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Missing students: Educators are knocking on doors to find them

As schools in the U.S. resume this fall mostly online, they are considering how to manage something they used to be able to do more easily: figure out who is missing.

Propelled by concerns about students falling behind, some districts used the summer to figure out how to better engage and keep track of children in a largely virtual environment. But with some families still finding the online system too overwhelming, potentially taking students out of school permanently, teachers and advocates are actively trying to find ways to reach out.

When schools closed abruptly this spring, few opted to take regular or daily attendance. That’s starting to change, says Hedy Chang with the nonprofit Attendance Works. She encourages districts to use attendance not for punishing parents whose kids don’t participate, but to learn which kids need support and which interventions are helping kids stay engaged.

In San Antonio, educators and

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  • October 1, 2020
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Why some fans don’t like the new IndyCar schedule

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Motor sports insider Nathan Brown breaks down the breaking news of NASCAR moving cup race to IMS road course.

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The 2021 INDYCAR schedule released Thursday morning looks largely the same as the 2020 version before the onset of the pandemic: 17 races total, 14 of the 17 identical races in that bunch and 12 of those within a week of where they were set to be this year.

But of those changes that do exist, nearly every one is major and has large swaths of series fans up in arms. It’s not quite “NASCAR pouring dirt across a half-mile Bristol track to create a dirt race” wild, but it’s fair to say next year’s calendar has some notable differences  — some simply the product of circumstance and others set to be semi-permanent.

Here are my five biggest takeaways on what next season has in-store.

Where did all

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  • October 1, 2020
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Adventure Players Live! Presents Interactive Online Performances For Children

Performances take place Fridays in October at 4pm.

Adventure Players Live! Presents Interactive Online Performances For Children

Adventure Players Live! presents interactive online performances on Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 4pm via Zoom, inviting children ages five to nine to join them in the Great Great Forest, an interactive world filled with whimsical characters and wild places. Tickets are $20 per family and are available at www.adventureplayerslive.com. Availability is limited to give each child a fully immersive experience.

Adventure Players Live!’s flagship program delivers music, storytelling and movement designed to involve each child. Adventures in the Great Great Forest depart every Friday at 4pm ET via Zoom. New adventures premiere every week. The company’s ensemble of professional artists and educators aims to nourish kids’ creativity, imagination, and resilience by connecting them through play. Each child is a vital part of how the journey unfolds.

October Shows

Facing Our Fears in The Great Great Forest

Friday, October

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  • October 1, 2020
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The CDC has issued guidelines on how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year

Thanksgiving is usually a time for friends and family to gather and celebrate together. But this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for celebrating the holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic that’ll make it look very different from what we’re used to. The CDC’s considerations include avoiding travel, large gatherings and even drinking alcohol, since it can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors. But that doesn’t mean our annual day of thanks has to be a bore — there are many ways to celebrate without putting yourself or others at risk.

The CDC’s guidelines for a safe celebration

One of the busiest travel holidays of the year, the long Thanksgiving weekend is one that many people traditionally head home for, but this year the experts say it’s best to avoid travel, if possible, to lower the risk for getting and transmitting the virus. “Staying home

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  • October 1, 2020
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Anderson shines, Braves shut out Reds again to sweep series

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson throws against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Atlanta.

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It had been so long since the Atlanta Braves won a postseason series, Marcell Ozuna wanted to make sure he captured the moment.

Then Adam Duvall joined the selfie bandwagon.

Ian Anderson dazzled in another shutout performance for Atlanta, and the Braves won a playoff series for the first time in almost two decades by sweeping the light-hitting Cincinnati Reds with a 5-0 victory Thursday.

Ronald Acuña Jr. had three hits for the NL East champions, including a run-scoring double in the fifth. After winning Wednesday’s series opener 1-0 in 13 innings, Atlanta broke open Game 2 on two-run homers by Ozuna and Duvall off Raisel Iglesias in the eighth.

