Friday, November 14, 2008

TFK talks to Miranda Cosgrove

In the new TV movie “iGo to Japan,” iCarly is nominated for an iWeb Award for Best Comedy Web Show in the World. Carly, Sam, and Freddie take a wild plane ride to Japan to attend the awards ceremony. But other iWeb Award nominees try their best to prevent the trio from getting inside the ceremony. Will they make it? Will they win? The laugh-packed adventure premieres November 8 on Nickelodeon.

Can you tell me all about your movie iGo to Japan?

It was a lot of fun. In the movie, we go to the awards show and we’re up against this crazy guy that has a web show with a puppet, and these two other people that have a show that’s similar to iCarly. The whole time we’re trying to win, we’re getting into all this trouble in Japan along the way.

What do you think kids are going to like about "iGo to Japan"?

I think probably the coolest part in the movie is a scene where Jennette and I have to express ourselves while we're in Japan by doing hand signals. It took two days to film. It was really hard, but we had to kind of describe each word with these hand movements.

Who is your role model?

If I had to pick an actor, I really like Rachel McAdams and Anne Hathaway because I would like to have careers like them. But an all around role model? My mom.

What job would you like to have when you’re older?

I want to keep on acting and singing, but I really want to go to college. I wanted to be a marine biologist because I really like dolphins. I guess I could end up really being anything. Maybe a writer. I really like writing a lot.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I like to go see movies with my friends. But a hobby? I play tennis. I used to take fencing lessons because I thought "Pirate’s of the Caribbean" was cool. I wanted to be like Keira Knightly.

What is something about you that hardly anyone knows?

I’m a big night owl. I stay up super late and I play Rock Band and I watch movies. My mom is always getting mad at me because I always end up going to bed at midnight.

What was the last book you read?

I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" for school and it was really good. I’ve seen the movie before and everyone said the book and the movie were the same, but they’re actually really different. So it was fun to read the book.

What advice do you have for kids that are interested in working in TV?

When I was little I was in plays at school. I think that’s a good way to try acting and see if you like it.

Friday, July 25, 2008


The mass death of stingrays in an expensive exhibit in May is likely to remain a mystery, the Calgary Zoo says.

The zoo had hoped that extensive toxicology tests would provide an explanation as to why all but two of the 43 animals died, but the zoo said the samples yielded no clues.

Zoo conservation director Cathy Gaviller admitted Wednesday that it's frustrating that there will never be a definite answer as to what killed the cow-nosed rays.

An investigation has ruled out disease, bacteria or water quality as potential causes.

Gaviller says the possibility that someone knowingly poisoned the tank will lead to greater security measures in the future.

The zoo is trying to decide what to do with its almost-new, $250,000 exhibit and whether to restock the tank with rays or another species.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Dylan & Cole Sprouse

If you want to take the quiz on Dylan & Cole Sprouse..... You can take it here on

1.Who is older and by how much?
A.Dylan is older by one minute.
B.Cole is younger by ten minutes
C.Cole is older by fifteen minutes
D.Dylan is older by fifteen minutes.

2.Which of the twins had a role in the movie Big Daddy?

3.Cole’s favorite musical instrument is:
A.The bass
B.The guitar
C.The piano
D.The flute

4.Dylan and Cole were born in Italy, but are not of Italian descent because:
A.Their American parents moved back to California when they were only four months old.
B.They weren’t born in Italy.
C.None of their family members were born in Italy or live there.
D.None of the above.

5.Which of the twins appeared regularly on episodes of Friends as Ross’ son Ben?
C.Both of them
D.None of them

6.Who has enjoyed snowboarding since he was four years old?
C.Neither of them
D.Both of them

7.Which of these school subjects is Cole's favorite?
D.Social Studies

8.In what year did Dylan and Cole began filming episodes of their hit show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody?

9.Dylan’s favorite color is:

10.Who is taller?
A.Cole is taller by an inch.
B.Dylan is taller by an inch.
C.Cole is taller by a half an inch.
D.Dylan is taller by half an inch.

Stranger donates kidney to Atlanta girl

ATLANTA - The picture of the smiling little girl on the flier was more than Laura Bolan could take.

The 8-year-old on the pamphlet needed a kidney transplant, and Bolan knew she could help. She did a quick Web search on the surgery and talked it over with her husband. Then she made a phone call to offer one of her kidneys to Sarah Dickman.

The suburban Atlanta girl was born with the genetic disease juvenile nephronophthisis, which slowly destroys the kidneys. Without treatment, it can kill a child before the age of 15.

Bolan, 34, had never met Sarah when she agreed to donate the organ.

"It breaks your heart to know there's a little girl sick out there who you could help," Bolan said earlier this week.

The pair underwent successful surgeries Thursday at hospitals across the street from each other in Atlanta. Surgeon Dr. Thomas Pearson said both patients were doing well on Friday, and initial tests of Sarah's new kidney showed it was working normally.

Sarah was expected to be in intensive care for at least a day and then spend up to a week at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. She said she was looking forward to being free from a dialysis machine so she can spend the night at her best friend's house.

And when doctors remove her catheter, she can take bubble baths again because there will no longer be the risk of infecting the skin around the tube.

Best of all, she can go to Kangaroo Bob's, a children's recreation center with inflatable slides, mazes and obstacle courses.

"I'll get to go there on my birthday because I won't have this anymore," she said, pointing to the catheter.

Bolan was expected to return home after a few days at Emory University Hospital. She first saw a flier about Sarah in September at the elementary school where two of her children are students. Sarah attends the same school.

Bolan knew she had the same blood type as the little girl, so she called the number on the flier that evening.

Sarah's parents, Lori and Joe Dickman, had added Sarah's name to a national waiting list for transplant recipients after learning that neither parent was a match to donate a kidney. The flier was just a shot in the dark.

