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Canada Letter: Summer Advice From Librarians, American Friends

Megan Stecyk, Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan: “100 Days of Cree,” by Neal McLeod “McLeod describes Cree as ‘the sexiest’ of all languages, and his book explores the humor, modernity and adaptability of today’s Cree. It’s easy to drop in to any page and learn the Cree word for the Death Star from Star Wars or a Tim Horton’s double-double, as well as traditional and seasonal phrases.” “The Devourers,” by Indra Das “This is Das’s first full fiction piece outside of his work in science fiction anthologies. It’s a raw, intense…

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Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

But if Mas does get the Marlins franchise, his family history could possibly affect baseball’s continuing efforts to create a working relationship with Cuba, one that would allow players from the island to join the major leagues in an orderly fashion instead of having to endure various dangers in order to defect. It was Mas’s father, after all, who was regularly reviled by the Cuban media as the leader of “the counterrevolutionary Miami mafia” because of his longstanding efforts to cripple the government of Fidel Castro. Those efforts began after…

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Defectors, Google Earth map decades of horror in North Korea

A Seoul-based non-governmental organization has used Google Earth technology to enable North Korean defectors to “build a digital map of crimes against humanity in North Korea.” The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) released a new report  Wednesday, the result of two years of research and interviews with 375 North Korean defectors, that identifies what it says are grave sites, murder locations and government offices that “may be used for future investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity.” Hangings, public executions, cremation sites, and remote burial sites are ostensibly identified, said…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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CDC: Half of homicides of women related to domestic violence

Police say 39-year-old Utah mother Memorez Rackley and her son Jase, 6, left, were shot and killed in June 2017 by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson, right, days after Rackley reported harassment  KUTV WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that half of all homicides of women were related to domestic violence. The CDC examined data on more than 10,000 homicides of women over the age of 18 from 18 states between 2003-2014. The agency found that 11 percent of victims experienced some type of…

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CliffsNotes From the Procrastination Research Conference

It is a conference built on the idea that precisely because procrastination is problematic for so many people, it is worthy of serious investigation. Throughout the morning, Dr. Ferrari’s wife, Sharon, stood by the registration table, prepared to morph from greeter to guard if anyone tried to violate one of the meeting’s core rules: “There’s no day-of registration,” she said. Here is what we learned about who procrastinates, where they procrastinate and how to halt the loop of perpetual delay. Photo The 60 or so attendees at this year’s conference…

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After Colorful Run, the Spicer Show Gets Canceled

Mr. Negrin, who has a six-foot-long canvas poster of Mr. Spicer hanging in his New York apartment (“it looks like he’s looking right into my eyes”), heard of Mr. Spicer’s exit on Friday morning and tweeted, simply, “omg.” Then he posted a video obituary for Mr. Spicer’s tenure titled, “Sean Spicer’s Daily On-Camera Press Briefings, 2017-2017.” It had been prepared ahead of time. Other longtime journalists found their lives and careers enhanced during Mr. Spicer’s brief time behind the lectern. Graphic Mr. Spicer typically calls on media organizations outside the…

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Police officer charged with having sex with 15-year-old cadet

Robert Cain CBS Los Angeles / Robert Cain / Facebook LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old cadet, prosecutors announced Friday. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said 31-year-old Robert Cain is expected to be arraigned Friday on charges that include unlawful sexual intercourse. Cain was arrested in June amid a widening investigation into wrongdoing in the department’s cadet program for minors who are aspiring officers. Prosecutors said Cain befriended the teenage cadet and had sex with her on three…

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Texas school district approves paddling to punish students

THREE RIVERS, Texas — The board of trustees for a Texas school district has reinstated corporal punishment, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports. Officials with the Three Rivers Independent School District (ISD), nearly 75 miles south of San Antonio, approved the plan Tuesday night. Students will only be subject to paddlings if a parent signs off first. With the decision, Three Rivers ISD joined 26 other districts that allow corporal punishment. Students will receive one paddling for minor incidents, such as disobeying classroom rules. The new measure strays from the Houston Independent…

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“Don’t [expletive] shoot”: Wife convicted of murder witnessed by parrot

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. – A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man’s pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram. He was shot five times in May 2015. Glenna Duram suffered a head wound in what prosecutors said was a suicide attempt, but survived. Play Video CBS This Morning Can a parrot serve as witness in murder trial? Michigan…

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