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North Carolina teacher quits after parents revolt over fairy tale featuring gay couple

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Third grade teacher Omar Currie of Efland, North Carolina,  saw some of his students teasing a little boy who he described as acting “a little feminine” and using negative gay stereotypes. So he did what seems to be the logical thing. To relieve the stigmatized child and teach his tormentors a gentle lesson, Currie sat his class down on an April day and read them a children’s fairy tale about two princes falling in love.

But Currie’s story doesn’t have a happy ending. This week he resigned, along with the assistant principal Meg Goodland who lent him the book, in the midst of a parental backlash, the News & Observer reports.

In response to parents’ complaints over Currie’s reading King and King, his school, Efland-Creeks Elementary, instituted a new policy requiring teachers to clear books they plan to read with parents first.

“This is nothing more than bringing homosexuality into a school where it does not belong,” grandmother Lisa Baptist told a packed meeting at the school in May, according to the News & Observer.

Currie, who is himself gay, had said he would resign because he felt school administrators didn’t support him. A review committee twice upheld Currie’s decision to read the book, the News & Review reports.

“I was told that it’s controversial, which means all LGBTQ families are controversial,” Currie said in an interview aired by the News & Observer. “If you’re directing me to that policy based based on the King and King, then you’re directing every single teacher to that policy when they read any book that reflects that population.”

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He called it “insulting.”

The decision to back Currie’s call to read the book is being appealed to the superintendent, the Times reports, with a public meeting called Thursday to further discuss the book.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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