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NM voter turnout swells; GOP files absentee ballot suit

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal Gene Muñoz and his 85-year-old mother, Priscylla Muñoz, brave the snow and cold temperatures on Monday to cast their ballots at the early voting site on 98th near Central NW. SANTA FE – With just a week until Election Day, voter turnout across New Mexico continues to surge toward possible record levels. More than 562,000 New Mexico voters had already cast their ballots via absentee or early voting as of Monday – or about 42.2% of all registered voters. Meanwhile, partisan disputes are flaring up even before vote-counting begins. The state Republican Party filed an emergency petition over the weekend […]Read full article >
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Rams’ defense, unlikely heroes lead big win over the Bears

The Rams Josh Reynolds (11) heads up field as the Bears Kyle Fuller (23) defends during the first quarter on Monday night, Oct. 26, 2020 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears in a National Football League game (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) The Rams Josh Reynolds (11) hauls in a 4-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to give the Rams a 7-0 lead as the Bears Buster Skrine (24) defends on Monday night, Oct. 26, 2020 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears in a National Football League game (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily […]Read full article >

Questlove’s newest quest: Find woman who bought him 1st turntable, records

ASSOCIATED PRESS Questlove arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in 2019. PORTLAND, Maine >> Ahmir Thompson, founder of The Roots and drummer for the “Tonight Show” band, wants to find the kind stranger who bought him a turntable and several records at the tender age of 5. Thompson — better known as Questlove — posted on social media that he was traveling with his parents, who made their living playing gigs, when he made friends with “Ellie” in 1976 in Portland, Maine. “Being the irresistible cat that I was, I talked an older woman named Ellie into buying me a stereo and a […]Read full article >

Independent New York bookstore calls for help, and book lovers answer

NEW YORK >> For months, the Strand bookstore in downtown Manhattan, from its fiction stacks to its cookbook section to its rare books, has been nearly deserted. But Sunday, half an hour before the store was scheduled to open, about a dozen people lined up in the cool fall breeze, waiting to get inside. They had come in response to a plea from the store’s owner, Nancy Bass Wyden, who announced on social media Friday that its revenue was down nearly 70% from last year and that the business had become unsustainable. “I’m going to pull out all the stops to keep sharing our mutual love of the printed word,” she […]Read full article >
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Former Army Rangers walk 170 miles for Wounded Warrior Project

Two former Army Rangers are marching from Delaware Water Gap, PA., to State College, Pa., in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The 170-mile trek, led by Sgts. Joe Webb and Cody McCormick, will raise money and awareness for the veteran’s service organization. Sgts. Webb and McCormick are set to march with flags in hand, beginning in their hometown in Monroe County, and travel all the way to Happy Valley–a journey set to take five days. The pair will make the long walk in place of a 5k race that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sgt. Webb held the 5k race last year to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. […]Read full article >

A tale of two polls: Who’s really winning Texas?

A day after one poll showed Joe Biden up 3 points, new polling shows President Donald Trump with a narrow lead with eight days to go until Election Day. HOUSTON — With eight days until Election Day, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden both spent the day in Pennsylvania, a key battleground in the race to 270. “They’re pretty close everywhere,” KHOU political analyst Bob Stein said. That now includes Texas, where polls remain tight and turnout is historic. On Sunday, a Dallas Morning News poll had Biden up 3 points in the Lone Star state. But on Monday, two newly released polls say Trump is up. […]Read full article >

High School Parties Force Remote Learning In Multiple Towns

BILLERICA (CBS) – Abington High School joins Wilmington and Marblehead High in switching to full remote learning for at least two weeks after police bust indoor parties among students. Despite rumors of out-of-school gatherings among Billerica Memorial High School students, the district decided to keep its hybrid learning model for the near future. “We are not anywhere, I don’t think, moving toward remote. What we’re trying to do is prevent that,” said Billerica School Committee Chairman Mark Efstratiou. “I think the cases that we’ve had, I think our head nurse and other people have done a good job with contact tracing. In the next town […]Read full article >

Barrett swearing-in differs markedly from ‘superspreader’

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and Amy Coney Barrett and her husband Jesse stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/)WASHINGTON — This time they mostly wore masks.It’s been only a month since President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden event to announce he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. That packed […]Read full article >
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Elderly metro man narrowly escapes home after cooking accident

