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Utah school makes Black History Month optional, changes course

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Black History Month has caused a stir at a nearly all-white Utah charter school — after administrators allowed some parents to opt-out their kids from partaking in the lessons.

The move at Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden — where just three of its 322 students are black — stoked outrage online, with some claiming it enabled bigotry among children, the Standard-Examiner reported.

The public charter’s director, Micah Hirokawa, said the request from a “few families” to withdraw their kids from the annual February lessons “deeply” saddened him — but he granted it anyway.

“Reluctantly, I sent out a letter to our school community explaining that families are allowed to exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school,” director Micah Hirokawa reportedly wrote Friday on the school’s Facebook page, which was no longer up Monday.

One mother of a student at the school said she was “appalled” by the development.

“I echo others who are disappointed to hear this was even ever made an issue in the first place by some families in our school’s community,” parent Rebecca Bennett reportedly replied.

The head of the local NAACP chapter said she also reached out to the school Saturday after learning of its decision to make the curriculum optional for some students.

That same day, Hirokawa said the parents rescinded their request to opt-out of the lessons, the Standard-Examiner reported.

“We regret that after receiving requests, an opt-out form was sent concerning activities planned during this month of celebration,” Hirokawa and its board of directors said in a statement on the Facebook page Utah Montessorians. “We are grateful that families that initially had questions and concerns have willingly come to the table to resolve any differences and at this time no families are opting out of our planned activities and we have removed this option.”

The statement did not indicate how many parents initially sought to have their child not partake in black history lessons at the school, where 69.6 percent of students are white, according to state school data cited by the outlet.

Hirokawa said the school will utilize state social studies standards for its lesson plan, which won’t be altered due to discussions held with the parents of students who originally asked for them to be exempt.

“In the future, we will handle all parental concerns on an individual basis,” the statement continued. “We are excited to celebrate the rich content of Black History Month at our school.”

At least one person on Facebook, however, backed the parents who sought the exemption, saying she was worried they were being “totally lambasted for opting out,” the Standard-Examiner reported.

“They have rights the same as everyone else,” commented Bonnie Fenn Taylor, whose connection to the school was unclear, according to the newspaper.

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FDA backs Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine as safe, effective

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FDA backs Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine as safe, effective

The Food and Drug Administration backed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine as safe and effective on Wednesday as the agency weighs whether to clear the shot for emergency use.

FDA staff affirmed J&J’s finding that the vaccine was 66 percent effective overall at preventing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19.

While not as strong as Pfizer and Moderna’s two-dose vaccines, that efficacy rate could still make J&J’s shot a helpful weapon in the battle against the pandemic.

New Jersey-based J&J’s clinical trial of nearly 44,000 people also produced no significant safety concerns that would prevent the FDA from granting an emergency use authorization for the vaccine, agency officials said.

The FDA released its analysis of the shot before a Friday meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, a panel of experts that will recommend whether to clear the J&J vaccine for emergency use.

The FDA granted emergency approvals for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in December following positive recommendations from the advisory panel.

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Mitt Romney says Trump would win GOP nomination in 2024

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Senator Mitt Romney said that President Donald Trump would win the GOP nomination “in a landslide” if he decided to make a run for The White House again in 2024.

Romney (R – Utah) was speaking to the New York Times’ DealBook when he addressed Trump’s position in the future of the Republican Party.

“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.”

Romney made clear that “a lot can happen between now and 2024” but cited polls that show Trump “would win in a landslide” if he were in the race.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted in the days after his acquittal in the Senate trial showed that 53 percent of Republicans would vote for Trump in the primary. Mike Pence received 12 percent in the poll. All other candidates were in the single digits.

But the Utah Senator made clear that he would not be a supporter of Trump, siding with his smaller caucus instead.

“I would probably be getting behind somebody who I thought more represented the tiny wing of the Republican party that I represent,” he said.

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Italian landslide sends 200 coffins falling into the sea

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Italian landslide sends 200 coffins falling into the sea

More than 200 coffins plummeted into the sea when the cliff near a cemetery in coastal Italy collapsed, according to reports.

Workers at Camogli Cemetery, which was built over 100 years ago near the coast of Genoa, first noticed a crack along the cemetery wall on Saturday during some routine maintenance, according to Francesco Olivari, the mayor of Camogli.

“Some signs of fissures were seen. We decided to close the cemetery,” Olivari told CNN.

The 200 coffins were sent into the sea when the cliff collapsed on Monday.

Crews have recovered 10 of the coffins. At least 190 were unaccounted for on Tuesday.

Finding the remaining coffins “will depend on the sea in the coming days,” according to the Regional Assessor of Civil Protection, Giacomo Giampedrone.

As of Monday, Giampedrone said that the port authority has blocked the coastal area near the cemetery to prevent any coffins from floating out to sea.

“This type of collapse that happened today is very hard to detect or to predict,” Olivari said. “This area is subject to this type of collapse — it’s very fragile.”

The Office of Civil Protection in Liguria was called in to assess the situation and see if there was still any further potential of landslides as well as understand the true extent of the damage.

The mayor called this incident an “unimaginable catastrophe.”

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