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AoW Archive

"The Morning-after Pill" The Week
"The Ecosystem Inside You" The Week
"The Search for a Better Battery" The Week
"On the Frontline of the Fight Against Cybercrime" by Henry McDonald for Guardian.co.uk
"Monsanto Doesn't Want You to Know What You're Eating" by Zack Kaldveer and Ronnie Cummins for AlterNet.org
"Why Should I Care that No One's Reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev His Miranda Rights?" by Emily Bazelon for Slate Magazine
"Inside the World of Kim Jong Un: North Korea's Strange Hermit King" The Week
"The Military's Sexual Assault Epidemic" The Week
"Sultana High School 'Gender-Specific' Prom Attire Rule Provokes Legal Backlash" by Christine Salek for Policymic.com
"Can the Postal Service Be Saved?" The Week
"Secrets of the Most Successful College Students" by Annie Murphy Paul for Time.com
"Scientists Report First Cure of HIV in a Child, Say It's a Game-Changer" by Richard Knox for NPR.org
"Sleep Deprivation Has Genetic Consequences, Study Finds" by Eryn Brown for the Los Angeles Times
"Obama's New Vision: Doable?" and "Missed Opportunity" editorials from the Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald, respectively
"Kabul Vendors of Stolen U.S. Goods Fret About Future" by Richard Leiby for the Washington Post
"President Obama's Immigration Proposal" by Ezra Klein for the Washington Post
"Scientists Infuse 'Life' into Inanimate Compounds" by Joseph Serna for the Los Angeles Times
"Pentagon Removes Ban on Women in Combat" by Ernesto Londoño for The Washington Post
"The Baseball Hall of Fame's Shocking Message: In the End, Cheaters Lose" by Hampton Stevens for The Atlantic
"Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns" by Roni Caryn Rabin for the New York Times
"Ending India's Rape Culture" by Naomi Wolf for Al Jazeera
"No More Curtain Calls for Elephants" Los Angeles Times
"Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?" by Martin Cohen for the New York Times
"In My Opinion: Don't Lower the Bar on Education Standards" by Leonard Pitts, Jr. for the Miami Herald
"North Africa: The Next Afghanistan?" The Week
"Will Fact Checks Always Be Ignored by Politicians?" by Dana Farrington for npr.org
"Sports Drinks Role Often Overplayed" by Chris Woolston for the Los Angeles Times
"Prop 37 Is in a Dead Heat Amid Ad Blitz" by Mark Lifsher for the Los Angeles Times
"Just How Many Facebook Friends Do You Need?" by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig for Newsweek
"Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote" by Charles Duhigg for the New York Times
"Helping a Child to Come Out" by John Schwartz for the New York Times
"Three Cases to Watch in the Supreme Court's New Term" The Week, with additional information from Wikipedia.com
"High School Dropouts Costly to American Economy" CBS Reports: Where America Stands
"Five Crucial Factors to Watch, Just 58 Days from the Election" by Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg, New York Times
"Five Myths About Political Conventions" by Martin Cohen, Washington Post
"Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)" by Jenna Wortham, New York Times
"Can Obama Hold On to the Latino Vote?" The Week


