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    Getty Local law enforcement officers are seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 9, 2022. Aileen Cannon is the federal judge presiding over a hearing in the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. She is considering a request from former President Donald Trump to appoint a special master in the investigation. Cannon was appointed by Trump to her position as U.S. District Court Judge. On Thursday, September 1, 2022, she heard from Trump attorneys asking she place restrictions on investigators, saying national security was at risk. She is a district judge for the Southern District of Florida in Fort Pierce, Florida, according to Florida’s court portal. Cannon filed a 24-page application to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to apply for her role. Cannon’s husband is Josh Cannon, who she married June 7, 2008, according to her wedding website.
    Donald Trump has sued the federal government and asked for a special master to determine what materials seized from Mar-a-Lago can be used in the investigation into him. The former president filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida on Monday afternoon saying his Fourth Amendment rights had been violated by the seizure of certain documents, including two of his passports. It comes a magistrate in Florida prepares to decide whether to unseal the search affidavit that led to the raid two weeks ago.  'Politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice. President Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and in the 2024 General Election, should he decide to run', the lawsuit reads.  It adds that the raid on Mar-a-Lago was 'shockingly aggressive' and the move showed 'no understanding of the distress that it would cause most Americans.' 'Like all citizens, (Trump) is protected by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Property seized in violation of his constitutional rights musty be returned forthwith'.  More...
    A former candidate for Minnesota governor compared the deal between the Minneapolis public schools and teachers union - which promotes laying off white teachers ahead of those of color - to racist Jim Crow-era laws. Former Republican candidate Kendall Qualls called the deal 'repugnant' on Fox and Friends this morning, characterizing it as 'unamerican.' 'It's just repugnant,' Qualls, who is black, said, 'You it you think about the discrimination that we faced in this country back in the 50's and 60's, it was wrong then. It's wrong now regardless of who is the victim it's wrong. And we shouldn't stand for it as a country.' The deal was struck between Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers union after a two week strike spearheaded by union president Greta Callahan last spring.  It states that instead of teacher layoffs or relocations being decided based on seniority – as is typical – schools can ignore that protocol and dismiss senior staff members if otherwise a teacher of color would be laid off. Also speaking on Fox and Friends was Kofi Montzka, a...
    (The Center Square) – A 28-year-old teacher's video announcing he quit his job in Ohio to go work as a manager in Walmart went viral in July and his story landed him on ABC's Good Morning America. "Leaving teaching after 6 years to go be a manager at Walmart and make more not using my degree," Seth Goshorn posted in his video that received more than 63,000 likes on TikTok. Goshorn had a gross salary of $48,962 in 2021 – his final full year as a teacher at Plain Local School District in Canton, Ohio. He left for a $55,000-a-year job as a Walmart manager. According to district documents, Goshorn worked four years as a teacher. Goshorn's story continued a long-running debate on teachers salaries in this country. It's a complicated issue because teachers' compensation can vary greatly. About 125 miles southwest of Canton, where Goshorn had a base pay of $44,735, teachers in the Columbus school district in Ohio are threatening to strike. A teacher with four years of experience in that school district had...
    (CNN)As details about failures of the police response to the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, have trickled out through leaks and incomplete official reviews, it's still not clear more than two months later to what extent any of the agencies involved are investigating individual and systemic mistakes in the response to the most deadly US campus shooting in nearly a decade. Residents, policing experts, other law enforcement officials, state leaders and lawmakers all have criticized police from more than 20 agencies on scene that day for the delay in confronting a spree shooter who was in classrooms at Robb Elementary for more than an hour with 21 people he fatally shot and 17 others injured.What we know about the victims at Robb Elementary SchoolOfficials representing agencies involved in the immediate response largely have avoided talking about their internal investigations -- if acknowledging them at all -- including whether their goals include discipline for officers or others, or a focus on how similar incidents could be handled better, or both. Also not entirely clear are steps they may be taking to...
    As a community advocate, Joe Delgado has learned to expect dysfunction from the city of Los Angeles. For months, he and others with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment have been trying to get help for hundreds of Black and Latino tenants living in slum-like conditions at the Chesapeake Apartments, a sprawling complex in the heart of the L.A. City Council’s 10th District. “They’ve identified potentially 160 units that have lead exposure where kids are living,” Delgado told me. “And there has not been any action taken to come and do blood testing to make sure these kids don’t have permanent brain damage.” But, as difficult as it has been for him to get the city to act, chances are, it’s about to get a lot worse. On Tuesday, an L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled that Herb Wesson, the termed-out councilman who has been representing the 10th District on an interim basis, can no longer perform “any functions” of the job. For now anyway. California Judge temporarily bars Herb Wesson from performing L.A. City Council duties A...