DEL CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – A local man is safe this evening after his kitchen went up in flames while cooking dinner. Thankfully, his neighbors jumped into action as soon as they smelled the smoke. One neighbor tells KFOR she put him inside her warm car, called 911, and made sure his wife was not at home while attempting to put out the blaze. Fire officials are investigating the cause, but believe this to be an accident. Latest KFOR News Headlines: Oklahoma twins go viral in TikTok election video- wait until you see the reveal Elderly metro man narrowly escapes home after cooking accident Del City Police looking for man who pulled out […]Read full article >
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Del City Police looking for man who pulled out machete during parking lot fight

DEL CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – Del City Police are investigating an assault at a gas station after a customer became upset the car next to him was parked too close. “Um, there was a fight in my parking lot,” the caller said. “There were two customers.” A call came into Del City 911 from a 7/11 gas station near 44th and Sooner. The clerk stated two men were nose to nose in the parking lot. “One of them pulled out a machete on the other one,” the caller said. Police say it all started when a man, who was caught on surveillance footage, became enraged after a different customer “parked too close to his car.” “It’s a red SUV,” the caller […]Read full article >
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A St. Paul native shares what it’s really like to report on the White House for CBS

What’s life like for a St. Paul native covering President Donald Trump during unprecedented times? Good question. Ben Tracy, who started WCCO’s popular “Good Question” news segment a dozen years before becoming a White House correspondent for CBS, gave viewers a partial answer this month on social media. “I felt safer reporting in North Korea than I currently do reporting at the White House. This is just crazy,” he wrote in a tweet on Oct. 5 that has so far attracted nearly 195,000 likes and plenty of blowback. Tracy, 44, who attended St. Thomas Academy before embarking on a journalism career, went deeper […]Read full article >
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Costumed dogs bring the Halloween spirit to Wheeler Farm for Dog Days in the Maze

Dog owners dressed up their pets as they celebrated Halloween at Wheeler Farm during the Dog Days in the Maze event Monday evening.Participants in the Pumpkin Days event received a treat bag for their pets to trick-or-treat down vendor alley, after they made their way through the straw bale maze. Participating dogs were dressed as pumpkins, scarecrows, hot dogs and tacos, as well as lions and squids and various Disney characters. […]Read full article >
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When it comes to your ballot, will the post office deliver? We put it to the test

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Many of you have told us about your mounting frustration with long delays and lost mail through the United States Postal Service. With many voting by mail in the Nov. 3 election, WREG investigator Jessica Gertler put the postal service to the test. Corey Mesler, the owner of Burke’s Book Store in Cooper-Young, said it’s hard for him to make it to polling places, so he chose to vote by mail in Shelby County’s elections back in August. “They send me a form right away. I sent it right back. I thought it was perfect,” Mesler said. Perfect, until he received a letter from the election commission three weeks later. […]Read full article >
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Fernández de Kirchner calls for political pact to end Argentina’s currency woes

Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called Tuesday for a grand political agreement to resolve Argentina’s mounting currency crisis.  In a rare public statement issued Monday touching on a number of subjects, Fernández de Kirchner said that Argentina’s “bimonetary economy” – in which the public earns and spends in pesos, but saves and imports in US dollars – is unsustainable and must be fixed once and for all. The former president, who led Argentina from 2007 to 2015, called for the nation’s politicians to work together to resolve the problem, a suggestion that prompted […]Read full article >
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Sonora Man Arrested After Argument Between Siblings Turns Violent

SONORA (CBS13) — A Sonora man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting his sister last week. Police say 27-year-old Joseph Quinn and his adult sister were arguing at a residence on Bonanza Street last Thursday around 4 p.m. The argument reportedly turned physical, with Quinn tackling and choking his sister before she got into a vehicle and crashed into a parked Jeep. Quinn allegedly then dragged his sister from the vehicle, punching her and slamming her head against the concrete. The victim was taken to Adventist Health with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Quinn was arrested and booked at the Tuolumne County Jail […]Read full article >
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Geauga County sees record early voting numbers

Like several other Northeast Ohio counties, Geauga County is experiencing a huge turnout of early voters. CHARDON, Ohio — Similar to many other Northeast Ohio Board of Election offices, Geauga County has a line for early voting pretty much all day long. Pete Zeigler, director of the Geauga County Board of Elections, says he expects the lines to continue. “I expect the in-person voting to remain busy and it’s open for an additional hour this week,” says Zeigler. Like other Northeast Ohio counties, there is a clear uptick in voting trends. “Four years ago for the presidential election, there were a total of just […]Read full article >
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Kistner appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to postpone 2nd District election

The Republican Party candidate in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District is seeking U.S. Supreme Court action to proceed with a February 2021 special election following the death of a third-party candidate that put the date of the battleground district vote into question. Tyler Kistner asked the high court for a preliminary injunction blocking a lower court order reinstating the Nov. 3 election for the district. The request was submitted Monday. A federal appeals panel on Friday rejected Kistner’s request to delay voting. Rep. Angie Craig, left, and Tyler Kistner A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Kistner’s […]Read full article >
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Elections are for voters. Ballot Measure 2 brings elections back to us.

