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It was poet, philosopher and satirist Horace, who lived in the first century B.C., who made the following sage observation: "He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." Legislators in Vermont once found it necessary to outlaw whistling while underwater. If someone were to ask you to name the sunniest spot on Earth, you might be tempted to answer "the Sahara Desert" or some other such exotic place. You would be wrong, though; that distinction belongs to a town right here in America. Out of the possible 4,456 daylight hours each year, the sun shines for an average of 4,050 in Yuma, Arizona. That means that there's cloud cover or rain for only about 10 percent of the time there. You might be surprised to learn that, according to those who study such things, Alaskans eat twice as much ice cream per capita than the rest of the nation. Those who have the time to study such things claim that the most difficult small object to flush down a toilet is a ping-pong ball. In 2010 a new species of slug was discovered in the mountains of Borneo. It is distinguished from other species of slug by its novel method of mating: It shoots its mate with a so-called love dart made of calcium carbonate and containing hormones. The researchers nicknamed the gastropods "ninja slugs." Other than the fact that they're all performers, what do Darryl Hannah, Telly Savalas, James Doohan and Jerry Garcia have in common? They are (or were) missing one finger. It was 18th-century French writer Sebastien Nicolas de Chamfort who made the following sage observation: "Conscience is a dog that does not stop us from passing but that we cannot prevent from barking." You might be surprised to learn that famed British author Aldous Huxley, best-known for his dystopian novel "Brave New World," was a consultant on Disney's 1951 animated film version of "Alice in Wonderland." If you bring to mind an image of John Lennon, more likely than not you'll see him in your mind's eye wearing a pair of round spectacles. In July 2007, a single pair of those iconic glasses was sold at auction for a whopping $2 million. The tongue of the alligator is fastened to the jaw all the way around. That's why you'll never see a gator stick out its tongue. You might be surprised to learn that the kilt originated not in Scotland, but in France. You probably know that certain species of snakes can grow to enormous size, with the longest specimens reaching upward of 30 feet in length and the heaviest weighing more than 400 pounds. Kind of makes you wonder what these monstrous serpents eat - and you might be surprised. According to reports, a pet python named Houdini swallowed a queen-size electric blanket. Even more amazingly, after a twohour operation, the snake lived! Those who track radio statistics say Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is the most-requested song in the United States - and this despite the fact that it was never released as a single on this side of the Atlantic.

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1. MOVIES: Who directed the movie "La Dolce Vita"? 2. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the famous Olduvai Gorge located? 3. MYTHOLOGY: Tyr was a Norse god of what? 4. MUSIC: What pop group sang "Love Shack"? 5. PRESIDENTS: How old was Theodore Roosevelt when he was inaugurated? 6. SCIENCE: In what century was Isaac Newton born? 7. HISTORY: When was the last year the Dodgers played in Brooklyn? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the symbol of the zodiac sign Scorpio? 9. LANGUAGE: What does the Greek prefix "speleo" mean? 10. MEASUREMENTS: How many bottles of champagne are in a jeroboam?

Sports quiz By Chris Richcreek 1. Ichiro Suzuki became the oldest player since 1900 to start a game in center field (43 years, 246 days) when he did so for the Marlins in 2017. Who had held the post-1900 record? 2. In 1996, two players on the same National League team each hit 40 or more home runs, and each had more homers than walks. Name either player. 3. How many years was it before 2016 that the University of Colorado football team played in a bowl game? 4. Name the first AfricanAmerican to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player. 5. Since the Presidents' Trophy was created in 1985-86 to recognize the NHL's best regular-season team each year, how many times has the winner gone on to win the Stanley Cup? 6. Which female athlete has won the most medals in the Winter Olympics Games? 7. In 2018, Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn became the second set of siblings to each win on the LPGA Tour. Who was the first set?

