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    A high school in Washington state is getting attention this week in response to images showing band members confined to miniature enclosures in an effort to isolate them from their peers to curb coronavirus spread. Photographs published by Wenatchee World on Wednesday showed Wenatchee School District High School students playing instruments inside green tents, one of whom appears to be craning his neck to fit inside with a tuba. The report referred to them as "COVID-19 enclosures." The images drew scrutiny from at least one U.S. lawmaker, journalists, and others as school reopenings have become a flashpoint for debate in the United States and COVID-19 cases are exhibiting a downward trend. Ben Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, ridiculed the photo of the student with the sousaphone, writing: "There I was, trapped in a tiny green tent with a sousaphone, and all I could think was: not again." "There...
    A female high school track athlete said she was "disappointed" after the Biden administration moved to withdraw its support from a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut that seeks to prevent transgender girls from competing in female sports at the high school level. The Department of Justice withdrew its support Wednesday ahead of a hearing in which the court is set to rule on the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in March 2020. "The government has reconsidered the matter and hereby notifies the Court that it withdraws its Statement of Interest,” according to the filing. HIGH SCHOOL RUNNERS SUE TO BLOCK TRANSGENDER STUDENTS FROM COMPETING IN CONNECTICUT The families of three students, all of whom compete in interscholastic girls track and field in Connecticut, brought the lawsuit. Allowing transgender students in women’s athletics hinders their competitive opportunities, they argued. Following a rule...
    Santa Clara County has opened its fifth large vaccination site, a new facility at Gilroy High School that aims to slow the pandemic in the South County, whose cities have the highest rates of COVID-19 per capita of any cities in Santa Clara County. County officials say they hope to vaccinate up 1,000 people a day in the high school’s gyms, expanding to 2,000 a day as more vaccine doses are provided from the federal government. Vaccines are by appointment only. To make an appointment, go to the county’s website at sccfreevax.org or call 211. The site, at 750 W. 10th Street in Gilroy, began offering free vaccinations Wednesday afternoon. The facility is open to health care workers and Santa Clara County residents age 65 and over. On Sunday, it will expand to include those groups, along with Santa Clara County residents of all ages who are “essential workers” included...
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    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley previews 'Here's the Deal' (Part 1) You’ve heard of the “School of Rock,” but how about the School of Theatre? Signature Theatre in Virginia is working with 32 students from 18 schools to explore FDR’s New Deal legislation in the world premiere filmed production of “Here’s the Deal.” It’s part of Signature’s education program Signature in the Schools, now in its 26th year. “What we tried to do … was tell the story of the New Deal, because at the heart of every Signature in the Schools production is an education unit, but to tell it in a way that reflected where we are today,” playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings told WTOP. The story follows anxious Americans debating the government’s role in solving an economic crisis. Stuck at home learning during the pandemic, a group of theater students...
    President Joe Biden's Justice Department has withdrawn from a federal lawsuit in Connecticut aiming to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls' high school sports. Connecticut is one of 17 states that allows high school athletes to compete in sports according to their gender identity without regulation.  The Trump's administration joined the case last March when Attorney General Bill Barr filed a statement of interest arguing the state's policy infringed on Title IX, a federal civil rights law that guarantees girls equal access to school activities. Biden's Justice Department has 'reconsidered the matter,' U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham wrote in a filing on Tuesday ahead of a Friday hearing on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. President Joe Biden's Justice Department has withdrawn from a federal lawsuit in Connecticut aiming to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls' high school sports U.S. Attorney John Durham, center,...
    Loading the player... Russell Westbrook has dedicated himself to excellence on the basketball court and in doing so, has reaped many blessings. Now he wants to follow in the footsteps of other current and former NBA stars like Alonzo Mourning, Jalen Rose, and LeBron James by extending those blessings to those coming after him. Read More: Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has concerns about NBA All-Star game As reported by People, Westbrook will follow in the footsteps of the legendary players by also establishing a school in his name. In conjunction with L.A. Promise Fund, the 32-year-old Washington Wizards player, a Los Angeles native, is planning to open the Russell Westbrook Why Not Academy in South L.A., which will be a middle and a high school. “The Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy will deliver world-class education to South Los Angeles youth grades 6 through 12 to develop academic achievers,...
    Connecticut high school track athlete Alanna Smith told Fox News Wednesday she was "disappointed" after the Biden Justice Department withdrew its support for her lawsuit seeking to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls’ sports. The Justice Department had backed Smith's case last year during the Trump administration. Smith, who is fighting the rule after placing below a transgender runner in a meet, told "Fox News Primetime" that she and other female athletes "have worked really hard to get our stories out there to get people to realize that fairness needs to be restored in our sport and in all other women’s sports". Smith hopes people will "realize that a lot of biological females have missed out on making it to meets that really matter...and the transgender athletes have taken spots on the podium that belong to biological females. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DROPS SUPPORT FOR FEMALE STUDENTS IN TRANSGENDER ATHLETE CASE "We train for so many days a week, so many hours to be able to be the best in our state and the best...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday plans are in the works to get high schoolers back in classrooms before the end of the school year.CPS CEO Janice Jackson told the Board of Education that meetings with the Chicago Teachers Union over those plans starting soon. Jackson said the district and the union are establishing a joint High School Task Force, in a process that formally began last week.READ MORE | CPS reopening: Pre-K, cluster students return to classroom ThursdayThe task force will work to create a plan to bring older students back to in-person learning with student, staff and teacher safety in mind.Jackson said she hopes to have high schoolers back in classroom this spring.RELATED: Chicago teachers approve tentative deal to reopen CPS classrooms, CTU saysCPS and CTU were locked in negotiations for months over plans from kindergarten through eighth grade students to return to classrooms. The...
    Brad Carter Frith of Bucks County died on Feb. 21, 2021. He was 47 years old. A native to Buckingham Township, Frith and his partners spearheaded TransNoble Logistics, an intermodal trucking service, and technological company DrayNow before he was diagnosed with ALS in 2017, his obituary says. Frith was a graduate of New Hope-Solebury High School and Penn State University, his obit says. "He was a dedicated athlete earning nine varsity letters in basketball, cross country, and tennis. He was also voted Best Male Athlete in his graduating class," the obit reads. Frith's obituary remembered him as "a wonderful husband, full of wit, problem-solving and the ultimate life partner." "He was unbelievably brave and an incredible role model for his children and the ALS community," the obit reads. Frith is survived by his wife, Amy Perkson Frith; his daughters Addison and Liberty; his son Henry; his parents Wesley and Nancy Frith;...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A San Francisco woman has spent 21 years creating miracles for high-risk teenagers, helping transform campus truants into high school graduates. Dr. Teri Lynch Delane designed the dormitory on Treasure Island to look and feel like home. For two dozen students, it’s a safe place to live while they go to school next door with other students at the city-funded Life Learning Academy. Delane co-founded the Academy 21 years ago and opened the dorm last year. Both are free for high-risk San Francisco high school students struggling with truancy or instability like abuse at home or neighborhood violence. “That’s what our obligation is: to give and grab every young person you can and help them believe in hope and change,” said Delane. NOMINATE A JEFFERSON AWARD HERO About 50 students each year learn academics, get internships and gain hands-on skills like cooking, gardening or even...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City takes another step on the road to reopening Thursday when middle schools welcome students into the classroom again. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking toward the day when high school students can also return. “I expect in the next few weeks to be able to give you a sense of the way forward. I am very hopeful, given everything we’re seeing, that we can get high school back and get it back relatively soon. It’s something I absolutely want to do in this school year we’re in right now,” the mayor said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Dozens of Sacramento catholic school students rallied for change Wednesday after one of their classmates was accused of bullying in blackface.  On Wednesday, the school confirmed the student responsible for the blackface photo is no longer a student at the school. READ MORE: Dash Camera Video Released Of Shooting That Left Sacramento Deputy And K9 Dead That announcement came after students rallied outside the campus saying there is a pattern of systemic racism that is not being addressed. More than 100 students, parents and alumni took part in the “United for Change” event, saying change is necessary to create a more inclusive learning environment for students of color, specifically Black students. READ MORE: Bodycam Video Released Of Police Shooting Involving East Sacramento Domestic Incident Suspect “The school needs to realize we won’t stop. There needs to be a stop to the way they are treating their students....
