrest in Ripley County.Sheriff’s Deputy AJ Smith stopped a vehicle for minor traffic violations on US 421 in the area of the North Co-Op on Tuesday morning around 3:52 a.m.When Deputy Smith became suspicious of the driver, Sheriff Tom Grills responded to the scene to assist, who was out on regular patrol duties.Police say they found Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.The driver, 48-year-old Michael Wilson, of North Vernon was placed under arrest and taken to the Ripley County Jail.Sheriff Grills said, “The Sheriff’s Office remains diligent in our efforts to take drugs off the street.”“My deputies work a lot by themselves in the late evening and early morning hours, so when I can be with them it is important for a variety of reasons,” he added.Wilson is being held pending formal charges or bond.
The Rockets extended their winning streak to five games against the Celtics on Sunday with a 115-104 victory.James Harden scored 42 points against a struggling Boston team that has lost five of its last six games. Eric Gordon also poured in 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Dwyane Wade puts James Harden in ‘unguardable’ category after 58-point show Houston’s roster is finally looking healthy. Kenneth Faried (hip) and Iman Shumpert (calf) did not play, but the Rockets were able to give a sneak peak into what they’re capable of.Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Related News The Beard from distance! #Rockets #NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/z2Kj5vmwOl— NBA (@NBA) March 3, 2019Shai Gilgeous-Alexander changed hands in midair to finish a scoop layup against Kevin Knox.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander switches hands on the finish! #NBARooks #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/sjrvY6C8lA— NBA (@NBA) March 3, 2019What’s Next?Clippers (36-29) at Lakers (30-33) 10:30 p.m. ET — The Lakers are still trying to get back into the playoff picture. But the Clippers are five games ahead in the Western Conference standings. There isn’t much time left in the regular season, so this rivalry game will be critical for both sides. Boston was widely considered to be the best team in the Eastern Conference entering 2018-19, but haven’t been able to recreate last year’s success.The Rockets improved to 38-25 with the win while the Celtics dropped to 38-26.Studs of the NightAlex Len scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Atlanta’s 123-118 win over Chicago.Rodney Hood rattled home 21 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Trail Blazers beat the Hornets 118-108.Kyle Lowry’s 35 points, seven rebounds and five assists didn’t lead to a Raptors win, as Toronto fell to Detroit 112-107.Duds of the NightDennis Smith Jr. had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in the Knicks’ 128-107 loss to the Clippers.Terrence Ross scored two points on 1-of-12 shooting in Orlando’s 107-93 loss to Cleveland.HighlightsHarden drained this 3-pointer from the left wing while avoiding Irving and Jayson Tatum.
LSU has a chance to win the national championship in its backyard, which it did in 2003 and 2007 (it lost its last appearance there to Alabama in 2011). The Superdome could host the last magical scene for Burrow, Orgeron and a team that piled up top-10 victories against Texas, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma.Or, Clemson could forever silence all the criticisms of a weak schedule, win its 30th straight game and enter 2020 with a chance to win three in a row and four in five years under Swinney. Lawrence could lead the way, and that would be just as remarkable a story.We’re looking forward to all of it. Aren’t you? One way or the other, the Tigers will win the national championship (we promise that’s the only time we’ll use that).No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Clemson advanced to the College Football Playoff championship game with semifinal victories against Oklahoma and Ohio State, respectively, for a compelling title-game matchup. LSU routed No. 4 Oklahoma 63-28 in a game where Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow totaled eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing), while Clemson beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 in a controversial game where Trevor Lawrence led a thrilling four-play drive in the final two minutes for the go-ahead touchdown.SEMIFINAL TAKEAWAYS:Fiesta Bowl | Peach BowlNow, Clemson and LSU will meet in the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It’s another ACC-vs.-SEC championship showdown, and there are twice as many Tigers as we’re used to seeing.Here are five title-game storylines to get the party started:Burrow vs. LawrenceLast year’s quarterback matchup between Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa was good. Could this one be better?The answer is yes. You’re looking at the quarterbacks who should be the No. 1 pick in the next two NFL Drafts, and their converging storylines should only build the hype. Burrow has 5,208 passing yards and 55 passing touchdowns — part of a record-breaking season in the SEC that might have no equal, if he’s able to pile a national championship on top of all of it.Then there’s Lawrence, who is 25-0 as a starter after leading the Tigers past the Buckeyes on Saturday. In three Playoff games, he has averaged 311 passing yards and eight touchdowns to zero interceptions.Great quarterback matchups tend to produce unforgettable games. This one is no exception.Coach O and Dabo pressersEd Orgeron has an unmistakable voice that will be the talk of New Orleans with LSU playing for a championship close to home. How tight will he play it this close to a championship game?Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, meanwhile, has shared the podium with Nick Saban on the championship stage twice. Does he get to defer the questions to Coach O now?Chances are both coaches will be quotable, and it will be interesting to see how they riff together. That alone will be worth seeing ahead of the game.Skill players in the SuperdomeYou’ll be able to win your fantasy football championship with a combination of these players in the near future.LSU should have a healthy Clyde Edwards-Helaire to go with the receiver combination of Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Terrace Marshall Jr. Clemson’s Travis Etienne took a while to get going against Ohio State, but he might find success sooner against LSU’s defense. The receiving trio of Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross and Amari Rodgers will be faster on the Superdome turf, too.This is going to be a high-scoring game.MORE: LSU exposes Oklahoma’s longstanding Playoff issuesHigh-priced defensive coordinatorsWhat will the defensive coordinators do to slow down? LSU’s Dave Aranda and Clemson’s Brent Venables are the two highest-paid assistant coaches in the FBS, and the $2 million question is, how will they slow these offenses down?LSU rattled Jalen Hurts in the Peach Bowl, but Lawrence’s is the best arm they will have seen in the last two seasons, including Tagovailoa. The chess match between Aranda and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will be intriguing. Defensive backs Derek Stingley Jr. and Grant Delpit will need to play tight.Clemson bent — but didn’t break — against Ohio State, and Venables will have to pick his spots against an offensive designed by Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady. Safety Tanner Muse and linebacker Isaiah Simmons will have a handful against those players.Another 15-0 seasonFor all the talk about SEC and ACC fatigue and the rekindling of the eight-team Playoff talk that is sure to come before Jan. 13, remember this:These are college football’s two best teams, and one of them will be 15-0. That won’t happen often in the four-team era, and it will be even rarer when the Playoff expands to eight teams.