Bible trivia By Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Abram in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. According to Acts 25, what title belonged to Agrippa? King, Queen, Saint, Apostle 3. Who asked God, "Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh"? Moses, Eve, Samuel, Abraham 4. From Acts 13, who was called, "A man after mine own heart"? Gideon, David, Matthew, James 5. Who is the only person known to have wrestled with an angel? Ruth, Esther, Jacob, Joshua 6. From Genesis 1:20, on what day did God create the birds? 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc

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Most congressmen and officials had already fled. The British officers dined that night at the deserted White House as the British troops began setting the city aflame. On Aug. 25, 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper. "The Great Moon Hoax" described evidence of life forms including unicorns and winged humanoids resembling bats. On Aug. 20, 1911, a dispatcher in The New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. The message was relayed by 16 different operators and came back to the original dispatcher 16.5 minutes later. On Aug. 23, 1904, Harold Weed of Canastota, New York, is issued U.S. Patent No. 768,495 for his "GripTread for Pneumatic Tires," a nonskid tire chain to be used on automobiles in order to increase traction on slick roads. He drew inspiration from the habit of local motorists who wrapped rope around their tires. On Aug. 26, 1959, the British Motor Corporation launches its newest car, the small, affordable $800 Mark I Mini. The diminutive Mini went on to become one of the bestselling British cars in history. On Aug. 21, 1987, "Dirty Dancing," starring Patrick Swayze, opens in theaters. The film was a surprise box-office hit and turned Swayze into a Hollywood star.

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1. Which group released a cover of "Heartaches" in 1961? 2. Who was Murray the K? 3. Which group released "The Pusher," and when? 4. Name the America song that originally was called "The Desert Song." 5. What song that contains this lyric: "Where, where did my innocence go? How, how was a young girl to know? I'm trapped, trapped in the spell of your eyes." (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc

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On Aug. 18, 1590, 100 colonists are discovered to be missing from the Roanoke Island colony in present-day North Carolina. The only clue to their disappearance was the word "CROATOAN" carved into the palisade built around the settlement. On Aug. 19, 1812, during the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerriere. Witnesses claimed that the British shot merely bounced off the Constitution's sides, as if the ship were made of iron. Since 1934, "Old Ironsides" has been based at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. On Aug. 15, 1859, Charles Comiskey, namesake of Chicago's Comiskey Park, is born in Chicago. Comiskey became the first and only baseball player to later own a team, the White Sox. On Aug. 14, 1933, a devastating 267,000-acre forest fire is sparked in the Coast Range Mountains in northern Oregon. An official investigation found that the fire stemmed from friction produced when loggers dragged a large Douglas-fir log across a downed tree. On Aug. 13, 1948, U.S. and British planes airlift a record 5,000 tons of supplies into occupied Berlin. The huge resupply effort was carried out in weather so bad that some of the 700 pilots referred to it as "Black Friday." On Aug. 16, 1955, famous entertainer and civil-rights activist Paul Robeson loses his court appeal to force the Department of State to grant him a passport. It had insisted that Robeson first sign an affidavit declaring he was not a member of the Communist Party. Robeson had refused. On Aug. 17, 1987, Rudolf Hess, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's former deputy, is found strangled to death in an apparent suicide in Spandau Prison in Berlin. At 93, Hess was the last surviving member of Hitler's inner circle and the sole prisoner at Spandau since 1966. On Aug. 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces overwhelm American militiamen and march unopposed into Washington, D.C.

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Grilled jerk pork brings the heat Pork uses the traditional marinade recipe; however, other spices can be incorporated to create your own flavorful variation.

By Angela Shelf Medearis Caribbean dishes exhibit the influence of a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, including British, Dutch, French, Spanish, East Indian, West African, Portuguese and Chinese. The cooking technique that made Jamaica famous is the spicy jerk marinade that's used for both meats and vegetables. The name is derived from the way the meat is poked or "jerked" with a sharp object to create the holes where spices are inserted. Jerk cooking dates back to the CaribArawak Indians who inhabited Jamaica in the 17th century. After capturing an animal and thoroughly cleaning it, the carcass was "jerked," and the resulting holes were stuffed with a variety of spices. Hot peppers and herbs were plentiful on the islands and were used as a preservative before refrigeration was available. The combination of spices also acted as a marinade and a way to tenderize tough cuts of wild game. To cook the jerked meat, the Indians dug a deep pit and lined it with stones. The pit was filled with green pimento wood, which, when burned, would smoke heavily and add to the flavor. The holes that were "jerked" into the meat also allowed heat to escape without loss of moisture. Using marinades based on hot peppers and herb combinations was created by the

