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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ gets taken off a reading list for ‘making people uncomfortable’

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So uncomfortable.Image: Mark Lennihan/AP/REX/Shutterstock To Kill a Mockingbird has a long history atop banned books lists, but here’s a new reason: the 20th century classic about racism in small-town Alabama “makes people uncomfortable.”  The Biloxi School District in Mississippi removed the novel by Harper Lee from an eighth-grade reading list after receiving complaints about the book’s language, the Biloxi Sun Herald reported.  “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” school board vice president Kenny Holloway told the paper.  SEE ALSO: Banning […]

Guy puts himself and his Tesla in danger to save unconscious driver

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An image of the accident, posted by Munich's fire brigade on Facebook.Image: Feuerwehr Mnchen It feels good to be the hero, and for the driver that exposed his Tesla (and himself) to danger in order to save another driver, it won’t even be very costly. According to Muenchner Merkur (via Jalopnik), 41-year-old Manfred Kick was driving his Tesla Model S when he noticed a man in a Volkswagen driving erratically on the Autobahn near Munich, Germany. When Kick realized the man was unconscious, he pulled in front of the Volkswagen and slowly braked until both cars came to a stop. […]

NASA’s first African-American Space Station crewmember is a total badass

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NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.Image: NASA NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is set to become the first African-American crewmember on the International Space Station when she flies to space next year, the space agency announced Wednesday. Epps’ months-long trip should begin in 2018, and it will mark the first time she has traveled to orbit, following in the footsteps of the women who inspired her to become an astronaut. SEE ALSO: This is what astronauts see when they look out their window “It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and […]

Ballet dancers bring the streets of Mexico City to life in stunning photographs

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Robles spent two weeks roaming Mexico City for the shots.Image: omar robles At the start of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump insisted that “when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.” Those words, along with many other comments about the people of Mexico and minorities around the world, have shocked many. They’ve also inspired one man to set out and capture the beauty of Mexico and its people on camera. SEE ALSO: Photographer captures stunning photos of dancers in the streets of Cuba New York-based photographer Omar Robles embarked on a 13-day excursion to Mexico City in October, […]

Virtual march helps people with disabilities join the Women’s March on Washington

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Image: Vicky LEta/Mashable Activism isn’t always accessible and the Women’s March on Washington is no exception. For people who might not have the physical ability or stamina to join Saturday’s massive public protest, disability activists created the Disability March an online movement that allows people with disabilities and chronic illnesses to participate virtually in the event. SEE ALSO: How to get involved with the Women’s March on Washington if you’re not in D.C. The Disability March organizers invite people living with disabilities to submit their names, photos and a statement on why they want to “march.” The images and text […]