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New books for young readers encourage socialist values

“Good children’s fiction cultivates empathy, imagination, social conscience, and historical awareness. Some of the best children’s novels written during the early twentieth century also raise class consciousness—Natalie Savage Carson’s The Family Under the Bridge, for example; socialist E. Nesbit’s Railway Children, Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses, and the original Mary Poppins books, which are wonderfully critical of capitalism and give magical superpowers to a nanny and her working-class friends.

While the politics of these older books hold up well, it’s hard to miss how very white the characters are. Fortunately, a new wave of multicultural, politically attuned children’s fiction is now hitting the shelves. Thanks in part to a movement called “We Need Diverse Books,” many new novels for middle graders and young adults include more people of color, gay and lesbian characters, ethnic and religious minorities, and the differently abled.”


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Lorri Nandrea

Parents #WalkAway From Conservative Son And Support His Democratic Rival

A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin on Monday called his parents’ decision to support his Democratic opponent “an intentional personal blow” and a “true representation” of political intolerance. Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson slammed his own parents for making the “maximum contribution” to his Democratic opponent in a fiery editorial published by Fox News

The hopeful who is currently embroiled in an intense primary battle for the GOP nomination accused his parents of turning “their back on me, my wife” and their grandchildren following a report from CNN earlier this year that highlighted his parents’ donations to the incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)

The column comes after a new attack ad from a group supporting his Republican opponent questioned whether Nicholson, a former Democrat, could be trusted. The ad used footage of Nicholson speaking in support of abortion rights at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Nicholson’s primary challenger, Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, argues she’s the only true conservative in the race. The primary is a month away on Aug. 14.

He pointed to his parents’ donation as a “representation of the intolerance” in the Democratic Party.

“Adding to this, they decided to make the maximum contribution to my Democrat opponent in my campaign for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, an intentional personal blow that made headlines across the country,” Nicholson said. “It was deliberate – and it is a true representation of the intolerance of a political philosophy that stands on the false platform of tolerance.”

Each of his parents reportedly gave $2,700 to the Wisconsin Democrat’s campaign in December, the largest amount they can give during the Democratic primary. Nicholson’s brother, Scott Nicholson, also gave the maximum amount allowed, $2,700, to Baldwin last year.

Accused child molester falls to his death trying to avoid parents and police 

A man accused of groping a boy during his sixth birthday party tried to escape a Queens apartment by going out the window — but instead plunged four stories to his death.
Edgar Collaguazo, 44, fell from his fourth story apartment about 1:05 a.m. On Thursday after furious parents called police and locked him in a bedroom of the Jackson Heights residence, sources said.

Collaguazo invited at least three kids — including the birthday boy, his 5-year-old female cousin and another boy — into his room to watch a movie. 

Eventually the 5 year old emerged and was acting oddly. When parents went to investigate they found  Collaguazo holding the boy on his lap, with his hand down the boy’s pants, touching his genitals.

Chaos soon broke out in the apartment as some of the parents present started attacking Collaguazo.

“I told them, ‘Stop beating him, already! I have called the police,’” the victim’s mother recalled.

The relatives then decided to lock Collaguazo in his bedroom while waiting for the police to arrive. When they opened the door shortly afterward, Collaguazo was gone. Only when they looked out the window did they realize that Collaguazo had fallen to his death, the boy’s mother said.

The 5-year-old cousin later told detectives that she rushed out of the room because Collaguazo had kissed her and warned her to keep quiet about it, the boy’s mother said.

“Bomb” in German back yard turns out to be garden produce 

BERLIN (AP) — A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini.
Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man.

They said in a statement Friday that officers determined “the object, which really did look very like a bomb” was actually a 40-centimeter (nearly 16-inch) zucchini.

The offending vegetable, which was very dark in color, weighed about five kilograms (11 pounds). Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.

Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of residents while they are defused.

2 NFL players buy Xbox for child wearing Kaepernick jersey 

Saundra Watts was killing time while her dog was groomed at Petco, when her 10-year-old grandson, Jaden, came running up to her.
“He’s jumping up and down, saying, ‘Nana! Nana! Nana! These two guys want to buy me an Xbox. You’ve got to come right now,’ ” Watts recalled in a phone interview.

“She did not believe me,” said Jaden, who had wandered into a GameStop next door. “She thought it was some person who was joking with me or something.”

When they entered GameStop, Jaden introduced Saundra to the two men in shorts and T-shirts who had made the generous offer: Washington Redskins running backs Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley.

