The Daily Populous

Monday March 14th, 2022 night edition

image for A Kansas teacher is suing school officials for requiring her to address students by their preferred names, saying the policy violates her religious freedom

(CNN) A Kansas teacher is suing her school district superintendent, board members and principal after being suspended for not using a student's preferred name.

Pamela Ricard, who teaches math at Fort Riley Middle School, says she refuses to use the preferred names and pronouns of transgender and nonbinary students because it violates her religious beliefs.

After being disciplined multiple times for refusing to use a student's preferred name, Ricard filed a federal lawsuit against the Geary County Schools Unified School District on Monday.

"Ms. Ricard's faith teaches her that God immutably creates each person as male or female," the lawsuit states.

"We proposed a neutral policy to the district over eight months ago that would allow teachers to uniformly address students by their enrolled names," Josh Ney, Ricard's lawyer, told CNN.

Mark Edwards, the legal counsel representing the Geary County Schools Unified School District, told CNN they have no comment.

Arkansas last year became the first state to ban gender-affirming care, including puberty blockers and cross-sex hormone therapy, for minors. »

IRGC fired missiles at Iraq in response to Israeli drone strike - report

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Iran has confirmed it fired 12 missiles from its territory that fell near the newly-constructed US consulate in Erbil in northwestern Iraq on Saturday night.

View of the damaged studio at the Kurdistan 24 TV building, as staff work, after a ballistic missiles attack nearby in Erbil, Iraq March 13, 2022.

The IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News Agency reported that Fateh-110 ballistic missiles were used in the attack. »

An Update on Xbox Sustainability Efforts

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Energy Saver mode consumes about 20 times less power than Standby mode when the console is not being used or receiving updates.

Now, system and game updates can be downloaded during Energy Saver mode, further saving energy. »

Trump calls on supporters to 'lay down their very lives' to defend US against Critical Race Theory

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Donald Trump called on supporters to "lay down their very lives" to fight against Critical Race Theory.

Former President Donald Trump called on his supporters to "lay down their very lives" to fight against Critical Race Theory at a rally in Florence, South Carolina, on Saturday night.

Republicans across the US have fiercely campaigned against Critical Race Theory, often distorting its actual meaning, Insider previously reported. »