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This photo provided by Scholastic shows CEO Dick Robinson. (Erica Lansner/Scholastic via AP)

Scholastic CEO talks civil unrest, pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the pandemic shut down schools nationwide in March, Scholastic Corp. immediately pivoted, offering a free online learning hub for millions of families with kids. Two months later, civil unrest caused the company to quickly jump in and ramp up coverage on racial inequality for teachers,...

FILE - In this  Saturday, June 22, 2019 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell waits to take the field for the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Pittsburgh. Pirates first baseman Josh Bell watched George Floyd's death in horror. Rarely one to talk, Bell prefers to have his actions speak for him. Bell, who is Black, has started a book club and a weekly

Eyeing social change, Pirates star Josh Bell finds his voice

Jul. 4, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell wanted to make a statement with his actions, a way to channel the disgust the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman felt in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. Yet as the crowds surged in downtown Pittsburgh last month during a planned...

FILE - This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead of the company's Nasdaq IPO in New York.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Zoom got big fast. Then videobombers made it rework security

Jul. 1, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Back in March as the coronavirus pandemic gathered steam in the U.S., a largely unheralded video-conferencing service suddenly found itself in the spotlight. And just as quickly as Zoom became a household name for connecting work colleagues, church and school groups, friends,...

This cover image released by Kokila shows “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi, with illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky. A picture book edition of Ibram X. Kendi’s “Antiracist Baby,” one of the country’s top-selling books since the death last month of George Floyd, is coming out July 14. (Kokila via AP)

Top seller 'Antiracist Baby' to be released as picture book

Jun. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A picture book edition of Ibram X. Kendi's “Antiracist Baby,” one of the country's top-selling books since the death last month of George Floyd, is coming out July 14. “Antiracist Baby” went on sale this week as a board book and has been part of a wave of works...

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Oprah picks James McBride's 'Deacon King Kong' for book club

Jun. 16, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen James McBride's “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride's novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969 and centers on the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. But it also pays tribute to community and to McBride's...

FILE - In this May 31, 2020 file photo, Jessica Knutson and her daughter Abigail, 3, place flowers at a memorial to George Floyd in Minneapolis. After a week of riots and looting over the loss of George Floyd, the Minneapolis black man who died after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for more than eight minutes as he pleaded for air, parents are struggling to have the talk in this volatile moment, along with many others around race and racism. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Parents, educators, experts talk to kids on race amid unrest

Jun. 3, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As an African American parent, Cassandre Dunbar in Charlotte, North Carolina, always knew she and her husband would have “the talk” with their son, the one preparing him for interactions with law enforcement. But she never dreamed it would be necessary at 5 years old....

A directional arrow on a street points to the Signal Iduna Park, Germany's biggest stadium of Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Bundesliga will now restart on May 16, 2020 when Borussia Dortmund will play the derby against FC Schalke 04 at home without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The Latest: Aussie rules football to kick off on June 11

May. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Australian...