"One School Girl's Protest of Seventeen Magazine — Now 75,000 Strong"
by Julia Bluhm for Huffingtonpost.com
"Think Congress Is Sophomoric? A Study Says You're Right"
by Lisa Mascaro for the Los Angeles Times
"Brain Ailments in Veterans Likened to Those in Athletes"
by Gretchen Ertl for the New York Times
"D.I.Y. Biology, on the Wings of the Mockingjay"
by James Gorman for the New York Times
"Five Myths About America's Decline"
by Ian Bremmer for the Washington Post
"Study Sheds Light on How Birds Navigate by Magnetic Field"
by James Gorman for the New York Times
"New Technology"
The Week
"Digital Shadow: How Companies Track You Online"
The Atlantic Online
"The Battle for the U.S. Senate"
The Week
"The Trayvon Martin Killing"
The Week and ABCnews.go.com
"10 Things You Need to Know Today: March 18, 2012"
The Week
"Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges"
The Week
"Americans' Growing Dependency on Food Stamps"
The Week
"Will Jeremy Lin's Success End Stereotypes?"
by Timothy Yu for CNN.com
"Oscar Night: How Are the Winners Picked?"
The Week
"NRC Approves First New Nuclear Plant in a Generation"
by Ayesha Rascoe for Reuters.com
"The Kids Are More Than All Right"
by Tara Parker-Pope for the New York Times
"Iran: The Showdown Over the Strait of Hormuz"
The Week
"A Tough Homecoming for War Veterans"
The Week
"The Fragile Teenage Brain"
by Jonah Lehrer for Grantland.com
"Buff Your Brain"
by Sharon Begley for Newsweek
"Al Qaeda on the Ropes: One Fighter's Inside Story"
by Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau for Newsweek
"Last Convoy of American Troops Leaves Iraq, Marking an End to the War"
New York Times
"Super PACs: All the Speech Money Can Buy"
The Week (revised)
"Obsessed with Children"
The Week
"NASA Launches Sophisticated Rover on Journey to Mars"
by the Associated Press for the New York Times
"Bystander Psychology: Why Some Witnesses to Crime Do Nothing"
by Maia Szalavitz and posted on Time.com
"Five Myths About Healthy Eating"
by Katherine Mangu-Ward for the Washington Post
"The 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement"
as posted on Wikipedia.com
"Paralyzed Man Uses Mind-Powered Robot to Touch"
by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer
"Cleaning Up the Trash in Space"
The Week
"Brown Signs California Dream Act"
by Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York for the Los Angeles Times
"Chimpanzees Clear Some Doubt After Generosity Is Questioned"
by Carl Zimmer for the New York Times
"Are Americans Smarter Than Ever?"
The Week
"Five Myths About Earthquakes"
by Susan Hough for the Washington Post
"Making Headway in the Movement to Protect the World's Sharks"
by Elisabeth Rosenthal for the New York Times
"A Legacy of Illnesses from 9/11" by Linda Zamosky for the Los Angeles Times
My Plate Replaces the Food Pyramid from ChooseMyPlate.gov


"Is Lowering the Drinking Age a Good Idea?" by Jessica Pauline Ogilvie for the Los Angeles Times
"Cast Adrift in the Milky Way, Billions of Planets, All Alone" by Dennis Overbye for the New York Times
"Police Sweep Arrests Parents for Kids' Skipping School" by Greg Hardesty for The Orange County Register
"A Bin Laden Hunter on Four Legs" by Gardiner Harris for the New York Times
"Obama: Al-Qaida Head Osama Bin Laden Is Dead" the Associated Press
"PlayStation Network Security Breach Will Cost Sony Much More than Money" by Alex Pham for Los Angeles Times
"Big Fish in Troubled Waters" by Stephen Ornes for scienceforkids.org
"Bryant Says Homophobic Slur 'Out of Frustration' During Game" by J. Michael Falgoust for USA Today
"Obama Signs Short Term Funding" CNN
"Texas Man Gets First Full Face Transplant in U.S." the Associated Press
"Libya Bombing Campaign Targets Kadafi's Air, Ground Forces" by Borzou Daragahi and Brian Bennett for the Los Angeles Times
"Japan's Nuclear Crisis Widens" by Mark Magnier, Barbara Demick and Laura King for the Los Angeles Times
"On the Left Hand, There Are No Easy Answers" by Perri Klass, M.D. for the New York Times
"Fighting Over Food" The Week
"Kids Who Skip School Are Tracked by GPS" by Eric Carpenter for The Orange County Register
"After Egypt, Who Should the U.S. Back?" The Week
"Losing the Race for Intelligence" by Leonard Pitts for the Miami Herald
"President Obama's State of the Union Address" posted on whitehouse.gov
Note: No AoW this week due to semester final exams.
"Long Spells at Screen Create Health Risk" posted on socialstudiesforkids.com
"Looking Beyond 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" by Ben Adler for Newsweek
"The Energy of an Internet Search" by Alexandra Ossola for sciencenewsforkids.org
"Congress Considers the DREAM Act" Wikipedia
"Does the Constitution Have a Heart for Boobies?" Los Angeles Times
"Captive Audience: Has Advertising in School Gone Too Far?" by Andréa Ford for Time
"Teaching for America" by Thomas Friedman for the New York Times
"Should You Be Snuggling With Your Cellphone?" by Randall Stross for the New York Times
"How Writing By Hand Makes Kids Smarter" The Week
"Slumber By the Numbers" posted on sciencenewsforkids.org
"The History of Halloween" posted on socialstudiesforkids.com
"Faraway Planet Could Support Life" by Stephen Ornes on sciencenewsforkids.org
"French Burqa Ban Clears Last Legal Obstacle" posted on CNN.com
"Police Probe Rutgers Student Suicide Link to Sex Tape" posted on today.msnbc.msn.com
"The Tell-Tale Bacteria" by Stephen Ornece for sciencenewsforkids.org
"The Internet Is Spying on You" The Week
"Obama Remembers September 11 with Message of Tolerance" CNN
"Food Safety Tips for the Budget-Conscious" by Walecia Konrad for the New York Times
"The Future of the Electric Car" The Week

