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82 Percent Of Maryland Kindergarteners Are School-Ready

An assessment of kindergartners in Maryland shows young children in the state have made huge gains over the past decade in terms of their readiness for school.

Maryland was one of the first states to give kindergarten students a comprehensive skills test. It's based on observations from teachers in the first months of school.

The Washington Post reports that for the 2012-13 school year, 82 percent of kindergartners statewide were found to be school-ready. That's up from 49 percent in 2001-02. The achievement gap is relatively small, with 79 percent African-American students in the school-ready category.

In Montgomery County, school readiness was at 80 percent. In Prince George's County, it's 73 percent, up from 36 percent in 2001-02.

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Jack Davis, Cartoonist Who Helped Found 'Mad' Magazine, Dies

Money from a job illustrating a Coca-Cola training manual became a springboard for Jack Davis to move from Georgia to New York.
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Cookie Dough Blues: How E. Coli Is Sneaking Into Our Forbidden Snack

Most people know not to eat raw cookie dough. But now it's serious: 46 people have now been sickened with E. coli-tainted flour. Here's how contamination might be occurring.
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The Politics Hour – LIVE from Slim's Diner!

This special edition of the Politics Hour is coming to you live from Slim's Diner from Petworth in Northwest D.C.

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Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

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