People lined the halls of the Midtown Mall as in-person early voting began Monday, October 19, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN) (Marc Lester/)As a lifelong Republican and supporter of open primaries, I was one of the Alaskans who sued the state of Alaska regarding our publicly funded closed primary system to ensure access for all voters. We won, but then the decision was overturned when California wanted closed primaries and used the U.S. Supreme Court to change how we vote up here too. We didn’t need this change from Outside then, and certainly don’t need to keep their system anymore. That is where Ballot Measure 2 comes in. Alaskans remain a […]Read full article >
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GOP place bets on strong Nov. 3 turnout as Dems bank millions of mail-in votes

Video above: Top Democrats urge voters to return mail-in ballotDemocrats have amassed significant leads over Republicans in pre-Election Day voting in key states, raising the stakes for President Donald Trump, who will need blockbuster Election Day turnout to close the gap.Yet as early voting enters its last week across the country, the lopsided Democratic advantage is already starting to narrow, according to voting data analyzed by CNN.It appears that massive leads for Democrats from mail-in voting have been tempered by more balanced turnout at in-person early voting sites in battlegrounds like Florida, Nevada and North Carolina.For […]Read full article >
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Following Barrett vote, Senate adjourns until after the election

Following Barrett vote, Senate adjourns until after the election Updated: 9:13 PM CDT Oct 26, 2020 Hide Transcript Show Transcript The question occurs on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana to be associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. A Senate Is there a sufficient second there is a sufficient second the clerk will call the roll. Mr Alexander Mr Baldwin. Senators voting in the negative. Baldwin Blumenthal, Booker Brown Cantwell Carden Carper Casey Collins Coons Cortez Masto, Duck Worth, Durban Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris On this vote. The Ayes Air 52. The Nays Air 48 The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett of […]Read full article >
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Fatal Hwy. 24 collision under CHP investigation

LAFAYETTE, CA – October 26: California Highway Patrol officers investigate a fatal solo crash on multiple westbound Highway 24 lanes east of Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette, Calif., on Monday, October 26, 2020. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group) LAFAYETTE — California Highway Patrol officers were investigating a vehicle collision that claimed at least one person’s life and closed multiple Highway 24 lanes early Monday evening, authorities said. In a statement shared to social media, the CHP said officers responded at 4:38 p.m. to reports of a solo collision in westbound Hwy. 24 lanes east of Pleasant Hill Road. When officers arrived, […]Read full article >

Will Gross pledge to not support court-packing?

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, 2020. The Supreme Court is agreeing to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings. As is typical, the court did not comment Monday in announcing it would hear the case. Because the court’s calendar is already full through the end of the year, the justices will not hear the case until 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite/)Democrats have a long history of refusing to talk about issues that are wildly unpopular with the American people. One of the most infamous and illustrative examples came when […]Read full article >

An insult to the legacy of Justice Ginsburg

Senator Dan Sullivan met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 30, 2020. (Photo provided by Sen. Sullivan office)It is not controversial to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for many. But what is controversial, is how Sen. Dan Sullivan quietly stands behind the president and can’t seem to bring himself to give a straight answer about this administration’s actions.Sen. Sullivan voted Monday to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, after insisting in 2016 that we shouldn’t fill Supreme Court seats in a presidential election year.We are at a critical moment in this country when it comes to […]Read full article >
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What early voting turnout says about Texas in the 2020 election

The state is on pace for a record number of voters. A TCU political science professor weighs in on what we know and don’t know. FORT WORTH, Texas — First in heat and now in cold rain, voters throughout Texas have continued to line up to cast ballots for the 2020 election. “The state is big, and it’s diverse and it’s complex,” said Dr. Jim Riddlesperger, a TCU political science professor. “You can infer a lot of things but none of it’s definitive.” Riddlesperger says turnout will set a record. More than 7.4 million people voted as of Sunday night. That’s more than 80% of the total […]Read full article >
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GOP, county clerks sue secretary of state over balloting process