Following his drive to left-center, Ozuna paused on his

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  • October 1, 2020
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10 gifts for the aspiring TikTok star in your life

10 gifts for the aspiring TikTok star in your life
10 gifts for the aspiring TikTok star in your life

Do you know someone who wants to make it big on TikTok? 

Folks have used TikTok since its evolution from Musical.ly two years ago, but in the months since the pandemic confined most social interactions to the internet, the app’s popularity has skyrocketed. Thanks to its prevalence in online culture, more people are open to creating their own account to produce content on the app. Even though you don’t need anything but a phone and the app itself to make TikToks, there are some essentials to give your videos a boost. 

Here are 10 must-haves for the aspiring TikTok star in your life — or for anyone who, like most of us in quarantine, just watches a lot of TikToks. 

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Decent lighting can make or break a video. Whether you’re trying to go viral or trying to look

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  • October 1, 2020
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Oct. 5 is deadline for Florida voters to register

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Monday is the deadline for Florida residents to register to vote in the general election, but Panhandle officials are asking people to avoid waiting until the last minute to make sure they can cast a ballot in November.

That was one of the many messages emphasized by the supervisors of election in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties at a joint news conference Thursday in Pensacola.

The officials also addressed early voting, mail-in ballots and the impact of COVID-19 on the election. But the first priority was to make sure voters know they have to be registered by Monday.

“All three of our offices are going to offer extended hours. We’re going to be open until 7 p.m. on Oct. 5,” said Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford. “That’s to allow extra time for people to get their registration in

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  • October 1, 2020
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Carvana opens first vehicle vending machine in Michigan off I-96

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Carvana opened its first Michigan vending machine in Novi this past week.

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It’s hard to miss Novi’s newest used car business.

Carvana is the newest business to open in the Adell Center off of Novi Road and Interstate 96, joining Texas Roadhouse. Carvana, which sells used vehicles completely online, has recently stocked up its eight-story tower with more than two dozen vehicles just waiting to be claimed by their buyers.

The facility serves as a “vending machine” for used vehicles of all makes and models: no purchases are made at the site. Customers simply pick up the vehicle they ordered through the company’s website. From there, customers have seven days to try out the vehicle and return it if they’re not satisfied.

“You get a week to live with your vehicle,” said Amy O’Hara, associate director of communications for Carvana. 

More: Novi police invite you to meet new

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  • October 1, 2020
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Ruthie Ann Miles Joins Adventure Theatre MTC’s SUNDAY STORYTIME: MIXING IT UP

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Storytimes are Sundays at 2pm free on Facebook Live.

Ruthie Ann Miles Joins Adventure Theatre MTC's SUNDAY STORYTIME: MIXING IT UP

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Sunday Storytimes: Mixing It Up bring new light to muti-racial and biracial stories with guest host Erin Quill from the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q. Erin will interview fellow multi-racial actress, Ruthie Ann Miles, on her racial identity, authentic representation onstage and onscreen, and the new law that makes it illegal to ask someone’s racial identity in auditions. Adventure Theatre MTC’s Storytimes are Sundays at 2pm free on Facebook Live.

Ruthie Ann Miles appeared on Broadway as Lady Thiang in the Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I, for which she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her outstanding work. Prior to that, she starred in Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway, opposite Jake

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  • October 1, 2020
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Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza going online this year

The garland-draped huts, the warm glow from inside, the smell of roasting nuts — all of that will be missing from Daley Plaza this year after Christkindlmarket organizers said the popular event will go online.

Blame the coronavirus.

“Ultimately, the safety of our visitors, our staff and our vendors really is our top priority and we really wanted to make sure we were doing it in the best way possible,” said Kate Bleeker, a spokeswoman for the market. “On top of that, about 60 percent of our vendors come from Europe and around the world, and with travel restrictions, they can’t come in.”

The market, which in years past has been open from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, draws about 1.2 million people annually to Daley Plaza. There are smaller-scale events in Wrigleyville and in Milwaukee. The market started in Chicago in 1996.

“I cannot guarantee that everything you would

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  • October 1, 2020