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South Dakota abandons bill to censor transgender issues in schools

South Dakota abandons bill to censor transgender issues in schools

Politics
South Dakota lawmakers have shelved a first-of-its-kind bill that would have censored discussion of transgender issues in schools. According to the Associated Press, state Sen. Phil Jensen (R) realized “there were issues he hadn’t thought of” when he first proposed S.B. 160. “It wasn’t a hoax,” he said. “It wasn’t until basically yesterday that I decided that I needed to go a different direction.” The AP said he declined to elaborate, but the bill prompted national outcry that it would have made it impossible for teachers to protect transgender students from bullying. The comment, along with Jensen’s reputation of strident anti-LGBTQ positions, suggests he may propose something different in the future. Jensen had already proposed another anti-trans bill this session
Austin becomes first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

Austin becomes first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

Politics
Austin, Texas became the first city in the U.S. South to require paid sick leave for its nearly 1 million residents, a landmark victory after a year of swelling progressive activism throughout the wider state. The Austin City Council voted late Thursday evening to mandate six to eight paid sick days for non-governmental workers across the city, following a campaign led by a coalition of lawmakers and activists. The ordinance passed 9-2, with only Council Members Ora Houston and Ellen Troxclair voting against. Following the ordinance’s passage, those in attendance burst into thunderous applause and began singing in celebration. “After months of building a movement for paid sick days, I’m so proud of the efforts of our community to achieve this historic policy victory,” said Council M
Liverpool open talks to sign South American star, Reds must pay a record fee for him

Liverpool open talks to sign South American star, Reds must pay a record fee for him

Sports
Liverpool open talks to sign South American star, Reds must pay a record fee for him - originally posted on Sportslens.com Liverpool are interested in signing the Roma keeper Alisson at the end of this season. The Brazilian has been outstanding for the Serie A side this season and he is very highly rated within the game. Liverpool need to upgrade on Simon Mignolet and Alisson would be the perfect alternative. German keeper Loris Karius has improved a lot in the recent weeks and he is likely to battle it out with Alisson for the starting berth next season. As per the reports, Liverpool have already held talks to sign the South American. The report adds that Roma value the player at £62m and the Reds must pay a world record price for a keeper if they want him. Liverpool paid a record ...
Figure Skater Vincent Zhou Jokes After Olympic Debut About Surviving Brutal Winds in South Korea

Figure Skater Vincent Zhou Jokes After Olympic Debut About Surviving Brutal Winds in South Korea

Entertainment
Seventeen-year-old figure skater Vincent Zhou made his Winter Olympic debut on Friday morning (Thursday night stateside) and, other than the season-best short program he delivered in the men’s individual event, maybe his most memorable experience yet has been surviving the elements. “I would say the wildest moment so far is being blown around by the wind,” he tells PEOPLE, noting sardonically: “Especially because I weigh 130 lbs. — if it had blown any harder, I would probably have a concussion.” The skating events are being held on the coast of South Korea, in Gangneung, which has been buffeted by severe winds in recent days. (Similar gusts also complicated some of the competitions held in the mountains.) On Wednesday officials temporarily halted activities to the Gangneung Olympic Plaza,