    GILROY (BCN/CBS SF) — A new COVID vaccination site opened Wednesday at Gilroy High School, Santa Clara County health officials announced. The site will have the capacity to vaccinate about 1,000-2,000 residents per day in a city that has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. READ MORE: COVID: California Suspends System Of Shared Vaccine Access Codes After Misuse Nearly 12 percent of Gilroy’s population has had COVID-19, said Deborah Flores, superintendent of the Gilroy Unified School District. Gilroy also has the highest rate per 100,000 of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county, and its neighboring city Morgan Hill follows in second. “With such a high rate of community transmission, making vaccines available to our residents is essential in the fight against COVID-19,” Flores said. That’s why she believes Gilroy High School is an excellent location to ensure vaccine access. “[It] is a well-known site in the South...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday expressed optimism that high school students in the country's largest school system could return to their classrooms before the end of the current academic year. With the city's middle schools set to resume five-day-a-week in-class instruction on Thursday as the system strives to carve out a safe-learning strategy in the COVID-19 era, de Blasio said high school students would not be far behind. "It’s something I absolutely want to do in this school year we're in right now," the mayor said at a press briefing. The school system, with 1.1 million students and 1,800 buildings, began the academic year offering a blended learning set-up in which students rotated between in-class and remote instruction. But as the city's rate of coronavirus infection climbed in the fall, classrooms were shut down in November. Since then, the city has resumed...
    ​​​​​​​One and done ???? California lawmakers push to stop deportations and end jail transfers to Ice Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft The Best Flashlight We've Ever Tested Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/25 SLIDES © CBS via Getty Images Here's how old the stars of 'Grease' were compared to their characters' ages "Grease" follows a group of high schoolers and their relationships during the 1958 school year. But none of the cast members were...
    Close to a year ago, life as we previously knew it changed overnight as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. As cases arrived and spread across Minnesota, many of our daily routines came to a screeching halt as difficult choices were made in our communities over whether to continue functioning as “normal.” As a private Catholic high school based in Victoria, determining what our “normal” should look like was the immediate question. We understood the seriousness of COVID-19, and saw the pain and risk experienced by many as a result. We also knew that to continue in-person learning as safely and effectively as before, we would need to do so with the full support of our teachers, staff, students and their families. Michael BrennanHigh school is possibly the most formative time in a person’s life. They are extremely valuable years that you can never get back. As an academic...
    The Wissahickon School District's middle and high school went virtual on Wednesday after a bomb threat that was later deemed unfounded. The threat was emailed in early in the morning and was only for the high school, authorities said. School officials ordered the high school and nearby middle school to work remotely while police investigated the threat, according to Superintendent Jim Crisfield. Following an investigation, local police determined that the threat was a hoax, and a second email was sent out to parents and staff notifying them of the update. The first email reads as follows: "Dear Wissahickon School Community, This morning, police dispatch received a telephone call from a person who indicated a bomb was present at Wissahickon High School. Shortly after 8:00am, additional information made it unclear if the threat was being made towards WHS or Wissahickon Middle School (so we are treating it as both). We are...
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Every month during the school year, CBS4, along with PDC Energy honor a high school student who’s excelling in science, technology, engineering or math. The Future Leaders winner gets $1,000 and a profile on CBS4 News. This month’s winner is Nicole Chen. She’s a senior at Cherry Creek High School, and her passion is computer sciences. Nicole Chen (credit CBS) “By junior year, I became my teacher’s assistant for the computer science at Creek. And I’m super involved in  the coding clubs, and competitions at Cherry Creek High School,” Chen explained. Chen has reached outside her high school for opportunities to learn more coding, and computer applications. She got an internship at the MIRRORLab at the Colorado School of Mines. “My project focuses on developing a machine learning algorithm that better helps robots conform to human socio-linguistic norms,” Chen told CBS4 Meteorologist Ashton Altieri. “So...
    BARACK Obama once broke a teenager’s nose while defending himself against a racial slur. The former president, known for his calm persona, opened up about the incident publicly for the first time in his latest podcast episode with Bruce Springsteen. 7Barack Obama opened up about the shocking moment publicly for the first timeCredit: AFP or licensors 7Obama revealed he once broke a classmate's nose after he called him a racial slurCredit: AP:Associated Press In the second episode of Renegades: Born in the USA, Obama and Springsteen discuss race in Amercia. Obama, 59, revealed the shocking moment a classmate called him a racial slur during a locker room fight in high school. The 44th US President said: “Listen, when I was in school, I had a friend. We played basketball together.” “And one time we got into a fight and he called me a c***.” He went one: “Now first of all, ain’t no...
    Supreme Court wrestles with when police may conduct warrantless searches after a chase Iran promises response to Ukraine plane crash ambiguities Season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is almost here!  © Provided by People Roger Erickson/Disney Disney+ announced Wednesday that the second iteration of the popular teen series will premiere May 14.  The streaming service also released a first look image at the upcoming season with stars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders.   © Roger Erickson/Disney Season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will premiere May 14 The season will follow the students at East High as they prepare to perform Beauty and the Beast as their spring musical. Dancing With the Stars host Derek Hough will be appearing in a recurring role for...
    BARACK Obama once broke a teenager’s nose while defending himself against a racial slur. The former president, known for his calm persona, opened up about the incident publicly for the first time in his latest podcast episode with Bruce Springsteen. AFP or licensors 7 Barack Obama opened up about the shocking moment publicly for the first time AP:Associated Press 7 Obama revealed he once broke a classmate’s nose after he called him a racial slur In the second episode of Renegades: Born in the USA, Obama and Springsteen discuss race in Amercia. Obama, 59, revealed the shocking moment a classmate called him a racial slur during a locker room fight in high school. The 44th US President said: “Listen, when I was in school, I had a friend. We played basketball together.” “And one time we got into a fight and he called me a c***.” He went one: “Now first...
    Former President Barack Obama has revealed that he once broke a classmate's nose after he called him a racial slur during a locker room fight in high school. Obama, 59, opened up publicly for the first time about the incident in the second episode of his new Spotify podcast with singer Bruce Springsteen, titled Renegades: Born in the USA.  'Listen, when I was in school, I had a friend. We played basketball together,' the 44th US President began during a wide-ranging conversation about race. 'And one time we got into a fight and he called me a c***,' he said, before quipping of his Aloha State upbringing, 'Now first of all, ain’t no c---s in Hawaii, right?' 'It’s one of those things that — where he might not even known what a c--- was — what he knew was, "I can hurt you by saying this."' Obama then laughed as he...
    The percentage of Maryland students receiving a high school diploma in four years remains consistently high, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education. The four-year graduation rate was 86.8% in 2020, according to the data. This is four points better than the 82.8% rate registered a decade ago in 2011, and similar to the 2019 rate of 86.9%, the report said. The 2020 cohort dropout rate was 8.3%, compared to 8.4% in 2019. “We are striving to increase graduation rates, while maintaining our high standards which provide optimal career and college readiness for our students,” said Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon. “It is particularly important as we overcome the challenges of the pandemic that we maintain focus on equity and excellence and ensure all students have every opportunity to succeed and flourish in post-secondary education or professions.” The percentage of students who graduate in...
    More than a dozen students at a Long Island high school have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the district to transition some back to its all-virtual learning plan. Wantagh Schools Superintendent John McNamara announced that a total of 15 high school students - including 13 members of the senior class - have tested positive for the virus and have been placed into quarantine. McNamara says that the cases have been traced back to a social event held over the weekend that students attended en masse, though they are reportedly not all connected. Due to the small outbreak, seniors will be placed on full remote learning for the remainder of the week, with students transitioning back into in-person learning on Monday, March 1. In addition to the suspension of in-person learning, all extracurricular activities and athletics have also been put on hold, forcing student-athletes to miss the remainder of...