    San Francisco's new district attorney Brooke Jenkins, who quit Chesa Boudin's office to lead his recall effort, held a staff meeting that was described as 'icy' and 'horrible' where she ordered them to review cases where plea deals are being offered and warned of a possible 'reshuffling' of the office.   Jenkins, who was appointed by Mayor London Breed to replace the recalled Boudin, was sworn in as the new DA on Friday. Jenkins then held a 20-minute meeting with 25 senior staffers that many people in attendance described to SFGATE as 'horrible,' 'icy,' 'uncomfortable,' and, at times, 'insane.' The new DA was pushed by attendees to offer specifics on how she would run the office and asked if she had any concrete directives. Jenkins told staffers she wanted  a review of every single case in which a plea offer had been made but not yet accepted by the suspect, adding that she wanted to prioritize drug cases. The review would be to determine which plea offers to withdraw. Jenkins, who quit Boudin's office in 2021 to volunteer for the recall,...
    For most of his career, Rodney Davis has been the epitome of a mainstream Republican congressman. In order to continue being a Republican congressman, however, he might have to turn into something else. First elected to Congress in 2012, Davis represented a purple Central Illinois district. He once chaired the Republican Main Street Caucus, a House power base for GOP moderates. And last year, he was one of 35 House Republicans to vote in favor of creating an independent commission to investigate Jan. 6. But when Illinois lost a congressional seat and redrew its district maps last fall, Davis was lumped into a new, more rural district that Donald Trump would have won in 2020 by a nearly 40-point margin. And he wasn’t alone: Rep. Mary Miller, a freshman Republican, was drawn into the new district, too. What’s unfolded since then has been an unusually bitter primary fight between Davis and Miller, which has divided GOP power brokers and attracted a staggering $10 million in outside spending for both candidates. Most notably, it forced Davis out of the mainstream...
    DENVER (CBS4) – It’s time for summer break which means many kids won’t have access to food during the day. Families struggling to put food on the table rely on school districts to provide meals to supplement what they can afford. Luckily this summer, many school districts have free summer meal programs to help fill that gap. (credit: CBS) Theresa Hafner, the Executive Director of Food Services for Denver Public Schools, is getting ready to shift gears from the school year to the summer break. She isn’t getting a vacation though, instead she is gearing up for DPS’ Free Summer Meal program. “We’re serving kids meals all throughout the school year, but the hunger doesn’t take a break during the summer,” she said. (credit: CBS) She and her coworkers feed Denver children every week day whether they are DPS students or not. The district has been doing it for at least 30 years, but this year she says it is more important than ever. “The pandemic has been especially hard on a lot of families and so there is definitely a...
    Florida governor Ron DeSantis says that the state will likely take over Disney World's Reedy Creek Improvement District rather than local governments absorbing the special district. DeSantis insisted on Monday that taxpayers in central Florida near Reedy Creek will not be forced to absorb the nearly $1billion bond debt that the district currently carries once its dissolution is completed in 2023. The governor said that he is working on the proposal for the state to take over Reedy Creek and that he expects it to be considered after the November elections. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Monday that the state of Florida would assume control of Disney's Reedy Creek instead of saddling local counties with the district's $1billion debts DeSantis stripped the special district that comprises Disney World and its surrounding properties of of its status in April. The district is due to dissolve on June 1, 2023 'The path forward is, Disney will not control its own government in the state of Florida,' DeSantis said at an event in Sanford, Florida, 'Disney will have to follow the...
    OAKLAND — A coalition of school families, educators and others has sued Oakland Unified School District over its plan to close, shrink or merge schools, alleging that district leaders violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because it did not analyze whether the plan will exacerbate “significant environmental harms” to Black and Latino communities affected by the decision. The lawsuit, filed by the Justice for Oakland Students coalition this week in Alameda County Superior Court, says the school district was required by CEQA to analyze the environmental impacts of the school closures, which it says will lead to increased traffic and pollution, or to explain why the plan to close schools is exempt under that law. Students who currently walk or bike to their neighborhood schools will now have to commute, often by car, the lawsuit explains. That could lead to increased traffic and worse air quality in the the neighborhoods where the students from closed schools will be going. The district “voted to close these schools in a process that was rushed, not transparent, and we now know, in...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Some viewers have said the newly installed metal fencing along the sides of the I-80 Bryte Bend bridge blocks one of the best views in the city along the stretch of freeway connecting West Sacramento and Natomas. Well, Caltrans says it serves a specific purpose. READ MORE: Nevada County Rushes To Remove Downed Trees Before Wildfire SeasonCaltrans District 3 said a total of 110 feet of fencing was placed along both sides of the freeway to prevent debris from falling on railroad tracks below. See photos of the fencing below. READ MORE: Driver Won't Face Charges In Rocklin Collision That Killed High School Basketball Player Anthony Williams I-80 BRYTE BEND BRIDGE BARRIERS 2- CALTRANS(credit: Caltrans District 3)I-80 BRYTE BEND BRIDGE BARRIERS 3 - CALTRANS(credit: Caltrans District 3)I-80 BRYTE BEND BRIDGE BARRIERS - CALTRANS(credit: Caltrans District 3) The bridge provides one of the best views of the city as drivers can see the Sacramento River and the downtown skyline among most other surrounding areas like West Sacramento and Natomas. MORE NEWS: $10K Reward Offered For Information On...
    Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer has filed a defamation lawsuit against the sports site known as The Athletic and former MLB reporter Molly Knight for excluding pieces of information from sexual assault charges made against him last year. Central to Bauer’s suit is the claim that Knight and the Athletic withheld medical records of Bauer’s accuser, which showed that the woman did not have an “acute” skull fracture. Instead, Bauer’s suit alleges, Knight and The Athletic helped “[spread] the false narrative” that Bauer had fractured her skull. The woman accused Bauer of choking and punching her during sex. The Athletic issued the following update on their article about Bauer, stating “the woman was initially diagnosed with signs of a basilar skull fracture, a subsequent CT scan found no acute fracture.” Bauer’s suit contends that The Athletic’s “false reporting led to a proliferation of articles and tweets referencing a nonexistent skull fracture.” Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Despite having to make a significant update to their story, a spokesperson for The Athletic told the Hill that they feel “confident” in their reporting...
    Dodgers pitcher Trevor NoahTrevor NoahBeyonce, Billie Eilish, Reba McEntire to perform nominated songs at Oscars Kanye West pulled from Grammys lineup over 'concerning online behavior' Kanye West temporarily suspended from Instagram for violating harassment policies MORE on Tuesday filed a defamation lawsuit against The Athletic and former MLB reporter Molly Knight for allegedly excluding pieces of information in reports of a sexual assault claim against him last year.  The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which Bauer announced he was filing in a tweet, accused the sports news outlet and Knight of igniting a campaign to harass Bauer and smear his name. The lawsuit alleges that The Athletic had obtained medical records from Bauer's accuser but "[spread] the false narrative" that Bauer fractured her skull, which was not shown in the accuser's CT scans. As of Wednesday, the article in The Athletic was updated after Bauer's representatives stated that while medical records showed that "the woman was initially diagnosed with signs of a basilar skull fracture, a subsequent CT scan found no acute fracture." Bauer...
    Texas Republicans are going all-in on stomping out LGBTQ+ youth. The Austin Independent School District (ISD) celebrates Pride Week this week as a way to honor, celebrate, and educate people about LGBTQ+ issues and identities. Great! Not so great? School administrators at Doss Elementary have received death threats over events related to Pride Week. And Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter to the district alleging they’re violating state laws by hosting the themed week, period, as reported by The Independent. Paxton, mind you, is the same conservative who wrote an asinine opinion arguing that gender-affirming care is child abuse, which was the basis for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott directing state agencies to investigate supportive families of trans youth. RELATED: Texas attorney general's latest lawsuit shows how Republicans don't want any immigrants here, period “By hosting ‘Pride Week,’ your district has, at best, undertaken a week-long instructional effort in human sexuality without parental consent,” Paxton wrote in the letter to the district, which he also posted on Twitter. He went on to suggest an alternative, which includes the district “cynically pushing” a...
    "I disagree with it not being a hate crime because at the end of the day, we understand, when you have colored on one water faucet and white on another water faucet, what that means," said Accius. "Whether it's 1950 or 2022!" Accius and other activists say the district needs to be more transparent, and they cited another incident at Abraham Lincoln Elementary where graffiti was found of a swastika, the N-word and "KKK." The district said the student was being disciplined over the water fountain incident. Here's a local news report about the race hoax: Person Identified In Racist Incident At McClatchy High www.youtube.com
    Maus by Art Spiegelman. Photo by MARO SIRANOSIAN/AFP via Getty Images. Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, hit the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists in multiple categories after a Tennessee school district removed it from their curriculum. The unanimous vote by the McMinn County, Tennessee School Board to remove Spiegelman’s b00k from their 8th-grade curriculum drew outrage. Transcripts of the school board meeting showed the members discussing their objections to language within the book like “God damn” and a depiction of a nude woman. Spiegelman, a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, created Maus to tell the story of his family’s experiences during the Holocaust, specifically his father. The book depicts Polish Jews like Spiegelman’s family as mice and the Nazis as cats. He blasted the school board’s move as a “daftly myopic response” to the content in his book. As of Sunday afternoon, The Complete Maus (the hardcover edition, affiliate link) is the #1 Best Seller in the entire Books category on Amazon. Screenshot via Amazon, dated Jan. 30, 2022. The graphic novel is...
