Dec 16, 2019

Newtown High School wins state football championship on anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

Newtown's Ben Pinto (#42). Photo: Kassi Jackson/Hartford Courant via AP

Newtown, Conn., marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a moment of joy when the high school football team — with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill, AP reports.

The big picture: The Newtown High School Nighthawks won the Class LL state championship on a 36-yard touchdown pass as time expired, beating Darien 13-7.

  • Ben Pinto, whose brother Jack was among those killed in the shooting, played linebacker.

Color from Hartford Courant: "Newtown supporters were largely clad in green apparel and face paint," Sandy Hook's school color.

  • "Even fans from Darien wore green."

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Judge orders Alex Jones and InfoWars to pay $100,000 in Sandy Hook case

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A Texas judge ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website InfoWars on Monday to pay $100,000 in court costs and legal fees in a case brought forward by a Sandy Hook family, the Daily Beast reports.

Catch up quick: Jones has repeatedly spread unsubstantiated conspiracies about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, in which 26 people died, including 20 children. Multiple families affected by the tragedy have sued Jones over the circulations.

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WaPo: Diversity among public school students rises but most teachers are white

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The racial gap between public school teachers and students continues to grow as districts struggle to find and retain teachers of color, The Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: More teachers of color lead to better attendance, fewer suspensions and higher test scores among black and Hispanic students, the Post writes. Teachers of color have higher expectations for students of color and can better relate to their experiences.

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Electric school buses are batteries for the grid

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Utility companies are helping cash-strapped school districts replace diesel buses with electric ones that have a secondary purpose: helping to manage electricity demand.

Why it matters: Electric buses are cleaner, but cost about three times more. Using them for energy storage can help close that cost gap and smooth out energy demand on the electric grid.

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