“Is it okay if we buy your son an Xbox?” Marshall asked Saundra. “I was like, ‘Really?’ Now mind you, I didn’t know they were Redskins, and neither did Jaden.”

Jaden said Marshall and Kelley had complimented him on his Colin Kaepernick 49ers jersey when he walked into the video game store to inquire about the price of the Xbox One. Kelley said Marshall overheard Jaden mention something about saving up to buy the video game console and Marshall asked his teammate if he was interested in pitching in to buy it for him.

“I was cool with it,” Kelley said. “I wish someone would’ve done something like that for me when I was growing up. His family is probably able to do whatever they want, but everybody is not able to have the stuff that we have the luxury of having. … To make an impact on somebody, I have no problem with it.”

Saundra said she was shocked when Marshall told her he and Kelley played for the Redskins. While Kelley took a phone call, she and Jaden chatted with Marshall, who is on injured reserve for the second consecutive season after tearing his patella tendon during training camp, about his rehab and growing up in North Carolina. Jaden told Marshall he was a Cowboys fan, just like his dad, and a 49ers fan because of Kaepernick, who was released in March and remains out of a job.

“I liked how he wasn’t afraid to show what he thought,” Jaden, who is African American, said in a phone interview Thursday of Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality last season. “He risked getting fired, which was a big thing. I wouldn’t even do that, but he did, and I really like him for standing out. I don’t know if people agree with it, but he just doesn’t care what people say and that’s inspired me and probably inspired other people.”

Before everyone parted ways, they took a photo, exchanged hugs and even phone numbers. Saundra told Marshall and Kelley, who also bought Jaden a copy of “NBA 2K18,” to stay humble and true to themselves. Marshall told Jaden to do the same, even when it came to his Cowboys fandom.

“I will never forget that,” Jaden said.
Joey Snapp, a Winchester man who witnessed Marshall and Kelley’s random act of kindness, posted about it on Facebook. Snapp tweeted his appreciation at Marshall and Kelley, neither of whom mentioned their generous act on social media.
“The family wanted a picture that they could have, so they took one, but we didn’t post anything,” said Kelley, who was at GameStop in search of “Midnight Club II,” which was released in 2003. “Stuff like that is done from the heart. That was something that we just did and it ain’t gotta be broadcasted. … Doing that, it felt so good just knowing that I didn’t have no ties to that kid, I didn’t have to do that. It felt good.”

NFL player Deshaun Watson gives his first paycheck to the women who work in the team cafeteria

HOUSTON, TX — Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson’s personal motto is “If you can, you must”.

This week he showed himself to be a man of his word, when donated his first NFL game paycheck to three women who work in the NRG Stadium cafeteria and cook for the players. The three women were also especially affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

“For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way,” Watson told the woman in a video shared by the Texans. “Here you guys go.”

Watson, who has a base salary of $465,000, donated a check for $27,353.

He walked into the cafeteria with envelopes wrapped in ribbon and said, “Hopefully, that’s good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help.”

Watson has been on the receiving end of a similar kindness in the past, as he and his family were once recipients of a house built by Habitat for Humanity.


Black confederate flag supporter dies in car crash 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol on Monday was investigating a car wreck outside Jacksonville that killed an outspoken advocate of the Confederate flag.
Anthony Hervey, 49, author of “Why I Wave the Confederate Flag, Written by a Black Man,” died Sunday, the state police said, after the Ford Explorer carrying him and Arlene Barnum, 60, of Stuart, Okla., went off the road and flipped over while returning from a pro-Confederate flag event in Birmingham, Alabama 

Hervey, who was from Mississippi drew attention over the years for his efforts to preserve the Confederate flag and was often seen wearing a Confederate uniform and waving a Confederate battle flag on the Oxford Square.

Barnum said the accident occurred on a state highway near Oxford after Mr. Hervey swerved to avoid another vehicle that had pulled alongside them. The other car, she said, first pulled up on the driver’s side. Mr. Hervey yelled something to the passengers in the other car, she said and then “sped up to get away.”

The car then drove around to the passenger side of the Ford Explorer, Mrs. Barnum said, and the S.U.V. veered into a ditch on the opposite side of the road. When Mr. Hervey steered the Explorer back up on the road, the S.U.V. began spinning and rolled over multiple times before landing on the highway’s right side.

“It rolled over hard,” she said. “With each roll, it felt like ‘I’m not dead yet. Which one of these rolls is going to kill me?’ ”

She said she tried to talk to Mr. Hervey after the vehicle came to a rest, while both were still strapped in their seatbelts. He never responded. After being transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, she learned Mr. Hervey had died. Mrs. Barnum suffered cuts and a fractured left foot.