2009-2010 Grade 9

"The 'Jane Goodall of Ants'" by Lori Kozlowski for the Los Angeles Times
"One Day Your Pants May Power Up Your iPod" by Tiffany Hsu for the Los Angeles Times
"Santa Clara County Says No to Fast-Food Toys" by Justin Berton for the San Francisco Chronicle
"Free Speech Versus Kids and Violent Video Games" San Francisco Chronicle
"Growing Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak Called Spill of 'National Significance'" Los Angeles Times
"HGH: 'Miracle-Gro' for Humans?" The Week
"Cows on Drugs" by Donald Kennedy for The New York Times
"The U.S. Census: Why Our Numbers Matter" by Nancy Gibbs for Time Magazine
"Cell Phone Etiquette: 15 Rules to Follow" from Cellphones.org
"Historic Healthcare Bill Passes" Text of Key Speeches
"Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell" The Week
"Scientists Settle on Single-Asteroid Hit as Culprit in Dinosaurs' Demise" by Thomas H. Maugh II for the Los Angeles Times
"1.5 Million Displaced After Chile Quake" by Alexei Barraionuevo and Liz Robbins for The New York Times
"Paying for Cellphone Services As You Go" by Kathy M. Kristof for the Los Angeles Times
"Boy, 12, Faces Grown Up Murder Charges" by Stephanie Chen for CNN
"Sugar Overload: Curing America's Sweet Tooth" by Bonnie Liebman for Nutrition Action
"Advocates: Don't Give Directly to Homeless" by Will Higgins for Indianapolis Star
Thoughts on the Earthquake in Haiti The Week and Los Angeles Times
"The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s" by Brad Stone for The New York Times
"The System Failed" The New York Times
"Boom! Hok! A Monkey Language Is Deciphered" by Nicholas Wade for The New York Times
"Inventions in 2009" Time Magazine
"Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Need More Help at Home" by Steve Lopez for The Los Angeles Times
Veteran's Day Political Cartoons
"Football's Wounded Gladiators"
"Trustee: Ban Maya Angelou Autobiography from Libraries" by Annie Burris for The Orange County Register
Note: No article this week. Students have been asked to self-select an article to read.
"Obama Wants More School, Shorter Break" The Associated Press
"The Road to Resilience" by apahelpcenter.org
Obama's Speech to Students The Associated Press
"Montana Court to Weigh In on Assisted Suicide Case" by Kirk Johnson for The New York Times

