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Missouri School Pulls The Hate U Give for Review

February 2, 2018
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Missouri School Pulls The Hate U Give  for Review

Missouri Middle School pulls critically acclaimed YA novel after pressure from local lawmaker. Reed Academy in Springfield, Missouri pulled the book twice recently, in order to review it after concerns regarding an ineffective permission slip and the book’s profanity were brought to the attention of the school and local lawmaker Rep. Sonya Anderson by a…

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The Humble Book Bundle: Crazy, Sexy, Love! Benefits CBLDF!

January 31, 2018
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The Humble Book Bundle: Crazy, Sexy, Love! Benefits CBLDF!

Get ready for Valentines Day with this new Humble Book Bundle: Crazy Sexy Love! Starting at $1, pay what you want to get these awesome titles and benefit CBLDF! The dinosaur erotica author who took the internet by storm, Dr. Chuck Tingle! Classic vampire femme fatale, Vampirella! Plus fan favorite Hack/Slash, BDSM romance Sunstone, the 2015 relaunch…

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Russia Raids Movie Theater Showing Historical Farce

January 30, 2018
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Russia Raids Movie Theater Showing Historical Farce

Last week Russian Ministry of Culture officials revoked the distribution license for Armando Iannucci’s satire, The Death of Stalin, based on the Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s graphic novel of the same name. When the Pioneer cinema in Moscow proceeded with screening anyhow, the movie theater was raided by armed Russian police and plainclothes investigators.…

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Beetle Bailey Cartoonist Mort Walker Dies at 94

January 29, 2018
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Beetle Bailey Cartoonist Mort Walker Dies at 94

Mort Walker, a prolific comic strip artist, advocate for comic history preservation, and the creator of world famous Beetle Bailey, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2018, from pneumonia at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Walker lived to be 94 years old and can be credited with the creation of nine different syndicated comic strips, but…

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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

January 26, 2018
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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

The principal at Fort King Middle School in Ocala, Florida may have pulled YA novel The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole from the library without following the official district book challenge policy. The initial report from Spectrum News 13, cites a 14 year old girl bringing the book home and alerting her parents…

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Thai Political Cartoon Goes Mysteriously Dark

January 26, 2018
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Thai Political Cartoon Goes Mysteriously Dark

Thai political cartoon, Khai Meaw, disappeared from Facebook on January 18, 2018, without attribution or explanation. The popular cartoon never employed speech or thought bubbles but was clearly critical of the military junta. The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand claimed no knowledge of government involvement in the disappearance, but did remark that Thai law gives…

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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

January 25, 2018
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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

Mary Jo Little thinks that The Glass Castle is inappropriate reading for ninth graders at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.“There’s rape. There’s assault. There’s drunk driving. It’s just not appropriate in this age group,” Little told Channel 9. The Glass Castle is a popular curriculum choice, but also a frequently contested one. Its bleak descriptions…

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Parent Challenges Harper Lee Classic in Classroom

January 24, 2018
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Parent Challenges Harper Lee Classic in Classroom

To Kill A Mockingbird is under fire again, this time in Wisconsin. Tumjama Kameeta, submitted a request to the Monona Grove School District in Wisconsin, asking administrators to remove To Kill a Mockingbird from the school curriculum, citing, among many infractions, the copious uses of racial slurs. Kameeta wrote a statement to Madison365 explaining why…

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Last Week for Guantanamo Art

January 22, 2018
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Last Week for Guantanamo Art

This week could be your last chance to ever see the art exhibit from Guantanamo Bay detainees, it closes Friday, January 26th.  Since the November shift in policy from the U.S. military, art made by inmates is no longer allowed to leave the base. Even if the artist of the piece is released, the art…

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Can Comics Make You Clever?

January 22, 2018
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Can reading comics make you smarter? Author, Artist, and MacArthur ‘genius‘ Gene Luen Yang knows they can, and he’s just done a new video for BigThink.com to talk about it. From Yang’s experience as an educator, he saw the benefits of kids in his classroom being able to control the rate of new information they were learning.…

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