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Saturday August 19th, 2023 evening edition

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A pattern of outrage and outside influence has ended with the head of the local library in Gillette, Wyoming getting fired.

The veteran librarian refused to remove books written for teens with LGBTQ+ content.

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They complained about a Pride Month blog post written by a teen volunteer celebrating LGBTQ+ authors.

At a board meeting in October, one angry resident claimed her personal survey of the teen section revealed 60% of the books were “witchcraft.”

“I’ve worked here for a long time, and it felt like it was a respected and well-funded institution,” said another anonymous Gillette library staffer. »

Biden to sign strategic partnership deal with Vietnam in latest bid to counter China in the region

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The Vietnam agreement coincides with an uptick in tension between Hanoi and Beijing over long-standing territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Satellite imagery released this week indicates China is building an airfield on an island that Hanoi says is Vietnamese territory.

Vietnam has had a “comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership” with China since 1998 and a similar deal with Russia for more than a decade. »

Miracle Plant Used in Ancient Greece Rediscovered After 2,000 Years

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The plant, which the Ancient Greeks called silphion (silphium), was a golden-flowered plant.

Inspired by ancient accounts, botanical explorers throughout the Middle Ages perpetually sought the plant across three continents although in vain.

Despite the plant having been perceived to be extinct for centuries and having completely disappeared from the history books, a researcher at Istanbul University, Mahmut Miski, suspects he has re-discovered the ancient plant. »

Buyers of Bored Ape NFTs sue after digital apes turn out to be bad investment

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A Sotheby's auction duped investors by giving the Bored Ape NFTs "an air of legitimacy... to generate investors' interest and hype around the Bored Ape brand," the class-action lawsuit claims.

Sotheby's sold a lot of 101 Bored Ape NFTs for $24.4 million at its "Ape In!"

Yuga describes its collection of 10,000 Bored Ape NFTs as "unique digital collectibles living on the Ethereum blockchain" that double as a "Yacht Club membership card." »

Camp David Summit The U.S., Japan and South Korea Form Security Pact

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As President Biden met with the leaders of Japan and South Korea at Camp David on Friday, no country loomed more prominently in the background than China.

China is the largest trading partner for both Japan and South Korea and is America’s third largest trading partner.

The tightening alliance between Japan, South Korea and the United States already has triggered a harsh response from officials in Beijing. »