Two new lawsuits filed by Republican Party leaders allege Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is failing to implement or enforce rules to ensure the security of absentee ballots and a well-monitored count. The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order Monday in one of the cases, directing Toulouse Oliver to respond by noon Tuesday to a challenge by top Republican legislators and clerks from four New Mexico counties asking for clarity on a provision in state law regarding the processing of absentee ballots. The challenge — filed Saturday by House Minority Leader Jim Townsend, Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle and […]Read full article >
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North Carolina A&T prepares for virtual homecoming

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina A&T State University’s 2020 homecoming will take place in all virtual spaces this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School leaders are preparing for what’s called "Stay at Homecoming." It’s a chance for students and alumni to gather in the virtual realm. The first virtual homecoming experience will allow anyone, including alumni, students and others, to engage with each other online through various scheduled events Thursday-Saturday. "The organizers of our virtual I think have gone through great lengths to make it as interactive and participatory as possible. So, […]Read full article >

Valenta: Saving a puppy from a Central Texas threat

On a cool evening in September, Abigail, a 7-month-old puppy, was playing in her foster’s backyard with the other household dogs. Things quickly turned sour when Abigail met a rattlesnake. She sustained two bites, one on the top of her head and one near her eye. The wound on top of Abigail’s head had fang punctures that were about 3 inches apart. Not only was Abigail bit twice, the rattlesnake who bit her was a large one.Abigail’s foster acted fast and took her to Central Texas Specialty and Emergency Veterinary Services where, thanks to many generous donors, she began her long road to recovery. With Abigail sustaining two […]Read full article >
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Search ongoing for father and son missing after mushroom picking near Pemberton: RCMP

Article contentRCMP say an extensive search is ongoing for a father and son reported missing after going mushroom picking on Thursday.Mounties in Pemberton say Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police called early Friday morning to request help searching for the pair.The Lil’wat Nation has identified the mushroom pickers as Peter Oleski, 48, and his son River Leo, 21.Police say 55 people from at least nine search and rescue teams around B.C. have joined the efforts, along with dogs and helicopters.They’re asking anyone in the area of the McKenzie Basin and Upper Mckenzie Trail to keep an eye out for the two men.Sgt. Sascha Banks […]Read full article >

Santa Fe city committee postpones vote on short-term rentals

Citing concerns over the city’s ability to enforce proposed rule changes for short-term rentals, the Santa Fe City Council’s Public Works and Utilities Committee unanimously voted Monday to postpone a vote on the measure.The ordinance would limit the number of permits for short-term rentals in the city to 1,000 and limit each rental owner to one permit.City Land Use Department Director Elias Isaacson told the committee he’s been struggling to hire a supervisor for the team of workers who enforce short-term rental regulations as part of their positions.City Councilor Mike Garcia questioned whether the addition of one […]Read full article >

Dunkin’ shares hit all-time high after holding buyout talks

The Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee chain has confirmed it’s held talks to be taken private by a private equity firm, sending its shares rocketing to an all-time high today. Dunkin’ Brands Group said it’s in preliminary discussions with Inspire Brands, which also owns Arby’s and Jimmy John’s Sandwiches. In a prepared statement Sunday, Dunkin’ said it is not yet certain a deal would be reached and would not comment further. Inspire Brands said it had no comment today. Dunkin’ shares jumped $14.31, or 16.1% to close Monday at $103.10. Dunkin’, based in Canton, Massachusetts, also owns the […]Read full article >

California restaurants, fed up with COVID-19 restrictions, seek refunds of fees

LOS ANGELES >> California’s financially battered restaurants filed government claims today to recover more than $100 million in fees for liquor and health permits and tourism charges that they say were assessed even though their businesses were shuttered or only partially operating under long-running coronavirus orders. Few industries have been hit as hard during the pandemic as restaurants, which in California were ordered closed, reopened, closed for a second time and then allowed to welcome customers again, though with restrictions. Those rules vary in the state’s 58 counties and have limited some eateries to takeout […]Read full article >
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COVID In South Florida: Overall Amount Of Patients At Local Hospitals Increasing But ICU Number Remains Flat

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – COVID-19 is still spreading in South Florida. In Miami-Dade, more people are becoming sicker. The overall number of patients in hospitals is increasing. However, the ICU number remains flat, at fewer than 100 people. Doctors agree this isn’t a time to relax. “People want to know if it’s going to get bad or not. It hasn’t been as fast as we thought, but certainly we are all very worried,” Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo with University of Miami Health said. Doctors are encouraged with Miami-Dade and Broward counties that have two-week average infection rates, for new cases, below 5%. That’s a comfortable place for health experts. […]Read full article >
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The empty promises of Ballot Measure 2

