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Gov. Ron DeSantis Wins Battle Over AP African American Studies, College Board Blinks

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Gov. Ron DeSantis Wins Battle Over AP African American Studies, College Board BlinksThe College Board is caving to pressure from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to water down an Advanced Placement high school course on African American studies. DeSantis dug in his heels, banning the class from all Florida high schools -- and Wednesday,…
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2022 Sets Record for Most Attempts to Ban Books [Video]

2022 Sets Record for Most Attempts to Ban Books

2022 Sets Record , for Most Attempts , to Ban Books. Associated Press reports that the number of attempted bans and restrictions on books continues to surge. . According to a new report from the American Library Association released on March 23, the number of attempts in 2022 set a new record. Last year, the association compiled over 1,200 attempts to either ban books or restrict access to them in schools and libraries. The number nearly doubled from 2021, which set the record that 2022 broke. I’ve never seen anything like this. The last two years have been exhausting, frightening, outrage inducing, Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, via Associated Press. In 2022, over 2,500 books were objected to. . In 2021, the number of objections was 1,858, and just one year earlier it was only 566. . States including Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma have all passed or proposed bills restricting books. . States including Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma have all passed or proposed bills restricting books. . AP reports that some books have been targeted for racist language, others for having gender or racial themes. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has approved a bill to review classroom reading material and limit discussion of gender identity and race in schools.

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United States: Florida Governor DeSantis takes over Disney district [Video]

United States: Florida Governor DeSantis takes over Disney district

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Florida Governor Takes Aim at Disney's 'Corporate Kingdom' [Video]

Florida Governor Takes Aim at Disney's 'Corporate Kingdom'

Florida Governor , Takes Aim at Disney's , 'Corporate Kingdom'. Florida Governor , Takes Aim at Disney's , 'Corporate Kingdom'. On February 27, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a bill taking control of a special tax district containing Walt Disney World. . On February 27, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a bill taking control of a special tax district containing Walt Disney World. . Al Jazeera reports that the special tax status allowed Walt Disney Co to operate within Florida with a high degree of autonomy. . The corporate kingdom finally comes to an end, Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, via Al Jazeera. Last year, Republicans in Florida clashed with Disney over a law restricting classroom instruction of gender and sexual orientation. . The new bill authorizes the governor to appoint five supervisors to oversee municipal services like road maintenance, waste collection and fire protection. The new bill authorizes the governor to appoint five supervisors to oversee municipal services like road maintenance, waste collection and fire protection. Allowing a corporation to control its own government is bad policy, especially when the corporation makes decisions that impact an entire region, Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, via Al Jazeera. This legislation ends Disney’s self-governing status, makes Disney live under the same laws as everybody else, and ensures that Disney pays its debts and fair share of taxes, Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, via Al Jazeera. According to the Themed Entertainment Association, Disney World drew 36.2 million visitors to Florida in 2021. . The park is also central Florida's largest employer, employing approximately 75,000 people. Al Jazeera reports that shares in Disney were up 0.4%, as of February 27, despite the signing of the Florida bill

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Trump Escalates Attacks on Potential 2024 Opponent Ron DeSantis [Video]

Trump Escalates Attacks on Potential 2024 Opponent Ron DeSantis

Trump Escalates Attacks , on Potential 2024 Opponent , Ron DeSantis. NBC News reports that in anticipation of DeSantis announcing his presidential candidacy. Trump has increased his public condemnation of the Florida governor. On Truth Social, Trump referred to DeSantis as a "RINO GLOBALIST," meaning "Republican in name only.". He also reposted someone else's unfounded claims that DeSantis may have been inappropriate with female students when he was a high school teacher. He also reposted someone else's unfounded claims that DeSantis may have been inappropriate with female students when he was a high school teacher. Trump endorsed DeSantis in 2018 for the governorship, but now views his former ally as disloyal. A reporter spoke with DeSantis on Feb. 8 and began to reference Trump's attacks, but DeSantis cut him off. I get that you guys want the controversy. I spend my time delivering results for the people of Florida, and fighting against [President] Joe Biden, Ron DeSantis, at a news conference on Feb. 8, as reported by NBC News. I don’t spend my time trying to smear other Republicans, Ron DeSantis, at a news conference on Feb. 8, as reported by NBC News. Several national polls show DeSantis as a viable contender for the 2024 GOP nomination. The governor will reportedly decide on his candidacy after the end of Florida's legislative session later this year. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to launch her campaign for the Republican nomination next week. NBC News reports that Sen. Tim Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu are also considering running. NBC News reports that Sen. Tim Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu are also considering running

