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Why Education Is About To Reach A Crisis Of Epic Proportions

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By : Mark C. Perna Source : Forbes We’re at a major tipping point in education. According to a recent survey, 48% of teachers admitted that they had considered quitting within the last 30 days. Of that number, 34% said they were thinking about leaving the profession entirely. Understaffing has plagued schools for years, but it’s now reaching epic proportions. At a conference last month, I sat around the table with four superintendents from various parts of the country and asked them, “What percent of teachers quitting...
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Big Daddy Weave Bassist Jay Weaver Dies From COVID-19

January 5th, 2022
By : Mitchell Peters Source : Apple News “Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago,” his brother Mike Weaver said in an emotional video.
 Jay Weaver, the bass player and a vocalist for Big Daddy Weave, has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 42. His brother, Mike Weaver, frontman of veteran Christian band, announced the sad news on Sunday (Jan. 2) through social media. “My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago,” Mike Weaver said in the emotional video clip on...
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Avicii’s Final Journals Reveal a Superstar DJ Haunted by Demons

January 3rd, 2022
By : Cheyenne Roundtree Source : Yahoo News Tim Bergling was about to enter his second year of high school when he took his first hit of a friend’s joint. He immediately hated it. The teenager–who in a few years’ time would become internationally known as the EDM DJ Avicii–suddenly felt his throat turn scratchy and dry from the intake of marijuana, as his heart started pounding and paranoia crept in. The sensation eventually passed, but when Avicii returned home to Stockholm after his summer trip to the French...
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'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Second-Biggest Box Office Opening Ever

December 21st, 2021
By : Frank Pallotta Source : CNN Business Spider-Man made even more money than originally projected. "Spider-Man: No Way Home," the latest movie in the Marvel series, notched a record-breaking opening weekend at the domestic box office by bringing in $260 million, Sony said Monday. That's up from Sunday's projections of $253 million, and it's remarkable in a pandemic. "No Way Home" has swung past "Avengers: Infinity War" — which opened to $257 million in 2018, according to Comscore (SCOR) — to...
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LA Times: Tell Your Kids That Billie Eilish Says Porn Destroyed Her Brain

December 20th, 2021
By : Robin Abcarian Source : Yahoo News After her turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” last week, the pop star Billie Eilish sat down with Howard Stern on Monday for a long, intense interview on his SiriusXM radio show. As always with Stern, talk turned to sex. And then to pornography. The ensuing conversation generated many headlines. Eilish, who turned 20 on Saturday, told Stern she began watching what she called “abusive pornography” when she was 11 years old. She eventually got to a point, she said, where...
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NEEDTOBREATHE Close Out 2021 With Seven-Figure Donations

December 17th, 2021
By : GMA Source : Gospel Music Association Continuing a tradition of giving back, GRAMMY® Award-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE close out a banner 2021 with charitable contributions to OneWorld Health and For Others. After over a decade of work raising funds and awareness for the incredible mission of OneWorld Health, the group hosted NEEDTOBREATHE & Friends One Night Only Supporting OneWorld Health in Nashville, TN last month. Following a gathering at the Rarebird Rooftop bar at the start of the weekend, the guys took the...
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Billie Eilish: Watching Porn From Age 11 Destroyed My Brain

December 16th, 2021
By : Lianne Kolirin and Reuters Source : Reuters Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish has spoken about an addiction to watching pornography, starting at age 11, and how it gave her nightmares and messed her up when she started dating. Eilish, who turns 20 on Saturday, was speaking on "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius XM radio on Monday. "I think porn is a disgrace. I used to watch a lot of porn, to be honest. I started watching porn when I was, like, 11," the "Bad Guy" singer said, saying it helped her feel...
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Adele Replaced At #1 On iTunes By New 17 Year Old Singer

December 8th, 2021
By : Roger Friedman Source : Showbiz 411 Fame is fleeting and 2021 is a lot different than 2015. Adele is learning this the hard way. Just a few weeks after her single, “Easy On Me,” stormed the charts and took hold at number 1, the party is over. “Easy on Me” has been replaced by a song from another one name singer. And a total unknown. Now number 1 has gone to a record by a singer named Gayle. The single is called “abcdefu” and just from the title sounds like a song Adele should have sung. But she...
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Surgeon General Warns Of Emerging Youth Mental Health Crisis

December 8th, 2021
By : Howard Blume & Melissa Gomez Source : Yahoo News Citing mounting evidence of ongoing harm, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy on Tuesday issued a public health advisory on the mental health challenges confronting youth, a rare warning and call to action to address what he called an emerging crisis exacerbated by pandemic hardships. Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms, according to Murthy's 53-page...
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Bad Bunny Is Most Streamed Spotify Artist In 2021 - 9.1 Billon Streams!

