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New 'Arthur' video teaching kids how to combat racism dedicated to the memory of Rep. John Lewis
The children’s show “Arthur” dedicated a special clip to the late civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis, as the title character and his best friend try to figure out what they can do about racism in their town.
In-person learning “impossible” for Elizabeth, New Jersey, school district says
As schools nationwide struggle to finalize reopening plans, some have had to abruptly change those plans due to coronavirus outbreaks. Meg Oliver reports from Elizabeth, New Jersey, home to one of the state’s largest school districts. This week, they voted to hold all classes remotely over coronavirus fears.
Florida family files lawsuit after 8-year-old arrested for allegedly hitting teacher
Police body camera video, released this week, shows police officers in Florida arresting an 8-year-old boy with special needs at his school in 2018. The officers try to handcuff the boy, but his hands are too small. His family is now filing a lawsuit. The boy was charged with felony battery, but the case was later dropped. Manuel Bojorquez reports.
Trump rips Kamala Harris as “nasty” and “disrespectful” despite previous campaign contribution
President Trump wasted no time going after newly minted VP candidate Kamala Harris, calling her "nasty" and "disrespectful" — but at one time, the president donated to Harris' political campaigns. Ben Tracy reports.
Beirut resident: I'm still too angry to understand what happened
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Sumner Redstone, billionaire media mogul, dead at 97
Sumner Redstone, the billionaire media magnate whose family company controls CBS and Viacom, and whose career spilled over from boardrooms to gossip sheets, has died. He was 97. Redstone’s health had been declining before his passing Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. President and CEO of ViacomCBS Bob Bakish hailed the mogul as “a brilliant...
Mississippi Says Advancing Giant Mosquito Emblem for State Flag Redesign Was a Mistake
The state narrowed 3,000 entrants down to 147.
What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, August 12
Russia claimed a breakthrough in the global vaccine race, approving a coronavirus vaccine for public use. The announcement has been met with widespread skepticism from global health experts.
LeBron James approves of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate
LeBron James tweeted his support for presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s choice for his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Tuesday.
‘The Red Shoes’ Remains A Haunting Masterpiece about the Pains of Female Ambition
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Sumner Redstone, billionaire media mogul, dead at 97
Sumner Redstone, a media titan and billionaire who, as chairman of Viacom and National Amusements, drew headlines both for his deal-making as well as his turbulent personal life, died on Tuesday. He was 97.
Media mogul Sumner Redstone, whose empire included Viacom and CBS, dies at 97
Redstone's lasting imprint will be accelerating media consolidation and hard-fought battles to build, then maintain his empire.
Shoppers are obsessed with the Dash mini waffle maker—and it's less than $10
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Late night hosts crack first jokes about Kamala Harris’ vice presidential bid
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Jessica Chastain reveals Kamala Harris doll her daughter, 2, plays with: 'Hello, madam vice president'
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Sarah Palin, ex-VP candidate, warns Kamala Harris to ‘trust no one new’
Sarah Palin warned Sen. Kamala Harris to “trust no one new” and “don’t get muzzled” as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick. In an Instagram post published Tuesday evening, Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, congratulated Harris (D-Calif.) on being tapped by presumptive Democratic nominee Biden to join the ticket. “Congrats to the democrat [sic]...
Dr. Fauci doubts safety, effectiveness of Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine
In his rush to declare victory in the COVID-19 vaccine race, President Vladimir Putin said that his country was the first to approve an inoculation.
Harris pick cheered by Biden VP finalist Val Demings in Twitter tribute
Democratic Rep. Val Demings, a finalist to be Joe Biden’s running mate, touted the former vice president’s choice to tap Kamala Harris to join him on the ticket, cheering his pick.
Police chief who forced Jackie Robinson to leave game has name removed from park
Jackie Robinson started a 1946 game before Police Chief Roy Williams entered the dugout and told him he had to leave or the game would be called off.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry relocate to new home in Santa Barbara: reports
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly relocated to Santa Barbara, Calif.
Flash flooding and heat in the Northeast, heat wave and wildfires in the West
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Dutch police find country's biggest-ever cocaine lab in former riding school
Police in the Netherlands have arrested 17 people following a raid on a massive cocaine lab, which they say is the biggest ever found in the country.
Big 12 presidents take no action toward canceling season during Tuesday's meeting; 10-game schedule could be released
Presidents were scheduled to hear from medical personnel for approximately 90 minutes and then were to discuss afterward, American Statesman reported.
