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District apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ question about slavery in S.C. students’ homeworkCOLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the Richland 1 school district, asked students to “write a journal entry responding to the following prompt: choose to be a slave or a slave owner. Write a journal entry that describes your daily activities before the Civil War.”The worksheet was created as part of t...
Tribune News Service
Stefan Bondy: Why Kevin Durant should return for the playoffs
NEW YORK — By the time the NBA season resumes, it will have been about four months since video surfaced of Kevin Durant driving past teammate Nic Claxton and elevating for a one-handed dunk.Four months.He was well enough back then to participate in a 3-on-3 scrimmage, and history tells us that the 13 months following his Achilles surgery is plenty of time for recovery. Both Nets GM Sean Marks and Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman, have said recently that Durant’s rehab is on schedule with no setbacks.So it’s time to take off the bubble wrap for the Orlando bubble. After all, the Nets signed Durant ...
New York Daily News
District apologizes for 'inappropriate' question about slavery in S.C. students' homework
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the Richland 1 school district, asked students to “write a journal entry responding to the following prompt: choose to be a slave or a slave owner. Write a journal entry that describes your daily activities before the Civil War.”The worksheet was created as part of the district’s remote learning, which was brought on by the coronavirus.The question was i...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Hezbollah chief rejects US pressure over UN peacekeepers
The head of the Lebanese Shia movementHezbollahon Tuesday rejected a US request to empower aUN peacekeepingforce patrolling the border withIsrael.Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah spoke ahead of a UN Security Council vote this summer to renew the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon(UNIFIL)."The Americans, as the result of Israeli demands, are raising the issue of changing the nature of UNIFIL's mission," Nasrallah said in a radio interview to mark 20 years since Israel withdrew from Lebanon."Lebanon has refused to change UNIFIL's mission, but Israel wants... it to have the right to raid ...
Tip leads cops to pipe bombs at home of N.J. couple, prosecutor says
A Pemberton Townshipcouple was charged with having explosives after investigators found pipe bombs at their home and another residence, officials said Tuesday.William Heath, 47, and his girlfriend, Ashley Sprague, 32, face charges, including possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose and having prohibited weapons and devices, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.Acting on a tip about the bombs, police began investigating the pair earlier this month, Coffina said in a statement. Investigators on Friday served a search warrant at their home and at a residence in Southamp...
Twitter labels Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for first time
San Francisco (AFP) - Twitter labelled two of Donald Trump's tweets "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims Tuesday, a first for the social network which has long resisted calls to censure the US President over truth-defying posts.Trump's tweets contended without evidence that mail-in voting would lead to fraud and a "Rigged Election."Under the tweets, Twitter posted a link which read "Get the facts about mail-in ballots" and which took users to a notice pointing out that the claims are "unsubstantiated", citing reporting by CNN, the Washington Post and other media."Trump fals...
Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if a proposed Chinese crackdown goes ahead, and promised a "very interesting" US response within days.The Chinese legislation would ban secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference after months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests last year in the semi-autonomous territory. Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, said Tuesday that essential freedoms would remain.But it is "hard to see how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes o...
For their own good, Hong Kong’s business community should stand with protesters
By Calum MuirheadAs the coronavirus pandemic begins to subside and life slowly returns to normal, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is showing no signs of going away.Despite heavy-handed efforts by the Beijing government to interfere in the city’s constitutional framework, arrestprominent democratic activists and, more recently, push pro-Beijing lawmakers to force their rivals outof the Legislative Council, the relaxation of quarantine restrictions and lowering infection rates have brought protesters back onto the streets almost immediately. This indicates that the city will face another vola...
Hong Kong Free Press
Explainer: How a new law may see Hongkongers jailed for 3 years for parodying the national anthem
This month, Hong Kong authorities have renewed efforts to push forward a controversial bill that criminalises disrespectful behaviour towards the Chinese national anthem, March of the Volunteers.Despite widespread criticism that the proposed law would be an assault on freedom of expression, the Legislative Council is set to resume the Second Reading debateof the bill on Wednesday, with protesters vowing to surround the complex. The move marked the latest in a series of effortsby the Hong Kong and Beijing governments to suppress their critics.The push for legislation might reignite anti-governm...
Hong Kong Free Press
Police swarm Hong Kong ahead of flashpoint anthem debate
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong police ramped up security around the city's legislature on Wednesday ahead of a debate over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.The debate comes days after China announced separate plans to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong following last year's huge and often violent pro-democracy rallies.That move has prompted Washington to warn that Hong Kong might lose its status as a global financial centre if the city's freedoms and vaunted judicial indepe...