December 2nd, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Puerto Rican Reggaeton star Bad Bunny has been named as the most-streamed artist in the world on Spotify, for the second year in a row. That’s according to Spotify’s annual Wrapped campaign, which, published today (December 1), highlights the top artists, songs, and albums on the platform globally. Bad Bunny has received over 9.1 billion streams in 2021 so far, achieving that tally without even having released an album this year. The artist’s previous album, El...
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Instagram's Dangerous Experiment On Teenage Girls

November 30th, 2021
By : Jonathan Haidt Source: The Atlantic Social media gets blamed for many of America’s ills, including the polarization of our politics and the erosion of truth itself. But proving that harms have occurred to all of society is hard. Far easier to show is the damage to a specific class of people: adolescent girls, whose rates of depression, anxiety, and self-injury surged in the early 2010s, as social-media platforms proliferated and expanded. Much more than for boys, adolescence typically heightens girls’ self-consciousness...
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Adele Just Got Spotify To Change The Way You Listen To Music

November 30th, 2021
By : Cole Delbyck Source : Huffington Post  Rumor has it that all this time people have been listening to albums out of order the first time around. But the shuffle stops with Adele, as the singer single-handedly changed the way streaming giant Spotify dictates how users listen to music. Following the release of her album “30” on Friday, the company removed its default shuffle setting at her urging and will now automatically play tracks in the order they appear on the album. “This was the only request I had in our...
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Coldplay’s New Release Starts At #1 On Top Rock Albums

October 28th, 2021
By : Kevin Rutherford Source : Billboard Debuts take up the No. 1 spots on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts dated Oct. 30, thanks to strong numbers for Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres and Ice Nine Kills’ Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2. Spheres, Coldplay’s ninth studio album, bows at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with 57,000 equivalent album units earned in the Oct. 15-21 tracking period, according to MRC Data. It’s the Chris...
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Why America Has A School Bus Driver Shortage

October 20th, 2021
By : Zachary Crockett Source : The Hustle Last week, Jim Mayers, a high school composition teacher in Boston, wanted to take his 11th graders on a field trip. Per the usual protocol, he tried to book one of the district’s many chartered yellow school buses. But this time, a problem arose: There were no drivers. To make the trip happen, the school had to hire a private party bus complete with neon lights and stripper poles. In Mayers’ home state of Massachusetts, the school bus driver shortage has gotten so severe that the...
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Teachers Put TikTok In Detention

October 20th, 2021
By : Rob Litturst Source : The Hustle TikTok is causing problems for teachers, and it's bigger than just a classroom distraction Remember that shameful, uneasy feeling on the way to the principal's office while awaiting punishment for acting up? TikTok is probably feeling some of that right about now. The largest teachers union in the US requested that TikTok, along with Facebook and Twitter, do more to stop the spread of viral challenges and misinformation that have put the safety of educators at risk, per The Wall Street...
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Student Test Scores Fall For First Time In National Test's History

October 20th, 2021
By : Monique Beals Source : The Hill Math and reading test scores for the country's 13-year-olds have dropped sharply in comparison to numbers from 2012, with some of the lowest-scoring test takers falling the furthest behind. Data from the the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that while 2020 average scores in reading and mathematics for 13-year-olds marked an improvement from the NAEP's earliest results in the 1970s, scores had declined since 2012. U.S. News and World Report reported that this was the first...
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Adele’s “Easy On Me” Breaks BTS’ Spotify One-Day-Global-Plays Record

October 20th, 2021
By : Tim Ingham Source : Music Business Worldwide Some people were uncertain how Adele might adapt to a streaming-dominated music industry. They needn’t have worried. Spotify has confirmed that the British superstar’s comeback single, Easy On Me, broke the global record for day-one streams on its platform after its release on Friday (October 15). She achieved the same feat on Amazon Music. Spotify hasn’t announced the exact number of streams that Easy On Me – Adele’s first new release for over five years...
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The Power Of "Squid Game" Netflx's Surprise Smash Hit

October 7th, 2021
By : Juliet Bennett Rylah Source : The Hustle South Korean drama “Squid Game” has exploded in meme-form on the internet and, according to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, may become Netflix’s most popular original series ever. Squid game! Sounds fun? Wrong! In “Squid Game,” people play simple children’s games, like “Red Light, Green Light.” If they win all 6 games, they get a piece of a ~$38m pot. Lose even 1 and they’re dead. It might sound like torture-porn a la “Saw,”...
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How Lego Won The Pandemic Game

October 7th, 2021
By : Rob Litterst Source : The Hustle Playtime has been moving online for years now. In January 2020, the CDC reported the following screen time statistics: US children between 8-10 spend an average of 6 hours per day in front of a screen US children between 11-14 spend an average of 9 hours per day in front of a screen Despite the pandemic accelerating the trend, Lego is proving that kids still have an appetite for analog toys. The company is already considered the top toymaker in the world and cemented that status...
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Teenagers Being Trained To Drive 18 Wheelers Amid Truck Driver Shortage

October 6th, 2021
By : IE Staff Source : Inside Edition Inside Edition visited student participants of Patterson High School who are participating in one of the first truck-driving programs for high schoolers in the U.S. Hiring teenagers might help with the nationwide truck driver shortage, but you still don't generally see them behind the wheel of a big rig. Now that's changing. Inside Edition spoke to a California 17-year-old, named Isabella, as she trained behind the wheel. She’s one of several teens at Patterson High School who are...
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Psychedelic Use On The Rise As Gen Z Seeks To ‘Enhance Connectedness’

September 23rd, 2021
By : Max Daly Source : Vice News The recreational use of psychedelics is on the rise in the US in the wake of COVID-19 and amid increasing acceptance of the drug as a medicine. In the last three years the use of hallucinogens such as LSD and magic mushrooms among young people in the US has jumped, according to the latest data from the annual Monitoring the Future survey, carried out by the University of Michigan. Last year, when the US went through COVID-related lockdowns, 8.6 percent of US college students and 7.6 percent of young...
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Facebook Internal Documents Show Company Knows Instagram Is Terrible for Teenage Girls

