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The State Board of Education hired Achievement For All Children to manage Southside Ashpole Elementary, a low-performing school being taken over by North Carolina. The company is tied to a wealthy donor who helped create the program. Blackbeard's black flag will fly on state ferries to the Outer....

Other Views

The petition asks Durham to boycott Israel – the only Jewish majority country in the world. This proposed boycott, targeting only one country, will fuel the fires of Anti-Zionism and the Anti-Semitism that accompanies it. For police, a body camera should be as basic as a badge.

Tourist Trap

The phenomenon of Westerners traveling to support repressive regimes is not new. Alberto Fernandez, a former American diplomat stationed in Syria in 1990, says it goes back to the 1930s, when Westerners traveled to the Soviet Union for similar reasons.

Nonresident Concealed Carry Permits Spike in Virginia

David Chipman was lounging around his home, browsing the internet on a Sunday morning when an ad to apply for a concealed carry handgun permit in his state of Virginia appeared on his computer screen. “This clickbaity thing just popped up: 'Apply for free,'” Chipman, a senior policy adviser for the gun control group Giffords, told Newsweek .

Tech & Science

Researchers found that related beluga whales returned to the same locations every year and that this behavior was passed down from generation to generation, likely from mother to calf. Technology such as this could, one day, enable people to communicate with one another using only the power of thought.

Virgin Galactic Successfully Lands Test Flight

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic launched its first rocket-powered flight test since an accident in 2014 left one person dead . The flight successfully broke the sound barrier but did not travel far enough to hit space, reported. Quartz Early Thursday morning, the company’s SpaceShipTwo VSS....

Scott Pruitt 'Covered Up' Potential Criminal Wrongdoing

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and “his cronies” tried to hide evidence of possible criminal activity at a Superfund site in Oklahoma, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. Related: Trump Has ‘No Respect For The Law,’ Former White House Ethics Lawyer Says Watchdog groups....

Pilot Ordered For ‘Y: The Last Man’ Series

All of the men are dead, but one. That’s the premise of Y: The Last Man, a DC comic book published by the Vertigo imprint in 2002. Written by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, the acclaimed dystopian science fiction series ran sixty issues. Rumors of a live-action adaptation have been floating around....

Six More Years of Putin

Russian servicemen march during celebrations for Navy Day in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, on July 26, 2015. Pavel Rebrov/REUTERS. The Trump administration announced in December that it would begin delivering lethal weapons, including advanced Javelin anti-tank missiles, to Ukraine’s military.

Sacramento Region

Franz Ferdinand, a Grammy-nominated post-punk revival group, will be one of the headlining acts during the free outdoor Concerts in the Park series, which begins May 4 at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento. Jamal Shehadeh was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a Sacramento, CA, arson case....

Battling ‘implicit bias’ among police ‘has to be a priority,’ Kamala Harris says

America needs to change its system of policing and focus on training and "implicit bias" in law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris told a town hall audience in Sacramento on Thursday in the aftermath of the death of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed African American man who was shot and killed by police March 18.

Elk Grove

Federal officials in Sacramento, CA, announced a massive raid against marijuana-growing operations April 4, 2018, they say are funded by a Chinese organized crime syndicate. The raids targeted about 100 homes that the government intends to seize as an effort to disrupt pot sales aimed at the East Coast.

News Obituaries

Ali Youssefi, who died at age 35 after battling cancer, was involved in some of Sacramento's most important development projects during the city's current renaissance. Roy Herburger, the longtime publisher of the Elk Grove Citizen and Galt Herald, died Sunday at age 87, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The State Worker

about 1 week ago Proposals that would force pension funds to divest from guns, Dakota Access Pipeline, the border wall, coal and fossil fuels are motivating some public employees to run for seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration. about 1 week ago Retired California Highway Patrol lieutenant....

Canada wants Arctic dirty fuel ban delayed

Heavy fuel oil is a sludge-like byproduct of making distilled fuel like gasoline. It is half the cost of most alternatives but produces far more pollutants including 30 to 80 per cent more black carbon which is one of the most problematic greenhouse gases in the Arctic.

Autopsy for baby girl who died on Alberta First Nation scheduled for Friday: RCMP

AHS spokesperson Bruce Conway confirmed on Thursday that the patients have been admitted to hospital in Calgary with “influenza-like symptoms,” but could not provide any further information. “It’s certainly something that hits you right in the heart,” said Rob Lahache, CEO of the Wesley First Nation.

