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Independent bookstore in downtown Roanoke marks 5 years

Nov. 26, 2022 09:03 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The owner of Roanoke’s only independent bookstore says spreading ideas and information through the sale of new and used books and events has proved a winning combination so far. Book No Further, which recently turned five years old, appears to work because of...

GOP's Walters defeats Nelson for top Oklahoma education job

Nov. 08, 2022 23:26 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Ryan Walters, Gov. Stitt's secretary of education, easily dispatched fellow teacher and Democrat Jena Nelson on Tuesday in the race for Oklahoma's superintendent of public schools. Walters, 37, is a conservative firebrand who has mostly targeted what...

Banned book lesson thrusts Oklahoma teacher into campaign

Nov. 06, 2022 08:39 AM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Summer Boismier was living her childhood dream. She grew up a bookworm, became a high school English teacher, and filled both her classroom and home with her favorite literature. She taught her students: “Stories are what is fundamental about the human...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Oct. 25, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. October 20, 2022. Editorial: Missouri secretary of state wants to police library books. That’s not government’s job In his own words, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is a champion of public libraries. “Supporting the efforts of...

Ashcroft wants tighter rules on racy public library books

Oct. 21, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a top Republican prospect for governor, wants to block public funding for library books that might appeal to the “prurient” — meaning sexual — interests of minors. Ashcroft proposed the new rule on libraries...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 19, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

LNP/LancasterOnline. October 16, 2022. Editorial: Some prominent Republicans believe Mastriano poses a threat to democracy. They are right. In the 1990s, Michael Chertoff led a U.S. Senate investigation into the real estate investments of President Bill Clinton and...

Conservative PACs inject millions into local school races

Oct. 11, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

As Republicans and Democrats fight for control of Congress this fall, a growing number of conservative political action groups are targeting their efforts closer to home: at local school boards. Their aim is to gain control of more school systems and push back against what they see...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Oct. 05, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. September 29, 2022. Editorial: Hungering for clarity after food fraud Walz, Ellison haven’t helped Minnesotans understand Feeding Our Future mistakes. It’s bad enough that Minnesotans were hit with the sickening news that...

Review: 'Our Missing Hearts' conjures up dystopian future

Oct. 03, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

“Our Missing Hearts,” by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press) Celeste Ng takes us into a dystopian future where people are judged on their embrace of American "customs and traditions" and people of Asian descent are viewed with suspicion, sometimes even hate. Noah Gardner is...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 30, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 23, 2022. Editorial: On Banned Books Week, imagine the world without libraries If you need proof that the pen remains more threatening than the sword, consider that many Americans are more passionate about banning books than they...