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Target Angers Customers With Its Stores' New Non-Gendered Policy

Target Angers Customers With Its Stores' New Non-Gendered Policy | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Target is cutting down on its use of gender-based signage -- and not everyone is happy about it. Last week, the mega-retailer announced on its blog, A Bullseye View, that it will no longer have signs with
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Meet some of the people who might be on the first flight to Mars

Meet some of the people who might be on the first flight to Mars | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
They answer the hard questions about life (and death) on Mars.
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Christian Group In Texas Shows What Hatred Looks Like

Christian Group In Texas Shows What Hatred Looks Like | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Sometimes racism can be so ugly and sad to see that you are just speechless. This is almost one of those times. In Austin, Texas, last week, the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR) held a celebration and rally on the state capitol grounds during what was billed as Texas Muslim Capitol Day.
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Israel's Netanyahu Says He Is 'Determined To Speak Before Congress'

Israel's Netanyahu Says He Is 'Determined To Speak Before Congress' | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
The Israeli prime minister said his country had a "profound disagreement" with the White House on nuclear talks with Iran, and it was his duty to speak up on an issue that affects Israel's survival.
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Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
The world is changing, and men really could use a movement—just not the misogynistic, conspiracy-minded one they have now.
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Lewiston students try to raise their voices, but protest interrupted - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Lewiston students try to raise their voices, but protest interrupted - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
A poster inscribed with #blacklivesmatter – echoing a national movement to talk about race and justice – is ordered removed at Lewiston High School.
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A Guide to Portland’s Plaid Friday (and more)!

A Guide to Portland’s Plaid Friday (and more)! | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
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from the write-up: "so much more personal than Black Friday ever was...So take back the black and wear your raddest plaid in support of your local vendor" (Burroughs)

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For These Millennials, Gender Norms Have Gone Out Of Style

Many millennials say they find traditional notions of gender too confining. And they are rewriting the rules and refashioning clothes so that they can dress and accessorize in whatever way they want.
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Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans?

Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans? | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
In a true meritocracy, whites would be a minority of the student body. That worries some people.
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Mattel Apologizes For Depicting Barbie As An Incompetent Computer Engineer

Mattel Apologizes For Depicting Barbie As An Incompetent Computer Engineer | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Barbie is sorry. In a posting on Mattel's Barbie Facebook page Wednesday, the iconic doll apologized for a 2010 children's book that portrays her failed attempt at becoming a computer engineer.

In Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer, Barbie is de...
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Inman says, "What do we do about Barbie?"

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Congressman who used to be a high school English teacher irks GOP by marking their memos with a red pen.

Congressman who used to be a high school English teacher irks GOP by marking their memos with a red pen. | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
It would be far, far too much to hope for footnotes with proper citations.(Click image to enlarge)

Hoping that members of the House of Representatives will start using facts and coherent logic to
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Inman notes: look!  Rhetorical Analysis in Congress!

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What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals

What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Would the F.B.I.’s smear campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. work today?
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Freedom of speech, backlash of anger over four words at South Portland High School - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Freedom of speech, backlash of anger over four words at South Portland High School - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Three students who made others aware of their right not to say the Pledge of Allegiance are stunned by the emotional reaction.
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Was Brian Williams a Victim of False Memory?

Was Brian Williams a Victim of False Memory? | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Our memories can deceive us — and they often do, studies show.
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In Defiance on Gay Marriage, Alabama Sets Itself Far Apart

In Defiance on Gay Marriage, Alabama Sets Itself Far Apart | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
The state has a long record of taking on the federal government in long-shot battles, and its most recent fight over same-sex marriage sets it apart even from conservative neighbors.
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Miss Israel’s Selfie Puts Another Miss in a Bind

Miss Israel’s Selfie Puts Another Miss in a Bind | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Miss Lebanon was just minding her business, she says, when Miss Israel came along and took a snapshot — implying that the Lebanese beauty queen had been fraternizing with the enemy.
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Protest poster ordered removed at Lewiston High School may go back on wall - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Protest poster ordered removed at Lewiston High School may go back on wall - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
The superintendent expects to permit the racial justice message that students created to start a dialogue on national events.
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Maine Voices: Shopping won't make holidays memorable; the gift of your time will - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine Voices: Shopping won't make holidays memorable; the gift of your time will - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Families should focus on togetherness, not buying more electronic items that isolate people.
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Chris Rock: There'd Be Riots If People Knew What Being Rich Was Really Like

Chris Rock: There'd Be Riots If People Knew What Being Rich Was Really Like | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
"If the average person could see the Virgin Airlines first-class lounge, they’d go, 'What? What? This is food, and it’s free, and they… what? Massage? Are you kidding me?'"...
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Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
Female Marines are being humiliated and generally degraded by their peers on Facebook. The groups' pages are frequently shut down, but return within days due to a dedicated following.
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Missouri Governor to Send More Troops After Violence Flares in Ferguson

Missouri Governor to Send More Troops After Violence Flares in Ferguson | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
The town was reeling from a chaotic night of demonstrations after it was announced that a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager would not be charged.
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I have no words (Inman).

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Six Words: 'With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug'

Six Words: 'With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug' | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
With his brown skin and long dreadlocks, Marc Quarles stands out in his predominantly white neighborhood. He's particularly aware of that, he says, when his biracial children aren't with him.
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This is such an interesting interview in light of readings from our Stereotyping unit such as Staples's "Black Men and Public Space."  I recommend listening to it as well as/in place of reading it. --Burroughs

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Aid Groups See A Drop-Off In U.S. Health Volunteers To Fight Ebola

Aid Groups See A Drop-Off In U.S. Health Volunteers To Fight Ebola | AP Lang & Comp: Get Smarter | Scoop.it
International aid groups say the decline in volunteers is due to quarantine restrictions imposed by New York and New Jersey.
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