September 23rd, 2021
By : Lucas Nolan Source : Breitbart According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, social media giant Facebook is aware that its Instagram photo-sharing platform can have a negative effect on the body image of young women. One of Instagram’s internal presentations admits: “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls.” In a recent report titled “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show,” the Wall Street Journal claims that Facebook is aware that...
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Twenty One Pilots To Perform 'Pioneering Interactive Virtual Concert' On Gaming Platform

September 23rd, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Having hosted large-scale virtual concerts by superstar artists like Lil Nas X and Zara Larsson, gaming paltform Roblox will now serve as the virtual location for a forthcoming Twenty One Pilots event, described in a media release as “a pioneering interactive virtual concert powered by the latest Roblox technology”. Roblox and Warner Music Group announced the news today, with the forthcoming ‘Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience’ described by WMG’s Oana...
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Teenagers Arrested Planning Columbine Style Florida School Shooting

September 23rd, 2021
By : Wilson Wong Source : NBC News Two teenagers were arrested Thursday after authorities said they plotted to commit a mass shooting at a Florida middle school. The 13- and 14-year-old boys were charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting after a student told a teacher that one of them had a gun in his backpack Wednesday at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres, about 15 miles east of Fort Myers, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said during a press conference. "This could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we...
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Kanye West's And Drake's Albums Battle It Out On The Charts

September 14th, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Blockbuster albums have been in short supply these past 18 months. While the likes of the Weeknd’s Blinding Lights (March 2020) and Taylor Swift’s Folklore (July 24, 2020) certainly impressed on streaming services, they couldn’t get close to the kind of numbers pulled in by all-time record breakers on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. In fact, for a minute there, it looked like no new albums would ever smash play-count records on major streaming platforms...
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The Impact Of Men Quitting Watching Porn (The Guardian)

September 14th, 2021
By : Simon Usborne Source : The Guardian Thomas discovered pornography in the traditional way: at school. He remembers classmates talking about it in the playground and showing each other videos on their phones during sleepovers. He was 13 and thought it was “a laugh”. Then he began watching pornography alone on his tablet in his room. What started as occasional use, at the beginning of puberty, became a daily habit. Thomas (not his real name), who is in his early 20s, lived with one of his parents, who he says did not care...
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Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Breaks Apple Music Records - Hits #1 In 152 Countries

August 31st, 2021
By : Ethan Shanfeld Source : Variety Kanye West and his long-awaited new album “Donda” are already breaking records on Apple Music. The album, which dropped by surprise on Sunday, set a new record by reaching No. 1 on Apple Music’s Top Albums chart in 152 countries in 24 hours. According to Apple, in the album’s first full day of release, “Donda” was streamed over 60 million times in the U.S. Of the top 20 spots on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100 Global songs chart, 19 were from “Donda,”...
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Olivia Rodrigo Gives Writing Credit To Paramore On 'Good 4 U'

August 26th, 2021
By : Jason Lipshutz Source : Billboard The credits for “Good 4 U,” Olivia Rodrigo’s Billboard Hot 100-topping hit, have been updated to acknowledge an interpolation of Paramore’s 2007 single “Misery Business.” Sources with knowledge of the situation confirm that Paramore leader Hayley Williams and former guitarist Josh Farro, who co-wrote “Misery Business,” are now credited as writers on “Good 4 U,” alongside Rodrigo and producer-songwriter Daniel Nigro. The listing was changed...
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For King & Country, Lauren Daigle Debut New Tracks On Hot Christian Songs Chart

August 26th, 2021
By : Jim Asker Source : Billboard For King & Country, the duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, bounds onto Billboard's Aug. 21-dated Hot Christian Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, with "Relate" at No. 15. The pair claims its 31st entry on the chart, a sum that includes 16 top 10s. The song, released Aug. 6 and set to be included on the act's upcoming album, hauled in 1.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 12, according to MRC Data, and opens at No. 22 on Christian Streaming Songs....
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Drummer Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones Backbone, Dies At 80

August 25th, 2021
By : Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz Source : AP News LONDON (AP) — Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80. Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.” “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as...
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Taylor Swift Joins TikTok, Lip-Syncs To Rap Song With Lyrics About Her

August 25th, 2021
By : Nicholas Rice Source : People Taylor Swift has officially joined TikTok! On Monday morning, the 31-year-old singer joined the popular video-sharing app, which she celebrated by posting her first-ever clip. Set to the tune of the song "Screwface Capital" by British rapper Dave, the seconds-long clip sees Swift channeling through the eras of her most recent bodies of work — themed outfits included — such as 2020's Folklore and Evermore, as well as the re-release of her 2008 LP, Fearless, earlier this year. The...
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Gen Z Wants To Talk About Faith (Barna)

August 20th, 2021
By : Daniel Silliman Source : Christianity Today Treyson West doesn’t have a name for it, but if you want to call it evangelism, that’s fine. He doesn’t think he has a strategy or model for trying to change people’s beliefs, though. He’s just interested in friendship and reliance on the Holy Spirit. “The big thing is showing somebody what their identity could be through Christ,” says the 19-year-old high school graduate in the suburbs of Dallas. “Everybody is pushing you to be polarized....
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How Risky Are Concerts? Billboard Asked An Infectious Disease Expert