The Dickmans received two calls from people interested in donating a kidney. Both were tested, and Bolan was the better match. The Dickmans were relieved because Sarah's condition was quickly deteriorating.

She was put on dialysis in September, the same month the flier went up. She often left school early because her failing kidneys made her exhausted and irritable.

"We definitely need more people like Laura in the world," Lori Dickman said.

Joe Dickman wants to add his name to living donor lists so that he can help someone else. It's the least he can do to repay Bolan for saving his daughter, he said.

"A thank-you doesn't fit for what she's doing," Joe Dickman said of Bolan. "She can call me at four in the morning for a gallon of milk. I don't care. I'm indebted to her for life."

Friday, February 22, 2008

Gray Wolves Make a Comeback

The gray wolf of Yellowstone National Park has come back! On February 21, the Department of the Interior announced a plan to remove the gray wolf population in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list. They say its recovery from endangerment is complete.

A Close Call
In the 1930s, a government
program allowed widespread
poisoning of wolves,which
nearly wiped out the
species. .The animal was added to
the list in 1974 after
its population hit an
all-time low. The end-
angered status allows
wolves to be killed,
legally, if they have
attacked livestock.
By the late 1980s,
ranchers and wildlife
agents had legally
killed about 700 wolves.
In 1995, the animals were
facing extinction. That
year, in an effort to give
the population a boost,
officials introduced 66
gray wolves to the Yellowstone
National Park in Idaho, Montana
and Wyoming. Seven years later,
there were more than 600 gray
wolves in the area.. Today,
there are an estimated 1,545.

In the last 20 years, $24 million dollars in federal funds have been spent on bringing the wolf population back. Officials say the population increase is enough to warrant taking the animals off the list. "Gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains are thriving and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act," said Lyle Laverty, deputy secretary for the Department of the Interior. "The wolf's recovery in the Northern Rocky Mountains is a conservation success story."

Good News?
Not everyone agrees. Environmental groups believe that the gray wolf population should have reached at least 2,000 before it lost federal protection. Wildlife protection organizations plan to appeal the decision. But officials stand by their recommendation. "The more of something you have, the less valuable each individual piece becomes," said Ed Bangs, director of wolf recovery for the Fish and Wildlife Service. "If you have more wolves than you have now, it's really going to start causing a lot of problems."

Yellowstone area ranchers and farmer couldn't be happier. Many have lost hundreds of sheep and cattle to the wolves and are hoping the delisting will help them better handle the predators. The number of domestic animals killed by gray wolves has more than doubled since the wolves were reintroduced into the area. "I believe that any wolf on any given night, if there happens to be a calf there, they will kill it," said Randy Petrich, a rancher from Montana. "We need to be trapping them, shooting them--as many as possible." Hunting will be allowed as early as this fall.
Still ProtectedMontana, Idaho and Wyoming all plan to maintain their gray wolf population to be between 900 and 1,250. "The last thing any of the states want is for wolves to be re-listed by the federal government," said Daniel Pletscher, director of the University of Montana's wildlife biology program. The animals will also continue to be monitored by the federal government.

Still Protected
Montana, Idaho and Wyoming all plan to maintain their gray wolf population to be between 900 and 1,250. "The last thing any of the states want is for wolves to be re-listed by the federal government," said Daniel Pletscher, director of the University of Montana's wildlife biology program. The animals will also continue to be monitored by the federal government.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just out of curiosity...

Does the carving below look more like a...

A. Chameleon

B. Stegosaurus

C. Other

does it look like this or this.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Name ........................................................................................................ Date .......................................................
Take Me Out To The Ball Game

How much does a day at the ballpark cost? Read the chart below to
find the prices of tickets, food and souvenirs for five Major League
Baseball teams. Use the information to answer the questions below.
Be sure to show all of your work on scrap paper!

The lines are for what you think the prices should be.
Chicago White Sox $14.30 $2.25 $2.00 $3.00 $13.00
New York Yankees $25.94 $2.75 $2.50 $5.00 $13.00
Atlanta Braves $19.78 $3.50 $3.25 $5.00 $12.00
Texas Rangers $19.67 $2.25 $2.25 $6.00 $16.00
San Diego Padres $13.02 $2.25 $2.75 $4.00 $14.99

1. How much would you pay if you bought a ticket for each member of your family to attend a New York Yankees game?

2. How much does it cost to buy one program, two caps, four hot dogs and two sodas at a Texas Rangers game?

3. Put the teams in order from the highest-priced ticket to the lowest-priced ticket.

4. At a Chicago White Sox game, Mark bought one soda and two hot dogs. He paid with a $10 bill.How much money did he get back?

5. Sarah went to the ballpark with $16. She purchased one ticket and one hot dog. Which team did she watch play?

BONUS:Do you think these are fair prices to pay at a ball game? Why or why not?

Can India Save its Working Kids

Haldiram's restaurant, in New Delhi, India, is noisy and crowded. At the larger tables, stylish young parents, well-dressed grandparents and happy, excited children are enjoying dinner. At smaller tables nearby sit the ayahs, the children's nannies. These girls are barely older than the kids they care for, and look heartbreakingly out of place. Each girl makes less money in a month than her employers will spend on dinner that night. None of the girls will go to school. They will spend their lives eating leftovers and wearing hand-me-downs.

In India, employment of children as maids and servants is a way of life. It is also illegal. Girls and boys perform a variety of household chores, from cooking and washing to child care. They also work at roadside eateries and in hotels and restaurants.

In October 2006, the Indian government extended a law that prohibits children under 14 from working in hazardous professions to include a ban on jobs in hotels, restaurants and private homes. Despite the legal change, UNICEF, in a report issued last week, said that 12% of India's children between ages 5 and 14 are in the labor force. But the real figure may be even higherosomewhere between 75 and 90 million kids.