    SUNNYVALE (KPIX) — Frustrated parents in Sunnyvale and Cupertino have threatened to launch a recall of school board members if there’s not an aggressive plan to reopen elementary, middle and high schools after a year of distance learning due to COVID-19. “We’re not going to sit quietly anymore. We are the voice for our kids. They have no one else. The system is not taking care of them,” says Karen Boiman, a mother of four. READ MORE: Memorial To Police Shooting Victim Steven Taylor Planned For San Leandro Marina Roughly a hundred parents and students protested outside Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, voicing their frustration with the slow pace of school reopenings in the area. “We know how to open school safely. Let’s reopen them,” says Raj Singh. Singh pulled his second-grade son out of his neighborhood school in favor of a private school where he could attend classes in-person....
    An alleged teen gangbanger dubbed “the Peyton Manning of criminal conduct” by a former prosecutor could get a sweetheart deal in court — all because he managed to graduate from high school, The Post has learned. Courtney Yeates, 18, a reputed member of the Folk Nation street gang, has at least nine busts and four open cases in Queens and Brooklyn — including a felony robbery conviction for which he is awaiting sentencing. The troubled teen is now back at Riker’s Island on a $150,000 bond after yet another arrest last week, for possession of a loaded handgun. But one judge is contemplating giving him “Youthful Offender” status — which would reduce his prison time and wipe his record clean, sources with knowledge of the case told The Post. Yeates is currently awaiting sentencing on two Queens cases after pleading guilty to both on Nov. 18 — a...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland’s high school graduation and dropout rates remained nearly unchanged in 2020, according to the latest data from the state’s education department. The department said Tuesday the 2020 graduation rate sat at 86.8% compared to 86.9% in 2019 and up four points from 2011. The dropout rate was at 8.3%. Rates improved among students with disabilities and English language learners. Get alerts from WJZ first! Follow WJZ on Facebook and download the app.
    HARMONY, Pa. (KDKA) — Like many kids, Sydney Ring started playing basketball at a young age. But unlike most, she did so with just one hand. A congenital birth defect left Ring without an appendage below her left wrist. READ MORE: Kennywood Replacing More Than 500 Feet Of Track On The Racer “This has been her life, this is the only way that she knows,” said Ring’s mother, Cheryl. “When something like that happens, sometimes I think it’s real easy to go to all of the things that your child is not able to do, and it’s more difficult to focus on the things that they are able to accomplish.” (Photo Credit: KDKA) The Ring family focused on the latter, and today Sydney is a sharp-shooting junior at Seneca Valley Senior High School. Sydney credits her “disability” for her fluid shot. “I think a lot of kids push the...
    More On: crime Cops release new surveillance footage of NYC subway mugger Man, 23, found stabbed to death in Bronx apartment Good bot! Video shows NYPD’s new robotic dog in action in the Bronx Man, 28, fatally shot in the Bronx An alleged teen gangbanger dubbed “the Peyton Manning of criminal conduct” by a former prosecutor could get a sweetheart deal in court — all because he managed to graduate from high school, The Post has learned. Courtney Yeates, 18, a reputed member of the Folk Nation street gang, has at least nine busts and four open cases in Queens and Brooklyn — including a felony robbery conviction for which he is awaiting sentencing. The troubled teen is now back at Riker’s Island on a $150,000 bond after yet another arrest last week, for possession of a loaded handgun. But one judge is contemplating giving him “Youthful Offender”...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One in five Minnesota high school students uses e-cigarettes, a new survey from the Minnesota Department of Health shows. The results of the Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey, released Tuesday, also show that 70% of those users report signs of nicotine dependence. Those signs include vaping before going somewhere it is not allowed, reaching for an e-cigarette without thinking about it, an “intolerable” craving and/or dropping everything to buy e-cigarettes or vape juice. RELATED: Some Question Whether Hike On Cigarette, Vape Taxes Would Be Reliable Revenue Source Since 2017, e-cigarette use has “held steady,” MDH said, while overall tobacco use among high school and middle school students has declined. In fact, cigarette and cigar use dropped to the lowest rates ever recorded by the survey, which the department has conducted since 2000. Sixty-five percent of high schoolers and nearly 72% of middle schoolers who use e-cigarettes also reported...
    Biden to visit storm-ravaged Texas Friday Senate holds 1st public hearing into Capitol assault security failures MANSFIELD, Texas. -- The Southeast Tarrant County High School Sports Awards, presented by Methodist Mansfield Medical Center,  is excited to recognize the hard work of student athletes. To do that, we need your help. Send us a video clip of the best play you saw during the 2020-2021 season so far. All sports welcome!   The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards wants your top play of the 2020-2021 season USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards wants your top play of the 2020-2021 season USA TODAY SPORTS 2021 could be this athletes first and last chance at the Olympics USA TODAY SPORTS Bubble Watch: A closer look at team in and outside the Bubble USA TODAY SPORTS Ohio...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday announced the Vermont high school winners of his annual State of the Union essay contest. The 11th annual contest was a chance for students around the state to describe pressing issues that they would prioritize as president of the United States, Sanders' office said. First place went to William Taggard, a junior at Brattleboro Union High School, who wrote about changing the presidential election process. Emilia De Jounge, a sophomore at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, won second place for her essay on gun violence and third place went to Simon Rosenbaum, a junior at the Vermont Commons School in South Burlington, who focused on the need to strengthen the country's democratic institutions. A total of 319 students from 42 Vermont high schools submitted essays, Sanders' office said. A panel of six Vermont teachers judged the essays and picked...
    A report on antisemitism in schools in the Swedish multicultural city of Malmo has made the claim that much of the hatred toward Jewish students comes from students of Arab and Middle Eastern backgrounds. The February report “Schoolyard racism, conspiracy theories and exclusion,” looked specifically at antisemitism and discrimination toward Jewish people in the city’s school system and found that issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict played a large role.  Some Arab-background students, particularly those linked to Palestine, are said to even praise Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in the playground according to testimony from school staff. “It was Arabic students who had a passion for Hitler and I just assume and conclude that it comes from antisemitism. They had well recently learned about the Holocaust and got to the fact that Hitler was on their side in some way and that he was good in some way because he had killed...
    Nearly 200,000 more California college students could receive state assistance for tuition and living expenses under one of the largest expansions of the Cal Grant financial aid program ever proposed, according to details released Tuesday. The plan, unveiled by the California Student Aid Commission and two legislators, would eliminate some current requirements for the main Cal Grant award that favor younger students within a year out of high school who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Instead, it would broaden access to older students and others not currently eligible. It would also simplify the program and tie eligibility to the federal Pell Grant, which better accounts for a student’s total cost of attendance, which includes housing, transportation and other expenses. Although the Cal Grant focuses on tuition and fees, it is one of the nation’s most generous college financial aid programs, providing annual support to more than 500,000 California...
    A Nevada school district is investigating a highschooler who made a George Floyd-themed invitation to ask another student to a school dance. An image, which circulated widely on social media over the weekend, shows a female student posing with a large handwritten poster bearing the message: 'If you went to SADIES w/me it would take my BREATH away!' The poster also included Floyd's name and a drawing of the man, who was killed in Minneapolis in May 2020 after police kneeled on his neck, cutting off his airways.  The image sparked outrage on social media with one Twitter user writing: 'How dare you joke about someone's death'. 'The white privilege in this picture is LOUD, girl c'mon,' another wrote on Instagram.  A Nevada school district is investigating a highschooler who reportedly used a George Floyd-themed invitation to ask another student to a school dance Many have claimed to have identified...
    How 1 household item has been a lifeline to undocumented immigrants in the pandemic First Thing: Covid claims 500,000 American lives The Central Florida High School Sports Awards is excited to recognize the hard work of student-athletes. To do that, we need your help. Send us a video clip of the best play you’ve seen during the 2020-21 season so far. All sports welcome!   The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards wants your top play of the 2020-2021 season USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Bubble Watch: A closer look at team in and outside the Bubble USA TODAY SPORTS Ohio State rises in the latest Ferris Mowers Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll USA TODAY SPORTS Ed Reed on ‘toxic’ Texans environment: ‘They call it the Houston Way’ USA TODAY SPORTS Johnny Manziel opens up...