August 20th, 2021
By : Steve Knopper Source : Billboard For a year and a half during the pandemic, concerts seemed more dangerous than just about any other setting. Then came vaccines, and shows trickled back, from Madison Square Garden to Red Rocks Amphitheatre -- until the fast-spreading delta variant ripped through a Netherlands festival, leading to 1,000 infections, and the Foo Fighters postponed a show after a member of the band's organization tested positive. Then Chicago public-health officials reported just 203 of Lollapalooza's 385,000 attendees...
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University Of Alabama Rush Has Taken Over TikTok (NBC News)

August 20th, 2021
By : Kalhan Rosenblatt Source : NBC News When Greg George first saw TikTok videos of young women at the University of Alabama going through the sorority recruitment process, also known as "rush," he was confused. Many of the videos, which in the last week have flooded the feeds of TikTok users across the country, show potential new members — or PNMs, as they are called in the sorority and fraternity community — showing off their outfits for themed events and naming the brand or store each item comes from. Other...
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The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights' Spends Record-Breaking 88th Week On Billboard Hot 100

August 18th, 2021
By : Gary Trust Source : Billboard The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" logs a record-breaking 88th week on the Billboard Hot 100 (on the chart dated Aug. 21). It passes Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," which spent 87 weeks on the survey in 2012-14. "Blinding Lights," released on XO/Republic Records, debuted at No. 11 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 14, 2019. The song, which ranks at No. 18 in its 88th week, hit No. 1 for its first of four weeks on top on the chart dated April 4, 2020. Over its run, it has rewritten the...
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Billie Eilish And The Pursuit Of Happiness (Rolling Stone)

August 12th, 2021
By : Brittany Spanos Source : Rolling Stone From the outside, the house isn’t terribly different from others on the block: a cozy bungalow in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood with an old lilac tree blooming near the entrance. In fact, it’s legendary: the place where a prodigal teenager and her older brother recorded the album that made Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell the queen of Gen-Z pop. It’s a location familiar to any Eilish fan, and at first glance on an absurdly beautiful day in April, not much...
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Kids And Cars: Teenagers In No Rush To Start Driving

August 12th, 2021
By : Associated Press Source : Fox 8 Automakers are facing a challenge with the newest generation of drivers: The teenagers of today aren’t in a hurry to get their first car, let alone a driver’s license. Statistics show that over the last three decades the percentage of 18-year-olds with drivers’ licenses has dropped nearly 20%. Some of the teens surveyed say they prefer using more environmentally-friendly options instead of driving themselves, as well as ride-sharing services. Others admitted they find driving too...
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Preparing Teenagers For Challenges To Free Speech

August 11th, 2021
By : Christine Folmar Source : The Gospel Coalition As a Christian student on my college campus, I’ve experienced ridicule, threats, and ostracization. Unfortunately, this isn’t out of the ordinary for students who speak up for Christ. Taking lives in the womb, abandoning God’s design for sex and marriage, and denying God’s image reflected in male and female are enthusiastically endorsed by secular college campuses across the country. Many universities teach LGBTQ tenets as fact and shame into silence those who...
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Aaliyah's Music To Return After A Decade

August 6th, 2021
By : Dan Rhys and Gary Mitchell Source : Billboard The singer’s biggest albums have been unavailable for a decade. Now her uncle, who founded her label, has a deal with EMPIRE to release them on streaming services. But Aaliyah’s estate isn’t happy about it.  read more...
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The Year’s Biggest Concert Belongs To A Christian Rapper

July 30th, 2021
By : Lucas Shaw Source : Bloomberg One day in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, concert promoter Dan Fife was stuck at home when he came across a photo in Pollstar magazine of Mads Langer, a Danish singer-songwriter, performing at a drive-in theater. The image of the socially distanced show gave Fife an idea. His company, Awakening Events, typically promotes about 350 concerts a year. But at the moment everything was at a standstill due to the coronavirus. Eager to get his employees back to work, Fife and his team tracked down...
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John Mayer's 'Sob Rock' Rules At No. 1 On Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart

July 29th, 2021
By : Keith Caufield Source : Billboard John Mayer’s Sob Rock rules Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, as the singer-songwriter’s latest studio set debuts atop the list (dated July 31). The set sold 61,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data -- the biggest debut sales week for an album in nearly two months, since Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour started with 72,000 copies at No. 1 (June 5-dated chart).  read more...
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Kari Jobe Says Thousands At Bieber's Freedom Concert Experienced 'Presence Of God'

July 29th, 2021
By : Jeannie Ortega Law Source : The Christian Post The Los Angeles Freedom Experience concert headlined by Justin Bieber over the weekend was lauded as a major success by singer Kari Jobe who told fans that what they experienced at the event was "the presence of God." The 1DayLA charity event brought together 20,000 volunteers across Southern California to give back to their communities. Following a day of service, volunteers were invited to attend a worship concert hosted by Jason Kennedy of E! News and led by pop star...
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Parents' Fears Over Sexting And Abuse Among Teenagers

July 28th, 2021
By : Branwen Jeffreys and Katherine Smith Source : BBC A vivid picture of sexual assaults and harassment in teenagers' lives has been laid bare in recent months but parents rarely speak about the emotional turmoil they face. Here, two of them tell their stories.  read more...
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Mark Zuckerburg Wants Churchgoers To Connect With God On Facebook