"Everyone knows factories use children," says Puja Sahu, the owner of a boutique in New Delhi. "It's an open secret." Last October, the Gap clothing chain was forced to withdraw a line of embroidered blouses because of reports that the garments were stitched by kids.

The Root of the Problem
When the government first suggested a ban on child labor in homes, hotels and restaurants, employers and even some children's rights activists pointed out that many children work in order to survive. If they didn't work, who would feed them? Where were the schools that would offer the kids a brighter future?

The ban was a "positive step forward," says Farida Lambay, the founder of Pratham, a children's rights group.

Others are less optimistic. "The entire thing has been a disaster," says Umesh Kumar Gupta of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a group that has been at the head of the anti-child-labor movement. He points out that children who have been rescued since the ban went into effect often have had to find employment elsewhere, because the poverty at the root of the problem has not been addressed. Ingrid Srinath, another activist, agrees. "Sometimes, the children's families don't want them back," she says. "They want the children to continue working, because they need the money."

A Huge Reserve of Talent
For many, India is a land of opportunity. Salaries are rising, and the middle class is thriving. The country has 36 billionaires. Two years ago, the Internet-technology industry alone brought in $36 billion. The world's biggest democracy is poised to become an economic superpower.

One of India's greatest resources is its young populationo35% of its 1.1 billion people are under the age of 15. But, with millions of children not going to school and not learning any skills, this huge reserve of potential talent could spell trouble, not prosperity. Harjot Kaur, director at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, insists that the government is working to improve the situation. She points to plans to conduct a survey to determine the number of working children and to expand projects aimed at eventually eliminating child labor.

The leaders of businesses and industry, meanwhile, have begun to realize that India's future lies with its youth, and in educating the poor. Infosys, a giant technology company, has set up 10,000 libraries in rural areas across the country. Wipro, another tech firm, is adopting 7,500 schools.

The ayahs in Haldiram's restaurant can hope only for table scraps. But a combination of political action and business investment could bring them, and all of India's children, a rich feast of possibilities.

Time For Kids

A year has 525,600 minutes. Each of them can hold remarkable moments that we will remember for years to come. In 2007, we saw leaders work to improve the world. Some searched for ways to bring peace to the Middle East. Others raised awareness about climate change and reminded us of the fragility of our planet.

We thrilled to the discovery of a distant planet that might support life. We felt sorrow for the victims of a collapsed bridge. And we honored the brave men and women who serve in the armed forces.

In sports, a controversial slugger slammed past a home-run record, and a quarterback led his team to an exciting Super Bowl victory. In the world of entertainment, we said hello to a new American Idol and goodbye to one of literature's most belovedoand memorableowizards.

Here are some moments to remember from the minutes of 2007.

The nation mourned the death of former President Gerald R. Ford. The unelected 38th President helped to heal the country at a time when many Americans had lost faith in government. Ford was 93.

The Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. Quarterback Peyton Manning (holding trophy) celebrates with Colts coach Tony Dungy.

President George W. Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to World War II African-American heroes the Tuskegee Airmen.

Astronomers discovered a planet outside our solar system that seems as if it could sustain life. The planet, named Gliese 581c, is located 120 trillion miles from Earth.

MAY 22
Arizona high school student Jordin Sparks was crowned the new American Idol. The singer's big voice and sparkling personality wowed American Idol judges and TV audiences. At age 17, she was the competition's youngest winner.

Britain's prime minister and Labor Party leader Tony Blair resigned after leading his country for 10 years. Blair was the youngest prime minister to serve Britain since 1812, taking office at age 44. He was a close ally of United States Presidents throughout his time in office.

Apple released the iPhone to huge fanfare. The high-tech gadget combines a phone, an iPod, an Internet browser and a digital camera in one handheld device.

The new Seven Wonders of the World were announced. Almost 200 landmarks were nominated, but only the places voters found most dazzling made the list. About 100 million votes were cast on the Internet and by text messages. China's Great Wall was a top choice.

Live Earth, a 24-hour concert on seven continents, brought together 150 music acts and millions of people. The goal: to raise awareness about global warming. Here, crowds watch Macy Gray perform in Brazil.

The seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released. In the first 24 hours, 11 million copies were sold.

It was rush hour in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River suddenly collapsed. Cars plunged into the river and 13 people died. The terrible accident brought attention to the safety of bridges all around the country.

As rumors of steroid use swirled around him, San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hit homer No. 756, smashing the all-time home-run record.

The top American military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, reported to Congress that progress was being made in bringing stability to that country.

The World Conservation Union published its annual Red List of plants and animals in danger of extinction. In 2007, there were 16,306 different species on the list, including critically endangered great apes like this orangutan.

The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to former Vice President Al Gore and a United Nations panel on climate change.

There was joy in Massachusetts after the Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies to win the World Series. Boston last won the title in 2004. Mike Lowell was named Most Valuable Player.

President George W. Bush hosted a conference in Annapolis, Maryland, that brought together Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. They agreed to hold peace talks.

A kayaker paddled through a submerged neighborhood in Centralia, Washington, after rain pounded the Pacific Northwest. The storm brought down trees and power lines with 90-mile-per-hour wind gusts. There was widespread flooding of rivers and streams. A state of emergency was declared in Washington and Oregon.

Holding on to History

Avery Clayton is in a race against timeoand mold, and silverfish, those insects that have a taste for paper. The former art teacher is determined to protect treasures of African-American culture from neglect and destruction. "Unless there's an organized, concerted effort to gather this material, it will be gone in 50 years," Clayton told TIME FOR KIDS.