    One of the city’s top high schools has introduced a lottery element to its admissions process as part of a DOE pilot program that critics say could punish top applicants, The Post has learned. Applicants to Townsend Harris HS with composite scores between 91-100 will be all be placed in a top tier of candidates and then be randomly selected for admission. With the coronavirus knocking out many traditional academic metrics, the Flushing school is using prior grades and state test scores to produce the composite number. Critics argued that the new system is a dilution of one of the most competitive academic entry processes in the city. “This puts a students who gets a 91 in the same grouping as the kid who gets a 99,” said one current parent. “So you are going to have parents who are frustrated that their kids are putting in that extra...
    A HIGH SCHOOL football player has apologized after he was seen on video trash-talking Cam Newton and telling him he was "about to be poor" for being a free agent. Jseth Owens, a football player for Perkiomen Valley High School in Pennsylvania, asked for forgiveness after a video exchange of the two went viral, showing Owens yelling at Newton for being a free agent and Newton responding "I'm rich." 4A high schooler apologized to Cam Newton after telling him he was "about to be poor"Credit: AP:Associated Press 4Jseth Owens apologized for his remarks, saying he was stuck in the heat of the momentCredit: Instagram/Cam Newton "First & for most I want to express my deepest apologies to Cam Newton, my entire org, & my coaches for my actions at the 7v7 tournament this past weekend," Owens wrote. "I did not intend for it to get as far as it did!"...
    SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for Miami Sunset Senior High School’s basketball team. Sunset experienced the absolute thrill of victory when it defeated LaSalle High School 59-57 in overtime on February 12th, securing their 2nd district title in school history. They finished with a 14-7 record and had one of their best teams ever. READ MORE: Black History Made With Election Of Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, State Attorney Harold Pryor and Public Defender Gordon Weekes The team was going to host the Edison Senior High School Red Raiders in the Class 4A regional quarterfinal last week, but the game was canceled because of COVID-19 protocols and contact tracing after some LaSalle players tested positive. “We were told two of the players for LaSalle tested positive for the coronavirus. We were told that eliminated us from the regional because that game could not be postponed,” said...
    An exhaust fan broke, filling part of Dumont High School with neutralized sulfur fumes Monday afternoon, responders said. Neither the Science Department teacher involved nor any students or staff were injured or exposed in the incident just before 2 p.m., responders said. Dumont Fire Chief Mark Abdulla called the incident a ventilation issue and not a spill. Also responding were members of the Dumont Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a Bergen County Hazardous Materials Unit and a New Milford Hazardous Materials team.
    NEWTON (CBS) – Some fall high school sports teams were allowed to start their season on Monday. Football, cheerleading, indoor track and unified basketball were able to begin practices with COVID-19 guidelines. At Newton South High School, the football team began the new season on a snow-covered field. The team needs to complete 17 practices before they start playing games. READ MORE: COVID Victims: Remembering The Lives Lost During The Pandemic In Massachusetts “We’re very excited to be out here. It’s been like 400 days since last season,” said Newton South senior Anthony Maregni. “It’s about time. It’s time to ball.” READ MORE: Eat Or Drink Before Appointment? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Athletes are required to wear masks. The school plans to begin a five or six game season on March 12 against Westford Academy. MORE NEWS: Natick Mall COVID Vaccine Site Opens...
    San Francisco Unified School District Board pauses its plan to rename 44 of its schools to focus on reopening U.S. surpasses 500,000 Covid deaths © USA TODAY NETWORK Missouri High School Sports Awards Mo. -- November 18, 2020 – The Missouri High School Sports Awards is a nine-month student athlete recognition program that honors the best in high school athletics. Honorees for 21 state sanctioned sports will be announced throughout the year on the event website at sportsawards.usatoday.com/missouri and the winners will be announced on July 15.   Regional award programs within the state include the Boone County High School Sports Awards, Southwest Missouri High School Sports Awards, and St. Louis High School Sports Awards. Honorees selected for each of these shows will be among the pool of potential honorees for the Missouri High School Sports Awards show. These programs are part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – In an effort to increase diversity among medical school students, the University of Colorado School of Medicine is celebrating a new scholarship fund. Organizers chose to name it after Dr. Charles J. Blackwood who became the first African American to graduate from the school in 1947 and was in the top 10 of his class. (credit: CU School of Medicine) The Trinidad native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder. READ MORE: Decrease In COVID Cases May Point To Seasonality In Coronavirus, Says Dr. Dave Hnida “I think he’s a person that not everyone knows about these days, and I think he was a hero, a pioneer to be the first Black man at the CU medical school,” said Terri Richardson, a doctor at Mile High Medical Society. READ MORE: Seeding Begins In Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area The scholarship fund...
    (CNN)In order to help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the pandemic, Yale University is now offering a variation of its most popular online course to more than 500 low-income high school students across the US at no cost.Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos created the online course -- called "The Science of Well Being" -- in 2018. It was introduced the same year as her in-person version of the course, "Psychology and the Good Life," which attracted more than 1,200 undergraduates, or about one in four students on campus, in its first semester, according to a statement released by Yale. Santos, who lived among students as the head of Yale's Silliman College, said the idea for the course came to her after she saw firsthand the growing levels of depression and anxiety her students were experiencing. "This is a really challenging time, and that means...
    MARS, Pa. (KDKA) — “Mamma Mia” was supposed to be Mars Area High School’s musical last spring, but everything closed a week before it opened. Senior Ellie Howell said there were lots of tears. READ MORE: Clarion University Student Found Dead Shortly After Discovery Of Fatal Crash “It just really hit the entire cast hard because, especially since we were one week away, we had been working for almost four months straight every day after school,” Howell said. But the school found a way to put on the show, with some changes: Clear face shields or masks for those who choose, a cast of 70 instead of more than 100, no orchestra, 10 percent capacity in the audience, and rehearsing on Zoom and with masks until the very end, never knowing if the show would really go on. Mars Area High School choral teacher and director of the musical Jennifer...
    The recently-elected president of the San Francisco Board of Education has postponed the process of renaming schools, writing in an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle that she is first concentrating on reopening schools. "There have been many distracting public debates as we’ve been working to reopen our schools. School renaming has been one of them,” School board president Gabriela López wrote. “It was a process begun in 2018 with a timeline that didn’t anticipate a pandemic. I acknowledge and take responsibility that mistakes were made in the renaming process.” The School Names Panel recommended renaming 42 schools in the San Francisco area in November of last year, garnering bipartisan criticisms. Among other suggestions, the panel recommended renaming schools named after Abraham Lincoln, citing his treatment of Indigenous people as reason to remove his name. “We are deeply grateful for the work of the renaming committee and many schools are...
    An Australian high school is handing out 'pronoun badges' to their students so they can tell others whether to call them he, she, or they. Redcliffe High School in Brisbane's northeast introduced the badges to promote inclusion among its transgender and non-binary students. The pins - which were trialed last week by its LGBTIQ students - come in three different versions and are labelled either she/her, he/him or they/them. Redcliffe High School in Brisbane has introduced 'pronoun badges' to promote inclusion among its transgender and non-binary students 'Pronoun badges are as simple as they sound: they're badges with different pronouns on,' the school wrote in a Facebook post. 'However, their purpose is to display to everyone what those who are wearing them define themselves as. They're also so that people know what to refer to the wearer as.' The school was praised on social media for its inclusive approach....
    SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – It was a heartbreaking ending to the season for players on both the Miami Sunset Senior High School and Coral Gables Senior High basketball teams, in what might have been a championship seasons. For Sunset High, the basketball team experienced the absolute thrill of victory when it defeated LaSalle High School 59-57 in overtime on February 12th, securing their 2nd district title in school history. They finished with a 14-7 record and had one of their best teams ever. READ MORE: BSO Looking For Accused Arsonist’s Accomplice In Pompano Beach Waste Facility Attack The team was going to host the Edison Senior High School Red Raiders in the Class 4A regional quarterfinal last week, but the game was cancelled because of COVID-19 protocols and contact tracing after some LaSalle players tested positive. The Coral Gables Senior High School basketball team also faced a similar situation. The...