Election worker Chris Kilvay wipes down secrecy sleeves after ballots are slipped into the the collection box at the Midtown Mall on Monday, October 19, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN) (Marc Lester/)I spent four years overseeing Alaska’s elections as lieutenant governor. During that time, as well as my earlier years as a legislator, I developed a resolute appreciation for how much our representative government depends on an election process that is simple, transparent, impartial and honest. I have reviewed Ballot Measure 2 — all 25 pages of it — and conclude that instead of what its proponents say, it is more complex, obscure and unfair. Its […]Read full article >
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Tarrant Area Food Bank Continues to Hold Five Mega Mobile Markets Per Week Through November

The Tarrant Area Food Bank is working to serve any and all Fort Worth area residents who are in need of food during the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to hold five mega mobile markets per week through the end of November. Each family will receive approximately 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat, dairy and groceries. The markets will be held in various times and locations Tuesday through Saturday this week and every week through the month of November. Local The latest news from around North Texas. Mega Mobile Markets Schedule: Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.Southcliff Church4100 S.W. Loop 820Fort Worth, TX 76109 Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.Arlington […]Read full article >
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Edgewood mayor under fire from townspeople, litigation

Edgewood residents fed up with what they claim is the illegal and unethical behavior of Mayor John Bassett have been fighting City Hall for most of the past two years.But City Hall is fighting back.Three members of Citizens for an Open and Responsible Edgewood — a grassroots group founded by residents of the bedroom community of about 6,000 on the southernmost edge of Santa Fe County — earlier this year filed a lawsuit in state District Court accusing Bassett of violating the town’s nepotism ordinance by appointing his cousin to a planning and zoning commission.The lawsuit also accused Bassett of defrauding taxpayers by […]Read full article >

Salt Lake Tribune to stop printing daily after 149 years

SALT LAKE CITY >> The Salt Lake Tribune announced today it will stop printing a daily newspaper at the end of the year after nearly 150 years and move to a weekly print edition. The change won’t result in cuts to the newsroom staff of about 65 people, though some would be “redeployed,” the newspaper reported. Reporters and editors will continue to file breaking news online as it happens. The new publication will be delivered by mail. Nearly 160 press operators, carriers and other employees will lose their jobs. The news comes after two recent ownership changes: The paper was purchased in 2016 by Paul Huntsman, son of […]Read full article >
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Florida school district investigating claims that cheerleader was forced to kneel during anthem

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Officials with a Florida school district say they are investigating an incident with a cheerleader that allegedly happened during a high school football game Friday. According to the Pasco County School District, the entire cheerleading squad at Anclote High School took a knee during the national anthem as a form of protest. One of the cheerleaders claims she didn’t want to but was physically forced to do so. As rumors about the incident swirl at the school, the district is investigating what exactly happened and if any policies were violated. Browns QB Baker Mayfield says he will stand for national […]Read full article >

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So Minnesota: Haunted history of the Sea Wing disaster

The Goodhue County History Center has an exhibit on the Sea Wing disaster. On the morning of July 13, 1890 more than 200 people boarded a steam boat in Red Wing for a fun day on the Mississippi River.  As they were returning home on Lake Pepin a powerful gale from a storm capsized the steamer. Ninety-eight passengers drowned. “When you consider that the Sea Wing disaster is probably the worst maritime disaster in America inland waterways never mind Minnesota, it’s amazing to me as a historian that not enough people know about what happen,” Ghosthunter and historian Adrian Lee said.  Lee has conducted […]Read full article >
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High school football: Rosemount edges Woodbury under Monday night lights

High school football is played every day of the week, or at least it is in the year 2020. On Friday, Woodbury was forced to cancel its game against Cretin-Derham Hall over COVID-19 concerns. Rosemount didn’t play its first game of the season until Friday, after its first scheduled game was canceled and its second game postponed. That set up a Monday night football game between two teams that have impressed early in the season. “It’s been crazy; this weekend was nuts,” Rosemount coach Jeff Erdmann said. “It is what it is. We’re just thankful our guys have an opportunity. We’re going to try and look for more opportunities for our guys to […]Read full article >

Raise your hand if you school is literally falling apart.