Clayton says that there is a rich trove of artwork, literature and other valuable pieces of black history sitting in people's basements and attics. He knows this from personal experience: He has peered into dank cellars and crumbling garages. His mother, Mayme Agnew Clayton, collected rare and important items from African-American culture. Her riches include handwritten slave documents, first-person slave narratives, early photographs, black-cowboy films, autographed first-edition books by African-American authors and personal letters by black leaders and artists. By the time of her death, in 2006, she had filled her garage, a film warehouse and two storage units near her home, in Los Angeles, California, with astounding artifacts.

On Display
Soon the private collections of Mayme Clayton and others will have a grand home in a former courthouse in Culver City, California. Her son convinced the city to rent the building to him for $1 a year. In December 2007, he received a federal grant of $250,000 to renovate the old courthouse.

Avery Clayton has a lot of support. The Library of Congress plans to display parts of the collection on its website. Last November, a professor and college interns began to catalog and organize the collection. And architecture students from Howard University are helping to design a multistory addition for the museum. The 23,470-square-foot courthouse just isn't big enough.

Historians say that without people like Mrs. Clayton, large portions of black culture would be lost forever. Lonnie Bunch is the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is set to open in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Bunch told TFK that for years, "Many museums didn't think African-American collections were as valuable as others. That's why private collectors are so important."

A Rich Heritage
The Smithsonian has turned to homegrown historians to help preserve African-American artifacts. In January, it held the first of several events led by conservation experts. About 200 people gathered at the Chicago Public Library, in Illinois, where they learned how to safely handle and store everything from clothing and textiles to books and letters. Some of these items may end up at the Smithsonian museum. But Bunch also urges individuals to donate to local libraries and smaller museums (see "Black History in Your Backyard"). "Every time a collection is lost, we lose a piece of who we are," he says. "These aren't just old papers."

Avery Clayton's collection continues to grow, as people come forward with their own significant cultural specimens. He hopes to open the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in 2009. He would like to turn one of the rooms into a public library, and others into a screening room and a theater. In yet another, there's a jail cell in which he plans to project a life-size hologram of Martin Luther King Jr. reading his famous letter from jail in Birmingham, Alabama.

More than anything, Clayton wants to provide young people with information about lesser-known African Americans who made great contributions to society. He says the museum will provide schools with free teaching tools.

Clayton envisions the museum as a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn and celebrate what it means to be an American. "For the most part, African-American culture is defined in the media as either slavery or civil rights, crime or hip-hop music," Clayton says. "But it's so much more than that."

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

miley cyrus picture

An Actindent

Miley Cyrus and father Billy Ray Cyrus are admitting they goofed. "We got caught up in the moment of filming, and we made a mistake and forgot to buckle our seatbelts," Billy Ray Cyrus tells PEOPLE about a gaffe in the hit 3-D movie Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour – one that's caused a head-on collision with controversy. "Seatbelt safety is extremely important," he adds.Editors at Consumer Reports took issue with a scene in the film in which Miley and her dad are "riding in the back seat of a Range Rover on the way to rehearsal for the concert tour. Neither was wearing a seat belt," said a posting on the magazine's blog. "Why should we care?" the posting continued. "Because, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in about 55 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities in 2006 (the latest data available), the occupants were not wearing seat belts. Even worse, in the 13- to 15-year-old age group, that percentage climbs to 65 percent." Observed Consumer Reports: "It seems to us that Miley, her father, and Disney had a perfect opportunity to help influence teens and counteract – rather than encourage – this trend. Then again, as Hannah herself sings, 'Everybody makes mistakes.' "

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hannah Montana

Here are the lyrics.That's RightWe sign our cards and letters B.F.FYou've got a million ways to make me laugh(yeah)Your looking out for me you've gotmy backIt's so good to have you aroundYou know the secrets i could never tellAnd when I'm quiet you break through my shellDon't feel the need to do a rebelyellCause you keep my feet on the groundYour a True FriendYour here till the endYou pull me aside when something ain't rightYou talk with me now and into thenightTill it's alright again your aTrue FriendYou don't get angry when i changethe plansSomehow your never out of secondchancesWon't say '' I told you'' when I'mwrong againI'm so lucky(yeah)that i foundA True FriendYour here till the endYou pull me aside when something ain't rightYou talk with me now and into thenightTill it's alright again(BRIDGE)True Friends will go to the ends ofthe earthTo find the things you needFriends hang on through the ups andthe downsCause they've got someone to believe inA True Friend your here till the endYou pull me aside when somethingain't rightYou talk with me now and into thenightNo need to pretend(your a true friend)Oh a True FriendYour here till the endYou pull me aside when somethingain't rightYou talk with me now and into thenightTill it's alright againYour a True FriendYour a True FriendYour a True Friend

Enduance Figi

Mr. Roth founded 3 Ball Productions with partners John Foy and Todd Nelson in 2002. In his 25-year-career, JD has been directly involved and responsible for over 1,000 episodes of reality/game television on many networks including the TV hits Biggest Loser (NBC) and Beauty and the Geek (WB), as well as shows on VH1,TLC and Fox Family.Mr. Roth's career began as an actor at the age of 10, and he's been in front of and behind the camera ever since. Throughout his childhood and early teens, Roth reached millions of viewers in more than 250 national on-camera and voice-over commercials. At 19-years-old, Roth became the youngest game show host in television history on the hit syndicated show, Fun House, which had a run of more than 400 episodes.Roth's experience with Fun House led him to build his own production company and take Fun House on the road as a live show, reaching more than 70 U.S. cities and over a million kids and families. As an expert in kids game shows, he went on to create, executive produce and host the show Double Up, making history as the youngest executive producer at NBC to date.JD has been part of the Discovery family for quite a while, having hosted six years of Animal Planet's ZooVenture, a kids game show shot at the San Diego Zoo. His love of this series led him to create, produce and star in a live tour of the game show that entertained over a million kids in seven countries and 125 U.S. cities!JD grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is a passionate basketball player and sports fan. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with his beautiful wife, Christine, and his 5-year-old son, Cooper, and 2-year-old son, Duncan.
From Enduance Figi

