The Long Island high schooler protesting his district’s hybrid learning model by repeatedly going to school on his mandated remote learning days was hit with a one-year suspension on Tuesday.
Maverick Stow, 17, a senior at William Floyd High School, was notified of the decision in a letter from the district’s superintendent following a Monday disciplinary hearing.
The decision left Stow “upset,” according to his lawyer, Christopher Ross. “For three days of wrongdoing, it doesn’t seem like the punishment fits the crime.”
“The school lacks an appreciation for the way he’s looking at it. He’s fighting to be in school,” Ross said.
The saga began last Tuesday when Stow, scheduled to learn remotely, showed up to class anyway, which landed him a five-day suspension.
Stow, who argues online learning is ineffective, went back to school the next day and left after the district called the cops on him.
On Thursday, Stow was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing for yet again showing up school grounds.
For the remainder of the school year, Stow will be taught virtually, according to his suspension letter obtained by The Post.
“He will not be permitted on our grounds or attend any school-sponsored events during his suspension. This includes all senior extra-curricular events, senior prom, and high school graduation,” the letter says.
But the district, according to the letter, said it would revisit Stow’s lengthy suspension at the end of the second-quarter, and consider reversing it if the student stays out of trouble and does well academically.
Trump will leave office peacefully if he loses election
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said President Trump will leave office if he’s defeated Nov. 3 by Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell (R-Ky.) tweeted.
McConnell weighed in as Democrats expressed horror at Trump’s apparent refusal to commit at a Wednesday night press briefing to a peaceful transition of power. Trump said he intends to win.
Within an hour of McConnell’s tweet, Trump told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on his radio show that he does intend to leave office if Biden wins, but that he expects the Supreme Court to decide the outcome due to possible problems with mail-in ballots.
Kilmeade asked Trump: “If it gets to the Supreme Court and they decide Joe Biden won, Joe Biden won. Do you agree with that?”
“Oh, that I would agree with but I think we have a long way before we get there. These ballots are a horror show,” Trump replied.
Trump’s initial response Wednesday night was in response to a question from Playboy reporter Brian Karem, who asked the president to “commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power.”
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,” Trump said.
When Karem asked his question again at the press conference, Trump said: “We want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.”
Trump told Kilmeade he felt that he was being subjected to an unfair double standard in coverage of the remarks.
“Well, remember crooked Hilary Clinton a week ago, she said to Joe Biden, ‘don’t concede under any circumstances, do not concede under any — never concede,’ OK? Now, nobody does a story about that, right?” the president said.
Other Republicans echoed that point.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters, “What he says doesn’t matter any more than what Hillary Clinton advised Biden to do: don’t concede the election. So it seems to me there’s a feeling on both sides that somehow the Constitution doesn’t apply. But the Constitution does apply.”
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska — called a “RINO” by Trump last month — said of Trump, “He says crazy stuff. We’ve always had a peaceful transition of power. It’s not going to change.”
Aid to Palestinians from foreign countries is plummeting: report
Palestinian officials fear the recent agreements between Israel and Arab nations will result in a lack of funding, according to a report on Thursday.
The Palestinian government hasn’t received a morsel of financial aid from Arab Gulf states since March, as well as a 50 percent decrease in foreign aid, the Jerusalem Post reported, citing data from the Palestinian Finance Ministry Service and The New Arab.
Overall, it said Ramallah’s total revenues fell by about 70 percent this year.
Foreign aid to the Palestinian government plummeted to $255 million in the first seven months of the year from $500 million last year.
At the same time, aid from Arab countries dropped to $38 million from $267 million in 2019.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki explained to reporters that “most of the Arab countries did not abide by the decisions of the Arab summits to provide a financial safety net of $100 million for Palestine in the face of US and Israeli sanctions.”
The report pointed out that the cut in funding happened during the coronavirus pandemic, but also as the Trump administration was brokering ties between Israel and a number of Arab countries.
President Trump stopped sending millions of dollars of US aid to the Palestinians and has urged Arab nations to stop cutting checks, as well.
After Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize ties to Israel in a ceremony at the White House, Trump predicted that Palestinians would be isolated as other countries try to make similar deals with the Jewish state.
“We do not know if this was the result of the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, or at the request of the United States, as President Trump said,” Al-Maliki said.
“But the result is the same,” he added.
The loss of aid has forced the Palestinian government to increase domestic borrowing and go in search for new revenue streams.
The European Union has also ordered an investigation into how aid from the countries in the trading bloc end up in the hands of Palestinian terrorists and insisted that loopholes that allow the transfer of funds to be closed.
United becomes first US airline to offer passengers COVID-19 tests
United Airlines announced Thursday that it will become the first US carrier to offer a rapid-response coronavirus testing program – with passengers flying from San Francisco to Hawaii having an option to order home kits or be tested at the airport.
Fliers who test negative on either test will not be subjected to the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement, according to United, which plans to roll out the program on Oct. 15. It said it plans to eventually extend the pilot program to other destinations.
They will be able to choose between taking a test from Abbott Labs at the airport on the day of their flights — with results available in about 15 minutes – or use an $80 mail-in test prior to their travel, United said.
Those who prefer the home test, which will be administered by clinical testing company Color, are advised to request the kits 10 days before their departure date and submit their sample within 72 hours of their flight.
“Our new COVID testing program is another way we are helping customers meet their destinations’ entry requirements, safely and conveniently,” Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United, said in a statement.
“We’ll look to quickly expand customer testing to other destinations and US airports later this year to complement our state-of-the-art cleaning and safety measures that include a mandatory mask policy, antimicrobial and electrostatic spraying and our hospital-grade HEPA air filtration systems,” he added.
The company also teamed up with GoHealth Urgent Care, which will administer the tests along with Dignity Health.
“We are excited about expanding our partnership with United and continuing to support their proactive safety measures,” GoHealth CEO Todd Latz said.
“Our on-site, real-time testing for passengers is yet another example of GoHealth’s nationwide efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a safer return to normal activities and business operations,” he added.
The announcement comes as Hawaii is seeing 70 percent fewer flights, 91 percent less TSA checkpoint traffic and 94 percent less travel into the Aloha State compared to usual, according to CNN, which cited numbers from Airlines for America.
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