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Indians and the West African Cormantee -who also were called Maroons, the name given to slaves who escaped the plantations -- to flavor and preserve a variety of meats. Jerk marinade is composed of four main ingredients: Scotch Bonnet peppers, whole allspice berries, scallions (also called green onions or spring onions) and thyme. For best results, the meat should marinate in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. After marinating in the jerk spices, the meat should slowly be smoked over a low fire. Using pimento (allspice), apple, mesquite or hickory wood chips provides an intense smoke that will permeate the meat and create an authentic jerk flavor. The wood chips should be soaked in water for at least 30 minutes before placing them on the coals. This slow smoking method also makes the meat moist and tender. Jerk marinades are a wonderful way to add spice and a touch of the Caribbean to your barbeque menu. This recipe for Jerk

Jerk marinades typically use Scotch Bonnet peppers, one of the hottest peppers in the world. Remember to always wear gloves when preparing fresh peppers. It's best to remove the stems and seeds with your gloved fingers or paring knife. Removing the seeds doesn't affect the flavor, but greatly decreases the heat. Afterward, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and cold water, and clean any utensils or surfaces you have used. 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar 4 green onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 to 5 Scotch Bonnet peppers, seeded and minced, to taste 3 bay leaves 3 peppercorns 1 tablespoon dried ground cinnamon 3 to 4 whole allspice berries, lightly crushed 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 pounds pork chops, about 1 inch thick

1. Combine the oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Stir in the green onions, garlic, peppers, bay leaves, peppercorns, cinna-

mon, allspice, pepper and nutmeg. 2. Trim any excess fat from the pork chops. Place pork chops in a re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the spice mixture over them, coating each chop well. Put the bag of pork chops in a baking pan and place in the refrigerator to marinate for up to 24 hours, turning once or twice every four hours. 3. Allow the chops to come to room temperature before grilling. Heat the grill until the coals are somewhat white with ash; the flame should be low. Place the chops on the grill and cover with the lid. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes per side, until the chops are no longer pink in the center. Serves 4 to 6. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children's author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is "The Kitchen Diva's Diabetic Cookbook." Her website is . Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

Blueberries in Orange Cream 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 1 (4-serving) package Jell-O sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix 2/3 cup Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk Powder 1 cup unsweetened orange juice 1/2 cup Land O Lakes no-fat sour cream

1. Reserve 4 teaspoons blueberries for garnish. Evenly spoon about 1/3 cup blueberries into 4 dessert dishes. 2. In a large bowl, combine dry pudding mix, dry milk powder and orange juice. Mix well using a wire whisk. Blend in sour cream. 3. Spoon about 1/2 cup orange sauce over fruit in each dish. Garnish each with 1 teaspoon of reserved blueberries. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serves 4.

Susan's Healthy Salad 1 cup Kraft fat-free mayonnaise 1/2 cup Splenda Granular 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli 1 1/2 cups chopped celery 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained 1 1/2 cups red grapes, halved 1 1/2 cups white grapes, halved 1 cup white seedless raisins 2 tablespoons slivered almonds 1/4 cup Oscar Mayer or Hormel Real Bacon Bits

1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, Splenda and vinegar. Add broccoli, celery, water chestnuts, grapes, raisins and almonds. Mix gently to combine. Stir in bacon bits. 2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Gently stir again just before serving. Serves 12.

Chicken and Cheddar Quiche 1 Pillsbury refrigerated unbaked 9-inch pie crust 1 full cup (6 ounces) diced, cooked chicken breast 1 (8-ounce) can cut peas and carrots, rinsed and drained 1 (2.5-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Kraft reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 2 eggs or equivalent in egg substitute 1/4 cup Land O Lakes Fat Free Half & Half 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Place pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and flute edges. Evenly sprinkle chicken, peas and carrots, mushrooms and Cheddar cheese into prepared pie crust. 2. In a large bowl, beat eggs with a wire whisk until foamy. Stir in half and half, and chicken soup. Pour egg mixture evenly over all. 3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until center is set. Place pie plate on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges. HINT: If you don't have leftovers, purchase a chunk of cooked chicken breast from your local deli. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Grilled Southwestern Pasta Salad 8 ounces multigrain or whole-wheat penne 8 ounces lean boneless sirloin steak 1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, salt and pepper 3 medium poblano chile peppers, halved and seeded 1 ear fresh corn, husked 1 medium sweet onion, sliced 1/2-inch thick Nonstick spray 2 large ripe tomatoes 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup lime juice 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Cook pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water as package directs. Drain; rinse under cold water and drain again. Transfer to a large serving bowl. 2. Heat outdoor grill. Rub steak with 1/4 teaspoon each of the cumin, salt and pepper. Coat steak, peppers, corn and onion with nonstick spray. 3. Grill steak 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, for medium-rare. Remove to cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Grill peppers, corn and onion 8 to 10 minutes, turning as needed until lightly charred and tender. 4. Cut peppers and onion into bite-size pieces and cut corn off cob; add to bowl with pasta. Slice steak thinly against the grain and add to bowl. 5. Add remaining cumin, salt and pepper and remaining ingredients to bowl; toss to mix and coat. Serves 4.