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Miley Cyrus In Canda

A Time To Serve

Community service makes the planet a better place, and Americans always seem to be ready to do their part. Jack McShane, 13, heads to City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, every Saturday to help mow the grass for free. The city cannot pay people to keep the park looking nice right now, but Jack does it because he loves his hometown. Shelly Jain, 22, teaches sixth-grade math in New York City. She is part of Teach for America, a group that recruits top college graduates to make sure that kids in poor neighborhoods have a chance to learn from a great teacher.
Clearly, good-hearted people have the power to change the world. But should doing good works be a choice for some, or an absolute responsibility for all? One idea that is gaining popularity is a system to help every able American complete a yearlong service mission. In a 2002 survey, 70% of Americans said that having every citizen participate in national service is a good idea.
"People understand the idea that this is a great country, but that greatness isn't free," says Zach Maurin, the cofounder of His group has launched a campaign to get the 2008 presidential candidates to endorse national service.Should Everyone Step Up?
In some other nations, young people are required to perform a year or more of service. In Israel, every eligible young person must serve in the military for two or three years. In Germany, young men are drafted into the military, but can choose instead to volunteer in hospitals or charities at home or abroad. In South Africa, health-care professionals must spend a year working in poor areas before accepting a permanent job.
Although the U.S. does not have a formal program, millions of Americans do volunteer. In 2006, more than 61 million Americans dedicated 8.1 billion hours of service. The nation's volunteer rate has increased by more than 6% since 1989. So how hard would it be to insure that anyone could volunteer for a year? Here are some ideas that government leaders and others are considering.
Baby Bond: The government would give every newborn American a $5,000 bond. At age 18, the person could get the money (with interest) after volunteering for a year.
Summer of Service: Over the summer between middle school and high school, students could earn a $500 college scholarship by volunteering in programs to help younger kids.
Rapid Response Reserve Corps: This volunteer group would be trained to help when disasters strike.
National Service Academy: In exchange for promising five years of national service after college, students would get a free four-year education in public-service leadership.
Education Fund for Retirees: For every 500 hours of community service older volunteers performed, they would get $1,000 to be deposited into an education savings account for their children, grandchildren or any student they chose.
Such programs would require funds from taxes, private donations and corporations. People would have to make sacrifices to make these plans work. But the payoff for our nation could be a future of security, prosperity and pride. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 pledged "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor" to their new country. Imagine the powerful effect this generation could have by pledging just a little of their time.

From Time For Kids

The Comeback Kids

As John McCain began his victory speech in Nashua, New Hampshire, a chant filled the room: "Mac is back! Mac is back!" McCain had scored a resounding victory in the first primary election on the long road to the White House. The Arizona Senator hopes to become the Republican nominee. At 71, he is the oldest candidate in the race. This summer, critics said he was out of the running. "My friends, I'm past the age when I can claim the noun kid, no matter what adjective precedes it," he told his cheering supporters. "But tonight, we sure showed them what a comeback looks like."
At her headquarters, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton urged jubilant supporters to look ahead to November. "Let's give America the kind of comeback that New Hampshire has just given me," she said. The Senator from New York hopes to be the nation's first woman President.
After she lost the Iowa caucus five days earlier to Illinois Senator Barack Obama, some predicted Clinton was headed for another defeat in New Hampshire. But she surged ahead of Obama, winning 39% of the vote to his 36%. John Edwards came in third with 17%.One Long, Drawn-out Process
Candidates face a winding road of contests before they can claim their party's nomination. A primary works much the same way as a general election. Citizens cast secret ballots for a candidate. A caucus is more like a neighborhood meeting where participants gather to express their preference for a candidate. In both contests, delegates are chosen who will represent the voters at their party's conventions this summer.
In addition to the elected delegates, each party has "super delegates," party leaders who also get a say at the convention. The Democratic Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado, from August 25 to 28. Four days later, on September 1, the Republicans will open their meeting in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. It will run until September 4.
The goal for each presidential hopeful is to gain a majority of delegates and come away with the party's nomination. Although McCain won in New Hampshire with 37% of the vote, he is third when it comes to delegates. So far, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won big in Iowa, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who came in second in both states, have racked up more delegates.
On the Democratic side, Obama holds a slight delegate lead over Clinton and Edwards. As Joe Trippi, who works for Edwards, told TIME's David Von Drehle: "The only thing you can conclude after (New Hampshire) is that this is going to be one long, drawn-out process."The Grand Finale
After New Hampshire, Edwards's rallying cry was, "Two races down, 48 states left to go." Next on the agenda are contests in Michigan, Nevada, South Carolina and Florida. And then Super Tuesday, February 5, when some two dozen states, including California, Illinois and New York, hold contests.
Last Wednesday, Obama's campaign got a boost when he won the backing of Nevada's Culinary Workers Union. The support of its 60,000 members should help in the Nevada caucuses, slated for January 19. "Voters are not going to let any candidate take anything for granted," Obama said. "They want us to earn it."
New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Thursday. Richardson had hoped to become the first Hispanic President. He asked voters to "take a long and thoughtful look" at the other candidates.
Although many candidates hit the campaign trail after leaving New Hampshire, Clinton headed home to Chappaqua, New York. She needed to "take a deep breath," she said, before the "February 5th grand finale." Of course, the real grand finale won't be until Election Day, November 4.

