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Seattle's school libraries: a stark example of rich and poor

SEATTLE (AP) — When Pat Bliquez interviewed for the librarian job at McDonald International Elementary in Seattle's North End a few years ago, she asked what her library budget would be.
For more than two decades, she had dealt with a shrinking library budget at another school in a poorer neighborhood. She scrambled to get ... (full story)


Kansas Supreme Court to see how new school funding stacks up

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Critics of Kansas' new public school funding law are illustrating what they see as its flaws with before-and-after towers of Legos: The blocks change color, but the stack doesn't grow any larger.
The state Supreme Court plans to hear arguments this week on whether legislators satisfied a mandate to impro ... (full story)


Retired FBI agent shares insight on Boston art heist

Retired FBI agent shares insight on Boston art heist

AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) — The Amesbury Rotary Club got a firsthand account of possibly the most notorious unsolved art heist in 20th century history when retired FBI agent and supervisor Tom Cassano addressed the group last week.
"This was the biggest art heist in the country," Cassano said. "Possibly in all of ... (full story)


Navy sees increase in 'sextortion' cases

Navy sees increase in 'sextortion' cases

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — After a spike in reports of sexual extortion, or "sextortion," across the Navy, including at the Naval Submarine Base, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is warning sailors not to engage in sexually explicit activities online.
Sextortion is a crime in which someone requests money in exch ... (full story)


Female inmates record books for their children

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Many children buy flowers or take their moms out to dinner for Mother's Day, but the idea is to spend time with the women who raised them.
Certain parents don't get to enjoy those holidays.
Families divided by a jail cell spend not just special days apart, but every day. Parents of young children stru ... (full story)