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Texas high school investigating after video surfaces of students using racist language

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Georgetown High School leaders are investigating after a video surfaced of students using racist language in the cafeteria.

Principal Brian Johnson sent a letter to students, families and staff Thursday night, which said in part, “This evening, some information was shared with me about a video of an incident in our cafeteria that included the use of offensive, unacceptable, racist language. I am appalled by the video, as it does not reflect who GHS students are or the beliefs of our campus and district.”

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St. Vincent offers MNA new proposal with staffing language that mirrors UMass

WORCESTER — Nurses on strike at St. Vincent Hospital and hospital owner Tenet Healthcare held another round of negotiations Saturday where a proposal was presented that nurses said, “opens the door to a substantive discussion” on the nurses’ main issue of staffing, and which the hospital said includes “staffing language that mirrors UMass Memorial Medical Center.” 

“Tenet for the first time made a long-awaited proposal that opens the door to a substantive discussion on the nurses’ main issue, which is the need for safer staffing levels to ensure safer patient care,” David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association

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Federal COVID-19 vaccine website launches with Spanish-language version

The Biden administration’s version of a COVID-19 vaccine-finding website launched today, along with a Spanish-language version, text messaging tool, and phone hotline.

The new website, vaccines.gov, is a new version of VaccineFinder, a site run through a partnership between Boston Children’s Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. VaccineFinder was originally created during the 2009 swine flu outbreaks and has hosted COVID-19 vaccine information for the past few months.

The new version has the same features as the old site. It lets people locate sites offering COVID-19 vaccines nearby, shows which vaccines are on offer at

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What’s the easiest language to learn? Full linguistics guide

Why do children find it easier to learn languages?

While some theorise language is innate to humans, children are actually exposed to huge amounts of it – around 10,000 hours in their first four years, according to one estimate. As children are rarely experts in a language by then, this suggests they have a tougher time learning language than most people think.

True, it has been shown that very young children are able to perceive and distinguish between the roughly 800 sounds that make up all human languages. But, for monolingual infants, the ability to hear subtle differences is lost

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‘Normalization of hate:’ White nationalist language of America First Caucus sets off new alarms on racism

WASHINGTON – Calling for respect of the county’s “uniquely Anglo-Saxon traditions.” Saying the nation’s infrastructure should express the “progeny of European architecture.” Decrying the influence of domestic and international “globalist” forces.

The language used in the would-be Republican congressional America First Caucus’s platform has alarmed many lawmakers and civil rights advocates who say its white nationalist message shows the growing clout of extremism in the right wing of the Republican Party.

Reports of the new faction in Congress first broke last Friday, when Punchbowl News shared a seven-page document outlining the group’s call to continue former President Donald Trump’s agenda.

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The misguided quest to interpret canine “language”

THE BROWS seem to furrow. The face turns to the ground. Nearby, your shoes lie in tatters. You know—simply know—that your dog is ashamed of having destroyed your only decent pair, and is meekly trying to tell you so.

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Dogs’ faces seem to beg to be interpreted. And lots of humans cannot resist interpreting them in the terms delimited by human languages. A puppy licking your cheek enthusiastically is bestowing a “kiss”. A dog

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GVK Director Jokes Kong Can Flip the Bird Since He Knows Sign Language


In a conversation with fans, Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard, jokingly confirms that King Kong is canonically capable of flipping the bird.

Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard entertained the possibility that Kong could very well know how to flip the bird given his knowledge of sign language in the film. The latest MonsterVerse film pits the two poster children of the franchise against one another. Not since 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla has their clash been the main event, and fans were eager to see who would win. So eager, in fact, that the film has already outstripped

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Proposed Social Justice Resources to support WCSD English Language Arts

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -Textbooks for kindergarten through fifth grade may soon have updated content.

Washoe County School District plans to provide teachers and students with a lens into past and current events to help create a deeper understanding of society. Dr. Kristen Mcneill, Washoe County School District superintendent, said this would expand student’s cultural knowledge. It uses personal experiences and history to analyze text.

“It is really based around concerns, what is happening in our communities, and how can I be a better community member,” said Mcneill.

The district would have to introduce materials in an age-appropriate way. Educators would

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Secrets of the Whales explores language, social structure of giants of the deep

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry spent three years documenting the cultural lives of whales. His journey is the subject of a new four-part documentary series on Disney+, Secrets of the Whales.

Intrepid film crews tracked various species of whales all over the world, capturing their unique hunting strategies, communication skills, and social structures for Secrets of the Whales, a new four-part documentary series from National Geographic, now streaming on Disney+.

The project started with National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry, who spent three years traveling around the globe documenting the culture of five different species of

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