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A NYC school diploma isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

New York City's public schools are like Potemkin villages, propped up by teachers unions to appear successful when in fact they're rife with grade fraud and filled with educrats who simply pass failing students.
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Astronaut, satellites capture beauty of aurora borealis from space
The Northern Lights on Earth were shining brightly from space thanks to a geomagnetic storm.
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Yankees rotation not as strong since these two deadline moves
It's been just a couple of weeks, but as of now, the Yankees' starting rotation is weaker since the Aug. 2 major league trade deadline passed.
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‘House of the Dragon’ Is a Dull ‘Game of Thrones’ Do-Over
HBOSuperfluousness, thy name is House of the Dragon, a hybrid of HBO's two most recent mega-hits—Game of Thrones and Succession—that serves as a prequel to the former that no one really asked for, and even fewer will feel is necessary.Based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood, the cable giant’s highly anticipated follow-up, set two centuries before the events of its prior fantasy epic, turns out to be a remix of everything that defined that beloved triumph, from various houses and court players scheming to solidify their power and position, to humdrum bouts of ultraviolence and gratuitous nudity, to routine and joyless royal incest. Supplying a familiar brand of conniving, carnage and tangled drama, Martin and Ryan J. Condal’s show is a big-budget affair that’s been designed to please the franchise faithful. What's missing, unfortunately, is anything remotely novel, causing it to flirt perilously with pointlessness. As with its predecessor, House of the Dragon (August 21) should come with a glossary, so chockablock is it with names of people, places, beasts, and conflicts. For all its complications, however, it’s a decidedly conventional affair whose first five episodes function as prologue for its forthcoming saga. The early focus is on platinum blonde paterfamilias King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine), who assumes the throne instead of his cousin Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best) and, in the ninth year of his reign—a good 172 years before the Mad King will perish and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen will be born—is desperate for a male heir. He’s convinced that his pregnant wife’s latest child will be the boy he seeks, which is just fine by his daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), whose time is mainly spent in the company of her best friend Lady Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), the trusted Hand of the King. When things don’t go as planned for Viserys, King’s Landing is thrown into disarray, and a brewing war for the Iron Throne—waged not on battlefields but in council chambers, bedrooms, and shadowy corridors—comes into clear view.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Few signs of progress in high-level Ukraine talks
Few signs of progress were reported as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres met with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy in a high-powered bid to ratchet down the war with Russia. (Aug. 19)      
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‘House of the Dragon’ review: Brutal, creepy ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel could set viewers on fire
While the spinoff is hardly a masterpiece, it is an addictively watchable series full of juicy drama, palace intrigue and crowd-pleasing "GoT" nostalgia.
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HBO's first 'Game of Thrones' spinoff recaptures the power, grandeur of the original
"House of the Dragon" will delight fans with a new, engrossing chapter in the saga — one that matches and at times improves on its predecessor.
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House of the Dragon Is, Against All Odds, Pretty Decent
Although there’s plenty of sex, blood, and dragon riding to overwhelm the senses, the prequel is, at its core, a family drama
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‘House of the Dragon’ Review: The ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-off is Better Than the Original
You might feel burned by Game of Thrones, but House of the Dragon is worth a return to Westeros.
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Surprise! Netflix Just Added a ‘Sandman’ Two-Part Bonus Episodes
Wake up and turn on Netflix! There’s a brand new two-part bonus episode of The Sandman now streaming! According to Netflix, this is “a surprise drop for fans who have been long-awaiting additional stories from The Sandman universe.” The two-part bonus episode adapts two issues that were printed in The Sandman: Dream Country. There’s an...
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Review: Sorry, but HBO's 'House of the Dragon' can't touch 'Game of Thrones' greatness
As much as fans and HBO want "House of the Dragon" to be the next "Game of Thrones," it is a pale imitator of its parent show.       
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What Happened to Leni on Netflix's 'Echoes'?
Netflix's new drama "Echoes" has fans wondering what happened to the character of Leni. Leni is played by Michelle Monaghan, as is her twin sister Gina.
