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Teacher sends back letter from White House, after correcting it

By Johnny Lieu


Retired English teacher Yvonne Mason has spent much of her life correcting students’ writing.

But it’s a letter from the White House, signed by President Donald Trump, which has proved a pretty noteworthy correction exercise — and it’s attracted plenty of attention.

“If it had been written in middle school, I’d give it a C or C-plus,” she told The Greenville. “If it had been written in high school, I’d give it a D.”

Mason, who retired last year after a 17-year career in South Carolina, corrected the letter she had received in response to her concerns following the February shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. …

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‘Battlefield V’ will apparently be free of loot boxes

By Johnny Lieu


Surprise, surprise.

Despite speculation Battlefield V would include cosmetic-only loot boxes, meaning players could only score items that customised a character’s look, the feature has reportedly been cut.

An EA spokesperson told Kotaku that there are “no loot boxes” in the game, set to release in October. It follows the well-publicised controversy over loot boxes which surrounded EA and developer DICE’s last release, Star Wars Battlefront II, for months.

Typically, a loot box contains random items which would help players obtain new abilities and materials to create and improve their weapons. When the Star Wars Battlefront II beta landed in October, …

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K-pop group BTS just smashed another world-first

By Johnny Lieu


Aside from being very good at the music thing, Korean pop kings BTS are smashing records.

The group’s album Love Yourself: Tear will debut at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart for the week of Jun. 2, becoming the first K-pop group to do so.

“It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop album to lead the tally,” according to Billboard’s announcement.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks albums based on traditional album sales, downloads and streamsLove Yourself: Tear unseats Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, which sat on top of the chart for three consecutive weeks and now drops to number two. …

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Maryland residents post frightening videos of flash flooding after heavy rain

By Shannon Connellan


Residents and local press in Maryland posted frightening footage of destructive flash flooding on Sunday, following heavy rain across the state.

Particularly affected was Ellicott City, located about 14 miles west of Baltimore, which suffered intense flash flooding along its Main Street — the very same street that was turned into a raging river amidst a torrential flood in 2016, which killed at least two people.

The videos and images are quite devastating, especially for a community that endured this only two years ago. …

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Real-life ‘Spider-Man’ who climbed building to save child to meet with French president

By Johnny Lieu


It’s surely a stunt out of a Hollywood film.

A man’s dramatic climb up the side of a building to rescue a child in Paris earned him widespread praise, plus a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron.

22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, an undocumented Malian migrant, took less than 40 seconds to scale four floors of an apartment block in the city’s 18th arrondissement on Saturday afternoon.

Videos of the incident were widely shared on social media, showing Gassama being cheered on by a crowd of onlookers. …

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