    Boeing engine failure: Engine debris rained over a mile across a Denver suburb. Now Boeing recommends suspending its 777s with that engine Biden set to honor the half million US lives lost to coronavirus © USA TODAY NETWORK Florida High School Sports Awards The Florida High School Sports Awards is a nine-month student athlete recognition program that culminates in a star-studded, on-demand broadcast show, featuring the biggest names in professional sports and the top student athletes. Honorees for 29 state sanctioned sports will be announced throughout the year on the event website. During the on-demand broadcast, top professional athletes and sportscasters will present these honorees, along with the top three finalists and the athlete of the year for each sport.   The awards showcase will also feature other premier awards for both on and off-field accomplishments of student athletes, coaches and teams, including awards for a scholar athlete of the...
    ACTOR Joshua Bassett stars as Ricky Bowen in the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Bassett has been involved in a rumored Disney love triangle dilemma with co-stars Sabrina Carpenter and Olivia Rodrigo. 5Joshua BassettCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Joshua Bassett and how old is he? Born December 22, 2000, Joshua Bassett, 20, is an American actor and singer. He stars as Ricky Bowen in Disney's High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Bassett was born and raised in Oceanside, California, and was first introduced to musical theater when he was eight-years-old. Bassett's breakthrough came in 2018, when he played the recurring role of Aidan Peters on the Disney channel television series Stuck In The Middle. 5Joshua Bassett stars as Ricky Bowen in the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesCredit: Getty Images - Getty He co-wrote the song Just For A Moment...
    WH calls for national moment of silence tonight for 500K COVID-19 deaths Waymo brings robo-taxis to San Francisco in new test Drumline, please! If you know of a can’t-miss high school marching band, we want to hear from you! © USA TODAY Nominate your favorite high school marching band now for the Best Band Fan Favorite Award. The Florida Panhandle High School Sports Awards is now taking nominations for the Best Band Fan Favorite Award, which recognizes the best high school marching bands in the area. The winner will be announced during the free, on-demand streaming awards show July 6, on the event website. Whether it’s the tune, visual performance, percussion or uniforms — we want to know what makes your favorite high school marching band unique. From bands that dominate at statewide or regional competitions, to those that crush it during local halftime shows, we’re relying on your nominations so...
    Video of New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton being heckled by a high school player over his expected release has gone viral, sparking strong reactions from NFL alumni and an apology from the Pennsylvania teenager. The video shows Perkiomen Valley High School's Jseth Owens taunting Newton, saying that the soon-to-be-free agent is 'about to be poor' when he becomes a free agent in the coming weeks.  The incident took place at a 7-on-7 tournament in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where Newton struggled for the Patriots in 2020 as Tom Brady's replacement. The event was organized by Newton's charitable foundation. 'You about to be poor,' Owens said to Newton. 'I'm rich,' replied Newton, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who has earned $122 million over the last decade in the NFL. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  Video of New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (left) being heckled by a high school...
    Biden White House calls for national moment of silence for half million COVID-19 deaths Biden introduces Merrick Garland as attorney general, 3 other Justice Department nominees © USA TODAY NETWORK Alabama High School Sports Awards The Alabama High School Sports Awards is a nine-month student athlete recognition program that culminates in a star-studded, on-demand broadcast show, featuring the biggest names in professional sports and the state's top student-athletes. Honorees for 24 state-sanctioned sports will be announced throughout the year in The Tuscaloosa News, The Montgomery Advertiser, and The Gadsden Times, and also on the event website. During the on-demand broadcast, top professional athletes and sportscasters will present these honorees, along with the top three finalists and the athlete of the year for each sport.   The awards showcase will also feature other premier awards for both on- and off-field accomplishments of student-athletes, coaches and teams, including awards for a scholar...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Following an initial assessment of 95 Arlington ISD facilities, school district leaders have determined nine might not be able to reopen for in-person instruction by Thursday, Feb. 25, due to major flood damage or broken boilers. That includes Martin High School where the district shared images of large hoses and dryers being used to dry out flooded facilities. Martin High School drying out (credit: Arlington ISD). “These photos are representative of what is occurring at flooded campuses,” Arlington ISD said in a news release. “We hope to have estimated reopening dates by tomorrow to share with Arlington ISD families and staff.” Martin High School drying out (credit: Arlington ISD).
    High school students could begin to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to classes in the fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. “That will likely occur in the fall. I can’t say that it will be on day one when the school starts in the fall term,” Fauci told anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said officials are awaiting the results of trials that test the shot’s efficacy on the younger population. “Hopefully by the time we get to the fall term, they will be vaccinated and that’s why we’re pushing on those studies to occur,” Fauci said. But he said that younger students will likely need to wait longer to receive the jab. “When you have younger children, it likely will not be before the first quarter of 2022,” Fauci said. Pfizer’s vaccine is currently authorized for...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fight with the Trump Organization has turned Serena Sabet, a senior at the Spence School, into a figure-skating activist determined to keep two iconic ice rinks in Central Park open. And, she’s seeing early success. The city announced last month it would end all business with the Trump Organization after then-President Donald Trump incited a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That changed late Sunday after the mayor’s office said it would now allow Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink in Central Park, which have been run by the Trump Organization for decades, to stay open under current management “for the few weeks left in this season.” “New York City kids deserve all the time on the ice they can get this year,” the statement by press secretary Bill Neidhardt said. The two rinks were in the process of shutting Sunday,...
    More On: COVID vaccine ‘SNL’ under fire for ‘anti-Semitic’ joke about Israel Israel reopens economy with nearly half the country vaccinated People who had COVID-19 may only need one vaccine dose, Fauci says COVID-19 vaccines to be back on track mid-week after Texas storm, Fauci says High school students could begin to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to classes in the fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. “That will likely occur in the fall. I can’t say that it will be on day one when the school starts in the fall term,” Fauci told anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said officials are awaiting the results of trials that test the shot’s efficacy on the younger population. “Hopefully by the time we get to the fall term, they will be vaccinated and that’s why we’re pushing...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci downplayed the dangers of coronavirus variants, even as health officials prepare for the possibility that those variants become the dominant strain in the United States. Multiple new strains of the coronavirus have appeared over the past few months, with the South Africa variant most notable among them. PFIZER, MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINES SHOW NO SAFETY CONCERNS DURING FIRST MONTH OF ROLLOUT, CDC SAYS The British variant, B.1.1.7, has shown greater transmissibility, but the South Africa variant has shown to cut the efficacy of current vaccines. "Fortunately, that's not dominant at all in this country," Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "However, the fact is that it does not protect, the vaccines do not protect as well against the acquisition of clinically apparent disease with the South African." Fauci advised that some models project the British variant to be dominant by the end of March, but the current vaccines...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Some high school athletes who missed out on their fall-sports seasons are getting another chance to play. Starting Monday football, cheerleading, indoor track and unified basketball can all resume activities. READ MORE: Natick Mall COVID Vaccination Site Set To Open Monday All teams have to comply with COVID safety restrictions. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Todays Developments Practices must be held outdoors and masks need to be worn at all times. MORE NEWS: We Love AJ: Bishop Feehan & North Attleboro Dedicate Rivalry Hockey Game To Injured AJ Quetta The season will be shortened, lasting from Monday through April 25.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — High school sports can now resume, even if their home counties remain in the purple, or widespread, tier of reopening, under new guidelines released by the California Department of Public Health. The new guidance covers all organized school and community-sponsored programs and privately organized clubs and leagues for both youth and adult sports. READ MORE: One Million COVID Vaccines Backed Up Due To Severe Weather, Dodger Stadium Still Closed “With case rates and hospitalizations declining across California, we are allowing outdoor competition to resume, with modifications and steps to reduce risk, in counties where case rates are lower,” Dr. Tomas Aragon, State Public Health Officer and director of the California Department Of Public Health said in a statement. The move comes as California has been accelerating its efforts to reopen schools. Los Angeles County officials last week said case rates had improved to the point that...
