Melissa Block

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Casting Aside Shame And Stigma, Adults Tackle Struggles With Literacy

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Over the past 25 years, U.S. adult literacy rates have not improved. Learning how to read, one adult learner says, is like "opening up a Christmas present every day."

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After Daughter's 'Unimaginable' Death, Parkland Family Moved To Action

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Carmen Schentrup was a senior, one week away from her 17th birthday, when she was killed. Her family reflects on her life, death and why "missing her doesn't feel like enough anymore."

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From 'Bonk' To 'Bombs' And 'Fly Swat': A Guide To Olympic Slang

Friday, February 23, 2018

Olympic sports have their own vernacular — terms that make no sense to outsiders. Much of it has to do with when things go wrong. And some of it has to do with Seinfeld.

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Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze In Downhill At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The U.S. skiing star won a bronze medal in what was likely the last Olympic downhill of her career. Italy took gold and Norway silver. Vonn, 33, is the oldest female Alpine medalist at an Olympics.

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Speedskating Primer: Long Track Vs. Short Track

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

When it comes to speedskating, South Koreans love short track. The Dutch are masters of long track. Two previous Olympic medalists talk about the thrill and pain of speedskating.

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The Experts Known As 'Ice Meisters' Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces

Monday, February 19, 2018

They're not the Zamboni drivers. These skilled technicians know how to make ice for figure skating, speedskating, hockey and curling — each requiring different temperatures, textures and hardness.

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News Brief: Florida School Shooting, Immigration Plans Stall, Olympics

Friday, February 16, 2018

The 19-year-old shooter at a Florida high school has confessed to investigators. Also, the Senate failed to pass any immigration plan before a self-imposed deadline and we have an Olympics update.

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Olympics: U.S. Falls Behind In Skiing, Figure Skating

Friday, February 16, 2018

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin narrowly missed out on winning her third gold medal Friday. And in men's figure skating, top U.S. medal hope Nathan Chen had a disappointing performance.

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For Some, Competing At The Olympics Runs In The Family

Thursday, February 15, 2018

For many parents at the Olympics, watching their children compete is nerve-wracking. Beth Heiden Reid has a special perspective: she won a bronze medal in speedskating at the 1980 Games, and was in Korea to watch her daughter Joanne compete in biathlon.

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Aerials Skier Ashley Caldwell's 'Bold Move': A Quadruple-Twisting Triple Flip

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Why are these people so crazy?" Caldwell wondered when she first watched aerials skiing at age 12. Now she's the women's world champion, spinning and somersaulting some 60 feet high in the air.

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Maame Biney Came To The U.S. From Ghana At 5. Now 18, She's A Team USA Speedskater

Monday, February 12, 2018

Born in Ghana and raised in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, Biney is the first African-American woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team. Her father is her biggest fan.

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South Korea Celebrates The Official Start Of The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Winter Olympics officially began Friday with opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from 92 countries marched into an open-air stadium to mark the start of the Olympiad.

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With Few Fans And Little Funding, U.S. Biathlon Team Hopes For First Olympic Medals

Monday, February 05, 2018

Biathlon is the only winter sport in which the U.S. has never won an Olympic medal. But hopes are high for Pyeongchang. "I've never seen our team in such high spirits," says biathlete Lowell Bailey.

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Colombian Speedskater Gets A Last-Minute Chance To Compete In Olympics

Monday, February 05, 2018

The best athletes in the world are arriving in South Korea this week for the start of the Winter Olympics. Some have trained for years to get there. But one just learned she'd get to compete.

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Face-Down, Head-First, 90 Miles An Hour On The Ice

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Olympic skeleton racers' chins rest an inch or two above the ice. "Obviously, you don't want your face scraping across the ice 'cause it does slow you down," says one. "But it also doesn't feel good."

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A Kind Of Chaos: The Science And Sport Of Bobsledding

Thursday, December 14, 2017

U.S. Olympic bobsledders explain their craft as they prepare for Pyeongchang in 2018. Success depends on immense precision. One false step or a miscalculated lean can spell disaster.

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Tom Petty's Songs Served As Anthems For Many Generations

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

American rocker Tom Petty has died at age 66. Petty is known for hits like "American Girl" and "Refugee" — hard driving paeans to everyday folks.

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'They're Scared': Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Some growers say that President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric has made a chronic worker shortage even worse.

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Houston Officials Consider How To Prevent Future Floods After Harvey

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More than 100,000 homes in the Houston area were damaged or destroyed by Harvey's floodwaters. Now the city is trying to figure out what steps should be taken to prevent or reduce future floods, if people should be allowed to rebuild in the flood zones, and if authorities will put a brake on development and agree to restore wetlands.

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In Texas, An Army Of Volunteers Sprang Into Action After Harvey

Thursday, September 07, 2017

After Harvey flooded out Houston, people sprang into action to help with rescues, medical care and food. The key was social media. People who came to do minor tasks wound up taking on leadership roles.

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