Sweet 'N' Tangy Pasta Salad For the Creamy Balsamic Dressing: 1 cup mayo 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, pressed Kosher salt Black pepper For the Salad: Rotini, cooked, slightly cooled Celery, thinly sliced Carrots, shredded Red pepper, chopped Arugula Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1. Make the Creamy Balsamic Dressing: Shake mayo, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. 2. Make the Salad: Toss balsamic dressing with rotini, celery, carrots, red pepper,

arugula and cannellini beans.

Easy Grilled Plums 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 6 plums 1 cup ricotta 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup shelled pistachios

1. Heat grill to medium. Sprinkle the sugar over the cut side of the plums and grill, cut-side down, until slightly charred and beginning to caramelize, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and cook, covered, 2 minutes more. 2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the ricotta and orange zest. 3. Transfer the plums to plates, spoon the ricotta mixture over the top, drizzle with the honey, and sprinkle with pistachios. Makes 6 servings. Calories per serving: 249.

kale. Roll leaves up tightly into cigar shape and thinly slice. 2. In 12-quart saucepot, heat olive oil on medium. Add onion; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. 3. To pot, add greens, red pepper, garlic, vinegar, sugar and 1/2 cup water. Cook 20 to

25 minutes or until greens are tender, stirring occasionally. If greens seem dry, add additional 1/4 cups water. 4. Stir in relish, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Makes 4 servings. (c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

Charred Corn Salsa 2 ears fresh corn 1 medium red onion Kosher salt Pepper 2 jalapenos (seeded for less heat, if desired) 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1. Heat grill to medium-high. Brush corn and onion with olive oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Grill, turning occasionally, until tender and slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut the corn off the cob and chop the onion. 2. In a large bowl, combine the jalapenos, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 3. Add the corn, onion, lime juice and olive oil, and toss to combine. Fold in the cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

Spicy Southern Greens 1 1/2 pounds collard greens, washed 1 1/2 pounds kale, washed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar 2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoons chow chow or pickle relish Kosher salt Black pepper

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Video/DVD Reviews By Amy Anderson "The Rider" (R) - Chinese-American director Chloe Zhao helms this sweetly heartbreaking story of a young rodeo upand-comer who struggles to find meaning after an injury leaves him unable to participate in the sport that had come to define his confidence. Brady (Brady Jandreau) is left with seizures after being thrown from a bull, and is informed that with repeated riding, they will only get worse. What is more meaningful: a longer life drained of purpose, or a short but full existence doing what you love? Interestingly, the story is inspired by the lead actor's real life, although fictionalized, and the film is populated with people, not actors: Jandreau's father plays his father, and sister plays his sister. Set in the hauntingly beautiful and bereft Badlands of South Dakota, it works, as do its players. "Life of the Party" (PG-13) - In an attempt to prove that it's never too late to get that college degree - and a truckload of revenge - Melissa McCarthy stars as Deanna, a 40-something mom who gets blindsided by her jerk husband after they deliver their daughter (Mollie Gordon) to Decatur University: He's divorcing her, and he's got all the money since she quit college to take care of the kids. But the joke's on him, because she signs up to finish her final year alongside her daughter and gets busy living that co-ed life. Another McCarthy/Ben Falcone production, it's funny, but not over-the-top funny. Maya Rudolph stars as Deanna's loud and lovely best friend Christine, and Debby Reynolds has a cute drop-in as the resident mean girl. "Breaking In" (PG-13) - Shaun (Gabrielle Union) is on a weekend trip to her recently deceased father's remote estate to close up shop and list it for sale. She is accompanied by her teen daughter and school-age son. Dad's place is seriously swanky with serious security. As it turns out, a gaggle of burglar bad guys

