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Source: Washington Post

Maryland officials vote to conduct investigation of graduation rates in Prince George’s County

Wednesday 20:14 GMT

Maryland education officials voted Tuesday to bring in an independent investigator to examine claims that one of the state’s largest school systems fraudulently inflated its graduation rates by tampering with student grades and credit counts.

Shortly before the state board vote, 10 Prince George’s County school officials became the latest public officials to press for state action. Kevin Maxwell, chief executive of Prince George’s schools, and a nine-member county board majority sent a letter to the state superintendent echoing calls for an inquiry.

Source: New York Times

Zen Phil Is Gone, but All Is Not Lost for Knicks

Today 07:02 GMT

Zen Phil entered his state of Bardo (the Tibetan Buddhism transitional state between two lives here on earth) before he could, in a fit of pique, trade away Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 pride of Liepaja, Latvia.

Even players who appeared lost in the Gobi Desert that was the Knicks’ last season, like guard Courtney Lee, may reappear as useful complementary pieces next season. Then there is Carmelo Anthony, who no doubt threw back the curtains this fine New York morning wearing a Cheshire cat smile.

Source: Fox News

Paying workers to protest: The controversial trend of social justice benefits

Wednesday 20:14 GMT

That’s all with the blessing of their boss thanks to social justice benefits and paid time off work policies that are growing in popularity.

At San Francisco marketing firm Traction, social justice benefits take the form of two so-called "Days of Action" a year. "They can take part in a protest, they can volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them," says CEO Adam Kleinberg.

Source: CBS News

Obama family moves from Bali to Java on Indonesia vacation

Today 07:01 GMT

Former President Barack Obama and his family wrapped up their five-day vacation on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and headed to the historic city of Yogyakarta on Wednesday during a nostalgic trip to the country where Obama lived for several years as a child.

He said that Secret Service agents did not have special requests for the Obamas' activities on the main Java island, but about 650 Indonesian security forces were deployed to secure the family in Yogyakarta, an ancient city where Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, spent years on her anthropological research.

Source: CBS News

Globally, opinions of Trump leadership, U.S. image drop, according to new survey

Wednesday 21:53 GMT

Since taking office in January, President Trump's actions and policies have had an impact on opinions of the United States around the world.

The survey focused on five key policy promises made by Mr. Trump during his campaign for the White House: pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, a travel ban on people immigrating from majority-Muslim nations, removing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, withdrawing support from major trade agreements and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Source: Fox News

Wounded veterans find new purpose: Saving the planet, one coral at a time

Today 07:02 GMT

Under gorgeous blue skies and above spectacularly blue waters of the Florida Keys, veterans Justin Lansford and Billy Costello are on a dive boat.

The marine scientists with Mote, volunteer kids with SCUBAnauts and about a dozen wounded warriors spent the day about 20 feet underwater, where large swaths of bleached out coral reef exemplify what once was a thick and colorful forest of marine life.

Source: NBC News

Bill would bar Pentagon from business with Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab

Today 07:03 GMT

A provision in a Senate spending bill that is likely to become law would bar the Defense Department from doing business with Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber-security company whose employees were interviewed at their homes this week by FBI agents.

Kaspersky Lab is available to assist all concerned government organizations with any ongoing investigations, and the company ardently believes a deeper examination of Kaspersky Lab will confirm that these allegations are unfounded."

Source: The Guradian

Security lockdown in Hong Kong as Xi Jinping marks anniversary of handover

Today 07:03 GMT

Swaths of Hong Kong have been placed under an unprecedented security lockdown as Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in the city to mark 20 years since the UK handed the city back to China.

The area surrounding Xi’s hotel, the Grand Hyatt, and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the main handover anniversary ceremony will take place, are under complete lockdown, ringed by 2-metre high water-filled barriers.

Source: Common Domain

Brook Lopez is happy to get his shot with the Lakers

Today 07:03 GMT

“I had two older brothers so I couldn’t really drive into the paint at all or they would just block my shot — they weren’t very nice older brothers,” Lopez said. “I had to learn how to score other ways and one of those ways was shooting from outside.”

To his credit he was here very quickly in the gym working out with the young players, sweating … that’s a very, very exceptional quality that doesn’t exist with some of the guys that get a max contract and then want to potentially just do things on their own time or their own terms.”

