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Senate Recess Will Be Cut by 2 Weeks

Will begin Aug. 14 instead of July 31

(Newser) - The Senate won't be headed home at the end of July as originally scheduled. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday announced that the August recess would be shortened by two weeks and begin Aug. 14, giving senators an extra two weeks to get through high-priority agenda items like its... More »

How Recess Can Make Kids Eat More Veggies

Just let them play before lunch

(Newser) - Researchers have come up with a way to get kids to chow down on 54% more fruits and vegetables, and it's remarkably straightforward: Just have them go out for recess before lunch rather than afterward. Researchers studied 2,500 elementary-schoolers in Utah receiving fruits and veggies at lunch as... More »

Recess as Essential as Class: Doctors

Great for kids' brains, bodies

(Newser) - Great news, though it comes too late for most of us: Doctors are taking a stand on the benefits of recess, and not just for the exercise. It's just as important to children's development as class time is, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. The organization is officially... More »

Dozens of Chinese Kids Injured in Recess Stampede

Children tumble down stairs, others rush over them

(Newser) - Dozens of elementary schoolkids were injured in western China when classes stampeded to a playground at recess. Students were racing down a stairwell at the school in Aksu city when some of them fell and the rest rushed over them to get outside, officials told AP . No deaths were reported... More »

Health Reform Support Stings NH Congresspeople

Reps. Shea-Porter and Hodes get earful at recess public meeting

(Newser) - New Hampshire’s two congresspeople, both Democrats, have spent a good part of the Easter recess reliving last summer's town hall ire over health care reform. In meetings with their constituents over the break, both Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes got an earful over their yea votes for the new... More »

Now, Even Recess Gets a Teacher

'Recess coaches' straighten out America's schoolyards

(Newser) - In a bid to prevent bullying, foster social skills, and fight obesity, schools across the country are reining in recess. At one Newark school, that meant hiring a "recess coach" to lead games and watch out for wallflowers. "Coach Brandi does miracles with 20 cones and three handballs,... More »

Dems Gird for Battle Over Veterans Day Recess

This time, they have something to crow about (and be criticized for)

(Newser) - Given what happened last time they took a vacation, Democratic lawmakers are steeling themselves for the Veterans Day recess, anticipating a fresh round of battles on health care reform. Members of Congress from both sides have been armed with fact sheets and talking points on what Republicans dub "The... More »

5 Things to Watch During Critical August Break

Health care takes center stage in 'consequential' recess

(Newser) - With health care reform hanging in the balance, the August congressional recess is likely to be a lot less relaxing than usual, writes Glenn Thrush in Politico. What to watch:
  1. Health insurers’ response to Nancy Pelosi’s singling them out as the "bad guys" on soaring health care costs.
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No Vote on Health Care Reform Before Fall: Reid

More time is needed to build support for bill, majority leader says

(Newser) - The Senate will not vote on the health-care bill before the August recess, Majority Leader Harry Reid said today, citing the need to build bipartisan support—or even unified Democratic support—for such comprehensive reform, the AP reports. “Working with Republicans, one of the things that they asked for... More »

Berlin Protesters Torch Luxury Cars

Sardonically named 'BMW' claims responsibility for arsons

(Newser) - As the financial crisis inflames class tensions, economic protest in Berlin has taken the form of arson attacks on luxury cars, Bloomberg reports. Activists have torched more than 2 dozen vehicles this year, and the pace is increasing. A group puckishly calling itself “BMW”—an acronym for "... More »

NYC Prep Student Leaps to Death Into Recess Crowd

Fourth-graders out playing as body plunges to ground

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student at an elite Manhattan prep school leapt to his death from an eleventh-story classroom window yesterday, reports the New York Daily News. His plunging body narrowly missed a group of fourth graders playing in front of the Dalton School. "I heard a loud bang," said... More »

Schoolkids Need Less Work, More Play

Recess cutbacks creating unruly students, researchers discover

(Newser) - Recess isn't just for fun, according to a new study, which has found that cutting back on playtime is harming schoolchildren. The loss of a 15-minute daily recess tended to make 8- and 9-year-old students unruly and deprived them of an opportunity to exercise and socialize, reports Reuters. The study... More »

School Bans Tag on Playground

Colorado school bans game in effort decrease schoolyard disputes

(Newser) - When the new term starts next week at a Colorado elementary school, kids won't be chasing each other around the playground. Tag has been banned at Discovery Canyon Campus school, where it was deemed to generate too many injuries and complaints. “It causes a lot of conflict on the... More »

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