Alex Jones testifies in trial over his Sandy Hook hoax lies

WATERBURY, Conn. — Conspiracy theorist Alex took the stand Thursday at his defamation trial in Connecticut as he tries to limit the damages he must pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax. More than a dozen family members of some of the 20 children and six educators … Read more

Book Ban Efforts Surging in 2022, Library Association Says

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year’s totals, which were the highest in the decades. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s … Read more

Coding, 3D modeling, big data: Mathstronauts in Hamilton

Like many 12-year-olds, Jonathan Szarak likes to play video games. But he’s also spent the last two years teaching himself how to make them. The Grade 7 student uses Python, a programming language, to code games, including player movement and weapons systems. “One day I just thought ‘maybe I can do this,’” said Jonathan, who … Read more

Text messages link Favre, welfare money, volleyball facility

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The governor of Mississippi in 2017 was “on board” with a plan for a nonprofit group to pay Brett Favre more than $1 million in welfare grant money so the retired NFL quarterback could help fund a university volleyball facility, according to a text messages between Favre and the director of … Read more

One App Is Especially Bad for Teens’ Sleep | Health

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Many teens look at screens at bedtime, but some apps are more likely to keep them awake than others, leading to sleep problems. That’s the upshot of a new study in which researchers found YouTube fans experienced consistent and negative effects on sleep. Surprisingly, traditional TV was associated … Read more

Azalea Middle School launches Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron program

ST. Petersburg, Fla. — A St. Pete middle school just became the second middle school in Florida to form a partnership with the US Air Force and launch a Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron program. Now, 36 local students are exploring new opportunities with our US Military. Walking inside an Azalea Middle School classroom, you … Read more

BHERC organization supports next generation of filmmakers

Every year, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center promotes Black history and culture through a series of annual film festivals and programmes. Its goal is to reflect more stories about people of color on the big screen by prioritizing powerful storytelling and teaching the next generation of filmmakers. This year, one of the 111 … Read more

Black woman who integrated Southern school writes kid’s book

Ruby Bridges was a 6-year-old first-grader when she walked past jeering crowds of white people to become one of the first black students at racially segregated schools in New Orleans more than six decades ago. Now, with teaching about race in America more complicated than it’s ever been, she’s authored a picture book about her … Read more

Center hopes to bring out people’s inner artist | Arts & Theater

The building at 302 S. Main St. in downtown Broken Arrow has only been fully open to the public for a couple of weeks, but there are still a few visitors who weren’t aware that this location’s mission has changed from commerce to creativity. “We had a woman come by a few days ago, who … Read more

Turkish Pop Star Jailed Over Joke About Religious Schools

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish pop star Gulsen has been arrested on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” over a joke she made about Turkey’s religious schools, the country’s state-run news agency reported. The 46-year-old singer and songwriter, whose full name is Gulsen Colakoglu, was taken away for questioning from her home in Istanbul and … Read more