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Choose your Hearthstone Winter Champion for free card packs

There's only one more stop remaining on the Hearthstone Championship Tour before heading over to the Hearthstone World Championship. The HCT Winter Championship is set to kick off Feb. 28, bringing together 16 of the top players in the world to compete for not only a hefty prize pool, but also for a chance to head off to that World Championship tournament in Chinese Taipei. But Blizzard is also offering something for the average Hearthstone player in the form of free card packs.

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Alejandro Danois reflects on the inspiration behind, ‘The Boys of Dunbar: A story of love, hope, and basketball’

In the 1980s, Baltimore, like many other American cities, endured a crack cocaine epidemic. But one Baltimore high school's basketball team, the Dunbar Poets, coached by Bob Wade, a local athlete who had become an NFL star, defied the odds. Wade led the team through multiple winning years, and he also sent four players – Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate and Reggie Lewis – on to NBA careers.

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Parents @ Play: A sneak peak into 2019 toy trends

Well, it's February, so you know what that means. Parents@Play headed out to the New York Toy Fair to check out all the newest toys and games. Some of this year's trends are continuations of last year's, albeit somewhat updated. For example, dinosaurs, "mermaid" sequins (the kind that flip from one color to another), llamas, unicorns, glitter everything, narwhals, and coding games and toys are everywhere. As are blind bags, DIY and make it yourself kits, toys that require or interact extensively with apps, and poop. Yes, all sorts of poop in all sorts of ways. And the winner for combining trends goes to.... Glitter poop that uses an app. Wow.

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Ex-etiquette: Father texts daughter too much

Q: I have been divorced for 8 years and we have a 15 year old daughter. My daughter is supposed to see her father every other weekend, but she is very busy with volleyball and Leadership and has no free time. Her father is the bus driver on the bus she uses to get to school – he texts her during the ride, texts her after school, texts her before his weekend to check in to see if she would like to visit. My daughter is a polite child and so she talks to him, but it's just too much. How do you handle when a parent texts their child too much? What's good ex-etiquette?

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Lori Borgman: We said, –I do,– – they said we didn’t

I have to provide an official copy of our marriage certificate to the Indiana BMV to get the security clearance driver's license. After waiting seven months on the state of Missouri, where we were married, the envelope finally came-with a letter saying they have no record of us ever being married.

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Living with Children: Common parenting mistakes

A journalist recently asked me for the single biggest mistake being made by today's parents. I was tempted to say, "Having children," but stopped myself because even if I'd followed up with "Just kidding!" my bon mot would have gone into print. Oh my gosh! It just did!

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Game review: ‘Apex Legends,’ fantastic free-to-play battle royale shooter is already a blockbuster

Parents need to know that "Apex Legends" is a free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Teams of up to three compete in matches with up to sixty players to be the last team standing. Gameplay's easy to pick up for first-person shooter fans and has a heavy focus on teamwork and communication. Violence is persistent with some blood shown onscreen, but it isn't overly graphic and there's no onscreen gore. While there's no profanity in the game's dialogue, online play could still open players up to offensive language in party chat. And while the game is free-to-play, there are microtransactions available which allow players to unlock cosmetic items and characters immediately with real-world money, as opposed to over time through gameplay. This game is also part of the "Titanfall" universe, which is a popular shooter franchise.

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App review: Who Was? Adventure, fun quiz game teaches kids about presidents and other historical figures

Parents need to know that Who Was? Adventure is a quiz game based on the popular biographical "Who Was" book series and TV show for kids. New people are introduced with a historical timeline as the game progresses, but kids may find questions about people they aren't familiar with. While they may be able to make educated guesses as to the right answer, some kids might find this frustrating. The portraits of the characters are more like caricatures than real photos; this may make it difficult for kids to identify the right answers. There's room for multiple profiles, so several family members can enjoy their own game progress. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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This passionate Minnesotan is on the frontlines to keep kids out of court

With little fanfare at the end of 2018, Congress reauthorized a major juvenile justice bill for the first time since 2002. You can bet Sarah Davis didn't miss the moment. As associate director for Minneapolis' Legal Rights Center (LRC), Davis says the worst place for at-risk youth is in our court system. Instead, she champions a focus on brain science, collaborations between families and schools, and allowing youth to take ownership of their actions through restorative practices that also keep our communities safer. Passionate and determined to effect change since she served as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Davis attended law school in Boston, then worked as a public defender before joining LRC in 2012.

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Tinder and 7 other dating apps teens are using

When you ask a couple how they met, it's pretty common for them to answer, "On the internet." So, it's no surprise that online dating has trickled down to teens. And though most opt for Snapchat or Instagram to widen their social circles, some are curious enough to try one of the many messaging apps that promise to help them "make new friends." While these apps are designed more for casual communication than are the mainstream fee-based dating services such as Match and OkCupid, they make it super easy to text, video-chat, and share pics with strangers.

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7 family-friendly totally Oscar-worthy Latino films

As awards season leads up to this year's Oscars celebration – the 91st Academy Awards – we can't help but reflect on the list of family-friendly Latino films, characters, and actors that have been recognized by the Academy. Sadly, the list is not too long. While it is encouraging to see high acclaim for the work of the three Mexican filmmakers Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, the hope is that the visibility will trickle to more on-screen faces – actors and characters – that can serve as quality role models for the Latinx movie audience.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Isn’t It Romantic,’ lots of laughs and positive messages in charming rom-com satire

Parents need to know that "Isn't It Romantic" satirizes romantic comedies, following a woman named Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who gets trapped in a rom-com world after suffering a head injury. The content is largely appropriate for teens. Violence is confined to cartoonish interludes in which Nat is struck by a car and hit in the head, both of which played for laughs. Though Nat is interested in sex and talks about it, all she can do with her suitors is kiss – after which the camera cuts repeatedly to a morning-after scene with her love interest (Liam Hemsworth) shirtless in a towel. Nat estimates a man's penis size as "pepper grinder" (the kind the waiter has to bring out to you). Characters drink in bars; Nat downs two shots of liquor to get courage to sing karaoke. Characters say "s--t" and "bitch," but all except one instance of "f--k" are drowned out by noise, ironically. Stereotyped characters (competitive women, shallow men, a flamboyant gay man) are used to make points about cliched characterizations in other movies. Mocking the rom-com genre's conventions will make viewers consider what such movies tend to say about women and romance and may spark conversations about the way women are depicted. Themes of courage and self-control are also clear.

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Social Security: Social security AND America saves week

Planning and saving are core elements to a successful retirement. For over 80 years, Social Security has helped Americans achieve that goal. And each year, the American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior; it is also a great time for people to assess their own saving status.

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Game review: How to take and share photos with Pok–mon Go Snapshot

Snapshot is the latest feature added to Niantic's AR-based mobile sensation Pokemon Go, and it allows players to take and share photographs of their favorite Pokemon. The Snapshot feature seems like a direct callback to the days of Pokemon Snap, the on-rails candid monster photography simulator for the Nintendo 64, albeit reworked for the modern generation. The new Snapshot features are simple to use, though taking and sharing photos does have a few steps worth learning more about. Here's how to take and share photos using Pokemon Go Snapshot.