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An unremarkable sound can be the toughest thing for spellers to master at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

It’s known as the schwa. It sounds like “Uh,” and any vowel can make the sound. And only in the English language can a single sound be so versatile.

Spellers have a variety of techniques to figure out unfamiliar schwas, starting with asking for the language of origin. But none of the strategies is foolproof, and sometimes the only things to do are to memorize the word or guess.

Lexicographer Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster says the schwa is “why there are spelling bees in English and no other language.” Naysa Modi, the runner-up in last year’s bee, calls the schwa “the bane of every speller’s existence.”

This year’s bee starts Monday.

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It is every author’s biggest nightmare – getting called out live on air for featuring factually incorrect information in your new upcoming book.

Feminist author Naomi Wolf, who advised both former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, was told on the air that in her new book she misread the evidence, making her entire premise false.

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“I found several dozen executions,” Wolf said during a BBC interview on Thursday, explaining what she believed were executions in the 1800s in Britain for sodomy.

She was speaking with BBC’s Matthew Sweet to promote her new book “Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love,” that examines same-sex relations in the Victorian era and how they were criminalized.

“I don’t think you’re right about this,” the host swiftly replied to Wolf’s comment. “Death recorded is what’s in most of these cases that you’ve identified as executions. It doesn’t mean that he was executed.”

“It was a category that was created in 1823 that allowed judges to abstain from pronouncing a sentence of death on any capital convict whom they considered to be a fit subject for pardon. I don’t think any of the executions you’ve identified here actually happened,” Sweet said.

“I don’t think any of the executions you’ve identified here actually happened.”

— Matthew Sweet

Wolf was taken aback by the remark, saying, “Well, that’s a really important thing to investigate” and asking the host to explain what he meant “death recorder.”

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Sweet explained to Wolf she used a case of a man who fell under the category of “death recorded” yet was discharged, according to official records. “I think it is quite a big problem with your argument,” he said.

Wolf attempted to control the damage on social media as many users jumped to criticize her and reminding that she has dabbled in poor scholarly work and conspiracy theories, including that the ISIS beheadings of westerners were false flags or that the U.S. government is preparing to turn the country into a fascist state.

But she admitted Friday that her book, which will soon be published, contains massive errors.“ There is an error on on 71 and p 72 of my book Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love. 14 year old Thomas Silver, sentenced to death at the Old Bailey for sodomy, was not ultimately executed, nor was 60 year old John Spenser. Corrected,” she tweeted.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the book’s publisher in the U.S., told the New York Times called the issue an “unfortunate error,” but said that the “the overall thesis of the book ‘Outrages’ still holds.”

The publisher added that it while it “employs professional editors, copyeditors and proofreaders for each book project, we rely ultimately on authors for the integrity of their research and fact-checking.”

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Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has banned two visitors and vowed to change protocols for guards after minority middle school students said they were subjected to racism by staff and patrons during a field trip last week.

Principal Arturo Forrest told The Boston Globe one museum staff member told students “no food, no drink, and no watermelon.” He heard reports of museum security following his students while leaving white students alone.

Museum officials said Friday the staff member recalled saying “no food, no drink and no water bottles.” They also said guards were coming on and off breaks and that’s why students may have felt followed.

Museum officials apologized to students at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy.

Officials said they banned the two visitors for “offensive and inappropriate language.”

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Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has banned two visitors and vowed to change protocols for guards after minority middle school students said they were subjected to racism by staff and patrons during a field trip last week.

Principal Arturo Forrest told The Boston Globe one museum staff member told students “no food, no drink, and no watermelon.” He heard reports of museum security following his students while leaving white students alone.

Museum officials said Friday the staff member recalled saying “no food, no drink and no water bottles.” They also said guards were coming on and off breaks and that’s why students may have felt followed.

Museum officials apologized to students at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy.

Officials said they banned the two visitors for “offensive and inappropriate language.”

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Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has banned two visitors and vowed to change protocols for guards after minority middle school students said they were subjected to racism by staff and patrons during a field trip last week.

Principal Arturo Forrest told The Boston Globe one museum staff member told students “no food, no drink, and no watermelon.” He heard reports of museum security following his students while leaving white students alone.

Museum officials said Friday the staff member recalled saying “no food, no drink and no water bottles.” They also said guards were coming on and off breaks and that’s why students may have felt followed.

Museum officials apologized to students at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy.

Officials said they banned the two visitors for “offensive and inappropriate language.”

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Boston’s venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip.

Museum officials in a letter posted on its website Wednesday apologized to the students and staff at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood for “a range of challenging and unacceptable experiences that made them feel unwelcome.”

Principal Arturo Forrest tells The Boston Globe he was told that one museum staff member told the students “no food, no drink, and no watermelon.” He heard other reports of museum security following his students while leaving white students alone.

Forrest said about 30 seventh grade students were on last week’s field trip, all students of color.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors Wednesday in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge.

Janga triumphed during a competition at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington. The student from Austin’s Canyon Ridge Middle School was also a co-champion of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee and a top-ten finalist in the 2018 GeoBee.