That's All She Wrote

She has drawn millions of readers to her tales of Harry Potter's epic struggle with evil. That story came to a thrilling, bittersweet conclusion this year in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Because she enchants us, entertains us and compels us to carry her rather heavy books around for days, TFK names J.K. Rowling the 2007 Person of the Year.
By her own definition, Joanne Rowling is a Muggle. She invented that term for a person who has no magical powers or wizard heritage, so she probably knows best. But in classrooms, libraries and comfy chairs around the globe, readers have realized a greater truth: Rowling is one of the most magical beings they will ever encounter. With a wave of her pen, she conjured up Harry Potter.
The 42-year-old author concocted Harry 17 years ago on a train ride from Manchester to London, England. As her devoted fans know, Rowling (rhymes with bowling) spent a lot of time in coffee shops finishing the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as a single mom in Scotland. Now, 400 million copies of her books have been sold, they have been translated into 65 languages and Harry Potter's name is known from Manchester to Manhattan to Manitoba.Fame, Fortune and Love
"It happened very, very quickly," Rowling said of her fame and fortune, brought about by the first book's wild popularity. "I had written a book that I was told repeatedly was uncommercial, overlong, wouldn't sell. So when it happened, it really was a profound shock."
Mostly, it was a nice shock. Rowling has made more money than she ever imagined, and is beloved by her fans. But the pressure to produce each new book was stressful for her. And some religious groups objected to the representation of sorcery in Harry Potter books. No one was more surprised than Rowling that people protested against her tales. She described her books, at an event in October, as "a prolonged argument for tolerance and a prolonged plea for the end to bigotry." Indeed, her hero always fights for fairness and honesty. Harry wields Rowling's favorite weapon: love.A Generous Spirit
One event in Rowling's life that, she says, deeply transformed the nature of Harry's character was her own sense of loss after her mother died at age 45, of a disease called multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis research is one of many charities that Rowling supports.
In mid-December, she auctioned off a handwritten, bejeweled copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a book that the character Hermione receives from Albus Dumbledore in his will. At auction, the winning bidder paid $4 million! Rowling is donating the money to a charity she cofounded called The Children's Voice. "This will mean so much to children in desperate need of help," she said in a statement after the auction. She added that writing the collection of wizarding tales was "the most wonderful way to say goodbye" to Harry.
But is it really goodbye? "There have been times since finishing, weak moments," she told TIME, "when I've said, 'Yeah, all right,' to the eighth novel." Now she's busy writing a novel for grown-ups, and a book she calls a political fairy tale. "If, and it's a big if, I ever write an eighth book about the (wizarding) world, I doubt that Harry would be the central character," she says. "I feel like I've already told his story. But these are big ifs. Let's give it 10 years and see how we feel then."
For now, Potter fans can thank goodness that Rowling hopped aboard that train in Manchester 17 years ago and let her imagination take them for an unforgettable ride.

This is J.K. Rowling and Actor for Harry Potter

I love Harry Potter's books so much!

This is J.K. Rowling

Followers of major news events awaited a big, annual announcement this morning. At about 7:45 a.m. in New York City, it came. TIME magazine chose Russian President Vladimir Putin as the Person of the Year for 2007. In this 80-year-old tradition, TIME editors recognize the person, group or (sometimes) idea that has influenced events and had the greatest impact on the world for the preceding 12 months. Richard Stengel, the Managing Editor of TIME, points to Putin's brand of strong leadership and his success at stabilizing Russia, the largest country on Earth, as key reasons for making him this year's choice.
J.P. MASCLETJ.K. Rowling, TFK Person of the Year
At TIME FOR KIDS, the focus was on the people who had been most influential in kids' lives this year. After much debate, TFK chose J.K. Rowling as its Person of the Year. In 2007, Rowling published the seventh book in the Harry Potter series, finishing the tale of Harry's years at Hogwarts Academy and his epic battle with pure evil. She has sold 400 million books, and made avid readers of many kids who are not easily persuaded to read for fun. She also created a character and a world that generations to come will find compelling, entertaining and simply magical. A special issue of TIME For Kids magazine in January will feature Rowling's story, complete with excerpts from an exclusive TIME magazine interview by Nancy Gibbs.

This is Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is so cool!!!!!!!! She is the one is who made all of the music happen!
Who did kids choose as their Person of 2007? More than 26,000 voters made a pick on our poll. In the end, Disney Channel star and recording artist Miley Cyrus was kids' favorite. Other top finishers: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, Rowling and former Vice President Al Gore.
The TIME tradition of choosing a Person of the Year is "not a popularity contest," Stengel reminds readers. Who might become the Person of the Year in 2008? It could be an artist, a world leader, a champion of peace or an advocate of violence and oppression. Taking note of how the world is changing gives us an opportunity to celebrate the people who are on the leading edge of positive change. We also get a chance to choose another path, a better way, even a different leader. Teaching kids about the people who are changing our world is something TFK aims to do every week. Taking a closer look at these folks, and thinking about whether they are the right people to lead us into the future, is a powerful way to get ready for the new year.

