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Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools

The Chicago public school district says closing underutilized facilities would free up resources as it faces a $1 billion shortfall. But parents and the teachers union say the plan will endanger children, and they plan to fight to keep the schools open.
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After Conquering Consoles, Hard-Core Gaming Shifts To Mobile

Gears of War is one of those hard-core military video games with spectacular graphics and epic stories. It's not something you'd expect to work on a smartphone or with a download, but that's just where designers are planning to take these types of games.
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Google's Eric Schmidt Heads To Another Isolated Asian Nation

Schmidt, who recently traveled to North Korea, will be the first senior executive of a major U.S. tech firm to visit Myanmar since it began political and economic reforms. Myanmar plans to vastly expand its telecom infrastructure. But sanctions remain against members of the military, many of whom hold positions in the telecom sector.
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Not Doing So 'Boffo,' 'Daily Variety' Drops Print Edition

Showbiz info is everywhere now, making it harder to sustain Hollywood's slang-filled must-read as a daily print publication. The magazine printed its last daily this week but will continue online and in a weekly edition. Cultural historian Neil Gabler explains why this shift is significant.
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Did Congress Just Give GMOs A Free Pass In The Courts?

Congress on Thursday approved stopgap funding legislation that includes language explicitly granting the USDA authority to override a judge's ruling against genetically modified crops. Critics denounce the measure as the "Monsanto Protection Act." But it seems to be codifying powers the USDA already has exercised in the past.
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Florida Pitches New Facilities To Clinch Spring Training

Over the next four years, five major league teams will be renegotiating their spring training leases in Florida. With millions in economic benefits at stake, local communities and the Sunshine State are looking to upgraded facilities in hopes of keeping teams from moving to other locations in Florida and Arizona.

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