In this Texas school district, parents step up to fill teacher shortage

In this Texas school district, parents step up to fill teacher shortage

As Jan Stone stirred a large pot of grits with sausage for her six adopted children on Friday, she was juggling a little more than usual during the family’s predawn routine. Not only was Stone trying to get them out the door for school with backpacks and full bellies, she was preparing to go to…read more »

Ozzie, the world’s oldest male gorilla, has died at Zoo Atlanta

Ozzie, the world’s oldest male gorilla, has died at Zoo Atlanta

Ozzie, the world’s oldest male gorilla and the third-oldest gorilla in the world, died Tuesday at Zoo Atlanta, the facility announced. He was 61. The 350-pound western lowland gorilla’s cause of death is not yet known, the zoo said in a news release. Ozzie was considered a true legend at the zoo and was the…read more »

Utah teacher sues school district for retaliating against her for reporting sexual harassment among 5th-grade students

Utah teacher sues school district for retaliating against her for reporting sexual harassment among 5th-grade students

A teacher in Utah is suing her former employer after she said it retaliated against her for reporting sexual harassment among her students, according to court documents filed last week. Kathryn Moore is suing Utah’s Park City School District “for violations of Title IX” and “state breach of contract,” according to the suit filed in…read more »

Department of Energy approves release of 13.4 million barrels from Strategic Petroleum Reserve
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Department of Energy approves release of 13.4 million barrels from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The Department of Energy announced Tuesday the release of 13.4 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The release of the emergency oil reserves, part of an authorization announced by President Joe Biden in November, aims to combat rising gasoline prices in the US and the lack of oil supply around the world.…read more »

Package thefts and other high-profile crimes threaten to derail the reform-minded Los Angeles County DA
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Package thefts and other high-profile crimes threaten to derail the reform-minded Los Angeles County DA

A rash of package thefts from freight trains passing slowly through downtown Los Angeles has raised a fundamental question facing this city and others: how to balance attempts at criminal justice reform with the need for crime prevention. “What the hell is going on?” asked an exasperated Gov. Gavin Newsom last week when he joined…read more »

Senators propose bipartisan legislation to bolster pandemic preparedness and examine US Covid-19 response
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Senators propose bipartisan legislation to bolster pandemic preparedness and examine US Covid-19 response

Sens. Patty Murray and Richard Burr on Tuesday proposed a bipartisan bill that would bolster the US’ pandemic preparedness and probe the origins of Covid-19. The PREVENT Pandemics Act would “examine what has worked, and what has not, during the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and incorporates ideas from multiple members on both sides…read more »

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