Joe Concha on Kamala Harris media coverage: Biden campaign 'couldn't write the narrative any better'
The mainstream media's coverage of Sen. Kamala Harris, who Joe Biden picked on Tuesday to be his running mate, shows "how much the scales are tipped in this election," The Hill's media reporter Joe Concha told "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday.
Former senior adviser to President Obama Valerie Jarrett on Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate
Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Obama, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the significance of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate.
Eye Opener: Kamala Harris named Biden’s running mate
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Michigan's Jim Harbaugh disappointed with Big Ten decision to put college football on hold
Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh expressed his disappointment with the Big Ten for postponing the college football season due to the coronavirus on Tuesday.
Susan Rice hints at possible Biden administration role while touting Harris pick
Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice hinted at a possible Joe Biden administration role while touting the former vice president's choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate and saying that she is committed helping him govern "in any way he'd like."
Meghan Markle reveals why she’s voting in 2020 presidential election
"I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless."
Janice Dean: COVID has devastated my family -- Why can't I testify about it?
I truly wanted to lend my voice to the thousands of others that have lost their parents and grandparents.
WeChat is a lifeline for the Chinese diaspora. What happens now that Trump banned it?
For swaths of the U.S. with concentrated Chinese populations, WeChat is a way of life. President Trump's executive order banning the app could upend that.
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UFC 252 free fight: Sean O'Malley delivers spectacular walk-off knockout of Eddie Wineland
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This day in sports: Clayton Kershaw achieves strikeout milestone
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Police reform enjoys broad support among California voters, new poll finds
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Californians' reactions to Kamala Harris' VP nod range from excited to disappointed
Kamala Harris, long influential in California political circles, is now on the ticket as vice president.
Love pickles? Where to find kosher dills, herring, kimchi and more
Where to find different kinds of pickles in L.A., including kimchi, pickled herring, achaar, kosher dills and more.
Op-Ed: If Biden wins, don't expect Trump to accept defeat and head for the exit
The only way to guarantee Trump doesn't ignore election results is a Biden win so decisive it's apparent on election night.
Hotels, airlines and sports venues turn to Clorox and Lysol to vouch for their cleanliness
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Inside the Scramble to Teach From Home
“I can’t imagine not sending my kids to school, but ​how can I possibly send them?”​I’ve spoken with well over 100 parents in the past week, and every single one has expressed some version of this dilemma. They come to me because my business partner and I run New York City’s only tutoring company where all of the tutors are classroom teachers. People used to call me with a specific question. “My kid’s really struggling with French. Do you have a great French teacher, please? Twice a week? In the East Village.” We were able to help, and the student would improve at French (if he worked hard enough), and the kid, the tutor, and the parents would be happy. But now, as a new school year looms during a global pandemic, the parents don’t know what they want.[Read: There are other options besides reopening schools]How could they? These parents have read some articles demanding that schools “must” reopen, and others arguing that reopening is doomed to fail. With school just a couple of weeks away, many parents still don’t know which days or times their kids will be attending, and many teachers ​haven’t yet been told which days they’ll need to be physically present in the classroom. Some parents are planning for the same all-virtual schooling they dealt with in the spring; others must choose between that and sending their kids to face the risks of physical classrooms. The parents who call me every day want to help their children, but they don’t know how.Starting a couple of weeks ago, suddenly all that parents wanted to talk about were pods, hopeful that here was the solution to their problems. They have been hearing about private, parent-curated learning pods on the radio. In newspapers. In their local Facebook group. In much of the media coverage, pods are presented as the answer rich people have found to the dilemma of sending kids to school without actually sending kids to school. Some parents I speak with are in the .1 percent. But most are not. Lately I’ve spoken with speech pathologists, dental hygienists, and architects; and a good number of parents who are themselves teachers. They’re all searching for a way to support their kids academically, or at least to make what’s been intolerable a little bit less so. Thus, they ask me how pods work, and whether my company can help set one up.Pod has become a magic word, even though its meaning is not always clear. Some public schools are “podding” their students into smaller groups. Private companies are popping up with “microschools.” But for the most part, the word pod refers to unofficial learning collectives organized by parents, sometimes with the help of a professional teacher or tutor.