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It will be a public reckoning of a woman’s courage, a man’s character and the capacity of Washington’s leaders to show that some things matter more than politics.

An extraordinary American moment is scheduled to unfold next Monday, when the accused, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and his accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, are due to appear before a Senate committee to address accusations that he sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.

Florence leaves ‘monumental disaster’ — with more trouble to come:

Florence has left the Carolinas, but the death toll keeps rising as remnants of the storm generate rain, floodwater and tornadoes.

Now a post-tropical cyclone, Florence has killed 32 people, trapped hundreds more and cut off an entire city, officials said. Residential streets have turned into rivers, and freeways have morphed into waterways dotted with rescue boats. And the storm continues to wreak havoc.
The first Florence-related death in Virginia was reported Monday as a tornado associated with the storm’s outer bands caused a building to collapse near Richmond. And reports in North Carolina of two hog-farm lagoons being breached and more being inundated by flood waters are causing health concerns.

Emmys overdose on ‘SNL,’ as ‘Game of Thrones’ breaks up streaming party:

There were two near-takeovers at the Emmys on Monday, as streaming services expanded their impact on the awards, while “Saturday Night Live” permeated the ceremony. The former likely magnified the issue of viewers watching a parade of winners from relatively little-seen programs — with “Game of Thrones” a notable exception — and the latter yielded a flawed, haphazard show, which badly overplayed some of its bits.

Commemorating the 70th Emmy Awards presented opportunities for nostalgia, and the show had one of those spontaneous moments that producers live for, as Glenn Weiss — honored for directing the Oscars — proposed to his girlfriend from the stage

Texas students may not be required to learn about Helen Keller, Hillary Clinton:

Texas students may no longer have to learn about Hillary Clinton, Barry Goldwater and Helen Keller in social studies class.

Texas wants to delete some content from the required curriculum so that teachers can take deeper dives into certain topics, rather than emphasizing such things as the memorization of dates, Donna Bahorich, chairperson of the Texas State Board of Education said in a statement Monday.
Officials said teachers can still talk about the excised historical figures — but it will not be mandatory. There won’t be new textbooks under the plan, so the “cut” figures will remain on paper.

Almost 1 in 11 students has vaped cannabis, report says:

Nearly 1 in 11 middle and high school students in the US has used cannabis in an e-cigarette, according to a new report.

That breaks down to 12.4% of high schoolers and 4.5% of middle schoolers — 8.9% combined — who have ever vaped marijuana, which is on par with or higher than what previous studies have found. The data come from the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which includes more than 20,000 students nationwide.
Health experts say this finding adds to evidence that a growing vaping trend is affecting kids’ developing brains and acting as a gateway to other drugs.
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