March 26th – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

Trump hits the golf course for the 13th time (Time)

Pakistani al-Qaeda leader killed in US strike in Afghanistan (NPR)

Trump to undo Obama plan to curb climate change (Boston Globe)

Protests in over 100 cities in Russia; top Putin critic arrested (NYT)

Congressman resigns from Freedom Caucus after healthcare drama (WA Post)

A rocket, a rover, and a moon: this week in space (ExtremeTech)

United Airlines denied entry on United flight for wearing leggings (KREM)

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March 23rd – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

Trump to House Republicans: pass healthcare bill on Friday or he’ll move on (WA Post)

All-male White House health bill photo sparks anger (BBC)

The Senate voted to undo rules covering your internet privacy (WA Post)

Lawmakers demand information on Flynn’s Russian ties (CNN)

Democrats plan to filibuster to thwart Gorsuch nomination (NYT)

Taliban take an Afghan district, Sangin, that many Marines died to keep (NYT)
NASA Hubble telescope discovers the first ‘runaway’ black hole (engadget) 

New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree (LA Times) 

Bertha “Birdie” Parker – First Female Native American Archaeologist

Of Abenaki and Seneca decent, Bertha was born in New York in 1907. Her father was an archeologist and the first president of the Society of American Archaeology. In 1914, she moved to LA with her mother and she performed in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus as a teenager. 

She began her archaeological work with her uncle. In 1929, she was at the excavation site for the Mesa House and discovered a Pueblo site which she named “Scorpion Hill.” She excavated the site herself, and her documents and photos were exhibited in the Southwest Museum in LA.

Three years later, Bertha worked at Gypsum Cave site in Nevada. There she discovered Corn Creek after she found a camel bone sticking out of an eroding lake bed. 

Since she was smaller than her colleagues, she was able to access new areas. Bertha found ancient human tools, and more importantly, the skull of an extinct giant ground sloth. 

She worked as an Assistant in Archaeology at the Southwest Museum from 1931-1941 and published several archaeology and ethnology papers. 

In later years, she became a technical advisor and consultant on TV shows and movies depicting Native Americans. She even hosted her own show about Native history and folklore throughout the 1950s. 

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March 10th – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

FBI investigation of Russian bank’s link with Trump’s Organization Ongoing: Report. (Newsweek)

Roger Stone, Trump confidant, spoke privately with DNC hackers prior to the election. (The WA Times)

Sessions orders 46 Obama-era prosecutors to resign. (NYT)

Congress passes a $19.5 million NASA bill. (iflscience.com)

Matt Flynn was paid to represent Turkey’s interests during the Trump campaign. (NYT)

Military nude photo scandal goes beyond the Marines.(BuzzFeed News)

DREAMer Daniela Vargas released, immigration group says. (CNN) 

Trump to select Scott Gottlieb to head FDA. (WA Post)

Colossal 3,000 year old statue unearthed from Cairo pit. (CNN)

New Mexico may become the 7th state to ban LGBT conversion therapy. (BuzzFeed News)

Utah to lower legal blood alcohol level to .05%. (BuzzFeed News)

March 8th – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

A Day Without A Woman Strike. (WA Post)

American Medical Association opposes Republican health plan. (NYT)

Iceland becomes first country to make employers prove equal pay.(USA Today)

‘Fearless Girl’ statue stares down iconic Wall Street bull.(Bloomberg)

Gunmen dressed as doctors mount hours-long assault on Kabul hospital. (NPR)

To fund border wall, Trump administration weighs cuts to Coast Guard, airport security.(WA Post)

Turkey shuts down U.S. aid group Mercy Corps as relations with Washington deteriorate. (Fox News)

At least 19 girls die in fire at Guatemala home for abused teenagers.(Guardian)

March 7th – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

Wikileaks releases CIA hacking documents.(NY Times)

House Intelligence Chair says he has seen no evidence of a wiretap ordered by Obama. (WA Post)

The entire Senate wants Trump to act on threats against Jewish centers. (TIME)

Life on Mars, a high probability. (Tech Times)

Annual death toll from Alzheimer’s nearly doubles in 15 years. (Arizona Daily Star)

Bacon, soda, and too few nuts tied to big portion of US deaths.(Boston Globe)

Mary Sherman Morgan – First Female Rocket Scientist 

Having a baby out of wedlock and no college degree did not keep Mary Sherman Morgan from competing in the Space Race.

She worked at a munitions factory during WWII, and after the war ended she started working at North American Aviation. 

She developed the rocket fuel Hydyne which helped launch the United States’ first satellite Explorer I in 1958. Although most of the credit went to lead engineer Werner von Braun, her invention saved America’s space program (which became NASA later that same year).

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