    ATHENS, Tenn. -- A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to "inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting.The McMinn County School Board decided Jan. 10 to remove "Maus" from its curriculum, news outlets reported.Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for the work that tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland and depicts him interviewing his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor.In an interview, Spiegelman told CNBC he was "baffled" by the school board's decision and called the action "Orwellian.""It's leaving me with my jaw open, like, 'What?'" he said.The decision comes as conservative officials across the country have increasingly tried to limit the type of books that children are exposed to, including books that address structural racism and LGBTQ issues. The Republican governors in South Carolina and Texas have called on superintendents to perform a systemic review of "inappropriate" materials in their states' schoolsThe minutes from the school board meeting indicate objections over...
    The Jefferson Union High School District has a bold plan to boost school revenues and teacher retention: a massive development that includes apartment towers, shops and offices, and subsidized housing for educators built on surplus school property. But one major obstacle threatens the Serramonte Del Rey plan in Daly City, and it’s not the size, density or future traffic snarls. It’s a fruit and vegetable garden. About 3,600 people have signed an online petition to curb the project and save a community garden the district has hosted for about two decades. And Daly City’s City Council looks inclined next month to vote for carrots, corn and elderberries over the proposal for housing and a broader tax base. But not without debate. Melissa Morales checks out a stack of bird houses at a community garden in the Jefferson Union High School District that is slated for possible development, Thursday, December 30, 2021, in Daly City, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  School board member Kalimah Salahuddin said the financial health of the district and better resources for teachers and students should...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Broadway fans were devastated Friday night to hear of the passing of composer Stephen Sondheim. Some of them rushed to the Theater District without tickets to pay tribute to the legend. READ MORE: New Broadway Play 'Clyde's' Will Livestream Final Performances“Cast, musicians, crew dedicate tonight’s and going forward for our entire run to Stephen Sondheim,” actress Patti LuPone said. Before Friday’s production of “Company,” LuPone, the show’s star, was joined by the entire cast to pay tribute to Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics for the show. Director Marianne Elliott said the performance was a celebration of the joy Sondheim brought to audiences. “Well, he’s like Shakespeare, isn’t he? I mean, his work will live forever because he’s such a genius and because it always has something so relevant to say,” Elliott said. “I feel like he raised me,” Sondheim fan Amelia Walker added. Outside the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on West 45th Street, fans of every generation of theater lovers stood heartbroken. READ MORE: 'Trouble In Mind' Finally Opens On Broadway After 66 Year...
    The first Black principal of Colleyville Heritage High School in Grapevine, Texas, has lost his job after a months-long battle with the school board, which accused him of teaching and promoting critical race theory (CRT) in his school. Just a month after Dr. James Whitfield wrote a letter decrying the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, saying systemic racism was "alive and well" and that "education is the key to stomping out ignorance, hate, and systemic racism," Stetson Clark, a former school board candidate at Grapevine-Colleyville High School, called for the principal's firing. "He is encouraging the disruption and destruction of our district," Clark said, July 26, 2020, according to the Texas Tribune. Whitfield received a disciplinary letter from the district a few weeks later and was placed on administrative leave soon after that. In late July, the board then recommended a proposal not to renew Whitfield's contract for the 2022-2023 school year. In addition to Whitfield's email condemning the deaths of Black folk, the mostly white Texas community, had issues with the fact...
    FRISCO, Texas (CBSFW.COM) – Mann Bellani, a freshman at Frisco ISD’s Reedy High School, is worried that next fall, he’ll have to go to Lone Star High School instead. “I was personally shocked that such a thing could happen. All of my friends are staying. I’m the only one leaving. That’s honestly a crazy thing to happen.” READ MORE: Bonuses, Higher Salaries Offered As Retailers Look To Hire 35% More Holiday Help Compared To Last YearBellani isn’t alone. Mann Bellani – Frisco ISD student (CBS 11) Under the school district’s plan, 24 other incoming freshmen and sophomores in his neighborhood alone would also move from Reedy High to Lone Star High. But incoming juniors and seniors would be grandfathered-in. Yukta Bellani, Mann’s mom said she is hoping the Board of Trustees will reconsider the district’s plan when they vote Monday night. “I think the ISD needs to take a second look at us and understand how this is going to impact our kids, our parents.” The meeting is set to attract hundreds of concerned students and parents, just...
