Daily Archive: March 21, 2013

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National

Barbs of racism, anti-Semitism in NY school clash

SYMBOLIC STAND–Supporters of public schools turn their backs on the East Ramapo school board during a meeting on March 19, in Spring Valley, N.Y. Allegations of racism and anti-Semitism are afflicting the district, where the board is dominated by ultra-Orthodox Jews and the public school children are mostly Black and Hispanic. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald) by Jim Fitzgerald Associated Press Writer SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — School board meetings descend into shouting matches. Accusations of racism and anti-Semitism fly. Angry parents turn their backs on board members in a symbolic stand of disrespect.

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National

Changed minds & demographics in gay marriage shift

CHANGE OF MIND–This photo made Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio, shows U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, wearing the red jersey, riding in Pelotonia with his son Will Portman, right. Portman said his views on gay marriage began changing in 2011 when his son, Will, then a freshman at Yale University, told his parents he was gay and that it wasn’t a choice but “part of who he was.” Portman said he and his wife, Jane, were very surprised but also supportive. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) by Jennifer C. Kerr WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s views on gay marriage are more favorable in large part because of a shift in attitudes among those who know someone who is gay or became more accepting as they got older of gays and lesbians, according to a national survey.

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Entertainment

Beyonce stars in H&M summer ad campaign

NEW AD CAMPAIGN–This undated promotional image released by H&M shows entertainer Beyonce in an ad for H&M’s new summer advertising campaign. Beyonce will be featured on billboards, and in print ads and TV commercials. (AP Photo/H&M) by Samantha Critchell AP Fashion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce, who seems to be everywhere as she prepares for her upcoming world tour, is going to be seen in even more places.

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Metro

Superintendent Lane contract extended 3 years

LINDA LANE by Rebecca Nuttall Courier Staff Writer On March 20, the Pittsburgh Public School District Board of Education voted to extend Superintendent Linda Lane’s contract for three more years. The vote 7-2 will leave Lane in charge of the district until June 2016.