By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A judge is expected on Thursday to reevaluate the prison terms for the three former Atlanta public school administrators who received the harshest punishments after being convicted in a test cheating scandal. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter has not indicated why he ordered the new sentencing hearing for the educators but could reduce their seven-year prison terms. Former area directors Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts were the three highest-ranking school officials found guilty this month on conspiracy charges spurred by a state investigation that uncovered widespread cheating in the Georgia city's schools on 2009 standardized tests.
Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody.
New York has been ranked as the most popular city for young people aged 15 to 29 years old, scoring particularly high for its offerings of music, film and fashion, a survey released on Thursday said. London was a close second, scoring well on healthcare and travel, while Berlin was found to have high levels of digital access in the survey of 10,000 young people around the world by Toronto-based YouthfulCities. The survey was launched last year but last year's winner, Toronto -- which was praised for high levels of youth employment, digital accessibility and high living standards among other factors -- dropped to sixth place in this year's ranking. New York was ranked third last year.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will go to a public library in one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods on Thursday to talk about a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books. Working with publishers and libraries, the White House sees the modest plan as part of a strategy to address inner city problems by increasing educational opportunities for kids - woes brought into focus with recent riots in nearby Baltimore. "If we're serious about living up to what our country is about, then we have to consider what we can do to provide opportunities in every community, not just when they're on the front page, but every day," said Jeff Zients, Obama's top economic adviser, in a briefing with reporters. The plan includes $250 million in e-book commitments from publishers, including from the five major publishing houses: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH's Macmillan, CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster Inc, Penguin Random House, Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group Inc, and News Corp's HarperCollins Publishers LLC. The New York Public Library is developing an app to connect low-income kids with the books, and Obama will urge more communities to find ways to get kids into libraries.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied and marched in New York and Boston to protest the death of a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody as Philadelphia activists prepared for their own demonstration.