Source: BBC

The ballet that caused an international row

Today 07:01 GMT

A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

These two stories from Pravda inspired Kurilko to pitch what would become the first Soviet-themed and Soviet-endorsed ballet, The Red Poppy, which premiered at the Bolshoi 90 years ago this month. Its plot featured an opium-fueled dream sequence, a critique of Western decadence represented by people dancing the Charleston, an evil English dock master named Sir Hips, and star soloist Ekaterina Geltser in yellowface.

Source: Common Domain

California's fight with San Francisco over waterfront buildings heads toward trial

Today 07:03 GMT

A judge declined to rule Wednesday on a state lawsuit to strike down a San Francisco ballot measure that can limit the height of waterfront buildings, setting the stage for a September trial over whether voters anywhere in California can have a say on coastal development.

The State Lands Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, is suing to overturn the Sierra Club’s Proposition B, passed by 59% of San Francisco voters in 2014.

Source: The Week

Are wearable devices the future of health care?

Today 07:01 GMT

Easily implemented changes that digitize components of health and health care can lighten the load for people, their doctors, and the country at large.

They can help doctors keep track of their patients' health, as information from these devices can be uploaded into electronic health records. Data from such devices could also alert doctors or first-aid workers to a problem that requires immediate attention, like a stroke or heart attack.

Source: Common Domain

How to Keep Emergency Rooms Focused on True Emergencies

Wednesday 12:45 GMT

Specially trained emergency medicine physicians (a specialty that is relatively new to medicine) can provide immediate attention for a multitude of traumatic, surgical, medical and mental-health emergencies.

ED copays are common; in many cases the copay is waived if the patient was admitted to the hospital (thus signifying, that this was, indeed, a true emergency). Most recently, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia announced that it will stop paying for ED care deemed to be nonemergent, when assessed after the fact by the insurance plan.

Source: Common Domain

Wilshire Grand: No detail is too small when you're delivering a $1.35 billion skyscraper

Wednesday 14:40 GMT

Long before demolition crews moved in on the squat and aged hotel that had occupied the corner of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard, the 41-year-old architect with A.C. Martin Partners tried to imagine what the interior of the new skyscraper — the Wilshire Grand — might look like.

And easily resolved: clear yellows with age, so black it was — but no detail, King said, can ever be too small or fix too minor when delivering a $1.35-billion skyscraper.

Source: New York Times

Trump, Amazon and ‘Internet Taxes’: What Did He Mean?

Today 07:03 GMT

In an angry tweet directed at Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, Mr. Trump chastised the e-commerce giant for “not paying internet taxes (which they should).” At the moment, there is no “internet tax,” and it is not clear exactly what the president might have had in mind.

One possibility is that Mr. Trump was thinking of a proposal to allow state governments to force internet retailers to collect sales taxes from their customers.

Source: Fox News

Chaffetz: Justice watchdog also looking at Lynch's role in FBI's Clinton email probe

Monday 01:38 GMT
Source: Fox News

UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

Monday 00:38 GMT
Source: Global News

Bill Cosby plans seminars on how to avoid sexual assault charges

Saturday 15:30 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

Sunday 19:19 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Navy sailors made tough call to seal flooding ship compartments, unclear if survivors were inside

Thursday 22:53 GMT
Source: The Guradian

It’s been a grim year – but what if Britain had never voted for Brexit?

Saturday 08:07 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Number of refugees admitted to US drops by nearly half under Trump

Sunday 15:31 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Digital Music: iTunes Remains Surprisingly Popular

Wednesday 16:23 GMT
Source: Common Domain

French Utility Engie Looking to Expand in China

Today 07:02 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Advertising Guidelines for Online Sponsored, Branded & Featured Content

Today 00:37 GMT
Source: Global News

Can money buy happiness It depends on who you are and how you spend

Wednesday 20:14 GMT
Source: New York Times

We Taste-Tested 10 Hot Dogs. Here Are the Best.

Wednesday 17:18 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Drivers may pay the lowest July 4th gasoline prices in 12 years

Wednesday 16:22 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Swedish Christian Kids Banned From Saying Grace At Mealtimes, Can No Longer Say ‘Amen’

Wednesday 11:53 GMT

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