              Governor Ralph Northam released an amended Executive Order 72 that allows outdoor sports to have up to 250 spectators or 30 percent of venue capacity, whichever is less, effective Monday. The February 17 amendment modifies language that previously allowed just two guests per player, up to 30 percent of venue capacity. Indoor sports are still limited to 25 persons per field. The announcement comes days before schools in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) start playing football, with the first games scheduled for February 22. The VHSL is on a condensed schedule due to COVID-19 closures. VHSL Director of Communications Mike McCall told The Virginia Star, “The VHSL is very pleased. We have been advocating for increased capacity for both indoor and outdoor events with the Governor’s office. Hopefully, as COVID continues to decline in the Commonwealth, the Governor will revisit his Order...
    The California Department of Public Health announced its youth sports update on Friday, which provides a path forward for a resumption of high school sports beyond the purple tier sports of cross-country, golf, tennis and track and field. Restrictions for high-contact outdoor sports have been relaxed, although most Southern California counties need cases to continue to decline to meet the requirement to restart sports such as football, field hockey, rugby and water polo. Here are answers to questions you might have. When will football season begin? The Southern Section says football teams must complete their seasons by April 17. Teams are required to have a minimum 14 days of practice before playing their first game. The first practice day can be Tuesday if a county reaches a COVID-19 case rate of 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing of players and coaches will be required. Those that have been conditioning for weeks...
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    Megan Thee Stallion Confirms She’s Dating Rapper Pardison Fontaine Surprising Ways Gen X and Boomers Are Worlds Apart Financially It appears as if Mike Babcock has found his next head-coaching job, but it won’t be in the NHL or the professional ranks at all.  Instead, the veteran bench boss has been named the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada’s college ranks, per a release from the school. © John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Mike Babcock has found his next head-coaching job. Babcock has been looking for a new coaching opportunity since being fired by Toronto midway through last season with Sheldon Keefe taking over and had been doing some television work for NBC this season.  Now, it’s a return back to his roots as Babcock is from Saskatoon, played for the school back in 1981-82, and received an honorary degree from them back in 2016. The 57-year-old...
    CBS San Francisco Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With the surge in new coronavirus cases beginning to ease and demand for vaccination growing, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. Oakley School Board Resigns After President Steps Down Over ‘Hot Mic’ Remarks OAKLEY — One day after the president of the Oakley school board resigned over disparaging comments about parents that she and other board members made on a video conference call the rest of the board trustees followed her lead. The district’s superintendent, Greg Hetrick, released a statement early Friday evening announcing the mass resignations after the social media explosion mushroomed following the release of the public meeting’s recording. Board president Lisa Brizendine had resigned Thursday, although there was no public announcement made at the time. The statement stated:...
    At long last, youth and high school sports are back in California. Well, most of them. In a lot of the state, at least. The California Department of Public Health on Friday released updated guidelines that loosened the restrictions on outdoor sports. That should pave the way for football, soccer, baseball, softball and many more sports to return to play for the first time since last spring. But with new rules come new questions, so we are here to walk you through the latest on prep sports in California. First off, read the reaction and the backstory to the news, and why this was the highest-profile win in the heralded careers of two Bay Area coaches. Also, check out what Santa Clara County officials said Friday and what this means for Little League. Which sports were impacted by the new guidelines? Outdoor, high-contact sports are the...
    High school athletes in San Diego secured a second victory on Friday, Feb. 19 as a court granted a temporary restraining order requested by two football players seeking an immediate return to competition under the same coronavirus protocols as players in the college and professional ranks. San Diego Superior Court Judge Earl H. Maas issued the order against Gov. Newsom and the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines for youth and high school sports hours after Newsom announced restrictions for outdoor, high-contact sports such as football would be loosened to allow competition starting Feb. 26 if certain coronavirus metrics and testing criteria were met. The temporary restraining order, Maas ruled, allows the football players or “other youth in the County (of San Diego) to participate in high school or youth sports as long as (they) follow the same or similar COVID-19 protocols imposed for competition in professional and/or...
    A popular head high school football coach was allegedly fired by a Massachusetts public school after objecting to the racially-charged curriculum taught to his children in the school district. The Dedham Public Schools district terminated David Flynn after he disagreed with the move to a social justice school curriculum, the Daily Wire reported. Flynn has two children in the district, one in middle school and the other in elementary school. Flynn, head coach since 2011, subsequently filed a lawsuit against the district’s superintendent, Michael Welch, the high school principal, Jim Fonest, and the high school’s athletic director, Stephen Traister, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Judicial Watch is representing Flynn and tweeted he was “removed as head football coach after raising concerns about his daughter’s 7th grade history class curriculum being changed to include coursework on race/gender equality & more”: BREAKING: Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A return to the classroom is inching ever closer for all students. But it's still been almost a year since students across California saw their teacher in person. Parents have done their best to fill in as teachers... trying to guide children through remote learning.But who was guiding the teachers? And what will work best as they leave their zoom room for a classroom?"We knew we had to do something different for when the fall came, when we knew we would be teaching remotely," said Michelle Touceda, South Gate High School English Teacher.Touceda and Mia Young, two LAUSD English teachers who had never met before attending an online High School training seminar, came up with a solution. They decided they would create a Facebook group called Distance Learning Educators. They knew the seminar would end, but wanted the collaboration of teachers to continue."In the chat of...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. McConnell politically shrewd but cowardly Following the acquittal of former President Trump, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a scathing speech about Trump’s guilt. Some in the media labeled it courageous. It was really a hypocritical, self-serving, cowardly act. McConnell hypocritically voted to acquit arguing an out-of-office president could not be impeached, yet he created that excuse by recessing the Senate for two weeks instead of conducting a trial. Related Articles Letters: End the debate | Rate hike | Public utilities | Power shutoffs | Righteous acquittal Letters: Seamless CVS | Indict Trump | Whose apology? | Iran’s crimes | Public schools Letters: Responsible reopening | Money on the table | Dangerous idea | Manipulating facts | Character missing Letters: Faster response | Short-sighted |...
    GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its transgender bathroom ban after rulings by lower courts that the policy is unconstitutional and had discriminated against former student Gavin Grimm. The Gloucester County School Board filed a petition before the high court on Friday that argues its bathroom policy poses a “pressing federal question of national importance.” The school board’s policy, which has drawn national headlines in recent years, required Grimm to use restrooms that corresponded with his biological sex — female — or private bathrooms. The board has argued previously that federal laws protect against discrimination based on sex, not gender identity. Because Grimm had not undergone sex-reassignment surgery and still had female genitalia, the board’s position has been that he remained anatomically a female. David Corrigan, an attorney for the school board, did not immediately respond to email and...
    GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its transgender bathroom ban after rulings by lower courts that the policy is unconstitutional and had discriminated against former student Gavin Grimm. The Gloucester County School Board filed a petition before the high court on Friday that argues its bathroom policy poses a “pressing federal question of national importance.” The school board’s policy, which has drawn national headlines in recent years, required Grimm to use restrooms that corresponded with his biological sex — female — or private bathrooms. The board has argued previously that federal laws protect against discrimination based on sex, not gender identity. Because Grimm had not undergone sex-reassignment surgery and still had female genitalia, the board’s position has been that he remained anatomically a female. David Corrigan, an attorney for the school board, did not immediately respond to email and...
    Shown in blue above are the 27 California counties where high school football and other outdoor sports will be allowed to resume play under an announcement Friday by the state Department of Public Health. The counties are those with a per-capita rate of fewer than 14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. In the Bay Area, the restriction was lifted for all except Solano and Contra Costa counties. Click here for the full report on Friday’s decision.