In the course of 12 weeks (10 virtual, 2 fully in person with a virtual option) we have had several early retirements, several people quit, several people go on FMLA, and one person get fired in my large high school alone. We get multiple emails a day about positions that have opened up in the district. If I can leave, I will. Everyone is looking to get out. Our admin have gone from lackluster to lacking human decency. I feel like everything is on fire. submitted by /u/catsinthecoop [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

Observed twice in one day

Once for myself, once for my co-teacher Lesson plans due Thursday Safety training due Friday Faculty meeting today Rolling Department meetings during planning Thursday 4 IEP meetings scheduled this week (so far) 17 grades due in the gradebook by Friday and it’s spirit week 🙃 submitted by /u/CUrlymafurly [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

Rock….Paper….Scissor….Shoot

I’m a high school resource teacher and in one of my online classes today, we were going over what each kid had to work on for classwork from other classes. One kid, who is pretty much failing everything (mostly because he’s lazy) said he didn’t know which subject to start with – he didn’t know which one to pick. He said I could do rock paper scissors, or eeny meany and pick I guess. SO I challenged him to rock paper scissors. He turned on his camera and after a few false starts I won and he worked on his English. Yes we wasted 10 minutes of time on it, but I don’t care. The kid turned on his camera, and […]Read full article >

Sometimes I feel like I just don’t care about people…

So I’m kinda worried. I feel like all my coworkers dote and obsess over their students like their own kids (I’m in elementary school), but I don’t feel that way at all. I mean yes, I think they’re hilarious most of the time and I think they’re sweet, but I also just don’t feel like I care enough to worry over them like the other teachers at my school do. Am I too selfish to be a teacher? Is there less of an expectation that you’ll be obsessed with your kids in the upper grades (like high school)? submitted by /u/akh_075 [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

I could write a letter to parents…

Dear Parents, This year, I’m working really, really hard. Like, really, really, really hard. Can I tell you what it’s like for a minute? I’m trying to do everything in my power to keep your child safe and happy. I’m trying to keep their academic rigorous without destroying their little bit of “normal” socialization. I’m in constant battle of too much or not enough work. I need to make sure they learn content, but that they have enough time in school to do it. The last thing you need at home right now is hours of fighting over homework with your teenager. Keeping in mind their brains are not fully formed, but that their bodies are getting […]Read full article >

I got told today I don’t care about kids’ “needs”

My district shifted back to full remote. I’m an aide. Another aide and I agreed to go help a student in their home until we can reopen because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to consistently attend. Obviously this isn’t something I’m advertising, for their confidentiality and so my colleagues aren’t pressured to do something similar. We weren’t asked to do this, we offered it on our own. A longtime friend is strongly advocating reopening schools despite cases spiking. Today she called teachers lazy and uncaring. I tried to politely argue and she said I don’t know and don’t care about […]Read full article >

They are so bad at cheating!

You don’t know what “taxonomical diversity” is because we have not covered ecology. I doubt you can even say it. Oh look you copy/pasted from a 2019 nature paper. I’m shocked. Have kids always been this awful at cheating? New teacher here so I have nothing to compare to. submitted by /u/Hazafraz [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

Exposed but not quarantined because… reasons?

It came out today that an entire section of our sped department got quarantined. The student affected is presumed positive and starting showing symptoms sunday afternoon. Test results are incoming i guess. Anyway, I spent an hour with this department on Thursday within 2 feet of the students. None of the students wear masks because they have medical exemptions. But because 48 hours prior to their symptoms was 2pm Friday, I’m not quarantined. Neither is the music teacher. All the classroom teachers were baffled on why I was in building today. Especially since both I and our music teacher travel between buildings. Im convinced the only […]Read full article >

Everything is so stupid and terrible and it keeps getting more stupid and more terrible

After weeks of waiting to find out what our reopening plan will be, we finally have it. And so many of the basic things we were promised are not there. We were told parents have to stick with their choice of in person or online learning that they made over the summer. They were given a new survey (the numbers mostly didn’t change, amazingly). We were told class sizes would be limited to 15-25. Class sizes will be as large as 35. They’re saying they have room for 6ft apart but I don’t really see how. I also don’t know how I’m going to enforce social distancing and mask wearing in such a crowded space. There are […]Read full article >

Mom accuses me of brainwashing their son

I teach Seniors contetempory English and they had a paper due on Sunday night. You know I had so many of them turned in….Anyways, today I get an email from a parent who thought the topic was on Covid, but that was just the example paper we put up. The kids were supposed to pick one of three topics, all controversial be in nature because it was an Argumentative-synthesis paper. The topics were Teens are not informed about the news, Privilege is a problem in today’s society or identity politics are separating America. They could agree or disagree using sources we provided.I told the mom of all this and this is the response I got […]Read full article >

A snapshot of life in 3rd grade

In the course of our day in 3rd grade today, I had a 4-minute long conversation with my class about the fact that Harry Potter is not, in fact, a real person. It went a little something like this: Me: …And Harry learns that his parents were actually killed by Lord Voldemort. Student 1: But are his parents actually dead? Me: Yes, Harry’s parents died. Student 1: But in real life, are they dead? Me: It’s not real life, sweetie. It’s all just a fiction story, so it’s made up. Student 1: But are they dead in real life? Me: They aren’t real, it’s fiction. You know how Goldilocks and the 3 Bears are made […]Read full article >

SS teacher cheating, gets a party.

