1. Thousands marched and sang civil rights songs Wednesday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the “apostle of nonviolence” who was silenced by an assassin 50 years ago. Observances marking King’s death took place coast-to-coast. Among the largest gatherings was a march through the Mississippi River city where the civil rights leader was shot dead on a motel balcony in 1968. Before the Memphis march, the rapper Common and pop singer Sheila E had the crowd dancing and bobbing their heads. Then, as the march began, people locked arms or held signs as they chanted and sang songs such as “We Shall Overcome.” (PH)
2. The father of a high school baseball student-athlete is suing the principal of Portland’s Deering High School, who according to claims made in court documents banned the boy from playing for the varsity team. Howard Yee and his son, PrinceHoward Yee, are residents of Falmouth. Currently, Yee is registered as a full-time student at Deering High School. According to the federal lawsuit filed this week, the boy was not having a good experience at Falmouth High School. He went from being homeschooled to Deering High School, where he made the Varsity baseball squad. However, the day before the 2018 baseball season began, the Deering principal informed the boy he was not eligible to play varsity baseball at DHS. According to the Maine Principals’ Association, there are rules in place regarding students transferring from one school to another, without a corresponding change of residence. “One of the tenets of those rules is that we don’t want students transferring in the phrases primarily for athletic purposes,” says Executive Director Dick Durost. (PH)
3. Facebook said Wednesday that most of its 2 billion users likely have had their public profiles scraped by outsiders without the users’ explicit permission. Facebook initially had sought to downplay the problem, saying in March only that 270,000 people had responded to a survey on an app created by the researcher in 2014. (PH)
4. National Burrito Day. Celebrated on the first Thursday of April, this day celebrates the burrito–which was introduced in the United States in the ’30’s at the El Cholo Spanish Café in Los Angeles. Mainers are guacamole lovers. In fact, Maine is where the most guacamole is consumed.
5. #HOTSHOW starring LIL JON (DJ & Performance Set) at the State Theatre, Saturday Sept.1 (LaborDay Weekend). Tickets on sale NOW! Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at the Port City Music Hall box office or online HERE – http://bit.ly/hotshowliljon
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