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Help With MCAS Testing For Local Students

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, is a sore subject for many people. Some educators have expressed frustration with the pressure placed on them to prepare students for exams, often taking over the curriculum. Students don't particularly care for any standardized test, let alone one that could make or break your high school career. And parents, they might feel helpless when it comes to helping their kid prepare for the MCAS testing.

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Once There Was the Sun

Do you remember that big yellow thing that once stuck to the sky like a buttery pancake? Right now it feels like we'll never see the sun again because we've all been brought to Arendelle for Elsa's eternal winter

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“Whiplash” Debuts At Flagship February 20

New Bedford's Nate Lang, featured on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, February 13, knows the single paradiddle is an extremely popular drum rudiment that sounds great while played within drum beats

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Nutella Shortage Possible As Weather In Turkey Wipes Out 70 Percent Of Hazelnut Crop
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Quick & Easy Nutella Cookies

Here's a sure fire way to your kid's pleasure center. Have them help you make home made Nutella Cookies! Preheat your oven at 350 degrees while you get these four ingredients:

1 cup Nutella

half  cup sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 whole egg

Blend all the ingredients together well

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Seats In The Shape Of Western-Style Toilets Appear In Nanjing
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What’s Dirtier: Cell Phone Or Public Toilet Seat?

I'll never forget the little sign over a public toilet at the Conoco gas station near my high school. It read: "Our aim is to keep this toilet clean...Your aim will help!" That memory would never have resurfaced if not for an article I was reading by the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Southern California

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SNL 40: The Best Moments From the Big Anniversary Special

The SNL 40th Anniversary Special had a LOT going on. It was over three hours of comedy and music and stars and tributes all packed into one night. With so much going on, if you missed something, we can't say we blame you. We've covered the big items, like Celebrity Jeopardy, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, the new Digital Short, Wayne's World and the huge monologue, but we're here to celebrate some of the smaller moments.

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SNL 40: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Rap Their Way Through 40 Years

The SNL 40th Anniversary Special started off like you thought it might with two of its most popular modern day partners, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The two took the stage for the show's cold open and sang, danced and rapped their way through 40 years of SNL history (with a few special guests, of course).

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Screen-Free Snow Days!

Ok, so you had great seats for Frozen On Ice this weekend, but you just found out that the shows were postponed due to ANOTHER blizzard warning in our area. Obviously someone got Elsa mad recently (I blame McCready), but nothing we can do about that

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Dartmouth Girl Surprises Child in Hospital Dressed As Elsa [VIDEO]

If you go to Shannon Hayes' Facebook page, you'll find photos of a seven year old filled with wonder and who loves Disney's "Frozen" more than anything. You'll also find that Shannon has Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atroph

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Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Truck Day: A Ray Of Sunshine In Snow-Filled World

No matter where we look, we're trapped by piles of snow.  Whether its Boston or New Bedford, we're surrounded by a sea of white.  But there is a small glimmer of hope, an oasis in an otherwise dismal winter

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