Master Sgt. Ray Hall of the Highway Patrol in New Albany said that the accident was being investigated and that no other information would be available until reconstruction specialists had a chance to review the evidence. Rocky Kennedy, the coroner of Lafayette County, home of Oxford, deferred further comment until after the Highway Patrol investigation was completed.

The Saturday rally in Birmingham was in opposition to removing the Confederate memorial in the city’s Linn Park. The Birmingham Park and Recreation Board recently voted to remove the memorial, and a rally organizer, Charles Andrew Bodenheimer of Tallassee, Ala., said several members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans took part.

Both Mr. Hervey and Mrs. Barnum had relatives who were Confederate soldiers. Mrs. Barnum said that she became involved in efforts to preserve the Confederate flag because a Louisiana ancestor fought for the Confederacy. “I don’t like it when black people attack me on this,” she said. “I think it’s an attack on my Southern heritage.”

Authorities ask that climbers wear clothes when climbing


A teenager who climbed Mt Snowdon in just his underwear says he has no regrets – despite almost being hospitalised after reaching the summit.

Meanwhile, authorities ask that People planning to climb Snowdon Dress appropriately after a teenager developed hypothermia after hiking up the mountain in just his underwear.

An ambulance crew were called after 19-year-old Nathan French from Halewood in Merseyside completed the 1,085-metre climb of the highest mountain in Wales but became unwell at the summit.

French, who was dressed only in Superman underwear for the climb, was raising money for the Dementia UK charity in honour of his grandmother, who has the condition.

Emergency services were called to treat the student after became unwell while taking the train back down from the summit.

Paramedics discovered his blood sugar and blood pressure had dropped and he was beginning to suffer from hypothermia.

Miles Hill of Llanberis mountain rescue team said the outcome could have been much worse.

He said: “While we are sympathetic to his charity fundraising for a very worthy cause, we would question the planning and perseverance which went into his day on the hill.”

Hill said that, even at the height of summer, the summit of Snowdon could be 10C colder than Llanberis, the village at its base, even before any adverse weather is factored in.

Cops offended as restaurant staff sings “F**k that police” by N.W.A.

A police union’s Facebook post claiming officers were treated disrespectfully at a North Carolina BBQ joint has gone viral.
The Raleigh Police Protective Association on Friday accused workers at a Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q in Garner of singing N.W.A.’s song “F*ck Tha Police” to the officers as they were having a meal, WTVD reports.
The post sparked comments online calling for a boycott of the restaurant.
“THANK YOU Smithfields Chicken & Barbeque Jones Sausage location for the class and professionalism as you sang “F- the police” as my brothers at Raleigh Police Department attempted to eat at your restaurant,” the union’s Facebook post union president Matthew Cooper wrote Friday on Facebook. “The manager sang along as well. Do you really feel that was appropriate?”
A police officer’s post prompted the union’s post, according to the station.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported Saturday that Cooper said in an interview that there were a couple of officers who were sung to, though he would not give the exact number.
He said the police association spoke to the owner of the restaurant, David Harris, and accepted his apology.
Harris promised on Facebook a “thorough investigation and terminate anyone employed that doesn’t share our RESPECT of ALL law enforcement.”
The Raleigh Police Department said late Saturday that it was working with the restaurant to “resolve the issue.”
“The Raleigh Police Department appreciates the long term and strong relationship it continues to have with Smithfield’s,” it said.

San Francisco passes law to protect rescue animals

San Francisco officials have voted to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats at pet shops as part of a concerted effort to eradicate inhumane puppy breeding operations in the city.

The amendment will not affect current licensed breeders, however it will aim to tackle the prevalence of large-scale “puppy mills”, while helping to facilitate the adoption of thousands of animals already occupying the city’s shelters.

San Francisco will not be the first US city to implement such a measure, which will also ban the sale of animals under eight weeks old. Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin all enforce similar legislation.

Most animal lovers are horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family pet in a dirty wire cage for a second — let alone a week, month or even years. Yet, that is the fate of many animals at large-scale commercial breeding operations across the nation, including the mothers of many puppies and kittens sold in pet shops,” the San Francisco Board of Supervisors wrote in an op-ed piece.

The vote also bans future pet shops from opening to inhumanely sell illegally bred animals.  District Supervisor Katy Tang, who also sponsored the proposition, told The Independent, “This ordinance will serve as a deterrent, preventing a business from moving into San Francisco and selling animals from irresponsible mass-producing breeders that churn out puppies and kittens as if they were on an assembly line.”