Our ss teacher had bragged about having great data. And she did. Then when we ask why she says that she used the questions for do noes and went over them. So you directly taught the test. Yikes. Then the study guide had every question on the test and they went over it in class. YIKES now the kids tell me that she’s just given them the answer key directly from the district. Just uploaded it and let them have it during testing. They’re now arguing with me that I’m a mean teacher for not doing the same. Our AP of instruction knows, the academic coach knows, and both respond with a shrug and basically saying that we […]Read full article >

And that’s why you watch the video before showing students.

Got an email from the principal with video links to show the elementary kids. The videos were supposed to show why we wash our hands and wear masks, and why it’s important. Well, awhile later we get an email in all caps saying, “DO NOT SHOW THE VIDEOS.” In this email, principal says one of them goes into condom use later on and didn’t realize it. YIKES. So I’m now wondering, who watched the video and had to figure that out the hard way? Glad I didn’t check my email right away! submitted by /u/user199230566 [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

Took the day off for minor food poisoning and was guilted – Kinda hate it here.

Last week was my Mother’s birthday. We meet up for some seafood Saturday, I took the leftovers home and ate them Sunday, Well, reheating shrimp didn’t do me any favors. At 2 am, after being sick most of the night, I decided that I haven’t gotten sleep – my alarm goes off in 3 hours. I still feel like shit – I’m calling a sub. I sign into the program on my phone, fill it out. Go to the learning platform, make everything published for the students. Even post that I won’t be there, and the work that they need to do. At this point 3 am, I text the department coach, "I know it is late, I apologize. […]Read full article >

For the first time in forever…

For the first time in forever I am done with grades. For the first time in forever It feels like decades. My eyes are glazed and glassy My mind is almost blown! Cause for the first time in forever, WE CAN’T LEAVE OUR HOMES! submitted by /u/DaraMari83 [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

My favorite questions from students…

I had a student message me on Remind today to ask a question. Student: Hello Mr., I am trying to do the socrative for today but the graph for #5 is blank, what am I supposed to do for it? Student: Also, for number 6 how are we supposed to do that Me: We have a live zoom session at the moment that you are supposed to be in. You haven’t watched the video recording of the lesson or looked at the completed notes, because I don’t post them until the end of the day. Why are you trying to take the assessment for today’s lesson before learning today’s lesson when you should be in the zoom session? I was left on read and the […]Read full article >

I love my math teacher

Like, seriously, she manages to keep class interesting by play arguing with us on which soda is the best, and gets the learning done, all while telling us how to buy a car submitted by /u/Chatty_Kat [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

What they don’t tell you in Teacher Education…

…is that there is the chance you may have to figure out how to politely decline covering for another teacher during your first hour prep because the snake you are temporarily babysitting decided to take a MASSIVE smelly dump that morning and you need your prep to clean it up so you don’t asphyxiate while teaching from home during the rest of the day. Happy Monday! submitted by /u/trilexatops [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

I am so sick of lying kids and lazy parents

“My son has failed the project because he keeps emailing you and you don’t respond!” I am so sick of all the lying and the laziness of the parents to just not check. Forget all the emails I sent out for missing work…. Had a mother call the school on me cus I failed her son for not doing ANY WORK at all and barely ever showing up. Apparently I am a racist teacher who is ignoring his emails. Which I looked up, so concerned I missed them … nope. Not a single email from him. And the parent is saying I obviously deleted them but she’s not going to check his sent messages folder because “I work two jobs” submitted by […]Read full article >

Aaaaand it happened.

Been open for 12 weeks. A teacher was hospitalized with COVID over the weekend. Several others in this teacher’s department have been out sick Friday and today. Not a peep from admin. We are so screwed. I’m so angry. This doesn’t have to happen. submitted by /u/lala9524 [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

Saw a line from Michelle Wolf today…

Posted on facebook, the line was, "You know, in high school if you didn’t believe in science, it was just called failing." Made me laugh, then made me think: Is this what relaxing our standards and encouraging social promotion has accomplished? Scary thought! submitted by /u/TeachlikeaHawk [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

Not sure I can keep doing this job.