2008-2009 Grade 10

"The Greatest Innovations of All Time" by Larry Keeley for Business Week
"1in 100 Americans Jailed" The Associated Press
"Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?" The Week
"Making America Stupid" by Thomas Friedman for The New York Times
"Green the Bailout" by Thomas Friedman for The New York Times
"Undecideds Think It Over" by Douglas Belkin for the Wall Street Journal
"Remediation Nation" by Justin Pope for Newsday
"Obama vs. McCain" Los Angeles Times
"Handing Over the Keys to the White House" The Week
"An Inconvenient Bag" by Ellen Gamerman for Wall Street Journal
"New President Will Face Test on Detainees" by William Glaberson and Margot Williams for The New York Times
"Terrorism That's Personal" The New York Times
"Students Lie, Cheat, Steal, but Say They're Good" by David Crary for the Associated Press
"Los Angeles Times 2009 Wish List"
"Hen in Cage" Cartoon by Tom Toles for The Washington Post
"Obama Rides Through History on Pennsylvania Avenue" by Faye Fiore for Los Angeles Times
"The Graying of America" Newsweek
"Actions Americans Need" by Barack Obama
"Why We Watch" by Bob Greene for CNN.com
"Social Websites Hurt Children's Brains" by David Durbyshire for The Daily Mall
"A Forgotten Contribution" by Eliza Gray for Newsweek
"Can Marijuana Help Rescue California's Economy?" by Alison Stateman for Time
"Ten Reasons to Be Thankful" by John Tierney for Readers Digest
"Say 'Cheese!' And Now Say 'Airbrush!'" by Jessica Bennett for Newsweek
"Cupcakes and Cattle Breeding: Teens Turn to Summer Start-Ups" by Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal
"Michelle Hits Her Stride: The First Lady's Diverse Approach to Diversity" by Allison Samuels for Newsweek
"Be Careful Online: Not Everyone Is a True 'Friend'" by Michelle Singletary for The Washington Post
"When Basic Survival Trumps Civil Liberties" by Warren Kozak for the Wall Street Journal

2008-2009 Grade 12

"Briefing: The Iraq Money Pit" The Week
"Giving the Poor Their Rights" by Madeleine Albright and Hernando Soto for Time
"The Sinking Dollar" The Week
"As Oil Giants Lose Influence, Supply Drops" The New York Times
"A Letter to My Generation" by Jonathon Darman for Newsweek
"The Leadership Lid" by Anna Quindlen for Newsweek
"Stand Against Prop. 8 Costs Priest Dearly" by Duke Helfand and Catherine Salliant for Los Angeles Times
"Obama vs. McCain" Los Angeles Times
"The Retail DNA Test" by Anita Hamilton for Time
"Prop. 8 Opponents Rally Across California to Protest Gay-Marriage Ban" by Jessica Garrison and Corina Knoll for Los Angeles Times
"The Lawless Horn" The Economist
"Which Thanksgiving?" by Karl Jacoby for Los Angeles Times
"Students Lie, Cheat, Steal, but Say They're Good" by David Crary for the Associated Press
"George W. Bush's Legacy" Los Angeles Times
"Unruly Fans at Games Not Just Faces in Crowd" by Joe Lapointe for The New York Times
"Obama Rides Through History on Pennsylvania Avenue" by Faye Fiore for Los Angeles Times
"Scientific Climate is Changing as Obama Takes Office" by Dan Vergano for USA Today
"Actions Americans Need" by Barack Obama
"War on Words" Newsweek
"Start Up the Risk-Takers" by Thomas Friedman for The New York Times
"Social Websites Hurt Children's Brains" by David Durbyshire for The Daily Mall
"The Lessons of 9/11" by Amir Taheri for New York Post
"On Campus, Vampires Are Besting the Beats" by Ron Charles for The Washington Post
"The 9/11 Commission and Torture" by Philip Shenon for Newsweek
"Owner Drops Freedom Tower Name for New WTC Skyscraper" by Chris Kokenes for CNN
"California Faces Shortage of College Graduates for Workforce, Study Finds" by Gale Holland for Los Angeles Times
"Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?" by Maia Szalavitz for Time
"The Twitter Revolution" The Week
"'Sexting': Self-Destructive or Simple Rebellion?" by Jaimee Lynn Fletcher for The Orange County Register
"Financial Wisdom for a New Graduate" by Ron Lieber for The New York Times