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Def Leppard Drummer Thanks Fans for Support After Being Attacked in Florida [Video]

Def Leppard Drummer Thanks Fans for Support After Being Attacked in Florida

Def Leppard Drummer Thanks Fans , for Support After Being Attacked in Florida. Def Leppard Drummer Thanks Fans , for Support After Being Attacked in Florida. 'The Guardian' reports that Rick Allen, the one-armed drummer for rock band Def Leppard, was attacked on March 12. The 59-year-old was smoking outside of a hotel when he was beaten and knocked to the ground. 19-year-old Max Edward Hartley has been charged with battery. Allen took to Instagram on March 20 to thank everyone for their support as he heals. Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support. Your love and prayers are truly helping. My wife Lauren was thankfully not with me at the time of the incident. , Rick Allen, via Instagram. To all of the fans, veterans, and first responders in our global community we are thinking of you all. Together with love, we can all get through these difficult times, Rick Allen, via Instagram. 'The Guardian' reports that last weekend, Miami Beach officials initiated a curfew as two deadly shootings occurred among spring break crowds. 'The Guardian' reports that last weekend, Miami Beach officials initiated a curfew as two deadly shootings occurred among spring break crowds. Mayor Dan Gelber said that the crowds and guns "created a peril that cannot go unchecked.". We don’t ask for spring break in our city. We don’t want spring break in our city. It’s too rowdy, it’s too much disorder and it’s too difficult to police, Dan Gelber, Miami mayor, via statement. We don’t ask for spring break in our city. We don’t want spring break in our city. It’s too rowdy, it’s too much disorder and it’s too difficult to police, Dan Gelber, Miami mayor, via statement. It's not clear if Allen's attacker was on spring break. It's not clear if Allen's attacker was on spring break. Allen was in Fort Lauderdale to play a Def Leppard show in celebration of their 40th anniversary as a band

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5,000 Mile-Wide Mass of Seaweed Heads Toward the Gulf Coast

5,000 Mile-Wide , Mass of Seaweed Heads Toward , the Gulf Coast. CNN reports that a massive blob of seaweed is headed for the shores of Florida and other coasts along the Gulf of Mexico. The mass of seaweed that formed in the Atlantic Ocean threatens to bring down the upcoming tourist season. CNN reports that scientists have been tracking large accumulations of a variety of seaweed called sargassum since 2011. Sargassum is known to form large blooms in the Atlantic, however this year's is the largest on record. The massive bloom spans over 5,000 miles from the coast of Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. . This floating habitat provides food and protection for fishes, mammals, marine birds, crabs and more, Sargassum Information Hub website, via CNN. It serves as a critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles and as a nursery area for a variety of commercially important fishes such as mahi mahi, jacks and amberjacks, Sargassum Information Hub website, via CNN. Over the course of the summer, the mass will push west through the Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico. According to Dr. Brian Lapointe, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the mass of seaweed is expected to reach the shores of Florida around July. This is an entirely new oceanographic phenomenon that is creating such a problem — really a catastrophic problem — for tourism in the Caribbean region where it piles up on beaches up to 5 or 6 feet deep, According to Dr. Brian Lapointe, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, via CNN. This is an entirely new oceanographic phenomenon that is creating such a problem — really a catastrophic problem — for tourism in the Caribbean region where it piles up on beaches up to 5 or 6 feet deep, According to Dr. Brian Lapointe, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, via CNN

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Analysis Finds Alarming Link Between Race and Air Pollution in the US [Video]

