Oh boy, Florida residents can now challenge the science taught in public schools

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Parents have fought successfully over the years to ban books like the Harry Potter series and Catcher and the Rye from public schools. Now in Florida, residents could possibly do the same with textbooks about the science behind climate change and evolution.

Last week, Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation that makes it easier for any Florida resident to object to classroom materials they don’t like. 

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The statute, which took effect on Saturday, requires district school boards to hire an “unbiased and qualified hearing officer” who could deem things like textbooks, movies, and novels as unsuitable and require they not be used.  Read more…

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CNN to Trump: Do your job

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After a Sunday morning tweet from President Donald Trump that featured a violent anti-CNN clip, the news network is pushing back on Trump’s “juvenile behavior.” 

Theirs is the latest example of a news organization pushing back on Trump’s “fake news” narrative.

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CNN statement responding to the president: “We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.” pic.twitter.com/Gn1YRA2DRG

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 2, 2017

The statement reads: 

To recap, on Sunday morning Trump tweeted the following: Read more…

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‘Destiny 2’ introduces a new raid with a very specific focus

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Luke Smith, the director of Destiny 2 and one of the key architects behind the series, looks at all of the raids to date as his children.

“I love all of them and they’re all unique in their own way,” he said during an E3 interview.

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Smith led the raid team across the finish line with Vault of Glass, and he’s continued to work closely with Gavin Irby — who took over after Smith leveled up to Game Director — on one of Destiny‘s signature features. The six-player co-op activities — which, fundamentally, are hours-long group puzzles — are widely acknowledged as the sprawling game’s most unpredictable and play-changing activities. Read more…

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This chill gorilla loves baby animal videos like the rest of us

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When the news cycle stresses you out, there’s perhaps no better escape than glimpsing upon an adorable animal friend.

Take, for instance, this gorilla at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky. 

He’s serene, calm, and content. He looks like a great listener. And he, like us, really enjoys watching videos of baby animals.

My new friend and I enjoy watching videos of baby gorillas! 😍😍😍🦍 #mylifeiscomplete #hereallylovedthisyall

A post shared by Lindsey Costello (@lindseyncostello) on

Lindsey Costello visited the zoo’s gorilla enclosure on June 30. She sat side-by-side with the great ape and held her smartphone up to the glass while playing videos of baby gorillas. (She gave permission to share her Instagram post via Storyful.) Read more…

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Runaway portable toilets menace fleeing passerby during Moscow storm

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Inclement weather in Moscow on Friday summoned an unexpected public menace: Runaway portable toilets.

Per RT, high winds sent portable toilets skidding across a walkway between the Moscow Museum of Archaeology and the Museum of the Patriotic War in 1812, near by the city’s Red Square. 

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Clips of the incident show passersby scattering as bright blue toilets slide in their direction.

And yes, you can laugh— RT says there were no injuries reported.

In central Moscow right now people are fleeing from marauding portable toilets. This is not a jokepic.twitter.com/MBmI3PJ6db

— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) June 30, 2017 Read more…

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Startup adds beds and Wi-Fi to buses to turn them into ‘moving hotels’

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Maybe you’re reading this while slogging through soul-crushing traffic during the long holiday weekend. You might wish you could just curl up with that book stowed away in the trunk or catch up on some sleep from a tiring week at work. 

None of that is happening on this road trip, but when Cabin, a sleeping bus, launches later this month, getting a full night’s sleep in an actual bed while riding on the freeway won’t be just a dream.

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The special double-decker buses will take paying passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles starting July 14 on tour buses re-outfitted with 24 beds, or sleeping pods, and a lounge space, bathroom, and, of course, Wi-Fi. Read more…

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Celebrate gaming’s real patriots this Fourth of July

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Gaming’s heroes tend to be the least patriotic characters. 

The hero is usually the type that bucks tradition – that says “no” to law and order and “yes” to self-sufficient, independent bad-assery. Even many of the more patriotic characters end up having a complex relationship with the nation/Empire they so fervently love, whether they’re a Master Chief or a Solid Snake. 

There are a ton of religious zealots, priests, paladins, and gods, but those who worship nations are few and far between. So, come this Fourth of July, who are the true patriots of gaming that we can celebrate? Well, this list attempts to answer that question by looking beyond the typical protagonist, and instead finding the real defenders of nations and peoples: the true patriots of gaming. Read more…

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Trump’s wrestling tweet delivers a sobering reminder: This is not a game

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There is a grain of truth in every joke. Or, as may be the case here, an entire granary.

Donald Trump struck a nerve on Sunday morning when his recently ramped up attacks on the media general — and CNN in particular — took a troubling turn. In a single tweet, the only person in the world with the power to authorize U.S. nuclear strikes implicitly endorsed violence against the free press.

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Let’s let this statement from the “modern day presidential” White House speak for itself first.

#FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017 Read more…

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Here are the top 10 Beatles song according to me, somebody who just wants to piss you off

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The Beatles were arguably the best band to ever make music. By the time they finally called it quits in 1970, the group had gone from poppy boy band to psychedelic rockers to artistic innovators, and changed music for the better at every turn. The Fab Four from Liverpool are still the best-selling band in history with over 800 million physical and digital albums sold. 

The Beatles revolutionized music at its core and their influence can still be heard today. 

Still with me? Great. 

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At this time I’d like to rank the 10 best Beatles songs, with the only goal being pissing off specifically you. These are the 10 best Beatles songs, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You are going to be so mad when you read this and that’s just how it’s going to be. Don’t like it? Don’t look. All right.  Read more…

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