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Texas Education Agency assigns monitor over Manor school district – News – Austin American-Statesman

After a yearlong investigation into the alleged wrongdoing of the Manor school board president, the Texas Education Agency is assigning a monitor to oversee the Manor district and its school board members, according to a correction action plan sent to Manor this month and obtained by the American-Statesman.

A monitor, conservator or board of managers typically are assigned to a district for continuous low academic performance. Monitors are appointed by the education commissioner “to participate in and report to the agency on the activities of the board of trustees or the superintendent,” according to the agency.

The Texas Education Agency in August 2019 began reviewing complaints lodged against the Manor district after three district officials — two human resources employees and a trustee — said board President Elmer Fisher conspired with two other employees and other board trustees to oust the former superintendent, violating the Open Meetings Act by discussing

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Scientists ‘Digitally Unwrap’ Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies | Smart News

For some 2,000 years, a collection of mummified animals have been preserved, with details about their life and death hidden under layers of muslin. Now, researchers have found a way to digitally peel back the layers and “dissect” the animal underneath using a high resolution scanner.

Researchers studied three animals—a cat, a bird and a snake—in a seven-year collaborative project by Swansea University’s College of Engineering and the University’s Egypt Centre.

The team used a detailed scanning process called micro-computerized tomography (CT) to better understand how the animals were mummified, conditions in which they were kept, possible causes of death and the handling damage mummies sustained. The findings were published yesterday in the journal Scientific Reports.

“This paper pushed resolution and analysis to its limits, revealing more than could be determined through lower-resolution methods or even through real-life unwrapping,” Richard Johnston of Swansea University, who led the research, tells Matt

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Tucker Carlson Sees ‘Never-Ending Assault’ on His Fox News Show. Critics See Racism

Tucker Carlson’s top-rated Fox News Channel hour has hit record ratings highs in recent months amid the rising tide for news networks as the presidential election draws near. Record ratings usually means record revenue for ad-supported TV shows.” data-reactid=”19″Tucker Carlson’s top-rated Fox News Channel hour has hit record ratings highs in recent months amid the rising tide for news networks as the presidential election draws near. Record ratings usually means record revenue for ad-supported TV shows.

Tucker Carlson Tonight” has never been more difficult to monetize for the news network amid today’s polarized political environment. Advertisers face heavy pressure to stay away from his show for what his critics say is a tendency to fan racist rhetoric. Carlson says he has the backing of Fox News barons Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch, which means that his show isn’t going away and he doesn’t care if that prospect

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Wednesday morning news briefing: Universities demand extra cash

Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn - Danny Lawson /PA
Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn – Danny Lawson /PA

Universities ‘will struggle to cope’ with student influx

After the A-levels climbdown, universities have told the Government they will need more money if they are to take more students this year. Vice-chancellors met officials for talks last night, as they attempted to thrash out a deal to secure thousands of school leavers their first-choice university. They asked for “significant” financial support so they could “scale up” places this year and next. It comes as the official in charge of Ofqual is under threat of the sack in the wake of the exam grades fiasco. Sally Collier, the quango’s chief regulator and chief executive, has not spoken publicly since the humiliating U-turn in which its algorithm was ditched in favour of teachers’ grades. In today’s cartoon, Blower imagines a particularly chaotic episode of University

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Arsenal-Chelsea: Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to bring silverware into the new season, having already clinched a place in the Champions League.

Mikel Arteta needs that silverware just to keep his project in the Europa League.

[ MORE: Sancho to Man Utd latest ]

Yeah, the stakes are high for Saturday’s FA Cup Final, where the tournament’s winningest side meets its blue London rivals at 12:30 pm ET.

FA Cup history

Arsenal has won the FA Cup a record 13 times, one more than Manchester United and five more times than its Saturday opponents. Chelsea last won in 2018 while Arsenal won the previous season.

