A popular public school Bible class in West Virginia faces legal challenge

But the 7-year-old is also a huge fan of the weekly Bible course at Princeton Primary, his public elementary school. For decades, the county’s public schools have offered a weekly Bible class during the school day — 30 minutes at the elementary level and 45 minutes in middle school. Her daughter attended elementary school in nearby Bluefield, but Deal kept her out of the Bible class. You need to be reading the Bible.”Eventually Deal moved her daughter to a public school a few miles away in Virginia where there is no Bible class. “As a person of faith myself, I don’t see any problem with having an after-school Bible program,” White said.

April 23, 2017 22:14 UTC

France’s election reveals a new political divide

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on April 23 advanced to a runoff in France's presidential election. If the most important political divide, in France as almost everywhere else, was once over the size of the state, the new political divide is not really about economics at all. In this sense, the second round of France’s election has a clear agenda: open vs. closed, integrationist vs. isolationist, future vs. past. Unlike her father, who won 18 percent in the second round of the presidential election in 2002, Marine Le Pen is expected to win more, maybe much more, in the May 7 runoff. On Sunday night, Le Pen called on French “patriots” to support her in the second round.

April 23, 2017 22:07 UTC

Why Putin and Trump both like Le Pen

Le Pen, like Trump, ran a campaign that was anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and traded on white supremacist themes. (It's no coincidence that former Klan leader David Duke has publicly praised both Le Pen and Trump.) Consider this: Throughout the campaign, Trump heaped praise on Putin, even defending Putin against allegations that he had journalists killed. Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, had been convicted under French law for inciting hatred against Jews and for despicably denying the Holocaust. (This alone should have been reason enough for Trump to refuse to praise Le Pen.)

April 23, 2017 21:56 UTC

French Election Results Spark Celebration, Commiseration, Anger

PARIS—As results of the French election’s first round flashed on televisions around the country on Sunday night, two parties 120 miles apart started rocking. At Paris’s Palais des Expositions, centrist Emmanuel Macron celebrated his showing as the round’s strongest performer. And in Hénin-Beaumont, in the industrial north of the country, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen reveled in her qualification for the May 7 runoff.

April 23, 2017 21:56 UTC

Wells Fargo Directors Face Uncertain Prospects

The battle over Wells Fargo & Co.’s board is going down to the last possible moment, with uncertainty hanging over the re-election prospects of several directors at Tuesday’s annual shareholder meeting, according to people familiar with the matter. Some large institutional shareholders have yet to weigh in and are expected to place their votes Monday, just ahead of the conclave. But, as of Sunday, votes already placed had left...

April 23, 2017 21:56 UTC

Why there was a full-page anti-Elon Musk ad in your Sunday paper

A full-page ad in the Sunday editions of the Washington Post and The New York Times urged Tesla CEO Elon Musk to "dump Trump." He calls it "Elon Dump Trump." Related: Elon Musk's new plan to save humanity from AI"I didn't understand why there wasn't more public outcry against Musk," Derwin said Sunday. Related: Elon Musk trolls Tesla haters on TwitterAnd the tech investor claims to have another $1 million at the ready. He also wants Musk to wear some "resist" paraphernalia -- the hallmark of the anti-Trump movement.

April 23, 2017 21:56 UTC

Convicted jihadist with California ties loses US citizenship

A federal judge has revoked the U.S. citizenship of a man who authorities say ran a communications hub for an Egyptian terrorist group out of his Northern California apartment. The U.S. Department of Justice says a federal judge in the District of Columbia ordered the denaturalization of 57-year-old Khaled Abu al-Dahab on Thursday for lying to immigration officials during the process to gain U.S. citizenship. The department says that the Egypt native was a member of the terrorist organization Egyptian Islamic Jihad for 10 years starting in 1989. It says the former Silicon Valley car salesman admitted to operating a communications hub for the group out of his Santa Clara, California, apartment. The next year he traveled to Egypt, where he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for being a member of a terrorist organization and trying to overthrow the Egyptian government.

April 23, 2017 21:56 UTC

World Digest: April 23, 2017

The rebels and the Ukrainian government have been fighting in eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a war that has killed more than 9,900 people. The monitoring mission assesses compliance with a two-year-old peace deal that was to bring a cease-fire and heavy weapons pullback to the region. It also conducts work on human rights and civil society issues as well as mine-awareness programs. The appointment of Prince Khaled bin Salman to Washington signals the kingdom’s eagerness to strengthen bilateral ties under President Trump. He also authorized security personnel involved in the kingdom’s Yemen war to receive an additional two months’ salary.

