It takes hard work and dedication to graduate at the top of your high school class — whether you end up in the top 10 among 90 classmates or the top 35 among 350. Today we salute the hundreds of students who accomplished that rank in St. Paul and other east metro schools. This annual project invites schools to send us a list of their “Top Graduates,” however they define them. Some schools designate the traditional valedictorian and salutatorian, others define a Top 10, and some recognize a long list of students who have achieved honors status. Our 2019 compilation shows students headed to colleges from coast to coast — from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to the University of California Berkeley. As college majors, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is strong. Some 80 students featured will major in a bioscience field; another 80 in an engineering discipline; three dozen in computer science. Other graduates are joining the U.S. military or … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2019: When their hard work meets the future
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Q: I appreciate you reaching out and making the trip. I was intrigued by your position and also your perspective about younger veterans like the 9/11 veterans, but tell us a little bit about yourself and kind of, you know, what you’re doing on the West Coast.BUTLER: Yeah, sure. So I took over… so I joined IAVA on staff about three plus years ago. Came on… I was coming off… I’m in the reserves still… was active duty for a number of years in the Navy, still in the reserves but was back on active duty orders in Washington, D.C. for a couple years and, as those orders were wrapping up, I was looking to move to New York and do something different. I wanted to stay in the military veteran community, but not necessarily, you know, back on orders and things like that. And I’d known about IAVA for years and really always appreciated what they’ve done, especially with helping veterans transition. I had a really easy transition out of active duty. I … [Read more...] about Commentary: Q&A with Jeremy Butler of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
PUBLISHED: 18:45 08 February 2019 Jake Foxford Brushing is the latest scam that has arrived in Suffolk and involves Amazon parcels arriving unexpectedly Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PA WIRE At first glance, receiving a free parcel from Amazon might seem like a stroke of good fortune. But trading standards officers in Suffolk have now warned that people receiving unexpected deliveries might be victim to a new scam called ‘brushing’.If a package is addressed to you and sent to your home but not ordered by you, it might be a scammer’s latest attempt at a con.When we asked the people of Suffolk if they have been affected by this, they told us they were sent items like Kindle cases, a number plate cleaner and paintbrushes.They are often low-value, high-volume items that rely on good reviews to stand out in online marketplaces like Amazon.Here is more detail about the scam and how to avoid it:What is brushing?Alice Tomkins, community engagement … [Read more...] about Brushing: Everything you need to know about the ‘free parcel on your doostep’ scam
Transylvania holidays might not be at the top of your bucket list right now but still with me here because after reading about my recent trip to Transylvania I’m sure I can change your mind. I’m currently waiting to board my flight home after a magical 4-day holiday to Transylvania and Bucharest and it was an incredible, unique, once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. I booked it as a tour with Untravelled Paths after finding a bargain deal on TravelZoo. It was £299 for 4 nights, including one night in an Ice Hotel. I paid for an extra night in Bucharest to explore the city but I later found that one day in Bucharest would have actually been enough. There’s more info at the bottom of this post about my experience travelling with Untravelled Paths (spoiler: I loved them!) but let’s start with my Transylvania travel journal. Day 1: Bucharest Bucharest isn’t in Transylvania. It’s in southern Romania and is the country’s capital and is where most … [Read more...] about My Transylvania Holiday: Bucharest, Brasov, the Ice Hotel and Bran Castle
By Brandon Mercer and SFGATE Staff Updated 1:30 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 What are the (modern) rules for Trick or Treating? We answer the probing questions about how to "Halloween" in 2018. Swipe or click through the gallery to see. ==> What are the (modern) rules for Trick or Treating? We answer the probing questions about how to "Halloween" in 2018. Swipe or click through the gallery to see. ==> Photo: Susan.k./Getty Images, Getty How early is too early?We get it. You have toddlers, with the most adorable pumpkin, or candy corn onesies, and you want to take them around while it's light out, and before their 7 p.m. bedtime. Sweet. I'm not ready for you at 4 p.m. Frankly, at that time it's just high school latchkey kids at home anyway, and they have no idea where their parents hid the candy. less How early is too early? We get it. You have toddlers, with the most adorable … [Read more...] about Trick or treating etiquette this Halloween is more complex than ever. Here are the new rules.