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Schools Cherry Pick, Leaving Minorities Behind

Chronicle News Services

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

NEW YORK--No other city in the country screens students for as many schools as New York--a startling fact all but lost in the furor that has erupted over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent proposal to change the admissions process for the city’s handful of elite high schools.

One in five middle and high schools in New York, the nation’s largest school district, now choose all of their students based on factors like grades or state test scores.

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Film Is Bringing Bling to a Dark Story of the Streets

The New York Times

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

NEW YORK--The American Dream is invoked several times in “Superfly.” The mentions come from the movie’s lead character, and from a song on the soundtrack. These days, it seems, the phrase is often used ironically. It’s all about the accumulation of wealth and a sybaritic lifestyle. There’s no spiritual dimension, no sense of genuine civic aspiration.

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‘We Need to Strengthen the Safety Net’

The Oklahoman

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

Single parenthood often is described as exhausting, overwhelming and lonely. As one of the leading predictors of poverty, single-parenthood leads to financial strain. And many single parents describe feelings of alienation from society, even in churches where they hope to find healing.

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The Big Man’s Small Hostages

The New York Times

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

NEW YORK--Why don’t we call the terrified children whose incarceration is riveting the country what they are at this point?

Not migrants. Not detainees. Not pawns, although that comes closest to the mark.

They’re hostages.

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Snatching Kids from Immigrant Parents

Chronicle News Services

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

Watching President Donald J. Trump blame Democrats for his administration’s inhumane practice of snatching immigrant children from their parents at the border evokes nothing so much as an abusive husband blaming his wife for the beatings he delivers:

Why do you make me do this? I hate doing this! If you’d only be reasonable and listen to me, things wouldn’t have to be this way.

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Father Pleased Now Following a Scare

Chronicle News Services

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

WHIPPANY, N.J.--Morris Claiborne was in the middle of a walkthrough practice last summer when he got the call--finally--that he was eagerly anticipating.

It was time for his twin daughters to enter the world.

A New York Jets trainer had the cornerback’s cellphone and was tasked with letting him know if and when Claiborne’s now-wife Jennifer was heading to the hospital.

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The Big Man’s Small Hostages

The New York Times

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

NEW YORK--Why don’t we call the terrified children whose incarceration is riveting the country what they are at this point?

Not migrants. Not detainees. Not pawns, although that comes closest to the mark.

They’re hostages.

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Let Them Eat Trump Steaks

The New York Times

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

NEW YORK--In general, Donald Trump is notoriously uninterested in policy details. It has long been obvious, for example, that he never bothered to find out what his one major legislative victory, the 2017 tax cut, actually did. Similarly, it’s pretty clear that he had no idea what was actually in the Iran agreement he just repudiated.

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Mr. Trump’s Midterm Paranoia

Chronicle News Services

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

President Trump began the week, as is his wont, by having a Twitter fit about the continuing Russia investigation.

“As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” Mr. Trump groused. “In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”

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Trump Outfoxed in Singapore

Chronicle News Services

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

NEW YORK--It sure looks as if President Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore.

Trump made a huge concession--the suspension of military exercises with South Korea. That’s on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees he gave North Korea and the legitimacy that the summit provides his counterpart, Kim Jong-un.

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Young Dancer Performs To Jackson Songs, Tunes

Chronicle News Services

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

Jermier Kirk performed dances to a variety of Michael Jackson songs, mesmerizing a Memorial Day audience.

The 8-year-old performed taking advantage of a smoke-screen that accompanied each dance.

In one performance, the smoke-screen cleared and the young dancer did a split, then turned his head, mimicking the famous rock star while wearing a wolf mask as the Jackson song, “Thriller,” played.

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Security Guard Reunites Man wWith Lost Ring

Chronicle News Services

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:28AM

Fifteen years ago Lonnell Alexander sat down to take a final exam at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Alexander, who would habitually clink his Wewoka High School basketball state semifinals ring and his class ring together, took them off to focus and walked out of his final without them.

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