Virginia high school students pose with Confederate flags during ‘spirit week’

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A rural Virginia school faced backlash this week after pictures emerged showing students posing on school grounds with Confederate battle flags during “Spirit Week.”The school district told parents in an email it would investigate, but did not apologize.The pictures, which were shared...

The Latest: Denver teachers get ready to walk out over pay

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DENVER – The Latest on a possible strike by Denver teachers (all times local):4:15 p.m.Denver teachers are prepared to walk of the job for the first time in 25 years over an incentive-based pay system...

Ben Shapiro to speak at Christian college after it initially spurned him, Young America’s...

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After receiving significant backlash for canceling a speech from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, Grand Canyon University (GCU) decided to reverse its decision.Still, it was a complicated set of arrangements. The Christian university's administration went back and forth with...

University of Iowa denies publishing ‘religious watch list’ after it’s accused of discrimination

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A Christian conservative student group filed a lawsuit against the University of Iowa after the group was kicked off campus for requiring its leaders to adhere to a faith standard that included a clause on sexual morality.But in...

Indiana superintendent accused of committing insurance fraud to help student resigns

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The Indiana school superintendent who was arrested for allegedly using her own insurance to help a sick student resigned on Friday.Casey Smitherman, superintendent of Elwood Community Schools, reportedly resigned at a school board meeting and said she was "embarrassed" by the...

Equine flu outbreak spreads with 174 racing stables now in lockdown

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• New fears that racing shutdown may extend beyond next week • Four new cases are found including three at original yardConcern that an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) could extend the shutdown of British racing beyond...

Experience: I climbed 61 mountains in a year

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I was inspired by the film Everest and wanted to see if someone ordinary, like me, could climb mountainsTwo years ago, on a flight to New Zealand, I watched the film Everest, in which...

Experience: I crossed the Alps on a space hopper

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I bought an original 1970s hopper on eBay and practised on a nearby hillAt the start of 2015, my life unexpectedly went belly up. Within the space of three months, my father died,...

The ‘magic’ lift pass to 30 Swiss ski resorts

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Switzerland’s new Magic Pass covers little-known villages in Val d’Anniviers with peaceful pistes and untracked powderWas this really a ski resort? It was hard to tell when we arrived at the empty car...

Country diary: a midwinter walk along the South Tyne trail

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Alston, Cumbria: The path follows a long-closed branch lineandpasses through a valley layered with historyThe shadow of a semaphore signal falls diagonally across the tracks as we leave Alston station to head north on...