July 28th, 2021
By : Alana Mastrangelo Source : Breitbart Mark Zuckerberg believes the coronavirus pandemic has created a new opportunity for Facebook to grow. His plan involves incentivizing churchgoers — who have become familiar with virtual services over the past year due to lockdowns — to permanently move their religious worship online.  read more...
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Kanye West Living In Atlanta Stadium Until He Finishes 'Donda'

July 28th, 2021
By : Tyler McCarthy Source : Fox News Kanye West is currently living inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta until he finishes work on his 10th studio album "Donda." A representative for the performer said Monday that West planned to remain inside the stadium while working to complete the album following a star-studded listening session that took place there Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. read more...
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Billie Eilish Is Making Her Disney+ Debut

July 22nd, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard  Billie Eilish will make her Disney+ debut on Sept. 3 with the concert special Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles. The singer's upcoming album, Happier Than Ever, will drop on July 30, and according to an announcement on Thursday (July 22), the special will feature intimate performances of every song from the 16-track collection in sequential order for the first and only time. read more...  
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Root Of Teenage Empathy Begins With Secure Home Relationships (New Study)

July 16th, 2021
By : Sarah Molano Source : CNN Teenagers who have close, secure relationships with their families are more likely to extend empathy to their peers, according to a new study. More specifically, when teens feel safe, supported by and connected to parents or other adult caregivers, they are better equipped to pass the empathy they receive on to others. "I don't think teens in particular like being told what to do, and I don't think it's going to work to tell teens they should empathize with other people," said Jessica Stern,...
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Sharenting: Solving The Problem Of Parents And Kids On Instagram

July 16th, 2021
By : Tim Elmore Source : Growing Leaders It all started when April, Christine’s youngest daughter, was five years old. Christine knew April would be their family’s last baby and wanted to document each milestone and comical moment of her childhood. By the time she was ten, April was avoiding photo ops; shying away from the camera. By 13, when she had a phone of her own, April witnessed on social media just how much mom had posted on both Facebook and Instagram. She felt violated. Eventually, as a teen, April requested her mom...
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BTS, Olivia Rodrigo Early Front-Runners For Big Four Nominations At 2022 Grammys

July 16th, 2021
By : Paul Grein Source : Billboard  The Recording Academy’s bombshell announcement in April that it’s disbanding its nominations review committees means that, for the first time in 27 years, voting members will have the final say on the nominations in the Big Four categories. The change makes the Grammy nominations even harder to predict than usual. That’s because the committee’s patterns — striving for gender, genre and racial diversity and generally steering clear of legacy, deceased and controversial...
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Britney Spears' New Attorney Says Father Jamie Must Step Aside

July 16th, 2021
By : Associated Press Source : Billboard A judge allowed Britney Spears to hire an attorney of her choosing at a hearing Wednesday (July 14) in which she broke down in tears after describing the “cruelty” of her conservatorship. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who called on Spears’ father to immediately resign as her conservator.  read more...
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Coffee Prices Soar After Bad Harvests And Insatiable Demand

July 14th, 2021
By : Will Horner and Jeffrey T. Lewis  Source : Wall Street Journal Global coffee prices are climbing and threatening to drive up costs at the breakfast table as the world’s biggest coffee producer, Brazil, faces one of its worst droughts in almost a century. Prices for arabica coffee beans—the main variety produced in Brazil—hit their highest level since 2016 last month. New York-traded arabica futures have risen over 18% in the past three months to $1.51 a pound. London-traded robusta—a stronger-tasting...
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Young Americans More Religiously Diverse (2020 Census Of American Religion)

July 9th, 2021
By : PRRI Staff  Source : PRRI Seven in ten Americans (70%) identify as Christian, including more than four in ten who identify as white Christian and more than one-quarter who identify as Christian of color. Nearly one in four Americans (23%) are religiously unaffiliated, and 5% identify with non-Christian religions. read more...
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Fourth Of July Recap: interlinc Webmaster Shreds National Anthem

July 9th, 2021
 Little known fact… interlinc’s long-term webmaster Gawain Reifsnyder is a killer guitarist who formerly played with Take 6. His backporch salute to the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday needed to get far far beyond his neighborhood and his wife’s post…. So here it is… Pass it along and send Gawain a note to info@interlinc-online.com
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What Year Is It? #1 iTunes Albums Are 40 (Queen) & 50 (Joni Mitchell) Years Old

July 7th, 2021
By : Roger Friedman Source : Showbiz 411 What year is it again? Over the weekend, Queen’s Greatest Hits went to number 1 on iTunes. Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” is number 2. read more...
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Britney Spears Wants Her Conservatorship to End: Here's What Happens Next

June 25th, 2021
By : Taylor Mims Source : Billboard Through a virtual appearance Wednesday, Britney Spears made an impassioned request to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny to end her 13-year conservatorship. The 39-year-old singer spoke openly in court about her conservatorship for the first time since 2008 and likened her experience to being enslaved and sex trafficked. read more...
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Digital Generations: The Technology Gap Between Seniors, Parents, And Kids

