Writer on viral essay, voicing Baltimore black experiences

BALTIMORE (AP) — Growing up, Kondwani Fidel Russell said it was common to learn about a particular type of literature or poetry in school. Authors like William Shakespeare and Robert Frost often set the bar, but for a kid growing up in Baltimore, they weren't always relatable, Russell said.

  • Written by By BRITTANY BRITTO , The Baltimore Sun

Schools target 9th-graders to help them graduate on time

SEATTLE (AP) — On a sunny Saturday morning just before school let out for the summer, more than 100 students crammed into the library at West Seattle High and — over four tense hours — rushed to make up overdue assignments and retake tests.

  • Written by By NEAL MORTON, The Seattle Times

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:


Irma now taking aim at Tampa as Floridians hustle to leave

MIAMI (AP) — With the window closing fast for anyone wanting to escape, Irma hurtled toward Florida with 130 mph winds Saturday on a shifting course that threatened the first direct hit on the Tampa area from a major hurricane in nearly a century.

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  • Written by By CURT ANDERSON and CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press

AP Exclusive: Flooding threatens toxic sites as Irma nears


MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of staff from the Environmental Protection Agency are working to help secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The agency said its employees are evacuating personnel, securing equipment and safeguarding hazardous materials ahead of expected storm surges and heavy rains.

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  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press