Presidential Candidates on their Education and Health Care Plans

Presidential Candidates on their Education and Health Care Plans
By Simone Nelzi, 10
The people who want to be the next President all talk about their plans for education and health care, issues that are important to children. It's no wonder: Many parents with jobs cannot afford to have even basic health care for their children.
And what are this year's candidates promising to do about improving the nation's schools--especially public schools in rural areas and inner cities, which often lack resources to teach their students? I spent weeks working with each campaign to find out. Some candidates spoke to me directly, others e-mailed me their responses, and some (Mr. Giuliani!) would not respond, so I found out their positions from other sources.Here's where the candidates stand.
Democratic candidates:
Barack Obama -- Senator Barack Obama says that teachers lack the resources to educate their students. He said that the teachers could do an awesome job educating our children if the teachers are paid a good salary and provided with necessary tools. He promises to increase the amount of salary that is being paid to them. Senator Obama plans to continue the current "No Child Left Behind" policy, although he believes that the law significant flaws, which must be corrected.
Hillary Clinton-- When TFK asked if Senator Hillary Clinton intends to continue President Bush's No Child Left behind policy and if she has any plans for improving it, this is how she responded. "While I firmly believe in the goals of the No Child Left behind Act, the under-funding of this crucial law makes it very hard for teachers and schools to reach the goals. In 2008 alone, President Bush proposed $15 billion less than what is promised in the law."
John Edwards-- Edwards plans to introduce preschool for all four-year-olds by providing resources to states. These Great Promise programs will develop early academic skills, as well as helping emotional and healthy development, through parental involvement and lead teachers with four-year college degrees. Edwards wants to raise pay for teachers in successful high-poverty schools by as much as $15,000 more a year, including up $5,000 for all teachers in successful high-poverty schools, $5,000 for teachers with a national certification for excellence, and $5,000 for veteran teachers who serve as mentors. He will create a national teachers' university--a West Point for teachers--to train excellent teachers for our worst schools. He will also improve working conditions and increase time for teacher collaboration and planning, address barriers for teachers moving between states, help teachers with extra support in their early years and dedicate federal resources to reducing class sizes. Republican candidates:
Rudolph Giuliani-- Giuliani's website notes that he is a strong supporter of education and believes it is an important civil right. According to his website, Mayor Giuliani is going to take the decisions and give them to the people who would give anything up for their children and who love them and will take good care of them--their parents.
Mike Huckabee-- As governor of Arkansas, he introduced Smart Start, the first of several major reform efforts in Arkansas that were to focus on not only increasing funding but, more important, improved results. The plan affected the state's curriculum from pre-K through college so that there was coordination and continuity throughout the educational process. Huckabee sees at least 5 elements essential to improving schools:
1. Mark the standards--with challenging goals
2. Measure the progress--like with No Child Left Behind
3. Meet the expectations--there must be accountability
4. Mobilize the community
5. Move the potential
John McCain-- While No Child Left Behind targets the structure of education, it does not address the underlying cultural problems in our education system--a system that still seeks to avoid genuine accountability and responsibility for producing well-educated children. We must place parents and children at the center of the education process, empowering parents by greatly expanding the ability of parents to choose among schools for their children. All federal financial support must be predicated on providing parents the ability to move their children, and the dollars associated with them, from failing schools.
Mitt Romney-- When Gov. Mitt Romney was asked if he intends to continue President Bush's No Child Left Behind policy and if he has any plans for improving the system, he said: "I support the goals of No Child Left Behind and believe strongly in stressing with accountability both for our students and schools. I also believe however that some improvements need to be made in the law."
Fred Thompson-- First of all, I think we need to recognize where the responsibility lies. It would be easy enough for someone running for president to say: I have a several-point plan to fix our education problem. It's not going to happen. And it shouldn't happen from the Oval Office. We spend about 9% of education dollars now at the federal level. The responsibility, historically and properly, is at the state and local level.
Democratic candidates:
Barack Obama-- Senator Obama says that we are the greatest country in the world but when it comes to child health care we must do better! Health care prices are unaffordable. Over the past sixteen years, wages rose four times higher. The United States spends an ocean of money on health care every year. Yet, the prices for medical technology have increased every year, to a rate that many people with careers can't afford. Every year, about 100,000 Americans die from medical complications. Senator Obama wants to make sure that all American children have health insurance when he becomes president.
Hillary Clinton-- When Senator Clinton was asked if she has a plan that will address health care coverage for the children that are uninsured and here is what we got: "I was proud to help create the Children's Health Insurance Program when I was First Lady so this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. Recently, I released my American Health Choices Plan, a plan to insure health coverage for all Americans."
John Edwards-- Edwards says that we should require businesses and other employers to either cover their employees or help finance their health insurance. He envisions a system that lets every American share the bargaining power to purchase an affordable, high-quality health plan, increases choices among insurance plans, and cuts costs for businesses offering insurance. Once these steps have been taken, all American residents should be required to get insurance. Republican candidates:
Rudolph Giuliani-- The very best way to do it is more of an incentive for people to buy their own health insurance. You give people a $15,000 family tax exemption to buy their own health insurance. You also give them a Health Savings Account to up to $5,000 or $6,000.... And it brings down the cost of insurance. And then you break down the barriers where people can only buy [insurance] in one state and you let them buy in any state, so that we can set up a real competition. The thing that works in America is not socialized medicine that the Democrats want to bring us, not government control, not mandates, but a large consumer market where you empower people to enter that market is the only way to bring down costs and to bring up quality. (Source: 2007 Republican primary debate on Univision Dec 9, 2007)
Mike Huckabee-- The health care system in this country is irrevocably broken, in part because it is only a "health care" system, not a "health" system. We don't need universal health care mandated by federal edict or funded through ever-higher taxes. We do need to get serious about preventive health care instead of chasing more and more dollars to treat chronic disease, which currently gobbles up 80% of our health care costs, and yet is often avoidable. The result is that we'll be able to deliver better care where and when it's needed.
John McCain-- The problem with American health care is not one of quality, but one of cost. I have proposed a health care plan that addresses the escalating cost of health care to ensure more American families can afford access to the finest health care system in the world. I know the answer is not to increase the amount of bureaucracy through a government-controlled health care or single-payer system. The answer is... affordable and portable insurance options for as many Americans as possible and to help those without insurance to access the health care system with the dignity and quality care that all Americans expect and deserve.
Mitt Romney-- Responding to a question involving the SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Plan) program and how he will address the tons of children who are uninsured, Gov. Romney says: "The Democrat SCHIP expansion bill would take children out of private insurance and put them into government insurance. It was a flawed approach. The right course is to get all children and all citizens insured with private, market-based health insurance."
Fred Thompson-- Thompson says that Americans have the best health care in the world. Some, however, choose not be insured; others cannot afford it. He says that patients should have more information about their choices, and more choices. He supports a system of better prevention and personal responsibility.