June 23rd, 2021
By : Kyle Chivers Source : Norton There’s no sugarcoating the truth that different generations interact with technology differently. For a sweet comparison, just consider how it used to be the norm to knock on a neighbor’s door to borrow a cup of sugar — and your grandparents still might do just this. Nowadays, we can have an entire bag of sugar delivered to our doorsteps within a few clicks on a grocery delivery app. Tech-savviness isn’t necessarily something that runs in the family. To some degree, it’s...
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How Christian Values Bind Colts’ Carson Wentz And Frank Reich

June 22nd, 2021
By : Mike Wells Source : ESPN INDIANAPOLIS -- The bond between Colts coach Frank Reich and quarterback Carson Wentz can be traced to a three-minute car ride across the North Dakota State campus to the football facility. It was 2016 and Wentz was expected to be one of the top picks in the draft. Reich, then offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, wanted to sneak in a few extra minutes with his future quarterback -- and avoid being cramped in the rental car with his Eagles co-workers. In going over some of the things discussed in...
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Here Are All the 2021 CMT Music Awards Winners

June 11th, 2021
By : Katie Atkinson Source : Billboard  Here are all the winners from the 2021 CMT Music Awards, held on June 9 in Nashville, TN! 
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Millions In US Struggle Through Life With Few To Trust (AP Poll)

June 10th, 2021
By : Alexandra Olson Source : AP Karen Glidden’s loneliness became unbearable during the coronavirus pandemic. The 72-year-old widow, who suffers from vision loss and diabetes and lives far from any relatives, barely left her house in Champion, Michigan, this past year, for fear of contracting the virus. Finally vaccinated, she was looking forward to venturing out when her beloved service dog died last month. It doesn’t help that her circle of trusted friends has dwindled to one neighbor she counts on to help her shop, get to...
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5 Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe From Pornography

June 10th, 2021
By : Protect Young Minds Staff Source : Protect Young Minds The number for poison control is hanging on the fridge – check. You’re ready to hug your kids and wave goodbye to the babysitter. But wait! Did you go over any rules to keep kids safe from pornography? Consider this: The minute a babysitter enters your home (yay, date night!), you’ve also likely invited in a smartphone. Let’s go over a few ways to protect your kids from pornography when they’re being cared for by someone other than YOU. read more......
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Sexting Among Kids Is Bigger Than Ever (Wall Street Journal)

June 10th, 2021
By : Julie Jargon Source : Wall Street Journal Lauren Anjema was in sixth grade the first time a boy asked her to send him a nude photo of herself. “It was a ‘If you love me you’ll send me this’ kind of thing,” said Ms. Anjema, now 18. As social isolation and device usage soared during the pandemic, digital-media experts say the sharing of nude selfies and other sexually explicit messages among teens and tweens has only gotten worse. Bark, an online safety service that parents and schools can pay to monitor...
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Billboard Music Awards 2021 Winners

May 24th, 2021
Here are the winners from last night's Billboard Music Awards!
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Twenty One Pilots ‘Scaled And Icy’ Livestream : By The Numbers

May 24th, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard Twenty One Pilots spent more than seven months planning, rehearsing and building the elaborate livestream that beamed out on Friday night (May 21). The hour-long event showcasing most of their new album, Scaled and Icy, incorporated more than half a dozen Broadway-style sets arrayed on the floor of their hometown Columbus, Ohio, arena -- the Schottenstein Center -- as well as roping in a full band to augment their usual two-man set-up, a troupe of dancers, a retro 1970s storyline and some fancy footwork...
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How Zoom Era Has Ruined Conversation

May 12th, 2021
By : Rachel Kurzius Source : Microsoft News When Rabbi Hannah Goldstein would talk to families before a funeral in pre-pandemic times, she remembers how they would share information about a loved one with her. Everyone tended to “jump in, and someone corrects a detail and then someone adds another piece of it,” recalls Goldstein, who works at Temple Sinai in D.C. “It’s collaborative. It’s like everyone’s sort of telling that story together. Oftentimes, I think when you’re remembering a loved one,...
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6 Steps To Safeguard Kids Using Popular Chat App Discord

May 7th, 2021
By : Protect Young Minds Staff Source : Protect Young Minds Ever heard of Discord? It’s a popular way for kids to chat with friends while playing Fortnite, Minecraft, or Among Us. You may have seen media reports warning parents about the dangers of Discord: hate speech, vulgar language, bullying, spreading malware, and even predators or human traffickers stalking kids on Discord. So what exactly is Discord? And can my teen safely use it? read more...  
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Spotify Monthly Active Users Up 24% Over 2020 – 345 Million

May 7th, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Spotify published its financial results for Q1 2021 today (April 28), revealing that its global Premium Subscriber base grew to 158 million in the quarter (ended March 31). That was up 21% year-on-year, but up by just 2%, or 3 million subscribers, on the 155m that SPOT counted at the end of the prior quarter (Q4 2020). The company’s total global Monthly Active Users, (MAUs), meanwhile, grew 24% year-on-year to 356m in Q1 2021 and by 3% compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2020)...
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YouTube’s Advertising Business Is Exploding... Up 2X On 2019

May 7th, 2021
By : Tim Ingham Source : Music Business Worldwide YouTube‘s advertising business is exploding. The platform’s latest revenue figures were revealed last week as part of the Q1 results of parent company Alphabet. They show that YouTube is now generating an average of over $2 billion every month from ads – and that it’s potentially on course to generate somewhere near to $30 billion across the course of this year. They also show that YouTube’s ad business materially closed the gap on...
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Being Bullied Leads To Thoughts Of Violence

