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Image: Crazy Potato "Count Theodora" mod

If you loved Thomas the Tank Engine as a kid, consider pasting his face onto Lady Dimitrescu's big tall body with Crazy Potato's "Countess Theodora" mod for "Resident Evil Village."

The intrigue: "Resident Evil Village" is currently only available as a timed, hour-long demo, but that hasn't stopped modders from turning beloved childhood characters into eldritch terrors.

Crazy Potato's "Count Theodora" mod.

The big picture: Sites like Nexus Mods are a place for players to showcase their ingenuity and skills by manipulating games in ways developers never intended.

  • Players are already replacing weapons with flyswatters, or swapping in other playable characters ahead of the game's May 7 release. Modders have even figured out how to reset the demo's timer for longer playtimes.

But the really fun stuff turns the game into a different kind of horror show.

  • It's not the first time Thomas has terrified players in a "Resident Evil" game. Modders transformed Mr. X into Thomas the Tank Engine, big blue body and all.
Marcos RC's Barney mod.

Modder Marcos RC turned big purple dinosaur Barney into a slobbering, spitting monster players have to fend off. Why? "Somehow it is very scary," Marcos told Axios. I certainly don't like it.

  • Marcos has also added Pennywise from "It" into the demo and intends to port the demo mods to the game's final version.

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Teachers across the U.S. protest laws restricting racism lessons

Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: There were demonstrations in at least 22 cities for the "Day of Action" to raise awareness about moves to limit students' exposure to critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system, per Axios' Russell Contreras.

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Lawsuit challenging Houston Methodist's COVID vaccine mandate dismissed

Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 Houston Methodist staff over the hospital's policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: This is the first federal court ruling on a coronavirus vaccine mandate. Attorney Jared Woodfill, representing the plaintiffs, told KHOU 11 it's "the first battle in a long fight," as he vowed to file another lawsuit soon.

G7 leaders to announce plan to phase out gasoline cars

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks next to President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England, on Saturday. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

G7 leaders are set to announce Sunday a range of measures to tackle climate change, including "ending almost all direct government support" for fossil fuels and phasing out gasoline and diesel cars.

Driving the news: The plan was outlined in a British government announcement Saturday, which states that the leaders will also agree to halting "all unabated coal as soon as possible."