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Virginia Beach school board votes against making masks optional following heated hourslong meeting
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Virginia Beach school board votes against making masks optional following heated hourslong meeting

The Virginia Beach school board voted against a motion which would make mask-wearing in school optional for the upcoming school year, during a heated Tuesday night meeting that lasted more than four hours. The board voted 6-4 against the effort, keeping masks mandatory for the district’s 63,000 students and more than 4,000 teachers in September.…MORE

FAA changes policy on who qualifies for commercial astronaut wings on same day as Blue Origin spaceflight

FAA changes policy on who qualifies for commercial astronaut wings on same day as Blue Origin spaceflight

Even though Jeff Bezos crossed into space on Tuesday, he still may not get his official astronaut wings from the federal government. On the same day as Blue Origin’s first human spaceflight, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a change to its Commercial Astronaut Wings Program for the first time in 17 years. This shift at…MORE

3 indicted for attempted murder and assault of an Illinois police officer during traffic stop
Aurora Illinois Police Department

3 indicted for attempted murder and assault of an Illinois police officer during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in a Chicago suburb turned violent after a driver and two passengers allegedly assaulted the police officer by beating and strangling him. On Wednesday, Aurora, Illinois, officials announced that Sheba Taylor, 26, Jennifer Taylor, 24, and Paul Sherrod Taylor, 28, had been indicted by a grand jury on charges that included…MORE

Why Texas’s lone Black freshman Democrat refuses to give up on the fight for voting rights
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Why Texas’s lone Black freshman Democrat refuses to give up on the fight for voting rights

For Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett, holding public office was not a goal she ever set. Neither was becoming a civil rights attorney. But after being the victim of racist hate mail while attending undergrad at Rhodes College and watching Black people face inequalities in the criminal justice system, both careers became a calling she…MORE

‘It’s not the critics that count.’ Chicago’s mayor remains optimistic after a turbulent two years
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‘It’s not the critics that count.’ Chicago’s mayor remains optimistic after a turbulent two years

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been criticized as “racist” — even as a Black woman — and she’s been called “notoriously thin-skinned” but she remains determined to leave a legacy far beyond her time in office. Still navigating the Covid-19 pandemic and the record surge in violence that came with it, Lightfoot is past her…MORE

The intentional misgendering of transgender nursing home residents in California is no longer banned, court rules
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The intentional misgendering of transgender nursing home residents in California is no longer banned, court rules

Staff at nursing homes in California are no longer prohibited from deliberately misgendering residents, a California district court ruled this month, saying the ban that was enshrined as part of a 2017 law was a violation of staffers’ freedom of speech. ​Equality California, a nonprofit that aims to protect LGBTQ Californians, and one of the…MORE

Atlanta students must wear masks when school starts, district says
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Atlanta students must wear masks when school starts, district says

Atlanta Public Schools, one of the nation’s first districts to begin its school year next month, will require masks for all students and teachers in school and on buses, the district announced Thursday. The announcement comes despite Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s rolling back such measures in an executive order. The universal mask wearing protocol will…MORE

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