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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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High school journalists were barred from a DeVos event. So they took her to task in an editorial.

The high school journalists were shut out of the roundtable, advertised as an “open press event,” because they had not sent in an RSVP to an invitation they had never received and didn’t realize was required. They penned an editorial flaying the education secretary and the Kentucky governor, accusing them of paying lip service to the needs of students while excluding them from the conversation.

Ex-school official: Radicals taught Mexican-American program

The former leader of Arizona’s public schools defended his yearslong battle to end a popular Mexican-American history program, testifying Tuesday that he was troubled by what he described as radical instructors teaching students to be disruptive but insisting he targeted all ethnic studies programs equally.

Book Notes: Spotlight on Crutcher during Banned Book Week

Spokane’s Chris Crutcher has written 14 books aimed at the young adult audience. He’s also consistently among the authors most often challenged in schools and public libraries, according to the American Library Association, as his books cover difficult subjects – abuse, discrimination, poverty, disability and homosexuality among them. This puts Crutcher in a good position to talk about his work and experiences during Banned Book Week, which begins today. He’s participating in a number of local presentations this week to mark the event. In this “5 Questions” interview, Crutcher discusses his writing, weird complaints and not talking down to teenagers.

Taurasi linked to modafinil

NEW YORK – WNBA standout and former UConn star Diana Taurasi tested positive for modafinil while playing in a professional women’s league in Turkey, the country’s basketball federation said Friday. Neither her lawyer nor her team, Fenerbahce, would confirm that Taurasi tested positive for the stimulant, which has been involved in several major doping cases, including that of U.S. sprinter Kelli White.