    FRISCO, Texas (CBSFW.COM) – Mann Bellani, a freshman at Frisco ISD’s Reedy High School, is worried that next fall, he’ll have to go to Lone Star High School instead. “I was personally shocked that such a thing could happen.”All of my friends are staying. I’m the only one leaving. That’s honestly a crazy thing to happen.” READ MORE: Bonuses, Higher Salaries Offered As Retailers Look To Hire 35% More Holiday Help Compared To Last YearBellani isn’t alone. Mann Bellani – Frisco ISD student (CBS 11) Under the school district’s plan, 24 other incoming freshmen and sophomores in his neighborhood alone would also move from Reedy High to Lone Star High. But incoming juniors and seniors would be grandfathered-in. Yukta Bellani, Mann’s mom said she is hoping the Board of Trustees will reconsider the district’s plan when they vote Monday night. “I think the ISD needs to take a second look at us and understand how this is going to impact our kids, our parents.” The meeting is set to attract hundreds of concerned students and parents, just as...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — It is often said that every vote counts — on Tuesday in Fort Worth voters proved it. Proposition A, the $1.21 billion Fort Worth Independent School District bond, passed by just 42 votes. The controversial bond, the largest in history for the district, will fund the building of four new elementary schools and the interior remodeling of all middle schools in the district. READ MORE: Southwest Airlines Pilot Cited For Alleged Assault Over Masks With Flight AttendantIn all, Fort Worth voters decided on four bond proposals and not all got the green light. READ MORE: Fort Worth ISD Vote Too Close To Call On School Buildings, Saying 'No' To Everything Else On $1.5B Bond PackageProposition B, which would have provided just under $100 million for the renovation of middle and high school auditoriums, lost. Those who headed to the polls voted against Proposition C, the proposal that would have given more than $100 for the building of three new stadiums. And they also nixed Proposition D, the $76 million proposal to renovate school gyms and athletic...
    Los Angeles County school officials voted unanimously on Thursday to order COVID-19 inoculations for all students aged 12 and over, the largest school district in the United States to take that step. School board members approved the shots over the objection of several parents who said in Spanish they were concerned about the safety of vaccines and should have the right to make that decision for their children. 'I do not see this as your choice or my choice,' board member Jackie Goldberg said. 'I see this as a community necessity. That means people have to do things they're not comfortable with, they're not sure of, that may even contain some risk.' The board's vote Thursday makes Los Angeles by far the largest of a handful of districts with a vaccine requirement. Nearby Culver City imposed a similar policy last month for its 7,000 students. LA has about 630,000 students. 'I do not see this as your choice or my choice,' board member Jackie Goldberg (above) said. 'I see this as a community necessity. That means people have to...
    Tom Cruise resumed filming for Mission Impossible 7 on Thursday, as he parachuted from a helicopter in the Lake District. The actor, 59, who has faced numerous delays to production of the spy film due to the Covid pandemic, proved that no stunt is too big as he completed the same jump four times to ensure director Christopher McQuarrie landed the perfect shot. This is just the latest in an array of stunts that Tom has performed for the latest Mission Impossible film, with the actor previously seen clinging to a train for a daring scene in Yorkshire. Scroll down for video  Daredevil: Tom Cruise resumed filming for Mission Impossible 7 on Thursday, as he parachuted from a helicopter in the Lake District Tom was dressed in his character Ethan Hunt's full spy attire as he clung to the parachute while it floated onto the fields below. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Gigi Hadid displays her bold sense of style in tie-dye... Halsey wows in a low-cut top while spending time with... 'He...
    Former Major League Baseball player Juan Encarnación is under arrest in his native Dominican Republic over allegations that he sexually assaulted his 11-year-old daughter. Encarnación, 45, was taken into custody Saturday in Santo Domingo after his ex-wife of 16 years appeared before the National District Office of the Attorney General to file a complaint. A court document indicated that Encarnación 'committed the act in May 21 while the minor slept in her room and he took the opportunity to enter and touch her private parts.' Family members told local outlets that the child woke up after she was touched by her father and pretended to sleep. 'These are difficult cases that affect a whole family,' National District prosecutor Rosalba Ramos told Dominican digital news outlet Diario Libre. 'However, the prosecution has a firm position on cases of abuse against minors.' The girl was accompanied by her mother in court Monday and was formally interviewed by prosecution investigators. Juan Encarnación, who played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball before a freak on-field injury fractured his left eye in 2007 and...
    In this November 2019 file photo, a police officer talks to students in a high school hallway. Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images A school district in Colorado brought more law enforcement officers in for the first day of classes. The move comes after a mask mandate applying to pre-school through 8th-grade students created "tensions in the community." The Eagle County Sheriff's Office urged protestors opposed to the mandate to stay away from schools. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. A Colorado school district increased its police presence on the first day of classes after announcing a mask mandate for young children. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office said in a press release that law enforcement presence would be increased at several schools due to "tensions in the community." Several parents in the district, which is about two hours west...
