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1 big thing: Keller ISD banned the Bible (and dozens of other books)

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Keller ISD temporarily removed all books from library shelves that have been challenged within the last year, including all versions of the Bible and an adaption of Anne Frank's diary.

Driving the news: The district told teachers and librarians to remove 41 books and review them under new policies adopted last week, according to the Texas Tribune.

Details: Parents, employees and district residents are allowed to formally file objections to books or instructional materials, per the district.

  • A committee then reviews the material to determine whether it will remain in schools, reports Axios' Erin Doherty.
  • The books can be returned if they comply with the district's new policy.

The intrigue: The list of books to be removed includes titles that were flagged for removal but later approved by a committee to remain in libraries and classrooms.

  • The new policy means they'll be reviewed again.

The big picture: The decision comes as school districts nationwide have been reviewing — and removing — books from school libraries, mostly when they cover LGBTQ+ issues and race.

Meanwhile: Grapevine-Colleyville ISD sent a letter to parents explaining that the district will postpone its annual book fair because administrators don't trust Scholastic to properly vet the material, per NBC's Mike Hixenbaugh.

2. ⚾ Texas Rangers are going through changes

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Jon Daniels and Chris Woodward during a 2019 news conference. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers leadership has undergone a major shakeup after president Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward were fired this week.

Driving the news: General manager Chris Young will oversee baseball operations after Daniels' firing yesterday, and longtime third-base coach Tony Beasley is interim manager after Woodward's firing Monday.

  • The Rangers won their first game with Beasley at the helm. (But lost yesterday.)

Why it matters: Fans care whether their team is winning, and game attendance is down 6% in the Rangers' flashy new $1.2 billion dollar ballpark.

  • Making such big moves with dozens of games left in the season shows the team ownership has lost faith in the longtime leadership.

Details: The Rangers are better than last year but still struggling despite the off-season additions of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, who have a combined $500 million in long-term contracts.

  • The team is third in their division with a 52-65 record this season.

Yes, but: The Rangers went to the World Series two seasons in a row under Daniels' management.

Flashback: Daniels started with the team in 2002, was promoted to GM in 2005 and to president of baseball operations in 2013.

  • Woodward was hired from the winning Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018.

What they're saying: "The bottom line is we're not good. And we haven’t been good for six years," majority owner Ray Davis said at a news conference, per the DMN.

  • Daniels released a statement thanking everyone from the fans to the owners: "It's been an unbelievable experience."

Of note: The Oakland A's released former Ranger Elvis Andrus shortly before the Daniels announcement went public.

  • Related? Almost certainly not, but still … 👀

💭 Our thought bubble: Maybe it's time to reassemble the Rangers Avengers. Bring back Ron Washington. Michael Young already works in the front office. Adrian Beltre can teach his signature swing, and fan-favorite Andrus can still hit.

3. 🏀 Wings gear up for 2022 playoffs

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Teaira McCowan shoots against the Sparks last weekend. Photo: Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Making the playoffs for the second straight season should be cause for celebration, but it just never seems to be that easy for the Dallas Wings, Axios' Everett Cook reports.

Driving the news: The Wings enter tonight's first-round playoff series against the Connecticut Sun as massive underdogs after Arike Ogunbowale, the team's best player, suffered an abdominal injury that will keep her out of the series.

Flashback: This was a make-or-break year for Dallas, whose stockpile of top five draft picks had yet to translate to wins.

  • Despite injuries, the Wings finished at .500 (18-18) for the first time since moving here from Tulsa in 2016.

State of play: Led by 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones, the No. 3 seed Connecticut Sun are expected to roll over the No. 6 seed Wings. They're deep, a defensive nightmare and a whopping -800 favorite to win this series.

Yes, but: The WNBA shifted its first-round playoff format from single elimination to a best-of-three. If the Wings can steal a game on the road, the deciding Game 3 will be at home, where anything can happen.

Details: Tonight's game is at 7 on NBA TV. Sunday's Game 2 starts at 11am on ABC, with the deciding third game Wednesday, if necessary.

4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

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Bridging your gaps in local news. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

❌ Texas' abortion ban has actually been on the books since 1857, before the Civil War. (Texas Tribune)

📶 About 40,000 Fort Worth residents can get free WiFi in their neighborhoods in a city partnership with Cisco. (Star-Telegram)

🤑Dallas-based Heritage Auctions plans to sell the legendary Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps baseball card, valued at $10 million. (WFAA)

💉A South Dallas health center is offering monkeypox vaccines to high-risk individuals. (KERA)

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5. 🗓 One new NBA scheduling note to go

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The Mavericks' next season tips off on Oct. 19 with a matchup against the Phoenix Suns, one of the teams Dallas beat in the playoffs last season.

Driving the news: The NBA released its 2022-2023 schedule yesterday. Mavs tickets go on sale Aug. 27.

  • We don't play Golden State until Nov. 29, which will give the team more time to properly heal from last year's Western Conference Finals heartache.
  • The Mavs' 82-game regular season will end April 9 with a home game against the Spurs.

Of note: The Mavericks play the Lakers, at home, on Christmas Day.

State of play: The NBA won't host any games on Election Day this year — but all 30 teams will play the night before, on Nov. 7, to encourage fans to go out and vote.

Our picks:

🎄 Mike is really looking forward to that Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers.

⚾️ Tasha still remembers crying when Ian Kinsler was traded for Prince Fielder.

🏆 Naheed is hoping the Mavericks will have a better season this year so her Lakers-loving husband can finally convert to the good side.

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