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'Making the Cut' Store: Where and How to Buy the Winning Looks
Once again 'Making the Cut' fans have the opportunity to buy the winning looks from the Heidi Klum– and Tim Gunn–hosted series.
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Dear Abby: How do I kick my entitled sister-in-law out of my house
Dear Abby dishes out advice on how to gracefully end a friendship and what to do if your vacation guests are wearing out their welcome.
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Indiana widow and her lover charged with murder in death of firefighter husband
The widow of an Evansville firefighter has been charged with the murder of her husband, along with her lover.
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‘The Godfather’ Insight on What’s Driving Markets
It’s hard to read the events of the last few months any other way — it was the oil price all along.
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Miranda Maverick says Shanna Young hospitalized, UFC 278 fight canceled
Just hours before UFC 278 weigh-ins, Saturday's card has lost a fight.      Related StoriesVideo: Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards bicker about style, cars and 'envy' before UFC 278 rematch - EnclosureGilbert Burns: Jorge Masvidal has verbally agreed to fight, UFC determining dateGilbert Burns: Jorge Masvidal has verbally agreed to fight, UFC determining date - Enclosure 
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Oswaldo Cabrera picks up first big league hit in Yankees’ loss
Rookie infielder Oswaldo Cabrera collected a pair of hits, including the first of his major league career, in the Yankees’ 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
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Some LA County residents are asked to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days as utility seeks to fix leaky pipeline from Colorado River
Officials who oversee Southern California's water supply are leading by example amidst a prolonged drought by fixing a leaky pipe that serves as a 36-mile "critical imported water pipeline" from the Colorado River.
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What Is the Circular Economy and Where Does It Lead?
Take, make, use, dispose. For decades, this has been the standard approach to production and consumption. Companies take raw materials and transform them into products, which are purchased by consumers, who ultimately toss them out, creating waste that ends up in landfills and oceans. Worried about climate change and environmental degradation, people are challenging the sustainability of this linear model and urging a so-called circular economy of take, make, use, reuse and reuse again and again
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Mets starter Taijuan Walker not ruling out Sunday return
Taijuan Walker still hasn’t eliminated the possibility he will pitch Sunday for the Mets, but said that will only happen if he’s feeling 100 percent.
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Brian Stelter dropped by CNN: Why the 'Reliable Sources' host was shown the door
CNN dismissed "Reliable Sources" host and media correspondent Brian Stelter this week in the latest dramatic shake-up under new network CEO Chris Licht.
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Meet the American who founded pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the nation
Meet the American who created pickleball with friends — a sport that is becoming vastly popular in America. Joel Pritchard of Washington state invented the game in 1965 to entertain his kids.
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Clarence Thomas unjustly attacked since Dobbs decision with shocking, violent language
Since the Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dobbs abortion case conservative justices have been attacked. The violent rhetoric has been especially strong against Clarence Thomas.
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Joe Jonas, Simon Cowell and other famous men get candid about plastic surgery and injectables
Male celebrities, including Joe Jonas, Simon Cowell and Christian Bale have opened up about their past cosmetic procedures. Cowell has said his face looked like a "horror film."
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NYC, DC sanctuary city policies come back to haunt them amid feud with Texas, Arizona
The sanctuary city policies of Washington D.C. and New York City are facing fresh scrutiny as Texas and Arizona have been busing migrants to their cities.
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Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect Hadi Matar in court: ambush was 'just a matter of time,' expert says
The stabbing attack against "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie was predictable, an analyst tells Fox News Digital, noting the 1990s attacks on Rushdie's translators.
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Seattle homicides rose precipitously in 2020 as liberal leaders demanded police be defunded
Seattle was a city at the heart of the defund the police movement in 2020. The city has since faced a staffing crisis among law enforcement, and high number of homicides in 2020.
