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Maryland School Board Votes To Change How Students Become Valedictorian

A Maryland school board barely passed a policy Wednesday where being honored as valedictorian and salutatorian will no longer be based on grades alone. Anne Arundel County school board voted 5-4 to allow qualities like leadership and character as factors of consideration when deciding top honors, the Capital Gazette reported Thursday. Students who complete seven semesters of high school and ...

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More Than 400 Students Have To Retake The ACT After School Loses Tests

More than 400 high school students will have to retake the ACT college entry exam after a North Carolina high school lost the tests. “We recently discovered that the answer sheets for the ACT tests administered to all Pinecrest High School juniors on February 20 and March 13, 2019, were not submitted to ACT for scoring,” the school wrote in ...

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Former Arkansas State Senator’s Friend Charged For Her Murder

Police charged a former Arkansas State Senator’s friend and campaign staffer for her murder Monday. Rebecca O’Donnell, 48, was charged for murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence in the killing of  Linda Collins-Smith, 57, NBC News reported Tuesday. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, pictured right, has been arrested in connection to the murder of former Republican. Arkansas State ...

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Pelosi Says House Intends To Block Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the House plans to block President Donald Trump’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia. “There will be a vote to remove any authority to make those sales to Saudi Arabia,” Pelosi said in an interview with CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria Thursday, The Hill reported. “This is something that we will fight, and we’ll have bipartisan ...

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Motorcyclist Killed After Struck By Lightning In Florida |

A motorcyclist was killed in Florida after lightning cracked his helmet and sent him off the road Sunday. The 45-year-old man was riding southbound on Interstate 95 when he was struck, ABC News reported Monday. Officials said the man was killed at the scene. This is what’s left of a 45 year old man’s helmet after he was struck by ...

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Officials Vote To Fire Texas Teacher Following Tweets To Trump About Illegal Immigrants

District officials voted to fire a Texas English teacher Tuesday, following tweets to President Donald Trump about illegal immigrants in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). Georgia Clark thought she was private messaging Trump, but allegedly posted a thread of tweets on May 17 instead, CNN reported Wednesday. This teacher works at a school that is over 80% Latino. ...

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Former Arkansas State Senator Found Shot Dead, Wrapped In A Blanket

A former Republican Arkansas state Senator was found wrapped in a blanket after reportedly dying from a gunshot wound. Linda Collins-Smith, 57, died in her Pocahontas, Arkansas, home, which is around two hours outside of Little Rock. Her former press secretary Ken Yang said neighbors allegedly heard gunshots a day or two before Collins-Smith was discovered Tuesday, KATV reported. Arkansas ...

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‘Freak Accident’ At Utah Pool Causes People To Vomit And Bleed From Their Noses

Police said a “freak accident” at a Utah pool caused nearly 50 people to vomit, cough and have nose bleeds after becoming exposed to chlorine gas Tuesday. The people, mostly children, were exposed to the gas after the pump put too much chlorine into the water, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Officials did not believe patients were in life-threatening conditions. ...

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Lightning Bolt Throws Man 20 Feet In The Air: Police

Police said a Long Island, New York, man was thrown 20 feet in the air after getting struck by lightning Sunday night. Jonathan Borriello, 29, decided to watch the storm from his porch after taking down a flag from his home minutes before 11 p.m. Sunday, the New York Post reported Monday. Northport Chief of Police Bill Ricca said the ...

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Man Who Threw 5-Year-Old Boy Over Mall Of America Balcony Receives 19-Year Prison Sentence

The man who threw a 5-year-old boy over the Mall of America’s third-floor balcony in April was given a 19-year prison sentence Monday. Emmanuel Aranda, 24, pleaded guilty in May for attempted murder. The 40-feet fall left Landen with head trauma and broken bones. Landen and his parents did not appear in court Monday, but offered statements read in court ...

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Biden Calls For Universal Pre-K In Sweeping Education Plan

Former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden called for universal pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-old kids as part of a sweeping education plan, according to an announcement prior to a town hall in Houston Tuesday. Biden plans to work with states to provide universal pre-K, according to his campaign website. “This investment will ease the burden on ...

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Penn State Prof Working As Uber Driver Accused Of Kidnapping Three Women

Three women accused a Pennsylvania State University professor of kidnapping them while working a second job as an Uber driver. Richard Lomotey, 36, allegedly kidnapped and harassed two women on May 11, NBC News reported Wednesday. He was arrested that same day, according to ABC News. Officials connected the assistant professor to a second case that occurred on May 11 ...

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New York Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Allow Congress to Access Trump’s State Tax Returns

The New York state Assembly passed a bill Wednesday to allow Congress to obtain information on state tax returns for elected officials, which could include President Donald Trump’s documents. The bill passed 84-53 and would allow the New York Department of Taxation and Finance commissioner to release any state tax returns about those in federal, state and local elected or ...

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North Carolina Company Fights Fines And Suit Over Flying Enormous American Flag

A North Carolina company is fighting fines and a lawsuit reportedly from the city over flying a huge American flag. Camping World flies a 40-by-80-foot flag outside of its Gander RV location in Statesville, North Carolina, as a way to honor military members and veterans. The city, however, believes Camping World is violating codes that say a flag cannot be ...

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Elizabeth Warren Says No to Funding Charter Schools

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she wanted to keep public tax dollars away from charter schools. WATCH: Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "What Betsy Devos has done to our public education really undermines the best opportunities for our kids. I think our public tax dollars should stay in our public schools." Question: "So, no to for-profit charter schools?" Warren: "Yeah." pic.twitter.com/yTLggavVm0 ...

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