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — State health officials greenlighted reopening select high school sports programs, but set a standard of fewer than 14 cases of COVID-19 for every 100,000 residents in a county. At a morning news conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom said several Bay Area counties have already reached that standard. “We currently have 19 counties that are in that category including Alameda County, Marin, San Francisco, many of the Bay Area counties are already well below 14 cases for 100,000 so they are able to move as early as Feb 26,” the governor said. “This is for outdoor sports including contact sports. Including football, rugby and water polo.” RELATED: Rules For Reopening High School Sports The announcement comes after weeks of demonstrations by parents and students across the state are part of the “Let’s Then Play” movement. Newsom was joined by 49ers stars Arik Armstead, who grew...
    Erin Clark/Pool via REUTERSWorking together. MPR’s Dan Gunderson reports: “Ever since Minnesota began distributing coronavirus vaccines to the public, Mahnomen County in northwestern Minnesota has consistently run ahead of the pack, vaccinating at rates that far surpass most of its peers. As of this week, a full 85 percent of people 65 and older in the county have been vaccinated. … Mahnomen’s unique status as the only Minnesota county located entirely within the borders of a Native American reservation is a key factor behind the county’s rapid move toward broad community vaccination. Public health leaders at the White Earth Nation and Mahnomen County credit that high vaccination rate to close collaboration between the tribe and the county to efficiently get those doses to residents.” Here’s some good news. Fox9’s Courtney Godfrey reports: “While the world’s focus is on COVID-19, those at Hennepin Healthcare’s urgent care in Minneapolis are still testing...
    High school football and other outdoor sports will be allowed to resume play across many parts of California for the first time in nearly 12 months, the state Department of Public Health announced Friday morning, culminating a long-fought battle for return-to-play advocates. Football, baseball, softball, soccer, water polo and lacrosse are all among the sports allowed to begin competition next Friday in any county in the state with a per-capita case rate of fewer than 14 per 100,000 residents — currently 27 of the state’s 58 counties, including all but Contra Costa and Solano counties in the Bay Area. Indoor sports were left untouched, without compelling evidence they can be played safely. Higher-contact sports that have been approved to play must also adhere to new guidelines, namely a weekly testing regimen. Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state’s public health officer, cited declining rates of infection across the state as...
    William Brian (Smirny) Delp of Montgomery County died on Feb. 14, 2021. He was 45 years old. Born in Sellersville, and a native to Lansdale, Delp worked as an electrical foreman with Hard Hat Services, LLC in Pottstown up until his death, his obituary says. He graduated from North Penn High School in 1993, and pursued his career as an electrician at Montco Technical Career Center, his obit says. Delp's obituary remembered him as "a passionate musician who enjoyed obnoxiously loud heavy metal, playing the guitar and drums." He is survived by his mother, Linda (Linberger) Delp; sister Nicole Delp; and nephew Gage McGowan. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 20 at the Shelly-Dinan Funeral Home in Lansdale. Click here for the full obituary.
    Bob Munson got in touch to tell me that he and Ritchie Valens had been pals back in junior high. Not only did Munson have stories, he had photos. Days later, I was in Munson’s kitchen in the Murrieta Hot Springs neighborhood of Murrieta, looking at snapshots. There was Valens in a dark suit for eighth grade prom at Pacoima Junior High, standing behind a girl in a dress, arms around her waist from behind. In fact, there were three similar photos, with three different girls. “Ritchie had no problem finding a date,” Munson says with a chuckle. “He was very popular with the girls. They all loved him…I don’t know which one he took to prom.” Another photo has Ritchie seated behind a snare drum, looking at the camera, drumsticks in his hands. That was taken in the Munson living room in Panorama City, adjacent to Pacoima. Murrieta resident...
    PETERS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Peters Township High School student is lifting others and giving back as he raises funding and awareness for mental health initiatives. KDKA’s Kym Gable met Jake Bode and his mother, Suzie, on the Montour Trail in Peters, where Jake enjoys walking and running to boost his mood and give him clarity. The 17-year-old senior is on the cross-country team and uses running as a form of therapy. READ MORE: Kidsburgh: Mentoring And Tutoring During The Pandemic (Photo Credit: KDKA) “It’s been kind of rough for me and I also know people who’ve gone through that, and it was really important for me to spread that message that it’s OK to struggle and it’s OK to go through it. It’s just super important to reach out and get help,” said Jake. Jake created the Destination Wellness 5K, a virtual event that raised money for the National...
    FOLSOM (CBS13) – Students at Folsom High School held a rally Thursday to demand a return to in-person instruction – and they may not be that far away. Standup for students–a sign of the times at Folsom High School as students rally to return to the classroom. “It’s been horrible since day 1,” said Senior Cy Watson. Senior Cy Watson, chief of staff for his class, spoke out about what has been nearly a year of distance learning. “I’m one of the leads of planning events at Folsom High School. Not being able to plan any that bring joy to high school students and just watch them being o has been horrific,” he said. Watson said he sees other school districts open and it’s frustrating. “It takes students like me and other students around me that have pushed me to be that voice for other students,” he said. Students enjoyed...
    POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – Blanche Elizabeth General Ely was born in Reddick, Florida in 1904 and graduated from Florida A&M University. She began teaching in the early 1920s in South Florida. At that time, Black students were taught through sixth grade only and were in school for about six months a year. READ MORE: Florida Rep. Mario Diaz Balart Calls Bidens Immigration Plan An Unrealistic, Partisan Effort That Neglects National Security Derek T. Davis is the Curator of the Blanche Ely House Museum who explains further. “During the picking season the school was closed down that time only, the Black children schools that were closed down,” he said. Ely’s first school in Pompano Beach was one room, all wood. She called it the “juke joint.” An avid reader and learner, she became principal of what was then Pompano Beach Negro High School. She would later earn a Master’s degree from...
    Press Release from Georgia’s School Superintendent, Richard Woods: Only three months from now, Georgia’s schools will start closing out the 2020-21 school year. The close of the second semester also brings about federally required standardized testing. But the middle of a global pandemic is no time for high-stakes tests – especially high-stakes tests that must be administered in person. That’s why today, Governor Brian Kemp and I resubmitted Georgia’s request for a waiver of standardized testing and accountability requirements​ to the U.S. Department of Education. Like other states, Georgia’s testing and accountability systems were developed and designed to measure the effectiveness of traditional instruction in a traditional learning environment. This unprecedented school year has been anything but traditional, and experts know tests cannot be completely redesigned and revamped overnight. Additionally, test security concerns mean students must take standardized tests in-person –...
    FAIRHAVEN (CBS) – Like the classrooms at Fairhaven High School that look like something out of the 1920’s, the basic model of public education hasn’t changed much in decades. That is until the coronavirus pandemic hit. READ MORE: Chelsea To Get COVID-19 Vaccines Directly From Federal Government School systems were forced to create digital classrooms and students had to figure out how to learn remotely. “It’s been a learning experience for all of us,” said physics teacher Nelson Bernardo. “There’s a lot of ups and downs,’ said junior Layla Almeida. But the leaders in this community are determined to focus on the ‘ups’ and look at this time as a chance to innovate. “I think you’re not going to see every child in every classroom in every desk the way they were in 2019,” explained Superintendent Robert Baldwin. For example, high school students of the future may take classes at...
    Two American fugitives were arrested in Mexico for setting a high school and Goodwill on fire, officials announced Thursday in a press release. Mexican authorities arrested 34-year-old Jose Angel Felan Jr. and 22-year-old Mena Dhaya Yousif on Monday over immigration violations, United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced in a United States Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota press release. The two were arrested after the U.S. Marshals Service discovered where they were. (RELATED: Arson Experts Arrive In Minnesota To Investigate Fires Set During Riots) “Thanks to the skilled investigative work of the ATF and the tireless apprehension efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service these two defendants, who have been on the run for more than eight months, will be returned to Minnesota to face justice,” MacDonald said in the press release. Flames rise from a liquor store near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo...