May 7th, 2021
By : Robert Preidt Source : HealthDay News Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others, a new study warns. "One way to think about fantasies is as our brain rehearsing future scenarios," said lead author Manuel Eisner, director of the University of Cambridge Violence Research Center in the U.K. His research included more than 1,400 young people in Zurich, Switzerland, who were asked about their thoughts and experiences at ages 15, 17 and 20. Among other things, they were asked...
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How Screen Time Is Getting In The Way Of Teenager Sleep (New Research)

April 28th, 2021
By : Maddison Raynor Source : News Center Maine Remote-learning, scrolling on TikTok and Instagram, Snachatting friends -- teens and young adults are constantly staring at screens and these distractions can prevent teens from getting restful sleep. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, teens on average spend up to nine hours watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers.  It seems like teens never get enough sleep, but the problem can be even bigger for children...
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Social Media Use In 2021(Pew Research)

April 23rd, 2021
By : Brooke Auxier and Monica Anderson Source : Pew Research Center Despite a string of controversies and the public’s relatively negative sentiments about aspects of social media, roughly seven-in-ten Americans say they ever use any kind of social media site – a share that has remained relatively stable over the past five years, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults.  Beyond the general question of overall social media use, the survey also covers use of individual sites and apps. YouTube and...
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How Much Of Your Stuff Does Big Tech Own?

April 23rd, 2021
By : Elizabeth Kolbert Source : The New Yorker On July 26, 2015, William Merideth’s daughter was sunbathing on the deck of their house, in Hillview, Kentucky, when a drone flew over the back yard. The girl rushed inside to tell Merideth, who rushed out. The drone had whizzed on, but it soon returned. It was, Merideth would later say, “hovering” above him when he decided to plug it with his shotgun. The drone, which cost its owner some fifteen hundred dollars, crashed into a nearby field. Merideth argued that he was...
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The Spending Life Of Teenagers: Chick-Fil-A, Nike And Bitcoin

April 22nd, 2021
By : Weston Blasi Source : Marketwatch American teens are spending their money on chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, athletic gear from Nike NKE, -1.15% and cryptocurrencies like bitcoin BTCUSD, -2.12%. The investment firm Piper Sandler PIPR, -0.86% released a semi-annual research project detailing the spending and usage habits of teenagers with an average age of 16.1 years old. Chick-fil-A dominated their food rankings as 18% of the 7,000 surveyed said their favorite restaurant was Chick-fil-A. Coming in at No. 2 was Starbucks SBUX,...
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Carrie Underwood-CeCe Winans Gospel Medley Lights Up ACMs & Fan Reaction

April 21st, 2021
By : Kayla Keegan Source : Good Housekeeping Many folks who watched the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards didn't think 2020's Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood got the love she deserved last night. While seeing Carrie and best-selling female gospel artist CeCe Winans crush their gospel medley at the 56th ACM Awards on Sunday night, some fans couldn't get over the fact that the American Idol alum hadn't been nominated this year in either the Female Artist of the Year or Entertainer of the Year categories.   read more...
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Culture Of ‘Jesus, Others, Yourself’ Leads To Baylor’s 1st Men’s Basketball Championship

April 7th, 2021
By : Jon Ackerman Source : Baptist Press Baylor jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Gonzaga on Monday night (April 5) and never looked back. By the time their dominating performance was over, the Bears had an 86-70 victory for the first men’s basketball national championship in school history. En route to the title, Baylor knocked off one of the greatest teams in NCAA history. The Bulldogs entered the championship game 31-0, looking to become the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976. They were the first undefeated team...
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Kristi Noem Vs Lil Nas X "We Are In A Fight For The Soul Of Our Nation"

March 31st, 2021
 By : David NG Source : Breitbart South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) has put her foot down in the controversy over Lil Nas X and his limited line of “Satan Shoes” sneakers, provoking a social media fight with the pop star. Gov. Noem singled out the controversial sneakers for criticism in a tweet Sunday. “Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive,'” she wrote. “But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul. We are in a...
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BTS Set Another Massive Guinness World Record With 'Dynamite'

March 18th, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard By now, BTS have racked up so many records that you'd think there were none left. But you'd be wrong; Guinness World Records announced on Tuesday (March 16) that the K-pop septet officially notched yet another massive achievement thanks to their English-language smash "Dynamite." The colorful video for the song is now in the Guinness books for achieving the "most simultaneous viewers for a music video on YouTube Premieres." According to the record keepers, "Dynamite" set...
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Instagram Will No Longer Let Adults Message Teens Who Don’t Follow Them

March 17th, 2021
By : James Vincent Source : The Verge Instagram is introducing new policies limiting interactions between teenagers and adults to make its platform safer for young users. The app has banned adults from direct messaging teenagers who don’t follow them and is introducing “safety prompts” that will be shown to teens when they DM adults who have been “exhibiting potentially suspicious behavior.” Safety prompts will give teenage users the option to report or block adults who are messaging them. The prompts will...
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Kings Of Leon Will Be The First Band To Release An Album As An NFT

