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A California school is under fire for giving students a controversial homework assignment.
KTLA reports that eighth-grade students at Hawthorne Middle School were required to keep a slave diary. The English class assignment instructed students to write in the diary in the voice of a slave for five days. The English teacher is white; the students and parents who took offense are black.
One student told KTLA that the assignment “made her feel bad” and that she “wouldn’t want to imagine being a slave.”
Parents called the assignment “inappropriate and demeaning.” One parent also pointed out that it would be impossible to write like a slave since most slaves were not allowed to learn how to read or write.
Some students, with their parents’ support, refused to complete the assignment. A few parents claimed they would be transferring their kids to another school.
School officials stand by the assignment. In a statement, Hawthorne School Superintendent Helen E. Morgan explained that the assignment was an “appropriate teaching strategy.”
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Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, with 26 of them hospitalized. Of those who were hospitalized, five died. The CDC said listeriosis contributed to at least four of the deaths.
The agency said interviews showed that 83 percent of those sickened reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before falling ill.
Three cases of meningitis linked to the listeria were also reported in children, the CDC said. The three children were not among those who died.
Those who fell ill got sick between Oct. 17 and Nov. 27. CDC said it's possible other illnesses have occurred since then. Christopher Braden of the CDC said the agency is still trying to determine the specific brands that were involved.
Two of the deaths were in Minnesota and one was in Texas, according to the CDC. The agency was not able to say where the other two deaths occurred.
The CDC said the illnesses also occurred in Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:29:19 -0500
A father in Ashe County is accused of fatally shooting his son Thursday night.
Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said Benjamin Tirado, 57, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, GoBlueRidge.net is reporting.
Daniel Tirado, 20, died at the hospital after being shot in the shoulder area, the sheriff said.
The sheriff has not released any information on what led to the shooting. Benjamin Tirado was jailed without bond.
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