    DES PLAINES, Ill. -- In 1944, students from the northwest Chicago suburbs sold over $500,000 in war bonds to build a new WWII transport plane. The students attended Maine Township High School in the building that is now Maine East, and the plane was assembled at the airfield we now call OHaire International Airport. To honor the students, the c-52 aircraft was called the Maine Flyer.Now, for the first time in nearly 80 years, parts of the plane are back in the Chicago area as part of an exhibit at the Des Plaines History Center.This exhibit covers the past century of aviation and aviators in the Des Plaines area, said executive director Philip Mohr.Mohr said that the exibit was already up when he got a call from an aviation enthusiast in the region, Leonard Johnson. Johnson had aquired parts of the cockpit from the original Maine Flyer and offered to...
    Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen won the 2021 Academic Decathlon for the Los Angeles Unified School District, marking a year of firsts: the school’s first-ever win, the first virtual contest and the first time their last-minute cram sessions did not include boxes of shared Krispy Kreme doughnuts. This was more than a big win for the high school, which serves a diverse and primarily working-class student body from the Van Nuys and North Hollywood area. For team members, it was a lifeline that helped them fend off the isolation of distance learning. “I guess school sort of feels like an endless cycle at times, but knowing I have Decathlon right after Zoom classes is over, and we’re working toward regionals, toward state — it really just is a motivation that keeps me going,” said Yadira Castillo, who earned the highest individual score among LAUSD contestants. The...
    The explosive new HBO documentary on Woody Allen focuses on the long-roiling allegations that the Oscar-winning filmmaker molested his 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992, but “Allen vs Farrow” builds its case by also addressing a theme in Allen’s films and possibly in his life: His predilection for young women. Long debated is to how this predilection extended to his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, whom he met when she was 10 and the Korean-born adopted daughter of his long-time partner Mia Farrow. When Mia Farrow discovered Allen’s affair with Previn in January 1992, it ignited their bitter breakup and the ensuing scandal, during which Dylan accused Allen of molesting her. Allen, 85, and Previn, 50, have long maintained that their affair began shortly before Farrow found nude photos of her daughter in Allen’s apartment — when he was 56 and she was a 21-year-old college freshman. But “Allen vs. Farrow”...
    A bomb threat deemed unfounded forced students and staff of the Council Rock High School North in Newtown to evacuate the premises Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Local police arrived at the school after someone called in the threat around 2 p.m., Newtown Township police said. The school was evacuated to an alternate site while officers searched the perimeter, and concluded the investigation around 2:40 p.m., police said. School activities resumed as usual after the search, police said. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Fraser was on location and advised of the situation, police said. Newtown detectives were continuing the investigation to determine the source and identity of the caller, police said. "As always, the Newtown Township Police Department would not be capable of fulfilling our mission without the support and partnership of our citizens," said John L. Hearn, Chief of the Newtown Township Police
    Police in Connecticut are asking the public for information in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old high school student. The student, who attended New London High School, was found around 6:22 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, when EMS responded to the area of Grand St. and Elm St., in New London, for the report of shots fired with an injured person in the roadway, authorities said. Once on the scene, the male teen was found and declared dead by paramedics, New London Police said. Police say the incident does not appear to be a random act and the investigation remains active. The victim attended New London High School, according to Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie, who said the student's  death was an “incredibly sad loss," in an announcement to school members. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to the entire school community of which this student was a...
    HONOLULU (AP) — A new Hawaii State Department of Health survey indicated the rate of daily vaping among high school students more than doubled over two years. The Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey results released by the department Tuesday showed the number of Hawaii teens vaping every day between 2017 and 2019 increased from 3.5% to 7.9%, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. The survey found 30.6% of Hawaii public high school students said in 2019 they vaped at least once in the previous 30 days, up from 25.5% in 2017. The state figure was less than the national rate of 32.7% for 2019. The survey also found a decrease in the use of alcohol and cigarettes and sexual activity among Hawaii high school students. More than 12,000 students took the survey in 2019, which was only conducted at Hawaii’s public schools. The survey analysis provided statewide and county data, with...
    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii Senate bill would require the state Department of Education to publish the number of new coronavirus cases detected at each public school. Current regulations require the education department to list weekly COVID-19 case totals by complex area, KITV-TV reported Wednesday. The state’s public schools are divided into 15 complex areas, each of which includes two to four school complexes consisting of a high school and elementary and intermediate schools feeding into the high school, the education department website said. The bill also would require the department to post exact dates of positive COVID-19 tests and the most recent dates of attendance by those who were infected. Democratic state Sen. Michelle Kidani, who introduced the bill, said reporting cases by complex areas can worry parents, who she said have a right to know whether individual schools have been impacted by the pandemic. Department of Education Deputy...
    A high school senior who had been fighting various forms of cancer for the past five years, died due to the illness last week with a pressing, unresolved problem on his mind. Who was going to take care of his single mother, who was recently diagnosed with a stomach cyst, and grandmother if he can’t? In the months before he died on Feb. 13, Cory James Blanchard, an 18-year-old senior student at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, got involved with a GoFundMe campaign. The goal of “Hope for Cory” is to raise money to help cover medical bills and associated costs (such as gas to and from Boston, meals, and lodging) accumulated over five years of cancer treatments. “One of the hardest parts of this terrifying journey, for me, is seeing the toll that it has taken on my mom and my grandma,” Cory said on the GoFundMe, which is being...
    A high school senior who had been fighting various forms of cancer for the past five years, died due to the illness last week with a pressing, unresolved problem on his mind. Who was going to take care of his single mother, who was recently diagnosed with a stomach cyst, and grandmother if he can’t? In the months before he died on Feb. 13, Cory James Blanchard, an 18-year-old senior student at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, got involved with a GoFundMe campaign. The goal of “Hope for Cory” is to raise money to help cover medical bills and associated costs (such as gas to and from Boston, meals, and lodging) accumulated over five years of cancer treatments. “One of the hardest parts of this terrifying journey, for me, is seeing the toll that it has taken on my mom and my grandma,” Cory said on the GoFundMe, which is being...
    The distance from the class benches first year of high school they may be one meter and not 1.5 meters, as established by the protocol until now. The measure reaches both the public and private spheres. The Central Board of Directors (Codicen) received the approval of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) to shorten the distances in the classrooms of the first year of secondary school in order to increase presence. The counselor Juan Gabito told El Observador that the issue was discussed this Wednesday in the session of the body that directs the National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) and clarified that the distance of 1.5 meters is maintained for levels from the second year, as well as one meter in Primary. According to Gabito, this new measure for the classes of first year of secondary « It will bring many more students into the room. » For the rest of...
    Taylor Swift Says Joe Alwyns Support Helped Her Move Past Fear and Self-Doubt About Getting Political Thyssenkrupp Ends Steel Sale Talks With Liberty Over Value A rumor spread on Wednesday regarding the status of wrestler Kyle O’Reilly, and that rumor has been shot down. © Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com-NorthJersey O’Reilly performs on WWE’s NXT brand. There was a rumor that circulated Wednesday saying he suffered a seizure when the show began taping after going off air. The rumor reportedly was spread by fans in attendance who shared misinformation based on what they saw. Some photos showed O’Reilly injured and being taken away on a stretcher. Wrestling Inc’s Raj Giri says that O’Reilly was just selling the attack. Got it confirmed, Kyle O'Reilly was just selling the attack, it was a work. They didn't even anticipate that people would think it had to do with O'Reilly having Type One Diabetes. @WrestlingInc...
    Authorities in Colorado are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the cold-case double murder of two teenage Columbine High School students who were fatally shot on Valentine’s Day 21 years ago. As Crime-Online reports, young couple Nicholas Kunselman, 15, and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell, 16, were gunned down inside a Subway sandwich shop in Littleton, Colorado, on Feb. 14, 2000. Kunselman worked at the local fast food franchise, and Hart-Grizzel had driven to the restaurant on Coal Mine Avenue to wait for her boyfriend to finish his shift. Their bodies were discovered after a fellow Subway employee noticed that the store lights were still on just before 1 a.m., long after closing. Authorities reportedly believe that at least one intruder entered the store and shot Kunselman and Hart-Grizzell. Officials hope the significant reward increase — up from $12,000 — will encourage anyone with information to come forward. $100,000...