Author Targets School Board, Calls Holocaust Book Ban ‘Orwellian'

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A bronze sculpture is displayed at the site of a 2020 helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, memorializing former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and the others who died. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A bronze sculpture is displayed at the site of a 2020 helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, memorializing former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and the others who died. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

ACROSS AMERICA — Good morning! It’s Friday, Jan. 28. Before you head into your weekend, catch up on the stories we’re following today from across Patch:

Holocaust Novel Banned

A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to "inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting.

The McMinn County School Board decided Jan. 10 to remove "Maus" from its curriculum, news outlets reported. Written by Art Spiegelman, the book tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland and depicts him interviewing his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor.

The decision comes as conservative officials across the country have increasingly tried to limit the type of books that children are exposed to, including books that address structural racism and LGBTQ issues

In an interview, Spiegelman told CNBC he was "baffled" by the school board's decision and called the action "Orwellian." » Holocaust Novel 'Maus' Banned In Tennessee School District, via Across America Patch

High School Shooter To Plead Insanity

Ethan Crumbley plans to plead insanity to charges in connection with the Nov. 30 school shooting that killed four students and wounded seven other people at Oxford High School in Michigan, according to reports. Crumbley faces 24 charges, including terrorism and four counts of premeditated first-degree murder. » Accused Oxford School Shooter To Plead Insanity: Report, via Rochester-Rochester Hills, Michigan, Patch

Artist Pays Homage To Bryant, Daughter

At the crack of dawn Wednesday, artist Dan Medina carried his original 160-pound statue of Kobe and Gianna Bryant to the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter. "Heroes come and go, but legends are forever," the statue reads, quoting the iconic basketball player. » Artist Pays Homage To Kobe Bryant With Statue At Crash Site, via Calabasas, California, Patch

Gas Stoves Damaging Environment

Gas stoves are contributing more to global warming than previously thought because of constant tiny methane leaks while they're off, a new study found. Even when they are not running, U.S. gas stoves are putting 2.6 million tons of methane into the air each year. » Gas Stoves Worse For Climate Than Previously Thought: Study, via Across America Patch

More national headlines on Patch, other news websites:

President Joe Biden listens as Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Joe Biden listens as Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Around ‘The Patch’

A substitute teacher at an Illinois middle school was reprimanded after requiring students to do physical exercises if they failed to wear their masks properly. » Pushups Used To Punish Illinois Kids For Mask Flubs, via Elmhurst Patch

A Tampa woman who also served as a director of finance at a church has pleaded guilty to hiring a hit man to kill the wife of her ex-lover. » Church Leader Hired Hit Man To Kill Ex-Lover's Spouse, via Tampa Patch

He told his family and a few friends. He dropped hints to a couple of colleagues. So hardly anyone knew that the airline pilot could have — should have — been on board when SpaceX launched its first tourists into orbit last year. But he wasn’t. » He Won A Trip To Space. Then He Gave It Away To A Friend, via Across Florida Patch

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This Day In History

In 1813, Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice” was published anonymously and enjoyed immediate success.

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