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Wednesday August 17th, 2022 evening edition

image for A Texas school district is removing and reviewing dozens of challenged books, including the Bible and an Anne Frank adaptation

(CNN) Officials in a school district near Fort Worth, Texas, have directed school staff and librarians to temporarily remove books that have been challenged through the district's formal complaint process in the past school year, including the Bible and an illustrated adaptation of Anne Frank's diary.

The Keller Independent School District Board of Trustees adopted policies last week that set new standards for how books and other instructional materials are chosen for schools, including putting books up for 30 days of public review before they are purchased by libraries and removing challenged materials from shelves while they are being reviewed.

"All of the books included in Tuesday's email have been included on Keller ISD's Book Challenge list over the past year.

Books that meet the new guidelines will be returned to the libraries as soon as it is confirmed they comply with the new policy," the statement said.

The Keller school district allows parents, employees and district residents to file formal objections, or challenges, to books and instructional materials used in schools.

A committee then considers whether the materials are educationally suitable and makes a decision on whether the material will remain in schools, the district website says. »

Leaked Diablo 4 Survey Reveals Blizzard’s Monetization Plans

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Leaked Diablo 4 Survey Reveals Blizzard’s Monetization Plans.

After the Diablo: Immortal’s p2w backlash, it would be quite a shame that Diablo 4 follows the same steps and is a catastrophic failure.

Until that arrives, enjoy the best Diablo 2 builds if you are still playing Diablo 2: Resurrected instead of the frowned-upon Diablo: Immortal. »

Pennsylvania governor signs executive order banning conversion therapy

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Tuesday to ban conversion therapy, a discredited form of therapy that seeks to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity, for minors.

The executive order directs state agencies to discourage conversion therapy for people of all ages, and to instead promote evidence-based practices for supporting LGBTQ people.

The governor's executive order cited research that has found conversion therapy contributes to negative mental health outcomes among LGBTQ youth. »

Russian State Media Calls Trump 'Our Agent,' Believes Mar-A-Lago Raid Is 'Persecution'

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A top Russian propagandist and state media host said he is worried about Russia's "agent" former U.S. President Donald Trump following the FBI's search of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Russian-state TV show host Vladimir Solovyov made said he is worried that Trump could be branded a "Russian spy" and "executed" for preparing to "hand off nuclear secrets" to Moscow.

Remarks from the Russian figures come after the FBI last week executed a search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. »