[Read: What teachers need to make remote schooling work]This is far easier said than done. Scheduling a pod is all but impossible. Parents might want to alternate pod days with school days, if their district is at least partially educating in person. If their district is on an alternating-week schedule, they might want daily pod meetings every other week. They might prefer mornings, or afternoons. And then there’s the parents’ work schedules to consider, as well as those of the teachers or tutors they may be hiring to run lessons. And, of course, the pod needs to be safe. But what is safe enough? Outside learning, in a yard or on an apartment rooftop, is less risky than inside, but what if it rains? If teachers are spending some time in a classroom and potentially using public transportation, does that count as safe? Then there’s the question of which families can afford or access a pod structure. It’s expensive to employ an experienced educator for multiple hours, multiple days a week. In my local Bedford-Stuyvesant Facebook group, parents put out calls for “equitable pods.” The idea is that when organizing a pod, parents should reach out to members of different races and economic classes, with the goal of providing access to individualized education for children from various backgrounds, and establishing lasting relationships among the families in the pods.But the social-justice educator and writer Shayla Griffin has written that she doesn’t expect many equitable pods to come to fruition. Once white, middle-class parents ask themselves, Am I willing to let my child spend the day at the home of a person I do not know well who is in a lower-class position than my family? or Am I willing to let my child spend the day at the home of a person who is an essential worker being exposed to COVID-19 at much higher levels than me?, she argues that the answer is likely to be “no,” and that even when parents are willing to give it a try, a scattering of equitable pods does nothing to fix the underlying structural inequities.Many of the mothers and fathers I’ve spoken with in recent weeks start to choke up a little at some point during the conversation. And sometimes I do too. I still don’t know whether or not my wife and I will send our sons into the school building, or what we’ll do if we choose not to. Everyone is looking for a road map, or even a hint of guidance. “What should we do?” they ask. “What’s everyone else doing?”What everyone else is doing is trying to reinvent what effective education might look like under conditions unlike any in the past century. And then to implement it immediately. It’s a daunting task, and one I never expected to be faced with when we started this tutoring company.Still, I do my best to answer. I say that though certain students may thrive online, most will benefit from some in-person work, especially if school itself is taught remotely. In-person sessions also allow for problem-solving with peers, which is hard to replicate via Zoom. Students need practice putting pencil to paper and not just fingers to keyboard. They need space and attention to talk through their thinking. They need dynamic face-to-face interactions (and mask-to-mask will suffice). So finding a few hours a week for in-person education with other kids is a good idea, if at all possible. It may not always be.When safety concerns or budgetary constraints preclude in-person podding, virtual pods are considerably more effective than regular online teaching. Having five or fewer 6-year-olds in a Zoom room versus the typical 20 is often the difference between a happy, interactive child and a frustrated, disengaged one. Fewer kids means more opportunity for each one to participate in discussions. And whenever possible, synchronous learning is preferable to asynchronous learning. When kids know that no one’s watching them, they’re much more likely to zone out, whereas active learning with a live teacher—even one on a screen—holds their attention and makes them that much more accountable. Finally, virtual pods remove many of the barriers that make podding inequitable. Though they still rely on access to the internet and a laptop or a tablet, virtual pods avoid obstacles such as the risks of commuting and the mixing of families who have different levels of exposure to COVID-19.“So when can we start?” parents inevitably ask at the end of our call, and I respond that we can’t yet know for sure. I plan to touch base again with the parents who want my help setting up a pod once their kids and our teachers receive preliminary schedules. I hope they leave our conversations feeling like they have a better sense of their options, but I know I haven’t been able to fully reassure any of them. Because all any of us wants is certainty, and at this moment, there’s no such thing.
'I've now dipped into the pie.' Will COVID-19 change Americans' views of the social safety net?
As more Americans benefit from federal aid during the pandemic, some believe the discourse about the role of government in U.S. life could shift.
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Washington state sets aside $40M in coronavirus relief for workers in US illegally
Gov. Jay Inslee is launching a $40 million state fund after months of pressure from activists, according to a report.
Why Dwayne Johnson is Hollywood’s highest-paid actor again
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Colorado police officer suspended 40 hours after writing 'KILL THEM ALL' during protest livestream
A veteran Colorado Springs police officer has been suspended without pay after he wrote the words “KILL THEM ALL” and “KILL EM ALL” in the comments section during a Facebook livestream of a protest, his department said.
Scammers tell people they're fired or may have COVID-19
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Viola Davis bought her birthplace on a former slave plantation for her birthday
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