April 23, 2017 21:56 UTC

In Praise of Derek Walcott’s Epic of the Americas

A Walcott Starter KitPhotoIf you want to explore Walcott’s work, these five poems are a good place to begin. The ocean is an ancient argument, and here Walcott makes it answer a contemptuous dismissal of the islands’ history. A celebration of return from love’s tempestuous self-exile, the poem’s interior landfall is ultimately inseparable from Walcott’s grander voyages. ‘THE ANTILLES: FRAGMENTS OF EPIC MEMORY’ (1992)Evoking a Trinidadian performance of the Hindu epic “The Ramayana,” Walcott begins his 1992 Nobel Lecture by celebrating the hybrid beauty of Caribbean civilization. The book’s highlight is Walcott’s young friendship with the painter Dunstan St. Omer (Gregorias in the poem), companion and competitor in his quest to immortalize the island.

April 23, 2017 21:46 UTC

Obama to Appear at Chicago Event

WASHINGTON—Former President Barack Obama is set to emerge from a self-imposed public absence on Monday with an event on “civic engagement” at the University of Chicago, an appearance that will kick off a series of public events and private speeches. Mr. Obama, who had vowed to avoid meddling in President Donald Trump’s handling of the office, has largely declined to make public statements as his successor works to dismantle portions...

April 23, 2017 21:45 UTC

With Bill O’Reilly Out, Fox Rivals See a Chance to Move In

Others contend that Fox’s viewers are loyal. “There’s vulnerability in that Fox’s biggest star is gone,” said Andrew Heyward, the former president of CBS News, referring to Mr. O’Reilly. Top cable news shows, selected years NETWORK: MSNBC CNN FOX NEWS AVG. On the day Mr. O’Reilly was dismissed, his show — its title shortened from “The O’Reilly Factor’’ to just “The Factor” — was hosted by Dana Perino. Fox’s ratings are enormous, and MSNBC and CNN are in their strongest competitive positions in years.

April 23, 2017 21:45 UTC

Pilot of World War I replica airplane killed in San Luis Obispo County crash

The pilot of a World War I replica airplane was killed when he crashed into a field in Paso Robles on Sunday morning, authorities said. A sheriff's deputy inspects the wreckage of a World War I replica airplane that crashed in Paso Robl San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office A sheriff's deputy inspects the wreckage of a World War I replica airplane that crashed in Paso Robles, killing its pilot. A sheriff's deputy inspects the wreckage of a World War I replica airplane that crashed in Paso Robles, killing its pilot. According to an August 2014 article in Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine, there were at most 150 airworthy World War I-type planes in the world at the time. Robert Baslee builds World War I replica airplanes at his workshop in Holden, Mo.

April 23, 2017 21:45 UTC

Review: Dance Theater of Harlem Regains Its Footing

PhotoThere was a time, five to 10 years ago, when it seemed that Dance Theater of Harlem might not survive. That’s Dance Theater of Harlem swag — what the company used to be known for — and it’s wonderful to see. A valiant effort by the dancers, aided by alumni and guests from Texas Ballet Theater, failed to make that absence feel like much of a loss. Its weakness is the cuteness of ballet dancers trying to get down. Dance Theater of Harlem is not a rerun of “Soul Train.” It’s a ballet company, and a good one again.

April 23, 2017 21:45 UTC

Wizards say they must match Hawks’ effort at the start of Game 4 to remain in control of series

Dennis Schroder drives past Bradley Beal in the first quarter of Game 3. Before the Washington Wizards faced the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 on Saturday, Wall said he imagined how Atlanta would come out with hair-on-fire intensity. “We basically just gave those guys warmup shots.”The Wizards still hold a 2-1 lead, but ahead of Game 4, Wall isn’t the only player issuing warnings. This next game is going to be the game that’s going to control the series,” Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. said. In that first quarter, the Hawks scored the second-most points in an opening period in franchise playoff history.

April 23, 2017 21:39 UTC

Bad Intelligence Behind the Wheel

This month Apple became the 30th company to receive a permit to test autonomous vehicles on the mean streets of California. I can’t wait to have that ponytail guy at the Apple Store Genius Bar check my oil. Beyond a $150 permit fee, the Department of Motor Vehicles requires these businesses to report all traffic accidents involving their self-driving cars. I read all the reports, and they’re mostly minor fender-benders. Self-driving cars exist only because of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

April 23, 2017 21:33 UTC

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