Oakville homebuyers purchased at their own risk, housing minister says

Ontario Housing Minister Peter Milczyn says he doesn’t know how many homebuyers have been financially imperilled by the plunge in the Toronto real estate market following the introduction of the foreign buyers tax last April. “I’m not aware this is a massive problem,” he said on Thursday.

Cornwall gender pay gap revealed - where women earn nearly half as much as men and vice versa

As of today (April 5) every company and publicly-funded organisation such as local authorities and NHS trusts with more than 250 employees will have revealed their gender pay gap. For many businesses this will be the first time they have had the data on the difference between what they pay men and women exposed.

Oklahoma teacher’s viral photo shows the price of education

'I wanted to put the word out that we're not just doing this for the raise. We're doing it because there are issues each of these kids have every day that effect the quality of their education.' Oklahoma art teacher, Laurissa Kovacs, shared a photo showing the bleak conditions of her classroom.

Trump's Mexico border deployment: Mission needs will set Guard size, Pentagon says

. Trump's Mexican border Guard missions to be set: Pentagon. In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol the border fence in Naco, Ariz. The Defense Department on Thursday created a new unit to decide how many troops are needed and for how long, under President Trump's order....

Brexit: Gibraltar keeps calm but is ready to play hardball The Guardian

© Reuters The union, Gibraltarian and EU flags at the border of Gibraltar with Spain. The border issue has long been contentious. Not content with a list of daily specials – options on an overcast early spring morning include fried cheese-and-chorizo balls or scotch egg and chips – the cafe down the....

Botswana's power utility lifts tariffs by 10 pct

GABORONE (Reuters) - The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) said on Thursday it had increased electricity tariffs by 10 percent as the loss-making utility tries to recover costs. BPC has made operating losses for years due to high import costs, non-performing assets and operational inefficiencies.

Kenyan policeman jailed for 15 years for killing suspected phone thief

In a rare victory for the independent police watchdog (IPOA) that brought the case, Titus Musila was last month convicted of murder for shooting Kenneth Mwangi three times in the head instead of arresting him. Kenyan police face frequent accusations of brutality and extrajudicial killings from....

Kenya marks rhinos in conservation drive

MERU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya started marking rhinos on Thursday and aims to tag and identify 22 of them in two weeks at a cost of $600,000, senior government officials said on Thursday, as part of conserving their dwindling numbers. The project comes just weeks after the world’s last male northern....

Trump wants National Guard on Mexican border until wall built

No funding for the entirety of Trump’s proposed wall is currently in place. Both the Mexican government and the U.S. Congress so far have refused to fully pay for it. Trump vowed as a candidate that he would get Mexico to pay for his wall. Hounded by headlines about alleged affairs with various....

Trump seeks tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese goods in escalation of trade dispute

President Trump ordered his chief trade negotiator to consider imposing tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese products Thursday, in a dramatic escalation of his trade war with China. The threat from Trump is the latest volley between the White House and Beijing in an exchange of trade....

Japan household spending posts biggest drop in nearly a year as wages fall

. By Kihara. Leika TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's household spending suffered the biggest annual decline in nearly a year in February as inflation-adjusted wages continued to fall, data showed on Friday, suggesting the economy's longest run of growth since the 1980s asset bubble has peaked.

Proxy adviser ISS recommends against GE keeping auditor KPMG

(Reuters) - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services on Thursday recommended that shareholders of practices." accounting Another proxy advisory firm, Glass, Lewis & Co, on Tuesday also recommended that GE shareholders vote against the ratification of KMPG as the company's auditor,....

Don't harass Hafiz Saeed, let him do his charity: Lahore HC tells Pak govt

Hafiz Saeed's lawyer told the court that the Pakistan govt had been acting under India and other foreign powers' pressure to give the terror mastermind a tough time. The Lahore High Court on Thursday allowed Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's two organisations Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and....

Puducherry beats national average on most health indicators: Here's why

Between 8.00 and 9.00 am every day, 150 diabetes patients gather at the out-patient department (OPD) of Puducherry’s Kosapalayam Primary Health Centre (PHC) to get their daily insulin shots. This is a rarity in India’s public health system, as it requires good community-wide disease management and....

Japan household spending posts biggest drop in nearly a year

Kihara. Leika TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's household spending suffered the biggest annual decline in nearly a year in February, data showed on Friday, reinforcing the view that slow wage growth is keeping consumers from loosening their purse strings. survey that showed business sentiment souring for....
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