Chris Berdik, The Washington Post Published 6:51 am PST, Monday, December 24, 2018 PORTLAND, Maine - On a recent fall morning in the library of King Middle School here, four seventh-grade girls interviewed an immigrant from Peru named Luis Millones who is a Spanish professor at Colby College. One girl asked Millones what he missed about the country he left nearly three decades ago. "I miss the sound of the language, because it kind of fades away," he said. "I miss the sunset over the ocean. I miss the smell of earth in the highlands right after it rains. I miss also some tastes, like Peruvian chili and fruits like the lucuma, which I can never find anywhere else." The girls took turns asking Millones other questions. Why did he come to America? What were his first impressions? Did he ever feel mistreated as an immigrant? They split up other tasks, too, such as taking notes, recording video, requesting photographs and emailing follow-up questions. In the weeks ahead, the … [Read more...] about What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?
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Ukip leader Gerard Batten expressed his outrage at the prospect of a "gender-neutral" Greggs after falling for a spoof tweet about the bakery chain. The spoof tweet which came from a mock Guardian news account read: “Greggs is to rebrand in a move towards a gender neutral business model following criticism that their name sounds too male.” Mr Batten, who has led Ukip since February, quoted the tweet, to his 35,000 followers and wrote a statement expressing his anger at the prospect. He saud: “Criticism from who? Probably someone who doesn’t buy from Greggs. A cheese roll is a cheese roll. When is this madness going to stop.” He continued the rant by saying: “By the way, almost all the staff in Greggs are female. Do they operate a biased recruitment policy?” Mr Batten’s tweet has since been deleted. It was retweeted by the official Twitter account for Ukip. If the Ukip leader had taken a closer look, he would have seen the … [Read more...] about Ukip leader falls for spoof tweet on ‘gender-neutral’ Greggs bakery
BRIT teenagers are being targeted by Russian trolls using fake celebrity posts to brainwash them, a report has claimed. Social media accounts pose as Harry Potter fans and use images of celebs like Emma Watson to attract young followers and spread fake news. The Russian-run accounts then spread false information about the Salisbury poisonings, Scottish Independence and even Brexit, the Times reports. The full scale of the fake news campaign to sow discord among British teens amasses over three million tweets and other social media messages. Thousands of youngsters have also reportedly been exposed to a YouTube account dubbed the “Blue Peter of Russian propaganda”, which spreads false information. Darren Linvill, a specialist in Russian disinformation at Clemson University in South Carolina, US, said: “What they are doing is political warfare on an industrialised scale and it is aimed at all western democracy. “It is well funded, it is dangerous and it is hiding … [Read more...] about Russian trolls using Harry Potter and pics of celebs to target Brit teens with fake news on social media
When 29-year-old Mark Barbee was elected to serve as mayor of Bridgeport, Montgomery County last November, it was a historic moment for a municipality that’s seen better days a rock-skip across the Schuylkill River from Norristown. Barbee – the former councilman who drew 454 of the 864 votes cast – would be the first openly gay, African-American mayor of this tiny blue-collar borough. But less than a year later, the only history being made is far from good. In the nine months since his swearing-in, Barbee has been the focus of death threats, profane tirades at public meetings and a slew of racially charged comments – both veiled and otherwise. It’s gotten so bad that friends say they worry whether he's safe to walk home alone from Borough Hall at night.Much of the discord stems from controversy within the borough's 12-officer police department. After just two months on the job, Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Shannon quit. He … [Read more...] about Just months into first term, Bridgeport’s gay, black mayor faces death threats and racial attacks
Earlier this week I went to our fearless leader, politics editor Cindi Andrews, and told her I’ve been lying awake at night, tossing and turning. “I don’t know what matters to Jefferson County voters. I have to go talk to Jeffco voters!” I told her. Jeffco voters — especially those who are unaffiliated — are the Holy Grail in Colorado politics. If you don’t have them in your column, you aren’t going to win. So, last night I spent a few hours at my friend’s bar in Westminster talking politics over buffalo wings, burgers and beer. Besides being owned by my friend, Sideways Sports Lounge sits at an intersection of three precincts. According to county data, two of the precincts split 40-30-30, with a 10-point advantage for Democrats. The other neighborhood is 30-30-30. The location makes for a good sample of the county. Here’s what I learned: Education is the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds. Nearly everyone I spoke with … [Read more...] about The Spot: Can Stapleton win? What’s on the minds of Jeffco voters? And most taxpayers aren’t getting refunds.