Analysis Finds Alarming Link Between Race and Air Pollution in the US

Analysis Finds , Alarming Link Between , Race and Air Pollution in the US. A recent analysis by 'The Guardian' took a look at the places with the worst air pollution in the United States. Here are some of the areas that made the list. Birmingham, Alabama, According to the analysis, one of the nation's most racially-segregated cities is also one of the most polluted. Central Atlanta, Similar to Birmingham, the analysis found that in the most-polluted parts of the city near interstates and the busiest air terminal in the U.S., Black people comprise the largest racial group. Central Atlanta, Similar to Birmingham, the analysis found that in the most-polluted parts of the city near interstates and the busiest air terminal in the U.S., Black people comprise the largest racial group. It’s true all over the country that, a lot of the time, we put our highways through African American communities. That’s the story these maps tell, Brian Gist, an attorney with the Atlanta-based Southern Environmental Law Center, via 'The Guardian'. Central Pennsylvania, 'The Guardian' reports that this area has a lot of agriculture, a transportation thoroughfare and industries that include plastic manufacturing and metal fabrication. Central Pennsylvania, 'The Guardian' reports that this area has a lot of agriculture, a transportation thoroughfare and industries that include plastic manufacturing and metal fabrication. St. Louis Metro, According to 'The Guardian' analysis, the populations in neighborhoods with the highest PM2.5 levels, or fine particles of air pollution, were found to be 52% Black. St. Louis Metro, According to 'The Guardian' analysis, the populations in neighborhoods with the highest PM2.5 levels, or fine particles of air pollution, were found to be 52% Black. Houston, Similar to other U.S. pollution hotspots, 80% of residents in Houston's most polluted tracts are people of color. Houston, Similar to other U.S. pollution hotspots, 80% of residents in Houston's most polluted tracts are people of color. The polluting facilities are all located in our neighborhoods. And then when we start looking at which communities are most likely to have elevated asthma, respiratory problems, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or COVID, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, it’s the same map!’ That’s what we’re mad about, Robert Bullard, environmentalist and professor at Texas Southern University, via 'The Guardian'

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This Day in History: Malcolm X Is Assassinated [Video]

This Day in History: Malcolm X Is Assassinated

This Day in History:, Malcolm X Is Assassinated. February 21, 1965. Malcolm X was assassinated by rivals of the Nation of Islam in New York City. He had been addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. Founded months earlier, the organization advocated black identity and held that racism — not whites — was the greatest foe of the African American. The Nation of Islam advocated Black nationalism and racial separatism. Malcolm’s new movement steadily gained followers, becoming increasingly influential in the civil rights movement. An estimated 30,000 mourners attended his funeral in Harlem

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Black History Icons: Frederick Douglass [Video]

Black History Icons: Frederick Douglass

Black History Icons: Frederick Douglass. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born around February 1818 and died on February 20, 1895. Here are five facts in honor of the famous abolitionist. 1. He was the most photographed American in the 19th century because he always took pictures to humanize the perception of African-Americans. 2. He recruited Black soldiers for the Union Army. 3. Douglass was the first African-American nominated for vice president and to receive a vote for president. 4. Douglass famously refused to celebrate Independence Day and said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.”. 5. He taught other slaves to read by using the Bible. Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

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Abraham Lincoln's birthday: How instrumental was he in ending slavery ? | Special | Oneindia News [Video]

Abraham Lincoln's birthday: How instrumental was he in ending slavery ? | Special | Oneindia News

12th of February is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln….the 16th President of the United States. He is best known for his roles as Commander in Chief of the Union… and “the Great Emancipator”. But more than perhaps anything else, his stature as one of the world’s greatest leader lies in the fact that he has been credited with ending the Civil WAR…that ultimately resulted in the abolition of slavery… and created the possibility of civil and social freedom for African-Americans. The end of the Civil War redefined the United States as a single, indivisible nation… rather than a loosely bound collection of states. This year would be his 214th birthday. And on this occasion, we take a look at his life…and most importantly, the Civil war that had threatened to disintegrate USA into several pieces. But before that, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe to Oneindia. #AbrahamLincolnbirthday #AbrahamLincoln #USA

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7 Little-Known Black History Facts [Video]

7 Little-Known Black History Facts

7 Little-Known , Black History Facts. 1. Shirley Chisholm, She was the first Black woman elected to Congress and survived multiple assassination attempts when she ran for President of the United States. 2. John Baxter Taylor , He was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal. 3. Billie Holiday, Her song, "Strange Fruit," was originally published as a poem by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish school teacher. 4. Hattie McDaniel, The first African American to win an Oscar, McDaniel wasn't allowed to attend the premiere of 'Gone with the Wind.'. 5. Phillis Wheatley, At only 12 years old, she became the first published African American female author. 6. Josephine Baker , The famed entertainer worked as a French Resistance spy during World War II. 7. Black History Month , It was decreed a national observance in 1976 by President Gerald Ford

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