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Friday April 14th, 2023 day edition

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Zoo has welcomed a new African Lion to its pride, a male, as one of its females started to sprout a mane following the 2021 passing of the pride’s last male.

The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center announced on Thursday, April 13, that Tatu, a 4-year-old African Lion, has arrived in the Capital City.

He comes to Topeka from the Denver Zoo and his arrival marks a time of growth for the zoo.

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoo is committed to participating in sustainability efforts.

In the wild, the Zoo indicated that lion prides usually include one dominant male, several lionesses and their offspring.

The Topeka Zoo’s alpha lioness, Zuri, is sporting a new look following the passing of her mate two years ago.

According to the Zoo, Tatu’s arrival is a significant step in its ongoing efforts to support conservation and raise awareness about the threats facing African Lions. »

Clarence Thomas sold his childhood home to GOP donor Harlan Crow and never disclosed it. The justice's 94-year-old mom still lives there: ProPublica

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sold property to GOP donor Harlan Crow, ProPublica reported.

It is also in much better condition than before the sale, with Crow having invested $36,000 in improvements, ProPublica reported.

In a statement, Crow told ProPublica that he intends to turn the property into a museum dedicated to Thomas. »

School choice for some Florida parents with vouchers: no grades, classes or homework

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When a Tampa Bay Times reporter asked to observe a day inside the tiny private school, the students considered the request and voted to allow it.

The school opened in 1997, modeled after the original Sudbury Valley School founded in Massachusetts in 1968.

Still, it seemed a lot of freedom to figure out, on their own, how to spend every day of a school year lasting nine months. »

Ron DeSantis quietly signs Florida's 6-week abortion ban into law

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Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly signed legislation Thursday that would ban most abortions after six weeks in Florida, a move that will weigh on his likely 2024 presidential bid.

The Florida law bans abortions at six weeks but creates new exemptions for rape and incest up to 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Last year, DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature that is currently before the Florida Supreme Court. »