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Daily Reader: Edition #204

Learn 48 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the cultural significance of shoe-throwing in Afghanistan, Richard Branson and James Cameron fight to save our oceans, and the latest news on obesity.

1. Why People Throw Shoes in Afghanistan
The Daily Beast, 8/18/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 14

The Daily Beast: Why People Throw Shoes in Afghanistan

Shoes are more than just footwear in Afghanistan. In that region of the world, throwing shoes is a common and accepted cultural response to insults or aggression. Read more and learn vocabulary words like corruption, ethnic, ignorant, intervened, loathsome, nomads, obscene, and rampant.

2. Richard Branson and James Cameron want to save the high seas
Los Angeles Times, 8/18/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 20

LA Times: Richard Branson and James Cameron want to save the high seas

Businessman Richard Branson and film director James Cameron believe that the U.S. can and should do more to protect international waters. Read their op-ed and learn vocabulary words like abiding, derived, escalating, imposed, jurisdiction, realm, refuges, and resilience.

3. The Good and Bad News About Obesity
Time, 8/16/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 14

Time: The Good and Bad News About Obesity

The latest nationwide survey is in! Do you know where your state ranks in the nation in terms of obesity rates? Read more and learn vocabulary words like attributed, entrenched, epidemic, epidemiology, excessive, momentum, optimistic, and systemic.

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