The society also held the first-ever national-level competition of the GeoChallenge, a team competition that asked for innovative solutions to modern problems. This year’s challenge: plastic pollution in our waterways.

A team from Flushing Christian School in Flushing, New York, won by building a model filtration device to clear plastic debris from the Hudson River.

The winning team will receive $25,000 plus support to implement their project. Janga will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.

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Michael Knowles said Wednesday the number of high school students pretending to have disabilities in order to get more test-taking time has skyrocketed, arguing it’s created a “cultural problem” that’s hurting the students it was intended to protect.

“The issue is not students who do need extra time because they have learning disabilities, the issue is all of the other kids pretending to have disabilities to cheat the system,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”

Knowles, host of The Daily Wire’s “The Michael Knowles Show,” added, “The broader cultural problem is that we have transformed from a society that rewards real accomplishment into a society that values victimhood.”

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The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the surging number of public high school students who are being granted  special allowances during test-taking, such as extra time.

Students in affluent neighborhoods are more likely than students in other areas to get special allowances known as “504s,” according to a WSJ analysis of data from 9,000 public schools.

The 504 designation is for students who have learning or attention difficulties such as ADHD or anxiety and allows them to do their work at their own pace.

Sometimes, students are allowed to go into a separate room take a test and are afforded much more time than other students. However, some claim that students are claiming disabilities even though they don’t have any so they can take advantage of the system and unfairly boost their own scores.

The WSJ analysis also found that public schools in wealthier districts have an average of 4.2% of students with 504 designations while in poorer areas the percentage drops to 1.6%.

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“There have always been ways to game the system,” Knowles said.

“We saw that with the last college scandal. We see that when people donate a building or make a rightly-timed donation around college admissions. The people who get hurt are the people who can’t afford it. The people who get hurt are at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum and in this case the people who are hurt are people who legitimately have learning disabilities. When there is a privilege opened up for certain people, it can get abused and in this case it’s being encouraged to be abused.”

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A day care in North Carolina is set to close after six of the children being cared for at the center wandered away from teachers in December and onto a busy highway, officials said Monday.

The children, ages 2 and 3, at the Pinedale Christian Day Care Inc. in Winston-Salem were able to flee the school undetected on Dec. 4. A minister at the Pinedale Christian Church, where the day care is located, said at the time that leaders of the congregation were “devastatingly embarrassed.”

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“It was disbelief, and it was shock, and then at some point it was complete devastation,” minister Matthew Sink told WGHP at the time. “We’re thankful we’re not talking about a tragedy today because the what-ifs on this are heavy.”

Two teachers were watching over a class of 20 children on the playground when the six kids ran off. On Monday, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the day care “voluntarily” decided to close.

Church officials at the Pinedale Christian Church in North Carolina decided to shut down their day care, six months after six children wandered off undetected.

Church officials at the Pinedale Christian Church in North Carolina decided to shut down their day care, six months after six children wandered off undetected. (Google)

“The decision to close was made voluntarily by the facility, and they have been working cooperatively with (the division) during this process,” Sarah Peel told the Winston-Salem Journal.

Peel said that church leaders made the decision a few weeks ago, six months after the incident, in which the six toddlers exited through a door, down a church hallway and to the front doors of the church.

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Five of the children ended up on the Peters Creek Parkway, while the sixth child was found at the front doors. Officials said he was too young to understand how to open the door.

Drivers who spotted the children and a local police officer worked to return the kids to the day care.

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A day care in North Carolina is set to close after six of the children being cared for at the center wandered away from teachers in December and onto a busy highway, officials said Monday.

The children, ages 2 and 3, at the Pinedale Christian Day Care Inc. in Winston-Salem were able to flee the school undetected on Dec. 4. A minister at the Pinedale Christian Church, where the day care is located, said at the time that leaders of the congregation were “devastatingly embarrassed.”

FLORIDA TEACHER ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY BRINGING LOADED GUN INTO CLASSROOM

“It was disbelief, and it was shock, and then at some point it was complete devastation,” minister Matthew Sink told WGHP at the time. “We’re thankful we’re not talking about a tragedy today because the what-ifs on this are heavy.”

Two teachers were watching over a class of 20 children on the playground when the six kids ran off. On Monday, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the day care “voluntarily” decided to close.

Church officials at the Pinedale Christian Church in North Carolina decided to shut down their day care, six months after six children wandered off undetected.

Church officials at the Pinedale Christian Church in North Carolina decided to shut down their day care, six months after six children wandered off undetected. (Google)

“The decision to close was made voluntarily by the facility, and they have been working cooperatively with (the division) during this process,” Sarah Peel told the Winston-Salem Journal.

Peel said that church leaders made the decision a few weeks ago, six months after the incident, in which the six toddlers exited through a door, down a church hallway and to the front doors of the church.

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Five of the children ended up on the Peters Creek Parkway, while the sixth child was found at the front doors. Officials said he was too young to understand how to open the door.

Drivers who spotted the children and a local police officer worked to return the kids to the day care.

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