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Martin Short Roasts ‘Proud Boy’ Fallon to Pieces on ‘Tonight Show’
NBCMartin Short is widely considered to be the greatest late-night talk show guest of all-time, mostly because he meticulously prepares a slew of killer jokes before he arrives.And the comedian and actor, who is currently Emmy-nominated for his role in Only Murders in the Building, did not disappoint when he sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Thursday night.“James Thomas Fallon, my god, your name screams out diversity,” Short began. And after a couple of jokes at his own expense, he continued laying into the host. “Now I haven’t seen you since the big Saudi golf tournament,” he said. “Who knew that you and the Crown Prince were such buddies?! The giggling and the giggling.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mater Dei easily handles Mira Costa in battle of top prep girls volleyball
The Mater Dei girls' volleyball team cruised easily to a 3-1 win over Mira Costa in a battle of the top girls prep volleyball teams in the state on Thursday.
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Marvel star Frank Grillo slams Los Angeles crime after boxing trainer shot dead
"I don’t know what’s happened to Los Angeles that a beautiful guy like this gets shot and killed over nothing."
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On Sunday, the Philippines Celebrates the Life of a Democratic Hero. That Could Be Awkward for Its New President
Ninoy Aquino Day falls every Aug. 21. Will Marcos Jr. permit the survival of a holiday dedicated to his family's arch-rival?
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Sterling Markets Are Cruising for a Bruising
UK government bonds look vulnerable to rising inflation and increased supply.
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Australia's leader says cutting Bali bomber's sentence will upset victims' families
The sentence reduction means Umar Patek could be released on parole ahead of the 20th anniversary of the bombings in October.
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Putin Offers Russia a Potemkin Future
Russians are ignoring the present and trusting in a brighter tomorrow. But what happens when the good news proves to be a facade?
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High school football: Thursday's scores
Thursday's CIF City Section and Southern Section high school football scores.
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Can Switzerland Stay Neutral Toward Putin’s Fascism?
Russia’s attack on Ukraine poses the hardest dilemma Switzerland has faced since World War II.
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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reveals the 'central thesis' that the Trump raid runs against
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sounded off on agencies in the wake of the Justice Department and FBI allegedly colluding in the Trump raid on "The Ingraham Angle."
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California police department removes 'racist and unscientific' term from official communications
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police have removed the term "excited delirium" after recent progressive studies have deemed it "racist and unscientific."
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Mosquito spraying booms, but may be too deadly
With climate change widening the mosquito's range and lengthening its prime season, more Americans are resorting to the booming industry of professional yard spraying (Aug. 19)(AP video: Mike Householder)      
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Kenya’s Economy Can’t Afford a Political Crisis
From drought and debt to the inflationary impact of war in Ukraine, its problems demand a speedy resolution of any dispute over election results.
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'New normal' across the Taiwan Strait as China threat looms ever closer
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What to watch on Friday: ‘Orphan: First Kill’ airs on Paramount Plus
Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 I ‘Echoes' miniseries premieres on Netflix
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Bishop Amat gets big plays in opening win over Valencia
Delano Franklin scored three touchdowns and contributed an interception in a 29-6 Bishop Amat victory over Valencia on Thursday.
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Gutfeld: They wear fishnet tights and want union rights
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld and guests discuss strippers at Los Angeles' Star Garden topless dive bar submitting a petition to unionize on Thursday's "Gutfeld!"
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Florida man armed with machete shot dead by cops after home invasion
"I woke up on a mattress and there’s a guy lying next to me saying, ‘I love you’,” he continued. “I’m weirded out.
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Footage shows ‘flash mob’ of looters ransack 7-Eleven in Los Angeles
Snacks, drinks, cigarettes, lottery tickets and more were stolen by flash mob that ransacked a 7/11 in Los Angeles. 
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Parents debate how race and gender issues should be taught in schools
CNN's Alisyn Camerota talks with a group of parents with different political views about how race and gender issues should be taught in their kids' schools.
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Frankie Montas looking like Yankees’ problem, not deadline consolation prize
Frankie Montas was a consolation prize at the trade deadline, and by definition consolation prizes are meant to console their recipients.
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