Carol McGraw

Education Reporter

  • Lemon Challenge will make your face pucker - and do some good

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    When life gives you lemons, take a bite. It can help hungry school kids. You remember the trendy challenge this summer where donors raised money for ALS research by getting doused with ice cubes. Now comes the Lemon Challenge. Twenty-five Ace Hardware stores in Colorado, including...

  • What? No 'Janes?' Emma, Olivia, Liam and Noah top list of popular Colorado baby names

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Note: Scroll to the bottom of this article for an interactive graphic that shows the top Colorado baby names, year by year, since 1910. Poet Gertrude Stein's famous line "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" wouldn't quite make it today. It would be more like "Emma is an Emma is an...

  • Colorado Springs man's book tells little-known story of Japanese after WWII

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    What the Monument professor remembers most about those desperate days at the end of World War II in Manchuria was the constant hunger. As a 5-year-old boy, Paul Maruyama, his mother and three siblings - all Japanese-Americans - and his father, Kunio Maruyama, were among 1.7 million...

  • Colorado Springs middle school physics classes pay dividends in grades, test scores

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Carmel Middle School eighth-grader Angel Hernandez last week was experimenting on how mass, distance and gravity are related. He had spread out a large piece of paper that represented the universe and placed two marbles on it, watching how they attracted each other. Aspects of...

  • Sending holiday packages? Keep these 6 dates in mind

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Got all those presents wrapped? If they are going out of town, you'd better get busy shipping them. If you are late mailing, it just might seem like the reindeer walked your gifts to their destination. The United States Postal Service has released its suggested deadlines for...

  • Colorado Springs weather was wacky in November

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Boots off. Boots on. Boots off. Parka off. Parka on. Parka off. So it went in November. We hardly had time to gloat about our above-average temperatures the first third of the month when an arctic air mass arrived, bringing below seasonal lows. Then it became unseasonably warm again....

  • Finding the family tree takes diligence, patience and a love of research

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    You've always wanted to know if your mother's great-great-grandmother died in a Colorado Springs tuberculosis sanitarium. You may be in luck This is the "Year of the Obituaries." Hundreds of thousands of genealogy volunteers worldwide, including many in Colorado Springs, have...

  • Thanksgiving has roots in city names, too

    Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Wow your relatives at Thanksgiving dinner with these tasty morsels from the U.S. Census Bureau, which lists these places (and their populations) in America named Cranberry: - Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pa.; 29,490 residents in 2013. - Cranberry Township, Venango County, Pa.;...

  • Fort Carson soldiers at work making Thanksgiving meals for the needy

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Feel overworked because you have to cook a single turkey for half a dozen people or so on Thanksgiving? What if you had to cook 350 turkeys for 3,000 guests? Thirty soldiers at Fort Carson volunteered to do just that for the celebration meals the Salvation Army is serving the...

  • Renovated Bennett Avenue expected to give boost to Cripple Creek

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek isn't paved in gold, but the new road surface is expected to help the town economically. Three blocks of the main street between 2nd and 5th streets in the historic Teller County gold rush town has a new look that is expected to boost tourism. The...