    In small towns like Pequot Lakes, back-to-school nights and open houses often feel like family reunions. It’s a day that some teachers say sets the tone for the rest of the year. And one that educators excitedly prepare for weeks in advance, says Karen Rubado, who teaches in the district and is a facilitator for the equity and diversity program SEED (seeking educational equity and diversity). But she isn’t so sure that this year’s open houses will be the same. “It’s one of our favorite days of the year, but I think in the back of many teachers’ minds, there’s anxiety that a few parents will choose that night to address concerns,” Rubado said. Rubado is specifically referring to questions regarding critical race theory.  Article continues after advertisement It’s a topic that’s become a fixation across the country and specifically in some rural counties. School board meetings, which often experience a lull in the summer, have experienced a surge in attendance throughout the state. Robado, who has taught in Pequot Lakes for 29 years and regularly attended school board meetings...
    The Freedom of the Seas cruise ship, where Chloe Wiegand died. Associated Press Chloe Wiegand fell from a Royal Caribbean ship's 11th deck in 2019 after her grandfather held her up. Her parents sued the cruise line, saying the company should have warned about the open window. A judge said the grandfather should have known he was holding Chloe to an open window.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Royal Caribbean has been cleared of wrongdoing in the 2019 falling death of toddler Chloe Wiegand, court documents show.  US District Court Judge Donald Graham of the Southern District of Florida threw out the lawsuit filed by Wiegand's parents on Tuesday before it could go to trial in Florida.  Wiegand was just 18 months old when her grandfather, Salvatore Anello, held her up to an 11th-deck window on the Freedom of Seas crew ship and she fell to her death.  Anello was sentenced to three years probation in February after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in his granddaughter's death. A still of surveillance footage shared in the lawsuit...
    (CNN)Whoever wins the Democratic primary race for Manhattan district attorney on Tuesday isn't just poised to take the helm of one of the most legendary prosecutors offices in New York. They also will inherit perhaps the highest profile investigation in the country: that of former President Donald Trump and his company.The outgoing district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., is likely to decide whether to charge a case against the former President, the Trump Organization or company executives by the end of his term in December, CNN previously reported.If that happens, the next district attorney -- most likely the winner of Tuesday's primary, given the overwhelmingly Democratic makeup of Manhattan -- will oversee the prosecution.With eight contenders, the Democratic primary race for district attorney is a crowded one, and unlike the New York City mayoral primary, it doesn't have ranked-choice voting.Whoever wins is likely to incur Trump's ire if they continue Vance's work, since the former President has been quick to accuse Democrats investigating him, including Vance and New York state Attorney General Letitia James, of pursuing political prosecutions. Read More"If you...
    More On: columbus day School board under fire after removing holiday names from calendar Happy ‘day off’: NJ school district removes all holiday names from academic calendar Italian Americans file court petition to save Syracuse’s Columbus statue Italian-Americans rip de Blasio over cancel of Columbus Day in schools Three generations of a New Jersey clan are on the front lines of a culture-war fight over Christopher Columbus, their Italian heritage — and, they say, historical truth. It’s boiling over because a school district voted to remove all holidays from the school calendar, replaced by “Days Off.” The family’s youngest member, 19-year-old Chiara Ricupero, is bearing the battle scars. “I’ve lost all my friends from high school except one,” the college freshman told The Post, describing the furious backlash she’s endured in her hometown of Randolph, NJ, for speaking out against the local school board’s cancellation of Columbus Day. “I was told I was an embarrassment, I was told I was disgusting, I was told ‘eff you,’” Chiara said. “They say I’m insensitive,” she said of her peers. “But they’re...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A bill dealing with sex crimes has exploded in controversy at the Colorado State Capitol. District attorneys say the bill would allow some of the state’s most violent sex offenders to be released from prison without any treatment. The bill sponsor, state Rep. Kerry Tipper, says hundreds of them aren’t getting treatment now because of a long waitlist even though a District Court ruled that sex offenders have a constitutional right to treatment in a reasonable time period. Tipper says she’s trying to address that. READ MORE: Colorados Comeback: How Could Reviving A Conservation Corps Serve A Dual Purpose? The Colorado District Attorneys Council says returning sex offenders to the community before they receive treatment is not the answer. The council says the bill would allow the parole board to release people convicted of violent sex crimes as long as they’re signed up for community-based treatment and are considered a manageable risk. It would also prevent treatment providers from limiting an offenders contact with children without a court order and would create a new risk-based sex offender...