Last chance for silverware

While Chelsea is still technically alive in Europe, down 3-0 to Bayern Munich and the home leg of a Champions League Round of 16 tie, the FA Cup Final is far and away both clubs’ best chance at silverware in their new

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I’m a former CIA analyst trained to spot fake news. Here’s how you can do it, too.

In early 2017, I watched from my desk at the CIA as the world learned Russia had waged an influence campaign targeting the U.S. presidential election months before. As an intelligence analyst, I worked in a world where countries often used covert action against each other to influence events, outcomes, and policies, but the scale and scope of Russia’s actions to try to help Donald Trump elected were unprecedented. As the Intelligence Community’s declassified assessment from 2017 stated, Russia’s interference was “a significant escalation” in the country’s long-running effort to undermine the United States. 

Since then, I have seen this revelation lead to a (mostly) collective panic, but essentially no government action. That panic has manifested in a growing distrust of institutions we traditionally counted on for information, like the media, fear that social media conversations are orchestrated by “Russian bots,” the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories, and in the most

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TV ‘trailblazer’ Ed Ansin, who helped change the flavor of news, dies in Miami at 84

A leader. A philanthropist. And a trailblazer who changed the television news industry forever.

Those are the words anchors, reporters and producers are using to describe Ed Ansin, owner of South Florida’s WSVN-Channel 7 in Miami. Ansin died Sunday at 84.

“Far from a hands off owner, Ed Ansin walked through the doors of WSVN-TV every day … He was a true leader, not just by title, but by example,” WSVN said in a statement on its website. “Ansin told the Boston Globe, ‘I want to die with my boots on,’ and that’s what he did. Ansin was in the office just this past Friday still doing what he loved.”

WSVN news anchor Alex De Armas wrote on Instagram that they had recently walked out of the station together and had their regular conversation about lunch. He was going to have Oggi, his “usual.”

11/2/98 Al Diaz/Herald staff--Ed Ansin and son James at the Channel 7 studio.
11/2/98 Al Diaz/Herald staff–Ed Ansin and
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Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham talks about his department's budget Tuesday after meeting with the Montgomery County Commission.
Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham talks about his department’s budget Tuesday after meeting with the Montgomery County Commission.

Montgomery: Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham is expecting 10% less funding for his office in 2021 because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He outlined a plan to deal with the cuts during a Tuesday hearing with county commissioners. Cunningham pitched some cost-saving ideas to help, including sharing the salary of a full-time dispatcher with the town of Pike Road, and building and selling cars to other municipalities. “I think we’re still making sure that the equipment and the manpower are going to be there for our community,” he said. He did have one request. He asked the commissioners for hazard pay for some of his officers. “It’s about trying to recognize those that are going over and beyond,” he said. “… These guys and girls, they love their

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Trump holds news conference after vowing return of virus briefings

President Trump is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday as dozens of states and the District of Columbia experience a rise in coronavirus infections.

The briefing is expected to be about the worsening crisis and comes the day after the president announced he would revive White House coronavirus task force briefings, which were a near-daily staple throughout much of March and into April before tapering off as White House events focused on resurrecting the ailing economy.

The president told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that the briefings were likely to resume Tuesday around 5 p.m., which he said is a “good slot” that drew lots of viewers. His press conference Tuesday is scheduled to be held at that time. 

How to watch President Trump’s press conference today

What: President Trump holds a press conference at the White House 

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Time: 5 p.m. ET

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How Tucker Carlson went from a CIA reject to the most-watched person on cable news, accused of peddling prejudice to millions

Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on March 29, 2019, in Washington, DC.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses ‘Populism and the Right’ during the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on March 29, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses ‘Populism and the Right’ during the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.

  • Tucker Carlson, 51, is the host of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News — currently the most-watched cable news program in history.

  • Before embarking on a career in print and then television journalism, Carlson applied for a job at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but was rejected.

  • Over the years, Carlson’s controversial comments about immigrants, women, and Black people have landed him in hot water and prompted dozens of companies to pull their advertisements from his show.

  • Now, prominent Republican figures in the GOP are saying that there is an “emerging consensus”

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