March 4th, 2021
By : Samantha Hissong Source : Rolling Stone On Friday, Kings of Leon will release their new album, titled When You See Yourself, in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) — becoming the first band to ever do so. The band is actually dropping three types of tokens as part of a series called “NFT Yourself,” people involved in the project tells Rolling Stone. One type is a special album package, while a second type offers live show perks like front-row seats for life, and a third type is just for exclusive audiovisual art....
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Over 60,000 Songs Uploaded To Spotify Every Day (Music Business World)

February 25th, 2021
By : Tim Ingham Source: Music Business Worldwide  The mind-boggling amount of music being uploaded to Spotify continues to get even more mind-boggling. As part of Spotify’s ‘Stream On’ event on Monday (February 22), the company confirmed that more than 60,000 new tracks are now being ingested by its platform every single day. The figure, announced by Spotify’s co-Head of Music, Jeremy Erlich, means that across the course of this year, approximately 22 million tracks will be added to Spotify’s catalog....
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For Some Teenagers It’s Been A Year of Anxiety & Trips To The ER

February 24th, 2021
By : Benedict Carey Source : NY Times When the pandemic first hit the Bay Area last spring, Ann thought that her son, a 17-year-old senior, was finally on track to finish high school. He had kicked a heavy marijuana habit and was studying in virtual classes while school was closed. The first wave of stay-at-home orders shut down his usual routines — sports, playing music with friends. But the stability didn’t last. “The social isolation since then, over all this time, it just got to him,” said Ann, a consultant...
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Freaks and Geeks Now A Cult Favorite For Teenagers On TikTok

February 24th, 2021
By : Anna Grace Lee  Source : Esquire Freaks and Geeks is now streaming on Hulu for the first time ever, in its 18-episode entirety, with all its vital original music intact. The show premiered on NBC in September 1999 and was cancelled in 2000, after only 12 episodes aired (the remaining episodes were released later thanks to a movement of fans). As a remedy for the show's poor ratings, executives pushed for writers to give the cast of teenage characters "more victories." Creator Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow refused...
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Daft Punk Announces They’ve Split Up After 28 Years

February 24th, 2021
By : Jenna Amatulli Source : Huff Post Turns out when Daft Punk said, “We don’t stop, you can’t stop,” they weren’t being totally honest: The electronic dance music duo just announced that they’re splitting up. In a nearly eight-minute video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film “Electroma,” the French pair walk their separate ways on a flat terrain, wearing metallic motorcycle hats and jackets that read “Daft Punk.” A timer ticks in the background...
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As Pot Legalization Spreads, More Teenagers Are Lighting Up

February 18th, 2021
By: Robert Priedt Source: US News TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As pot gains in acceptance among adults, teenagers appear to be more tempted to try it, a new study out of California finds. After the state legalized marijuana use for adults in 2016, teens' use of the drug also climbed after years of steady decline. Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 3 million seventh-, ninth- and 11th-graders, who answered questions about their marijuana use from the 2010-11 school year through 2018-19. In the final two...
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Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' Tops Hot 100 For 5th Week

February 17th, 2021
By : Gary Trust Source : Billboard Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" dominates the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a fifth week, after soaring in at the summit four weeks ago. Plus, Cardi B's "Up" blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 2; The Weeknd doubles up in the top five following his Super Bowl LV halftime show performance, with "Blinding Lights" at No. 3 and "Save Your Tears" at No. 4; and the late Pop Smoke's "What You Know Bout Love" enters the top 10, rising from No. 13 to No. 10. Get...
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MTV Debuts Documentary On Teen Depression & Suicide

February 17th, 2021
Source : Local SYR As we near the one-year mark of Covid-19, studies show that the impact on the mental health of young people is staggering. Knowing that, Peabody Award Winning Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva set out on a mission to speak with some of those who have been impacted. Shiva spent months speaking with teens from across the country to help raise awareness about mental health and how others can get help. ...read more    
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Speeding On US Roads IS Taking Thousands Of Teenagers’ Lives

February 10th, 2021
By : Alan Mozes Source : Health Day MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half -- 43% -- of all fatal car crashes involving teens and their passengers are the result of speeding, a new automobile safety report reveals. The finding stems from an in-depth analysis of all fatal motor vehicle accidents across the United States between 2015 and 2019. During this five-year period, 4,930 teen drivers and passengers died in crashes involving speeding. And while the report acknowledges that deadly speeding is a problem at any age, it...
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Justin Bieber To Perform TikTok Concert On Valentine’s Day

February 10th, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard The Feb. 14 show will be TikTok's first-ever long-form concert event. Justin Bieber will celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday (Feb. 14) with a special first-ever performance of his 2013 fan-favorite album Journals via TikTok. The compilation, which gathered up the string of digital singles Bieber released as part of his Music Mondays series from Oct.-Dec. 2013 -- including the R&B-leaning songs "Heartbreaker," and "All That Matters" -- will be performed in the Live From the...
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Americans More Likely To Have Stronger Faith Amid Pandemic

February 3rd, 2021
By : John Burger Source : Aleteia Pew finds that COVID-19 outbreak, lockdowns, economic ills and limited church services have not weakened religion in U.S. In spite of severe restrictions on attending church services, the religious faith of Americans has grown stronger during the coronavirus pandemic. A Pew Research Center survey conducted last summer shows that more Americans than people in other economically developed countries say the COVID-19 outbreak has strengthened their faith and the faith of other Americans. Among 14...
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