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March 1, 2019

YOUTUBE-SUSPENDS COMMENTS

YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facing criticism and static from big advertisers, YouTube says it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children.

The change could affect millions of posts on the site. The policy change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as concerns about hate speech, violence and conspiracy theories continue to plague it.

The company says it will take several months to disable comments on all videos featuring minors. It already started the process last week when it turned off comments from tens of millions of videos.

FOOD SHAMING BILL

Maine lawmakers to vote on school ‘food shaming’ bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers will soon vote on a bill banning schools from “food shaming” students who can’t pay or owe lunch money.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee unanimously approved the bill.

The measure would prevent schools from punishing or refusing meals, or identifying or stigmatizing students who cannot pay or owe money. The sponsor says some districts withhold meals, post lists of delinquent accounts or offer “lesser” meals to children.

Opponents say the bill will lead to an increase in school lunch debt.

YO-YO MA-FLINT, MICHIGAN

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brings ‘Day of Action’ to Flint, Michigan

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Yo-Yo Ma brought both music and a call for social change to Flint, Michigan.

The famed cellist performed for more than 100 fans inside a gymnasium at Berston Field House during his visit Thursday to the city that’s still feeling the effects of a lead-contaminated water crisis.

But Ma says he found a community that is about much more than “water problems.”

Called a “Day of Action,” the stop in Flint is part of an effort by the 63-year-old musician to demonstrate culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding and spur a conversation about culture and society.

As for a takeaway from his visit, Ma says it will be “an awesome respect for the people here and for the dignity that they have.”

ELEVENTH DRUNKEN DRIVING-WISCONSIN

Wisconsin man faces 11th drunken driving charge

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is facing his 11th drunken driving charge.

Douglas Kluth of Green Bay was arrested early Wednesday in Oconto County. Authorities allege he had an open beer on the center console of his car.

Officials say the State Patrol was helping with traffic when Kluth parked his vehicle and approached a trooper. The trooper saw the beer on the console.

The complaint says Kluth had a valid driver’s license. He was charged with operating while intoxicated, 10th or more offense. If convicted, Kluth faces up to 15 years in prison.