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New state schools superintendent to be chosen today

23 hours ago

   A new State Schools Superintendent is expected to be chosen today by the Alabama Board of Education.  The panel narrowed the list to four finalists last week. Those four individuals are to be interviewed during the day, after which the board will confer and choose the state’s next schools chief. The finalists are Jefferson County Superintendent Craig Pouncey, Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy, Superintendent Association of Alabama Executive Director Eric Mackey and former Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott.

Two men shot to death in Montgomery Saturday night

Apr 16, 2018
teenvogue.com

   Montgomery police are investigating a double homicide that occurred over the weekend. According to a statement, police were called to the 28-hundred block of Fairwest Street late Saturday night where they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. The two men were taken to a local hospital where they later died. Investigators say both men, ages 23 and 30, were from Montgomery. Their names have not been released and no arrests have been made. Police say the investigation into what led to the shooting is ongoing.

Kress on Dexter preserves stone markers

Apr 13, 2018
Exploring Montgomery

   Two stone markers have been preserved inside the renovated Kress building as a reminder of the city’s segregated past. A ceremony for the opening of Kress on Dexter today unveiled the markers, leftover from the original structure – built in 1929. Inscribed with the words “colored” and “white,” the markers instructed use of Kress water fountains. Co-owner of the building Sarah Buller says the decision was made early in the development to keep and preserve the markers.

Hyles Files - The Flight

Apr 11, 2018
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Roy Moore is countersuing his accuser

Apr 11, 2018
Breitbart

     Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has countersued a woman who accused him of sexually touching her when she was 14 and he was 32. Attorneys for Moore filed the defamation counterclaim Monday against Leigh Corfman. She is among several women who say Moore romantically or sexually pursued them decades ago when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. Moore's attorneys deny Corfman's accusations as "libelous and ... of such magnitude as to amount to defamation of Mr. Moore"

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Emily Nakano began doing lockdown drills when she was in second grade.

"An alarm plays over the PA system, and we lock the door, turn off the lights and hide in a corner away from the window," she explained.

The high school senior from Illinois said she's grown up with a fear of school shootings in the back of her mind, even though she's not scared of guns. In fact, she's been around guns her entire life.

This week in the Russia investigations: Did we learn anything from James Comey? Michael Cohen opts for discretion in the face of some new legal challenges.

What Comey Says Trump Said Putin Said

President Trump, then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and then-FBI Director James Comey were sitting together in the Oval Office. Trump, in Comey's telling, was monologuing as the former FBI director says he often did.

Unlike her trademark three-strand pearl necklace, Barbara Bush was known for her authenticity.

The former first lady to President George H.W. Bush, and mother of President George W. Bush, died this week at the age of 92. Her funeral is Saturday, and those eulogizing her might not have to look far for inspiration — to her own words.

An elite group of movie lovers in the Saudi capital Riyadh got a special treat on Wednesday — a screening of the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther. The invitation-only event marked the lifting of a ban on cinemas that's lasted more than three decades. It also heralds a new era for Saudi filmmakers, who for years have faced harassment from Saudi authorities for pursuing a profession considered haram, or forbidden, in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

In January, Ursula K. Le Guin died. Her Washington Post obituary is glowing; it notes that The Left Hand of Darkness "was cited by literary critic Harold Bloom in The Western Canon, his overview of classic literature, and paved the way for Ms. Le Guin's broader acceptance." It also, reverentially, identifies her as the "grande dame" of science fiction.

His Dad Didn't Want Him To Draw. Dad Didn't Know Best

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Behind pea-green curtains in a steamy office in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui, comic book artist Didier Kassai carefully dips his paintbrush into a nut brown pigment on his palette, wipes it on a scratch sheet then slowly puts it to paper. His brush strokes bring a watercolor to life – itself a scene of death. The brown is used to color the butt of a rebel's gun in a strip chronicling his country's spiraling conflict.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has announced his country no longer needs nuclear or missile tests and that it would shut down its nuclear weapons test site.

"The nuclear test site has done its job," Kim said in a statement carried by North Korea's state media. The report also said the decision was made in a bid to pursue economic growth and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its warning to consumers Friday to stay away from all types of romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region because of an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 61 people in 16 states.

The agency had previously instructed people not to eat chopped and bagged romaine lettuce from the area. But the new warning includes whole heads of romaine in addition to all of the packaged products.

A startup company in California is using machine learning and artificial intelligence to advise fire departments about how to plan for earthquakes and respond to them.

The company, One Concern, hopes its algorithms can take a lot of the guesswork out of the planning process for disaster response by making accurate predictions about earthquake damage. It's one of a handful of companies rolling out artificial intelligence and machine learning systems that could help predict and respond to floods, cyber-attacks and other large-scale disasters.

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