President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Matt McClain Former president George W. Bush (C) reaches past President Donald Trump to greet former first Lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter listen as former President George W. Bush speaks during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, for former President George H.W. Bush.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool) Former first lady Michelle Obama chats with the audience during a book-tour stop in Washington on Saturday. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph … [Read more...] about Why do so many Americans adore Michelle Obama? She keeps it real (even at a funeral).
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Area voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for a midterm election that could see the balance of power shift toward the left in the U.S. Congress.Pennsylvania, and specifically the suburbs of Philadelphia, will play an important role in the future makeup of the Congress, with several races key to the Democrats' effort to flip the U.S. House. Nationwide, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to retake the majority.Suburban women voters, who oppose President Donald Trump in large numbers according to polls, are considered the key voting bloc in the midterms.One thing is for sure: Philly-area voters will be sending a congresswoman (from District 5) and perhaps a second as well (from District 4) to Washington to break up the current all-male congressional delegation from Pennsylvania.RELATED STORY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveils new congressional mapThere are other big races in the state, including for governor, and a multitude of contested seats in the state … [Read more...] about 2018 Pennsylvania general election: What you need to know
“We have integrated tech into our work in small ways before,” admitted Jane Golden during a phone call before the mural dedication. The Mural Arts executive director said up until now this was mostly limited to QR codes that worked with smartphone apps. The organization’s own Monument Lab series also provided digital accompaniment that helped to explain and enhance artists' work throughout the city, but this latest collaboration, admitted Golden, is radically different. The new project, which integrates art and technology through image recognition and the sounds of an original score, is based on collaborative community interviews and youth-created sounds. Using a free app available on smartphones, which was created by Blue Design, viewers can actually see and hear the art come to life. Thom Carroll/PhillyVoicePhiladelphia's first augmented reality mural, “Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny” was installed on a building on 53rd Street in West … [Read more...] about King Britt ushers in the next big thing in public art: augmented reality murals
Welcome to our annual list of high school students who ranked at the top of their graduating class. We got responses this year from 84 schools, public and private, in St. Paul, nearby suburbs and western Wisconsin. Schools were asked to send us the names of their high achievers — however they define them. Some schools use the “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” distinctions. Others designate “highest honors” or degrees of “cum laude” or a percentage of the senior class. Schools submitting 10 names or fewer are invited to ask their students for an inspirational quote, and as ever, students cited words from a range of historic and contemporary writers, musicians and artists, political figures, scientists and celebrities. One pulled inspiration from the 1800s, with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice to “Finish each day and be done with it, you have done what you could. …Tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and with too high … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2018: High achievers and words that inspired them
PHILADELPHIA — Michelle Obama has a lot in common with many of the 8,000 Philadelphia students who packed the Liacouras Center on Wednesday.Once, she was a kid of modest means, a first-generation college student with a college counselor who told her that her dreams of an Ivy League education were perhaps a little out of reach.“There are all these people out there telling you what you can’t do,” the former first lady said. “I am so proud of you all. You did just what I did. You ignored the haters.”A massive shout of appreciation from the crowd at National College Signing Day went up from an audience full of students with firm plans to enter college, trade school or the military.The annual event, started by Obama in 2014, is designed to celebrate students headed to college, and this year, Philadelphia was chosen to host the main event. Nationwide, 600,000 students were registered to participate, with events happening in 2,000 separate … [Read more...] about ‘Ignore the haters,’ Michelle Obama tells 8,000 students in Philadelphia