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Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan in "On Chesil Beach" (headed by Billy Bragg) are on the premises to find a hidden boatload of cash. When they kidnap the kids but don't manage to snag Shaun, she must fight for her family using brains, brawn and her maternal instincts. I have been a huge fan of Gabrielle Union ever since "Bring It On" and she definitely has the chops for both action and to carry a movie. But not this one. Let's just say it's not her best showcase and leave it at that. "On Chesil Beach" (R) - Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play Florence and Edward, a pair of newlywed virgins who approach their awkward first night as man and wife from vastly different positions, each colored by personal experiences and the communication constraints of traditionalist, upper-crust 1962 England. The story is told interspersed with flashbacks of their sublime courtship and other pertinent memories. It is based on the Booker Prize-winning novella by Ian McEwan, who also adapted the story. TV New Releases "Get Shorty" Season 1 "The Good Doctor" "Riverdale" Season 2 "Six" Season 2

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Hollywood By Tony Rizzo At last it's been confirmed, and we can tell you what Quentin Tarantino has planned for Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio and three-time Oscar-nominee Brad Pitt in his film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." The story is about former Western series cowboy Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his best friend and longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt), set in 1969, with the Manson family murders as the backdrop for the story. As a reporter covering the Hollywood scene when the Manson clan murdered actress Sharon Tate and her friends on Cielo Drive, I remember discos, clubs and restaurants shuttered because celebrities were crippled with fear. In fact, none of them left their homes for weeks until they found out who was behind it all. I chatted with Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring at The Factory the night before the murders and was visited the next week by the FBI, who wanted to know what we talked about. Tarantino is pulling out all the stops to make this a big film about Hollywood. He's also cast Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, Tim Roth and Nicholas Hammond, (original TV series "Spider-Man"). "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" opens Aug. 19, 2019. Hollywood is so fickle. Dwayne Johnson rode "Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle" to just short of $1 billion at the box office and "Rampage" to $426 million, but because his latest release, "Skyscraper," came in third its first week, behind the animated "Hotel Transylvania 3" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp," with a mere $71.6 million (more than half its cost), they think he's off his game. When the kids are done watching their cartoons and superheroes, the rest of us will be thrilled by "The Rock" climbing his skyscraper. He's not worried though; he's already moved on to filming "Jungle Cruise" with Emily Blunt, Paul Giamatti and Jack Whitehall for an October 2019 release. Harrison Ford must have been disappointed when "Indiana Jones 5" was put off for two years, but he got over it quick by signing to drive a dog sled in the remake of Jack London's "The Call of the Wild," which was most memorably made with Oscar-winners Clark Gable (1935) and Charlton Heston (1972). Maybe playing a wilderness prospector in the Yukon will finally earn Harrison Ford an Oscar, as it did for Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant" (2015). (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Students may need some time to adjust at the beginning of a new school year. Summer vacations typically lack the structure of the school year, and it might be unfair to expect kids to seamlessly slip back into their more regimented lives as students. While some early school year sluggishness might be normal, that should wear off pretty quickly. If not, and students appear to be struggling to get motivated for their schoolwork, parents can try various strategies that should help reignite youngsters’ passions for learning. • Make your home more school-friendly. Summer is a relaxing time of year when parents have a tendency to relax rules around the house. But come the school year, parents must make sure their homes are as conducive to studying as possible. Resist the urge to turn the television on each night so students are not distracted from their studies. Keep the home quiet so students are motivated to focus on their studies. • Encourage participation in extracurricular activities. Various studies have examined the relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance. A 2002 study published in the journal Sociology of Education found that participation in extracurricular activities is associated with improved grade point average, increased college attendance and reduced absenteeism. The link between participation in extracurricular activities and improved academic performance is still in need of study, but such participation may help children acclimate to the structure of the school year more quickly than they might if they do not participate in such activities. • Encourage curious youngsters. Kids are curious, and fostering that curiosity can be a great way for parents to get their kids excited about learning. Whether it’s during the school year and part of their curriculum or on summer break, encourage

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