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Sunday April 17th, 2022 morning edition

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54 textbooks submitted for the state of Florida's approved list have been rejected by the Florida Department of Education.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dozens of math textbooks were rejected by the Florida Department of Education after officials said their publishers were attempting to indoctrinate students.

According to an FDOE news release Friday, the department did not initially include 54 of the 132 submitted textbooks on the state’s adopted list.

The department states 41% of the submitted textbooks included references to critical race theory, common core and social emotional learning.

@EducationFL just announced they're banning dozens of math textbooks they claim "indoctrinate" students with CRT.

Orange County Classroom Teachers Association President Wendy Doromal said she was baffled after learning about the rejected textbooks.

Common core is used in some math textbooks, and those would not be aligned to Florida’s BEST standards,” Pushaw said. »

EU anti-fraud body accuses Marine Le Pen of embezzlement

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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen during a campaign visit to Saint-Remy-sur-Avre, on April 16, 2022.

The EU's anti-fraud body has accused French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and associates of embezzling around 6,00,000 euros during their time as MEPs, French website Mediapart said Saturday, quoting a new report.

He added that Le Pen "has not been summoned by any French judicial authority" and slammed the failure to send him or Le Pen the final report. »

Madison Cawthorn spent taxpayer funds at luxury resort

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Cawthorn spent $2,950 from his taxpayer-funded members representational allowance at Skylaranna, a resort based in his hometown of Hendersonville, North Carolina, that boasts luxury accommodations for romantic dinners, weddings, and corporate events.

The freshman Republican lawmaker categorized his Aug. 9 payment to the luxury resort as a "legislative planning food and beverage" expense.

In total, Cawthorn spent just shy of $5,000 from his allowance for the Aug. 6-10 legislative planning event. »

Jewish man shelters refugees to honor those who saved his own family from the Holocaust

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Gebert is descended from Holocaust survivors, some of the few who lived through Hitler's obliteration of Warsaw's Jewish community , which was then the largest in Europe.

"If someone had helped those, my ancestors, my cousins, during the Holocaust, I will have much greater family next to me," he said.

"That would be wonderful -- to have a great big family in Warsaw, a Jewish family which survived the war, that would be the most beautiful, beautiful thing.". »

Microsoft is reportedly exploring integrating ads into free to play games

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Microsoft is reportedly exploring integrating advertisements, such as billboards or posters for real products, in its free to play games.

As reported by Business Insider (paywalled, transcribed by VGC), the tech giant is looking to further opportunities for developers to profit.

Microsoft is said to be aware that this may cause a bad reaction in some players, especially due to the stigma free-to-play games currently have regarding microtransactions and revenue streams. »