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Barcelona attack: Ripoll, the Pyrenees town that spawned a terrorist cell

 08/21/2017 - 08:07
Varias mujeres familiares de los jóvenes de Ripoll (Girona) presuntos autores de los atentados de Barcelona y Cambrils (Tarragona), durante la concentración que ha realizado la comunidad musulmana esta tarde en la plaza del Ayuntamiento para expresar, "rotos" de dolor, el rechazo a lo ocurrido y guardar un minuto de silencio por las víctimas. EFE/Robin Townsend

 The Spanish authorities said that the attacks that killed at least 14 people in Barcelona and Cambrils appeared to be part of a terrorist cell’s extensive plot led by the imam of a the small mountain town of Ripoll. He may have died a day before the attacks when explosives that the group was manufacturing accidentally detonated.

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Próxima Parada: Innovación

 07/05/2017 - 14:12
SEPTA isn't stopping with the SEPTA Key, new changes to the system are coming as early as July.

Coherente con su misión desde los inicios de su carrera dentro de la compañía y con un gran conocimiento de la estructura básica y el funcionamiento de ésta, el director general de SEPTA, Jeffrey D. Knueppel, habló en exclusiva con AL DIA sobre la transformación de la empresa de transporte público de Filadelfia de cara a los retos del siglo XXI.

[OP-ED]: By all means, take issue with ‘The Bell Curve.’ But read it first

 06/23/2017 - 08:47
t’s a shame that the controversy regarding “The Bell Curve” centered on the book’s delineation of the differences in measured intelligence between blacks and whites

When “The Bell Curve” by Charles A. Murray and Richard Herrnstein was published in 1994, I was a junior in college and didn’t know anything about the book except that it had my white literature professors in an uproar. A few of them inveighed against the book’s premise -- the very notion of intelligence as something people possess in varying degrees -- and then the whole controversy eventually died out.

[OP-ED]: Por favor, disientan con ‘The Bell Curve’ si quieren. Pero primero léanlo.

 06/23/2017 - 08:43
Es una lástima que la controversia con respecto a “The Bell Curve” se centrara en la delineación del libro de las diferencias en inteligencia medida, entre negros y blancos.

Cuando se publicó el libro de Charles A. Murray y Richard Herrnstein, ‘The Bell Curve’, en 1994, yo estaba en el segundo año de universidad y no sabía nada sobre él, excepto que causó el alboroto de mis profesores de literatura blancos. Algunos de ellos despotricaron contra la premisa del libro—la noción de la inteligencia como algo que el individuo posee en diversos grados—y después toda la controversia finalmente se apagó.

[OP-ED]: Our Education, Born from Swamps

 05/15/2017 - 15:27
In lower income neighborhoods, students can struggle without access to proper educational materials, exposure, and parental poverty. 

The story of education in lower income neighborhoods is an all too familiar one. The struggle to obtain a stable education is a story of overcoming conditions that are less than favorable, much like the swamp plant. What is causing these students, especially Latinos, to fall behind? How can they grow from these meager and impoverished conditions?  

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Philly Latino Food Revolution

 04/06/2017 - 16:29
Merliz Gomez is the chef of the Venezuelan restaurant Tartarepería 18.64, located in Fishtown. Photos: Eli Siegel.
 

Two new Venezuelan Restaurants, “Tartareperia 18.64,” and “Puyero Venezuelan Flavor”, mark the latest addition to the rich Latino cuisine of Philadelphia. They are part of a revolution in the city’s cuisine that traces its roots almost 30 years ago.

 

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Eli Siegel

[OP-ED]: Don’t tell your children that you’re not good at math

 02/09/2017 - 08:07
We carry emotional baggage about our own schooling, relationships with our parents and their expectations. This is layered over the hopes and dreams we have for our own kids, making it challenging to always be positive and constructive.
 
 

There is an emerging education trend I’ve noticed that will hopefully sweep the nation: Asking the adults in children’s lives to not bad-mouth themselves about math.

The first time I noticed it was several years ago at an orientation for parents at my younger son’s new middle school. The principal was trying to explain that the math standards on the statewide achievement test were going up and that it might be noticeable in work that was coming home at night.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: No se cieguen por las adulaciones de los reclutadores univesitarios

 01/26/2017 - 09:06
En febrero del año pasado, el Departamento de Educación creó una Student Aid Enforcement Unit para responder más rápida y eficazmente a las acusaciones de acciones cuestionables, mala conducta o fraude sospechado en instituciones de educación superior. El objetivo era complementar medidas que el gobierno de Obama tomó para proteger a estudiantes contra prácticas de reclutamiento agresivas. 

Muchas escuelas de todo el país requieren que los alumnos del segundo año de secundaria den el examen preliminar SAT o el ACT de práctica, como preparación para los exámenes del anteúltimo año, que ayudan a determinar su competitividad en universidades sumamente selectivas. Cuando lo hacen, los estudiantes tienen la opción de llenar un casillero indicando que están de acuerdo con que las posibles universidades los contacten en el futuro.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Don’t be blinded by the flattery from college recruiters

 01/26/2017 - 08:58
Last February, the Department of Education created a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond more quickly and efficiently to allegations of questionable actions, misconduct or suspected fraud by higher education institutions. It aimed to build on steps the Obama administration had taken to protect students from aggressive recruiting practices. 

Many high schools across the country require that sophomores take the preliminary SAT or the practice ACT in preparation for the junior-year tests, which help determine their competitiveness at highly selective schools. When they do this, the students have the option to fill in a bubble on their answer packet agreeing to let prospective schools contact them in the future.

This is how it came to be that on the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, my mailbox was stuffed with 12 (and counting) ego-stroking letters from colleges across the country for my youngest son.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: As the circus leaves town for good, may the increased respect for animals endure

 01/19/2017 - 07:29
An elephant from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus eats hay during the Behind-the-Scenes Experience, as part of the introduction of their Circus XTREME show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, USA, 13 January 2016 (reissued 15 January 2017). According to a statement by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus on 15 January 2017, the circus will end what it calls 'The Greatest Show on Earth' after 146 years. EFE

I will never get to take my grandchildren to the circus.

For that matter, I’ll never again get to take my parents -- who adore going with their own grandchildren to the circus for the cotton candy, popcorn, acrobats and animals -- now that Feld Entertainment has announced that, after 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will close in May after a few final performances.

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Esther Cepeda

Funny-guy John Leguizamo gets serious, talking politics and Perros

 09/25/2016 - 21:45
John Leguizamo. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News

On Sunday, September 25th 2016, Leguizamo came to Philadelphia with the Campaign for Hillary for America, in which he frantically zig-zagged through four events across the city that celebrated hispanidad to promote voter registration and the official launch of IWillVote.com. But, before he got to The Puerto Rican Day Parade, Festival El Coqui, Boricuafest, and Pennsylvania Victory, he spoke with AL DÍA, bluntly effusing about his political interests and his experience as a Latino in Hollywood.

Mayoral candidate's takes on Chicago's Whittier Elementary school parent sit-in

 10/15/2010 - 10:12
Mayoral candidate's takes on Chicago's Whittier Elementary school parent sit-in

The 29-day sit in at Whittier Elementary School continues on with parents and supporters still camped out in a makeshift library in a former field house, with the hopes that the Chicago Public Schools system will renovate the structure and make it a permanent library. They say independent experts have found the building to be structurally salvageable.

But CPS insists the building is structurally unsound and must be demolished, creating space for a new play area.

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Esther Cepeda