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GameStop shares soared after some retail investors teamed up to jack up the price. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Why GameStop shares stopped trading: 5 questions answered

The easy answer as to why trading was halted relates to the stock’s ‘volatility’ after its dramatic climb in recent weeks. But it could also mean something fishy is going on.
Women who work outside the home in Papua New Guinea often continue shouldering the same domestic and child care responsibilities as before. Rachel Gilbert and Gracie Rosenbach, IFPRI

Feeling relatively poor increases support for women in the workplace – but men still don’t want them making household decisions

A new study explores how feelings of relative poverty can negatively affect gender dynamics among households.
The authors didn’t examine diners’ perceptions of polka-dot masks specifically. AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

Yes, customers do like it when waiters and hairdressers wear a mask – especially if it’s black

The positive reaction to service workers wearing masks varied by region, with those in the West on the high end and people in the Midwest at the low end.
The United States has 955 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr.. Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

Neighborhoods with MLK streets are poorer than national average and highly segregated, study reveals

US cities began naming streets in Black neighborhoods for Martin Luther King Jr. after his 1968 assassination. Researchers studying these areas 50 years later found entrenched deprivation.
Jean McCarthy helps a first-grade student at South Boston Catholic Academy on Sept. 10, 2020. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Does reopening schools cause COVID-19 to spread? It’s complicated

When a community reopens its schools and COVID-19 rates increase, other factors – not the reopening of schools – may still be to blame, new research finds.
The yellow-and-red striped flag of the defeated American-backed Republic of Vietnam flies at the U.S. Capitol insurrection Jan. 6. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Why the flag of South Vietnam flew at US Capitol siege

Onlookers who recognized the flag wondered why the mostly white mob had ‘coopted’ Vietnamese history. But Vietnamese Americans are Trump supporters, too, some driven by a potent fear of socialism.
Children begin to learn grammar well before they start school, when they craft their first short sentences. RonTech2000/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Why does grammar matter?

Grammar isn’t a way to bully people for making mistakes, says a longtime English instructor. It is a way to understand how our language operates, in all its many written and spoken varieties.
After President Trump incited violence on Jan. 6, some high-ranking officials say he is unfit to lead the United States. Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images)

How does the 25th Amendment work, and can it be used to remove Trump from office after US Capitol attack?

Vice President Pence could invoke the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, also known as the Disability Clause, if he believes Trump is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’
Prison education programs have been shown to improve job prospects. Thinkstock/Getty Images

Congress lifts long-standing ban on Pell grants to people in prison

For the first time since 1994, incarcerated individuals can get federal aid to pay for college. A prison education scholar explains how higher education helps those who have run afoul of the law.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave $5,000 to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Sports Matter program on Giving on Tuesday in 2018. Colin Braley/AP Images for DICK'S Sporting Goods

US nonprofits raised $2.5 billion on Giving Tuesday in 2020

Even after donors boosted their charitable giving at other times of the year, people donated 25% more than in 2019 through the annual campaign.

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