From Time For Kids

Letter From Antarctica

I finished my breakfast, then rushed to collect my warm waterproof gear and pack a lunch. I was ready to accompany Jen Blum, a bird researcher, into the field in search of giant petrels. Whenever I leave the United States Antarctic Program's Palmer Station, my temporary home on the Antarctic Peninsula, I have to be prepared for a long day.
For three months, I have been living on Anvers Island as part of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. I research alongside polar scientists, draw and take many photographs. When I return to my station lab in the evenings, I create art based on the plants, animals and science I have observed during the day.
The morning that Blum and I took a boat to Humble Island, we climbed up the rough terrain to the giant-petrel nests in the island's interior. When we found one, we carefully approached the parent. Blum gently picked up a downy white chick and measured the length of its bill to check its growth. After she weighed it, Blum nimbly returned the chick to its waiting parent. I recorded our findings in a waterproof field notebook. Giant petrels are vulnerable to extinction. Blum is the field team leader for research to determine the health of several local bird populations, including petrels, skuas, shags and penguins.
Palmer's hardworking teams are busy gathering data. Some dive in the frigid waters, studying the marine life. Others are researching krill, a keystone species in the Antarctic food chain. Their discoveries will be used to gain a better understanding of the incredible animals at the bottom of the world, and of our impact on their environment.
TFK Kid Reporter Jennifer Foliaco, 10, interviewed Baranowski about her journey. TFK:
What's the food like at the station?Baranowski:
Chefs come in from all over. One day we had Indian food.TFK:
Will you bring home any souvenirs?Baranowski:
Conservation is important, so I'm not allowed to take home anything (I find).TFK:
What has been the best part of your trip?Baranowski:
Each day is better than the last because, it brings a new adventure.TFK:
What grade would you give this trip?Baranowski:
An A++!

From Time For Kids

Scary situation

Bridget M., 15, had a lot of fun at her cousin's party last January. At the gathering, she and nine other girls in the New York City area hung out, played games and gossiped. They ended up taking crazy photographs of each other posing as fashion models. But the fun ended days later, when Bridget's cousin e-mailed the pictures to one of the girls at the party. The girl posted them on her MySpace page.
The photos were meant to be seen by the partygoers alone. But with the click of a computer mouse, they ended up on several more profiles and began to attract attention online. "We didn't think it through," Bridget told TFK. "We didn't think anyone else would see them."
Luckily, the images also caught the eye of Bridget's uncle. He immediately contacted the girls' parents, and the photos were removed from the pages that could be accessed by strangers.A Growing Worry
Bridget's experience is not unique. As the use of social-networking sites like MySpace and Facebook has soared, so has the number of kids who reveal too much about themselves online. The sites allow users to create an individual profile to display personal information and build networks of friends. Some networking sites have minimum-age requirements, but not all of them strictly enforce such rules.
According to the Pew Research Center, 29% of teens online have posted their full name and e-mail address in their profiles. Some 79% have included photos of themselves. And 21% of those who have been contacted by a stranger online have responded to that person.
The Internet has transformed life for this generation of kids, in an overwhelmingly positive way. But sharing personal information, including social plans and passwords, can make networking sites dangerous places for kids. Anything that is posted online can be read and usedofor good or badoby friends, enemies and even strangers. Amber Casselman, 11, told TFK Kid Reporter Machaela Jensen that she e-mailed her Webkinz password to a friend. The friend passed it on to another girl, who changed the password. "Now, when I log in, it doesn't work," said Amber.A Network For Safety
Internet companies are working to protect kids from such online risks (see "Keep It Safe"). Last Monday, MySpace agreed with legal authorities in 49 states to take steps to shield kids from online threats. The new measures include blocking users over 18 from contacting kids they don't know, and searching for ways to involve parents. "This is an industry-wide challenge," said Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace's chief security officer. "We must all work together to create a safer Internet."
Kid-friendly social-networking sites, like Imbee and i-Safe, have created secure places for kids to hang out online. The kids-only chat rooms on i-Safe encourage users to "keep it cool, clean and positive." Imbee requires parents to set up an account.
Some states are working on laws to require schools to teach cybersafety. Virginia has had such a law since 2006. Last Friday, the state's Department of Education planned to launch a program with the PokEmon Learning League. The effort will use interactive PokEmon characters to teach 4,000 schoolkids to think before they type online. Another tip from the program: Speak with a trusted adult if an online situation is troubling.
But parents, teachers, Internet companies and the law can only do so much to keep you safe. They can't be there every time you click "send."Beware and Aware
Katie Canton, of the education site Web Wise Kids, says kids need to protect themselves. How? By being aware of what they are revealing and whom they are talking to. When Katie was 15 years old, she agreed to see a stranger she had met in a chat room. As she told her plans to her parents and friends, Katie became aware of the danger involved. She decided not to meet her new "friend."
"It's easy to think that you're safe online because you're in your bedroom," Katie told TFK. "But it's your job to protect yourself and your friends." As Bridget M. would surely agree, thinking through your online actions is a good start.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Internet

If you want see everything you want to see then use the Internet! Just like you are doing right know. so, here are some good sites: to see what you can make like a Blog, to play in another world, to have fun (if you are a girl), to play games and download games to your compter , to google things and to type and to play games.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Too Cute...

Every thing is so cute! Is every thing cute! You know,anway like LD2 , Target and Macy's. So, anyway everything is cutie. You have to go to all of the stores. If you want cuite cloes that will fit you or things for your house! Then go to thoes stores!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana In Concert Collection Deluxe Singing Doll - "Nobody's Perfect.The pop sensation ......... Hannah Montana! You know her. So,she has a concert going on wright know. Doesn't she? Anway, she has so many fans and she has her on website ""