As the title says. I’m not sure I can keep doing this job. It is sucking the life out of me. I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels in the mud. I put in all this time for the job and feel like I am making very little difference in the lives of the students. What little difference I do make I’m not sure I can justify it vs the hours I put inti the job. I can tell that I’m starting to feel trapped again. Last time I started to feel this way I began to spiral to a place of being suicidal and that’s not where I want to go again. I’m just not sure what I would change career to if I wanted to shift careers […]Read full article >
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Disconnect

As soon as he disconnected, I threw my head back and groaned. A student came off mute and said, ”Damn, Coyle. You were really working hard on that one.” I agreed. He then said, “he should of just told you upfront. Mofo wasted all our time.” supertizer comic submitted by /u/supertizer [link] [comments] […]Read full article >

You know why teachers shouldn’t be blamed for students not completing their work?

Because over a third of their adult parents won’t even do the necessary work. "You didn’t make your instructions clear enough." "You should have given more reminders." "If the activity was more exciting and engaging, they would have done it." Screw all that. Almost all my families are solidly middle class, if not upper middle/lower upper. 32% of the adults have not done a mandatory district survey that they received a class email, personal email, personal phone call for, as well as me telling their child to remind them every day for 2 weeks. This is free public education. The least you can do is the […]Read full article >
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Akron Public Schools Board of Education approves ‘remote plus’ learning plan

AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — The Akron Public Schools Board of Education approved a plan Monday night that would keep most students learning remotely, but offer limited in-person classes. Board members met for almost four hours discussing how to proceed through the rest of the calendar year. The board voted unanimously to approve a plan Akron schools superintendent Dr. David James calls "remote plus." It allows some students who may be struggling with virtual learning to actually return to the classroom. State agents cite Akron bar for violating COVID-19 health orders, permit holder charged with obstruction "Virtual learning […]Read full article >
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Health officials: Rural counties contributing to Shelby County’s COVID hospitalizations

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department says the countywide mask mandate is working, but that rural counties without the mandate are adding to Shelby County’s COVID-19 caseload. During an update at Monday’s Shelby County Commission meeting, Dr. Alisa Haushalter said that many of the new coronavirus cases in Shelby County hospitals originated outside of the county. "One hospital on one day last week, so the end of last week, about 41 percent of their Covid admissions were outside Shelby County, and another hospital around 23 percent," Haushalter told WREG. According to state health department data, […]Read full article >
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves expands mask mandate and calls out DeSoto County for poor safety

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves preaching patience and caution despite ups and downs in the battle with COVID-19. About a month ago, Reeves re-opened the state but he reinstated some restrictions Monday in light of new cases. COVID cases and rates are up across Mississippi, yet hospitalizations remain stable, but state leadership insists it’s not as simple as reading numbers off a spreadsheet. “None of this fits neatly into a political narrative. It’s my job to give you the facts," Reeves said. Mississippi has 5,171 cases across the last seven days, but after an initial spike when the state re-opened, Reeves […]Read full article >
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COVID-19 in Ohio: Number of reported cases in state surpasses 200,000

According to Governor Mike DeWine, the coronavirus cases are peaking and so are hospital admissions. CLEVELAND — Each day there’s a new announcement that depicts the total number of coronavirus cases in Ohio. The state has now surpassed 200,000 cases since the start of the pandemic with 200,231 cases. According to Governor Mike DeWine, the coronavirus cases are peaking and so are hospital admissions. Dr. Joseph Khabbaza works directly with Intensive care unit patients at the Cleveland Clinic. “The current ICU I’m sitting out of now, ten days ago we had zero covid patients and as of a couple hours ago we are up to […]Read full article >

14 New Covid-19 Outbreaks Reported In Michigan Schools

(CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the number of school coronavirus outbreaks. Woodhaven-Brownstone school district is reporting at least 50 students in quarantine after one teacher and two students tested positive for Covid-19. At least 14 school outbreaks are being reported in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Michigan State University is still on the list for ongoing school outbreaks. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT:Police Seek Suspect In Connection To Fatal Shooting On Detroit’s East Side MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: United Airlines Rolls Out Digital Health Passport MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. […]Read full article >
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122 students, staff in quarantine in Norwin School District

There are 122 students and staff in quarantine in the Norwin School District. Starting Tuesday, the Norwin Middle School will be closed and all learning will move online. The district said it expects at least 40 middle school students will be in quarantine over the next 48 hours. In a letter to families, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Taylor said contact tracing is underway after receiving reports of two more coronavirus cases in the middle school, one a student and the other a staff member. This is all delaying the district’s plans to switch to 5-day in-person learning. On Nov. 9, the district will reevaluate plans to make the transition on […]Read full article >