    Virginia’s T.C. Williams High School, made famous by the feature film Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington, is dumping its 56-year-old name over ties to racism. When the school opened in 1965, it was named after former school superintendent Thomas Chambliss Williams, a strict segregationist during the 1930s. The school has long criticized its namesake, and on its website, the school system says that Williams and his history “could not have been more inconsistent with the vibrant, diverse and inclusive place we know today.” The site adds that Williams “did everything possible to slow down the process of integration in Alexandria.” And the district has debated changing the name for some time. The school came to national attention when the school integrated in the 1970s and went on to have a winning football team that helped to unite the community. The history of the school became the topic of a hit film in the year 2000. In November, a unanimous vote was held, giving the district the go-ahead to change the school’s name, kicking off a campaign to pick a...
    CALABASAS, Calif. (KABC) -- Thousands of middle and high schoolers in the Calabasas area were set to return to school on Monday for the first time in over year.Three middle schools and two high schools within the Las Virgenes Unified School School District will be the first campuses to reopen for in-person instruction in Los Angeles County, welcoming back some 7,000 students.The district will operate under a hybrid plan, where students will spend half their time on campus and the other half continuing to learn from home.A number of health safety protocols will be in place to bring students back. Children must complete a health screening before entering campus, undergo temperature checks, wear masks and practice physical distancing.The district's teachers aren't yet fully vaccinated, though many of them are halfway there. Some 1,000 educators received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine a few weeks ago at a clinic put on by the district.Meanwhile, the restart of Los Angeles Unified schools is moving closer to reality as the teachers union has now approved a deal to resume in-person instruction.The agreement...
    CALABASAS, Calif. (KABC) -- Thousands of middle and high schoolers in the Calabasas area were set to return to school on Monday for the first time in over year.Three middle schools and two high schools within the Las Virgenes Unified School School District will be among the first campuses to reopen for in-person instruction in Los Angeles County, welcoming back some 7,000 students.The district will operate under a hybrid plan, where students will spend half their time on campus and the other half continuing to learn from home.A number of health safety protocols will be in place to bring students back. Children must complete a health screening before entering campus, undergo temperature checks, physically distanced desks and masks.The district's teachers aren't yet fully vaccinated, though many of them are halfway there. Some 1,000 educators received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine a few weeks ago at a clinic put on by the district.
    OAKLAND — A slight majority of elementary school families in the Oakland Unified School District want the option of sending students back to classrooms in-person this spring, according to a survey by the district. According to the survey results published by the district this week, nearly 54% of families with students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade want to be able to send their kids back to the classrooms this spring, after nearly a year of doing distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just over 38% want to continue distance learning this school year. The district sent out the survey last month to figure out how to accommodate a hybrid model, in which some students can return to campuses a few days a week, while those who want to continue doing virtual, at-home education can do so. District staff sent emails, texts and made calls to the elementary school families over a two-week period to conduct the survey. The responses to the survey were differently split among individual schools and in different geographic areas of the city. In northwest...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Doctors report an increase of California variant cases in San Francisco's Mission District and point to an elevated transmission within households.On Dec. 31, UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Charles Chiu detected the first California variant cases in the Bay Area. Now, it's been close to two months and the health care community is concerned as cases increase.EXCLUSIVE: UCSF lab says secret to killing COVID-19 variants may lie in targeting human protein"This is a race against the virus," said Dr. Diane Havlir, UCSF Professor of Medicine, HIV, Infectious Disease, and Global Medicine, Infectious Diseases."This is a race against time," said Jon Jacobo, health committee chair with the Latino Task Force. #Covid19 |CA variant cases going ⬆️Study: @UCSF & @czbiohub points to an increase of #CAVariant cases in SF’s Mission Dist.???? Nov. :”Approx. 16% of all the virus we were seeing people infected”???? Jan. : “Over 50% of the strains we’re seeing” (Dr. Havlir)@abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/t8cTCAMO2i— Luz Peña (@LuzPenaABC7) February 24, 2021"It's a race between us and the variant and we don't want to lose," said Dr. Joe DeRisi,...
    ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – Estes Valley Fire Protection District firefighters responded to Highway 36 late Saturday night after a car drove off the edge and landed upside down among some trees. It happened between Estes Park and Lyons. (credit: Estes Valley Fire Protection District) (credit: Estes Valley Fire Protection District) Three people were inside; two were able to escape safely and walk up the embankment. Firefighters rescued the third person using a ladder rope system. (credit: Estes Valley Fire Protection District) That person was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. (credit: Estes Valley Fire Protection District) It’s not clear what caused the car to go off the highway.
