Dice run planned

The Beverly Eagles F.O.E. 3665 announces their “Hogs for Dogs” dice run. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last bike out at 1 p.m. Last bike in is scheduled for 5 p.m. Cost for the Dice Run is $15 per person and $25 per couple. Proceeds from the event benefit The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, who urge people to “Adopt, Rescue, Care.” Bikes and Jeeps are welcome. There will be a 50/50, raffles, door prizes, food, and adoptable dogs. Come on out and support this worthy cause!

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FACT-CHECKING SITES LISTED

I know school has just started, but those reports and papers will be assigned before you know it. This article came across my desk from the Washington County Public Library and I felt it contained information both students and adults need. The article, “Top 10 Sites to Help Students Check Their Facts” was written by freelance writer Jennifer Snelling in February, 2018. While I’m sure her suggestions will meet with disagreements from some, think about what these have to offer and use them to guide what you believe when you read things on social media and in the media in general. Frank Baker, the author of “Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom” and creator of the “Media Literacy Clearinghouse” says: “A good fact-checking site uses neutral wording, provides unbiased sources to support its claims, and reliable links. Readers should apply the same critical thinking and questioning to fact-check sites.”

Here’s a rundown of 10 of the top fact- and bias-checking sites to use, Be sure you understand how each site reports and their focus when looking at their information, especially during election times.

AllSides — While not a fact-checking site, AllSides gathers stories from right, center and left-leaning media so readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting on each topic.

Fact Check — This nonpartisan, nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.

Media Matters — This nonprofit and self-described liberal-leaning research center monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the media.

NewsBusters — A project of the conservative Media Research Center, NewsBusters is focused on “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”

Open Secrets — This nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit website run by the Center for Responsive Politics tracks how much and where candidates get their money.

Politifact — This Pulitzer Prize winning website rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials. Run by editors and reporters from the independent newspaper Tampa Bay Times, Politicfact features the Truth-O-Meter that rates statements as “True,” “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “False,” and “Pants on Fire.”

ProPublica — This independent, nonprofit newsroom has won several Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 Prize for Explanatory Reporting. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Snopes — This independent, nonpartisan website run by professional researcher and writer David Mikkelson researches urban legends and other rumors. It is often the first to set the facts straight on wild fake news claims.

The Sunlight Foundation — This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization uses public policy data-based journalism to make politics more transparent and accountable.

Washington Post Fact Checker — Although the Washington Post has a left-center bias, its checks are excellent and sourced. The bias shows up because they fact check conservative claims more than liberal ones.

I hope this offers some useful information, but be sure to use your own opinions and common sense and, in the words of a classic TV show, “Let’s be careful out there.”

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