    Brittney Gilliam, 29, has filed a lawsuit against officers with the Aurora Police Department  A black woman whose family was 'traumatized' after being 'handcuffed at gunpoint' in August after police wrongly believed she was driving a stolen car has filed a lawsuit against the Aurora Police Department. Brittney Gilliam, 29, was driving the car with her young sister Na'Kiya Jackson, 12, her six-year-old daughter Luvly Tubbs, and two nieces, Emonne Gilliam, 17, and Teriana Thomas, 14, when Aurora cops detained them because they believed Gilliam was driving a stolen car. The lawsuit, filed in Arapahoe County District Court, comes after District Attorney George Brauchler's office reviewed the case and cleared the officers of criminal charges. Five police officers are named as defendants in the case, as well as Chief Vanessa Wilson and the city of Aurora. Gilliam is seeking punitive, compensatory and economic damages to be determined at trial. David Lane, Gilliam's lawyer, said the suit is the first to be filed in district court under a new law passed last year amid the summer's George Floyd protests, KDVR reported....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A former high school principal has filed a lawsuit against a central Florida school district over allegations that she was wrongly removed from her job and discriminated against over her “alcohol dependency problem.” In a lawsuit filed Jan. 4 in federal court in Orlando, Mary Williams seeks more than $30,000 in damages, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The lawsuit argues the Seminole County school district discriminated against her because of her disability, which is her alcohol addiction, failed to abide by the federal Family Medical Leave Act and wrongly tried to dictate the treatment Williams would receive. Williams was named principal of the year for Seminole County while at Hagerty High School in 2018. Less than a year later, school district officials informed Williams she would not be rehired for the 2019-2020 school year, the newspaper reported. Boyd Karns, the district’s top human resources administrator, told the newspaper he could not comment on the lawsuit. Williams attorney, Alfred Truesdell, said he had no comment beyond what was in the lawsuit. The non-renewal letter provided no information as to...
    By Bob Van Voris | Bloomberg A group of states led by New York sued to block a Trump administration rule they claim would permit predatory lenders to avoid state consumer protection laws and charge excessive interest rates. Seven states and the District of Columbia sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency seeking to invalidate the “true lender rule,” saying it allows nonbank lenders to partner with national banks, which are heavily regulated at the federal level, to avoid state usury laws. They called the rule “unprecedented and ill-conceived” in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. “The rule seeks to preempt state usury law, infringe on the states’ historical police powers and facilitate predatory lending by purporting to halt the ability of the states and courts to apply well-established principles for determining whether a national bank actually fulfills the role of lender when loans are offered through a purported partnership between a national bank and a non-bank,” the states said in the suit. Related Articles Update: Kenosha shooting suspect pleads not guilty ...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It was supposed to be back to the classroom today for thousands of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff, but some of them are refusing to do so because they don’t feel safe returning to school buildings, and the Chicago Teachers Union says they shouldn’t have to. The union held an online press conference this morning, on the day teachers and staff who serve preschoolers and some special education students were slated to return to school buildings. During that meeting, some teachers said they already signed letters to their principals letting them know they won’t be in the classroom today. “They need to see my mouth,” teacher Linda Perales said. “If I put a face mask on, and I’m teaching from the building, … how are my students going to learn their letters and their sounds?” That’s one of the reasons why some teachers say going back to school buildings doesn’t make sense. They said, depending on the classroom, being masked and teaching students won’t work. They also argue school buildings are unsafe, and that the safety...
    The emotional push and pull over schools intensified Friday as advocates filed litigation to pry campuses open in Los Angeles, even as teachers in Orange County pleaded for them to shut down. Amid an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections and many students faring poorly and failing multiple classes in online learning, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a tolerable middle ground among school leaders, parents and teachers in the nine-month education crisis that has all but shut down campuses. Days after the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it was closing all campuses for limited in-person instruction, two children’s advocacy groups asked the state’s highest court to order a partial — but still substantial — reopening to serve the youngest students and those with special needs, such as students with disabilities and those learning English. In contrast, many school districts in Orange County were able to reopen campuses in the fall when virus rates were subsiding. But with the county’s emergency medical systems near meltdown, teacher union leaders have overwhelming called for a temporary but total campus...
    The narrow victory declared Tuesday for Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia was the last called of California’s 53 races for the House of Representatives. The final tally: 42 Democrats, 11 Republicans — a gain of three seats for the GOP. Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot and defense industry executive, held on to his seat by a 333-vote margin over Democratic rival Christy Smith in the 25th District, north of Los Angeles. Garcia was a short-term incumbent, having won the vacant seat in a May special election after the resignation of Democrat Katie Hill amid a House ethics probe. Of the 53 seats, 47 were retained by the incumbents. Three districts elected a new representative of the same party as the predecessor: 8th:  Jay Obernolte (R) defeated Christine Bubser in a sparsely populated swath from the Eastern Sierra to the Mojave Desert. Incumbent Paul Cook ran for (and won) the post of San Bernardino County supervisor. 50th: Darrell Issa (R) defeated Ammar Campa-Najjar in San Diego County. From 2001-2019, Issa represented the 48th and 49th districts. The...
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